Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Henry W Sr WISSLER

All the children listed below may not belong to Henry and Anna but were placed here by other researchers and will remain until correct lineages have been determined.

Residences & events in his life:

1757 Donegal Twp, Lancaster Co, PA. In the tax list, he owed 9s for his property. He and his widowed mother, Anna, were the only Wisslers in that twp and one can only assume that he, being the youngest at 18, stayed behind with his mother until her death while the rest of the family moved on. Neighbors were the Seegrist family, relatives of his wife.

1772 Earl Twp, Lancaster Co, PA. He was listed among the freemen of the county, he owed taxes of 15.0, his property was not listed.

1773 Breaknock Twp, Lancaster Co, PA. He was again among the county taxpayers, this time he had 17 acres and 3 cattle for which the tax was 3.0.

1783 Newbrittain Twp, Bucks Co, PA. Having moved sometime within the past 10 years, he then owned 50 acres, 1 horse and 1 cattle but no servants at tax time. The amount of tax was not recorded.

1790 Donegal Twp, Lancaster Co, PA. By census time Henry's household included: 1 male over 16, 1 male under 16, and 2 females. Next door was brother Benjamin.

Berks Co, PA. (Did Henry really live there at all?)

1806 Pickaway Co, OH. Recorded in local history is:

" In 1806 John Reichelderfer and family and his son John and family came to this township from Berks County, Pennsylvania. John Rarmon, Henry Wissler (Whisler, as the name is now spelled)"

And in the 1880 History of Franklin & Pickaway Co, OH, Salt Creek Twp, is:

"Henry came with his wife and 10 children. He had purchased over 1100 acres of land from John Shoemaker in the SW part of the twp for $5.00/acre. He moved into a cabin which stood just across the road from where the residence of Samuel Wissler now stands, and which was occupied by a squatter family by the name of Sweigert. In a few months Mr. Wissler built a two story log house on the location of the former shanty, and resided there until he death about the year 1830. His wife died in 1811. One child was born to them after their settlement. To each of his eleven children he gave 150 acres of land.

There are eight surviving children. Henry lives in Iowa; George lives in Illinois; Barbara (now Mrs. Weldy) in Indiana; Samuel resides in this township, in section thirty-two--he married Margaret Bunn, and had five children, one being deceased; Jacob also lives in Salt Creek; Magdalene (now Mrs. Biechler) in Iowa; Mary (Mrs. Wolf) in Marion county; Michael, who is deceased, married Rebecca Vangundy, and, after living in several places, settled where his son, Amos, now lives, and resided there until his death, June 30, 1865, aged seventy-five years. His wife preceded him a few years. The had a family of ten children, seven of whom are living. Some of the descendants write it Whisler."

1830 Salt Creek Twp, Pickaway Co, OH. At census time he and sons, George, John, and Samuel, were all neighbors while Jacob and Michael lived just down the road.

Researcher Mary Ann Atencio wrote:

"The Whistler school was on land donated by the Wisslers. The town of Whistler is located in the lower left-hand corner of Salt Creek Township, Pickaway County, Ohio. Birdie Jordan, granddaughter of John Harlan Welty, was in Whistler, Ohio in 1987 and reported, 'The Prairie View cemetary is well-cared for and is a beautiful cemetary situated on the outskirts of the town and up on a hill. One can stand in this cemetary and see for miles around. There are many Wissler and descendent famillies buried in this cemetary. I was in Whistler in 1987 and talked to some of the older people in the town, and there were no people with the Wissler name left in the area, but there could have been descendents of the Wissler family.' A copy of the text of the original federal land transfer from John Shoemaker to Henry Wissler is given in the Whisler book by Olive Taylor and Sarah Taylor Sunderland. The original was apparently signed by both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

There is a conflict between Henry's birthdate as posted and that of his children, he should be much older.

Henry's will, dated 4/2/1831, was probated 6/11/1832. Son, Michael, was named executor, witnesses were Aaron Jones and John T. Martin. The will mentions daughters, Catherine, wife of Isaac Worline, Barbara Welty widow, Anna Van Gundy, Magdaline Biegler and Mary Wolf; and sons, Michael, John, Henry, George, Samuel, and Jacob.

Two grandchildren were buried beside Henry and Anna, a third was a few plots down. All were children of Jacob "Cob" and Sarah Whisler.

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