I am Researching the Fesler family as it pertains to Indiana, specifically Madison County in and around the Frankton, Elwood and Summitville area. Here is some of what I have on this family so far:
Descendants of John Albright Fesler
Generation No. 1
1. JOHN ALBRIGHT1 FESLER was born in Germany.
Notes for JOHN ALBRIGHT FESLER:
John Albright Fesler, was born in Germany and emigrated to America at the age of about nineteen years, settling in Pennsylvania.
Child of JOHN ALBRIGHT FESLER is:
2. i. GEORGE2 FESLER, b. PA; d. 1844, Madison Co., Indiana.
Generation No. 2
2. GEORGE2 FESLER (JOHN ALBRIGHT1) was born in PA, and died 1844 in Madison Co., Indiana. He married ELIZABETH SILER, daughter of CHISTOPHER SILER.
Notes for GEORGE FESLER:
George Fesler was a stonemason by trade.
Children of GEORGE FESLER and ELIZABETH SILER are:
i. ?3 FESLER.
ii. ? FESLER.
iii. ? FESLER.
iv. ? FESLER.
v. ? FESLER.
vi. ? FESLER.
vii. ? FESLER.
viii. ? FESLER.
ix. ? FESLER.
x. ? FESLER.
3. xi. DAVID FESLER, b. December 09, 1813, Lancaster Co., Pa..
Generation No. 3
3. DAVID3 FESLER (GEORGE2, JOHN ALBRIGHT1) was born December 09, 1813 in Lancaster Co., Pa.. He married (1) ELIZABETH LANDIS 1832, daughter of BENJAMIN LANDIS. He married (2) SARAH LINDERWOOD 1890 in Madison Co., IN, daughter of ELIJAH LINDERWOOD and LYDA FRY.
Notes for DAVID FESLER:
1.) From: Portrait and Biographical Record of Madison and Hamilton
Pages 779 to 780. Chicago: Biographical Publishing Co. 1893.
Found: Anderson Public Library Genealogy Section, Anderson Indiana.
David Fesler, a resident of Pipe Creek Township, Madison County, was born in Lancaster County, Pa., December 9, 1813, and is a son of George and Elizabeth (Siler) Fesler, likewise natives of the Keystone State. The father, who was a stonemason by trade and a farmer by occupation, came to Indiana in an early day and settled in the southern part of Madison County, near a place then known as Columbus, where he lived until his demise. His death occurred upon his return from a visit to his old home in Pennsylvania, in 1844, in the sixty-ninth year of his age. In his religious belief he was a member of the Lutheran Church.
The maternal grandfather of our subject, Christopher Siler, was also a native of Pennsylvania, and followed a trade then known as a whitesmith, or one who repairs docks. The other grandfather of our subject, John Albright Fesler, was born in Germany and emigrated to America at the age of about nineteen years, settling in Pennsylvania. Our subject is the eight of eleven children. At the age of nineteen he commenced to learn the trade of a mason and plasterer, which he followed more or less during his entire life. He worked at his trade about three years in Pennsylvania, then went to Rockingham County, Va., and in 1840 came to Madison County, Ind.
At that time masons were not in great demand in Indiana, and for a few years Mr. Fesler found very little to do in that line, and money was very scarce. He followed farming for a time, but as the country became more developed his trade was in ever-increasing demand, and eventually he had plenty of work in that occupation, and received good wages. For many years he has been interested in farming, and is now the owner of a very fine quarry, which yields some of the largest and best building stone in the country.
Mr. Fesler has been twice married. His first union occurred in 1832, uniting him with Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Benjamin Landis, a native of Pennsylvania. Of their seven children, five are now living, namely: Rebecca Ann, now Mrs. George W. Abbott, residing in Elwood, Ind.; John A.: William G., who is engaged in the livery business at Summitville; Mary, now Mrs. Anthony Shelby, a resident of Frankton; and Benjamin F., whose sketch is presented on another page of this volume. The mother of these children died in 1888.
In 1890 Mr. Fesler was united in marriage with Miss Sarah, daughter of Elijah and Lyda (Fry) Linderwood, natives of Rockingham County, Va., and now residents of Henry County, Ind., having located there in 1886. Socially, Mr. Fesler is identified with the Masonic order. In his religious belief he is a Dunkard. Though not active in politics, he is stanch in his adherence to the principles of the Democratic party. For some years he has conducted an extensive business in the manufacture of wooden scales, and built the first scales in Madison County.
