7/1/02 - I received a copy of Jacob S. Wise's obituary, published in the Shreveport Sunday Times on May 13, 1883.Jacob may have died in March.
The copy came from the Shreve Memorial Library, Genealogy Department, 1212 Captain Shreve Drive, Shreveport LA 71105.Jacob S. Wise is my great great grandfather, through his daughte Mary Francis Wise. -- Julia Anne "Jill" Herndon.
Here is a transcription -- which was clear to me except the lead paragraph, partially transcribed here,and I have asked them for a cleaner copy or a transcription of the first paragraph -- the microfilm is dark and this may not be possible.
"Died at his residence in Greenwood,Caddo Parish, on the 26th of March 1883 of complications of heart disease and....? Dr. Jacob S. Wise, in the XXth year of his age. (73rd year?)
Deceased was born in Staunton, VA, August 2, 1809, and was a first cousin of the late Gov. John S. Wise.When quite a youth he was afflicted with rheumatisam and pursued his Latina and Greek studies in bed.He was sent to the University of Virginia, where he completed his literary studies.He then attended the University of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia, where he graduated in medecine.He removed to Mississippit when about 25 years of age and remained four or five years, when he came to Shreveport.After practicising his profession here for three or four years, he removed to Greenwood, where he lived continuously until his death.In 1840 he visited Mississippit and was married, near Yazoo City, on the 6th of April of that year, to Mrs. Louisa J. Stewart, a sister of the late Dr. W. W. George, of this city.This estimable lady survives him -- beloved not only by her children and relatives, but by all who know her gentleness and nobility of character.In her great bereavement, she is consoled by six surviving children, worthyof such parents, and who will prove a solace and a comfort in her declining years.In 1843 he attached himself to the Presbyterian denomination, but not succeeding in building a church in Greeenwood he some years ago joined the Mehotdist not content to remain outside the fold of the church.He left three sons and three daughters -- Wm. H. Wise, Esq, senior partner of one of the leading legal firms of this city; Mrs. Camp Flournoy; Mrs. V. Augusta Wolfe; Drs. George A. and Braxton Wise and Mrs. E. B. Herndon.One of the saddest of the many sad deaths that ocurred in this city in the yellow fever epidemic of 1878 was that of the second son, Dr. John S. Wise.After graduating in , and for a time practicing medicine in the parish of DeSoto, he attended the medical schools of Germany and Paris and had just returned to this country.Having determined a few days before the appearance of the epidemic,to locate in Shreveport, he resisted the urgent solicitations of his friends not to do so inthe midst of an epidemic which his system, fresh as he was from a residence abroad, was illy prepared to combat.Acutated by a sense of duty, he entered actively upon the fearful scene, and so, sacrificed a life which promised to be a brilliant and useful one.He died a martyr alike to duty and to his devotion to his profession.Cut off in the very opening of life, Byron's beautiful eulogy of Kirke White could be appropriately applied to him.The verable father met the cruel blow with that fortitude which was a marked feature of his character.
We have not thus long deferred this slight tribute to the memory of our deceased friend because of indifference to the subject, but because of a distrust of our ability to do justice to his life and character.The simple writing of an obituary involves no great expenditure of time, nor does it require any especial strain upon the intellect.That is, the orthodox obituary, in which it is only necessry to glide smoothly over, or entirely cover up the defects of the departed, while you exalt to the skies any real or imaginary virtues and excellencies.
But we conceive something more is needed in speaking of the late Dr. Jacob S. Wise.We regard his life as an example well worthy of imitation by the youth of the land in mapping our a future career for themselves.He never filled the world with his fame, nor would he have cared to do so; but we never knew a man who more modestly and unostentatiously discharged so nobly and so well all the duties of life.The small village of Greenwood was for many years the scen of his usefulness.In that limited shpere, wiht little else thatn his profession to depend upon, by judicious management he made most ample provision for a large family, afording each one of his children all scholastic advantages, including a collegiate education.
While Dr. Wise was a man of most decided convictions, he yet freely accorded to others the right of entertaining and practicing their own.There was nothing intolerant about him; at least, however he might question in his own mind the correctness of the opinions of those who differred with him, he never made that difference a subject of ill-tempered discussion.
Of studious habits, he completely mastered the intricate details of the profession which he early in life elected to follow, and enjoyed to the fullest extent the confidence of his patrons.Quietly courteous to all classes, we doubt if was ever heard to speak disparagingly of a brother practitioner.His habits of life from boyhood were most exemplary; if her ever indulged in even a petty vice, his most intimate friends never detected it.A consistent and conscientious christian, no act of his brought reproach upon the cause of the Master he served; of stern integrity, no whisper of the slightest divergence from the strict path of rectitude ever touched his fair fame.As citizen, husband and father, neighbor and friend, he was above reproach.
Thus at the last hour, when the shadow of death rested upon him, and when the rustling of its wings fell upon his ear, the approaching end had no terrors for him. Conscious of a well spent life, he calmly prepared for the final rest.
"Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him,
And lies down to pleasant dreams."