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MATHIAS KLEISER (GLEISER) was born in Baden-Wurttenberg, Germany in 1765, he died in 1825 in Page County, Virginia. Early Virginia records indicate that he could both read and write German. Mathias married Barbara (Nail) Nagel, daughter of William & Salome Nagel of Shenandoah Valley, Virginia on April 17, 1790.
In 1794, William & Salome Nagel sold 104 acres of land to Mathias Kleiser for the sum of 15 pounds. The deed indicates that the property is located in Shenandoah County (now Page County) Virginia along Pass Run. Pass Run begins at the top of the Blue Ridge mountains near Thornton Gap and runs through the foothills down to the little hamlet called Kimball, near Luray, Virginia and on to the Shenandoah River.
In doing research it was clear that spelling variations were very common. Mathias Kleiser was also recorded as Gleiser, Clizer, Cliser & Klizer. On two documents, Mathias' marriage record as well as his last will & testament, Mathias signs his last name as GLEISER.

Mathias & Barbara Kleiser had 9 children, all born in Virginia. They are also recorded in the Hawksbill Reformed Lutheran Church records and the 1820 Census, they are:

1. MARTIN CLIZER - born January 1, 1792. Married to Sarah Fletcher on December 26, 1826. Later Martin purchased 1,166 acres of land on top of the mountain bordering Rappahannock County & Page County in 1833. Martin died in 1849.

2. JOHN(JOHANN) CLIZER - born in January 1795. Married to Arisba Wood on August 12, 1828. They both lived in Page County and later moved to Missouri. John died in 1847.

3. MARY (MARIA) CLISER - born in 1796. Married to Robert C. Lampton in 1821. Mary's brother Martin was bondsman in their marriage.

4. EVE (EVA & EFFERINA) CLIZER - born in 1797, died April 5, 1876. Married to James Harvey Lehew in 1826. See link below for this family line:

5. CATHERINE (CATARINA) CLIZER - born 1798. Married to Martin Frank (Fronk)

6. DAVID CLIZER - born 1799 in Shenandoah County, Virginia. Married to Philadelphia Fletcher, a widow with six children. They moved to Bates County, Missouri.

7. MAGDELINA CLIZER - born 1800

8. NATHALINA CLIZER - born 1801

9. SAMUEL CLIZER - born 1803

Mathias worked in the blacksmith trade in relation to farming and so did his sons, Martin and John. In 1824, Mathias made up his last will and testament in which Martin & John were named to inherit the wagons and team as well as the blacksmith tools. The land was to be equally divided between Martin, John & David. His daughters, who are not mentioned my name, was to receive 100 dollars each. His wife Barbara, was to receive all the personals.

Mathias died in 1825 and his wife Barbara died in 1828. They are buried side-by-side in a small family cemetery in Kimball, on top of a hill below Kibler Knob overlooking the valley. This little family cemetery has 10 tombstones; buried there are Kibler's, Shenks, Samuel Cliser and Mathias & Barbara Klizer.

Family Photos
  • Martin Mathias Cliser & wife Gracie Cliser 1877 (417 KB)
    Martin Mathias Cliser, born in 1846 the youngest of MARTIN and SARAH CLIZER, married in 1877. They reared 10 children in Page County, Va. Martin died in 1895.
  • JOHN E. CLIZER FAMILY, 1889 Latah, Washington (449 KB)
    John E. Clizer was born in Page County, Virginia to John and Arizba Clizer in 1842. Moved to Missouri with his parents, raised in Andrew County, MO. John Clizer later moved to Washington in 1889 taking the Oregon Trail.
  • BENJAMIN F. CLIZER & wife SUSAN, 1899 (418 KB)
    Benajmin Franklin Clizer was born in Page County, Virginia in 1847. Moved to Missouri with his parents (John & Arisba Clizer) in 1847. Benjamin Clizer later moved to Washington in 1889.
  • SAMUEL DAVID CLISER, 1868 (341 KB)
    Born in 1833 in Page County and was a soldier of the Civil War. Samuel lived in Rappahannock County, Virginia, near Page County, Va
    James Mathias Cliser was born in 1829 in Page County, Virginia to John and Arisba Clizer. Later moved to Missouri with his parents in 1847. James settled in Nodaway County, Missouri.
    Oliver Jett Cliser, born in 1891 to Martin Mathias Cliser and Gracie Cliser. Oliver married Lizzie Jewell and reared 14 children in Page County, Virginia. Oliver died in 1970.
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