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The William Hissam of John Family

(22) William Hissam (1771)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746)

William was born, depending on your source, in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, and between 1770 and 1773. In a deposition of 1847 William was described as a 78 year old man, that is born circa 1769, and he referred to the years 1788 to 1794 as ones in which he might still have been considered a minor, or less than 21 years old. That would give him a birth year from 1767 to as late as 1773.

William first shows up in official records in 1806, living in Lower Smithfield township, where Thomas Hesom/Hissom, his supposed grandfather, had homesteaded. I don't know who William's father was, but John Hissom, as Thomas Hesom's eldest son, is the most likely candidate. John's younger brother, Thomas Jr., could also be William's father. Thomas married Mary Parker in 1772 and their eldest known son, Abner, was born in 1774 leaving room in the birth order for William, assuming he was born at the latest date identified, 1773.

William's youth would have been like that of any farm boy on America's frontier until the start of the American Revolution. In 1776 his father, and three of his four uncles, left to fight in the war. Two of his uncles died on Long Island that August, and his father did not return home, except on furloughs, until seven years later, in 1783.

In a deposition of 1853 William claimed that he saw also service in the war, in Colonel Jacob Stroud's Northampton Battalion at West Point, in the New York Highlands above New York City. Below is a drawing of West Point, at an abrupt turn of the Hudson River. In the last year of the war he would have been, at most, 13 years old and conceivably just 10. Was he a drummer boy or did he just have an active imagination?


The Drummer Boy

Drummers in American armies during the Revolution were often boys or small statured men. The drummer served the same purpose as the bugler does today. There were a number of different signals that could be beat by the drum - reveille, fall in, fall out, retreat, advance, etc. Cavalry units mounted to the beat of "boots and saddles." In battle the drums established the tempo of maneuvers while, for example, deploying from column to line formation or in the advance to keep over-eager soldiers from breaking the solidarity of the line.

There's a stir down the road
Where the elms overarch.
It's the drums! It's the drums!
There's a glint through the green
There's a column on the march,
To the drum's! To the drums!
The Field music staff consisted of the regimental drum major - a senior NCO, his assistant, the drum corporal, and two drummers in each company. They were non-combatants, they had no weapons, but were often in the thick of battle, taking their place near the officers, always ready to transmit their commands.

The painting to the right tells an anecdore of the American's march on Vincennes in 1779 when an "antic drummer" amused the troops, floating across a river on his drum.

The drummer also had a bag in which he carried the lash, the cat-o-nine-tails, used for disciplining the soliders. The expression "don't let the cat out of the bag" is believed to have originated as a taunt to keep the drummer from revealing to the officers something they had seen, such as the men grumbling, or other minor offenses.

In William's defense remember that his father, John Hissom, was encamped with the 2nd Regiment at West Point, and later Newburgh, in the last year of the war. John might have brought his son with him on his return from a furlough home. William's uncles, Thomas Jr. and David, mustered in the Stroud battalion several times during the war and they too may have hosted the boy. There was little danger for William; after Yorktown the military situation in New York was quiet. I haven't been able to find William in Colonel Stroud's battalion, but those records are incomplete. I also haven't been able to verify when Stroud was at West Point, Windsor or Newburgh.

Young Soldiers

Although the Continental Congress set 16 as the minimum age of service, a number of boys had support and combatant roles during the revolution. James Collins, 11, served as a scout. Hezekiah Bishop, aged 11, served as a storeroom guard in 1777 and in 1780 he began service as a ranger with the Massachusetts state troops. Israel Trask, aged 10 in 1775, served in the Continental Army as a messenger and cook alongside his father. Butler's Rangers, a loyalist unit, had two boys aged 13, as well as a 14 and a 15 year old under arms. The 2nd Battalion of the King's Royal Regiment of New York, another loyalist group, had six 10 year olds, two who were 11, three 12 years olds, four 13 year olds, two who were 14, two 15 years old, and one who was 16.

In an era without reliable birth records a boy could simply lie about his age or find an adult who would testify that he was 16. It has been said that 10% of New Jersey's soldiers were under 18 and 5% of Virginia's were 14 or 15 years old.

Some boys joined to escape the drudgery of farm work; young apprentices sought to escape harsh masters; poor boys sought the pay and the enlistment bonus; others were inspired by fantasies of military glory. In a radical county like Northampton peer pressure was also a strong enducement. Sometimes boys served as substitutes for their older brothers who were needed on the family farm. Some went along with their fathers to assist them, acting like a batman.

I suspect that few of these boys were front-line troops engaged in battle; they would not have been strong enough to meet the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. After all, adults had a hard enough time meeting the advance of British regulars. However, they could releave the men of mundane duties, like sentry, warehouse guard, messenger, drummer, cook and teamster.

Below is an interesting update to the discussion of whether William might have been a possible drummer boy. A descendant of William's daughter, Margaret, writes,

"I noticed that on your notes for William Hissem that you thought that maybe he wasn't in the Rev. War. When my husband (his family) was a young boy they went to PA on vacation (we live in CA) and he got to meet many relatives. On their trip they were at an Aunt's house where he got to view the drum and drum sticks from the Rev. War. He was told that his ggg grandfather was a drummer boy, a young man of 12. We have the drum sticks and the drum was given to one of his grandmother's sisters (there were 5 of them). I just wanted to let you know what the family has always said about the drum and sticks. The drumsticks are made of mahogany, and in very good condition." - Elizabeth Morgan


That doesn't prove that the ggg grandfather mentioned above was our William, nor that the story is true - watch Antiques Roadshow on that point - but it certainly increases the probability of the story.

At the time of the 1790 census of Lower Smithfield, Northampton county, Pennsylvania William was probably still living with his father, John Hysham. William would have been about 19 years old; old enough to move out on his own, but too young to have established a farm, married and been identified by name as Head of the Household. There was one boy, less than 16 years old [born c1774], in John's household. This could be stretched to cover our William, who would have been 17 to 20 years old at the time. Perhaps his 17th birthday occurred just after the census was taken? Or this could be the second son I attribute to John, Isaac.

It is not unreasonable that William was on his own at this time, a laborer living on the farm of his employer. William later recounted that sometime between 1788 or 1794, when he was still a minor [a birth year between 1767 and 1773], that he worked for Jacob Stroud of Lower Smithfield, in Northampton county. Amongst his jobs was pruning Jacob's apple trees. Stroud was a big man in the county; Colonel of the militia, member of the state assembly and sometimes referrred to as "lord of the manor."

If Mary Hissum, below, was his daugther, then William must have married Catherine, his wife, circa 1795, when he was 22 to 25 years old.

At about this time William's father, John, and Uncle Thomas moved to Westmoreland county, in western Pennsylvania. His Uncle David remained in eastern Pennslyvania until 1807, then also went west, leaving William as the senior representative of the family in the Delaware valley. There are two rationales that pop to mind to explain why William stayed behind. One was the influence of his wife; Catherine may not have wanted to leave the place where her parents lived. Another was William's stepmother; it would not be unprecedented for a second wife to influence her husband to favor his second family over his first. William may not have felt welcome in his step-mother's house.

I haven't found William in the 1800 census. I suspect he was living across the Delaware river, in New Jersey, where his wife, Catherine, was born. Census records for New Jersey are incomplete for 1790-1820. In 1800 only Cumberland county is available. David Hysham, William's uncle, was counted in the 1800 census for Lower Smithfield, but I see only one adult male in the household, so William wasn't living with David.

William was not in the 1799-1804 Tax Lists for Lower Smithfield township, and I have not been able to find the 1805 list, but he was in Lower Smithfield in 1806. William would have been 35 years old at this time. The David Hisham below was William's uncle.

"1806 Tax List - Lower Smithfield Twp. Northampton co. Penna.
. . .
Heysham, William . . . .15
Hisham, David . . . .57"

"1807 Tax List - Lower Smithfield Twp. Northampton co. Penna.
. . .
Heystand [sic] William . . . .15
Heystand, David . . . .36"

"1808 Tax List - Lower Smithfield Twp. Northampton co. Penna.
. . .
Hisham, William . . . .30"

"1809 Tax List - Lower Smithfield Twp. Northampton co. Penna.
. . .
Hissam, William . . . .25"
William was not in the 1810 tax list.

The following may not be our William, the location looks bad. In the 1810 census of Upper Nazareth, Northampton county, Pennsylvania there was a William Hessham [Wm Hepler in Ancestry.com though it could be Hesslen]. Upper Nazareth is just northwest of Easton, but well south of Smithfield township. What was he doing here? In the household was 1 man 26 to 45 years [our William would have been about 39] and 1 woman 45 or over. Unfortunately I see no children listed. There should be four children, Mary, David, John and Margaret. I've stared hard and long at this name in the original document and the surname almost looks like Heysham. The 'He' is very clear, but the next two letters look like either 'p' or, as I think, 'fs', which was how the double-s was drawn in those days. The next letter could be either 'h' or 'l', followed by 'a' or 'e'. The last letter is 'm' or 'n', not 'r'. Nazareth is south of Stroudsburg, and just northwest of Easton. There was no William Hepler, or any surname like it, in the 1820 census for Northampton or Pike county. The Hessham spelling has been used for the village of Heysham, in England. It was also used in 1765 in the marriage announcement of the daughter of Giles Thornton Heysham and in 1861 for George Heysham of Tioga county, Pennsylvania.

The following looks much better. By 1820 a new county, Pike, had been carved out of Northampton county. A William Hisham & family were listed in the 1820 census of Pike county, Pennsylvania. William was noted to be of Delaware township, which is just north of Middle Smithfield, around Dingman's Ferry. In the household was one boy under 10, William J., one man over 45, William was 49, one girl under 10, unknown, and one woman 26 to 44, his wife. His other sons, David, 22, and John, 20, were living on their own; I haven't found David yet, but John was in Elmira, Tioga county, New York at this time. William's daughters Mary and Margaret had married; Mary certainly did so in 1815. Note that William's grandfather, Thomas Sr., and uncle, Thomas Jr., both used the Hisham spelling in the Tax Lists of 1786.

The following are Tax Polls for William.

1829 William Hisham Delaware township, Pike County, Pennsylvania
1830 William Hissom Lehman township, Pike county
Lehman township was south of Delaware, on the border with Northampton county at Bushkill creek.

The 1830 census for [Lehman township?] Pike county, Pennsylvania lists a William Hissam. The household contained one boy 10-15 years old, William J., and a man 70 to 80 years old. We know that Mary had married by this time and Margaret married in July 1829. Our William should have been 59-60, but this may be either age inflation or the census taker's error (or my reading comprehension). There was also three girls 15 to 19, and a woman 40 to 50 years old. This was a little young for Catherine. William's son, David, is on the next page of the census, the head of his own household.

In the 1840 census of Lehman township, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Wm Hyssam [sic]. Living in the household were one man, between 60 and 70 years old, William, and one woman, between 70 and 80. The latter looks more like the wife of the 1810 census.

In 1847 William attested to Elias Utt's service in the revolution as part of the latter's pension application. William also described his own employment with Colonel Stroud in the post-revolutionary period, his father's war service, and his origins in Lower Smithfield township.

"State of Pennsylvania
Pike County

Before me Moses Vangorden a Justice of the Peace in and for the County of Pike aforesaid on the 5th day of June 1847, Personally appeared William Hisam of said County who being by me duly sworn according to the Law did depose and say That he is now near 78 years of age [c1769]. That in or about the year 1788 or so and most certainly prior to 1794 - as he was then a minor in the employ of Col Jacob Stroud of lower Smithfield township then Northampton county now Monroe County, he was well acquainted with one Elias Utt and Lucretia his wife of the same place - having frequently been at this House about four miles distant from Col Strouds, that they were then living and cohabiting together as Man and Wife - and that the s: Elias Utt had a bullet wound on his breast, and that the deponent has frequently been shown the scar. One occassion he distinctly remembered as they, this deponent and Utt, were pruning Apple trees of Col. Strouds when Elias Utt fell from one of the trees - and complained that he had hurt his sore breast - and that he had frequently heard his Father and other old Soldiers, who are now all dead, say that Elias Utt was wounded whilst in the War in the breast by a Bullet - and that the General reputation [?] and belief in the neighborhood was that Elias Utt had been a soldier of the Revolution and that he had been wounded . . ."

William Hisam X His mark
William implied that his father was a soldier of the revolution, "that he [William] had frequently heard his Father and other old Soldiers . . . " That doesn't really clear up William's parentage however since we know that all of the sons of Thomas Hesom were soldiers. In 1782 and 1784 Elias Utt was mustered in Benjamin Schoonover's company of Colonel Stroud's battalion, as were Thomas Jr. and David Hysham. John Hysham was in the 1784 muster.

In the 1850 census of Delaware township, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Wm. Hissam, a 79 year old shoemaker, born in New Jersey. Living with him was his wife, Catherine, 78, also born in New Jersey. Note that William's son, William Hisum Jr., was also a shoemaker.

In 1853 William Hissom attested for the military service of John Fish, whose son was an applicant for a pension under the Act of 7 June 1832. Here, however, William also claimed his own service during the war. Was this at all possible or was it the wishful rememberance of an old man? In the last year of the war William could have been only 10 to 13 years old. However, I have to assume that the justice of the peace that took William's deposition must have been able to do the math as well and he raised no objections.

State of Pennsylvania
County of Monroe

On this twenty third day of December 1853 before the Subscribed, one of the Justices of the peace in and for the county and State aforesaid personally appeared William Hissom aged Eighty three years [c1770] who being first dully sworn according to the law, deposes and Says that he was well acquainted with John Fish Senior and John Fish Jr. This deponent Saith that him Self and John Fish Senior was in the army of the Revolution and lay at West Point together and Remained there Some time, and from there we moved to New Winsor and there we was discharged. I do not know or Recollect what years this was in -- and further this deponent Saith that him Self and John Fish Senior did not belong to one company but they both belonged to one Regiment. This deponent Saith that [garbled] him Self and John Fish Senior Returned from the army and lived in the Same neighborhood with John Fish Senior till his decease . . . I think that John Fish Senior was a Lieutenant in the army -- and this deponent further Saith not.

William Hissam X His mark

The regiment that William Hissom and John Fish were both in was probably the Fifth Battalion of the Northampton county militia under the command of Colonel Jacob Stroud.
- John Fish was a Private in 1778, under Jacob Stroud
- John Fish was the First Lieutenant in Captain Johannes Van Etten's Fifth company of the Third Battalion in 1780/1, under Jacob Stroud, at Fort Penn.
- John Fish was the Lieutenant in Captain Benjamin Schoonover's Second company of the Fifth Battalion in 1782, under Jacob Stroud. Thomas Jr. and David Hysham were privates in this company.
- John Fish was the Lieutenant in Captain Benjamin Schoonover's Fourth company of the Fifth Battalion in May 1783, under Jacob Stroud.
- John Fish was the Lieutenant in Captain Benjamin Schoonover's Fifth company of the Fifth Battalion in May 1784, under Jacob Stroud. John, Thomas Jr. and David Hysham were privates in this company.

When was Colonel Stroud's unit at West Point / New Windsor? New Windsor is between Newburgh, to the north, and West Point, to the south, on the Hudson river. It was probably an outlying army camp used after the headquarters were moved from West Point to Newburgh in April 1782.

I have found no record of William Hissom, of any surname variant, in Jacob Stroud's command. It would make more sense if William had attested that he and John Fish had been in the same company since William's uncles served with John.

In the 1860 census Mortality Schedules of Lehman township, Pike county, Pennsylvania as William Hyssum, a 90 year old shoemaker. He died in February 1860 of consumption after an illness of 64 days.

William's children were,
(23) Mary Hissum (c1795)
(23) David Hissam (1798), the Pennsylvania Line
(23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800), the New York Line
(23) Margaret Hessom (c1804)
(23) Unknown Daughter of 1820 census
(23) William J. Hissam (1815), the New Jersey Line

(23) Mary Hissum (c1796)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771)

She was probably the daughter of William, the only male adult of the family I know that remained in the Delaware valley after 1803. Mary was born in New Jersey circa 1796. However, she was not in the 1810 census with Wm Hessham [Hepler].

Mary "Polly" Hissum married Ludwig La Bar in about 1815 in Mt. Bethal, Northampton county, Pennsylvania - from Church Records of the Evangelical Lutheran and Reformed Congregation, Mt. Bethel, Northampton county, Pennsylvania. Ludwig was born on 18 August 1790, the son of Peter La Bar [LaBar, LeBar] and Anna Maria Hewrick [Herrick, Heinrich], of Mt. Bethel.

Le Bar Family

The "Reminiscences of George La Bar," a descendent, are the source of much of what we know about the early family in America. He mentioned his grandfather, Peter, or Pierre, and Peter's brothers, Charles and Abraham, but no one else. They may have been accompanied, however, by their brother, Wilhelm, as depicted below. The La Bar's were Huguenots who came to America from Alsace-Lorraine, in France, in about 1727. They arrived Philadelphia, then journeyed north, first to Easton, in Northampton county, then passed beyond the Blue Mountains and settled in the wilderness below De Pui's settlement on the Delaware river, southwest of present day Stroudsburg. Peter La Bar lived in Lower Smithfield, Charles in Mount Bethel, and Abraham just above the Water Gap Notch.

"Other research has found that the 3 brothers may have actually come with their parents (Daniel & Judith) and three other siblings - William, Phillip and Maria Barbara." See also Labar, Lebar, Lebarre.

The earliest genealogy for the family is traced to the north side of the Rhine river.

(18) Abraham De LaBarre (c1640)

He married Judith Daucises.

(19) Daniel LaBarre (1670)
(18) Abraham De LaBarre (c1640)

He was born in 1670 [1680?] in Barbelroth [Babelroth], Pfalz, Bavarian Palatinate, Germany. Barbelroth is just across the border from France in today's Südliche Weinstraße district, in the Rhineland-Palatinate. Daniel married Judith, the daughter of David Rossignal and Maria Besar, on 03 April 1700 in Barbelroth, Pfalz, Bavaria, Germany. Their children were Abraham, Charles, Peter, Wilhelm, Philip and Maria.

(20) John Wilhelm LaBarre (c1705)
(18) Abraham De LaBarre (c1640) (19) Daniel LaBarre (1670)

He was born in about May 1704/5 in Alsace, France. He married unknown in about 1729. His second marriage was to Dorothy. He received a warrant for 25 acres on 15 September 1754 in Northampton county. He died on 5 January 1761 in Mt. Bethel township, Northampton county, Pennsylvania. His children, according to his will, were William, the eldest, Esther, wife of Christoper Sigman, Elizabeth, wife of John Long, Mary, wife of Simon Hearsh, Charles (Karl), and Barbara, wife of Casper Rommage.

(21) William LaBar (1730)
(18) Abraham De LaBarre (c1640) (19) Daniel LaBarre (1670) (20) John Wilhelm LaBarre (c1705)

Of Upper Mt. Bethel. He was born on 30 May 1730. He may be the son of Charles and Margaret LaBar. He married Elizabeth, the daughter of Johann Long and Maria Barbara LaBarre, on 11 December 1759. William served, as a Private, in the militia during the Revolutionary War. Elizabeth died on 11 April 1800 and William followed in October 1800. William was buried in Mt. Bethel.

(22) Peter LeBar (c1770)
(18) Abraham De LaBarre (c1640) (19) Daniel LaBarre (1670) (20) John Wilhelm LaBarre (c1705) (21) William LaBar (1730)

He was born in about 1770. He married Anna Maria Herrick [Henrick?].

(23) Ludwig La Bar (1790)
(18) Abraham De LaBarre (c1640) (19) Daniel LaBarre (1670) (20) John Wilhelm LaBarre (c1705) (21) William LaBar (1730) (22) Peter LeBar (c1770)

He was born on 18 August 1790 and baptized at the Mt. Bethel church, Northampton county, Pennsylvania. A Ludwig Henrich and Elizabeth, his wife?, were witnesses as young Ludwig's baptism. These may be his grandparents, or his aunt and uncle. Ludwig Le Bar married Mary Hissum.

Another source claims that Ludwig's grandfather was Peter La Barre, one of the original immigrant brothers, but that seems to skip a generation.

In the 1820 census of Middle Smithfield, Delaware, Palmyra, & Upper Smithfield townships, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Ludwic Labar [Ludwie in Ancestry.com]. Unfortunately I can not open this file due to errors on the web site.

