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                JACOB (BC)

 

 

 

 

 

JACOB . . . . . . . . . . . . .    (BC). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  348

JOHN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   (BCA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   350

JACOB . . . . . . . . . . . . .    (BCB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .353

CHRISTIANA. . . . . . . . .   (BCC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356

CATHERINE . . . . . . . . .   (BCD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   356  

ELIZABETH . . . . . . . . . .  (BCE) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .356

SALLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   (BCF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .356

VALENTINE . . . . . . . . . .(BCG) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .357

ANDREW. . . . . . . . . . . .  (BCH) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   357

GEORGE. . . . . . . . . . . .   (BCI) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  358

POLLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(BCJ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     359

PETER . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   (BCK) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .360

DAVID . . . . . . . . . . . . .    (BCL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .362

 

 


 

 

 

BC          Jacob

                Birth records have not been located, but records of the Friedens Church, Albany township, Berks county, PA, show that John Jacob, age 18, was admitted to the congregation in 1779 (another translation of the original German text gives his age as 14).  Jacob's brother, Abraham, age 17, was admitted at the same time.  The Berks County Genealogical Society (BCGS) in PA shows Jacob's birth in 1760, and I believe this is a likely date.

                Sometime before 1790, Jacob moved to North Carolina.  On 1/25/1790, deed books of Rowan county, NC, show that Jacob bought 200 acres of land in Rowan county next to Valentine Leonard.  The 1790 Census records for Rowan county suggest that Jacob was married and had several children at the time.  BCGS (PA) records show his wife's name as Catherina. 

                I believe that Jacob's first wife died about 1795 and that Jacob then remarried to Barbara, daughter of Valentine and Catherine Leonard.  North Carolina records conclusively describe his wife as Barbara Leonard, daughter of Valentine and Catherine Leonard, Jacob's neighbors.  Barbara was born about 1775, as indicated by Census records (1810 Rowan county Census records and, particularly, 1820 Rowan county and 1830 Davidson county Census records which list Barbara as head of her own household).

                Jacob died in 1812 in Rowan county.  George Clodfelter and John Kistler (either BCA or BE or BAG) administered the estate.

                Records of Rowan county, Division of Estate, Book A, page 91, (12/28-29/1813), name Jacob's wife, Barbara, and Jacob's children: John, Jacob, Christiana, Catherine, Elizabeth (these are likely the children of Jacob's first marriage and were probably born between 1781 and 1791), as well as Peter, George, Polly, Valentine, Sally and Andrew (these are likely the children of Jacob's second marriage and were probably born between 1797 and 1810).  Elsewhere, there is evidence of another child, David, who may have died young.  For reference, Jacob's children are identified as follows:

 

                                John                                        BCA

                                Jacob                                     BCB

                                Christiana                            BCC      

                                Catherine                             BCD

                                Elizabeth                              BCE

                                Sally                                       BCF

                                Valentine                              BCG

                                Andrew                 BCH

                                George                                 BCI

                                Polly                                       BCJ

                                Peter                                      BCK

                                David                                     BCL

 

 

                As noted above, in 1790 Jacob Kistler purchased property next to Valentine Leonard (the property was located in that part of Rowan county which in 1822 became Davidson county).  In 1797, Rowan county deed books show that Jacob sold this property to Daniel Waggoner.  This is probably about the time that Jacob remarried and moved to his property near Thyatira Church in western Rowan county.

                The 1790 Census records for Rowan county, NC, list Jacob "Kestler" and show three males 16 years of age or older; two males under age 16; and three females.

               


              The 1800 Census records for Rowan county list Jacob "Keesler" and show: two males under 10; one male 10-16; one male 16-26; one male 26-45; two females 10-16; and one female 16-26.  This entry probably covers sons George and Peter (ages about 1 and 3); son Jacob (age about 16); son John (age about 18); Jacob himself (age about 40); daughters Elizabeth and Catherine (age about 8 and 10); and wife Barbara (age about 25).  One daughter - possibly, Christiana (age about 12) - cannot be accounted for.

                The 1810 Census records for Rowan county list Jacob "Keisler" and show two males under 10; two males 10-16; one male 45 or over; two females under 10; one female 16-26; and one female 26-45.  This entry probably covers Andrew and Valentine (ages about 1 and 8); George and Peter (ages about 11 and 13); Jacob himself (age about 50); daughters Sarah and Polly (ages about 2 and 10); daughter Elizabeth or Catherine (age about 18-20) and wife Barbara (age about 35).

                After Jacob's death, the Rowan county court appointed Daniel Rumple guardian for Peter, George, Polly, Valentine, Sally and Andrew (since they were not yet of age in 1812); these are all children of Jacob's second marriage.  I have not found evidence of a guardian for the other children, suggesting that the children of the first marriage were already of age.

                There is a record in 1813 of land in Lincoln county being transferred from Valentine Leonard to Jacob Kistler.  This may merely record an earlier transaction since Jacob (BC) was deceased in 1813.  Alternatively, the records may refer to Jacob (BCB).

 

                Note: Barbara's father, Valentine Leonard, died about 1815 (Book 20, page 493, 11/20/1815).

 

                Barbara, Jacob's widow, died about 1835.  Beginning in 1836, Rowan county, NC, deed books show the disposition of her estate to the children of Jacob.  At that time, it appears that she was survived by eight of Jacob’s children.  Those known to be alive at the time were Jacob, Catherine, Elizabeth, Sally, Valentine, George and Peter.  Those known or believed to be dead were David and Andrew.  The status of John, Christiana, and Polly is unknown

 

                The genealogical files of the Rowan County Library in Salisbury contain a curious reference to action dated 2/17/1819.  The action was by the State against Andrew Linch for bastardy on Barbara Kistler.  Although I have been unable to discover any more information, this action would typically have been taken against Andrew Linch for having fathered a child out of wedlock with Barbara Kistler. 

