Jacob Wismer

Jacob Friedt Wismer (1684 - 1787)

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Jacob Friedt Wismer aka Wisemer
Born in Bruchsal, Karlsruhe, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germanymap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Carversville, Bucks, Pennsylvaniamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Bedminster, Bucks, Pennsylvania, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 2 Jan 2016
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Biography

"Jacob Wismer, ancestor of the numerous family of that name in Bucks and Montgomery Counties Pa., and other portions of the United States and Canada, was born in Germany about 1684, and died in Bedminster Township, Bucks Co., Pa., Feb. 1, 1787 in his one hundred and third year."[1]

The book cited above, by Jacob Fretz, indicates that Jacob Wismer emigrated to the New World as early as 1710.[2] It is thought that he settled with other German families (who had fled their homes on the Rhine because of religious persecution) along the Roanoke in North Carolina. During the Tuscarora Indian uprising in October of 1711, the settlement was attacked. More than 130 settlers were killed. According to family legend, Jacob's "sister accompanied him to America, that after they settled, the Indians fell upon them and killed the former, the latter held out some tobacco before the savages, which caused their savage nature to yield to such an extent that he was enabled to make his escape. It is said that after he made his escape he walked and ran ninety miles in one day. He traveled north as far as Byberry in Philadelphia County, Pa. , from whence he later, moved to Bucks County."[3]

Jacob Friedt Wismer was a farmer and a wheelwright.[4]

He is said to have had three wives, and was married to his third wife after coming north about 1720, and with whom he lived 67 years she being 84 years old at the time of his death. Her Christian name was "Nanny," and she was the mother of all of his children. Her maiden name is unknown but is known that the children and grandchildren received legacies from one Jacob Sowder and it is presumed that she was the daughter of Jacob Sowder."''[5]

More quotes from Brief History of Jacob Wismer:

"At the time of his death he had one hundred and seventy children and grandchildren."

"Although living to the great age of 103 years, he retained his mind until within about two months, and could walk out and dress and undress himself within about two weeks of his death."

"The remains of himself and wife were no doubt laid to rest in the grave-yard of the Old Mennonite church at Deep Run, the scene of their zeal for God's cause, and where for many years they worshiped the God of their fathers, and left to their numerous posterity an undying example to "go and do likewise.".' [6]

"The children of Jacob and Nanny Wismer were eleven in number, all of whom were born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Their names are as follows: Jacob, born in 1721, Mary, born in 1723, Elizabeth, born April 29th, 1725, Joseph, born in 1728, Henry, born in 1730, Mark, born in 1737, died in 1831, Daniel, John, died in 1794, Christian, died February 20th, 1795, Nancy, and Abraham, born February 20th, 1743, died April 27th, 1828,"[7]

Jacob Wismer died on 4 Feb 1787, [8] [9][10] He is buried at Deep Run Mennonite Church East Cemetery in Bedminster, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

The below referenced books trace Jacob Wismer's descendants for several generations. Both are readily available digitally.

Sources

  1. Brief History of Jacob Wismer and a Complete Genealogical Family Register of his descendants from the earliest available records to the present time with portraits and other illustrations by Rev. Abraham James Fretz (introduction by Eli Wismer of Plumstead, PA) Mennonite Publishing Co 1893. Page 1. On-line resource; https://archive.org ; https://archive.org/details/briefhistoryofja00fret
  2. Ibid
  3. Brief History of Jacob Wismer and a Complete Genealogical Family Register of his descendants from the earliest available records to the present time with portraits and other illustrations by Rev. Abraham James Fretz (introduction by Eli Wismer of Plumstead, PA) Mennonite Publishing Co 1893. Page 2. On-line resource; https://archive.org ; https://archive.org/details/briefhistoryofja00fret
  4. Brief History of Jacob Wismer ; Abraham James Fretz; Page 6 https://archive.org/details/briefhistoryofja00fret
  5. Ibid
  6. Brief History of Jacob Wismer ; Abraham James Fretz; Page 6 https://archive.org/details/briefhistoryofja00fret . Page 7
  7. Biographical History of Waterloo Township, Eby, Ezra, 1896, page 654. Weblink: http://ebybook.region.waterloo.on.ca/ebybrowser.php?volume=2&page=654
  8. Find A Grave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/51471653
  9. Ancestry.com. U.S., Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1704-1930 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors. Original data: Newspapers and Periodicals. American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts.
  10. Biographical History of Waterloo Township, Eby, Ezra, 1896, page 655. Weblink: http://ebybook.region.waterloo.on.ca/ebybrowser.php?volume=2&page=653
  • U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
  • U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
  • Book: Brief History of Jacob Wismer and a Complete Genealogical Family Register of his descendants from the earliest available records to the present time with portraits and other illustrations by Rev. Abraham James Fretz (introduction by Eli Wismer of Plumstead, PA) Mennonite Publishing Co 1893 (Pages 1-7)

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Jacob and Nanny Wismer, marks and seals.
Jacob and Nanny Wismer, marks and seals.

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