In the 1830 census . . .

In the 1840 census of Walpack, Sussex county, New Jersey as Lodowick Labar. In the house were two boys 15 to 20 years old, two men 20 to 30, and one man 40 to 50 years old - Ludwig would have been about 50. There was also a 10 to 15 year old girl and a woman 40 to 50 years old. Mary would have about 45.

In the 1850 census of Walpack, Sussex county, New Jersey as Ludiwick Labar [Ludwick in Ancestry.com], a 64 [sic] year old farmer, of Pennsylvania. Living with him was his wife, Mary, 54, of New York[?]. Neither could read or write.

A Ludwig Labar, a 70 year old day laborer, of Walpack, Sussex county, New Jersey died in July 1860 of consumption, which he had been suffering from for the past 2 years. He was born in New Jersey. Mary does not show up in the 1860 census for New Jersey or Pennsylvania.

(24) Jacob Labar (1816)

Ludwig and Mary's son, Jacob, was born on 2 May 1816. He married Hannah Sickafoose [Sigafoos] in Walpack. Jacob died on 19 June 1894. He and Hannah were buried in the Walpack Methodist cemetary. According to his gravestone, he was a Private in Company C, 26th New Jersey Infantry. He would have been 46 years old when that unit mustered in 1862. The unit was part of the Army of the Potomac.

He died on 19 June 1894 and was buried in Walpack cemetery, Sussex county, New Jersey.

Armitage Green and George Hissam

A yet unplaced Hissam of the Delaware river valley.

George Hissam [Kissam?] (c1810)

Of Trenton.

The citation below refers to George Hissam and an Armitage Green. The latter, born circa 1786, was a merchant of Trenton who died on 19 July 1854. His peculiar first name came from the surname of an ancestor.

"Armitage Green, entitled to one half part as tenant-in-common with George Hissam and wife Elizabeth; Peter H. Wyckoff; Johnathan Rose and Samuel R. Rose, a minor."

"Located on the south side of the Trenton Basin, near the out bank of the Delaware and Raritan Canal, by the Canal Store House, adjoining Benjamin Fish. One of the original owners, with Armitage Green, had been Ebenezer P. Rose. Said premises having been attached there to the right of egress, ingress and regress to and from the basin of Schooners, sloops and other vessels, along and in front of said wharf. The Commisioners divided so as to enable equal enjoyment of the wharf or basin privileges by both parties."

"Orphan Court Special Session, at Court House in Nottingham. 27th July 1840. Page 3+. Map p. 5" - from "Abstracts of Partitions and Divisions of the New Jersey Counties of Monmouth, Mercer, and Burlington"

I don't know who George Hissam was, or where he fits in the descent. George was not a given-name common to the family at this time. However, it is possible that George could have been a descendent of a brother of Thomas Hesom, of Trenton. If so, George's line was a dead-end.

There was a George Hissam, aged 20 to 30, in the 1840 census of New York City. In 1850 George B. Hissam, a 33 year old (c1817) lawyer, born in New York, was in Fairfield, Connecticut. I think his surname may actually be Kissam. There was a large Dutch family of this name in New York City from at least 1790. I have a George Kissam, merchant, the son of Dr. Daniel Whitehead Kissam of New York, who married Elizabeth W. Rose, of Trenton.


The Pennsylvania Line

(23) David Hissam (1798)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771)

David Hissam was born between 1797 and 1805, but his tombstone implies 1794. The LDS database shows both 1797, in Delaware, and 1805, in Pennsylvania. I think the former refers to Delaware township, in Pike county, Pennsylvania. It is on the Delaware river and is the site of Dingman's Ferry, which used to transport people across the Delaware river to New Jersey. The census of 1850 gives David a birth year of 1802 and that for 1860 of 1798. There is another David Hissam born in about 1814 in Pennsylvania per the LDS database (IGI) that I can't place. Unfortunately that database has a lot of bad data which is difficult to sift out.

I make David the son of William because William was the only member of the family I am aware of who remained in northeastern Pennsylvania.

David is not found in the census of 1800, 1810 or 1820. Not with his proposed father, William, in Upper Nazareth in 1810, or in Middle Smithfield in 1820. David could have been working as a laborer in 1820, boarding with his employer. Also, the census records of New Jersey are poor or missing for these early years, so if David crossed the river we wouldn't be able to find him.

The following are results for David in the Middle Smithfield township, Pike county Tax Polls for the years indicated.

1823 David Hissim .50
1824 David Hissam .50
1825 David Hissam .50
1826 David Heysham .50
1827 David Hissam 1.0
1828 David Hysam __
1829 David Hissam .75
David's father, William, was also living in Pike county at this time.

David married Elizabeth in about 1829, per the LDS database (IGI). I suspect she was a Coolbaugh based on the middle name of her son, John Coolbaugh Hissam.

In the 1830 census of Pike county, Pennsylvania as David Hissam, 20-29 years old. Living with him was a wife of the same age and a son less than 5 years old, name unknown. His father, William Hissam, was on the previous page of the census, the head of his own household.

Pike County

Pike county is located on the Northeastern border of Pennsylvania, up the Delaware river from Northampton county, in the Pocono's mountains; it borders New Jersey to the east and Milford is the county seat. Originally part of Buck’s county and subsequently of Northampton and then Wayne counties, Pike county was formed on 26 March 1814. While Lower Smithfield township became part of the new Monroe county, to the south, Middle and Upper Smithfield are part of Pike county.

The following are results for David in the Lehman township, Pike county Tax Polls for the years indicated.

1835 David Hissam

David's wife, Elizabeth, may have died because a David Hissam, of Milford, Pennsylvania, married Elizabeth Decker of Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania in about 1839, per the LDS database (IGI). This database has the same marriage listed with two different marriage dates - dates which are suspect because they are exactly 10 years apart. This Elizabeth was born in 1806 in Lehman township, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania. If true, this would mean that David's first three children were from his first marriage.

In the 1840 census of Westfall township, Pike county as David Heysham [Hysham in Ancesry.com]. The census shows two boys under 5, John Coolbaugh and Michael, one man 30 to 40 years old, David [who would have been 42], one girl under 5, Hannah, one girl who was 10 to 15, Cornelia, and a woman who was 20 to 30 years old, Elizabeth Decker. The son of the 1830 census must have died.

In the 1850 census of Milford township, Pike county as David Hissam [Hepam in Ancestry.com], a 48 year old laborer [1802]. Living with him were his wife, Elizabeth, 35, and children, Hannah, 13, Michael, 10, Franklin, 5, Harriet, 8, and Thomas, 2. His children, Cornelia and John, were living in Westfall on adjacent farms as laborers. Westfall is north of Milford, and due west of Matamoras.

Milford, Pennsylvania

The town is located on the Delaware river, between Walpack and Port Jervis/Matamoras.

There is a reference to a Hissam House at 108 West Ann Street, in Milford. The description says, "(Folk) Built in 1765, this is a two-story I-house with a chimney on the side, a traditional British folk form common in prerailroad America. A Georgian-style door was added later to make this home more fashionable." This probably means this was an early house, remembered as occupied at a later date by the Hissam family, but not built by them. I haven't yet found a picture of this house.

In the 1860 census of Milford as David Hissam, a 62 year old farm laborer [1798], born in Pennsylvania around 1797. Living with him were his wife, Elizabeth, 62, and children, Thomas, 9, Frank, 14, and Miranda, 8. On the farm next to David's was his son, Michael Hissam, a 20 year old farm laborer, born in Pennsylvania. He was living and working on the farm of Albert B. Sherman.

David Hissam, the husband of Elizabeth Decker Hissam, died on 30 October 1870 per the LDS database (IGI). He was buried in the Milford cemetery. His tombstone was recently found and photographed. According to it, David died on 28 October 1870, at the age of 76. That indicates a birth year of 1794, though age-inflation was fairly common in both the census and on tombstones. Note how David aged between the 1850 and 1860 census. There are 17 other Hissam's in this cemetery.

In the 1870 census of Port Jervis, Deer Park, Orange county, New York as Elizabeth Hyeson, 70. Living with her were her children, Thomas, a 21 year old day laborer, and Maranda [sic], 19. All were of Pennsylvania. Cornelia was living with her husband, Thomas Truex, in the same township, just two pages up in the census. Note that there is a tendency in this line of the family to use the surname of Hysam, a throwback to the Revolutionary era surname of his grandfather, John Hissom/Hysam.

Port Jervis, New York

The town is located at the juncture of three states, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, at the northern end of the Minisink. On the opposite side of the Delaware river is Matamoras, Pennsylvania.

In the 1880 census of Deer Park, Orange county, New York, which is near Port Jervis in the Minisinck Valley, lists an Elisabeth Hissam, 72 years old. She was living with a Thomas L. Truex and family and listed as 'mother-in-law.' Elizabeth's daughter, Cornelia, was Thomas' wife, aged 45. This is interesting because I believe that Cornelia was the daughter of David's first wife. In that case it would make more sense for Elizabeth to have lived with one of her own daughters, assuming they could take her. One possibility is that the 1839 date of David's marriage to Elizabeth Decker is a misprint for 1829, and that David really had only one wife. So, if David had only one wife, Elizabeth Decker, and David's mother was Elizabeth Mary Johnston, where did the John Coolbaugh name come from? See below for a possible explanation. I think this census is suitable proof that Cornelia and her brother John Coolbaugh were the children of David and Elizabeth Hissam.

Elizabeth Decker Hissam died on 11 October 1882. Don Martin, a descendent, says this was 1 September 1884. Elizabeth was buried in the Milford cemetary.

David and Unknown [Elizabeth Coolbaugh?] had the following children,
(24) Unknown Son (c1830)
(24) Cornelia Hissam (1831/4)
(24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832), his male line survived
(24) Hannah Hissam (1837)

David and Elizabeth Decker had the following children,
(24) Michael Hissam (1840), his male line died out
(24) Harriet Hissam (1842)
(24) Franklin Hissam (1846), his male line died out
(24) Thomas Hissam (1850), his male line died out
(24) Miranda Hissam (1852)

(24) Cornelia Hissam (1831)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798)

The daughter of David and Elizabeth Hissam, per the LDS database. In the 1850 census of Westfall, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Cornelia [Camlia in Ancestry.com] Hissam, a 19 year old laborer, living in the household of A. H. Brodhead. Note, the Brodhead's had been an influential family in the Smithfield district since Colonial times.

In the 1860 census of Milford, Pike county as Cornelia Hissam, a 26 year old domestic. She was living on the farm of George Keller, a carriage maker. Also living there was a John Hissam, a 24 year old farm laborer, born in Pennsylvania. I presume this means they were brother and sister. They were near-neighbors of David Hissam, their father.

Cornelia married Thomas L. Truex sometime before 1870. He was born in about 1823 in New Jersey. His parents also came from New Jersey. This was Thomas' second marriage. His first marraige was to a Sarah Wilson in 1849. Cornelia and Thomas appear to have had no children of their own.

In the 1870 census of Port Jervis, Deer Park township, Orange county, New York as Cornelia Truex, 37. Living with her was her husband, Thomas, a railroad oil man - that is, he was the man that oiled the wheels of the train. The children living in the house were those of Thomas' first wife, Sarah Wilson. Deer Park is in the northern end of the Minisinck valley. Cornelia was living just "two pages" up from her widowed [step?] mother, Elizabeth, 70, and siblings, Thomas and Miranda.

In the 1880 census of Deer Park as Cornelia Truex, 45 years old. Elisabeth Hissam, 72, was living with her and Thomas.

(24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798)

He was born on 31 August 1832 in Pennsylvannia. In the 1850 census of Westfall, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Jno Hissam, a 17 year old farmer. He was living in the household of Mr. Bull. His sister, Cornelia, 19, lived nearby on another farm. If it is true that his father, David, remarried in 1839, it would not be surprising that John moved out as soon as he could. A new wife might favor her own children and make things hard on John.

In the 1860 census of Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania as John Hissam, a 24 year old farm laborer, born in Pennsylvania. He was living on the farm of George Keller, a carriage maker. Also living there was his sister, Cornelia, a 26 year old domestic. He was a near-neighbor of David Hissam, his father.

John married Margaret VanAuken, the daughter of James Jeremiah VanAuken (1797-1881) and Melinda Barnhardt. She was born on 15 April 1839 in New York.

The Coolbaugh Family

Was John named after John Coolbaugh? The Coolbaugh family came from Dierdof, Westerwald, Germany in around 1750 and initially settled in Hunterdon county, New Jersey. There are a number of references to a John Coolbaugh in Smithfield township. He was born on 14 September 1760 in Kingwood, Hunterdon county, New Jersey. He married Susannah Van Campen on 14 September 1788 in Walpack, New Jersey. They christened their children, Sara, Hannah, and John, at the Reformed Dutch Church in Lower Smithfield. In the 1790 Federal census for Northampton county, Pennsylvania there is a John Coolbaugh listed just two names below John Hysham.

John Coolbaugh was on the Pike county, Pennsylvania pension roll of 1821 for service in the New Jersey militia. In 1835 he was listed as being 74 years old, that is born in 1759. It is reasonable to assume this is the same John Coolbaugh counted in the 1790 census in Northampton county. He was buried in Middle Smithfield, Monroe county, Pennsylvania.

Coolbaugh’s continued to live in the Minisinck region through at least 1850. It seems reasonable that the Coolbaugh’s were neighbors of our family and that (24) John’s mother was a Coolbaugh and gave him his unique middle name. Alternatively, John Coolbaugh may have been a close friend of David Hissam who named his son in honor of the man.

A photograph of John's home, in Milford, is contained at John Hissam's home. The caption says, "Pictured is the present home of Scott and Karen Cowern located at 800 Broad Street. This 1863 picture shows homeowner John Hissam and his family." - from "Matamoroas to Sholhola" by Matthew M. Osterbert. I wouldn't have expected such a large family for John at such an early date. Even as late as 1883 only 7 of the 10 individuals, other than John and Magaret, could have been his children. I suspect the photograph is of later date than the citation avers. The house is quite nice, again nicer than I thought it would be. Clearly John was more middle-class, or upper-middle-class, than the census made clear. Broad Street intersects with West Ann, where the "Hissam House" is located, mentioned above.

I recently got an email from Bill Hissam with the missing photograph,

"I am attaching a picture that you may find interesting. Actually three Pictures First is the Pic itself then the back of it with notations as to who the people are. Third I annotated the pic with Photoshop. I marked it as Circa 1900 but actually judging by the apparent ages of the subjects it was probably around 1890. I have a high degree of confidence in the identification as it was noted by my Uncle C. David Hissam in 1974. At that time my grandmother (Helen Van Vorst Hissam) was still alive and she would have know all or most of these people in her youth as a young bride. It is a certainty that David would have consulted her on identifications he was unsure of."


In the 1870 census of Milford as John Hysam [Hysaw in Ancestry.com], a 36 year old who worked in a livery stable. Living with him were his wife, Marjary, 31, and children, Gracie, 9, Lizie, 7, Kate, 5, and Lucian B., 1/12. They were all born in Pennsylvania. Also living with John was Ann Mennington, 21, of England. Normally I would say she was a servant, but John did not look prosperous enough to pay for that.

In the 1880 census of Milford as John C. Hissam, a 46 year old Jobber. Living with him were his wife, Margery, 41, and children, Lizzie, 16, Kate W., 14, Lucien B., 9, Asa W., 7, Warren R., 4, and John C. Jr., 1/12. A jobber is someone who performs odd-jobs, perhaps like a handyman.

John Hissam died on 3 May 1900, at the age of 67. In the 1900 census of Milford as Margaret V. [Vanauken?] Hissam, a 61 year old widow [April 1839]. She was living with her daugher, Kate, and her husband, William McGowen. She had 7 children, of whom 5 were still living in 1900. Margaret died on 24 November 1900.

John's children were,
(25) Grace Hissam (1861)
(25) Elizabeth 'Lizzie' C. Hissam (1864)
(25) Katherine W. Hissam (1866)
(25) Lucian Barnes Hissam (1870)
(25) Asa W. Hissam (1873)
(25) Warren R. Hissam (1876), who died young
(25) John Coolbaugh Hissam Jr. (1880), who died young

(25) Grace Hissam (1861)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832)

She was born in about 1861, probably in Milford, Pennsylvania. In the 1870 census of Milford as Grace Hysam [Hysaw in Ancestry.com], 9. Not in the 1880 census with her parents, which probably means that she married.

(25) Elizabeth 'Lizzie' C. Hissam (1864)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832)

Lizzie was born in about 1864, probably in Milford, Pennsylvania. In the 1880 census of Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Lizzie Hissam, 16. She was living with her father, John C. Hissam, and mother, Margery, 41.

She married Lafayette Lattimore.

In the 1900 census of Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Lizzie and Lafayette Lattimore. They had a son, George D., born circa 1887.

In the 1910 census of Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Elizabeth Lattimore, a 44 year old widow living alone. Her occupation was listed as laundress, with a home shop. She had one child, still living.

In the 1920 census of Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Elizabeth C. Lattimore, a 50 year old widow, with one son. Mamie E. Hissam, her 30 year old niece, born in New York, was living with her. I would guess that Mamie was Lucien B.'s daughter. By 1930 Elizabeth was again living alone in Milford, a 63 year old widow, the proprieter of a lodging house. I don't have confirmation of the date of her death.

(25) Katherine W. Hissam (1866)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832)

Katherine was born in about 1866, probably in Milford, Pennsylvania. In the 1880 census of Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Kate W. Hissam, 14. She was living at home with her father, John C. Hissam, and mother, Margery, 41.

She married William McGowen [McCown], a teamster. In the 1900 census of Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania as William and Kate McGown [sic]. Kate's mother, Margaret V. Hissam, was living with them. At this point they had no children.

In the 1910 census of Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania as William and Katherine McCown. They still had no children. William was a driver at a livery stable and Katherine was a laundress.

In the 1920 census of Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania as William N. and Kate W. McCown. Still no children. William, 57, had no occupation and Kate, 54, was still doing the laundry.

In the 1930 census . . .

(25) Lucian Barnes Hissam (1870)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832)

Sometimes called Lucien Barns, he was born in 1870 per his tombstone, probably in Milford, Pennsylvania. In the 1880 census of Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Lucien B. Hissam, 9. He was living at home with his father, John C. Hissam, and mother, Margery, 41.

Lucian married Sarah Titman [Titmond?] in about 1891. She was born in 1871.

As early as 1897 Lucian was the jailer of the local lockup. The article below appears to have been written in about 1997, detailing a hanging that occured in Pike County in 1897.

"One hundred years ago last Christmas Eve, a New York City man was indicted by a Pike County grand jury for murdering his wife at a Shohola resort.

Herman Paul Schultz was accused of shooting his wife, Lizzie, at Wohlforth’s High Point Farm in Shohola Township . . . The case went to the jury on Saturday, June 12th at 6 p.m. Eight hours later they returned a verdict of guilty. Efforts by attorneys Kipp and VanEtten to seek a new trial were rejected by Judge Purdy. He sentenced the defendant “to be hanged by the neck until you are dead”. Execution date was set for December 7, 1897. . . .

Schultz was led into the execution chamber by Sheriff Courtright, Deputy William Drake and Jailer Lucien Hissam. He was also accompanied by Reverend Lassiter. Schultz read a final statement proclaiming his innocence, repeated the Lord’s prayer with Rev. Lassiter and a prayer in German from his Bible. At 11:18 a.m., at the command of the sheriff, the weight was released and the prisoner jerked into the air. An adjustment of the noose by deputy sheriff George C. Horton, at the request of the prisoner, resulted in the prisoner strangling and not having his neck broken [eww!]."

- from "The Pike County Historical Society" webpage

In the 1900 census of Milford as Lucian Hissam, a 29 year old blacksmith. Living with him were his wife, Sarah, 29, and children, Warren [Marrie in Ancestry.com], 8 [March 1892], Benjamin [Bertha in Ancestry.com], 5 [November 1896], Maude [Mary in Ancestry.com], 3 [December 1896], and Mildred [Milton in Ancestry.com], 1 [April 1899]. Lucian and Sarah had been married for 9 years. Sarah had 4 children, all still living.

