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 August Frank Risling

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August Frank Risling

  • Birth 15 May 1851 Germany
  • Death 26 Sep 1916 Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, USA
  • Burial Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 69784549

August was born in Braunschweig (Brunswick), Germany. The year 1851 given as his date of birth is younger than what his early records indicate. He was born between 1849 and 1851. His parents are Christoph Risling and Sophia Marie Lehr. His siblings are Christopher, Doretta (Dora) and Mary. Mary is the only sibling born in the US.

In a letter to his niece, Nina Daniells Woodward, he states the family surname, Risling, is correctly spelled Rissling with the double S. He also claims the surname was Von Rissling prior to the Napoleonic Wars.

August and his brother Christopher were miners in Colorado in the late 1870's and early 1880's. August moved to northern California before 1888 where he married and raised his family.

August fathered a child with a Hoppa Indian woman named Maggie Charley. They did not marry. Maggie then married George Simpson. The son of Maggie and August was named David. During the life times of Maggie and George Simpson, David was known as Swanston Simpson. In about 1900 Swanston returned to the name David Risling. He later became a chief in the Hoppa Tribe named Chief Su Wohrom. His son David Jr. was an educator and championed Indian rights and education.

Son:
David W. "Swanston Simpson" Risling
2 Jan 1889 Orleans, Humboldt, California
20 Jan 1982 Hoppa Indiana Reservation, Humboldt, California

Grandson:
David Risling Jr. #12951421

August married Amelia in about 1889. They had 4 children, Bertram August, Ernest Wesley, Corrine Myrtle "Cora" and Jay Marion "Jody".


Family Members


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  • Created by: Rebecca Boardman
  • Added: 13 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 69784549
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for August Frank Risling (15 May 1851–26 Sep 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 69784549, citing Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, USA ; Maintained by Rebecca Boardman (contributor 47499110) .