Fister American history:
Claude Fister married Madeleine Sibille on Oct. 28, 1814. They raised five or six girls and two boys in Viller,France. The boys were named Jean (born 26 March 1844) and Jean Nicolas (born 28 March 1846) both emigrated to the USA.
To keep it from getting confusing, I have given my g-granddad the moniker "JN."
The elder Jean Fister married Anna Alfs in Manhattan in May 1872. I found their marriage license at www.familysearch.org. They may have had one child that did not live long. There is no record of any other children. When I next visit NYC, I will check for more info.
Family lore is that JN and his best friend served in the French cavalry during the Franco-Prussian war. When JN delivered papers to his commanders in Paris, he found them playing cards with the Prussian generals. In disgust, he quit the cavalry and returned home to Viller, Lorrain, France. His best friend Jean Decker had agreed to go to America with him but, he got trapped in the siege of Paris and did not make it back to Viller for a couple more years. They finally left Viller together and arrived together in New York on March 25, 1872. JN's brother was a cook and had promised to get them jobs in NYC.
Some of us have been told that the brothers had a falling out and JN and Decker left NYC for Delhi, Ohio where Decker had relatives. JN intended to join up with relatives in Lexington...probably the Hillenmeyer family. Supposedly, Decker introduced JN to Anna Grosser and they were married Feb. 9, 1875. Their first child, Mary Magdalena Fister was born in Lexington,Fayette County, Ky on Nov. 5, 1875.
Eventually, JN and Anna Fister bought the historic Plancentia on Sandersville Road. JN owned many farms in Fayette County and gave each of his children farms. Some of the Ky Horse Park sits on former Fister property. JN and Anna had 11 children. Anna died in 1902. JN married Clara Elizabeth Rebel March 31, 1910. They had one child. JN died Aug. 23, 1919 and is buried at Cavalry.
JN's third child is my grandfather, Fred Marion Fister. He married Marie Antoinette Stuntebeck on Oct. 11, 1904. I am now writing their history based on their love letters. And....amazingly, Fred hired his NYC Uncle and Aunt to help run his farm and keep house for him and his bride. The next time I am in Lexington, I will be checking church records for the name of the NYC Uncle and Aunt. I hope it is JN's missing elder brother.
I have lost count of the number of JN's descendants. I will have Ancestry.com send you a guest pass to access the Fister family tree posted there.
Anna's father is John Grosser and is buried at Cavalry Cemetery in Lexington (as are most of the Fister ancestors)
Rose Marie's sister was named Julianna. She married Louis Burke. They are both buried at Calvary cemetery.
We have a gap in JN's history between 1872 and 1875. Who did you have living in Mason or Fleming county? Was it a Fister or Grosser?
I also find it interesting that the Jean Decker, the Kellers, and the Hillenmeyers all owned a florist business and nurseries. Maybe there is a familial connection there.
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