In the 1910 census of Milford as Lucian B. Hissam, a 39 year old "keeper" at the county jail. Living with him were his wife, Sarah, 39, and children, Benjamin, a 16 year old blacksmith, Maud, 13, Mildred, 11, Elizabeth, 9, and Lucian B. Jr., 2. The "Annual Report of the Board of Commissioners of Public Charities" of 1910 lists,

"Pike County--Milford
Assocate Judges--John F. Engelhart, George R. Quick.
. . .
Warden of Prison--L.B. Hissam."
L.B. was listed as Warden in a similar text of 1911. His name was followed by a "D" in this text, which appears to indicate he was a Democrat. Since all of the government posts in Pike county were filled by Democrats, and all those in Potter county by Republicans, I assume this was a spoils job.

Pike County Jail and Borough Lockup

When Pike county was created the residents of Milford were determined that their town become the county seat. They raised $1500 for the erection of a public building which was to serve as both a jail and courthouse. The building, erected by contractors Jacob Quick, Daniel Dimmick, and Samuel Anderson, was started in 1814 and completed the following year. In 1995 it was turned into adminstrative offices for the Sheriff. This Georgian-style structure is side-gabled with masonry of local rubble stone. It is the second oldest court house in Pennsylvania and served in that capacity until 1874 when the present court house was completed. For many years the building served as the County jail. Five of the windows were filled in with stone to prevent prisoners from escaping. Note also the trout weather-vane on the cupola, carved by Ralph Myer in 1932. The original was carved by Judge Biddis' son, George, and resides in the Pike County Historical Society. The Brook trout is the symbol of Pike county.

"Hissam Lucian B., blacksmith and jailor" resided on Broad street, Milford, Pennsylvania just as his father, John, had, above - from the Port Jervis City Directories of 1912 and 1914.

In the 1920 census of Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Lucian B. Hissam Sr., 49 years old and not employed. Living with him were his wife, Sarah H., 48, and children, Benjamin V., a 26 year old blacksmith, Mildred M., 19, a waitress in a boarding house, Elizabeth A., an 18 year old Inter State Mail Carrier [!], Lucian B. Jr., 12, and Warren W., a 29 year old farm laborer. Lucian was a jailer and a blacksmith.

Lucian died in 1920, at the age of 49 [his tombstone says 1927] and was buried in the Milford cemetery. In the 1930 census of Milford as Sarah H. Hissam, 59, widow, living with her daughter, Maud Hinkel, 33. The 1930 City Directory of Milford had her as "Hissam Sarah H wid Lucian B r107 John [street]." Sarah died in 1932.


They had the following children,
(26) Warren W. Hissam (1892)
(26) Benjamin Vanoy Hissam (1894)
(26) Maude Hissam (1896)
(26) Mildred M. Hissam (1899)
(26) Elizabeth (Libby) A. Hissam (1901)
(26) Lucian Barns Hissam Jr. (1907)

(26) Warren William Hissam (1892)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870)

He was born on 14 March 1892 in Milford, Pennsylvania. In the 1900 census of Milford as Warren [Marrie in Ancestry.com] Hissam, 8 years old [March 1892], living with his father, Lucian Hissam, a 29 year old blacksmith, and his mother, Sarah, 29. Perhaps named for his father's younger brother, (25) Warren R. Hissam (1876), who died young.

Warren joined the Navy. In the 1910 cenus of the USS MISSISSIPPI [in the Philippines according to Ancestry.com] as Warren W. Hissam, a 19 year old sailor, C.P. The members of the crew of the MISSISSIPPI just above Warren on the census were annotated as firemen, that is, they worked in the boiler room, stoking the fires. C.P. meant Coal Passer.

"Many young men chose to enlist as coal passers rather than serve in the deck crew because the pay was significantly higher - $22 per month for a newly-enlisted coal passer versus $16 for a newly-enlisted landsman. The extra pay was well-earned since the work of a coal passer was among the most difficult, dirty, and dangerous duties in the U.S. Navy.

Frederick Wilson, a water tender in the U.S. Navy recorded the work of the coal passer as follows:

'When on watch, his duties consist of getting out, or passing, coal to his firemen, and in some ships it is no snap to handle 40 or 45 buckets of coal, each weighing 145 or 150 pounds, in a temperature of perhaps 150 [degrees] to 175 [degrees]… & has to haul the ashes from the ash pans and load and send up buckets of ashes. He is put to work also at cleaning bilge strainers when they become clogged up with coal dirt and ashes. At times he has to put on the fires when a fireman plays out. He has to stow coal in the bunkers when they coal ship. Has to go in the boilers and knock off scale and scrape out mud, and scale and clean out bilges in port…scrub paintwork and paint, clean off pumps, polish bright work, and do any work he may be put at…goes in the back connections of the boilers and cleans out the soot and ashes from there and also in the smoke pipe…any old place that is hard to get at and dirty. It is hard an awfully dirty work and it is work that is never done. If he has any time off, he is at drill…'

In addition, coal passers were the first line action against bunker fires, wherein they had to dig into the pile of coal, expose the burning embers, and either shovel the coal to the boiler furnaces or douse the fire with water, while living is a mass of super-heated air, with smoke and other noxious gases. Also, in action, a coal passer was in a bad position. Should the ship founder, his chances of escape were not good, and in many cases, if working close to the active boilers, a hit to the boilers and the tons of boiling water they held meant a horrible death.

Lastly, a coal passer, living among the coal bunkers and the heat, could seldom ever get fully clean. ” - from Spanish American War.com

The coal passers and the firemen were known as the "black gang" for obvious reasons. During the famous around-the-world cruise of the White Fleet, 1907-1909, members of the black gang were refused liberty because their appearance would reflect badly on America. The MISSISSIPPI met the White Fleet on its return and was reviewed by the President.

The problem with this census record is that the MISSISSIPPI never went to the Philippines. I think the error is on Ancestry.com's part. The census as I view it does not say anything about the Phillippines. The Captain of the MISSISSIPPI was William F. Fullam. He had been promoted to Captain in 1909 and given command of the MISSISSIPPI. He was later to be a Rear Admiral and Superintendant of the Naval Academy.

USS MISSISSIPPI

USS MISSISSIPPI, BB-23, was the first of a class of two 13,000-ton battleships built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. USS IDAHO, BB-24, was her sister-ship. These were generally unsuccessful ships carrying too many guns for their displacement and, as a result, they rolled badly in heavy seas. They also had a short cruising range that relegated them to coastal duties. The class was armed with four 12" guns, eight 8" guns, eight 7" guns, twelve 3" guns, six 3-pounders, two 1-pounders, six .30 cal. machine guns, and two 21" torpedo tubes.

MISSISSIPPI was commissioned in February 1908 and spent her first few years of service operating along the U.S. east coast and in the Caribbean area. In addition, in May 1909 the battleship cruised up the Mississippi River to demonstrate contemporary naval technology to the citizens of the south-central United States.

In late 1910, MISSISSIPPI steamed across the Atlantic to call on ports in Great Britain and France. She thereafter returned to her normal operating areas in the western Atlantic. In June 1912, she landed U.S. Marines in Cuba to protect U.S. interests. In reserve from mid-1912 until the end of 1913, MISSISSIPPI then carried men and equipment to Pensacola, Florida, where she supported the conversion of the old Naval facility there into a naval air station. In April and May 1914, she transported seaplanes and aviators to Vera Cruz, Mexico, and acted as their tender during the Navy's first combat aviation deployment.

After further duty at Pensacola, USS MISSISSIPPI was sold to Greece in July 1914, as was the IDAHO. Renamed KILKIS & LEMNOS, they served in the Greek Navy until 23 April 1941, when they were sunk in Salamis harbor by German dive bombers.

Warren left the Navy after a 2 1/2 year tour. He married Mary E. in about 1913.

Warren William Hissam, born on 14 March 1892, aged 25, a natural born citizen of Milford, Pennsylvania registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. He was a laborer, employed by August Kiel Jr., and gave his wife, who was not named, as a reason for deferment. He noted his prior service in the Navy of 2 years and 8 months as a Coal Passer. He was of medium height and build, with blue eyes and brown hair.

William W. Hissam, of Pike county, served in World War I as a Private in Company C, 2nd Division, 155th Battalion. We're missing the Brigade and Regiment.

2nd Division in World War I

The Second Division was unique, being commanded by Marine Corps Generals, including the famous John E. LeJeune. Units in the Division included the 3rd Brigade Infantry, with the 9th and 23rd Infantry Regiments and 5th Machine Gun Battalion, the 4th Brigade Infantry of Marines, the 2nd Brigade Field Artillery, 2nd Regiment of Engineers, 1st Battalion Signal Troops, and Headquarters Troop.

"The 2nd Infantry Division was first constituted on 21 September 1917 in the Regular Army. It was organized on 26 October 1917 at Bourmont, Haute Marne, France. The division spent the winter of 1917–1918 training with French Army veterans. Though judged unprepared by French tacticians, the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) was committed to combat in the spring of 1918 in a desperate attempt to halt a German advance toward Paris. The 2nd Infantry Division drew its first blood in the nightmare landscape of the Battle of Belleau Wood and contributed to shattering the four-year-old stalemate on the battlefield during the Château-Thierry campaign that followed. On 28 July 1918, Major General Lejeune assumed command of the 2nd Infantry Division and remained in that capacity until August 1919, when the unit was demobilized. The division went on to win hard-fought victories at Soissons and Blanc Mont. Finally the Indianhead Division participated in the Meuse-Argonne offensive which spelled the end of any German hope for victory. On 11 November 1918 the Armistice was declared, and the 2nd Infantry Division marched into Germany, where it performed occupation duties until April 1919. 2nd Infantry Division returned to U.S. in July 1919." - from Wikipedia

In the 1920 census of Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Warren W. Hissam, a 29 year old farm laborer. He was living at home with his parents, Lucian B. and Sarah H. Though shown to be married, his wife wasn't there.

In the 1930 census of Milford, Pike township, Pennsylvania as Warren Hissam, a 38 year old disabled man without an occupation. He was a veteran of the World War, so that might explain his disability. He was probably living on a pension. Nearby were his sister, Maud Hinkel, and brother Lucian Jr. Living with him were his wife, Mary E., 40. He owned his own home. The couple had no children.

Per the City Directory of Milford for 1930, Warren W. and Mary E. Hissam lived at 410 Seventh street. He was a laborer. His brothers, Benjamin V., Lucian B. Jr., and widowed mother, Sarah, lived nearby.

William W. Hissam died on 13 January 1933 at the age of 40; he was buried in the Milford cemetery, Section G, Lot #395.

I don't know of any children for Warren and Mary.

(26) Benjamin Vanoy Hissam (1894)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870)

He was born on 30 November 1894, or 1893 per his WWII draft registration, in Milford, Pennsylvania. I don't know where the middle name Vanoy comes from, perhaps a contraction of his grandmother's maiden name, VanAuken. In the 1900 census of Milford as Benjamin Hissam [Bertha in Ancestry.com], 5 [November 1896]. In the 1910 census of Milford as Benjamin Hissam, a 16 year old blacksmith.

Benjamin Van Noy Hissam, of Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania, registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. He was a single, 23 year old blacksmith, born on 30 November 1894. He was described as short, with a medium build. He had grey eyes and brown hair. Benjamin's father, Lucian, had also been a blacksmith.

Marc Hissam confirms that Benjamin did serve in the war. Bill Hissam, another descendent, writes,

"Benjamin did serve in the Army during WW I. He was wounded there in what I believe was a gas attack. When I was very young my grandmother showed me his uniform, medals etc and told me the story of how they [Benjamin and his wife] met. He was recuperating from being gassed in the trenches, in a hospital in Baltimore, MD where she was a volunteer nurse. Her parents were not at all happy as they were people of means and he was a blacksmith from the wilderness, besides which she was quite young about 15 or 16."
I wonder what unit he served in? My grandfather too was gassed in the war.

In the 1920 census of Milford as Benjamin V. Hissam, a 26 year old blacksmith, still living at home with his parents.

He married Helen VanVorst, of Baltimore, Maryland, in about 1923, per Marc Hissam. She was born on 15 June 1903. Apparently they lived in Maryland for a short time thereafter. Marc writes further,

"She was born in NJ, but raised in Catonsville, Maryland, outside of Baltimore. Her parents were quite wealthy and vacationed in northern NJ where they had a "Gentleman's Farm". Wealthy enough to have an ornately-carved piano custom-made from a tree on the farm. Her mother's family owned Gulden's Department Store in Baltimore, and her father owned a factory which made mattresses. During WWI he converted to making shoulder pads for Army uniforms and made even more money, so much so that he was able to travel to China and engage in hobbies such as photography, wood carving, and sketching (His brother Garrett is a listed artist from NJ). When Helen who came from a wealthy family chose to marry Benjamin, the local gravedigger and blacksmith (local being their vacation area) her parents were very upset. William VV was born in Baltimore not becasue they lived there, but because her parents insisted she come visit when the baby would be due becasue they could provide better care than that available in Milford, PA. While my great-grandparents were not happy about the marriage, they were ecstatic over the birth of their grandson (neither of their other children Cornelius or Virginia would ever marry). The tide turned for family when the Great Depression hit. While the parents lost everything, their daughter who had married beneath herself now was the only one with a stable income - she had married a workman whose skills would always be in demand (blacksmithing and gravedigging)."
That's the kind of family story I like, one that makes these people, and their relationships, come alive.

Benjamin was mentioned as the County Council Adjutant in "Proceedings of the . . . Annual Encampment" of the VFW, published in 1927. He was a member of Mountain Laurel VFW Post 8612.

In the 1930 census of Milford, Pennsylvania as Benjamin V. Hissam, a 36 year old superintendent of the cemetary. Living with him were his wife, Helen C., 26, and children, William V.V., 4 7/12, who was born in Maryland, and Benjamin P., 3 6/12, Helen-Ruth, 2 8/12, and David C. [Bill Hissam writes, "(C. David; His given name was Cornelius after his mother’s father and he despised the name, refused to answer to it and would get angry if family used it"], 11/12, who were born in Pennsylvania.

In the 1940 census of Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Benjamin Hissam, a 46 year old superintendent of the Milford cemetery, of Pennsylvania, living on West Ann Street. Living with him were his wife, Helen, 36, and children, William, 14, Benjamin Jr., 13, Helen R., 12, David, 10, and Charlotte, 5.

Benjamin Vanoy Hissam, 48, of Pike county, Pennsylvania registered for the draft on 27 April 1942. He was still working at the Milford cemetary. He was 5' 11'' and weighed 178 pounds, had blue eyes and grey hair, and a ruddy complexion. He listed his wife, Helen, as his next of kin.

There was a parade in Milford as part of the Pike county celebration of Pennsylvania Week. "The parade will be formed in three divisions. The first section will be under the direction of Calvin Rosencrance and Benjamin V. Hissam as assistant parade marshalls . . ." - from the Stroudsburg "Daily Record" of 20 October 1950.

Benjamin died in June 1951. His obituary dated 18 June 1951:

"Benjamin V. Hissam

Benjamin V. Hissam, for many years superintendent of the near by Milford (Pa.) Cemetery, died Thursday night at his home in Milford at the age of 56. Any Army veteran of the first World War, he was president of the Milford Softball League. Surviving are his widow, Helen; three sons, two daughters, a brother and three sisters."

Helen died in October 1982. Both were buried in the Milford cemetery.

Their children were,
(27) William V. V. Hissam (1925)
(27) Benjamin Parks V. Hissam (1926)
(27) Elizabeth (Bitsy) Hissam, Marc: "Aunt Bitsy is one of the children - not sure year of birth, but several years after C. David, perhaps 1933-4."
(27) Helen Ruth Hissam (1927)
(27) C. David Hissam (1929)
(27) Charlotte Hissam, sister of Helen Ruth Hissam, maid of honor at her wedding, but, per Marc, "not one of the children - I think she was a cousin." Bill Hissam concurs, "definitely not a sister."

(27) William VanVorst Hissam (1925)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Benjamin Hissam (1894)

He was born on 9 May 1925 in Baltimore, Maryland. In the 1930 census of Milford, Pennsylvania as William V.V. Hissam, 4 7/12. He was living at home with his father, Benjamin V. Hissam, a 36 year old superintendent of the cemetary, and his mother, Helen C. Van Vorst Hissam, 26. At home with his parents in the 1940 census, aged 14.

William V. Hissam was a Navy veteran of WWII and Korean wars as a Second Class Boilerman. He served from 30 July 1943 to 8 May 1946, and from 18 September 1950 to 24 March 1952. F1C V-6 William VanVorst Hissam was mustered onboard the USS EDWIN A HOWARD, Destroyer Escort 346 (DE-346), on 25 May 1944. By December 1944 William was a WT3c in the V-6 Division. On 15 June 1946 the ship, and William, were in San Pedro, California. This is the port of Los Angeles, west of Long Beach.

USS EDWIN A HOWARD

DE-346 was a Butler-class destroyer escort, commissioned on 25 May 1944. "After one convoy escort voyage to the Mediterranean in September and October 1944, Edwin A. Howard sailed from New York 10 November for the South Pacific. From Hollandia she shepherded a convoy to San Pedro Bay, Leyte, arriving 6 January 1945. Edward A. Howard reinforced Destroyer Squadron 49 on antisubmarine patrol in Leyte Gulf. She took a convoy through from the Palaus to San Pedro Bay, and continued escort service between New Guinea and Leyte. Edwin A. Howard arrived in Polloc Harbor 30 April 1945, and for the next month escorted convoys to supply troops ashore around Davao Gulf, on the second such voyage bombarding targets on Samal Island in the gulf, and other points on the shore. On 10 June she sailed from San Pedro Bay with a convoy of landing craft bound for Morotai, from which she returned to Tawi Tawi escorting an ammunition ship. She left Tawi Tawi 26 June to escort a squadron of motor torpedo boats and their tender to Balikpapan, arriving 27 June, 4 days before the invasion. Edwin A. Howard screened minesweepers operating off the coast, and covered the landings, then escorted reinforcements from Morotai to the beachheads before returning to Leyte 26 July. The escort vessel remained in the Far East on occupation duty, escorting convoys from Leyte to Ulithi, Okinawa, and Japan. She sailed from Samar 28 November 1945 for the States and was placed out of commission in reserve 25 September 1946." - from Wikipedia.

F1C & WT3C

F1C was a Fireman [fed the boilers] 1st Class, which is the third step up from a raw recruit. A WT3C was Third Class Petty Officer Water Tender, the next step up in the promotion ladder. A water tender would have tended the water level in the boilers.

V-6 is one of the divisions of the ship. I'm a carrier sailor, so to me V-6 was part of the Air Department, which wouldn't apply to a destroyer. From his rating, this must have been in the Engineering Department.

Bill Hissam writes, "He was a Navy veteran of WW II in the South Pacific and Korea serving a total of appox 10 years. He was wounded and discharged on a disability." William enlisted for the second time on 18 September 1950. William served in the Korean War, but I'm not certain onboard what unit. The Navy's role in Korea centered around its carriers, which were protected and supported by the destroyers.

"Milford-- . . . William Hissam, U.S. Navy, gave his sister [Helen Ruth Hissam] away in marriage . . ." - from the Stroudsburg "Daily Record" of 30 August 1951
William was discharged from the Navy on 24 March 1952.

In the aftermth of the Korean War, William attended the Kutztown State Teachers College, earning a degree in Education. Was he using the GI Bill? This would have been a big step for the son of a blacksmith/gravedigger. He married Barbara Ebner circa 1957. She was born on 2 February 1935.

"My grandparents both went to Kutztown University. This is how they met. My grandmother was working as a waitress and my grandfather would come into the restaurant very often on the days that it was seat yourself. Every time he would sit in her section, and every time he would ask her out. She thought he was a loser at first but finally agreed to get him to leave her alone. I believe they married a few days after she graduated. I was twelve when she told me this story, and I'll never forget it." - Christine Hissam

Kutztown University

This public school, part of the Pennsylvania State system, is located in Kutztown, Berks county, Pennsylvania. It was established in 1866, as the Keystone Normal School, changing its name to the Kutztown State Teachers College in 1928. "Old Main," pictured to the right, was built in 1866. Eventually the school expanded its programs outside education, becoming the Kutztown State College in 1960.

1965. "William V. Hissam of 710 Highland Avenue in Bethlehem, will receive the Master of Education degree in science during commencement exercises to be held at East Stroudsburg State College . . . A graduate of Kutztown State College, Hissam was a teacher of science in Bethlehem School District for seven years. Active in professional association, Hissam has served in official positions in addition to holding memberships in science and education organizations." - from the Pocono Record of 27 May 1965.

