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Fissel origins
Posted by: Mark Charles Fissel Date: April 25, 2001 at 07:07:49
In Reply to: anyone still posting here? by Travis Fissel of 60

Hello, Travis. I lived in Muncie, Indiana for about 15 years, but have migrated south now. The family left Essenheim, Germany, a Lutheran enclave not too many miles from Mainz, in the 1740s, probably because of long-term drought. The entire family departed then, as I have seen in the Essebheim parish register. The family name is emblazoned on the village church bell (cast around 1710?), though spelt "Fischel" in that case. No Fissels live in Essenheim today. The family seems to have settled in the Gettysburg area of Pennsylvania, and their farms were spread out over York & Lancaster counties. Does that help? Incidentally, there are no Fissels, I believe, in the 1620s census in Essenheim, which means that the family probably migrated to that part of Germany toward the end of the era of the wars of religion. But from where?
best, Mark

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