Sunday’s Obituary – Clara Augusta (Paessler) Hill

This week’s Sunday Obituary is for my great grandmother, Clara Augusta (Paessler) Hill (25 Aug 1881 – 21 Jan 1970).

Clara Hill obituary,
Upper Sandusky, Ohio,
Upper Sandusky Daily Chief-Union,
22 Jan 1970, p.1 column 3

Great Grandma Hill’s parents, Herman and Augusta Paessler, were German immigrants, and Clara was the youngest of their children.  From letters that I have seen and have copies of, Clara was rather well traveled in her later years as I have found letters from her to my grandmother that are post marked California, Arizona and Texas.  From the letters, it appears that Great Grandma Hill took a several months long trip to visit her children that lived in various states around the country.


Wordless Wednesday – Proud Mom on Wedding Day

Clara (Paessler) Hill
16 June 1925

A couple of months ago, for a Wedding Wednesday post, I posted a few pictures from my grandparent’s wedding.  As I was going through my old pictures today, I ran across one more that I thought I would share. This is my great grandmother, Clara (Paessler) Hill on her daughter Hannah’s wedding day.

Tombstone Tuesday – Herman and Theresa Paessler

Tombstone for Herman and Augusta
Paessler (Old Mission Cemetery, Upper
Sandusky, Ohio)

One of the most meaningful genealogy research trips I ever took was about several years before my mother passed away.  She and I went over to Upper Sandusky, Ohio where most of her family was from and spent a full day walking cemeteries, doing some light research in the local library and mostly touring the area while I listened to Mom reminisce about her childhood memories and the memories that she had of Upper Sandusky.  During that trip, we walked Old Mission Cemetery and it amazed me that Mom was able to take me right to nearly every family grave marker that was in that cemetery.  This trip was early on in my genealogy researching, so the very first piece of information that I had on my great great grandfather and grandmother Paessler came from their tombstone which is pictured here.  I can’t say that the markers are artistic, unique or anything else, but this one holds some significance for me as my first step in researching the Paessler line.

Surname Saturday – Paessler

Herman Julius Paessler – date unknown

The Paessler family name is one of my “primary” surnames that I actually know the least about.  My great grandmother, Clara Augusta Paessler, was the daughter of Herman Julius Paessler and the entire family came to the United States sometime prior to Clara’s birth.  I have yet to find any immigration records short of one possible note on a passenger log that matches Clara’s mother, Theresa, as far as birthdate and a possible misspelling of the surname (Passler vs. Paessler).  Beyond that, this is one of my genealogical brick walls…and probably the one that I am most enthusiastic about breaking down.

Surname: Paessler

Variations: Not many known to date… Passler, Paesler and Pasler are the possibilities I have seen so far.

Origins:  I have confirmed that my great great grandfather, Herman Julius Paessler, was born in 1839 in Altenburg, Saxony Germany near the Czech border.  Beyond that, I have not been able to trace the name back any further.  The only records I can find of the family up to this point, are of them living in Wyandot county in Ohio, so at this point, I am working under the assumption that this was where they first immigrated to.

Challenges:  The Paessler surname will be the one that most likely is my first “international” research effort since it is one of two that are the closest to me as far as immigration into the United States.