I was intrigued by your message. Perhaps there is some distant connection. My great grandfather, Jacob Heisler, came, from "Hungary" to NY, about 1895.
Jacob had a sister named Rose who married and became Rose Niederman (possibly Neuman). Jacob also married a Neiderman(or Neuman) named Rose who then became Rose Heisler. Perhaps there were other siblings.
My aunt Helen H. Gross, of New York, formerly of Little Neck (Queens), New York, recalls some years ago, as a new member of their temple hearing about another member family by the nane of Heisler. She never found out whether there was a connection.
There is also a Heisler (Kosher) bakery in Riverdale (Bronx), NY. It seems we are not related to them.
My aunt recalls my great grandfather Jacob years ago saying that he had no relatives named Heisler in the New York area. His family was supposed to have settled in Philadelphia, PA. Jacob's maternal grandparents, who arrived sometime in the 1840s or so were named Weiss, a rather common Jewish name. They, the parents, stayed here but when the children grew up, they returned to Europe. Jacob came to visit his grandparents when he was about 16 or so. He never went back.
At one point he owned a cigar store on the lower east side in NY. He was also an auctioneer.
I am also exploring a possible connection with a family on Long Island, NY (?). Ann Heisler is the name of person. She died a year or so ago.
Please reply if you care to. I'm very interested any connection as most Heislers seems to be non-Jewish mid-westerners of German origin.
- Joel Epstein
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