Showing posts with label Wismer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wismer. Show all posts

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Wismer Saucepan

Periodically I search Google Patents to see if ancestors appear in the listings. I have blogged several times about my husband's family members and their inventions.
Today while researching the Wismer family line I discovered Lewis B. Wismer and his saucepan. Lewis was my husband's 2nd cousin 2x removed. Lewis was born November 9, 1853 in Pennsylvania.

After discovering this patent I checked census records for possible clues. In the 1910 Federal United States Census we find Lewis B. Wismer residing in Reading, Pennsylvania. This is the town the above patent was filed.

Lewis gives his occupation as manufacturer - kitchen utensils. Looks like we have a match! Now each time we use a saucepan we will be reminded of Lewis B. Wismer, inventor.

Give Google Patents a whirl. Never know what you may discover.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Genealogy by the States ~ Pennsylvania

Jim Sanders of Hidden Genealogy Nuggets has begun a new genealogy blogging series.

"Each week the blog post will focus on a particular state. The post can be about a particular individual or family who lived in or was connected in some way to that state. Sometimes there will not be a personal connection to the state. In this case find a genealogy resource for that state to talk about and highlight instead. Follow along with this series and post to your own site. If you choose to follow along, please link to ( or mention the Hidden Genealogy Nuggets website."

Pennsylvania - The Keystone State

My father was an avid American history buff. When we were children we visited many of the historical sites in our region. Pennsylvania had to be one of our favorites. From Philadelphia to the Gettysburg National Battlefield each trip was filled with new discoveries.

Not until I began this genealogy adventure did we know about my husband's deep Pennsylvanian roots. In fact, three of his family lines (McSherry, Ruth and Wismer) immigrated to the state. The Starr family eventually relocated from Connecticut to Adams County, Pennsylvania.
Rev. Christian Wismer Ruth, husband's grandfather

Ruth and Wismer lines:

One surprise we encountered was my husband's Mennonite history. Until this point we knew nothing of this hearitage. These ancestors were among the early founders of churches in Bucks and Montgomery counties.

I have been fortunate enough to locate many resources about both the Ruth and Wismer lines. On Google Books we found: "Brief history of Jacob Wismer, and a complete genealogical family register" by Rev. A. J. Fretz, published 1893 by the Mennonite Publishing Company. From eBay I purchased "Ruth Genealogy with Supplement" by Warren R. Kriebel, published 1978 by Fountain Press.

Frick's Meetinghouse and Burial Ground, Montgomery, Pennsylvania
Burial site of Susannah Allebach Ruth, husband's 3rd great-grandmother

McSherry line:

Patrick McSherry (husband's 5th great-grandfather) immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1760 from Ireland. There he founded McSherrytown. The following information was located on Google Books.

 "History of Saint Aloyisus Church of Littlestown, Pennsylvania" by William McSherry, Jr., A.M. published by J.E. Wible, 1893.

Starr line:

Comfort Starr (husband's 9th great-grandfather) immigrated from England in 1635 to the state of Massachusetts. My husband's line moved from Connecticut to New York, eventually settling in Adams County, Pennsylvania.

On the Internet Archives site I found "A History of the Starr Family of New England, from the ancestor, Dr. Comfort Starr, of Ashford, County of Kent, England, Who Emigrated to Boston, Mass., in 1635; containing the names of 6766 if His Descendants, and the Record and History of 1794 Families" by Burgis Pratt Starr. Published in Hartford, Connecticut. The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co., in 1879.

It has been a pleasure to research my husband's Pennsylvania roots. I must admit being a wee bit jealous of the ease with which we discovered his family history. Locating books about his ancestors has led to a wealth of information.

Here are several additional Pennsylvania resources discovered while researching.

Genealogy Today - Pennsylvania

Historical Digital Collegian Archive (newspapers) - Penn State University Libraries

Historical Maps of Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania Civil War 150

Pennsylvania Civil War Volunteers

Pennsylvania Genealogy & Family History - Genealogy

Pennsylvania Genealogy & History - The Olive Tree Genealogy

Revolutionary War and Beyond

Writing this blog has led to connecting with several of my husband's cousins. Please leave a message if you may be related to one of the above lines.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Follow That Lead!

photograph from Find-A-Grave with the permission of Bud Gross
Henry B. Wismer - 2nd cousin 2x removed of husband

Several weeks ago I wrote about our new genealogy angel Bud Gross. Bud has allowed our family unlimited access to information on the Find-A-Grave website.