 

                “Barbary Kestler” is shown in the 1820 Census for Rowan county.  The entry shows one female, age 26-45, and two females under age 10.  One of these females probably is the child born out of wedlock to Barbara and Andrew Linch. 

 

                In 1830, Barbara “Keisler” is shown in Davidson county Census records in an entry listing one female 50-60; one female 20-30; one female 10-15; and one male under 5.  Barbara herself would have been about 55.  Daughter Sarah may be the female 20-30. The male under age 5 could be Sarah’s son William (born 1827).  The female 10-15 might be the child born out of wedlock to Barbara Kistler and Andrew Linch.

 


BCA      John

                Before reviewing what we know of John (BCA), it is necessary to consider the several different individuals all of whom were named "John Kistler" (or Kestler, Keesler, etc.) and all of whom lived in or around Rowan county, NC, about 1790-1810. 

                First, there was John (code S) of Cabarrus county, born about 1760.  Next, there was John (code R), born about 1762.  Then there was John (code BE), born about 1767.  He was followed by John (code RB), born about 1784.  Next, there was John (code BCA), born about 1785.  Finally, there was John (code BAG) of Lincoln county, born about 1786.

                John (S) can be identified because of his location in Cabarrus county (which was formed in 1792 from Rowan county).  Several others can be distinguished because of their age.    However, John (BCA) and John (RB) are readily confused with one another.  Birth, marriage, and death records for the period are scant.

                As a result, it is often necessary to rely extensively on Census records.  But the presence in the Census records of so many individuals with the same or similar names is confusing.  Still, by studying the records across several decades it is possible to identify and track each family separately.

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                John (BCA) probably was born about 1785.  Most likely he would have been included in his father's household in the 1790 and 1800 Census record.  

                The 1810 Census records for Rowan county show John (BCA) "Kusler"; John (BE) "Keisler"; and John (RB) Kesler.  The entry that I believe refers to John (BCA) shows one male under 10; one male 16-26; one female under 10; and one female 16-26.  

                The 1820 Census records for Rowan county again show John (BCA) "Kesler Jr."; John (BE) "Kesler Sr."; and John (RB) Kesler.  Note that the designations "Jr." and "Sr." denote age, not relationship.  The particular entry that I believe refers to John (BCA) shows four males under 10; one male 10-16; one male 26-45; and two females 10-16.  This entry seems to cover John and seven children.  His first wife appears to be absent -- I believe she may have died sometime before 1820.

                The 1830 Census records for Rowan county again show John (BCA) "Kestler"; John (BE) "Kestler Sr."; and John (RB) "Kesler".  Additionally, the 1830 Census records for Iredell county, NC, show John (BEC) Kesler (born in 1804).  The particular entry that I believe refers to John (BCA) shows two males 5-10; two males 10-15; one male 15-20; one male 20-30; one male 40-50; and one female 20-30.  Although this entry can be interpreted several different ways, I believe the entry shows John (BCA), six of his sons, and John's (second) wife.

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                As noted above, the 1810 Census records which seem to pertain to John (BCA) show one male under 10; one male 16-26; one female under 10; and one female 16-26.  This suggests that John (BCA) married sometime about 1805-1807.

                As already noted, the 1820 Census records suggest that John was then a widower.  And there is a subsequent record in Rowan county which probably refers to the remarriage of John (BCA) -- on 11/30/1824, a marriage bond was recorded for John "Keisler" and Sarah Clodfelter. 

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                The families of Jacob (BC) Kistler, John Kistler (BE), Peter Sowers, and George Clodfelter were closely linked.

                Consider the Sowers family.  Peter Sowers died in 1802.  He left his widow and a family of young children which included George, Elizabeth, Christena, Philip and Peter.

                In 1820,  "Christina" Sowers married John "Kesler" (BEC).  Also, in 1821, her brother, George Sowers, married Catherine (BCD).

                Elizabeth Sowers (sister to Chirstena) died in 1843.  Her will was probated in 1844.  It mentions her brother George Sowers as well as her brother Philip Sowers.  It also mentions (though not by name) the children of her sister, Christena Kestler.

                Now, consider the Clodfelter family.  George Clodfelter (the elder) married twice.  His first wife was Elizabeth Leonard; she was the aunt of Barbara Leonard, the second wife of  Jacob (BC) Kistler. 

                After the death of his first wife, George Clodfelter married Catherine Sowers, widow of Peter Sowers,  mother of Christena Sowers (who married John (BEC) Kistler) as well as mother of George Sowers (who married Catherine (BCD) Kistler).

                George Clodfelter (the elder) died in 1837.  His will mentions a number of sons and several daughters as well as three grandsons: William, Jacob and David "Keesler". I have been unable to identify conclusively any of these grandsons.  Rather clearly, however, their mother was a daughter of George Clodfelter (the elder).   I suspect that she was a child of George’s second marriage (to Catherine Sowers) and that this daughter (Sarah Clodfelter) married John (BCA) in 1824.

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                The 1830 Census data indicate that John’s second wife (Sarah) was born 1800-1810. This supports the supposition that Sarah was a younger daughter of George Clodfelter (the elder).                                                                                                      *****

                All this is conjecture, but Census records indicate that John (BCA) had at least the following children:

                               

                son                           (born ca 1805) (1810/1820/1830 Census)

                daughter                (born ca 1808) (1810/1820 Census)

                daughter                (born ca 1810) (1820 Census)

                son                           (born ca 1812) (1820 Census)

                son                           (born ca 1814) (1820/1830 Census)

                son                           (born ca 1816) (1820/1830 Census)

                son                           (born ca 1818) (1820/1830 Census)

                son                           (born ca 1821) (1830 Census)

                son                           (born ca 1823) (1830 Census)

 

                I have not been able to attach names to any of these children.  Also, John (BCA) and his family seem to disappear from Rowan county after the 1830 Census -- perhaps after the death of his step-mother (Barbara) in 1835.  I have no explanation or speculation about where they went or what happened to them.

