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Charles A Cannon Memorial Library
Concord, N.C. 28025



We have records that show that in 1730, our name was represented

By two sons, Frederick and Johan.  That the name was original-

ly “Neischler”.  Not far from Weil, near Stuttgart, Germany,

there stood early in the eighteenth century a stone house that

had been standing there for five hundred years.  The name of the

family who owned it was out in large quaint letters over the

entrance door.  It was “Neischler”.


For saving the life of the King in the Schwarzwald or Black

Forest, this property had been bestowed upon the founder of the

house, together with a title, and the office of Grand Marshal,

which descended from father to son.  Frederick, being the oldest,

inherited the estate. John, “Johan” was quite different from his

brother, and was filled with disgust at the manner in which he lived

and the nobility in general.  John had accumulated quite a fortune,

and was Burgermaster of Van Weil.


He turned all of his property into gold and placed it in the hands

of a merchant at Amsterdam.  In these days, it was ordinarily

quite difficult to find a vessel sailing for America, and he ex-

pected to have to be in Amsterdam quite a while.  But finding a ship

about to leave for Charleston, S. C. he had to hurry aboard, and did

not have time to call on the merchant with whom he had deposited

his money.  He never saw a dollar of it, so it happened, that he

departed for a strange land without any money except the gold con-

cealed upon the person of himself and wife.


It was nine months from the time he left Van Weil that he

landed in Charleston.  He had left his oldest son, Frederich

in Germany because he was heir to the family house and honors,

his brother having no children.  His other Children were John,

Walter, Mary, and he arrived in Charleston sometime between 1730

and 1740.


John, oldest son in America of John Neisler, Sr. was about 14

years old when his father landed in Charleston.  He married Miss

Mary Walter, whose brother, Paul, was a partisan Ranger in the

Revolution of 1776. John and Mary (Walter) Neisler had four

children, namely:  Nicholas, John, Hugh and David.  He married a

second time, but I have no knowledge of the names of the

children of the second wife.


John Neisler, Jr., finally settled in Cabarrus County, N. C.,

and became the owner of a large plantation.