Isaiah "Ike" Tressler, Crawford County, Ohio gunsmith

Introduction: I'm sneaking Isaiah "Ike" Tressler into this gunsmith project even though he doesn't quite fit, because he is a relative. When his parents moved to Ohio he was probably a little too young to have apprenticed in Somerset County.

1840: In the Addison Township portion of the 1840 census records of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, the Moses Tressler household has one individual in the 30 to 40 age group.

1842: My correspondent on this subject reports that Ike's parents Moses and Mary (Vought) Tressler were married in Somerset County on February 20, 1842 and lived in Addison Township until they moved to Ohio. Moses was a son of Samuel & Frances (Ringler) Tressler, and a grandson of my ancestor Goodhart Tressler. Their marriage certificate indicates that Moses and Mary were residents of Milford Township at the time of their marriage. They were married by Justice of the Peace Hugh Connelly, and both of them signed the marriage certificate with an X.

1850: According to his obituary (below), Isaiah Tressler was born March 24, 1850 in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

1850: Moses Tressler appears in the 1850 census of Addison Township as a 39-year-old Pennsylvania-born shoemaker with a valuation of $200.00. Also living in his household are 25-year-old Mary Tressler, 11-year-old Sarah J. Tressler, 7-year-old Lenah Tressler, 6-year-old Susan Tressler, 1-year-old William W. Tressler, and 5-month-old Isaiah Tressler, all Pennsylvania-born.

1860: The following excerpt is from the 1860 federal census:

1860: The following excerpt from the 1860 Walker map identifies the Moses Tressler residence along the Turkey Foot Road. I have spent several thousand hours studying the Turkey Foot Road, and describe its Revolutionary War origin in Volume 2 of my 2019 book "Fort Cumberland".

Circa 1864: According to his obituary (below) Isaiah Tresser moved to Ohio with his family when he was 14 years old, which would be circa 1864.

1870: The 1870 census indicates that only Moses' youngest child, then age 4, was born in Ohio.

1872: A Crawford County, Ohio marriage record indicates that Isaiah Tressler and Mary Elizabeth Parr were married on September 6, 1872.

1880: In the April 30, 1880 issue of the Bucyrus, Ohio newspaper the "Telegraph-Forum", Isaiah Tressler was mentioned with a charge of assault and battery.

1886: According to his obituary (below) Isaiah Tressler's second marriage took place on July 22, 1886.

1900: The following excerpt from the 1900 "Bucyrus City Directory" identifies Isaiah Tressler as a gunsmith, and identifies his wife as Lizzie.

1914: The following is an excerpt from the 1914 "Bucyrus City Directory". Elizabeth is living alone because Ike is in the state hospital.

1916: The death certificate of "Isaac Tressler" indicates that he died of mitral regurgitation on March 28, 1916, was a Pennsylvania-born gunsmith, had senile dementia, and was a son of Pennsylvanians Moses Tressler and Mary Bought.

1916: The following obituary is from the March 29, 1916 issue of the "Bucyrus Evening Telegraph", a newspaper from Bucyrus, Ohio.

Ike Tressler obituary

The gps coordinate set for Ike's residence at 415 South Spring Street, Bucyrus, Ohio is 40.80484385, -82.97876991.

1916: Isaiah Tressler is buried at the Oakwood Cemetery (40.79883976, -82.98575039) in Bucyrus, Crawford County, Ohio, where his tombstone states, "Isaac Tressler 1850--1916". His wife Elizabeth is also buried there, and her tombstone states, "Elizabeth Tressler 1862--1952".

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