 


BCB      Jacob

                Neither birth nor death records have been located.  But indications are that Jacob was born about 1784.  He is named in his father's estate papers in 1812.  In 1816, Jacob ‑‑ of Lincoln county, NC ‑‑ sold his portion of his inheritance near Thyatira in Rowan county, NC.  

                Jacob married his cousin Barbara (BAC).  As previously noted, Barbara's father, George (BA), died in 1821.  Following his death, Barbara's brother, who was also named Jacob (BAE), sued the other heirs.  These legal paper (in the archives in Raleigh) disclosed the confusing relationships. 

                Jacob (BCB), Barbara's husband, and Jacob (BAE), Barbara's brother, were close in age.  Consequently, Census records are difficult to track.  But they can be discerned.  Jacob (BCB) appears in the 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, and 1860 Census records for Lincoln county.  From these records, it appears that Jacob and Barbara may have had the following children:

 

                                Joseph                                   BCBA

                                Noah                                      BCBB

                                Elias                                       BCBC

                                Aaron                                    BCBD

                                daughter                              BCBE

                                daughter                              BCBF

                                daughter                              BCBG

 

                In the 1840 Census, Jacob (BCB) had two grandchildren under age ten (children of his widowed son Joseph) living in his household.  In the 1850 Census, both Jacob and Barbara were erroneously shown as age fifty; one of the grandsons, Noah, is still listed in their household.

                Barbara died in 1858 at age 79 and is buried in the George Coon cemetery in Lincoln county, NC.  Also buried in this private cemetery are two daughters-in-law:  Elizabeth Kistler, wife of Joseph (BCBA); and Barbara Kistler, wife of Noah (BCBB).

                In the 1860 Census records for Lincoln county (page 254) we find Jacob Kistler, age 74, (i.e., born 1786) in the household of Abraham Carpenter, age 29, and his wife Barbara, age 26.  No relationship is indicated; Jacob is identified as having been born in PA. 

 

BCBA                    Joseph

                Based on Census records, Joseph was born about 1807.  His relationship to Jacob BCB and his marriages are based in large part on circumstantial evidence. 

                Records of Tryon and Lincoln counties, NC, show Joseph married Elizabeth Kistler in November 1835.  Apparently, Elizabeth was a cousin, but there is no clue as to the exact relationship.  OGGL shows Elizabeth Kistler died 1/9/1840, age 29, and is buried in the George Coon cemetery in Lincoln county together with Barbara (her mother‑in‑law). 

                The 1840 Census records for Lincoln county show Joseph in a line entry entirely by himself.  The entry for his father, Jacob, shows two children under ten; I believe these are sons of Joseph who were living with their grandparents.

                The 1850 Census for Lincoln county shows Joseph, age 43; Elizabeth, age 42; and Henry, age 13.  The other son, Noah, age 12, was still with his grandparents.  From these entries, we can surmise that Joseph married to yet another Elizabeth. 

                Also, Joseph must have had a daughter, Frances, born about 1844.  Refer to the 1860 Census record, below, for Joseph.  In 1850, this daughter, Frances, is probably the child, age 7, Frances Kestler, listed in Mecklenburg county, NC, in the household of Mary Parker.

                Joseph's second wife apparently died about 1853.  Then, apparently, Joseph married for a third time.  Records for Catawba county, NC, show Joseph married Jane Shittle in March 1855; his wife's middle name apparently was Christina, and records refer to her variously as Jane, Anna, or Christina. 

               


                The 1860 Census records for Lincoln county shows Joseph, age 53, Anne C., age 48, Henry, age 23; Noah, age 21; and Frances, age 16.  In the 1870 Census for Lincoln county, Joseph and Christina are listed with their daughter, Frances, who had married Logan Rudisill.  Joseph died about 1876, but Christina still appears in the 1880 Census with Logan and Frances Rudisill.  Christina died about 1898.

 

BCBAA                 Henry

                Henry appears in the 1840 Census records for Lincoln county, NC, in the household of his grandfather, Jacob (BCB).  The 1850 Census records for Lincoln county show Henry, age 13, in the household of this father, Joseph.  The 1860 Census records for Lincoln county show Henry, age 23, in the household of his father.

 

BCBAB                  Noah

                Noah appears in the 1840 and 1850 Census records for Lincoln county, NC, in the household of his grandfather, Jacob (BCB).  The 1860 Census records for Lincoln county show Noah, age 21, in the household of his father, Joseph

 

BCBAC                 Frances

                Frances, age 7, appears in the 1850 Census records for Mecklenburg county, NC, in the household of Mary Parker.  In 1860, Frances, age 16, appears in her father's household in Lincoln county, NC.  Frances married Logan Rudisill.  Her parents then lived with them until their death.

 

BCBB                     Noah

                Lincoln county, NC, records show a marriage bond for Noah and Barbara Summit in 1841.  Apparently, Barbara died soon after her marriage, in the early 1840's.  In the George Coon cemetery in Lincoln county, there is a grave marked Barbara Kistler, 1815-1843; this is probably Noah's first wife.  There is no record of any children from this union.

                Marriage records also show that Noah married Caroline Leonhardt in 1845.  Noah disappears from the North Carolina Census records after 1850, but based on available data, it appears he had two daughters, Barbara and Martha.

                The 1850 Census records for Lincoln county, NC, show Noah, age 50; Caroline, age 23; Barbara, age 3; and Martha, age 2.

 

BCBBA                  Barbara

                Dellinger family records at the Lincolnton Library, Lincolnton, NC, show that Barbara, daughter of Noah, born 7/11/1846, died 5/27/1920, married Thomas Jefferson Dellinger.

 

BCBBB                  Martha

                Records of Lincoln county, NC, show "Fannie", age 24, daughter of (unreadable) and Caroline Kistler, married Ephraim Dellinger, age 21, in 1872.  It appears that Martha and "Fannie" are the same.

