I have not been able to find anyone else in America with the name of WISIJAHN or WISIJOHN other than members of my family.I would be very interested in hearing from anyone from anywhere with this surname.
The following is a brief history of my family line:
Franz Wisijahn (Wissifhan?), dob: abt 1812, and his wife, Antonia, were from Prussia.I believe I found the ship manifest of Franz' immigration to America with son Emanuel on the ship Arctic on June 20, 1853. I found no record of Antonia or any other family members.This is the only information I have for Franz, I have been unable to find him on any census records.
The next record for Emanuel (dob: abt. 1840) was his marriage to Caroline Pfitzenmeier in Newark, NJ, on April 3, 1865.Caroline (dob:Sep 25, 1841) was the daughter of John Pfitzenmeier and Margaretha Bauer; they were from Bavaria.Emanuel was a shoemaker, and John Pfitzenmeier was a tanner.Emanuel and Caroline had a shoe-shop in Newark.
Emanuel died February 26, 1885, and Caroline died July 30, 1911.
The Wisijahn's had three children:
1. Lydia born February 1867 in Newark.She was still single and living in Newark with her mother on the 1910 census.This is the last record I have for Lydia.
2. Frank born October 1868 in Newark and died March 29, 1913, in Newark.Frank was married to Moetta Butts.They had three children but only their son, Edwin, survived infancy. Frank was a real estate agent.
3. Emma born March 18, 1871, in Newark and died October 1874.
Records indicate that Frank and Lydia changed the spelling of the name to Wisijohn sometime before 1900.
If you know anything about this family or any other persons with the name Wisijahn, I would really love to hear from you.My Dad always said we were the only Wisijohns in America, and I am beginning to think he was right!