More About DAVID FESLER:
Burial: Sigler cemetery at Frankton, Indiana
Children of DAVID FESLER and ELIZABETH LANDIS are:
i. REBECCA ANN4 FESLER, m. GEORGE W. ABBOTT.
ii. JOHN A. FESLER.
iii. MARY C. FESLER, m. (1) ANTHONY SHELBY; m. (2) JACOB FOX.
iv. ABRAHAM FESLER.
v. SARAH FESLER.
vi. ARABELLA FESLER, m. FRANK ETCHISON.
4. vii. WILLIAM G. FESLER, b. August 19, 1847.
5. viii. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN FESLER, b. August 22, 1851, Madison Co., IN.
Generation No. 4
4. WILLIAM G.4 FESLER (DAVID3, GEORGE2, JOHN ALBRIGHT1) was born August 19, 1847. He married EMMA JUDD, daughter of JAMES JUDD and EMMA YOUNG.
Notes for WILLIAM G. FESLER:
1.) From: Portrait and Biographical Record of Madison and Hamilton
Counties, Indiana. Pages 779 to 780. Chicago: Biographical Publishing Co. 1893.
Found: Anderson Public Library Genealogy Section, Anderson Indiana.
William G. Fesler. The American people not only travel more extensively than any other nation, but they patronize to a greater extent the numerous establishments for the hire of horses and carriages. There are few enterprises that contribute a larger quota to the convenience of the residential and transient public than the well appointed livery stable, and one of the most prominent in Van Buren Township is that conducted by William G. Fesler. He carries a large assortment of carriages, buggies, phaetons, etc., in the newest and most fashionable styles, and these are constantly on hand for the use of the general public. Mr. Fesler is the son of David Fesler, and the grandson of George Fesler, who inherited sturdy German blood from his Teutonic ancestors. The latter was a native of the Keystone State, and was a mechanic by trade.
David Fesler, father of our subject, was also a native of Pennsylvania, born in Lebanon County, in 1813, and there resided until about 1832. From there he went to West Virginia, thence to Indiana, and finally located in Pipe Creek Township, this county, where he now resides. He is a stonemason by trade, but since 1864 he has been engaged in agricultural pursuits. Mr. Fesler has accumulated a fair share of this world's goods, and although he lost heavily at times and met with many discouragement's, he persevered, and by industry and good management has now sufficient to enable him to pass his declining years in comfort. He has held many of the township and county offices, being Assessor of Adams Township for many tears, later County Assessor, and during the war times was Deputy Sheriff. In politics he is worthy Democrat, and in religion a Dunkard. Socially he is a Mason.
In the year 1833 or '34, David Fesler was married to Miss Elizabeth Landis, a native of Pennsylvania, born in 1813, and the daughter of Ben Landis, who was born in the same state and of German extraction. Mrs. Fesler died in 1888. She was an excellent woman and a most worthy member of the Dunkard Church. Their children were named in the order of their births as follows: Abraham, who died in infancy; Rebecca, wife of George W. Abbott, of Elwood, a blacksmith; Sarah, who died when two years of age; John A., who married Nancy Stanley; William G.; Mary C., wife of Anthony Silvey, who resides in Frankton, Ind. (Her first husband was Jacob Fox); Ben F. of Pipe Creek Township, who married Miss Ida Campbell; and Arabella, deceased, who was the wife of Frank Etchison.
William G. Fesler is a wide-awake young business man of Summitville, Ind., and as he has resided here ever since his birth, which occurred August 19, 1847, the people have had every opportunity to judge of his character and qualifications as a man of affairs, and naught has ever been said derogatory to his honor. In the common schools of his native county he received a fair education, and until 1872 made his home with his parents, working on the farm. He selected his wife in the person of Miss Emma Judd, a native of Madison County, Indiana, and the daughter of James and Margaret (Young) Judd, natives of the Hoosier State, and of Scotch descent. Mr. And Mrs. Fesler are the parents of five children, as follows: Charley, a student at Angola Ind.; Everet, at home; one who died in infancy; and Ethel and Emmett, at home.
In August, 1883, Mr. Fesler engaged in the livery business in Summitville, and from that date until 1889 he increased his stock from $800 to $2,000. Besides, he owns property in the towns of Elwood and Summitville, and a good farm in the township. He and Mrs. Fesler attend the Christian Church, in which they hold membership, and Mr. Fesler is a Democrat in politics. He is now serving his third term of the city council. He shows his appreciation of secret organizations by becoming a member of the Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias.