 

BCBC                    Elias (Ellis)

                The HCC describes Elias, born 1815, as the son of Jacob (mistakenly, however, as the son of Jacob (BAE).  Records of Tryon and Lincoln counties, NC, show Elias married Sarah Summit in February 1839. 

                The 1840 Census records for Lincoln county, NC, shows "Eli".  The 1850 Census records for Lincoln county shows Elias, age 35; Sarah, age 30; Barbara, age 10; Jacob, age 8; Aaron, age 6; Polly, age 4; Sarah, age 2; and Anna, age 10 months.  In the same household is Elias' brother Aaron (BCBD), age 30.

 

BCBCA                 Barbara

                The 1850 Census records for Lincoln county, NC, show Barbara, age 10, in her father's household.

 

BCBCB                 Jacob

                The 1850 Census records for Lincoln county, NC,  show Jacob, age 8, in his father's household.

 

BCBCC                 Aaron

                The 1850 Census records for Lincoln county, NC, show Aaron, age 6, in his father's household.

 

BCBCD                 Polly

                The 1850 Census records for Lincoln county, NC, show Polly, age 4, in her father's household.

 

BCBCE                 Sarah

                The 1850 Census records for Lincoln county, NC, show Sarah, age 2, in her father's household.

 

BCBCF                  Anna

                The 1850 Census records for Lincoln county, NC, show Anna, age ten months, in her father's household.

 

BCBD                    Aaron

                The 1850 Census records for Lincoln county, NC, show Aaron, age 30, in the household of his brother Elias.  Records of Tryon and Lincoln counties, NC, show Aaron married Adeline Shuford in 1852. 

 

BCBE                     Unidentified daughter

                Refer to entry for Jacob (BCB).

 

BCBF                     Unidentified daughter

                Refer to entry for Jacob (BCB).

 

BCBG                    Unidentified daughter

                Refer to entry for Jacob (BCB).

 


BCC      Christina

                Christina is named in her father's estate papers.  On 2/20/1816, Christina and her husband, Andrew Bostian, let George Lingle have the property near Thyatira which Christina inherited from her father.  Christina may have been born about 1788.

 

BCD      Catherine

                Catherine is named in her father's estate papers.  She was probably born about 1790.

                Although Catherine apparently was in Lincoln County, NC, in 1815 (see entry for her brother John, BCA), she must have returned to Rowan county, NC, at some point since Rowan county records show Catherine Kesler married George Sowers on 11/4/1821. 

                In 1838, George Sowers and his wife Catherine let Thomas Cowan have property which Catherine inherited from her mother, Barbara, widow of Jacob.  Also, they let their interest in the land of Andrew "Keshler" (BCH) who was thought to be dead.

                The 1850 Census records for Rowan county, NC, show George Sowers, age 54;Catherine, age 60; and three daughters (ages 25, 23, and 20).

 

BCE                       Elizabeth

                Elizabeth is named in her father's estate papers.  She may have been born about 1792. 

                In 1816, Elizabeth Kistler of Lincoln county let George Lingle have the property near Thyatira which she had inherited from her father.

                Lincoln county marriage records show that Elizabeth Kistler married John Shufford on 12/26/1821.  It is likely that this refers to Elizabeth (BCE).

                Philip Leonard, a Leonard family historian, reports that Elizabeth and her husband died in the 1840s.  Their daughter, Adeline Shufford, married Aaron Kistler (BCBD) in 1852.

 

BCF                        Sarah/Sally

                Sally is named in her father's estate papers.  She was probably born about 1808. 

Land records (Book 40, page 253) for Rowan county, NC, show that Sarah sold her share of her mother's dower; her mother is referenced as Barbara, widow of Jacob.  Since Sally's mother died about 1838 and since Sally is still referenced as "Kestler", it appears that she had not married – or perhaps she married an unknown “Kestler” cousin.

                It is speculation – but it appears that Sally may have given birth out of wedlock to at least three children – Robert (born 1829); William (born 1837); and Alfred (born 1838).

                Refer to the entry for Jacob (BC).  Jacob died in 1812 and left his widow, Barbara, and a number of children.  “Barbary Kestler” is shown in the 1820 Census for Rowan county.  The entry shows one female, age 26-45, and two females under age 10.  One of these females probably is the child born (about 1819) out of wedlock to Barbara and Andrew Linch. The other female might be Sarah who was then about 12 years old (not under age10).  

Barbara “Keisler” is shown in the 1830 Census records for Davidson county, NC.  The entry shows one female 50-60; one female 20-30; one female 10-15; and one male under 5.  Barbara herself would have been about 55 and would account for the older female.  The female age 20-30 might be daughter Sarah.  The female age 10-15 might be the child born out of wedlock to Barbara Kistler and Andrew Linch about 1819 (this female, Sarah’s half-sister, also seems to appear in Sarah’s household in the 1840 Census records).  The male under age 5 could be Robert (born 1829).

                Sarah “Kesler” is listed as the head of household in the 1840 Census records for Davidson county (her mother, Barbara, died about 1835). The 1840 entry shows one female 30-40; one male 10-15; two males under age 5; one female 5-10; and one female 20-30.  Sarah herself would have been about 32 and accounts for the older female.  The female age 2-10 is unknown.  The female age 20-30 might be Sarah’s half sister born about 1819. The one male age 10-15 might be Robert. The two males under 5 are probably William and Alfred.

               


                Sarah is not evident in either the 1850 or 1860 Census records.  But she appears again as Sarah “Kesler” in the 1870 Census records for Davidson county.  Sarah is shown on page 28, entry 168 at age 62, apparently in her own household.  Immediately before this (page 28, entry 167) is listed  Robert “Kesler” and his family.  “Alford Kesler” and his family are listed on page 29, entry 179.   

                Although there is no hard documentation, circumstantial evidence points to Susan as the mother of Robert, William and Alfred.

