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Re: Johann Jacob Wisinger, Bavaria to S.
Posted by: Bob Wissinger Date: February 18, 2001 at 12:36:20
In Reply to: Johann Jacob Wisinger, Bavaria to S. C. by Nelda of 31

Nelda, I am VERY interested in sharing/exchanging information about this line. Some information about this family is posted on the WEISINGER site.

You are researching some very complicated parts of the various Wisinger, Weisinger, Weissinger lines. The confusion lays in the fact there was more than one John Wissinger in the Charleston Dist. area of SC in the mid to late 1700's. Also, there is more than one Matthias. Here's what I know:

John (Johann) Martin Weissinger (1692-1776) from Weilheim, Nuertingen, Wuertenberg, Germany married Anna Maria Fischer. Number of children unknown, but one was Leonard (1729-1799). This Leonard married Agnes Dorothea Scheifele (1730-1807) and had children George (1769-1837), John, Leonardt and perhaps others. These three brothers migrated to Charleston, SC in the 1780's - the exact date and ship remains unknown. This George Weissinger is the Weissinger line that Frances Morrison refers to and can be found on her web site at <>. Frances is correct that her John Weissinger is not the same as the John Weisinger below and the one related to John D. Weisinger.

OK -- now for the Wisinger/Weisenger/Weisinger /Weissinger line that immigrated to Charleston, SC. moved to Dallas Co., Alabama, then to Antrim, Texas. This is the line for John D. Weisinger who owns the Winery in Oregon and has the web site at <>.

Johann (John) Jacob Wisinger, b probably at Nuenberg, Germany; apparently could sign his name on documents; arrived first in the Colonies at Philadelphia, Pa. on Sept 14, 1753 on the ship "Edinburg," James Russel, Captain, from Rotterdam, via Portsmouth, England; Johann settled at Charleston, SC. According to the 1790 Census for St Phillips & St. Charles Parishes, Charleston Dist., SC records -- Wisinger, John - 1 male over 16 (John himself), 1 male under 16 (John Jacob Wisinger); 2 females, John's wife and a daughter (names unknown). The 1790 Census - Charleston Dist., SC, also reports a business, Frish & Wisinger; thought to have been a partnership.

I have two children for Johann (German for John) Jacob Wisinger
1. John Jacob Wisinger, b 1775; d abt, 185x.
2. (daughter) Wisinger
There could be others.

This John Jacob Wisinger, b 1775 at Greenville District, Charleston, SC.; moved to Dallas Co., AL; the "Wisinger Place" located on Talladega Creek, between Berneston and Allison's Mill, AL.; church membership, Baptist; his son's John Jr. and William married sisters at Al. and later moved to Arkansas; The 1830 Census for Jackson Twp., Union Co., Ark., lists John, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth, his wife, living with son John Jr.; John Sr. and Mary Elizabeth are not listed in the 1860 Census; John Sr. and his wife Mary Elizabeth are reported to be buried in unmarked graves in Union Co., Ark.; John, Sr., reported to have died at Calhoun Co., Ark. Mary Elizabeth, b at South Carolina was reported to have died suddenly while standing in a doorway in Ark.

I have 5 children for John Jacob Wisinger & Mary Elizabeth UNK:

1. Matthias Wisinger<, b 1796 (c); d after the Civil War
2. Levi (Eli) Wisinger, b 1804 (c)
3. Jesse B. Wisinger, b Oct 15, 1806; d Dec 19, 1881
4. John Jacob Wisinger, b Dec 5, 1808; d Oct 24, 1878
5. William Thomas Wisinger, b Dec 5, 1808; d Feb 14, 1865

For the above Matthias Wisinger, I have b at SC., probably Charleston; Occupation - Farmer; Residence - SC, Dallas Co., AL., Antrim, TX; married 1814 (c) to Leah Caroline Hornsby, b (c) 1807 (I have updated this marriage date with yours - Oct 22, 1823); "In the 1850 Census of Dallas Co., AL., Matthias and his family and his daughter Martha and her husband, John William Durnell, were with a wagon train. They settled in the Antrim Community in Houston Co., Texas; and the Durnells still (1978) own the land where Matthias built his home. In 1850, "Rube" (son) was reported to be eleven years old. Matthias built a 4 room log house and all of the family worked hard to procure the food and clothing needed. There were about 100 settlers and a log school and Church nearby." (By Houston Co., Historical Commission, Crockett, Tx 75835). Matthias is buried at Mackleroy Cemetery in Antrim, Tx.

1850 Census - Dallas County - Alabama

Weisenger, M 54 M Farmer, b S.C.
L.C. 43 F b S.C.
Charlotte 20 F b. Ala
Elizabeth 17 F b Ala.
John 14 M b Ala
J.R. 12 M b Ala
L.B. 9 F b Ala
T.A. 7 F b Ala
Sarana 4 F b Ala
J.H.E. 2 M b Ala

The children I have for Matthias Weisinger and Leah Caroline Hornsby are:

1. Mary Ann, b 1825; d 1886
2. Martha, b 1827; d 1889
3. Sabrina Ann Charlotte, b 1830; d 1895
4. Elizabeth, b 1833
5. Eliza, b 1845; d 1902
6. John Mathias, b 1836; d 1896
7. Rueben Jacob; b Feb 4, 1839; d May 10, 1918
8. Nancy Rebecca, b 1840; d 1884
9. Polly Ann, b 1841; d 1882
10. Selita, b 1843
11. Savannah Jane, b Jan 15, 1846; d Feb 1, 1940
12. James Henry, b Oct 22, 1847; d Feb 27, 1937

Now for a few other tidbits:

One researcher lists a Michael Johann Weissinger, b 22 Mar, 1744 in Germany and spouse Elizabeth, b abt 1734 as the parents of John Jacob. Whether this Michael is the same person as Johann John remains to be discovered.

Also, another Matthias Weissinger, b 1720, Germany is listed as the father of Michael Johann. Matthias; married Margaretha Siebler, b 1719, Germany. Connection is unknown at this point.

Now to confuse the issue, there is another Matthias Weissinger (Wessinger) line that settled in Charleston, SC in Nov, 1752. This Matthias arrived on the ship, Snow Rowland with three children: Michael, age 8; Mathias, age 6 and Catherine, age 1 and 1/2. This could be the Matthias listed above, but that's all I have.

I would love to learn if and how my database differs from yours and I can be contacted directly at

It would be great to hear from you.


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