|First family story passed down.
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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
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.