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  • ID: I740
  • Name: Johann Christoph Sebastian Kiessling 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 24 SEP 1713 in Posseck, Saxony 4
  • Baptism: 25 SEP 1713 Lutheran Church, Posseck, Saxony
  • Burial: 1774 Peaked Mt. Church Cem
  • Emigration: 1752 Steinau, Hesse-Hanau (Germany)
  • Immigration: 14 OCT 1752 Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co, PA 5
  • Event: resided near McGahaysville, now Rockingham Co, Va
  • Death: 1773 in Lick Run, Augusta Co, VA
  • Note:
    [BO:From Steinau church book:BO] - On Sept 1713 the 15th sunday of the
    Trinitatis, 8:30 in the morning, was born Christoph Sebastian
    Kieslingg. He was baptised the following day, 25 Sept 1713. His
    father was Abraham Andreas Kiesling, gardener and innkeeper in
    Posseck. The godfather (1) was the AUTHed Sir, Mt. Georg Christoph
    von Reitz Reitzenstein, from Posseck, lord of the manor and captain
    and valet of the prince of Sachsen Zietz. (2) Master Sebastian Ludwig
    Beck from Rossbach. The godmother was J. Margaretha Cathetrina, the
    youngest daughter of the miller, Martin Werdengels, From Rosbach. The
    mother of Christoph Sebaastian was Margaretha Catherina Zo¨fel, from
    Rosbach. Posseck is a small town near thr Czech-Germany border.
    Abstract - Emigrated in 1752 to American Colonies. Married 5, June
    1749, in Steinau (Lutheran). Master Christoph Sebastian Kisling,
    black and art dyer. Son of Abraham Andreas Kisling, citizen and
    gardener from Kulmbach, Bayreuth. Wife: Anna Gertrauda, daughter of
    the Reformed school master, Christian Kautz. Children: Dietrich, born
    11 Mar 1750, in Steinau, godfather, Christian Kautz' son, Dietrich,
    and Eva Elisabetha, born 20 May 1751, godmotherm Eva Elisabetham wife
    of Gottschalck Reichenbach. When Christoph Kisling died (end of 1773
    or early 1774), he left as widow Christina, who administered his
    estate.
    Christoph was trained as a dyer and his guild apprenticeship papers
    filed in Kulmback show that he spent three years (1730-1733) in dyer
    training. In 1749 he married, Anna Gertruda the daughter of the
    schoolmaster Kautz. As a dowry he received half of the house of his
    father-in-law, and established a dying works in the kitchen.
    By 1752 he resided in Steinau an der Strausse, a village 35 miles
    northeast of Frankfort on the Main River where he is a master dyer.
    This town was in the administrative area of Hesse call Hesse-Hanau. In
    his letter of intention to emigrate to Nova Scotia in February, 1752,
    Christoph listed his profession as dyer. His reason for emigrating
    was a lack of food after the dying materials became more expensive to
    obtain. His assets included half a house and vegetable garden valued
    at 400 gulden. He was Lutheran, his wife was Reformed.
    His two children were baptismed in the Reformed church in Steinau by
    Pastor Grimm, the grandfather of the famous Brothers Grimm, the fairy
    tale writers.
    He left Hess-Hanau and came to America on the ship "Neptune" which
    sailed from Rotterdam under the command of Captain John Mason. It is
    thought that his son, John, may have been born at sea during the
    voyage over. This prospect was not uncommon since the trip could take
    two months to complete. The ship qualified at the Court House in
    Philadelphia on October 4, 1752. The earliest spelling of the surname
    was Kiessling. He seems to be known most commonly as Christoph and
    used the surname spelling Kissling when he arrived in Philadelphia.
    When this family arrived in Philadelphia in 1752, they seemed to have
    disappeared from records.
    Christoph travelled with his father-in-law, Christian Kautz and his
    brother-in-law Johannes Kautz, plus neighbors Johann Wilhwelm Lotz and
    Johann Huffnagel and all their families. These men are also on the
    Neptune passenger list.
    Christoph surfaces again in Augusta Co., VA, living near Ursulasburg
    (now called McGaheysville). His wife and a daughter, Eva Elizabeth,
    must have died. We find no trace of them again. Christoph married a
    second time, date unknown, in Augusta Co., VA, about 1754 - 1758, to
    Anna Christina Lingle, a neighbor girl, daughter of Jacob and Ursula
    (nee Banckhard) Lingle. They also lived on Lick Run. Many German
    families moved from Berks County about this time and settled in NC and
    VA. The ones settling in the McGaheyville area established the Peaked
    Mountain Luthern Church; one of the prominent pastors of that church
    was Rev. Herber (Harper) who many descendants came across the mountain
    into what is now WV.
    The first official record of him being in VA is his purchasing some
    items on 8 February 1759 at the estate of John Wingord (Chalkley,
    Augusta Co., VA records Vol. III, pg 134) Next we have Christopher and
    wife Christina 10 Oct 1763 sponsors for a baptism of a child for
    Martin Herrloss and wife Catherine Lingel in the Peaked Mountain
    Luthern Church. This established the fact the early Keslings were
    Lutherans. In 1767-68 Christopher was processioned in Augusta Parish
    Vestry Book showing his name as Christopher Cisling. The purposes of
    this register was for military purposes and taxes.
    A survey record made by Thomas Lewis, surveyor of Augusta County Va,
    dated 3 May 1762, shows Christopher's 96 acres on Quails Run adjoining
    Mathias Sease. He also purchased additional land on Quail Run in
    1764.
    Christopher Kislin died in the early part of 1774 probably as the
    result of an accident, as the records of Augusta County, VA show that
    an inquest was held over him. Augusta County Court Records, Order
    Book No. XIV, PG 304 states "Christopher Kisling's (deceased) estate
    committed to widow, Christina, March 15, 1774." His inventory
    indicated that he was a dyer by trade. His wife remarried John
    Herdman.
    Christopher's will was written December 20, 1773 and received by the
    Court of Augusta County, Virginia on Mar 15, 1774.
    CHRISTOPHER KISLEN WILL
    A Will with Devise of Land, Goods & Chattles. In the Name of God Amen,
    I Christofull Kislen of Lick Run Augusta County, being weak in Body
    but of Sound Memery, (blessed be God) do this Day being the twentyth
    DAy of December in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred
    and seventy three make and publish this my last Will and Testament in
    Manner following: that is to say, first I give to my son John Kislen
    five pounds Current Lawful Money of Virginia, also I give and bequeath
    to my son teterick Kislen the sum of five pounds Current Lawful Money
    of Virginia which is all I Allow them out of my Estate. Also I give
    to my beloved wife Christina Kislen a Cow and Heffer bed & bed Clothes
    together with her wearing Aperrel Spinning wheel and Chest and the
    least of the ???largest mettle potts and a two gallon mettle pott and
    also after the estate is appraised and sold she shall be ??? to a
    childs part and long live of the ?? land untill the Children of age
    but if she maryes she must quitt the said land as soon as Mathies
    Kislen is of age Also I Give and bequeath to my Daughter Catherina a
    cow, And also I give Elizabeth and Christina my Daughters a Devition
    of Sheep, And Also I give and bequeath to my two youngest sons Mathies
    and Henry Kislen the land which I now live on which contains 96 Acres,
    which I Value to 90 (pounds) C: K: have this my last will and
    Testament set my hand and seal the day & year above Written Signed
    Seald and Delivered be the said C: K: As and for his his last will &
    Testament in the presence of us who ware present at the signing and
    sealing thereoff John Sellen (seal) ??? ??? Augusta Co.
    VA - Will Book 5 pg. 187




