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Isaac Harvey Wamsley
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Birth: 1735, Germany
Death: 1825
Adams County
Ohio, USA

Isaac Wamsley Sr. is known as the progenitor of the German Wamsleys in America. Born approx. 1735 in Northern Germany, Isaac first sailed into American waters about 1770 as the captain of a ship that hauled goods to the American colonies. He declared his allegiance to the American Patriots and after the Revolutionary War, he settled in what is present-day Long Island, where he worked making and repairing sails. He was married to the widow Leah Taylor Stout on 2 July 1770. Their children were Isaac Jr., William, Christopher, Johnathan, and Leah, who died in infancy.

After the Revolutionary War, Isaac Sr. moved with his family to the Northwest Territory, settling on the banks of Turkey Creek in Adams County, in the southeastern part of Ohio. There he lived into old age. Records list his burial site as Adams County, Ohio. (To my knowledge, he is not buried with his son, William, daughter-in-law, Sarah Wikoff, and other relatives in the Wamsleyville Cemetery. I have been unable to find a grave for him.)

"Adams County, Ohio: History, Cemeteries, Marriages" by Robert D. Craig, published in 1963, contains this paragraph on Isaac (some of which has been proven untrue in my research, or which I have not yet found sources for): "Isaac Wamsley was born in Northern Germany sometime in the 18th century, a seafaring man who appears in American waters about 1770. He settled in Maryland or Delaware, but after the Revolutionary War settled on Ohio Brush Creek at Forge Dam in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Ohio.

Craig's book also lists Isaac as having four sons and does not mention a daughter. Most sources list him as having a daughter, Leah, who died in infancy or early childhood.

My line of direct descent from Isaac Harvey Wamsley & Leah Taylor Stout, begining with myself and working backward, direct descendants listed first with spouses in parentheses:

Kathy Williams (b. 1964), daughter of
Goldie Riley Williams (b.1946) (& Charles Williams), daughter of
Birdie Ione Wamsley Riley (b. 1920-d. 1998) (& William Foster Riley), daughter of
William Bland Wamsley (b. 1884 - d. 9 December 1959) (& Goldie Gertrude Tomblin), son of
William Trimble Wamsley (b. approx. 1850-d. 12 July 1932) & (Levia Jane Jones b. approx. 1852-d. 19 July 1940) 
Family links: 
  Leah White Stout (1742 - 1820)
  William Wamsley (1776 - 1845)*
  Christopher Wamsley (1779 - 1865)*
*Calculated relationship
Wamsleyville Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery
Adams County
Ohio, USA
Created by: Kathy Riley Williams
Record added: Nov 25, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16786749

- Cj Hayden Swank
 Added: Nov. 28, 2015
my 6th great grandfather
- Laura Newman Lefebvre
 Added: Dec. 21, 2012

- Cj Hayden Swank
 Added: Nov. 17, 2015
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