Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday's Stories, 52 Ancestor Weeks, Week # 39, Mary A. Kessler Holsinger

Copyright 2014, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

This is week 39 of my participation Amy Johnson Crow's, once a week challenge to blog about one ancestor a week, tell their story, biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on that one ancestor. More about the challenge can be found at her Blog, No Story Too Small.

Mary A. Kessler was born January 14, 1836 to William (or Wilhelm) Kessler and his wife Susan Miller Kessler. Mary was born in Rockingham County, Virginia.   Both of her parents died between 1840 and 1850.

1850 census?  I need to review that.

Mary Kesler, aged 26 years, domestic, is living with a Wampler's family in the 1860 census for Rockingham County, Virginia.

On or about January 16, 1866, Mary married Peter Preston Holsinger in Rockingham County, Virginia.   Peter was a widower with one child at the time of their marriage. Peter and Mary's marriage was reported in the Rockingham Register and Advertiser, Rockingham County, Virginia, January 19, 1866 issue, page 3, column 2.  They were married by the Rev. Benjamin Bowman.

Mary and Peter had 6 children:

Anna Susan Holsinger
Oscar Luther Holsinger
Ida Catherine Holsinger
Harper Daniel Holsinger
Samuel David Holsinger
Louella Virginia Holsinger.

Mary is found on the 1870 U. S. Census for the Plains Township, Rockingham County, Virginia:  Peter, age 32, day laborer, born Virginia; Mary, age 32, keeping house, born Virginia; William, age 10, born Virginia; Susan, age 4, born Virginia; Oscar, age 1, born Virginia.

Mary is enumerated on the 1880 U. S. Census for Plains Township, Rockingham County, Virginia:  Peter P. (looks like middle initial could be a "R"), age 42, farmer, born Virginia, both parents born Virginia; Mary A., wife age 44, keeping house, born Virginia, both parents born Virginia; William B., son, age 19, at home, born Virginia, both parents born Virginia; Anna S., daughter, age 13, daughter, born Virginia, both parents born Virginia; Oscar L., son, age 12, born Virginia; Ida C., daughter, age 8; Robert (?), Rolen (?), Harper (?) D., son, age 5; Samuel D, son, age 3.

Mary is found on the 1900 U.S. Census of Plains District, Rockingham County, Virginia:  Peter P. Holsinger, born october 1837, age 62, married for 39 years, born Virginia, both parents born Virginia, farmer; Mary A., wife, born June 1836, age 64, married for 34 years, seven children six of whom survive, born Virginia, both parents born Virginia; Harper D., son, born January 1875, age 25, single, born Virginia, farm laborer; Samuel D., son, born March 1877, age 23, single, born Virginia.

Mary died February 16, 1910 and is buried at the Linville Brethren Church Cemetery, Broadway, Rockingham County, Virginia.

Wish list for Mary A. Kessler Holsinger.  Review 1850 census.  Photo of Mary.  Obituary.

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