John Geisler (1779),
Barbary Geisler (1780, married Henry Hysinger),
Adam Geisler (1787, married Mary Devault),
Jacob Geisler (1789),
Samuel Geisler (1793),
Anna Geisler, and
Geisler (married John Himes).
The Holston River flows from Kingsport to Knoxville.
map by Kmusser
Adam Geisler was born about 1787 in Pennsylvania.
He married Mary Magdalene Devault. She was the daughter of Gabriel Devault.
David Geisler (1819, married Nancy M. Gross, daughter of Jacob Gross, Jr.)
Elizabeth Geisler (1820, married James M. King),
Rebecca Geisler (1829, married William Akard),
Geisler (1831, married Nancy Ann Wolford), and
Jacob J. Geisler (1833, married Catherine D. Morrell).
Adam died on March 18, 1867 in Sullivan County, Tennessee.
from Virginia and Virginians, Volume 2 by Robert Alonzo Brock
The Geisler family is, as the name indicates, of German descent, and the founder of the family in America settled in Peansylvania. From that State Adam Geisler, father of Jacob J., went to Sullivan county, Tennessee, with his father, about 1810. In Tennesseec he married Mary M. Devault,whose father went from Pennsylvania to Tennessee about 1810, also. Jacob J., their son, was born near Piney Flats, Sullivan county, Tennessee, February 19, 1833....
Adam Giesler was born in 1787 in Frederick County, Virginia.
Will of Adam Giesler, Jr. (Will Book 1, Page 84, in the Court of the County Clerk, Blountville, Tennessee)
I Adam Giesler being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in manners and form as follows.
First I give and bequeath to my sone Jacob Geisler the plantation where I now live and on the following conditions, to wit, the said Jacob Giesler shal pay twelve months after my decease to the heirs of my sone David Geisler two hundred and twenty five dollars in current banknotes.
Also my sone Jacob Geisler shal pay two years after my decease to my daughter Elizabeth King two hundred and twenty five dollars in current banknotes.
Also my sone Jacob Geisler shal pay three years after my decease to my daughter Rebecca Akard two hundred and twenty five dollars, in current bank notes,
also four years after my decease my sone Jacob Geisler shal pay to the heirs of my sone Henry Geisler two hundred and twenty five dollars in current banknotes,
further I order and say that my wife Mary Geisler if she should survive me shal have a decent maintinance out of my effects, and to hold the mantion house and all things necessary to her comfort
and at my and my wife's death I give and bequeath to my sone Jacob Geisler all my personal property of whatsoever kind it may be this from under my hand and seal this the 30th day of November 1865.
Adam Geisler (seal)
Appalachia was the 18th century backcountry and many settlers were Scots-Irish. It includes southern New York, western Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia, West Virginia, eastern Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee and northern Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.