Samuel Knisely

Samuel Knisely

York County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 2 Jun 1867 (aged 84–85)
Burial Crestline, Crawford County, Ohio, USA
Plot Row 4
Memorial ID 36222579 · View Source
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Aged 84y

I have a copy of a deed for "Samuel Knisely of New Philadelphia, in the State of Ohio" for 160 acres in the District of Wooster, OH. The Crawford Co., OH History, page 897 states: "Samuel Knisely was born in 1782 in York Co., PA and was a young man when he accompanied his German father to Ohio. The name of the latter has not been preserved but he was one of the enterprising pioneers of Tuscarauwas County where he entered 16,000 acres of land and probably was the founder of New Philadelphia. He died there in extreme old age. It is said of him that with the old flintlock musket, which his grandson, Joseph carefully preserves, he made it a practice to kill just 100 deer each season, laying aside the fowling piece then until the next year. Samuel Knisely enlisted for service in the War of 1812 and assisted in the construction of the blockhouse at Mansfield, built to preserve the settlers from the Indians and took part in the battles there with the savages and helped to inter the unfortunate families who were slain. He was first lieutenant of his company and the annals speak of him as a brave and daring soldier. In 1823 he came to Crawford County and settled in the isolated little log hut village of Bucyrus, securing government land lying eight miles west of here, the place being still known as Knisely Springs. Like his father, he was a great huntsman and made use of the old flintlock musket. The Indians learned to both fear and esteem him, for he was a just as well as kind man, and on many occassions he assisted savages and fed them and won their good will. Thus, he was able to travel far without fear, both on his hunting trips and also on his missions of mercy, for he was ever ready to assist other settlers in the building of their cabins, the sowing of their grain, or to give help in times of sickness and death. He was so well known that people as far distant as Marion county frequently begged his presence. In May, 1867 this admirable man, who has been likened to Daniel Boone, passed out of life at the home of his son, Joseph Knisely. His wife died in 1859 when aged 73 years. She was a member of the Baptist church. They had 13 children, four of whom survive."

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 36222579
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Knisely (1782–2 Jun 1867), Find a Grave Memorial no. 36222579, citing Biddle Cemetery, Crestline, Crawford County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by candy (contributor 46543228) .