15 October 2012

Amanuensis Monday: Michael Geisler

Is Michael Geisler of Bavaria part of my family? I'm not sure.

The last name my ancestor line of Geisßler is similar to that which is written for Michael. The name Geisßler has been spelled so many ways since my immigrant ancestor Joseph entered Franklin County, Ohio. Bavaria and Baden are both German locations, so Michael could be a relative of Joseph (or Joseph himself). Since Henry Mack declared his intent to naturalize in October 1856 and that's the same year Henry Mack, Karl Pusecker and Joseph Geisßler purchased property in Prairie Township, the date on this record of October 1856 lends more weight to a need to investigate this person. It might be a wild goose chase. 

I didn't think the last name of Geisßler was that common, especially in Franklin County, Ohio. However, I found three males with names of similar spelling in a short time frame in this county. All I know is that these records are worth saving and investigating at some future date.

Declaration of Intention.
Court of Common Pleas, Franklin County Ohio.

The State of Ohio, Franklin County, SS

Be it remembered that on the 11th day of October of the year eighteen hundred and fifty-six, PERSONALLY APPEARED before me ALBERT B BUTTLES, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, within and for said County and State, Michael Geisler an Alien, a native of Bavaria who being duly sworn according to law, on his oath doth declare and say that it is bona fide his intention to become a citizen of the United States, and to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign Prince, Potentate, State, or Sovereignty, whatever and more particularly all allegiance and fidelity to the King of Bavaria whose subject he is.

Attest: A B Buttles, Clerk
by M M Powers, Dpty

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