This is the information I have on John Alfred Giesler Sr. He was b. 23 Nov 1831 in Sullivan Co., TN and d. 22 Mar 1918 in Maries Co. He was the child of Elizabeth "Betsy" Giesler and came to Missouri with his grandfather, John Giesler, Sr. extended family about 1837. John A. Giesler m. #1 Mahulda Tharp on 5 Jan 1854 in Crawford Co., MO. He m. #2 Elizabeth Jane Smith on 12 Feb 1882 in Maries Co., MO. He was a Civil War Vet and well known and respected citizen of Maries Co.
Children by his first wife:
1. Margaret Elizabeth Giesler b. 13 Oct 1854 m. John Richard Terrill
2. William Eli Giesler b. 2 Aug 1856 m. Mary Ann Fritts
3. Sarah Ellen Giesler b. 19 Sept 1858 m. Samuel Watson
4. Mary Isabell Giesler b. 14 Aug 1859 m. Alexander Thompson
5. John Alfred Giesler Jr. b. 3 Feb 1863 m. Mary Jane Stone
6. Lieu Ellen Giesler b. 10 June 1867 m. Abraham Grant Smith
7. Letha Jane Giesler b. 3 Jul 1869 m. John James Satterfield
8. Eldora Frances Giesler b. 22 Aug 1872 m. James Spurgeon
I have more on some of the children. This from Marjorie Spurgeon research.
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