I'm seeking any info on George W. Knisell of Preston County, West Virginia, and his family. I do know a little bit.
George W. Knisell was a native of Alsace province, France. He was a wagoneer in Napoleon's army and was at the Battle of Waterloo. He turned up in Kingwood, WV around 1832. He was a wheelwright and lived in a notable house--a stucco house--when everyone else was living in log cabins. I don't know his wife's name, but she was famous in the county for being an excellent cook.
George W. Knisell had at least two children: George L. Knisell, who was killed in 1862 at Bull Run (I assume the reference is to the Second Battle of Bull Run and not to the Bull Run in Preston Co.); & Philip W. Knisell, born in 1817, who married Melinda Collis and who lived at Bird's Creek near Howesville, WV.
My great-great-grandmother was named Nancy Knisell. She was born 28 June 1843; she was married to Ben Miller; she died in September 1928 in Howesville, WV. I'm fairly confident that George W. Knisell was either her father or her grandfather, but I don't know how to link them up.
Any further info would be a great help and would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.