Did you get the bible in the US or Germany? I am looking for the surname Elizer, and it disappears almost completely prior to 1798, which is the date of the farthest ancestor back that we can verify. The spelling of the name "Elssaeserin" could lend itself to possibly being translated as Elizer, or as close as any other surname I have checked does, since I unfortunately don't speak German!
We were told by an earlier research that the family originally came "from Maintz on the Rhine in Germany" with the Penn/Dutch settlement, but we have no proof. And that a direct ancestor of the one born in 1798 fought in the Revolutionary War and received a land grant of 640 acres where "Lexington now stands", we assume that is in KY but we could be wrong.
We were also told that the ancestor mentioned above, James Bullock Elizer, was the eldest of 12 children and that he left his father's dairy farm and came to TN, when he was 18 yrs. old, to seek his fortune.
I should have looked before I posted this, I didn't see if you are related to the Elsesser family. If you are, have you run across any surnames that resemble "Elizer" either by sight or by pronunciation?
Carol Clark Elizer firstname.lastname@example.org
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