Joseph Geißler, A Difficult Man To Research

Joseph is a difficult man to research

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.

Geiszler Name Variations Marriage
This one is on his marriage license in 1856.
(Interesting note: The 1856 marriage certificates in Franklin County, Ohio don’t have much information about the person other than name if they are of age and the dates for the licenses. However, they do have the groom’s signature which I find completely fascinating.)
This one is from the deed he signed in 1856 for property in Franklin County, Ohio
Geiszler Name Variations Wife's Church
Joseph’s entry signing on behalf of his wife to join the St James Registry
Geiszler Name Variations Son's Death
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
Geiszler Name Variations Naturalization
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?

Additional information:

  • 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
Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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