"Hissam, William V., 710 Highland Ave., Bethlehem, Pa." - from "Proceedings of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science" of 1966. I can't tell what this refers to. It is a list of names, arranged alphabetically.

From a descendent:

"My name is Christine N. Hissam. I came across your Hissam family history when I entered my grandfathers name into Google, purely out of curiosity. I never met my grandfather, he died in 1986 a year before I was born. While I was reading through the history I came across the names of my great-grandfather and great-grandmother. And then, my grandfather, and his wife. But it didn't go any further except the names of their children. I would like to help you fill in that branch. My grandfather was William V.V. Hissam (the V.V. is for VanVorst) born May 9, 1925. His wife was Barbra Ebner born February 2, 1935. And the spot where you left off, my father is William Benjamin Hissam, born Febuary 16, 1958 and his wife (my mother) Karen Ann Hendershot, born August 12, 1965. I have one younger sister and no brothers. If there is any information I can offer you about this branch (including my grandfathers siblings) please let me know, I would love to share what I know."

Christine Nichole Hissam

William died on 2 January 1986 at the age of 60. Marc Hissam writes, at "11:05 PM, 2 January, 1986 - I was there." His obituary,

"William V. Hissam, 60, of 710 Highland Ave., Bethlehem, died Thursday in St. Luke's Hospital. He was the husband of Barbara (Ebner) Hissam. He was a science teacher in the Bethlehem area school district. He taught at Northeast Junior High School, 1958-1967, and at Freedom High School from1967 until his retirement in 1982. He was a 1957 graduate of Kutztown University, and received his master's degree from East Stroudsburg University. Born in Baltimore, he was son of the late Benjamin V. and Helen (Van Vorst) Hissam. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem. Hissam was a a Navy veteran of World War II and of the Korean War. Surviving with his widow are two sons, William B. of White Haven, Luzerne County, and Marc D. of Allentow; a brother Benjamin of Milford, Pike County, and two sisters, Mrs. Helen Lindsey of Peekskill, N.Y., and Mrs. Elizabeth Kopfinger of Milford." - from "The Morning Call" of 4 January 1986

Barbara E. Hissam died on 24 December 2002 at the age of 73, in Bethlehem, Lehigh county, Pennsylvania. Her obituary,

"Barbara E. Hissam, 67, of Bethlehem, died Dec. 24 in the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice at St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. She was the wife of the late William V. Hissam. She was a school librarian for Bethlehem Area School District for 33 years until retiring in 1993 and previously for Fleetwood Area School District for two years. She was a graduate of Kutztown University, receiving a bachelor of science degree in education and a master's degree in library science. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late William P. and Margaret (Frantz)." - from "The Morning Call" of 25 December 2002

They had the following children,
(28) William Benjamin Hissam (1958)
(28) Marc Hissam (1959)

(28) William Benjamin Hissam (1958)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Benjamin Hissam (1894) (27) William V. V. Hissam (1925)

He was born on 16 Febuary 1958. He married Karen Ann Hendershot. She was born on 12 August 1965. Bill Hissam writes, "This is me! I have two children, Christine Nichole 1987 and Katlin Ann 1991; I work in the construction management field. Only major accomplishment I can claim is earning the Rank of Eagle Scout in 1976 in Bethlehem Pa. and graduating from Paul Smith’s College in Paul Smith’s NY in 1978 with a degree in Forestry." . . . as the father of two Eagle Scouts, I count that accomplishment as something.

Their children were Christine Nichole Hissam, born 8 May 1987 and now working on a teaching certificate, and Katlin Ann Hissam, born 20 June 1991. Christine writes,

"We grew up in White Haven, Pa and went to Creatwood Highschool. I am now living in Wilkes Barre and my parents are still in White Haven."


A Stray William Hissam

There is a Bill Hissam who is president of the Carson City Gaming Association and general manager of Cactus Jack’s Casino. He lives in Gardnerville, Nevada and is married to Chrystal. There's another William Hissam, below, living in Greeley, Pennsylvania. Bill Hissam writes, "The one in Nevada is at best a distant relation to this branch of the family. The one in Greely Pa. was or is a cousin or second cousin to my father, William V.V. there may be another born appox 1957-1959 located somewhere in the Milford-Matamoras-Port Jervis area. The last I heard he had gotten in trouble and was doing time that was appox 1980. He was the son of my Father's cousin if I remember correctly." I've seen newspaper references to a William Hissam who got into a lot of trouble as a young man; burgluries, etc. I was kind of hoping it wasn't our Bill, above, the Eagle Scout.

(28) Marc D. Hissam (1959)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Benjamin Hissam (1894) (27) William V. V. Hissam (1925)

He was born on 8 August 1959. There is a Mark Hissam, of the Department of Chemical Engineering, West Virginia Universtiy, Morgantown, West Virginia, but Marc Hissam, the son of William V.V. Hissm, says this isn't him.

Marc Hissam, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a former Marine, and special education school teacher. "Marc is an emotional support teacher [?] for Carbon Lehigh IU #21, a scuba diver instructor and an avid equestrian." In two articles about a fight in an Allentown school he was referred to as both Mark and Marc. Marc writes:

"That's me, except I was born 8/8/1959, have been a Special Education teacher for 19 years, the last 13 in Allentown, PA. Have earned a B.A. in Psychology from Moravian College (1981), PA Teacher's Certificate from Kutztown University (1992), M.Ed. in Special Education from East Stroudsburg University (2002), and an M.Ed. in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University (2009). Now living in Lower Saucon Township, Northampton County, PA. Retired as a Scuba Instructor (PADI Course Director) in 2000. Marc is the correct spelling. Was married to Sandra Lee Wolfe of Allentown, PA from 1981-1999. Now divorced. No children."

Bill Hissam writes, "Marc is the correct spelling and he is employed by the Allentown Pa. School District at Wm Allen High School in the special Education Dept as a teacher. Also note the birth year is 1959. Marc also Earned the rank of Eagle Scout circa 1977 in Bethlehem Pa."

(27) Benjamin Parks Vanvorst Hissam (1926)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Benjamin Hissam (1894)

He was born on 27 September 1926. In the 1930 census of Milford as Benjamin P. Hissam, 3 6/12. He was living at home with his father, Benjamin V. Hissam, a 36 year old superintendent of the cemetary, and his mother, Helen C., 26. Also at home with his parents at the time of the 1940 census as Benjamin Jr., 13.

Benjamin P. Hissam, born in 1926, enlisted in the Army on 24 November 1944 in Wilkes-Barre. He was single and had 4-years of high school education. He became a Staff Sergeant in the 455th Motor Ambulance Company - was he a driver? Later he was a member of Mountain Laurel VFW, receiving a 20-year pin on 16 June 1967.

455th Motor Ambulance Company

I found a reference to another man who served in this unit. According to that record, the unit served in Greece; England; France; Fort Riley, Kansas; Camp Carson, Colorado.

Benjamin married Catherine Ervey. Catherine was born on 18 July 1929 in Portland, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Frank Ervey and Florence Linaberry. She was a school teacher for the Port Jervis School District and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Milford.

Benjamin died on 6 February 1998 at Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania at the age of 71, and buried in the Milford cemetary where his father used to work. If his obituary is to be believed, his full name was Benjamin P. VanVorst Hissam. His obituary, which I haven't seen, is in the Times Herald-Record Obituary Index, February 1998. This is maintained by the Orange county, New York GenWeb site. Orange county is in southeastern New York, just north of the Minisinck valley and Pike county, Pennsylvania. Catherine died on 17 February 2003 at home in Milford, Pennsylvania. Her obituary,

Catherine E. Hissam, 73, late of Milford, died Monday, Feb. 17, at home. The daughter of the late Frank and Florence (Linaberry) Ervey. She was born on July 18, 1929 in Portland. She was married to the late Benjamin P. Hissam.

She was a retired schoolteacher for Port Jervis School District. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Milford. Catherine Hissam had a reputation, and it was that of a saint. Her life was one of total service to her family, her friends, her church, her students, and her community. She was a woman who was constantly in motion and always thinking about ways to make other people's life easier. She was a faithful wife, loving mother, devoted sister, proud grandmother, loyal friend, outstanding teacher and active community member.

Over her life you could find her in service in so very many places; in the Milford Presbyterian Church directing the annual onion soup sale; prayerfully tending to her duties as a church elder; singing in the choir; helping at the Center for Developmental Disabilities; taking meals to an elderly neighbor; taking her special education students on various field trips; attending musical performances with her sister in New York; making baskets; tending the garden with her husband; assisting her sister-in-law with the State Eye Testing Program, Pike County Fair, and attending the annual fair conference in Hershey. She did it all thoroughly, humbly, and with the other people's best interest in mind. She did so much and tried so hard not to be in the spot light, a rare and precious kind of servant in an increasingly self-centered world-one who will be sorely missed by her family, loved ones, church, and community.

Survivors include her son, Benjamin P. Hissam Jr. of West Chester, Ohio; one sister, Connie Fischer of Long Island; two grandsons, Corey and Jason; and several nieces and nephews.

His children were,
(28) Benjamin P. Hissam Jr. (1957)

(28) Benjamin Parks Hissam Jr. (1957)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Benjamin Hissam (1894) (27) Benjamin P. V. Hissam (1926)

Of West Chester, Ohio. He graduated from Delaware Valley High School in 1975. He is in the Environmental, Health and Safety field. Benjamin is living in Ohio. He married Diana Quinn. Their children were,
(29) Corey Hissam (c1986)
(29) Jason Hissam (c1986)

(29) Corey Hissam (c1986)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Benjamin Hissam (1894) (27) Benjamin P. V. Hissam (1926) (28) Benjamin P. Hissam Jr.

Grandson of Catherine E. Hissam of Milford, Pennsylvania. Little League. Lakota West High School freshman as of 2011.

(29) Jason Hissam (c1986)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Benjamin Hissam (1894) (27) Benjamin P. V. Hissam (1926) (28) Benjamin P. Hissam Jr.

Grandson of Catherine E. Hissam of Milford, Pennsylvania. A Jason Hissam received an anonymous scholarship to West Virginia University College of Engineering and Mineral Resources for the 2003 academic year. He is studying Chemical Engineering and lives in Morgantown, West Virginia. Note that (28) Mark Hissam (c1955) teaches Chemical Engineering at this school. Bill Hissam writes that Mark Hissam is no immediate relation.

(27) Elizabeth (Bitsy) Hissam
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Benjamin Hissam (1894)

Not in the the 1930 census of Milford. She married Fred Kopfinger. Christine Hissam writes,

"Elizabeth "Bitsy" Hissam is the sister of my grandfather, she's also one of my favorite relatives. However he only had two sisters, Bitsy and Helen. I emailed the site to my dad who was also interested and he confirmed that my grandfather only had two sisters."
Bill Hissam writes, "She had two sons, Frederick Kopfinger III of Milford, Pa. and David Kopfinger of Falls Church Va. She is still alive as of this writing."

(27) Helen Ruth Hissam (1927)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Benjamin Hissam (1894)

In the 1930 census of Milford as Helen-Ruth Hissam, 2 8/12. She was living at home with her father, Benjamin V. Hissam, a 36 year old superintendent of the cemetary, and her mother, Helen C., 26. She married a Lindsey.

"Milford--Miss Helen Ruth Hissam, daughter of Helen Hissam and the late Benjamin V. Hissam, this place, became the bride of Merrill Lindsey, son of the Mrs. Frank Lindsey, of Buchanan, N. Y. at the Presbyterian church here Saturday afternoon." - from the Stroudsburg "Daily Record" of 30 August 1951.
Her brother, William, gave her away. Charlotte was maid of honor. Benjamin and David Hissam were ushers. Marc Hissam: "Helen never lived in Shohola, but does own a house there she was bequeathed. She lives outside of Peekskill, NY. She married Merritt Lindsey. She was a Home Economics teacher. Her son Lawrence served Presidents Reagan, GHW Bush, and GW Bush as a Senior Economic Advisor, and was the youngest person ever nominated to serve as a Governor of the Federal Reserve. Today he is in private practice as an economist, and has consulted with the heads of state of several European countries."

Bill Hissam writes, "Helen owns land in Shohola but does not reside there. She lives in Peekskill NY. She had one son, Lawrence Lindsey circa 1954. He lives in Va."

(27) C. David Hissam (1929)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Benjamin Hissam (1894)

He was born on 30 April 1929. In the 1930 census of Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania as David C. Hissam, 11/12. He was living at home with his father, Benjamin V. Hissam, and mother, Helen C., 26. He died in January 1985 at the age of 55 while living in Shohola, Pike county, Pennsylvania. Also living with his parents in the 1940 census as David, 10.

I recently received a series of emails from a woman, Joann, who is living in the house in which David Hissim [sic] used to live. Marc Hissam, a relative, wrote,

"[C]orrect name is C. David Hissam (C. is for Cornelius - but he hated that name - an uncle on his mother's side) (1929). Never married, no children."
Bill Hissam confirms that C. David left no descendants.

In 1977 David Hissam was the curator of the Pike County Historical Society. David also ran for city councilman, but never won as far as I can see.

"David did win a seat on Boro council and briefly held it before resigning." - Bill Hissam.

(26) Maude Hissam (1896)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870)

In the 1900 census of Milford as Maude Hissam [Mary in Ancestry.com], 3 [December 1896]. In the 1910 census of Milford as Maud Hissam, 13, living at home with her parents.

She married Warren F. Hinkle. In the 1930 census of Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Maud Hinkel, 33. Her mother, Sarah H. Hissam, 59, was living with them.

One of her sons was Warren W. Hissam Hinkel. He was born on 5 March 1925 in Milford, Pennsylvania and died on 25 August 1998. His obituary, which I haven't seen, is in the Times Herald-Record Obituary Index, August 1998. This is maintained by the Orange county, New York GenWeb site. Orange county is in southeastern New York, just north of the Minisinck valley and Pike county, Pennsylvania. I assume he was named for his uncle, Warren William Hissam, the sailor.

(26) Mildred M. Hissam (1899)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870)

She was born in 1899. In the 1900 census of Milford as Mildred Hissam [Milton in Ancestry.com], 1 [April 1899]. In the 1910 census of Milford as Mildred Hissam, 11. In the 1920 census of Milford Mildred M. Hissam, 19.

She married Phil Grinzi. She died in 1953 and was buried in the Milford cemetery.

(26) Elizabeth (Libby) A. Hissam (1901)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870)

She was born in 1901. In the 1910 census of Milford as Elizabeth Hissam, 9. In the 1920 census of Milford Elizabeth A. Hissam, 18.

She married Robert B. Drake in about 1928. In the 1930 census of Milford as Elizabeth A. Drake, 29. She was living with her husband, Robert B. Drake, 45. He was the proprietor of a garage. They had no children at this time.

(26) Lucian Barns Hissam Jr. (1907)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870)

Lucian was born on 20 September 1907 in Pennsylvania. In the 1910 census of Milford as Lucian B. Hissam Jr., 2. In the 1920 census of Milford as Lucian B. Hissam Jr., 12.

He married Hazel M. Major in about 1927. She was born on 17 March 1909 in New Jersey, the daughter of Ross Major and Fannie Skinner Snyder.

In the 1930 census of Milford as Lucian B. Hissam, a 22 year old chauffeur for a private family. He was living near his sister, Maud Hissam Hinkle. Living with him were his wife, Hazel M., 21, and children, Robert L., 2 5/12, who was born in New Jersey, and Marjorie E., 1 [?], who was born in Pennsylvania.

In the 1940 census of Ossining, Westchester county, New York as Lucian B. Hissam, 32, in the Sing Sing prison. Unfortunately I see no indication that he was a guard. Hazel, 31, was living back in Milford with children, Robert, 12, Marjorie, 11, William, 9, and Margaret, 1. Hazel had no job nor was she seeking one.

Lucian B. Hissam, born in 1907, enlisted in the Army as a Private on 25 April 1945 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. He was married with one year of high school education. He was released from active duty on 27 September 1945 - that's about long enough to have gotten through basic training.

Lucian died on 5 May 1977 at the age of 69 while living in Matamoras, Pike county, Pennsylvania. Hazel died on 22 August 1992 while living in Matamoras. Matamoras is across the Delaware river from Port Jervis, New York. Hazel died in 1992. The couple was buried together in the Milford, Pennsylvania cemetery. Their children were,
(27) Robert Leon Hissam (1927)
(27) Marjorie E. Hissam (1929)
(27) William Lucian Hissam (1931)
(27) Peggy (Margaret) Hissam (1939)
(27) Myra A. Hissam (1943)

(27) Robert Leon Hissam (1927)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Lucian Barns Hissam Jr. (1907)

Of Matamoros. He was born in Milford, Pennsylvania on 12 October 1927. In the 1930 census of Milford as Robert L. Hissam, 2 5/12, but shown as born in New Jersey. He was living with his father, Lucian B. Hissam, a 22 year old chauffeur for a private family, and his mother, Hazel M., 21. He was living with his mother in the 1940 census of Milford, as Robert, 12.

Robert L. Hissem, of Pike county, born in 1927, enlisted as a Private on 15 February 1946, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He was single and had one year of high school.

“Originally from around Port Jervis, New York.” He married Catherine Sopie Ogrodnick from Port Jervis. She was born on 14 May 1925. Her parents were Joseph Ogrodnick and Sophia Babey. She was a bookeeper. Sophie died on 15 November 1994 in Port Jervis. Robert is currently retired.

His children were,
(28) Robert Leon Hissam Jr. (1951)
(28) Joseph Ross Hissam (1954)
(28) Carol Jane Hissam (1957)

(28) Robert Leon Hissam Jr. (1951)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Lucian Barns Hissam Jr. (1907) (27) Robert Leon Hissam (1927)

He was born on 27 June 1951 in Port Jervis, New York, though he grew up in Matamoros, Pennsylvania. A medical laboratory technician and a Catholic by religion. He married Eileen Ambler on 3 June 1973. She was born on 3 August 1952 in Port Jervis. Her parents were Joseph Ambler and Catherine Scher. He retired from the Air Force in 1991. Now living in Dayton, Ohio.

His children were,
(29) Katrina Marie Hissam (1974)
(29) Keriann Hissam (1983)
(29) Kevin Robert Hissam (1987)

(29) Katrina Marie Hissam (1974)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Lucian Barns Hissam Jr. (1907) (27) Robert Leon Hissam (1927) (28) Robert Leon Hissam Jr. (1951)

She was born on 28 November 1974 in Little Rock, Arkansas. I assume her father had been stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base. She has a B.S. in Pre-Vet/Biology from Findly University and was a student at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, class of 2007. Currently a DVM at the Tri-State Veterinary Medical Group in Port Jervis, New York.

(29) Keriann Hissam (1983)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Lucian Barns Hissam Jr. (1907) (27) Robert Leon Hissam (1927) (28) Robert Leon Hissam Jr. (1951)

She was born on 18 November 1983 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio. She attended school at Sinclair Community College. She is a Project Manager in the Consumer Electronics industry in the New London, Connecticut region.

(29) Kevin Robert Hissam (1987)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Lucian Barns Hissam Jr. (1907) (27) Robert Leon Hissam (1927) (28) Robert Leon Hissam Jr. (1951)

He was born on 27 March 1987 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. From the Wittenberg University High School Invitationals, Ohio USATF Championship Meet of 12 April 2003, Boys 110 Meter High Hurdles, Finals: 5. Hissam, Kevin, Freshman, Carroll High School. He graduated from Carroll HS in 2006. He may attended Glenville State College in West Virginia and is apparently now married and has at least one child. He is living in Dayton, Ohio, an ATM tech support rep.

(28) Joseph Ross Hissam (1954)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Lucian Barns Hissam Jr. (1907) (27) Robert Leon Hissam (1927)

He was born in August 1954 in Port Jervis, New York. He is now living in Milford, Pennsylvania. A construction worker. He married Joellyn Myers. Joseph later married Amy Tschopp, the daughter of Warner L. Tschopp. He appears to be a member of the Pocono Builders Association of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He worked for the Rowley Building Products Corporation of Port Jervis, New York. His children were,
(29) Khristopher Hissam (c1985)
(29) Matthew Hissam (c1985)

(29) Khristopher Hissam (c1986)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Lucian Barns Hissam Jr. (1907) (27) Robert Hissam (1927) (28) Joseph Ross Hissam (1954)

A 21 March 2011 article about a poker tournament in Valley Center, California, says of Khris, "Khris Hissam ended up as the fourth-place finisher. He is a 25-year-old federal corrections officer, from Long Beach, CA. Hissam previously served in the U.S. Navy." Of Matamoros.