 

BCFA                     Robert

                Refer to the above entry for Sarah/Sally (BCF).

                The 1850 Census records for Davidson county, NC, Robert Ketsler, age 20 (born 1829), and his brother, William Ketsler, age 13 (born 1837) both in the household of John Warner.

As recorded in Davidson county deed books, in 1858, Robert (then about age 30) sold property to Samuel Broadway.  Research has not disclosed any information about this property.   “W.R.Kesler” was a witness to the transaction – probably, Richard’s brother William. 

                The 1860 Census records for Davidson county show Robert Kesler, age 28 (should be age 30); Delilah, age 26; John, age 5; Sarah, age 3; and Martha, age five months.

                The 1870 Census records for Davidson county show Robert Kesler, age 40; Delilah, age 37; Sarah, age 12; Martha,      age 11; Mary, age 4; and William, age 1.

                Robert is buried in the cemetery of Reed’s Baptist Church, Davidson county, where gravestones show the following: 

 

                                R. L. Kisler            born 12/7/1829  died 2/21/1875

                                Delila J.  born 4/10/1833  died 7/26/1875

                                John L.                   born 1/6/1855                    died 11/24/1862

                Charles R             born 9/26/1862  died 10/5/1866

                                William W.           born 1/1/1869                    died 8/24/1885

                                Henry C.               born 3/2/1871                    died 8/25/1885

 

BCFAA                  John L.

                The 1860 Census records for Davidson county, NC, show John, age 5, in the household of his parents. Gravestone at Reed’s Baptist Church, Davidson county, NC, show John L., born 1/6/1855, died 11/24/1862.

 

BCFAB                  Sarah

                The 1860 Census records for Davidson county, NC, show Sarah, age 3, in the household of her parents.  The 1870 Census records for Davidson county show Sarah, age 12, in the household of her parents. 

 

BCFAC                 Martha

                The 1860 Census records for Davidson county, NC, show Martha, age five months, in the household of her parents.  The 1870 Census records for Davidson county show Martha, age 11, in the household of her parents. 

 

BCFAD                  Charles R.

Gravestone at Reed’s Baptist Church, Davidson county, NC, show Charles R.,           born 9/26/1862, died 10/5/1866.

 

BCFAE                  Mary

The 1870 Census records for Davidson county, NC, show Mary, age 4, in the household of her parents. 

 

BCFAF                  William W.

The 1870 Census records for Davidson county, NC, show William, age 1, in the household of his parents. Gravestone at Reed’s Baptist Church, Davidson county, NC, show William W., born 1/1/1869, died 8/24/1885.

 

BCFAG                 Henry C.

                Gravestone at Reed’s Baptist Church, Davidson county, NC, show Henry C.,born 3/2/1871, died 8/25/1885.

 

BCFB                     William

Refer to the above entry for Sarah/Sally (BCF).

                The 1850 Census records for Davidson county, NC, show William Ketsler, age 13 (born 1837) and his brother, Robert Ketsler, age 20 (born 1829), both in the household of John Warner.  There is no evidence of William in subsequent records. 

 

BCFC                    Alfred

                Refer to the above entry for Sarah/Sally (BCF).  There is no evidence of Alfred in the 1850 Census records.  However, the 1860 Census records for Davidson county show Alfred Kesler as a farm laborer in the household of Margaret Sharpe, age 47.  The household included Laura Ann, age 17; America, age 16; and Marera (Missouri), age 14.  About 1865, Alfred married the youngest daughter (Missouri) of the household.

                The 1870 Census records for Davidson county show “Alford” Kesler, age 32; Masura (Missouri), age 22; America (daughter), age 5; and John, age 1.

                The 1880 Census records for Davidson county show Alfred Kesler, age 43; Missouri, age 34; America, age 14; John, age 12; Margaret, age 10; James, age 8; Richard, age 6; Mary, age 4; “Dock”, age six months; and Margaret Sharpe, age 68 (mother-in-law).                

                The 1900 Census records for Davidson county show Alfred Kestler,age 61 (born 9/1838); Missouri, age 53 (born 8/1846); Margaret L., age 29 (born 11/1870); Mary E., age 22 (born 10/1877); Doctor R., age 20 (born 12/1879); Cora B., age 18 (born 3/1882); Anda C., age 15 (born 4/1885); Amanda, age 12 (born 8/1887); and Nannie C., age 9 (born /1890). 

 

BCFCA                 America

                The 1870 Census records for Davidson county, NC, show America (daughter), age 5 in the household of her parents. 

 

BCFCB                  John

The 1870 Census records for Davidson county, NC, show John, age 1 in the household of his parents. 

 

BCFCC                 Margaret L.

                The 1880 Census records for Davidson county, NC, show Margaret, age 10, in the household of her parents. The 1900 Census records for Davidson county show Margaret L., age 29 (born 11/1870) in the household of her parents. 

 

BCFCD                 James

The 1880 Census records for Davidson county, NC, show James, age 8, in the household of his parents. 

 

BCFCE                  Richard

The 1880 Census records for Davidson county, NC, show Richard, age 6, in the household of his parents.  The 1900 Census records for Davidson county show Richard Kestler, age 25 (born 2/1875); Mittie, age 29 (born 3/1871); Willie, age 4 (born 3/1896); and Della, age 2 (born 9/1897). 

 

BCFCEA               Willie

                The 1900 Census records for Davidson county, NC, show Willie, age 4 (born 3/1896) in the household of his parents.

 

BCFCEB               Della

                The 1900 Census records for Davidson county, NC,  show Della, age 2 (born 9/1897) in the household of her parents.

 

BCFCF                  Mary E.

The 1880 Census records for Davidson county, NC, show Mary, age 4, in the household of her parents. The 1900 Census records for Davidson county show Mary E., age 22 (born 10/1877) in the household of her parents. 

 

BCFCG                 Doctor R.

