Neisler Page (In the process of reconstruction after former website host lost the site)

                                Errors in describing the Wannweil churchbook have been corrected in this reconstruction of the website..

>>> To see the  map and  1711 property ownership of Wannweil (John's house and Anna Steinmeyers house indicated <<click here>>

>>> Story of Johannes Neuscheler's journey to America (First version of the journey) <<click here>>

                                                                                       (Second version of journey)  <<click here>>

>>> Land Grant of 150 and 250 acres to John Neisler (Nashler) by King George III in 1772 (11x17 document slow to load) <<click here>>

>>> John Neisler's birth records in Wannweil Germany (Grandfather, Father, and Uncle also listed)

                  Annotated with typed in translation <<click here>>

                  Not annotated <<click here>>




In or about 1754, Johannes Neuscheler emigrated from Wuerttemberg (now part of Germany) with his wife Anna Steinmaier (Steinmeyer) and children which included his son Johannes who later changed changed his name to John Neisler. I could find no Neisler's in the german telephone book. It appears to be a unique name, so most, if not all, Neisler's in the US may be related to one another. John Neisler was married twice. The first wife was Mary Frances Walter and the second Catherine Coleman.


In the Wannweil churchbook, Adam Neuscheler (above) is listed as Burgermeister (Mayor). He was John's (above) Uncle. John's Father, Johannes, is listed as a shoemaker (Schuhmachermeister). John's Father and Mother are Johannes Neuscheler and and Anna Steinmeyer. John's Grandfather and Grandmother, Hans Adam Neuscheler and Margaretha Grauer were married in 1701. Note that John's Grandparents are the same for John's Father and Uncle. On the list of children of Johannes Neuscheler and Anna Steinmeyer John  (Johannes) was born June 17, 1740. He would have been about 12-14 when he immigrated to the US. He changed his name to John Neisler. He has no middle name in the church book, but is listed as John Nicholas Neisler on the family tree. John Neisler's (born 1740) Grandfather, Hans Adam Neuscheler (born 1671, died 1731) is listed as the mayor's representative and Judge (Nachschultheis, Richter). Schultheis is the same as Buergermeister and the Nachschultheis represents the mayor's in his absence (as I understand it).



The Neuscheler and Steinmeyer families attended this Church in Wannweil, Germany. The Church is dedicated to John the Baptist, which apparently explains why Johann is such a common name in the village.

The Wandel house in Kusterdingen. Kusterdingen is just a couple of miles from Wannweil. A Hans Neuscheler  was married to Barbara Wandel (pronounced Vahndel). The Wandel family is still present in Kusterdingen and owns the Wandel Weinhaus.


There are two Wandel houses next to one another. The addresses are

1 and 3 bei der Linde, Kusterdingen, Germany (above is 3 bei der Linde). This is the

SW corner of bei der Linde and Martin Str.. Property first owned by Jacob Wandel (born about 1480 then passed down to Sebastian and then to Adam.

The Johannes Church in Wannweil is one of the oldest in Wuerttemberg. Only two other churches, the Kapelle in Belsen and the Friedhofscapelle in Owingen are as old. All three were built in the 11th and 12th centuries.

The Johannes Church was originally a baptismal church dedicated to John the Baptist. It was built on the ruins of a roman settlement. The remains of the pillars of a roman floor heating system, numerous pieces of glass vessels and tiles were uncovered during the renovation in 1890. The pillars are on display in the tower.


Above: An aquarell of the Steinmeyer home at Dorfstrasse 14, Wannweil Germany (near Stuttgart). Animals were kept on the ground floor so the stairway leads up to the family living space. To the left of the home is the school that Johannes and Anna attended. The school is no longer standing. The Neuschelers and the Steinmaiers were neighbors.

   Top: The Neuscheler  home (Hof). Address Dorfstrasse 22, Wannweil Germany. The Hof consisted of a house barn and outbuildings. The families had rights to farm land just outside town. Both houses date back to the early 1700s.

   Bottom: The Steinmeyer house. Woodbeams have been covered by stucco. Address Dorfstrasse 14.

   Both homes date back to early 1700's.


Above: Structural features of 14 Dorfstrasse, Anna's House  

Above is a document from the Reutlingen archive showing the Steinmeyers leaving Germany.

Spotty translation below: A group of people got an exit visa at the same time on December 24, 1752. The Steinmeyers appear to be  Anna Steinmeyer-Neuscheler's brother (old Hans Jerg), his daughter (Anna) and his son (young Hans Jerg) with daughter Barbara. Each of the family names, Hipp, Ott, and Raiser, are in the Wannweil churchbook which shows marriages between members of these families.  Johannes, Anna Steinmeyer-Neuscheler and children are not on this document, but the Neuschelers are said to have left at about the same time as the group below. Their exit record has apparently been lost. At that time, out migrants from Germany would be given money to help them leave. The amount listed is 2 franks gulden and a total of 14 for the group. The clerk split the name Steinmeyer (spelled here as Steinmayer)  into two parts. Anyone that can give a better translation, please let me know.

A member of the Raiser family currently owns the Neuscheler home in Wannweil.

Our thanks to Bill Neislar of Missouri for obtaining this exit visa



Center Hill Cemetery, Lexington, TN, early 2006


Lexington has come a ways over the past couple of years. The cell

> phone coverage has improved and the motels have internet connections.


> I visited a cemetery yesterday where a number of family members are

> buried. An old man named ---- was also there so I introduced

> myself. He was no relation but he began talking

> about himself saying he had worked in the Civilian Conservation Core

> in the 30's. He said he had worked to build the local lakes. I told

> him that I had a relative that didn't want to move from Sycamore Lake

> when it was built.


> He said that he "knew that fellow" whose name was Ezra Neisler. I

> replied that was the relative I was talking about. He continued

> that it wasn't Ezra that shot at the CCC cars, but his wife and his

> wife's sister. Ezra was arrested and blamed for the shootings, but was

> released from jail for lack of evidence. "They shot up that car pretty

> good with their rifle."


> Ezra was very angry and sad that the government made him move, so as a

> protest he refused to accept any money for his house and farm. He died

> a few years later and his wife and daughter then claimed the money.

> Earl said his wife had a drinking problem and went through the money

> pretty fast.


> ---- helped my feelings by pointing out that Ezra's

> wife was a "Brown" which would be no relation to me. Ezra was "not

> perfect (none of us are), but he was a good man. ---- said.