(29) Matthew Hissam (c1987)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Lucian Barns Hissam Jr. (1907) (27) Robert Hissam (1927) (28) Joseph Ross Hissam (1954)

(28) Carol Jane Hissam (1957)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Lucian Barns Hissam Jr. (1907) (27) Robert Leon Hissam (1927)

She was born on 15 February 1957. A Registered Nurse living in Stone Ridge, New York. She married Thomas Redmond.

(27) Marjorie E. Hissam (1929)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Lucian Barns Hissam Jr. (1907)

She was born in Pennsylvania. In the 1930 census of Milford as Marjorie E. Hissam, 1. She was living with her father, Lucian B. Hissam, and her mother Hazel M., 21. She married Ferris John "Jack" Cokelette Jr. John died on 9 March 1991. Marjorie's son, Lee Cokelette, provided the following information,

"Together they had 3 children John Ross, who was born Dec. 10th 1949- Died October 9th 2004, Nanette Lynn who was born Feb. 19th, 1954, and Leland Ennes who was born Sept. 16, 1956. All three of us children had 3 children, John- Michelle, Benedict, William, Nanette- Walter Jr., Heather, Ferris, Leland- Melissa, Amanda, Leland Jr.. Some of these family members are since married and have children of their own . . . My parents lived in Matamoras, Pa., my Father was a carpenter all his life, my mother was a hotel cleaning specialist for approximately 30 years in Sparrowbush, NY. My mother married a Konkol after my father's passing, they lived in Matamoras many years and now reside in Lake Wallenpaupack, Pa."

(27) Peggy (Margaret) Hissam
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Lucian Barns Hissam Jr. (1907)

She married Joseph Lemke. Of Matamoros. She died in May 2006.

(27) Myra A. Hissam (1943)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832) (25) Lucien Barns Hissam (1870) (26) Lucian Barns Hissam Jr. (1907)

Of Matamoras, Pennsylvania. The daughter of the Lucian B. and Hazel M. Major Hissam, she was born on 29 September 1943 in Milford, Pennsylvania. She married Howard R. Stone.

She was the head housekeeper at Eddy Farm Hotel, a former member of the Matamoras and Westfall Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, a Matamoras Recreation Department volunteer and an EMT on the Port Jervis Volunteer Ambulance. After retiring from Eddy Farm, she worked as a cashier at Jamesway and K-Mart. She died on 15 February 2005 at the age of 61.

"She is survived by her husband, Howard R. Stone, Sr., at home; her son, Howard R. Stone, Jr. and his wife Monica of Dingman’s Ferry; two daughters, Joanna Stone and Lynette Davis both of Matamoras; two brothers, Robert Hissam of Matamoras and William Hissam of Greeley; two sisters, Marjorie Konkol of Greeley and Margaret Lemke of Matamoras; eight grandchildren, Ashley, Christopher, Shayne, Sherelyn, Valerie, Howard III, Harley and Sylvia. She is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by a nephew, John Cokelette, and a grandson, Baby Boy Stone."

(25) Asa W. Hissam (1873)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832)

He was born in Pennsylvania on 26 Febraury 1872. In the 1880 census for Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania, as Asa W. Hissam, aged 7. He was living at home with his father, John C. Hissam, and mother, Margery, 41. He died on 25 December 1896, at the age of 24.

(25) Warren R. Hissam (1876)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832)

He was born in 1876 in Pennsylvania. In the 1880 census for Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania, as Warren R. Hissam, aged 4. He was living at home with his father, John C. Hissam, and mother, Margery, 41. I don't see him in later census' indicating that he may have died before 1900. I suspect this was why his nephew, Warren W., above, got his name.

(25) John Coolbaugh Hissam Jr. (1880)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) John Coolbaugh Hissam (1832)

He was born in May 1880 in Pennsylvania. In the 1880 census for Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania, as John C. Hissam Jr., aged 1/12. He was living at home with his father, John C. Hissam, and mother, 41. In the 1900 census of Milford as John C. Hissam, a 20 year old servant [May 1880]. I lose track of John after this.

(24) Hannah Hissam (1837)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798)

In the 1850 census of Milford township, Pike county as Hannah Hissam [Hepam in Ancestry.com], 13.

(24) Michael Hissam (1840)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798)

He was born on 13 January 1840 [14 January per Don Martin] in Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania. In the 1850 census of Milford township, Pike county as Michael Hissam [Hepam in Ancestry.com], 10. In the 1860 census of Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Michael Hissam, a 20 year old farm laborer, born in Pennsylvania. He was living and working on the farm of Albert B. Sherman. On the farm next-door was his father, David Hissam.

Michael served in the Civil War in Company B of the 151st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment. From the Pennsylvania Archives, Civil War Veteran's Card File, 1861-1866:

Michael Hissam
Enlisted on 15 September 1862 at Milford, Pennsylvania.
Age at enrollment: 22.
Occupation: Laborer.
Residence: Pike county, Pennsylvania.
M/I [mustered in]: 18 October 1862.
M/O [mustered out]: 27 July 1863, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Wounded on 3 May 1863.
In hospital.
Private Michael Hissam was wounded in the hand on the third day of the battle of Chancellorsville - from "The 151st Pennsylvania Volunteers at Gettysburg: Like Ripe Apples in a Storm" by Michael A. Dreese.

The 151st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

The 151st was composed of men from Susquehanna, Pike, Warren, Juniata, Berks and Schuylkill counties. Company B was recruited in Pike county. The Regiment rendezvoused at Camp Curtin, in Harrisburg, where they were mustered into the U.S. Army on 17 October 1862 for a nine months' term. On 26 November they left the state for Washington and a week later moved to Union Mills, where they engaged in drill and guard and picket duty. In February 1863 they joined the Army of the Potomac at Belle Plain and were assigned to the 1st Brigade, Colonel Porter and later General Rowley commanding, 3d Division, General Doubleday [of baseball fame] commanding, 1st Corps, General Reynolds commanding.

During this period the command suffered considerably from cold and exposure, some dying and many being placed in the hospital. The Regiment was not heavily engaged at the battle of Chancellorsville. The 1st Corps job on the first day was to act as a diversion planned to pull Stonewall Jackson's Corps out of position.


The Battle of Chancellorsville

After the Union defeat at Fredicksburg General Burnside was relieved and Major General Joseph Hooker was put in command of the Army of the Potomac. He was an excellent officer who quickly restored the health and morale of the army. He planned a spring campaign based on a flying raid by 10,000 cavalry towards Richmond to sever Lee's communications with the Confederate capital. Once this was underway, he would send a small part of his force against the Confederate front to hold their forces in place, and would then send the bulk of his army west to sweep around Lee's left flank to envelope them. Of his plans Hooker said,

"My plans are perfect and when I start to carry them out may God have mercy on General Lee, for I will have none."

While the cavalry raid accomplished little, the rest of Hooker's plan began well on 1 May. The Union army's right wing quickly swung around Lee's left, but Hooker made the fatal mistake of stopping near Chancellorsville to allow more of his army to catch up, and lost momentum. In the meantime Lee had deduced that the main threat to his army lay in the west and was racing an army under "Stonewall" Jackson to cut-off Hooker's advance. Though outnumbered, the very impetuousness of Jackson's attack impelled Hooker to take the defensive in the thick woods of the Wilderness.

The Union army began to entrench and created a strong position, but Confederate cavalry quickly discovered that Hooker's right flank was "in the air," not resting on any natural or man-made obstacle. The Confederate plan would be much like Hookers. While Lee took a small force and made a display on the Union's front to hold their attention, Jackson took the bulk of the Confederate army through the dense forest around the Union's right flank. Lee's gamble was that if the Union army took the opportunity to reassert the offensive, his small force would be swept from the field.

The next day, on 2 May, Jackson's forces made the hard march through the wilderness, reaching their positions on the Union right by 3 o'clock. Late in the afternoon Jackson struck. Union soldiers fought bravely, but their position was untenable and they were swept from the field. The only thing that saved the Army of the Potomac was nightfall. Jackson however determined to renew the attack, despite the darkness, and took a small party forward with him to survey the Union line. When he returned a North Carolina regiment mistook him for Union cavalry and fired, killing the General.

On the morning of 3 May Hooker was still in a strong position, his forces outnumbered Lee's, and the Confederate forces were divided. Hooker, however was in no mood for the offensive and was thinking rather of withdrawal. As the Confederates attacked that morning, seeking to rejoin their forces, Hooker pulled his forces back, even giving up advantageous ground which the Confederates quickly seized. The bloodiest part of the fighting occurred in the early morning as waves of Confederates attacked. Hooker was paralyzed and thinking only of securing the bridges, his means of escape.

This time Hooker was saved by the Union army at Fredricksburg which had pushed a small Confederate force under Jubal Early out of their positions and was threatening Lee's rear. Lee quickly parried this thrust, but in the meantime Hooker escaped.

The outcome of the battle was a great victory for Lee, but one sown with disaster. His army had suffered 22% casualties, against 13% for the Union, he had lost his best and most charismatic general, Jackson, and he had become convinced of his own, and his armies', invincibility. He would follow up this battle with a ill-considered campaign into Pennsylvania which would result in his defeat at Gettysburg.


The 151st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, cont.

Afterwards they moved to Franklin's Crossing where they were subjected to a vigorous shelling from the enemy on the opposite shore. On 2 May the Corps made a forced march to United States Ford and were summoned to the front to occupy the Union line on the right wing of the army. During 3 & 4 May the 151st Regiment occupied a position on the picket line between Ely's and Germania Ford roads. The regiment was then withdrawn to White Oak Church where it encamped. It lost 16 men, killed, wounded and missing in the battle.

On the first day at Gettysburg, the 151st played a pivotal role in the fighting. When the Federal First Corps moved forward to combat the advance of Confederate General Henry Heth's division, the 467 men of the 151st were at first held back as the reserve regiment for the entire First Corps. Eventually, gaps appeared in the lines of the First Corps as various regiments began to retreat. It was the 151st who was quickly marched to the front to hold back the advance of the Confederates, which included a whole new division under the command of General William D. Pender. As other regiments fell back around them, Company D and the 151st fired coolly, not firing in full volleys, but each man finding his own target and firing, this being done for individual accuracy and efficiency in firing. During this heavy fighting, the flag of the 151st was lost in combat, later to be recovered.

After time, the regiment was at last forced back. Lt. Col. McFarland, standing in for Colonel Allen, who was on furlough, had the men calmly and coolly retreat back the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary, around which much of the First Corps was setting up a defensive position for a last stand against the tide of gray that swept onward before them. The men reformed there and began to building barricades. It was here that the brave men of Juniata County, and all the 151st held their ground and saved the Federal Army, giving it time to reform in its new position on Cemetery Hill to the south of town. During the hot firing at the Seminary, Lt. Col. McFarland was badly wounded in both legs. He was carried into the Seminary, where his right leg was amputated.

Though the 151st and the handful of other First Corps men with them fought hard, they were eventually forced back to Cemetery Hill with the rest of the army. The regiment reformed here, pulling together little more than 125 men out of its original 467. The men sat on Cemetery Ridge until July 3rd, the final day of battle when the Confederates launched their glorious assault upon the Federal center at "The Angle." When the Confederate forces reached the Federal positions, the 151st swung out of the line and flanked the Confederate forces, pouring upon them a murderous enfilade fire.

Out of 21 officers and 466 men engaged it lost 2 officers and 49 men killed, 9 officers and 202 men wounded, and 4 officers and 71 men captured or missing, a total loss of 337, or a casualty rate of about 70 per cent.

The regiment shared in the pursuit of Lee's army until they crossed into Virginia. The Regiment's term was then nearly expired and it returned to Harrisburg where it was mustered out on 27 to 31 July 1863.

Michael married Belinda Jennings Heater [Hoater] in about 1864 in Matamoras township, Pennsylvania. She was born on 9 February 1848, per her tombstone, in Matamoras. Her parents were Joseph Heater, born in 1818, and Katie Jennings.

In the 1870 census of Westfall township, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Mike Hyssam [sic], a 30 year old E.R.R. Blacksmith. This probably refers to the Erie Rail Road. Living with him were his wife, Belinda, 27, and children, Josephine, 4, and Mary C., 1. All were born in Pennsylvania. Westfall is just across the river from Port Jervis and contains the town of Matamoros.

Below is a map of the Erie Railroad in Pike county as of 1895. As you can see, the only route moved along the Delaware river across the top of the county to Lackawaxen creek. There was a large railroad yard at Port Jervis, where Michael probably worked.

In the 1880 census of Westfall township, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Michael Hissim, a 39 year old laborer. I think it shows his parents were born in Pennsylvania, but the writing is very dim. Living with him were his wife, Bealinda, 37, and his daughters, Mary 11, Helen, 9, Elizabeth, 6, and Blanche, 4.

In the 1890 Veteran's Schedules for Westfall as Michael Hissam, a Private in Company B, 151st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.

In the 1900 census of Westfall as Michael Hissam, a 60 year old well diger [digger]. Living with him were his wife, Belinda, 46 [February 1844], and children, Nettie, 15 [March 1885], and Helen H., 29 [March 1871]. Helen had been married for a year and her husband, Frank H. Lourch, a 35 year old [December 1864] school teacher, was living with her parents. Frank had emigrated from Germany in 1884.

In the 1910 census of Milford as Michael Hissam, a 69 year old laborer in a glass factory. Living with him was his wife, Bealinda, 67. She had 6 children of which 4 were still living in 1910.

Michael's wife, Belinda, died on 2 August 1914 in Matamoras.

In the 1920 census of Westfall, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Michael Hissam, 79. He was living with his daughter, Helen, 49, and his son-in-law, Frederick Krause, 49.

In the 1930 census of Port Jervis, Deerpark township, Orange county, New York as Michael Hissiam, a 90 year old widower. He was living with his grand-daugther, Grace Howlett Landen, 27. She was the wife of James Landen, 30. I assume her maiden name was Howlett because an Arthur Howlett was also living with them, and he was called a brother-in-law.

Michael died on 19 December 1930 [18 December per Don Martin] in Port Jervis at the age of 90. He was buried in the Pine Grove cemetery in Matamoras, Pike county.


Civil War
Private Co. D Reg. 151
Vol. Infantry

His children were,
(25) Josephine Hissam (1865)
(25) Mary C. Hissam (1869)
(25) Helen H. Hissam (1871)
(25) Elizabeth Hissam (1874)
(25) Blanche Hissam (1876)
(25) Nettie Hissam (1885)

(25) Josephine Hissam (1865)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) Michael Hissam (1840)

She was born on 2 October 1865 [21 October per Don Martin. Other researchers claim the year was 1862] in Matamoras township, Pike county, Pennsylvania. In the 1870 census of Westfall township, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Josephine Hyssam [sic], 4. She was not living with her father at the time of the 1880 census. She married Joseph Martin and moved to Shaytown (Layton?), Sussex county, New Jersey in about 1883.

Donald R. Martin of Wysox, Pennsylvania writes,

"Michael Hissam was my great great grandfather. His daughter Josephine was married to Joseph Martin. Their son was Asa B. Martin, my faternal grandfather. Asa B. Martin was county commissioner of Pike County for nearly 30 years, and ran the Farmers Hotel in Milford. It has been my belief that Michael Hissam and John Coulbaugh Hissam were brothers and the sons of David Hissam and Elizabeth Decker along with sons Frank, Thomas and daughter Miranda. I spoke some years ago to a Robert Hissam out in Dayton Ohio and more recently to Mark Hissam in White Haven, PA."
Josephine died on 8 October 1940 in Buffalo, New York. She was brought back home and buried in Matamoras.

(25) Mary C. Hissam (1869)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) Michael Hissam (1840)

She was born in about 1869 in Pike county, Pennsylvania. In the 1870 census of Westfall township, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Mary C. Hyssam [sic], 1. In the 1880 census of Westfall township, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Mary Hissim, 11. She married Mark Ryder or Frank Krause. Could this be a brother of Helen's second husband, Frederick Krause, or a confusion with him?

(25) Helen H. Hissam (1871)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) Michael Hissam (1840)

She was born in March 1871 in Pike county, Pennsylvania. In the 1880 census of Westfall township, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Helen Hissim, 9. In the 1900 census of Westfall as Helen H. Hissam, 29 [March 1871]. Helen had been married for a year and her husband, Frank H. Lourch, a 35 year old [December 1864] school teacher, was living with her parents. Frank had emigrated from Germany in 1884.

Frank Lourch apparently died and in about 1906 Helen married Frederick C. Krause, who was probably the brother of Mary's husband, Frank Krause, above.

In the 1910 census of Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Frederick C. and Helen Krause. He was a blacksmith. They had been married for 4 years. There was a son, Louis E., 12, from Frederick's first marriage. While this was Helen's second marriage, the census showed she had not children, living or dead.

In the 1920 census of Westfall, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Helen Krause, 49. She was living with her husband, Frederick Krause, a 49 year old blacksmith, and her father, Michael Hissam, 79. Frederick had emigrated from Saxony, Germany in 1885. While Louis still lived with them, Helen had no children of her own.

I suspect Helen died at this point. I don't see her in the 1930 census, but there was a Frederick C. Krause, a 60 year old blacksmith, from Germany, living in Matamoras, Pike county, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife, Barbara, and his mother-in-law, Pauline Dilger.

(25) Elizabeth Hissam (1874)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) Michael Hissam (1840)

She was born in about 1874 in Matamoras township, Pike county, Pennsylvania. In the 1880 census of Westfall township, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Elizabeth Hissim, 6. She married John Burns of Port Jervis, Orange county, New York in about 1894. Port Jervis is just up the Delaware river on the border with Pennsylvania.

(25) Blanche Hissam (1876)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) Michael Hissam (1840)

She was born in about 1876 in Pike, Pennsylvania. In the 1880 census of Westfall township, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Blanche Hissim, 4.

(25) Nettie Hissam (1885)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) Michael Hissam (1840)

She was born in March 1885 in Pike, Pennsylvania. Nettie’s husband may be either Mark Ryder or Frank Krause [see her sister, above]. Could this be a brother of Helen's second husband, Frederick Krause? In the 1900 census of Westfall as Nettie Hissam, 15 [March 1885].

(24) Harriet Hissam (1842)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798)

In the 1850 census of Milford township, Pike county as Harriet Hissam [Hepam in Ancestry.com], 8.

(24) Franklin Hissam (1846)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798)

He was born in about 1846, probably in Milford. In the 1850 census of Milford township, Pike county as Franklin Hissam [Hepam in Ancestry.com], 5. In the 1860 census of Milford as Frank Hissam, 14. He was living at home with his father, David Hissam, a 62 year old farmer laborer, and his mother, Elizabeth, 62.

In the 1870 census of Deerpark, Orange county, New York as Frank Hissam [Hisson in Ancestry.com], a 21 year old Hostler, born in Pennsylvania. He was single and living in the house of Martin Graham, a merchant. Frank's widowed mother, Elizabeth, was living in Port Jervis, Deer Park, Orange county, New York with two of her other children, Thomas and Miranda. While a hostler is usually thought to be a groom or stabelman, employed to take care of horses, based on Frank's later employment with the railroad, he could also have been a railroad employee whose job it was to move locomotives from one track to another within a rail yard..

Franklin married Helen in about 1876.

The Orange county Directory of 1878-1879 for Port Jervis lists a Thomas Hysam [Frank's brother], brakeman, residence 66 Fowler street. Living with him were Mrs. Lizzie Hysam [Frank's mother], widow, and Frank Hysam, driver, F.R. Broadhead. The latter means, I assume that Frank was a driver for F.R. Broadhead. Franklin R. Broadhead was a state assemblyman, dealer in lumber and coal, and an Officer of the Monticello and Port Jervis Railroad company. A driver in this era drove a team of horses, probably drawing a carriage.

In the 1880 census of Port Jervis, Orange county, New York as Franklin Hissam, a 33 year old 'driving a team.' He was born in Pennsylvania as were his parents. Living with him were his wife, Helen, 30, and a son, William, aged 3.