The 1880 Census records for Davidson county, NC, show “Dock”, age six months, in the household of his parents. The 1900 Census records for Davidson county show Doctor R., age 20 (born 12/1879) in the household of his parents. 

 

BCFCH                 Cora B.

The 1900 Census records for Davidson county show Cora B., age 18 (born 3/1882) in the household of her parents. 

 

BCFCI                   Anda C.

The 1900 Census records for Davidson county show Anda C., age 15 (born 4/1885) in the household of his parents. 

 

BCFCJ                   Amanda

The 1900 Census records for Davidson county show Amanda, age 12 (born 8/1887) in the household of her parents. 

 

BCFCK                  Nannie C.

The 1900 Census records for Davidson county show Nannie C., age 9 (born 8/1890) in the household of her parents. 

 

 

               

               


BCG      Valentine

                Valentine is named in his father's estate papers.  Various records indicate he was born in 1802.  Records of Rowan county, NC, show Valentine married Nancy Marshall in March 1822;  however, marriage and death notices in the Western Carolinian show that Valentine "Keisler" and Nancy "Wilkinson" were married in Salisbury (Rowan County) in March 1822.  Possibly, Nancy had previously been married to a Marshall;  her gravestone in the Presbyterian Burying Grounds in Concord (Cabarrus county) shows Nancy G. nee "Wilkerson", wife of Valentine, died October 12, 1853, aged 48/7/21.  Valentine's gravestone shows a birth date of 1802; the date of death cannot be read.

                Valentine appears in the 1830, 1840, and 1850 Census records for Cabarrus county, NC.  The 1850 Census shows Valentine, age 48; Nancy G., age 45; Mary E., age 20; Jane D., age 16; Sarah, age 11; and Valentine, age 8.

 

BCGA                    Mary E.

                The 1850 Census records for Cabarrus county, NC, show Mary, age 20 in her father's household.

 

BCGB                    Jane D.

                The 1850 Census records for Cabarrus county, NC, show Jane, age 16, in her father's household.  Cabarrus county records show Jane D. Kestler married John M. Alexander in August 1853.  Census records for 1860, Cabarrus county, show John Alexander, age 31, and Jane, age 26. 

 

BCGC                   Sarah

                The 1850 Census records for Cabarrus county, NC, show Sarah, age 11, in her father's household.

 

BCGD                    Valentine Wesley

                The 1850 Census records for Cabarrus county, NC, show Valentine, age 8, in his father's household.  The 1860 Census records for Cabarrus county, NC, show Wesley, age 18, in the household of (his brother) George W. Kestler.  The 1870 Census records for Cabarrus county show V. W. Kestler, age 27; wife Jennie, age 24; John W., age 3; and George E., age 1.

                The 1880 Census records for Cabarrus county show Wesley, age 36; Jane, age 34; John, age 13; George, age 11; Charles, age 8; Walter, age 6; Irene, age 3; and Lillie, age three months. 

                The 1900 Census records for Brazos county, TX, show "V.W." Kistler, age 57 (born 9/1842 in NC); Laura J., age 38 (born 8/1861); Ronney M., age 16 (born 9/1883); Lemar V., age 5 (born 10/1894), and Robert B., age five months (born 1/1899).  It appears that Valentine’s first wife had died and that he subsequently remarried.

 

BCGDA John W.

                John W., age 3, appears in the 1870 Census records for Cabarrus county, NC, in the household of his father.  At age 13, he appears in the 1880 Census records for Cabarrus county, NC, in the household of his father.

 

BCGDB                 George Edward

                George E., age 1, appears in the 1870 Census records for Cabarrus county, NC, in the household of his father.  At age 11, he appears in the 1880 Census records for Cabarrus county, NC, in the household of his father.

                The 1900 Census records for Cabarrus county show G. Edward, age 31 (born 3/1869); Ida, age 31 (born 12/1868); and son William, age 1 (born 11/1898).

 


BCGDBA              William

                William, age 1 (born 11/1898) appears in the 1900 Census records for Cabarrus county, NC, in the household of his father. 

 

BCGDC                Charles

                Charles, age 8, appears in the 1880 Census records for Cabarrus county, NC, in the household of his father.

 

BCGDD Walter

                Walter, age 6, appears in the 1880 Census records for Cabarrus county, NC, in the household of his father.

 

BCGDE                 Irene

                Irene, age 3, appears in the 1880 Census records for Cabarrus county, NC, in the household of her father.

 

BCGDF                 Lillie

                Lillie, age three months, appears in the 1880 Census records for Cabarrus county, NC, in the household of her father.

 

BCGDG                Ronney M.

                Ronney M, age 16 (born 9/1883), appears in the 1900 Census records for Brazos county, TX, in the household of his father.

 

BCGDH Lemar V.

                Lemar V., age 5 (born 10/1894), appears in the 1900 Census records for Brazos county, TX, in the household of his father.

 

BCGDI                  Robert B.

                Robert B., age five months, appears in the 1900 Census records for Brazos county, TX, in the household of his father.

 

BCGE                    George W.

                Most likely, George is the oldest son of Valentine (BCG).  The 1850 Census records for Cabarrus county, NC, show George W. Kestler, age 23, in the household of A. I. York.  His occupation is shown as a clerk. 

                The 1860 Census records for Cabarrus county provide the family link.  Those records show George W., age 34 (salesman); wife Nancy, age 21; and Wesley, age 18 (salesman).  Wesley is, undoubtedly, George’s younger brother, Valentine Wesley (BCGD).

                The 1870 Census records for Cabarrus county show George W., age 44; Nancy, age 28; and James W., age 3. 

                The 1900 Census records for Guilford county, NC, show George, age 73 (born 8/1826); Nannie, age 52 (born 9/1848); son George, age 25 (born 2/1875); and daughter-in-law Mary, age 22 (born 8/1877).  The Census records also show that George and Nancy had only two children, and only one (obviously, son George) was living at the time of the Census. 

