Will Searching for Macks Help Me Find Joseph Geiszler?

Sometimes you need to work on collateral lines in order to crack through a brick wall.  I know very little about my 3rd Great Grandpa  Joseph Geißler who left his Baden homeland and settled in Franklin County, Ohio.

1856 plat map of Prairie Township
1856 northeast corner of Prairie Township, Franklin County, Ohio. Pusecker, Mack, and Guysler properties are located to the east of the Kinnard property just above the railroad track. BTW… Thomas O’Harra’s property is in the upper left corner of this page. Was he the man who married Joseph Geiszler and Caroline Mack?

Joseph settled onto property previously owned by Mr, Kinnard in the northeast corner of Prairie Township in Franklin County, Ohio. A number of German immigrants settled in this area, two of which are connected with Joseph.

The Puseckers (to the west of Joseph’s land) were traveling companions to Joseph’s father-in-law Heinrich Mack (who has property immediately to the west of Joseph’s land). Additional neighbors to investigate or the Strunkenburgs (two properties to the east of the Geiszler land and then the Tenaper (Tinnapel) family one more to the east along the railroad track.

Joseph’s father-in-law died in 1868, five years after Joseph, so I started investigating Joseph’s brother-in-law, Heinrich Ludwig Mäck. These are the facts that I know about Heinrich

  • Birth 30 Aug 1842 – Hannover, Preußen, Germany  (Death Record List)
  • Arrival: 1855(1900 US Census)
  • Residence: 1860 Prairie, Franklin, Ohio, United States (1860 US Census)
  • Married: 15 Dec 1868 to Caroline W Pusecker (Marriage Record)
  • Residence: 1870 Norwich, Franklin, Ohio, United States (1870 US Census)
  • Residence: 1900 Hilliard Village, Franklin, Ohio (1900 US Census)
  • Residence: 1910 Norwich, Franklin, Ohio, United States (1910 US Census)
  • Death: 24 Sep 1910  (Death Record List)

He was hard to find as in 1860 as he was listed as Loue Mack, 1870 he was Henry Mack, and 1900 & 1910 he was Louis Mack. I can’t find him in the 1880 Census records. Heinrich Ludwig (Louis) married a relative of his father’s traveling companies (not the Caroline Puesecker that traveled with the Mack family).

Ancestry Passenger List Search1

Using Ancestry.com Immigration and Travel Search

Next, I sought out more records on Heinrich and his wife Caroline. On Ancestry.com, I chose to search for “Immigration and Travel” records. I typed in Heinrich Mack using the “Exact, Sounds Like” for the last name. 26,000 hits popped up so I decided to add more information to the search criteria.

Ancestry Passenger List Search2
Using Ancestry.com Immigration and Travel Search

I decided to adjust my search by entering a birth year of 1842 (+/- 5) and an arrival year of 1855 (based on 1900, with +/-1).  In investigating the returns from Ancestry.com, I couldn’t find a family of Heinrich, Christina, Caroline and Heinrich that made sense for origin and ages. Thus, I attempted another strategy.

Mack can be spelled a variety of different ways. so I decided to play around with a variety of spellings. Ancestry’s old search feature would have found (Mack, Macke, Mach) variations easily. I had a hard time finding the same results with the slide search feature. As such, I decided to input the variations of Mack that exist. When I finally used the last name of Mach with the arrival year of 1855 (+/-1)

Ancestry.com Immigration and Travel Search

Beginning with the third entry, I saw a number of Machs from Hannover in the Baltimore Passenger list, so I filtered to just those names.

Ancestry.com Immigration and Travel Search 4

Eight individuals are listed.

The oldest result I don’t understand. Heinrch (age 50) and Conrad (age 43) could be relatives to the family I’m seeking. However, Heinrich (age 36) and Christina (age 40) match the description of the Mack parents. Then there is listed Caroline (age 16) who matches with my 3rd Great-Grandmother. There are three more names Amalie (age 11), Ludwig (age 11), and Rosalie (age 1854). The girls’ names are new to me. Ludwig is likely the Heinrich, brother-in-law to Joseph Geiszler.

I then changed my search parameters to simply arrival exactly in 1854 and on the Anne Lange (limited only to Baltimore Passenger Lists. My purpose is to see if any other names are aboard the ship that I recognize.

Of the 524 names discovered, the Prischer family (Puescker) was listed on the same page as the Macks. The individuals name match those who arrived in Franklin County, Ohio!

I now know the date of arrival for the Pusecker and Mach family lines, neighbors and relatives to Joseph Geißler!

Now, Hanover was a large place, but there were others from Hannover traveling to America on this ship. Perhaps these names may come in handy in the future. Perhaps not: Altendich, Boher, Borger, Breithauer, Bruning, Busling, Eche, Eggen, Fink, Fischer, Flinker, Forstman, Freimen, Freimuler, Gentsmann, Grote, Hesselfeld, Igelmann, Klusmann, Landfuchs, Lohr, Lustermann, Mayer, Muller, Oelschlager, Ort, Ortmann, Ostendorf, Otto, Rensmann, Ronitz, Sander, Saper, Schleim, Schmeilebier, Schulte, Steinberg, Tapen, Treubert, Vinzenger, Vogeding, Von Holle, Walther, Wattenberg, Willenborg, Wilmuen, Winkler, and Wolke.

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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