Helen died, probably not long after 1880 since Franklin had no more children. In the 1900 census of Deerpark as Franklin Hissam, a 47 year old car repairer in a railroad shop. He was a widower. Living with him were his son, William B., 23 [August 1876], and daughter-in-law, Mary, 21 [January 1879].

In the 1910 census of Jersey City, Hudson county, New Jersey as Frank Hissam [Hisson in Ancestry.com], a 60 year old shop foreman. He was living with his son, William, 34, and his wife, Mary.

Hudson county

This is in eastern New Jersey, on the Atlantic coast.

In the 1920 census of Jersey City, New Jersey as Frank Hissam, a widower, living with his son, William. He was 69 years old and a clerk with the railroad. Frank died before the 1930 census.

His children were,
(25) William B. Hissam (1877)

(25) William Broadhead Hissam (1876)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) Franklin Hissam (1846)

He was born on 6 August 1876, probably in Port Jervis, New York. He was three years old at the time of the 1880 census of Port Jervis, Orange county, New York. The Broadhead name apparently was in honor of Franklin's boss, F.R. Broadhead, for whom he was a driver - probably driving a wagon in Broadhead's lumber business.

William married Mary, of New Jersey, in about 1900. In the 1900 census of Deerpark, Orange county, New York as William B. Hissam, a 23 year old [August 1876] locomotive fireman. He was living with his father, Franklin, as was his wife, Mary, 21 [January 1879]. This was probably the Bill Hissim, Engineer, of Jersey City, New Jersey who was mentioned at being at a picnic in the Erie Railroad employee magazine of 1909-8, pg 343. I have a Wm. Hissim who was mentioned in "The Locomotive Engineer" of 1909 as a member of the Floor Committee for "A Picnic and reunion of Hudson, N.Y., Div. 135, B. of L.E., of the Erie Railroad," held at "Grand View park on the Heights, July 13."

In the 1910 census of Jersey City, Hudson county, New Jersey as William Hisson, a 34 year old railroad engineer. Living with him were his wife, Mary, 30, his daughter, Helen, 8, and his father, Frank, 60. Mary had two children of whom both were living in 1910. So where was William R. Hissam, the son born in 1901?







The Railroad Engineer

The locomotive engineer was a big man and a real hero in the old days. He operated the largest and most complicated piece of machinery most people were ever likely to see, and did so at speeds that took people's breath away. Like a ship's Captain at sea, the engineer enjoyed the privileges of his rank. Many painted their engines in their own personal colors. They were allowed to alter the sound of the whistle by placing wooden stops in it, to create a unique and distinct sound (this had the side benefit for the engineer - his wife or landlady would learn to recognize that distinct sound, and she knew he would be home soon, so she would have dinner waiting for him when he arrived). The engineer was paid $4.00 a day, but he had to work his way up. Quite often he started out years before as a Wiper in a yard house, then worked his way up to Engine Watchman, then to Switch-engine Fireman, then Road Fireman, then Hostler, then to Engineer. Below a locomotive of the Erie railroad heads out of Port Jervis on a run.

William Broadhead Hissam, of 280 Ninth Street, Jersey City, born on 6 August 1876, registered for the draft on 12 September 1918 in Jersey City, Hudson county, New Jersey. He was 42 years old at the time, and engineer with the Erie railroad. His wife was Mary. He was described at tall and of medium build, with blue eyes and brown hair.

In the 1920 census of Jersey City, Hudson county, New Jersey as William Hissam, a 43 year old railroad engineer, born in New York. Living with him were his wife, Mary, 40, and children, William Jr., 18, Helen, 17, and his father, Frank, 69.

In the 1930 census of Jersey City as William Hissam [Hisaw in Ancestry.com], a 53 year old steam railroad engineer. Living with him was his wife, Mary, 50.

In the 1940 census of Jersey City, Hudson county, New Jersey, as William Hissiam, a 64 year old engineer with the E.R. Road. He was living with his son, William, 34, and his wife, Florence, 39.

His children were,
(26) William R. Hissam (1901)
(26) Helen Hissam (1903)

(26) William R. Hissam (1901)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) Franklin Hissam (1846) (25) William B. Hissam (1876)

He was born on 20 June 1901 in New York state. I haven't found him in the 1910 census; he wasn't living with his parents. In 1920 William Jr., 18, was living at home with his father in Jersey City, Hudson county, New Jersey. He was an oiler on a tug boat at the time.

William married Florence Nicholls in about 1927. She was born on 4 July 1900.

In the 1930 census of West New York, Hudson county, New York, as William R. Hissam, a 29 year old oiler at a railroad station. Living with him was his wife, Florence, a 29 year old typist at a Bakery. She was born on 4 July 1900. The had no children at the time. This was probably the same man as the Bill Hisson, Yard Engineer, of Patterson, New Jersey who was menioned in the Erie Railroad employee magazine of 1938-1.

In the 1940 census of Jersey City, Hudson county, New Jersey as William Hissam [Hissiam in Ancestry.com], 34, with no occupation listed. Living with him were his wife, Florence, a 39 year old bookeeper with the Davis company, and his father, William, a 64 year old engineer with the E.R. Road. There were no children.

William died in October 1969 at the age of 68 while living in Jersey City, Hudson county, New Jersey. Florence died on 9 December 1988 while living in Jersey City.

(26) Helen Hissam (1903)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) Franklin Hissam (1846) (25) William B. Hissam (1876)

She was born on 15 June 1903 in New York. In the 1910 census of Jersey City, Hudson county, New Jersey as Helen Hisson, 8. In 1920 Helen, 17, was living at home with her father, in Jersey City. In the 1930 census . . .

(24) Thomas Hissam (1850)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798)

He was born in Pennsylvania in April 1850, probably in Milford. In the 1850 census of Milford township, Pike county as Thomas Hissam [Hepam in Ancestry.com], 2. In the 1860 census of Milford as Thomas Hissam, 9, living at home with his parents. In the 1870 census of Port Jervis, Deer Park, Orange county, New York as Thomas Hyeson [sic], a 21 year old day laborer. He was living with his widowed mother, Elizabeth, and his sister, Miranda. All were born in Pennsylvania. This was a unique spelling of the surname.

The Orange county Directory of 1878-1879 for Port Jervis list a Thomas Hysam, brakeman, res 66 Fowler. Living with him were Mrs. Lizzie Hysam, widow, and Frank Hysam, driver.

Thomas married Hannah, of New Jersey, in about 1875. In the 1880 census of Port Jervis, Orange county, New York as Thomas Hissam, a 31 year old railroad man. He was living nearby his brother, Franklin, who was also a railroad man. Living with him were his wife, Hannah, 30, and his son, Charles E., 4. Charles was born in New Jersey.

In the 1900 census of Union Ward, Hudson county, New Jersey as Thomas Hysam [Hysaw in Ancestry.com], a 50 year old flagman [with the railroad I assume]. Living with him were his wife, Hannah, 46 [May 1854], and children, Charles, a 25 year old [October 1874] clerk, and Charles' wife, May, 20 [May 1879]. As you may imagine, a flagman signalled the trains when it was safe to proceed when manuevering through the railroad yards.

In the 1910 census of Union City, Hudson county, New Jersey as Thomas Heysan [Hysan in Ancestry.com], a 61 year old railroad flagman. Living with him were his wife, Hannah, 60, and son, Charles, a 35 year old railroad foreman. Hannah had only the one child. Living with Charles were his wife, May, 30, and children, Floyd, 9, and Harold, 1. Charles and May had been married for 10 years and had two children.

In the 1920 census as Hannah Hysaw, an 69 year old widow. She was living with her son Charles.

His children were,
(25) Charles E. Hissam (1876)

A New York Born Stray

I think the following may fit here, as a son of Thomas Hissam (1850) or of Franklin Hissam (1846), both of Port Jervis, New York, but where was William at the time of the 1900 census?

William A. Hissam (1887)

In the 1920 census of Oakland, Alameda county, California as William A. Hissam, a 33 year old salesman of wholesale Electrical equipment. His wife was Anita, 33. He was born in New York as were his parents. Anita appears to have come from Baltimore, Maryland.


(25) Charles Eugene Hissam (1875)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) Thomas Hissam (1850)

He was born in New Jersey on 27 October 1875. In the 1880 census of Port Jervis, Orange county, New York as Charles E. Hissam, 4, born in New Jersey.

He married May, of New York, in about 1900. In the 1900 census of Union Ward, Hudson county, New Jersey as Charles Hysam [Hysaw in Ancestry.com], a 25 year old [October 1874 [sic]] clerk, living at home with his parents.

In the 1910 census of Union City, Hudson county, New Jersey as Charles Heysam [Hysan in Ancestry.com], a 35 year old railroad foreman. He was living with his parents. Also living there were his wife, May, 30, and children, Floyd, 9, and Harold, 1. Charles and May had been married for 10 years and had two children. The boys had been born in New Jersey.

Charles Eugene Hysam of Philadelphia, born on 27 October 1875, registered for the draft on 12 September 1918. He was a 42 year old general foreman at the American International Shipbuilding Company. His nearest relative was May E. Hysam. He was of medium height and build, with gray eyes and light brown hair.

In the 1920 census of West New York Ward 1, Hudson county, New Jersey as Charles Hysam [Hysaw in Ancestry.com], a 43 year old metal worker with the W.S. Railroad. Living with him were his wife, May, 40, and children, Floyd, a 19 year old Boiler Maker with the W.S. Railroad, Floyd's wife, Elsie [Mosie in Ancestry.com], 19, May, 6, and mother, Hannah, a 69 year old widow. I don't know what the W.S. railroad was.

In the 1930 census of North Bergen, Hudson county, New Jersey as Charles Hysam [Hysom in Ancestry.com], a 53 year old railroad foreman. Living with him were his wife, May, 51, and daughter, May, 16. Living next-door was his son, Floyd.

In the 1940 census of North Bergen as Charles Hysam, a 64 year old assistant foreman with the railroad. Living with him were his wife, May, 60, and daughter, May, 26. It looks like the daughter's occupation was "preacher."

By the way, these Hysam's are not related to the Hysom's of Maine. The latter come from southwest England and came to America around 1812.

His children were,
(26) Floyd Hysam (1900)
(26) Harold Hysam (1909)
(26) May Hysam (1914)

(26) Floyd Hysam (1900)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) Thomas Hissam (1850) (25) Charles E. Hissam (1875)

He was born on 9 December 1900 in New Jersey. In the 1910 census of Union City, Hudson county, New Jersey as Floyd Heysan [Hysan in Ancestry.com], 9.

Floyd married Elsie in about 1920. She was born on 7 February 1901.

In the 1920 census of West New York Ward 1, Hudson county, New Jersey as Floyd Hysam [Hysaw in Ancestry.com], a 19 year old Boiler Maker with the W.S. Railroad. He and his wife, Elsie [Mosie in Ancestry.com], 19, were living with his father, Charles Hysam, and grandmother, Hannah.

In the 1930 census of North Bergen, Hudson county, New Jersey as Floyd Hysam [Hysom in Ancestry.com], a 29 year old locomotive machinist. He was living next door to his father, Charles. Living with him were his wife, Elsie, 29, and daughter, Norma [looks like Norman], 6.

In the 1940 census of North Bergen as Floyd Hysam, a 39 year old pipe fitter. Living with him were his wife, Elsie, 39, and daughter, Norma, 16.

Floyd received a pension from the Railroad Board. Floyd Hysam died in July 1984 in Toms River, Ocean county, New Jersey. Elsie died in August 1984 in Bloomfield, Essex county, New Jersey. His children were,
(27) Norma Hysam (1924)

(27) Norma Hysam (1924)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) Thomas Hissam (1850) (25) Charles E. Hissam (1875) (26) Floyd Hysam (1900)

In the 1930 census of North Bergen, Hudson county, New Jersey as Norma [looks like Norman] Hysam [Hysom in Ancestry.com], 6. Also in the 1940 census, aged 16.

(26) Harold Hysam (1909)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) Thomas Hissam (1850) (25) Charles E. Hissam (1875)

In the 1910 census of Union City, Hudson county, New Jersey as Harold Heysan [Hysan in Ancestry.com], 1. He may have died young because I've been unable to find him in later censuses.

(26) May Hysam (1914)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798) (24) Thomas Hissam (1850) (25) Charles E. Hissam (1875)

In the 1920 census of West New York Ward 1, Hudson county, New Jersey as May Hysam [Hysaw in Ancestry.com], 6. He was living at home with her parents, Charles and May Hysam, and her grandmother, Hannah.

In the 1930 census of North Bergen, Hudson county, New Jersey as May Hysam [Hysom in Ancestry.com], 16. She was still at home in 1940, aged 26. She may have been a preacher [!] if my reading of the census is correct.

(24) Miranda Hissam (1852)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) David Hissam (1798)

She was born in about 1852. In the 1860 census of Milford, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Miranda Hissam, aged 8. She was living with her father, David Hissam, and her mother, Elizabeth. In the 1870 census of Port Jervis, Deer Park, Orange county, New York as Maranda [sic] Hyeson, 19. She was living with her mother, Elizabeth Hyeson, 70, and her brother, Thomas, 21. All were born in Pennsylvania.

(23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771)

I believe John was a son of William. However, a contrary story is told in "Roberts' Biographical Annals." This book chronicled the life of Reverand Theodore Heysham, a great-grandson of Captain Robert Heysham of Philadelphia, and presented a family genealogy that was undoubtedly provided by Theodore.

"Captain Robert and Mary Heysham, of Philadelphia, had the following children:
Robert, born October 3, 1798, died December 2, 1867, married Ann Stewart;
Hamilton;
John, who had a son William, and the [son] a son Samuel;
William; and
Fannie, who married _________ Hampton." - from Ellwood Roberts' Biographical Annals, 1904: Montgomery Co, PA, Vol II - Part 2: pp. 24-49
This was the family that traced their ancestry to the Heysham family of Lancaster, which included the most famous, talented and richest members of the tribe.

Importantly, this was not the story told in Banta's history of the Sayre and Heysham families, in which John Heysham, the son of Captain Robert Heysham, died at the age of 31, with no children. I haven't been able to resolve the differences between these two references, and I simply have to assume that one of them was wrong. I've gone back and forth on who to trust, but I'm beginning to lean in Banta's direction, most notably because he was very precise about the date and location of John Heysham's death. This was no sin of omission or a simple oversight. I begin to distrust the Reverend's account because our John Hessum/Heyshan, whose son was William and grandson Samuel, never used the Heysham name himself, may have in fact been illiterate, and became a farmer; while the sons of city men may become farmers, I don't think it was usual. I begin to think that the Reverend Mr. Heysham learned of William and Samuel Heysham's existence and jumped to conclusions based on their surname.

If John wasn't the son of Robert Heysham, who was his father? I suspect he was part of my family, the grandson of one of the five sons of Thomas Hesom of Lower Smithfield, Northampton county, Pennsylvania. He could not be the son of any of them since they had all left the area by 1800, or very soon thereafter. There was one member of the family I know of that remained, William Hissam, the son of Thomas' eldest son, John. Until now, I've shown William with just two sons who survived to adulthood, David, born in 1798, and a late child, William J., born in 1815. That certainly leaves room in the birth order for John.

Also as Hissam, Hessam, Hisem, and Hessum. The plethora of surname spellings indicates to me that John was illiterate. After his death his children used the surname Hesum and Hessen in the 1860 census, and in 1870 his widow, Julia, used the name Hessam again. At no time was John called Heysham. The first use of the Heysham name was by John's son, William, in the 1850 census. The other children began to use the name, though not consistently, from 1861 through 1870. But why then? What made them think this was the right spelling?

Diane Heysham, a modern member of the family, wrote me recently,

"I know when I was a little girl, people in Nelson [Pennsylvania] pronounced our name as Hessum while our family pronounces it as Hesh' um."
To my mind this pulls this family closer to the Heesom/Hissem's, who pronounce their names Hess-om or Hiss-em. The Heysham family of England, and presumably their American descendents, pronounce the name as Hee-sham.

John was born circa 1800 if we believe the 1850 census. An earlier date would be more comfortable considering his first son was born in 1821.

John married first an unknown Kyser sometime before moving to New York state. According to the cemetary records of John’s son William, below, “his parents first moved to Canisteo in 1823.” John probably left Lower Smithfield township, crossing the Pine swamp to the Wyoming Valley neighborhood of Wilkes-Barre, then up the Susquehanna river to the region of Chemung, Tioga and Steuben counties, where the family has resided to this day.

The 1820 census of Elmira, Tioga county [now Chemung], New York lists a John Hissam. In the household was a boy under 10 years old [a servant or relative?], and a man 26 to 35 years old, presumably John, though he should have been about 20. There was also a woman, probably his wife, aged 16 to 26.

By 1821 John was in Southport, Tioga county [now Chemung], New York, where his first son, William, was born. His first wife died after about 1831/2.

Chemung County

Chemung county is on the lower tier of New York state, lying on the border with Pennsylvania. The Chemung river, on which lies the town of Elmira, flows into the Susquehanna river then, eventually, into the Chesapeake Bay.

In the 1830 census of Canisteo, Steuben county, New York there was a John Hersum (or Hessum?). In the household were a man and a woman, each 30 to 39 years old, a boy and a girl, 5 to 9, and a boy under 5. However, it's a girl, Elizabeth, who ought to have been under 5.

Second, John married Julia [Juliann] Cornell, aged 17, on 7 April 1838 in Howard township, Steuben county, New York. Julia was born on 21 January 1821, the daughter of Elihugh [Elihu] Cornell and Margaret Christler of Howard township, Steuben county. He was called John Hessam in the marriage document.

Steuben County

Steuben county is due west of Chemung county. Canisteo and Howard are in the west of the county, on the south and north banks of the Chemung river, respectively.

In the 1840 census of Howard township, Steuben county, New York as John Hisem. The census lists one boy under 5, probably the new baby, George, one man 20 to 30 years old, unknown, and another who was 30 to 40, John. There was only one woman, 15 to 20 years old, Julia. I suspect that John's children by his first wife were farmed out, unwelcome with a new wife in the house.

In the 1850 census of Canisteo township, Steuben county, New York as John Hessum [Hepum in Ancestry.com], a 50 year old farmer, born in Pennsylvania. Living with him were his wife, Julia, 28, and children, George, 12, Hiram, 8, and Margaret, 4, all of whom were born in New York. A Jane Alger, 18, and Daniel Jamison, a 48 year old laborer, were also living with them.

In the 1855 state census of Howard township, Steuben county, New York as John Heysam, a 52 year old farmer, of Chemung county. Living with him were his wife, Julia, 34, of Gates county, and children, Hiram, 12, Margaret, 8, and Elihew [sic], 5, all of Steuben county.

John died sometime after 1855. In the 1860 census of Howard township, Steuben county John's children had been spread to the four winds. George would have left home by this time anyway, but Hiram Hessen, 19, was a laborer living on the farm of an Elisha Thomas. A Margaret Hesson was in Canisteo per the New York Compiled Census and Census Substitues Index. Elihu Hesum [Hsum in Ancestry.com], 9, was living with his Uncle Helon [?] Cornell. His grandparents, Elihu and Margaret Cornell lived close by. I assume this shows that John had died, but why didn't their mother take care of them? And, where was Julia?

In the 1870 census of Canisteo township, Steuben county, New York as Julia Hessam [Hissam in Ancestry.com], a 48 year old widow. Living with her was Margaret Cornell, 74. I assume Margaret was Julia's mother. Julia was not living with her parents in 1860. Julia disappears after this.

The children of John Heysham and the unknown Kyser were,
(24) William Heysham (1821)
(24) C. “Perces” Heysham (1823)
(24) Elizabeth G. Heysham (1824)
(24) Washington Heysham (1832)

The children of John and Juliann Cornell were,
(24) George Heysham (1840)
(24) Hiram Heysham (1842)
(24) Margaret Heysham (1847)
(24) Eliha Heysham (1850)
(24) James or Jane Hessam (1852)

(24) William Heysham (1821)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800)

His surname was rendered as Heysham from at least 1850. His father, John, was never surnamed such.

"WILLIAM HEYSHAM was born in Chemung county, N.Y., in 1821, and married Miss Eliza Rathbone, of Nelson, Pa. His parents settled in 1824 in Canisteo, N.Y., whence he moved to Tioga county, Pa., in 1840, and commenced work for himself. His highest wages were $13 per month. By industry and frugality he accumulated a competence and he now owns 200 acres of land in Nelson." - from the "History of Tioga County, Pennsylvania" Biographical Appendix of 1883
Per his tombstone, William Heysham was born on 10 August 1821. William may be in the 1830 census under his father's name, John Hersom (Hessom), aged 9. William's mother died circa 1832.