Children of WILLIAM FESLER and EMMA JUDD are:
i. CHARLEY5 FESLER.
ii. EVERET FESLER.
iii. ? FESLER.
iv. ETHEL FESLER.
v. EMMETT FESLER.
5. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN4 FESLER (DAVID3, GEORGE2, JOHN ALBRIGHT1)1 was born August 22, 1851 in Madison Co., IN. He married IDA J. CAMPBELL1 February 14, 1879 in Madison Co., IN, daughter of THOMAS CAMPBELL and SARAH THURSTON.
Notes for BENJAMIN FRANKLIN FESLER:
1.) From: Portrait and Biographical Record of Madison and Hamilton Counties, Indiana, page 633-634. Chicago: Biographical Publishing Co. 1893.
Found: Anderson public library, Anderson Indiana.
Benjamin Franklin Fesler, who devotes his energies to agricultural pursuits, and makes his home on section 21, Pipe Creek Township, Madison County, is still living in the county of his nativity. His birth occurred on the 22nd of August, 1853, and he is a son of David and Elizabeth Fesler, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work. No event of special importance occurred during his childhood and youth, which were quietly passed upon the home farm midst play and work. After arriving at man's estate he left the parental roof and went to Illinois, where he spent about a year, after which he returned home and resumed farming.
An important event in the life of Mr. Fesler occurred February 14, 1879, when was celebrated his marriage with Miss Ida Campbell, daughter of Thomas Jefferson and Sarah (Thurston) Campbell, both of whom were natives of Ohio. Seven children have been born of the union of our subject and his wife, and the family circle yet remains unbroken. They are as follows: Dora Belle, born June 5, 1881; Ludella, born February 8, 1883; William L., born September 8, 1884; Bertan A., born August 8, 1886; John W., born January 16, 1888; Elmer F., born July 21, 1890; and Raymond C., born on the 22d of January, 1893.
Mr. Fesler is a member of the Farmers' Mutual Benefit Association, and he and his wife hold membership with the Christian Church. He exercises his right of franchise in support of Democratic principles, and keeps well informed on the issues of the day, but has never been an office seeker, preferring to devote his time and attention to his business interests, in which he has met with signal success. He is diligent, enterprising and persevering, and his good management has therefore brought him a comfortable competence. His life has been well and worthily spent, and he is highly esteemed by all who know him.
2.) From: History of Madison County Indiana, by John Forkner
The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1914
B. F. Fesler. Madison county is fortunate in the possession of a large number of enterprising and successful farmers, and in spite of the fact that it is an increasing industrial county, its farms and farm products will always share largely in the total resources of the locality. Among the farmers whose careers have been marked with success and prosperity, and with progressive development is that of Mr. B. F. Fesler of Pipe Creek township, whose splendid country estate of two hundred acres is located on the C. C. Mays road. His home is on the rural delivery out of Frankton.
Mr. Fesler was born in 1853, in New Columbus. His parents were David and Elizabeth (Landis) Fesler. David Fesler, the father, came from Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and by trade was a stone mason and plasterer. He subsequently engaged in farming, and at his death his body was laid to rest in the Sigler cemetery at Frankton. The mother is also now deceased. the seven children in the family were Rebecca A. Abbott; John A.; William G., of Elwood; Marcy C., now Mrs. Silvery; B. F.; and Laura, who married a Mr. Etchison, and is now deceased.
B. F. Fesler was educated partly in the schools of New Columbus and finished in the Brannock school in Pipe Creek township. As a boy he worked on a farm, and there learned the practical details of the business which he has followed nearly all his life. When he began for himself it was as a renter, and by industry and thrift, as well as by good management, he finally saved enough to by a small piece of land, consisting of forty acres, and used that as the nucleus for building up a substantial property. He finally traded his original farm, and then bought his present place.
On February 15, 1879, Mr. Fesler married Miss Ida J. Campbell, daughter of Thomas Jefferson and Sarah (Thurston) Campbell. Her father came from the vicinity of Eaton, Ohio: was a farmer, and located in Madison county many years ago. The two children in the Campbell family were Mrs. Fesler and William O., a resident of Muncie, Indiana. Mr. and Mrs. Fesler are the parents of eight children, who are mentioned as follows: Dora, who married Lester Johnson, and their four children are Floy, Vernice, Hadie, and Hubert; Della, Wife of Charles Gooding
Children of BENJAMIN FESLER and IDA CAMPBELL are:
6. i. DORA BELLE5 FESLER, b. June 05, 1880.
