Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Waynicks: Solomon D. and William D.

For the record, Peter and Susannah (Broom) Waynick had a dozen children, five of whom are buried near their parents at Waynick Cemetery, southwest of Chariton. There may have been others who died as infants or children either in North Carolina or Indiana, but if so no trace remains.

Tracking down information about the dozen isn't easy. No descendant in this branch of the Waynick family seems to have developed an interest in genealogy, so there are no useful online lineages or published genealogies. 

I decided to develop a modest lineage, tagged into my own account. This is obsessive-compulsive, but there's always the the thrill of the chase --- related or not. Besides, I can tag the Waynicks onto my family because of the general situation in Lucas County: If you are not related to everyone you are related to someone who is.

Ancestry describes my relationship to patriarch Peter Waynick in this convoluted way: "Paternal grandfather of niece of husband of 2nd great-grandmother of Frank D. Myers." How about that? That's the easiest explanation. In addition, three cousins of my great-grandfather, Cassius M. Dent, married grandchildren of Peter and Susannah. Two of those cousins married the same Waynick grandson --- one at a time, of course. Their brother married his sister. Yikes.

In any case, here's the list of the Waynick children: Solomon Dow Waynick, William Dupre Waynick, Wyatt Washington Waynick, Iverson H. Waynick, David Daniel Waynick, Louisa Jane (Waynick) Francis, Orela Ann Waynick, Nancy Ellen (Waynick) Davis, John S. Waynick, Elmira Waynick, Mary Edna (Waynick) Murphy and McGrady Clay Waynick.


Solomon D. was the eldest of Waynick children, born 26 November 1819 in Guilford County, North Carolina. He moved with his family to Putnam County, Indiana, ca. 1831, when he was about 12, and after growing up there married, on 19 July 1842, Levisa Wilson. She was born April 9, 1820, in Kentucky.

The Waynicks settled down to farm in Putnam County and did not move west to Lucas County during the period 1848-1850 when the remainder of his family did. All of their seven children except the youngest were born in Indiana and two, a boy and a girl, died as infants or youngsters there.

Peter, Levisa and their four oldest surviving children arrived in Lucas County during 1854. Their home was back in a field a mile and a half due south of Waynick Cemetery, then about a quarter mile southwest.

This was the only Waynick family that lived long in the neighborhood of the cemetery that bore their name. The S.D. Waynick farm remained in the hands of Solomon's children until about 1930.

Levisa died on 23 June 1901 on the family farm and was buried in Waynick Cemetery. Solomon was overcome by the summer heat while hiking around the farm on July 18, 1905, in his 85th year. His body was found that evening after he failed to return home and he was buried the next day beside Levisa.

Of their five children, William Theodore was the eldest and the longest survivor. He died during 1933 at the county home, having never married. 

Henry C. Waynick married Sarah A Moss on June 24, 1875, and they lived in Chariton where they raised a family and he worked as a painter, plasterer and paper-hanger among other occupations. He died during 1932. 

Jefferson Waynick, the third son, did not marry and never left the farm, but was quite an accomplished (and somewhat eccentric) man. He died during August of 1926. You can read more about Jefferson here.

Ermina, the only Waynick daughter, never married and never left the farm either. She died there during 1931.

The youngest son, Dow, born during 1862 in Lucas County, married Sarah E. Myers (no kin of mine) and they took over the family farm along with his three unmarried siblings. The Dow Waynicks had no children and he died 17 May 1925 on the farm where he had been born.

Dow and Sarah Waynick are buried in the Chariton Cemetery. Solomon D., Levisa, William T., Henry C., Jefferson and Ermina all are buried at Waynick --- William T. and Jefferson in unmarked graves.


Peter and Susannah Waynick's second son, William Dupre (or Dupre William), showed up at William McDermott's Ireland, in the Bethel neighborhood of Cedar Township not far from the Monroe County line, during June of 1848 with his younger brothers, Iverson H. and Wyatt. They led the family march into south central Iowa.