Sometime after 1838, when his father remarried, William moved south to Elkland Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

In the 1840 census . . .

William married Betsey Rathbone circa 1847. She died the following year.

"SAMUEL RATHBUN, a native of Massachusetts, was an early settler of Nelson township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania, locating on the farm now occupied by Mrs. Mariam Rathbun, widow of his oldest son, Henry. He cleared and improved this property, and continued to reside there until his death, in 1845, and was buried on the homestead, where all of the deceased members of the Rathbun family have been interred. His wife, Jane Vroman, who died March 18, 1876, was a native of the Mohawk valley, and bore him eleven children, named as follows: Henry, Mary, who married Henry Dinninny; Eliza, second wife of William Heysham; John, Susan, who married Philip Perkins; Betsey, first wife of William Heysham, . . ." - from "Tioga County History" of 1897
Betsey was born on 7 May 1829. There was a daughter for William in the 1850 census, named Helen, aged 9. Who was her mother?

Tioga County, Pennsylvania

The county is due south of Steuben county, New York. Elkland is at the center top of the county, just west of Nelson.

William's first wife died in 1848.

"Heysham, Betsey, [Death date:] 27 Aug 1848, [Age:] 19yrs, 3 mos., 20 da., [Inscription:] Wife of William Heysham and daughter of Samuel and Jane Rathbun."
William then married Betsey's older sister, Elizabeth "Eliza" Rathbun (or Rathbone), of Nelson Township, Pennsylvania. They married on 27 August 1848 - the day of Betsey's death! I assume Betsey must have been ill for some time allowing these arrangements to be made. Eliza was born on 26 March 1824, the daughter of Samuel Rathbone and Jane Vroman. But isnt' Betsey [Betsy] just a dimunitive of Elizabeth?

In the 1850 census of Elkland township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania as William Heysham [Herpham in Ancestry.com], a 29 year old farmer, born in New York. His property was valued at $1500. Living with him were his wife, Eliza, 26, and a daughter, Helen, 9, who was born in New York. To square this with Eliza's marriage date I'll have to assume Helen came from a previous marriage, in New York before he left home.

"Election Results.

The following persons were elected at the Spring Election, held in this county, February 15th, for Township and Borough officers . . .
Elkland . . .
Inpectors--William Heysham, E J Graves."
- from the 6 March 1850 Tioga Eagle of Wellsboro, Pa


Elkland circa 1860

"Artemus Locey vs. Wm. Heysham" on a Trial List of the December 1857 term. - from the 26 November 1857 Agitator of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.

In the 1860 census of Nelson township, Tioga county as William Heysham [Musham in Ancestry.com], a 39 year old farmer. He had $2000 in real estate and $400 in personal property. Living with him were his wife, Eliza, 37, and children, Jane [garbled], 10, Mary, 4, and Samuel, 1, all of Pennsylvania.

In the 1870 census of Nelson township as William Heysham [Hryshaw in Ancestry.com], a 49 year old farmer, of New York. He had real property worth $5,000 and personal property worth $1,200. Living with him were his wife, Eliza, 46, and children, Jane, 19, Mary, 13, Samuel, 11, Jesse, a girl, 8, and Willie, 5.

In 1880 census of Nelson township as William Heysham, a 59 year old farmer, of New York. His father was born in Pennsylvania and mother in New York. Living with him were his wife, Eliza, 56, and children, Jane, 29, at school, Mary, 23, Samuel, 21, at school, Jessie, 19, a daughter, and Willie, 15.

"Last Saturday the viewers appointed by the Court to view and appraise the damages sustained by some of the farmers in the Cowanesque valley by reason of the building of the Addison and Northern Pennsylvania railway through their lands filed their at the Prothonotary's office . . . William Heysham 4.09 [acres] $400.00 [damages]" - from the 26 December 1882 Wellsboro Agitator.

"Mr. William Heysham is building a large tobacco shed at Nelson." - from the 16 August 1887 Wellsboro Agitator.

Some sources claim Eliza died in 1881, however, in the 1900 census a Wm. Heysham, who lived next door to Samuel R. Heysham and must be William K. Heysham, had a mother, Eliza, a 76 year old [March 1834] widow, living with him. She had six children, four of whom were still living. This sounds like our Eliza.

W. Heysham was listed as a Nelson Borough Councilman.

Per his tombstone, William Heysham died on 31 May 1897 in Tioga county, Pennsylvania.

"Last Monday morning Mr. William Heysham, of Nelson, was driving to Elkland as usual to deliver the morning's milk at the cheese-factory, when one of the irons which attached the thills [the two long shafts between which a horse is fastened when pulling a wagon] to his buggy broke and his horse ran away. The buggy went zigzagging along the road as the horse dashed forward down Barney hill. Mr. Samuel Tubbs was driving a team just ahead, he also having a load of milk. He heard the horse coming and attempted to get out of the road, but Mr. Heysham's buggy collided with his rig and Mr. Heysham was pitched out, striking his head against the rear of Mr. Tubb's wagon.

It was found that Mr. Heysham was unconscious and had a terrible bruise upon his temple. He was taken home and died in about half an hour.

Mr. Heysham was one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Nelson. His age was upwards of 70 years.

The runaway horse was stopped in the streets of Elkland." - from the 2 June 1897 Wellsboro Agitator

He was buried in the Addison Hill-Woods Corner Cemetery of Tuscarora, New York. The administrators of his will were his sons, Samuel R. Heysham and William K. Heysham, per the Wellsboro Agitator of 21 September 1898.

William's widow, Eliza, died on 12 July 1901. Her surviving children were S.R. and William K., and Mrs. Daniel VanDyke and Mrs. John Kelly. The adminstrator of her will was her daughter, Jane Kelly. - from the Wellsboro Agitator.

William's children were,
(25) Helen Heysham (1841)
(25) Arvilla Sophia Heysham (1849)
(25) Jane (Jennie) E. Heysham (1851), not mentioned on William's tombstone
(25) Mary Heysham (1857)
(25) Samuel Rathbun Heysham (1859)
(25) Jessie M. Heysham (1862)
(25) William K. Heysham (1865)

(25) Helen Heysham (1841)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821)

In the 1850 census of Elkland township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania as Helen Heysham [Herpham in Ancestry.com], 9, who was born in New York. I assume she was from a previous marriage. She is not seen in later documents, though this may simply mean that she had married by the time she was 19.

(25) Arvilla Sophia Heysham (1849)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821)

She was born in 1849 and died on 17 October 1857, though she has not been found in the 1850 census. She was buried in the Addison Hill-Woods Corner cemetery, Tuscarora, New York. I don't have a photograph of her tombstone, but the inscription supposedly reads, "Age 8y 4m 5d daughter of Eliza & William."

(25) Jane (Jennie) E. Heysham (1851)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821)

In the 1860 census of Nelson township, Tioga county as Jane [garbled] Heysham [Musham in Ancestry.com], 10, of Pennsylvania. In the 1870 census of Nelson township as Jane Heysham [Hryshaw in Ancestry.com], 19. In 1880 census of Nelson township as Jane Heysham, 29, at school. She was a graduate of the Mansfield State Normal School in 1881, with Samuel Rathbun Heysham. I assume this means she became a teacher.

From the Elkland Journal, 25 November 1897 - "John Kelley and Miss Jennie E. Heysham were united in marriage at the Presbyterian parsonage, on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 17 by Rev. Hallock Armstrong."

"Mrs. John Kelly, aged 77 years, of Nelson, died last Tuesday about 4 o'clock. She leaves her husband, who held the office of Justice of the Peace for a number of years; also several nephews and one niece. Her maiden name was Jennie Heysham and her early life was spent in teaching school. The funeral was held Friday." - from the 2 May 1928 Wellsboro Agitator. She had no children.

(25) Mary Heysham (1857)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821)

In the 1870 census of Nelson township as Mary Heysham [Hryshaw in Ancestry.com], 13. In 1880 census of Nelson township as Mary Heysham, 23. She married Daniel W. VanDyke.

(25) Samuel Rathbun Heysham (1859)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821)

Samuel was born on 26 May 1859 in Nelson, Tioga county, Pennsylvania. In the 1860 census of Nelson township, Tioga county as Samuel Heysham [Musham in Ancestry.com], 1, of Pennsylvania. In the 1870 census of Nelson township as Samuel Heysham [Hryshaw in Ancestry.com], 11.

In 1880 census of Nelson township as Samuel Heysham, 21, living at home with his parents, William and Eliza. He was an Alumni of the Mansfield State Normal School, a teacher’s college, now Mansfield University, as was his older sister, Jennie [Jane] Heysham. However, he never worked as a teacher that I can see.

He married Cora E. Bates on 28 December 1887. She was born on 18 May 1868 in Ithaca, New York, the daughter of Sanford Bates and Samantha Wright.

1892 - "Real Estate Changes . . . Hornellsville . . . Esther D. Roby to Samuel R. Heysham, city lot, $1,200." - from 22 April 1892 Hornellsville, New York Weekly Tribune. Hornell is in New York, northwest of Canisteo.

1894 - 111 "A Classification Made on the Susquehanna Division . . . Considerable dissatisfaction has existed for some time as to relative status of the several conductors on the Swale . . . The result is a list which we publish below, of the Susquehanna division conductors, in the order of service with which they are credited at company headquarters. The date shows when each began running as a conductor . . .73 S Heysham Nov. 1889" - from 23 March 1894 Hornellsville, New York Weekly Tribune. Swale is souteast of Canisteo, in New York state. This sounds like Samuel was a railroad conductor, but like his training as a teacher, I see no evidence he ever served in this position.

Samuel apparently lived in New York, probably in Steuben county, or at least worked there, until after 1897, then moved back to Pennsylvania.

In the 1900 census of Nelson township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania as Samuel Heysham, a 41 year old [May 1859] farmer. Living with him were his wife, Cora, 32 [May 1868], and children, John W., 11 [January 1888], a farm laborer, Samuel, 5 [October 1894], and Eldrid R., 2 [July 1897], all born in New York. Samuel and Cora had been married for 12 years. Cora had three children, all living. Samuel's brother, William K. Heysham, lived next door.

In the 1908 Directory for Tioga county, Sanford L. Bates, a retired farmer, and Cora’s father, were boarding with S. R. Heysham, R 1, Elkland H 2. In the directory Samuel was listed as a farmer, apiarist, feed & shingle mill (worker or owner?), and every wheel work (?).

Apiarist

A beekeeper. Beekeepers operate beehives to produce honey and related products such as beeswax, pollen, royal jelly, propolis (bee glue and bee antiseptic) and queen bees, and to pollinate seed, fruit, nut and vegetable crops.

O 160 R 1 Elkland H 2 F T. Numbers on the Map to the left correspond to the road as given in the line entry. Note that the road # changes at each intersection as the road names did until the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation renamed them all in modern times. The Town corresponds to the Post Office which may be in another township or even another county.

In the 1910 census of Nelson township, Tioga county as Samuel R. Heysham, a 51 year old farmer. Living with him were his wife, Cora, 43, and sons, John W., a 21 year old laborer on the farm, Samuel B., 16, and Elda J., 12. Samuel and Cora had been married 23 years and these were all of their children. Interestingly, Sanford Bates was not with them.

In the 1920 census of Nelson township as Samuel R. Heysham, a 60 year old farmer. Living with him was his wife, Cora E., 51, and sons, John W., 30, and Eldred J., 22. All boys were also farmers. Samuel's father-in-law, Sanford Bates, 87, was still living with him.

Samuel Heysham died on 9 May 1926 in Nelson, Tioga county, Pennsylvania.

"Samuel Heysham, one of the most prominent residents of this section, died at his home on R.D. 1 Sunday morning at 11:15, death being caused by a stroke. He is survived by his widow and three sons--John, Samuel and Eldred, at home; several grandchildren and by one sister, Mrs. John Kelly, of Nelson. Mr. Heysham was a member of the Methodist church of Nelson and had been superintendent of the Sunday School for many years." - from the 19 May 1926 Wellsboro Agitator
He was buried in the Nelson cemetary next to his son, Eldred, and Eldred’s wife. His executor was John Kelley, Jennie Heysham's husband and his brother-in-law. Another reference to Samuel's death.

"Nelson, Pa. May 14.--This community was shocked to hear of the sudden death of Samuel Rathburn Heysham which occured at his home Sunday morning of accute indigestion.

Samuel Rathburn Heysham, son of William and Elizabeth Heysham, was born in Nelson, Pa., 66 years ago, May 26, 1859. On December 28, 1887 he married Cora E. Bates also of Nelson and to them were born John, Samuel, Jr., and Eldred. Mr. Heysham for 18 years lived in Hornell where he was engaged as conductor on the Erie. In 1899 he and his family moved back to Nelson, where he has since been engaged in farming. After graduating at Mansfield Normal School in the year 1881, he taught school two terms, one in Potter County and the other in McKean County. He then entered a law office in Elmira, but after several months of study contracted typhoid fever and after a long illness was not able to return.

Mr. Heysham was always a man with a smile and a helping hand, both to the young and old, and he will be greatly missed among his home and friends, and also his church.

Besides his widow he leaves to mourn his loss, three sons, one sister, Jennie E. Kelley and by the following grand children: Keith, Kenneth, Effiec, Jessie, Thelma, William, and Helen Heysham; several nephews and nieces . . ."

Cora died on 16 July 1933, at the age of 65.

"Mrs. Cora E. Heysham, widow of Samuel R. Heysham, of Nelson, died Sunday evening. She was born in Kings Ferry, N.Y., May 28, 1868, daughter of Sanford and Samantha Wright Bates. She was married to Samuel Heysham December 28, 1887. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church of Elkland. Her survivors included three sons, John W., Samuel B., and Eldred J., all of Nelson; nine grandchildren; a brother, Eldred E. Bates of Corning, and an uncle, Arad Bates, of Nelson." - from the 19 July 1933 Wellsboro Agitator
On 26 July 1933 Samuel B. Heysham received 120 acres from her estate and Eldred J. Heysham received 128 acres.

Samuel's children were,
(26) John W. Heysham (1888)
(26) Samuel Bates Heysham (1894)
(26) Eldred J. Heysham (1897)

(26) John William Heysham (1888)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821) (25) Samuel Rathbun Heysham (1859)

He was born on 14 January 1888 in New York, probably in Steuben county. In the 1900 census of Nelson township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania as John W. Heysham, 11 [January 1888], a farm laborer, born in New York.

From the 1908 directory: Heysham, John W. son Samuel R. R 1 Elkland H 2. A resident of Elkland, Pennsylvania.

In the 1910 census of Nelson township, Tioga county as John W. Heysham, a 21 year old laborer on the farm. John William Heysham, of Nelson township, registered for the Draft on 7 June 1917 - from the "Tri-Counties Geneaology & History" by Joyce M. Tice. I don't see this registration in Ancestry.com.

John William Heysham, 28, registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. He was a farm laborer employed by his father, Sam Heysham. Here John was shown as born in Hornell, New York on 14 January 1889. He was tall and stout, with brown eyes and black hair.

In the 1920 census of Nelson township as John W. Heysham, a 30 year old farmer, still living at home. There is a reference to a land transaction between "Samuel R. Heysham and wife to John W. Heysham; 114 acres, $1." - from the 1 December 1920 Wellsboro Agitator. This might have been a gift or an early inheritance.

But then John's life took a tragic turn.

"John Heysham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Heysham, of Nelson, while in Elmira last week, became insane. His father was notified and went to Elmira and brought his son home with him. Saturday night he became violent and Constable Bennett was notified. He took Mr. Heysham in custody and he was locked up and placed under guard. The County Commissioners at Wellsboro were notified and it is expected that they will soon remove him to Wellsboro, where preparations will be made to place him in an institution. The case is especially sad as Mr. Heysham was an exemplary young man with no bad habits and it is not known what could have brought on this great misfortune." - from the 2 July 1924 Wellsboro Agitator
However, at least at the time of the 1930 census, he was not institutionalized. In the 1930 census of Nelson township as John W. Heysham [Hughson in Ancestry.com], a 41 year old farmer. He was still single. Living with him was his mother, Cora, a 61 year old widow. All the Heysham boys were living next to each other.

From the Financial Statement of Tioga County as displayed in the 15 May 1935 Wellsboro Agitator, John Heysham was receiving $41.21 in "outside relief" under the heading of "Expenditures from the Poor Fund; Support for the Poor and Insane."

In the 1940 census of Nelson, Tioga county, Pennsylvania as John W. Heysham, a 51 year old farmer, single. He was living next door to his brother, Eldred, who was probably looking after him.

John also registered for the draft for World War II on 25 April 1942. He was 5' 11'' tall and weighed 185 pounds.

John died in 1950, I imagine still an unmarried farmer.

(26) Samuel Bates Heysham (1894)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821) (25) Samuel Rathbun Heysham (1859)

The son of Samuel Rathbun Heysham and Cora Bates. He was born on 3 October 1893 at Woodhull, Steuben County, New York. In the 1900 census of Nelson township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania as Samuel Heysham, 5 [October 1894], born in New York. In the 1910 census of Nelson township, Tioga county as Samuel B. Heysham, 16.

Unlike his brothers, John & Eldred, he moved out of his father's home early and married Maude Mary Preston on 14 April 1913. She was the daughter of Fred Preston, of Nelson.

Samuel Bates Heysham, of Nelson township, registered for the Draft on 7 June 1917 - from the "Tri-Counties Geneaology & History" by Joyce M. Tice. He was a farm laborer, working for his father, Sam Heysham. He was of medium hieght and stout build. His eyes were blue and hair brown. His request for an exemption was based on a wife and a child.

The 1920 census of Nelson township as Samuel B. Heysham, a 26 year old farm laborer. Living with him were his wife, Maude M., 24, and children, Thelma L., 5, and William P., 2. He ws living 'next-door' to his father, Samuel R. Heysham.

In the 1930 census of Nelson township as Samuel B. Heysham [Huphan in Ancestry.com], a 36 year old dairy farmer. Living with him were his wife, Maude M., 35, and children, Thelma L., 15, William P., 12, Jessie S., a girl, 8, and Helen C., 4 3/12, all born in Pennsylvania. All the Heysham boys were living next to each other.

In the 1940 census of Nelson, Tioga county, Pennsylvania as Samuel B. Heysham, 46. Living with him were his wife, Maude M., 45, and children, Thelma L., 25, William P., 22, Jessie S., 18, Helen C., 14, Mary Jane, 7, and Alice I., 4.

He also registered for the draft in World War II. Here he claimed to have been born in Hornell, New York. He was 5' 9'' and weighed 180 pounds.

He died on 2 April 1945 in Nelson, Pennsylvania. "Samuel B. Heysham, aged 51 years, died Monday at his home at Nelson. Survivors include his widow and the following children: Mrs. Thelma King, Mrs. Jessie Gee, Helen, Mary Jane and Alice Heysham, of Nelson; one son, William, and two brothers, John and Eldred Heysham, of Nelson." - from the 4 April 1945 Wellsboro Agitator.

Samuel's children were,
(27) Thelma Louise Heysham (1915)
(27) William Preston Heysham (1918)
(27) Jessie Susie Heysham (1922)
(27) Helen C. Heysham (1925)
(27) Samuel J. Heysham (1930)
(27) Mary Jane Heysham (1932)
(27) Alice I. Heysham (1936)

(27) Thelma Louise Heysham (1915)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821) (25) Samuel Rathbun Heysham (1859) (26) Samuel Bates Heysham (1893)

She was born on 2 February 1915. The 1920 census of Nelson township as Thelma L. Heysham, 5. In the 1930 census of Nelson township as Thelma L. Heysham [Huphan in Ancestry.com], 15, born in Pennsylvania. She was a member of the Nelson High School Class of 1934.

"Miss Thelma Louise Heysham and Lional J. King, of Nelson were married June 21, by Justice of the Peace J. L. Lattimer, in Sabinesville. Miss Heysham is the oldest daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Samuel Heysham, of Nelson, and Mr. King is the son of Mrs. Ruth King, of Nelson. Mr. King has been an employee of Elkland Leather Company for several years." - from the 25 June 1941 Wellsboro Agitator.