    Father: Abraham Andreas Kiessling b: 12 SEP 1687 in Kulmbach, Upper Franconia (now Bavaria Germany)
    Mother: Margaretha Catharina Zo¨fel b: JUL 1682 in Rossbach, Saxony (now Hranice, Czech Republic)

    Marriage 1 Anna Gertrauda Kautz b: 02 SEP 1722 in Steinau, Hesse-Hanau (Germany)
    • Married: 05 JUN 1749 in Steinau, Hesse-Hanau (Germany)
    Children
    1. Has Children Dieterich "Teter" Kesling b: 11 MAR 1749/50 in Steinau, Hesse-Hanau (Germany)
    2. Has Children Johannes 'John' Kisling b: ABT 1752 in Steinau, Hesse-Hanau (Germany) or at sea
    3. Has No Children Eva Elizabetha Kisling b: 20 MAY 1751 in Steinau, Hesse-Hanau (Germany)

    Marriage 2 Anna Christina Lingle b: OCT 1737
    • Married: ABT 1757 in probably Ursulasburg, Augusta Co, Va
    Children
    1. Has Children Henry Kisling b: 1767 in Rockingham Co, VA
    2. Has No Children Mathias "Matthew" Kisling b: 1758 in Lick Run, Augusta Co, VA
    3. Has No Children Christina Kisling
    4. Has No Children Catherina Kisling
    5. Has No Children Elizabeth Kisling b: 02 JUN 1759 in Lick Run, Augusta Co, VA
    6. Has Children Jacob Kisling b: 18 JAN 1760 in Lick Run, Augusta Co, VA
    7. Has No Children Maria Kisling b: in Lick Run, Augusta Co, VA

    Sources:
    1. Title: KESLING008, Letter, Wolfgang Sakowski
    2. Title: KESLING-010, Wolf Sakowski letter, 12-07-96
      Note:
      DATE: 19 NOV 2000
    3. Title: KESLING-033, Kiesslings in the Voigtland
    4. Author: The Years in Kulmbach
      Title: Kisling, Johann Christoph, -AXXTor Kisling, Earl
      Note:
      DATE: 9 APR 2007
    5. Author: Historical Facts on Preble County Ohio and DAR Society
      Title: KESLING-007, PCO&DAR Soc
      Note:
      AXXT: Runyon
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