W.D., also known frequently as D.W. --- there's a good deal of doubt about the order of his given names; his descendants remembered him as W.D.; nearly everyone else in Lucas County, as D.W.  --- was born 6 January 1822 in Guilford County, North Carolina, and had moved with his family to Putnam County, Indiana, when about 9 years old. He trained there as a physician and apparently had located briefly in Illinois before moving on west into Iowa.

The Waynick brothers explored Lucas County that summer, but staked out and improved claims just east of the county line in Monroe --- somewhere in the neighborhood of LaGrange --- built a cabin and overwintered there.

During March of 1849, Wyatt and Iverson --- having sold out to David J. Prather ---  moved west into central Lucas County, settling three miles east-southeast of Chariton Point.

William Dupre, however, traveled back to Illinois where on the 23rd of May he married Martha Augusta Clark. They returned to his Monroe County claim and lived there until 1855, when the moved west to join his brothers who, by this time, were living in the new town of Chariton.

It was common practice in that era for physicians to operate drug stores, sometimes expanded into general merchandise operations --- and this is what the Waynicks did, operating their businesses in various configurations on the square for the next 25 years. Both W.D. and Wyatt, it would appear, shifted their attention to commerce and away from medicine as more physicians arrived in Lucas County.

W.D. fell ill with consumption (tuberculosis) during the 1870s and after a year of declining health died at home in Chariton on July 26, 1880, at the age of 58. He was buried in the Chariton Cemetery, rather than with other family members at Waynick. His grave is marked by a modest stone, identical to the stone that marks the adjacent grave of the Waynicks' daughter, Jessa, who died during 1889. The inscriptions on both are by now virtually indecipherable.

Martha (Clark) Waynick remained in Chariton until near the turn of the 20th century, when she moved to Gold Bar in Snohomish County, Washington, to live with her son, William H. She died there on 9 November 1903 and was buried in the cemetery at Sultan, also in Snohomish County.

Like his parents, the W.D. Waynicks had a dozen offspring, all of whom seem to have survived childhood. They scattered like buckshot, however, and none seem to have remained in Lucas County.

Mary Susan Waynick, the eldest, married Moses Folsom, early editor of The Chariton Patriot, and they followed his work around the country. She died in Jacksonville, Florida, during 1918.

Albert Gallatin, born in Monroe County during 1851, married Florence Watkins and went into business elsewhere in Iowa, including Harlan. I found him living in San Francisco during 1900, but no sign of him thereafter.

Gertrude, born during 1853, reportedly married Abner Johnstone, then died during 1895, but I was unable to determine where they lived.

Emma Isadora, born during 1855, married John Skinner --- some 20 years her senior --- on 8 December 1881 in Lucas County. She died 16 July 1924 in St. Louis County, Missouri.

Peter Henry, born during 1856, reportedly died during 1890, location unknown.

Clara Mabel, born in 1858, married Abner Goodhue on 11 August 1887 in Boulder County, Colorado, but I have no idea what became of her.

William Howard Waynick, born 1860, reportedly was living in Snohomish County, Washington, when his mother joined him there about 1900. No further information.

Jessa Fremont Waynick, born during 1861, was single and teaching school in Chariton when she died of tuberculosis on 29 September 1889 in Chariton. She was buried by her father's side in the Chariton Cemetery.

Harlan Dupont Waynick, born 1863, married Mary Chassie Clanton on 4 October 1892 in Ouray, Colorado. He died in a mining accident near Ouray on 31 December 1896 leaving Chassie and two sons.

Robert Mansfield Waynick was born in 1865 in Chariton, but I have no further information about him.

Laura Jane Waynick, born 1870, married Will Livingston Agnew in Lucas County during 1893. She died on 8 November 1930 in Los Angeles.

Martha May Waynick, born 1871, reportedly was her mother's companion. She married Edward J. Watson during 1902, perhaps in Washington.

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