Saturday, February 12, 2011

Surname Saturday: CRYSLER

Crysler is the surname of my great-grandmother, the mother of my maternal grandfather. Tim McGraw's Palatinate family history from the lastest episode of Who Do You Think You Are? inspired me to write about my own Palatinate family, who also have some celebrity ties.

Mabel Ellen CRYSLER
Born 10 Jan 1910 in Peck, Sanilac, Michigan
Married John Vital "Jack" PEMBERTON 7 Aug 1927 in Port Huron, St. Clair, Michigan
Married Daniel Robert "Bob" BEEDON 16 Apr 1954 in Port Huron, St. Clair, Michigan
Died 29 Dec 1989 in Port Huron, St. Clair, Michigan

Ernest George CRYSLER
Born 21 Oct 1877 in Forest, Lambton, Ontario, Canada
Married Nellie May REYNOLDS 18 Nov 1904 in Sandusky, Sanilac, Michigan
Married Minnie SIBLEY 11 Oct 1919 in Port Huron, St. Clair, Michigan
Died 8 May 1942 in Port Huron, St. Clair, Michigan

George Calvin CRYSLER
Born 15 Aug 1853 in Arkona, Lambton, Ontario, Canada
Married Mary Ellen MOLESWORTH 30 Jun 1875 in Arkona, Lambton, Ontario, Canada
Died 2 Mar 1929 in Peck, Sanilac, Michigan

Born 21 Jun 1809 in Johnstown, Fulton, New York
Married Catherine Jane SIPES abt 1830 in Ontario, Canada
Died 1870 in Arkona, Lambton, Ontario, Canada

Born 1766 in East Camp (now Germantown), Columbia, New York
Married Sally DePUY abt 1786 in New York
Married Elizabeth YOUNG abt 1794 in Schenectady, Schenectady, New York
Death date unknown

Wilhelmus "William" CRYSLER
Born 26 Jul 1729 in East Camp, Columbia, New York
Married Catharina "Catherine" SCHAUER in 1754 in Claverack, Columbia, New York
Died 1808 in Echo Creek, Schoharie, New York

Johannes CRYSLER
Born 2 Dec 1703 in Guntersblum, Neiderneisen, Germany
Married Eva Catherina MONK (MANCK) in 1725 in Athens, Greene, New York
Died in Rhinebeck, Dutchess, New York
  • Johannes was also the fourth great-grandfather of auto baron, Walter P. CHRYSLER. He and my great-grandmother are fifth cousins.
Born abt 1670 in Guntersblum, Neiderneiesen, Germany
Married Anna Caterina BRAUN 26 Apr 1701 in Germany
Died in Athens, Greene, New York
  • Listed on "New York Subsistence List" as "Johann Philipp Kreuszler and Anna Catherine with three Chilldren"
  • Early Eighteenth Century Palatine Emigration by Walter Allen Knittle, PhD and printed in Philadelphia by Dorrance and Company, shows the Crysler family as embarking in the Third Party from June 5 to June 10, 1709. In this book, they are listed as "Johannes Griesler, wife and three children."


  1. Glad you mentioned the Walter Chrysler connection. Being from Michigan, the car family came to mind when I saw your lineage.


  2. Ironically, Walter did not live in Michigan until the auto industry bigwigs from Michigan approached him in 1911 about working in their industry. Apparently, his father was born in Ontario but eventually moved to Kansas, where Walter was born in 1875. Walt got involved with the railroad as a machinist and mechanic in Kansas and quickly moved up the ranks in the railroad business. He was works manager for the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) in 1911 in Pittsburgh when a director for the ALCO, who was also a General Motors executive, approached him about moving over to the auto industry.