7. ii. LUDELLA FESLER, b. February 08, 1882.
8. iii. WILLIAM L. FESLER, b. September 08, 1884.
9. iv. BERTAN A. FESLER, b. August 08, 1886.
v. JOHN WALTER FESLER1, b. January 16, 1888; m. EDITH.
10. vi. ELMER FRANK FESLER, b. July 21, 1890.
11. vii. RAYMOND C. FESLER, b. January 22, 1893.
12. viii. KATHERINE FESLER, b. October 1896.
Generation No. 5
6. DORA BELLE5 FESLER (BENJAMIN FRANKLIN4, DAVID3, GEORGE2, JOHN ALBRIGHT1)1 was born June 05, 1880. She married LESTIS JOHNSON December 24, 1900 in Madison Co., IN, son of AMBROS JOHNSON and LYDIA GORDON.
Notes for LESTIS JOHNSON:
1. From: 1920 Farmers Directory of Madison County
Found: On Micro Fisch, Anderson Library Indiana Room
Johnson, Lestis, Barracks rd; (Dora Fesler)
Ch Floy, Venice, Hardy, Hubert, Lotus;
Ander R3 Lafayette tp Sec 10 120 a
(1879) Frankton ex. 15-7.
Note: Venice is actually Vernice, Hardy is actually Hadie.
Children of DORA FESLER and LESTIS JOHNSON are:
13. i. FLOY6 JOHNSON, b. October 23, 1901, Frankton, Madison Co., IN; d. March 03, 1979, Elwood, Madison Co., IN.
ii. VERNICE E. JOHNSON, b. Abt. 1904.
iii. HAIDIE L. JOHNSON, b. Abt. 1908.
14. iv. HUBERT R. JOHNSON, b. Abt. 1912.
v. ADRIAN LOTUS JOHNSON, b. Abt. August 1915.
7. LUDELLA5 FESLER (BENJAMIN FRANKLIN4, DAVID3, GEORGE2, JOHN ALBRIGHT1)1 was born February 08, 1882. She married CHARLES GOODING.
Children of LUDELLA FESLER and CHARLES GOODING are:
i. GLADYS6 GOODING.
ii. OPAL GOODING.
iii. DONALD GOODING.
8. WILLIAM L.5 FESLER (BENJAMIN FRANKLIN4, DAVID3, GEORGE2, JOHN ALBRIGHT1)1 was born September 08, 1884. He married IDA ETCHISON.
More About WILLIAM L. FESLER:
Fact 1: Owned hardware store in Frankton Indiana
Children of WILLIAM FESLER and IDA ETCHISON are:
i. BERNICE6 FESLER.
ii. RILEY FESLER.
iii. RETTA FESLER.
9. BERTAN A.5 FESLER (BENJAMIN FRANKLIN4, DAVID3, GEORGE2, JOHN ALBRIGHT1)1 was born August 08, 1886. He married NELLIE EBERT.
Children of BERTAN FESLER and NELLIE EBERT are:
i. MARJORIE6 FESLER.
ii. DAVID FESLER.
10. ELMER FRANK5 FESLER (BENJAMIN FRANKLIN4, DAVID3, GEORGE2, JOHN ALBRIGHT1)1 was born July 21, 1890. He married DOSHIA LEONARD.
Children of ELMER FESLER and DOSHIA LEONARD are:
i. JOE6 FESLER.
ii. FRANCES FESLER.
11. RAYMOND C.5 FESLER (BENJAMIN FRANKLIN4, DAVID3, GEORGE2, JOHN ALBRIGHT1)1 was born January 22, 1893. He married MATTIE FRY.
More About RAYMOND C. FESLER:
Fact 1: Lived by Huntington
Child of RAYMOND FESLER and MATTIE FRY is:
i. BEN6 FESLER.
12. KATHERINE5 FESLER (BENJAMIN FRANKLIN4, DAVID3, GEORGE2, JOHN ALBRIGHT1)1 was born October 1896. She married MELLVILE FRANK.
Notes for MELLVILE FRANK:
1. From: Oral history of Vernice Pence in the summer of 1997
Melville Frank owned Frankton Lumber Co., one son Bob who ran the Co. when John Alexander was married to Betty and worked there for several years until it was sold to Spragues and John worked for Pipe Creek Township Schools
Child of KATHERINE FESLER and MELLVILE FRANK is:
i. BOB6 FRANK.
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