 

BCGEA                 James W.

                James W., age 3, appears in the 1870 Census records for Cabarrus county, NC, in the household of his father.  James died before the 1900 Census.  

 


BCGEB                 George

                George, age 25 (born 2/1875), and his wife, Mary, age 22 (born 8/1877), appear in the 1900 Census records for Guilford county, NC, in the household of his father. 

 

BCH      Andrew

                 Andrew is named in his father's estate papers.  Library files in Rowan county, NC, show that in August 1817 Andrew, age 7, was bound to David Upright to learn the trade of wheelwright.  Andrew was believed to be dead by 1838; see narrative for BCD.

 


BCI         George

                George is named in his father's estate papers.  At the time of his father's death in 1812, George was still a minor; he was  probably born about 1799.

                George (BCI) and his cousin George (BAJ) were about the same age and lived in the same area of North Carolina.  Since supporting records are few, it is difficult to tell the two families apart.  Refer to the narrative entry for George, (BAJ).

                The 1850 Census records for Union county, NC, show George, age 50; Judy, age 31; John, age 16; Sarah, age 14; Mary, age 12; George, age 9; James, age 7; and Margaret, age 3.

                The 1860 Census records for Union county show George, age 55; Judy, age 55; Mary, age 19; James, age 15; Margaret, age 18; Jane, age 10; and Eliza, age 8.

                Obviously, the age data shown in the two Census records are misleading and/or erroneous.

 

BCIA                      Ransom

                There is nothing to connect Ransom to George (BCI) except location.  The 1850 Census records for Union county, NC, show Ransom, age 18, as a boarder in a household very close to George.

                Marriage records of adjacent Cabarrus county show that Ransom A. "Kestler" married Laura Jane Banker on 12/27/1865.

 

BCIB                      John

                The 1850 Census records for Union county, NC, show John, age 16, in his father's household.  The 1860 Census records for Union county show John, age 26; Jane, age 26; and Monroe, age 2. 

                The 1880 Census records for Mecklenburg county, NC, show John, age 47; Jane, age 46; (illegible name, male), age 21; John, age 20; Elizabeth, age 16; Mary, age 14; Margaret, age 9; and James, age 7.

 

BCIBA                   Monroe

                The 1860 Census records for Union county, NC, show Monroe, age 2, in his father's household.  The 1880 Census records for Mecklenburg county, NC, show (illegible name), age 21, in his father's household.

 

BCIBB                   John

                The 1880 Census records for Mecklenburg county, NC, show John, age 20, in his father's household.

 

BCIBC                   Elizabeth

                The 1880 Census records for Mecklenburg county, NC, show Elizabeth, age 16, in her father's household.

 

BCIBD                   Mary

                The 1880 Census records for Mecklenburg county, NC, show Mary, age 14, in her father's household.

 

BCIBE                   William

                The 1880 Census records for Mecklenburg county, NC, show William, age 12, in his father's household.  The 1900 Census records for Mecklenburg show William, age 33 (born 4/67); and Della, age 25 (born 4/1875).

 

BCIBF                    Margaret

                The 1880 Census records for Mecklenburg county, NC, show Margaret, age 9, in her father's household.

 

BCIBG                   James

                The 1880 Census records for Mecklenburg county, NC, show James, age 7, in his father's household.  The 1900 Census records for Rowan county, NC, show James, age 27 (born 2/1873); and Cora, age 16, (born 2/1884).

 

BCIC                     Sarah

                The 1850 Census records for Union county, NC, show Sarah, age 14, in her father's household.

 

BCID                      Mary

                The 1850 Census records for Union county, NC, show Mary, age 12, in her father's household.  The 1860 Census records for Union county show "Polly", age 19, in her father's household.

 

BCIE                      George

                The 1850 Census records for Union county, NC, show George, age 9, in his father's household.

 

BCIF                      James S.

                The 1850 Census records for Union county, NC, show James, age 7, in his father's household.  The 1860 Census records for Union county show James, age 15, in his father's household.

 

BCIG                     Margaret

                The 1850 Census records for Union county, NC, show Margaret,age 3, in her father's household.  The 1860 Census records for Union county show Margaret, age 18, in her father's household.

 

BCIH                      Jane

                The 1860 Census records for Union County, NC, show Jane, age 10, in her father's household.

 

BCII                       Eliza

                The 1860 Census records for Union county, NC, show Eliza, age 8, in her father's household.

 

BCJ                         Polly

                Polly is named in her father's estate papers.  At the time of her father's death in 1812, Polly was still a minor; she was probably born about 1800.

 


BCK                       Peter

                Peter is named in his father's estate papers.  At the time of his father's death in 1812, Peter was still a minor.  Based on Census records, it appears that Peter was born about 1797. 

                On 11/23/1816. in Rowan county, NC, Peter Keisler was bound to William Rough to learn the trade of carpenter, and Peter's occupation reflected on later Census records show his occupation as a carpenter. 

                Marriage notices from the newspaper, Western Carolinian, show that Peter Kistler married Maranda Chapman on 5/15/1826 in Rowan county.  The 1830 Census for Davidson county, North Carolina, shows a Peter Keesler: one male, age 20‑30; two males, under age 5; and one female, age 20‑30.  Davidson county was created from Rowan county in 1822.

     I have not found Peter in the 1840 Census, but the 1850 Census for Davidson county shows Peter, age 53; Maranda, age 43; William, age 23; John, age 21; Hamilton, age 14; Louisa Jane, age 12; Henry, age 10; Madison, age 7 and Maria, age 3.  In 1860 and 1870, Census records show Peter in Davie County; Davie county was created from Rowan county in 1836.  The 1860 Census records for Davie county also show Peter's last born son, Calvin (age 8 in 1860).    

                Peter's will is filed in Davie county.  It is dated 12/22/1879, but it was not probated until 4/4/1893.  Peter's wife is not named.  Children named are as follows: William R.; John A.; Madison F.; Calvin L.; Louise J. Shives, and Maria E. Horn.

