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Notes for Jacob WISSLER


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From the Biographical Annals of Lancaster Co, PA:

Jacob Wissler, son of Andrew, was born in Clay township in 1778, and was one of the successful farmers of that section, giving his entire attention to agriculture until his death, which occurred in 1850. He had accumulated a fine property at the time of his death, owning four farms. He was one of the old Mennonites of the county. Jacob Wissler in 1800 married Miss Anna Ely, and they were the parents of ten children: Andrew, a farmer and merchant, who died in Michigan; Jacob, the father of Jacob B.; Christian, a miller and farmer; Ezra, a farmer of Clay township; Magdelina, wife of Jacob Landis of Ephrata township; Levi, a farmer and tanner; Samuel, a miller of Canada; Mary, wife of Levi Erb; Catherine, deceased; and John, a tanner, who died in Virginia.

And again where the Annals recorded the following:

"He was a man of considerable energy and made three trips to Canada on horseback. He belonged to the Old Mennonite Church, but he did not ignore altogether the law of self-defense, and one of his descendants still cherishes a cane which which he defended himself against the attack of an Indian, upon one of the trips mentioned."

"He was one of the successful farmers of his day, following agricultural pursuits until his death...He had prospered by thrift and industry, and at the time of his death owned four farms."

Lititz, Lancaster Co, PA, where he retired.

History recorded: "He had prospered by thrift and industry, and at the time of his death had added considerably to the old Groff homestead, dividing the whole into four farms, giving a portion each to his sons, Jacob, Christian, Ezra, and Levi. He provided otherwise for his other children."
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