In a previous post, I shared how difficult it was to find my grandfather Joseph Geißler in Columbus, Ohio between the years of 1850-1865. The more records I find about him, the more frustrating he becomes.
Let’s review the first signature I noticed.
|This one is from the deed he signed in 1856 for property in Franklin County, Ohio|
|Joseph’s entry signing on behalf of his wife to join the St James Registry|
|This is an entry in the Holy Cross Catholic Church records regarding the death of his young son in 1857.
This is not his signature
|The name on his naturalization certificate of 1858. not his signature|
Because of his many name variations, I have trouble deciding if I’ve found something pertaining to him or not. For instance, I have found a possible entry for Joseph Keizler or Keezler in the Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registrations, but I can’t prove that it is him.
I have had no luck finding him on a passenger list to determine where he came from. His naturalization certificate has him born in Baden. However, I can not find the paperwork that proceeded the certificate. Only the certificate that was has been passed down through the generations.
Joseph, dear Joseph, Where are you???? Where are you buried? When did you come to America and who are your Geißler family members?
- b: abt 1836, Baden
- 1856, purchased property in Franklin Co, Ohio
- m: 19 Feb 1856, married Caroline Mack in Franklin Co, Ohio
- 11 Oct 1858, naturalization certificate signed
- 26 Jul 1860, appeared in 1860 US Federal Census, in Franklin Co, Ohio
- d: 5 Jul 1863, potential death date if church records are about him, otherwise, death is prior to the marriage of his wife 19 Sept 1863