Colleen-- I'll be happy to trade information. I am descended from James Norton Ressler's oldest brother Daniel, who was born in 1839 and died in 1927 in Jeannette, PA, where I am originally from. Daniel married Charlotte Skiles and had five children: Mairy?, Jacob, Sarah, Clara, and Laura. He at some time moved to Latrobe, PA, before accompanying his son Jacob to Jeannette, PA.Jacob was my great-grandfather.He married Elizabeth Cole, I think. They had 9 children:Frank (1888), Gertrude (1891); Raymond (1899); Marie(1902);Myrtle (1906); Scharlotte (1884); Earl (1907); Charles (1887); Jacob (1904); and Daniel (1886). His oldest son Frank was my grandfather. He was born and died in Jeannette, PA.He married Mary Jane Bickerstaff and had six children: Ann, Frank, Charlotte, Mary Jane, Bill, and June.Frank Jr was my father.I realize that I am telling you more than you want to know about my ancestry, so I'll switch to your great great grandfather James Norton Ressler. He was born in 1885 and died in 1935 in Vintondale, PA, near Cramer.I believe that is in Indiana County, PA.I believe, but I am not sure, that he married Margaret Smith and had two daughters (not sure of their names), one of whom married a man named Rager. They had four children:a son whose name I don't have, Thelma, Elenor, and Margaret. What I have been trying unsuccessfully to do is to locate information about our mutual ancestor Jacob Ressler who married Sarah Helsel back in East Wheatfield Township, PA. I have had some luck with Sarah Helzel's ancestry, but not with Jacob.I know he was born in 1817 in what was then Virginia, but moved to Pennsylvania and spent the rest of his life there in Indiana County, where he is buried.Sarah Helsel's parents were John Helzel (b. March 1791) and Jane Tipton (born about 1789).John Helzel's parents were George Henry Helzel (aka Gorg Heinrich Holtzel) and Eva Stiffler.George Henry Helzel's parents were Johann Tobias Holtzel (or Heltzel) born in Germany in 1732. His mother was Engela Elizabeth Mohr born beore 1791.Eva Stiffler's parents were Jacob Stifler and Anna Catherine Meyer. I got most of this latter information from a genealogy web site, but earlier information up to Jacob and Sarah Helzel was sent to me by Michael Caldwell, who obtained it from Pennsylvania census records.
Are you related to Paul Murphy? He is descended from James Norton Ressler, his maternal great grandfather? Hope this helps some without being too tedious.I would appreciate any information you can forward to me.