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Jacob Wismer

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Birth  Abt 1684  Germany  [1
Sex  Male 
Eby ID  00133-8149 
Died  4 Feb 1787  Bedminster Twp., Bucks Co., Pennsylvania  [2
Person ID  I21594 
Last Modified  18 Aug 2004 
 
Family 1  Nanny Souder 
Married  Abt 1720    [3
Children 
 1. Jacob Wismer, b. 1721, , Bucks Co., Pennsylvania
 2. Mary Wismer, b. 1723, , Bucks Co., Pennsylvania
 3. Elizabeth Wismer, b. 29 Apr 1725, , Bucks Co., Pennsylvania
 4. Joseph Wismer, b. 1728, , Bucks Co., Pennsylvania
 5. Henry Wismer, b. 1730, , Bucks Co., Pennsylvania
 6. Mark Wismer, b. 1737, , Bucks Co., Pennsylvania
 7. Daniel Wismer
 8. John Wismer
 9. Christian Wismer
 10. Nancy Wismer
 11. Abraham Wismer, b. 20 Feb 1743, , Bucks Co., Pennsylvania
 12. Henry Wismer
Group Sheet  F5028 
 
Notes  Jacob Wismer, "ancestor of the numerous family of that name in Bucks and Montgomery Counties of Pennsylvania, and other states of the United States, and also those that are found in the province of Ontario, Canada, are descendants of the same family. He was born in Germany about the year 1684 and died in Bedminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, February 4th, 1787, aged 102 years and a few months. The date of his emigrating to America is not known but may have been as early as 1710 or even before that date. The place of his landing is also uncertain. By some of his descendants it is supposed he landed at one of the Carolina States. Most probably he was one of the number of Germans who, being cruelly persecuted by the State Party in 1709, left their homes on the Rhine and emigrated to the wilds of America. They settled on the Roanoke and head waters of the Neuse River in North Carolina. (From W. W. H. Davis' "History of Bucks County") At the outbreak of the Indian War led by the Tuscaroras, the savages on the night of October 2nd, 1711, fell with such fury upon this German settlement that one hundred and thirty of them perished. No doubt the old progenitor was one of the unfortunate emigrants forming this settlement. Tradition has it that a sister who came with him to America, was one of the number who were killed. He, it is said, was allowed to escape the hands of those savages by means of a small bribe offered to one of the attacking parties. Once away from the settlement he travelled on foot north through Virginia and Maryland to Byberry in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, from whence he, at a later date, moved to Bucks County. It is not positively known when he moved to Bucks County but it is supposed that it was in the year 1726. He settled on a tract of land comprising 210 acres for which he paid 100 lawful money. On April 12th, 1773, the old progenitor sold his farm to his son, Henry, for 500. He is said to have had three wives, and was married to his third wife after coming north, about the year 1720, with whom he lived 67 years. She was 84 years of age at the time of her death. Her Christian name was 'Nanny' and she was the mother of all his children. Her maiden name is not positively known but may have been 'Souder' as her children and grandchildren received legacies from one Jacob Souder whose daughter it is presumed she was. At the time of his death he had one hundred and seventy children and grandchildren. Although living to the great age of nearly one hundred and three years, he retained his mind until within about two months, and could walk and dress and undress himself within about two weeks of his death. Both his and his wife's remains were, no doubt, laid to rest in the grave-yard of the Old Mennonite Church at Deep Run where for many years they worshipped the God of their fathers and left to their numerous posterity an undying example to 'go and do likewise'. 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."
 
Sources  1. [S2]   Vol II A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., Ezra Eby, 653   [View page(s) from the 1895-96 edition]
2. [S2]   Vol II A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., Ezra Eby, 653   [View page(s) from the 1895-96 edition]
3. [S2]   Vol II A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., Ezra Eby, 654   [View page(s) from the 1895-96 edition]
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