Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday's Stories, 52 Ancestor Weeks, Week #50, Susan (nee) Miller Kessler, Quite the Mystery Mom

Copyright 2014, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

This is week 50 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.

Most of Susan Miller's life is a mystery.

Her birth:  If she were 21 at the time of her marriage, she would have been born about 1813.  There is a Susanna Miller, born August 14, 1812 and baptized September 27, 1812, parents John Miller and his wife Catharine Pence Miller shown in the Peaked Mountain Church records. Further research may prove or disprove this couple as Susan's parents.

On Jan 13, 1834 Susan Miller married William Kessler in Rockingham County, Virginia.  On the marriage bond it identifies her father as John Miller.

A deed is recorded in the Rockingham County Virginia Burnt Deed Book 11, Pages 555 and 556 which is signed by William and his wife Susanna in 1835.  This deed was issued to clear title to land once held by William's grandfather.

No record of William and/or Susan has been found in the 1840 or 1850 census of Rockingham County Virginia.

Susan and William had two daughters:

Mary A. Kessler, born about 1836
Elizabeth Kesler (or Kessler), born about 1838

William disappears from the Personal Property tax rolls in Rockingham County, Virginia after 1841.  No record of Susan/Susanna in these personal property tax rolls has been found, did she pre-decease William??

No death or burial information has been found for Susan.  No marriage of Susan Kessler to another man has been found.

Wish list for Susan:  EVERYTHING!  Birth information, parents.  Death information, burial information.


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