Samuel Ressler
Anna Maria Kehler
Catherine Ressler


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1. John Eisenhart

Catherine Ressler 2

  • Born: 25 Oct 1839, Upper Mahanoy Twp., Northumberland, PA 3 4
  • Christened: 27 Nov 1839, Rebuck: Himmel's Church, Northumberland, PA 4
  • Marriage (1): John Eisenhart in 1859 1
  • Died: 1914, , Cherokee, KS at age 75 3
  • Buried: Weir: Hosey Hill Cemetery, Cherokee, KS 3

   Other names for Catherine were Katie Ressler 5 and Catherine Russeller.1 3

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1850 in Upper Mahanoy Twp., Northumberland, PA. 2 The 1850 census recorded Samuel Ressler, 54, living with wife Mary, 52; Eliza, 16; Emanuel, 13; Catharine, 10; and Louisa, 9. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

2. Alt. Name: Her surname is mispelled as "Russeller" in "History of Cherokee County, Kansas", in 1904, in , Cherokee, KS.

3. Book: 1904 History of Cherokee County Kansas, 1904. 1 6
John Eisenhart, deceased, an old settler of Mineral township and well known contractor of Scammon, was born in 1835 in Pennsylvania, where he lived until he grew to manhood. Before taking up the trade of a stone-mason, he learned that of a tanner, which he followed for three years

He was married in 1859 to Catherine Russeller, a daughter of Samuel and Mary (Kahler) Russeller, of Pennsylvania, and thereafter went to Ohio, where he was engaged in mining in the coal fields for seven years. About this time he decided to go West and try his fortunes in the new country, and with his family he moved to Texas, and there followed his trade of stone-mason. Three years later, 1880, found him settled in a place called Stillson, near Scammon, Cherokee County, Kansas, this being some time before Scammon was laid out.

During the period of his residence in Kansas, Mr. Eisenhart worked at his trade, and in his later years finished many large contracts, employing at one time as many as 20 men. He also invested in town property, and his investments each time turned out successfully.

Mr. Eisenhart came to Scammon without a dollar, but his perseverance and honesty brought him not only esteem, but prosperity, and an income which yielded many comforts, not the least of which was a nice home.

He died August 16, 1904, and was buried under the auspices of the I. O. O. F. Lodge of Scammon. A wife and four children are left to mourn his loss. Mary, the eldest of the children, was born in Pennsylvania, and married Amos Vieweg; she has six children,-Kate, Bessie, Anna, Mary, Novella and John A.

John, the second child, born in Pennsylvania, married Nettie Young, and has two children,-Vera and John. Ellsworth, born in Ohio, married Nellie Horn, and has one child,-Beatrice Charles, born in Ohio, is unmarried. Two children died in infancy, viz: William Henry and Ulysses Grant.

Mr. Eisenhart's parents were natives of Pennsylvania. The father, Jonas Eisenhart, a farmer, died there at the age of 72 years, and the mother, Polly (Geist) Eisenhart, died at the age of 58 years. They were the parents of an unusually large family, which consisted of nine boys and nine girls. Fourteen of them lived to a marriageable age. Six only are now living, namely: William, Daniel, Gabriel, Lewis, Emanuel and Mary.

Mr. Eisenhart was independent, in politics, his vote being given to the best man. The esteem in which he was held by his friends and neighbors is shown by the fact that, for years, he was trustee of Mineral township and was serving his second term as city treasurer of Scammon, at the time of his death.

Although a volunteer, in 1861, in the Pennsylvania State Militia, he saw no active service. He was, however, a stanch Union man, and during the war served the cause in many ways.

Scammon and Cherokee County owe much to the solid, industrious class represented by Mr. Eisenhart. No drought has been so severe as to dry up their enthusiasm for their section, and their faith in it, nor has any season been so wet as to dampen their ardor.

The subject of this sketch has gone to his reward, following many of his early associates in this region, but others are coming forward to take up their unfinished tasks, and emulate the worthy example shining forth from Mr. Eisenhart's civic career, and from the lives of his departed colaborers in promoting the prosperity of their community.

Catherine married John Eisenhart, son of Jonas Eisenhart and Anna Maria Geist, in 1859.1 (John Eisenhart was born on 28 Jan 1835 in Leck Kill, Northumberland, PA 6 7 8, christened on 22 Feb 1835 in Upper Mahanoy Twp.: Howerter's Church, Northumberland, PA,6 7 8 died on 16 Aug 1904 in , Cherokee, KS 1 6 and was buried in Weir: Hosey Hill Cemetery, Cherokee, KS 6.)


1 1904 History of Cherokee County Kansas (October, 1904: Chicago, IL. Biographical Publishing Co.

2 1850 United States Census, Samuel Ressler, Upper Mahanoy, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States; citing dwelling 13, family 13, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 804.

3 Find A Grave,

4 Himmel's Church Baptismal Records (

5 Geist, A. Frank, The Geist Relation, 200 years in America (Valley View, Pa.: 1940, 925 pgs.), page 279.

6 Find A Grave,

7 Conrad, Tim, Genealogists Guide to Howerter's Church, Northumberland County (including early Himmel Church records) (
Mahantongo Roots #1.0, 3 Dec 1996 Copyright 1996, Tim Conrad Distribute Freely at no charge, intact.).

8, Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950, Johann Eisenhart, 22 Feb 1835.

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