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Re: family history
Posted by: John Nussear Date: September 27, 2001 at 12:34:57
In Reply to: family history by john nussear of 61

Folks: i have not seen a specific reference that would certify as to when Sabastian came to America. I have used many pieces of information to make some assumptions:
Assumption #1: that Sabastian was the son of Jacob, Sr. ( who arrived in Phil. with another son named Jacob on the Morning Star on Dec. 24, 1772 from Germany). According to Mary Kelly Mills ( posted on the Nussear Family Forum), Jacob, Sr., Sabastian and Jacob, Jr. all turn up on the same tax rolls between 1781-1785 in Heidelberg Township, York County, PA. Also, the A Name Index To The Baltimore City Tax Records 1798-1808 of Baltimore City Archives lists all three men together ( spelled Nurcer). Also, E. Combs posted a message on the Forum that she has a record that Jacob, Jr. had several wives, one of which was Susanna Crouse, and they had a child named Sabastian. This child could not be "our" Sabastian because it appears that "our" Sabastian married a Barbara in Baltimore sometime between 1773-17819 because he is taxed in PA. in 1781-1783 as a married man), and they had their first child, John, in 1782. If Sabastian was the son of Jacob, Jr., he would have been married with a child by age 10.

Assumption#2 - Sabastian, the son of Jacob, Sr., shows up on the tax rolls in Heidelberg Township in PA. in 1781. If he was at least 21 years old and married in 1781, and his father arrived in America in 1772, he could not have been born in America. He doesn't show up on the manifest of the Morning Star, therefore, he must have arrived between 1773-1781.

Assumption #3: MKM has posted on the Nussear Forum that Jacob, Sr. was probably indentured to a Mr. Jams Christie of Balt. between 1773-1777, after which he appears on the tax rolls of Heidelberg Township, PA. It is likely that Sabastian joined his father in Balt. between 1773-1777.

I have discovered two sources which I have not yet seen, but which may contain the name of Sabastian Nusser as a passenger coming to America: 1.) The Pennsylvania magazine of History and Biography, vol. 13:1 (1889) , p.p. 113-115. "A list of German Immigrants, 1773". 2.) Rupp, Isreal Daniel. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousands Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French, and Other Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1772-1776. Deneger & Co., Leipzig, 1931.

I have emailed two genealogists requesting information about the family prior to their coming to America: 1.) and 2.) ( both are in Germany).

Finally, I hope that the 1772 Nusser's that I am concentrating on are not a wild goose chase. I ahve found the Nusser name in America prior to 1772: Christina Katharina Nusser, born around January 1, 1768 in Charleston, S.C.

I believe the following (until further notice):
Sabastian Nusser-my great, great, great grandfather
William Nussear-ninth child of Sabastian Nusser; born in 1801 in Balt.; my great, great grandfather
Jesse Henry Nussear-only child of William Nussear; born about 1840; married Catherine Weirich; lived in Emmittsburg, MD.; my great granfather
John Harry / Henry Nussear-one of three children of Jesse Henry ; born about 1874; died in 1955; lived in Hagerstown, MD.; my grandfather.
John Harry Nussear, Jr.-one of four children of John Harry/Henry; born in 1910; died in 1964; lived in Hagerstown, MD.; my father
John Harry Nussear, III-one of four children of John Harry Nussear, Jr.; born in 1941; lives in Denton, MD.; married Helen Hammond; three childre-Susie, Caroline, John IV; me! ( I am fairly sure of this last part).


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