For many years I have been trying to unravel the mystery of this particular Henry Wismer. With the number of Henry's in the line it seemed almost impossible. Until now! Browsing the collection I found the correct headstone for Henry B. Wismer

Having the birth and death dates has led us to Henry's Civil War records. We discovered him serving with the 50th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry.

With research I found websites PA Roots: 50th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers and Civil War in the East: 50th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment detailing unit history. These sites give the movements from enlistment in Harrisburg to mustering out near Georgetown.

We now know my husband's ancestor was part of the battles at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Vicksburg, Spottsylvania and Petersburg.

Also, mentioned is a monument dedicated September 17, 1904 to the regiment. The statue is located in the Antietam National Battlefield.

Our family has visited Antietam for many years. We may very well have taken photographs of the monument not realizing it represented an ancestor's service during the Civil War!

This is my favorite part of genealogy. Discovering the bits of information that lead you to exciting family history.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Surname Saturday - Pennsylvania Ancestors

When I began researching our genealogy the discovery that most of my husband's ancestors came from Pennsylvania was a surprise. In fact three of his family lines run very deep in the state. He had always been under the assumption that his relatives immigrated to the midwest.

These ancestors arrived in Pennsylvania from Germany, Switzerland, and Ireland. The Wismer line is believed to have arrived in Bucks County as early as 1710, Ruth line arriving also to Bucks County between 1756 and 1757. The McSherry line arrived in Adams County around 1745, in fact there is a town named for this ancestor.

From Adams County Bicentennial Tidbits September, 1999.

McSherrystown is the fourth oldest town in Adams County, Pennsylvania. Its founder, Patrick McSherry procured a 300 acre tract from the Digges Family in 1763 and proceeded to lay out a number of five-acre lots. The first known deed for one of these lots was dated June 27, 1765. Although McSherry may have intended his effort to be used primarily as outlots for Hanover residents, where they could keep their animals at times and obtain wood, it soon developed into a full-fledged town. McSherry, who lived in Mount Pleasant Township in 1765 and was later tavern-keeper in Littlestown, may never have lived in the town which bears his name.

There were many surprises along the way from Mennonite ancestry to prominent political leaders. Information that would never have come to light without this obsession called "genealogy"

I have spent a fair amount of time trying to locate resources. Here are a few that have proved to be helpful :

Digital Newspapers at Penn State

From Pennsylvania to Waterloo: a biographical history of Waterloo Township

History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania by William Watts Hart Davis (Google Books)

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

Pennsylvania Volunteers of the Civil War
Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives
Record Groups at the Pennsylvania State Archives

Records of the Department of Internal Affairs, Record of Marriages, 1885-1889
USGenWeb - Pennsylvania County Histories and Pennsylvania Biographies

And of course there are many research tools on these sites:

Cyndi's List : Pennsylvania
Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania

Genealogy : Pennsylvania

Genealogy Today : Pennsylvania

Olive Tree Genealogy : Pennsylvania Genealogy & History
Fortunately we live close enough to visit the areas in which these ancestors resided. Several summers have been spent traveling every Saturday to locate cemeteries, churches, and visit historical societies. I do believe we have many more years of discovery in the state of Pennsylvania!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Surname Saturday - Wismer

Jacob Wismer, husband's 5th great grandfather, was born about 1684 in Germany and died in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, February 4, 1787 in his one hundred and third year.

The date of his immigration has been calculated as early as 1710 to one of the Carolina states, later settling in Pennsylvania. The Wismer family were of the Mennonite faith, many members instrumental in the building and leading of churches in and around Bucks County.

Several years ago on Google Books I was fortunate enough to locate "A Brief History of Jacob Wismer : a complete genealogical family register" by Rev. A. J. Fretz. This book has been invaluable with verifying information, finding cemeteries, and supplying other family names. Some of the names added to our tree were Cassell, Detweiler, Fretz, and Rosenberger.

A brief description taken from this book about Jacob Wismer :

"Although living to the great age of 103 years, he retained his mind until within about two months, and could walk out and dress himself within about two weeks of his death."

Thinking my husband comes from very sturdy stock!