Re: John B Wickizer, son of Isaac Wickizer
This particular family is extraordinarily elusive, to the point where we presume that some of them chose to hide.Loren Wickizer is listed with his father in the 1850-60 censuses, but thereafter neither he nor his wife (later his widow) can be found in any subsequent census records, although she lived on until 1928.One of Loren's sons changed his surname to Blair.Another disappeared.A third was killed in a freak accident.A fourth died childless.
John B. Wickizer of Luzerne Co., PA is demonstrated to be Isaac Wickizer's son through the will of his second wife (who was native German, suggesting that John still spoke the language), who specifically mentions the connection.Alas, we don't even know Isaac's wife's first name.It is fairly certain, however, that he was the next to youngest son of Conrad Wickizer Sr.
Conrad Wickizer's ancestry is unknown.The name is an Americanized version of a German original, most likely Weckesser ("bread-eater").There were two ancient centers of Weckessers in Germany, one located in what's now Baden-Wurttemberg, the other in Hesse.The latter seems to fit better with the known naming patterns in the early Wickizer family, but the attribution is just a guess.
Please contact us at [email protected] to help fill in your family.We're actively working on a second edition of The Wickizer Annals, which we hope to have out by next Christmas.It has already tripled or quadrupled in size compared to the original.
Michael Burgess & Mary Wickizer Burgess