 

BCKA                    William R.

                The 1850 Census records for Davidson county, NC, show William, age 25, in his father's household.  The 1870 Census records for Davie county, NC, show William, age 43; and Adeline, age 37. 

 

BCKB                     John A.

                 The 1850 Census records for Davidson county, NC, show John, age 21, in his father's household.  Marriage records of Davidson county show that John A. "Kesler" married Mary E. E. Mason on 6/3/1854.

                The 1860 Census records for Davie county shows John, age 31; Mary, age 23; Charles, age 4, and Grief (sic), age 2.  The 1870 Census records for Davie county show John, age 40; "Ellen", age 32; Charles, age 14; William D.H.P., age 6; and John, age eight.     The 1880 Census records for Davie county, NC, show John, age 52; Mary, age 42; William D.H.P., age 16; John, age 11; George, age 9; and Mary, age 5.

               

BCKBA                  Charles A. 

                The 1860 Census records for Davie county, NC, show Charles, age 4, in his father's household.  The 1870 Census records show Charles, age 14, in his father's household. The 1900 Census records for Rowan county, NC, show Charles "Kestler", age 44 (born 11/1855); Sarah, age 40 (born 6/1860); and two children born after 1880.

 

BCKBAA               Minnie                  

Born 8/1881; she appears in her father's household in the 1900 Census.

 

BCKBAB               Henrietta                             

Born 11/1884; she appears in her father's household in the 1900 Census. 

BCKBB                  Grief (sic)

                The 1860 Census records for Davie county, NC, show Grief (sic), age 2, in his father's household.  There is no further record; he may have died young.

 


BCKBC                 James B.

                The 1870 Census records for Davie county, NC, show James, age 9, in his father's household.

 

BCKBD                  William D.H.P.

                The 1870 Census records for Davie county, NC, show William, age 6, in his father's household. The 1880 Census records show William, age 16, in his father's household. Records of Gibsonville cemetery, Guilford county, NC, show W.H. Kistler, 6/30/1863 ‑ 12/22/1898.

 

BCKBE                  John W.

                The 1870 Census records for Davie county, NC, show John, age 8 months, in his father's household. The 1880 Census records for Davie county show John, age 11, in his father's household.   The 1900 Census records for Rowan county, NC, show John W. "Kestler", age 31 (born 2/1869); Ida, age 28 (born 1/1872); and four children  born after 1880.

 

BCKBEA               Wey                      

Born 4/1890; he appears in his father's household in the 1900 Census.

BCKBEB               Henrietta                             

Born 10/1891; she appears in her father's household in the 1900 Census.

 

BCKBEC               Thomas                

Born 8/1893; he appears in his father's household in the 1900 Census.

BCKBED               Willie (daughter)

Born 4/1898; she appears in her father's household in the 1900 Census. 

 

BCKBF                  George W.

                The 1880 Census records for Davie county, NC, show George, age 9, in his father's household.  The 1900 Census records for Rowan county, NC, show George "Kestler", age 27 (born 9/1872); Sarah, age 22 (born 1878), and one child born after 1880.

 

BCKBFA               Daisey

                Born 8/1899; she appears in her father’s household in the 1900 Census.

 

BCKBG                 Mary E.

                The 1880 Census records for Davie county, NC, show Mary, age 5, in her father's household.

 

BCKC                    Hamilton C.

                Hamilton first appears in the 1850 Census for Davidson county, NC, in his father's household, age 14.  The 1860 Census for Davie county, NC, shows H.C. Kistler, age 25; Mary, age 24; and Martha, age six months.  Records for Davie county show a marriage bond for H.C. Kistler and Mary J. Lyerly in 2/1859.  Hamilton is not named in his father's will dated in 1879.

 

BCKCA                 Martha

                The 1860 Census records for Davie county, NC, show Martha, age six months, in her father's household.

 

BCKD                    Louisa Jane

                The 1850 Census records for Davidson county, NC, show Louisa, age 12, in her father's household.  Louisa is named in her father's will as Louise J. Shives.

 

BCKE                     Henry P.

     The 1850 Census records for Davidson county, NC, show Henry, age 10, in his father's household.  The 1860 Census records for Davie county, NC, show Henry, age 20, in his father's household.

Henry is not named in his father's will dated in 1879.

 

BCKF                     Madison Franklin

                The 1850 Census records for Davidson county, NC, show Madison, age 7, in his father's household.  The 1860 Census records for Davie county, NC, show him, age 17, in his father's household.  The 1870 Census records for Davie county show him, age 26, in his father's household. 

                Library files in Rowan county, NC, show Madison Franklin Kistler, age 33, married Victoria Bennet, about 23, in Salisbury on 1/31/1875; both Madison and Victoria are shown as from Davie county. 

                The 1900 Census records for Davie county shows Madison (born 10/1843), marital status "unknown", living with his brother Calvin (BCKH).

 

BCKG                    Maria E.

                The 1850 Census records for Davidson county, NC, show Maria, age 3, in her father's household.  The 1860 Census records for Davie county, NC, show her, age 13, in her father's household.  The 1870 Census records for Davie county show her, age 22, in her father's household.  Maria E. Horn is named in her father's will.

 

BCKH                    Calvin

                The 1860 Census  records for Davie county, NC, show Calvin, age 8, in his father's household.  The 1870 Census records for Davie county show him, age 18, in his father's household.

                The 1900 Census records for Davie county show Calvin, age 48 (born 2/1852), marital status single, in his own household.  His brother, Madison, was also in residence.

 

 

BCL        David

                Records of the Pilgrim German Lutheran Church, Davidson county, NC, show that Jacob (BC) was a member in 1790 and that David was born 2/22/1797.  David must have died young; he is not named in his father's estate papers.

                Note that Davidson county was formed from Rowan county, NC, in 1822.

 

 

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