(27) William Preston Heysham (1918)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821) (25) Samuel Rathbun Heysham (1859) (26) Samuel Bates Heysham (1893)

He was born on 27 February 1918. In the 1920 census of Nelson township as William P. Heysham, 2. In the 1930 census of Nelson township as William P. Heysham [Huphan in Ancestry.com], 12, born in Pennsylvania.

In the 1940 census of Nelson, Tioga county, Pennnsylvania as William P. Heysham, a 22 year old farm laborer, living at home with his parents, Sam and Maude.

He married Ruth L. Gee on 2 August 1942. She was born on 11 April 1920 in Stanley. "Miss Ruth Gee, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Gee, of Lawrence township, and William Heysham, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Samy [sic] Heysham, of Nelson, were married Aug. 2 in Lawrenceville, by Rev. Albert Eisenhart, of Lindley." - from the 12 August 1942 Wellsboro Agitator.

William P. Heysham enlisted on 27 November 1942 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania as a Private. He was an automobile serviceman with a grade school education. He was 70 inches tall and weighed 150 pounds. A Wellsboro Agitator article about the induction gave his address as "Painted Post, R.D. 1 (Nelson)." It also gave his middle name as Preston. "They will leave for the New Cumberland reception center in three groups tomorrow." - from the 3 December 1942 Wellsboro Gazette.

"Mr. and Mrs. William Heysham and son, Stanley, Mr. and Mrs. Emery Gee and son, Daniel, called on their father and cousin, Jas. Gee and Mary Fowler Saturday." - from the 22 November 1944 Wellsboro Agitator.

In 1953 William P. Heysham was living in Nelson, RD 1 - from the 20 April 1953 Williamsport, Pennsylvania Gazette Bulletin.

William died on 20 April 1978 in Nelson, Pennsylvania and is born in the couty cemetery in Mansfield. Ruth died on 4 August 2001 in Lawrenceville, Tioga county, Pennsylvania. Their son was,
(28) Stanley W. Heysham (c1943)

(28) Stanley W. Heysham (c1943)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821) (25) Samuel Rathbun Heysham (1859) (26) Samuel Bates Heysham (1893) (27) William Preston Heysham (1918)

He was born on 25 December 1943. Stanley graduated from Elkland High School in 1962. "Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Alexander of Middlebury Center wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathleen Marie, to Stanley Heysham of Nelson. Kathleen is a senior in Wellsboro Senior High School. Her fiance is a graduate from Elkland High School and Williamsport Tech. He is now employed at the Elmira Pattern Works. Wedding plans have been set for August 21, 1971." - from the 10 December 1970 Wellsboro Gazette. They were actually married on 26 June 1971.

"On Sunday, September 18, 1977, a daughter was born to Stanley and Kathleen Marie Alexander Heysham of Lawrenceville." - from the 21 September 1977 Wellsboro Gazette.
(29) Kathleen Marie Heysham (1977)

(27) Jessie Susie Heysham (1922)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821) (25) Samuel Rathbun Heysham (1859) (26) Samuel Bates Heysham (1893)

She was born on 06 March 1922 in Nelson, Tioga county, Pennsylvania. In the 1930 census of Nelson township as Jessie S. Heysham [Huphan in Ancestry.com], 8, born in Pennsylvania.

"Miss Jessie Heysham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Heysham, of Nelson and Emery James Gee, of Farmingham, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Gee, were married June 28 in Mansfield, by Dr. Feig. The bride wore powder blue silk, with white hat and slippers. The bride is a graduate of the Nelson High School, class of 1940 and of Elkland High School, class of 1941 [?]. The bridegroom is a graduate of Nelson High School, class of 1930 and of Elkland High School, 1931." - from the 16 July 1941 Wellsboro Agitator.

Jessie S. Heysham Preston [Kline] died on 13 June 2000 in Tioga county.

"HEYSHAM - KLINE Jessie S. Of Lawrenceville, PA Age 78, of RR 2, Box 617, Lawrenceville, PA, died Tuesday, June 13, 2000. She was born March 6, 1922 in Nelson, PA, the daughter of Samuel and Maude Preston Heysham. She was a homemaker, was a bus driver for the Northern Tioga School District for 7 yrs., a lifelong farmer, former employee of the Elkland Bakery, and drove the Elder Bus for the Tioga County Commissioners. Survived by daughters, Shirley Crans, Nelson, Pa, Priscilla Rude, Campbell, NY, Joyce Tuttle, Knoxville, PA, Shirley Tucker, Cameron Mills, NY; sons, Delbert Gee, Elkland, PA, Ronald Gee, Elkland, PA; 26 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins; sister, Mary Jane Hallock, Columbia Crossroads, PA; sisters-in-laws, Thelma Butler, Marge Dixon, Ruth Heysham, Alberta (John) Phelps; best friends - Boband Marilynn Staples. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan; son, Daniel; two brothers and two sisters. Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland, PA. Friday 2-4 and 7-9 PM where funeral services will be held Saturday at 4:00 PM. President Stroup and Elder Paul Miller Offc. Burial in Nelson Cemetery, Nelson, PA. Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Assn. or to the charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements in the care of Kenyon Elkland Gazette.com Obituaries for 2/26/07 "

(27) Helen C. Heysham (1925)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821) (25) Samuel Rathbun Heysham (1859) (26) Samuel Bates Heysham (1893)

She was born on 21 July 1925. In the 1930 census of Nelson township as Helen C. Heysham [Huphan in Ancestry.com], 4 3/12, born in Pennsylvania.

(27) Samuel J. Heysham (1930)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821) (25) Samuel Rathbun Heysham (1859) (26) Samuel Bates Heysham (1893)

"Samuel J. Heysham, 9, of Nelson, died Friday afternoon in the Corning Hospital from injuries received earlier that same afternoon when he was struck by a car near his home. Young Heysham was returning to school abut 12:45 o'clock, after the noon recess, when the accident happened on the Nelson-Addison highway. Investigating officer Pvt. W.E. Heiss, of the Mansfield sub-station State Motor Police said the boy was walking on the south side of the highway when a car driven by James Wheeler, of Nelson, traveling east struck him. Private Heiss said Wheeler told him he swerved his car, but was unable to avoid striking the boy. The Nelson youth was rushed to the office of Dr. Larson in Elkland and then was taken to the Corning Hospital. A fractured skull is believed to have caused the death. An inquest will be held soon, it was said. Samuel Heysham was born July 10, 1930, at Nelson. Besides his parents he leaves five sisters, Thelma, Jessie, helen, Mary Jane and Alice; a brother, William and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Preston." - from the 8 February 1940 Wellsboro Gazette.

(27) Mary Jane Heysham (1932)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821) (25) Samuel Rathbun Heysham (1859) (26) Samuel Bates Heysham (1893)

She was born on 3 September 1932.

"At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Hollock in Elkland, Wednesday evening, Nov. 10, Miss Mary Jane Heysham, daughter of Mrs. Maude Heysham and the late Sam Heysham, of Nelson, was married to Duane H. Hallock, by Rev. Frank Russell." - from the 17 November 1948 Wellsboro Agitator. Mary's brother, William, gave her away and her little sister, Alice, was bridesmaid. Duane was a first class private in the Air Force and was returning to San Antonio Texas.

Duane's obituary:

"On the morning of Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, Duane H. Hallock, of Columbia Cross Roads RR 2 (Springfield Township) was called home by the Father after a brave battle with illness. He was 77 years of age and at the time of his passing and was surrounded by his beloved family. Born in Elkland, Tioga County, Pa., on Dec. 24, 1929, he was the son of Sherman and Beatrice (Peet) Hallock. Duane served our country with the United States Air Force and later with the Army Reserves. He was a skilled machinist, employed for many years at Ingersoll-Rand in Elmira, N.Y. He also served many years as a deputy sheriff with the Bradford County Sheriff's Office, as well as being the duly elected constable for Springfield Township. On Nov. 10, 1948, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Jane Heysham. Together they raised three sons and five daughters. Duane will be remembered as a quiet, hard-working man devoted to his family. Duane is survived by: his wife of 58 years, Mary Jane, at home; sons, Sherman (and Beverly) Hallock, at home, Duane H. (and Jill) Hallock II of Gillett and Lynn (and Karen) Hallock of Coryland; daughters, Martha Bryanking of Florida, Georgia (and Harry) French of East Smithfield, Beatrice (and Tom) Murray and Anna (and Don) Kittle, all of Columbia Cross Roads, and Kitty (and Ron) Vanderpool of Coryland; as well as 22 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends are invited to a viewing and service from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, at Duane's residence, RR 2, Box 263, Columbia Cross Roads, with Pastor Melvin Good officiating. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Inc., Canton.

(27) Alice Heysham (1936)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821) (25) Samuel Rathbun Heysham (1859) (26) Samuel Bates Heysham (1893)

She was born on 11 March 1936. She married Robert J. McKay.

(26) Eldred J. Heysham (1897)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821) (25) Samuel Rathbun Heysham (1859)

He was born on 18 July 1897. In the 1900 census of Nelson township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania as Eldrid R. Heysham [Eldird in Ancestry.com], 2 [July 1897], born in New York. In the 1910 census of Nelson township, Tioga county as Elda J. Heysham, 12. In the 1920 census of Nelson township as Eldred J. Heysham, a 22 year old farmer, living at home.

He married Dorotha Wheeler on 1 October 1920. She was born on 10 August 1902. "Eldred Heysham, youngest son of S. R. Heysham, of Nelson and Miss Dortha Arnice Wheeler, daughter of Ray Wheeler, of Farmingham, were married at the home of John Kelly, Justice of the Peace on Oct. 1. May long life and happiness be their lot." - from the 27 October 1920 Wellsboro Agitator.

In 1922 Eldred secured employment in Elmira, per the Wellsboro Agitator of 29 November 1922.

"Twin sons were born July 7 to Mr. and Mrs. Eldred Heysham." - from the 11 July 1923 Wellsboro Agitator. These were Keith and Kenneth.

"Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Eldred Heysham, a daughter." - from the 19 May 1926 Wellsboro Agitator. This was Effie.

In the 1930 census of Nelson township as Eldred J. Heysham [Hysham in Ancestry.com}, a 33 year old farmer. Living with him were his wife, Dorothy, 27, and children, Keith E., 6, Kenneth W., 6, and Effie A., 3 4/12, all born in Pennsylvania. All the Heysham boys, John, Sam & Eldred, were living next to each other.

In the 1940 census of Nelson, Tioga county, Pennsylvania as Eldred J. Heysham, a 41 year old farmer. Living with him were his wife, Dorothy A., 37, and children, Keith E., 16, Kenneth W., 16, and Effie A., 13.

Eldred died on 1 June 1949 in Nelson, Pennsylvania. "Eldred J. Heysham, aged 51 years, of Nelson, died June 2. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Dorothy Wheeler Heysham, sons, Keith E. and Kenneth W. Heysham, daughters, Mrs. Essie [sic] Antonio, brother, John W. Heysham, granddaughter, [Mrs.] Duane Heysham, all of Nelson." - from the 8 June 1949 Wellsboro Agitator.

Doratha died on 30 March 1992. His father, Samuel R., his wife, Dorotha, and he were all buried together at the Nelson township cemetery, Tioga county, Pennsylvania. The Nelson township cemetary tombstones show:
Eldred J. Heysham (1897-1949)
Dorotha Heysham (1902-?), wife of Eldred J.

Eldred's children were,
(76) Unknown Heysham (1921)
(27) Keith Eldred Heysham (1923)
(27) Kenneth W. Heysham (1923)
(27) Effie Heysham (1926)

(27) Unknown Heysham (1921)

Born on 7 July 1921 and died an infant.

(27) Keith Eldred Heysham (1923)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821) (25) Samuel Rathbun Heysham (1859) (26) Eldred J. Heysham (1897)

He was born on 8 July 1923 in Nelson, Pennsylvania. In the 1930 census of Nelson township as Keith E. Heysham [Hysham in Ancestry.com], 6, Kenneth W., born in Pennsylvania. In the 1940 census of Nelson as Keith E. Heysham, 16. He was a member of the Lawrenceville High School class of 1941.

He married Pauline Heckart on 17 August 1947. She was born on 14 March 1928 in Nelson.

On 13 July 1949 Keith and Pauline had a son, name unknown. Keith and Pauline had a daughter, Nelson, born in December 1952. Was Nelson the daughter's name, or where she was born?

Keith died on 15 June 1976 in Marion county, Florida at the age of 52 [Social Security has his last residence as Nelson, Tioga county, Pennsylvania. Perhaps he didn't do a change of residence form with them]. He was buried in the Nelson cemetary.

Pauline remained in Florida until at least 1984, then returned to live in Elkland, Pennsylvania, nearby, if not with, her sister, Elaine. I have two address, both perhaps for Pauline:
Heysham, P. 15875 SE 105th Ter, Summerfield, FL 34491-7600. This is about 40 mile northwest of Orange City.
Heysham, Pauline. 302 E Main St, Elkland, PA 16920-1340. This is about 15 miles southeast of Wellsville.


I'm going to guess that the following fit here.

(28) Ray Heysham (1949)
(27) Keith Eldred Heysham (1923)

"Ray Heysham, Nelson, Pa." won a prize - from 14 November 1967 Daily Courier of Connellsville, Pennsylvania.

(28) Linda Jean Heysham (c1952)
(27) Keith Eldred Heysham (1923)

"Baby boy to Jean A. and Linda Jean Heysham Smith of Nelson." - from the 16 April 1970 Wellsboro Gazette. "On Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1974, a daughter was born to Jean and Linda Heysham Smith of Nelson." - from the 17 October 1974 Wellsboro Gazette.

(28) Pauline Barbara Heysham (c1952)
(27) Keith Eldred Heysham (1923)

She was married on 23 July 1991 in Marion county, Florida.

(28) Shelly Renee Heysham (c1952)
(27) Keith Eldred Heysham (1923)

She was married on 26 July 1985 in Duval county, Florida.

(27) Kenneth W. Heysham (1923)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821) (25) Samuel Rathbun Heysham (1859) (26) Eldred J. Heysham (1897)

He was born on 8 July 1923 in Nelson. Keith’s twin. In the 1930 census of Nelson township as Kenneth W. Heysham [Hysham in Ancestry.com], 6, born in Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Lawrenceville High School class of 1941.

He married Elaine Heckart, Pauline’s sister, on 20 July 1944. She was born on 17 June 1926 in Nelson.

"Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Heysham of Nelson had a narrow escape from death, caused by escaping gas, from a heating stove Jan. 20, when they were overcome. Mr. Heysham awoke feeling ill. He called to his wife who, on opening the door, fell to the floor. Opening of the door revived Mr. Heysham sufficiently to carry her outside to his car and drive to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Perry Heckart." - from the 28 January 1948 Wellsboro Agitator.

There was a reference to a Heysham Paving Company in the 22 May 1975 Wellsboro Gazette.

Kenneth died on 13 July 1977 in Nelson. "Kenneth W. Heysham, well-known paving contractor, age 54 of Nelson, died on Wednesday, July 13, 1977. He was owner of the Heysham Paving Company and was well known in the area where he had worked on many projects. He was a member of the Nelson Methodist Church and the Osceola Lodge No. 412 F&AM . . . He is survived by his wife, Elaine, sons, Randy Heysham of Elkland, RD, Rodney Heysham of Elkland, RD; daughter, Mrs. Larry (Diane) Harris of Lindley, N.Y.; mother, Mrs. Dorotha Heysham of Tioga, RD; sister, Mrs. John (Effie) Antonio of Mansfield; grandchildren, Amy, Marty, Bryan and Brandon Heysham and Holly and Wendy Harris, two nieces." - from the 20 July 1977 Wellsboro Gazette.

I have two addresses, perhaps both for Elaine who, like her sister, Pauline, spent time in Florida.
Heysham, E H. 1800 E Graves Ave, Orange City , FL 32763-5600. This is southwest of Daytona Beach.
Heysham, Elaine H. 107 Walnut St, Elkland, PA 16920-1415.

From a collection of Tri-County newspaper clippings is an obituary for Elaine & Pauline's mother:

“Emily w. Heckart
Age 80, of 105 Close Ave., Elkland, Pa., Monday, June 4, 1984. Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. where funeral services will be held Thursday 2 p.m. The Rev. William Lusk officiating. Burial Nelson Cemetery, Nelson, Pa. Memorial donations may be made to Dr. Williams Scholarship Fund, care of Citizens and Northern Bank, Elkland, Pa. She is survived by daughters, Elaine Heysham of Elkland, Pa.; Pauline Heysham East Lake Weir, Fla. 4 grandchildren; Diane Harris of Lindley, NY, Valerie Dominick of Nelson, Pa., Randy Heysham and Rodney Heysham both RD Elkland, Pa. 8 great grandchildren, a dear friend Clark Davis of Lawrenceville, Pa.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was a retired school teacher and member of the Nelson United Methodist Church. She was born May 11, 1904 in Nelson, Pa., the daughter of Al?(rest of first name unreadable) and Minnie Brown Wiles.“
Elaine H. Heysham is still alive, living in Elkland, Pennsylvania. Nearby, if not with, her sister, Pauline.

Kenneth's children were,
(28) Randy J. Heysham (c1950)
(28) Rodney Heysham (c1950), children of both: Amy, Marty, Bryan and Brandon Heysham
(28) Diane Heysham (c1950)

(28) Randy J. Heysham (c1950)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821) (25) Samuel Rathbun Heysham (1859) (26) Eldred J. Heysham (1897) (27) Kenneth Heysham (1923)

Of Elkland, Pennsylvania. Randy J. Heysham lives on Back Elkland road, Nelson, Pennsylvania. I have a Randy Jay Heysham in an item about hospital admissions in the 25 April 1968 Wellsboro Gazette. "Baby girl to Randy and Sharon D. Thompkins Heysham of Elkland." - from the 25 December 1969 Wellsboro Gazette.

I have a Randy Heysham, of Nelson, who is a bow-hunter of deer. That sounds like our man, though he was hunting in Hancock, Illinois at the time. I think Randy has sons, named Randy and Marty.

Randy Heysham resided in Nov 1997 in Nelson, Tioga Co., Pennsylvania. He was married to Sharon Yes. Children were: Marty Jay Heysham.

(29) Marty Jay Heysham

I have a Marty Heysham of 1112 Mead Rd, Woodhull, New York 14898-9697. This is near Big Flats, about 25 miles east of Wellsville. Marty Jay Heysham graduated in 1990 in Elkland Area High Scool, Elkland, Pennsylvania. He was a night manager with Wegman's super marker in Nov 1997 in Corning, Steuben Co., New York. Parents: Randy Heysham and Sharon. He was married to Wendy Anne Duvall on 1 Nov 1997 in Painted Post, Steuben Co., New York.

(28) Rodney Heysham (c1950)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821) (25) Samuel Rathbun Heysham (1859) (26) Eldred J. Heysham (1897) (27) Kenneth Heysham (1923)

Of Elkland, Pennsylvania. Rodney Heysham lives lives with his brother, Randy, on Back Elkland road, Nelson Pa.

(28) Diane Heysham (c1950)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821) (25) Samuel Rathbun Heysham (1859) (26) Eldred J. Heysham (1897) (27) Kenneth Heysham (1923)

She married Larry Harris of Lindley, N.Y., children Holly and Wendy. Diane wrote me recently,

"My daughter somehow found your article online and just sent it to me. It is very interesting as my name is Diane (Heysham) Gill and my father was Kenneth Heysham, twin brother of Keith Heysham, sons of Eldred Heysham of Nelson, PA. Some of your information is incorrect on our branch of the family, but you have done a fantastic job of research. I know when I was a little girl, people in Nelson pronounced our name as Hessum while our family pronounces it as Hesh' um. Without reading through this again, which branch of the family are you related to? I was previously married to Larry Harris of Lindley, NY but we divorced and I am married to Paul Gill. We live at 422 County Route 101, Addison, NY. But the actual location is 2 miles from Elkland, PA."
Later she wrote,
"Both of my brothers (Randy and Rodney Heysham) live on Barney Hill Road (where the milk wagon incident took place). My father bought a big parcel of land just over the hill from the original Heysham families' farms. He made a gravel pit out of part of the land and Randy lives on the west side and Rodney on the right. Randy has been in Bowhunter Magazine and lives to hunt. Rod restores muscle cars and has something like 30 of them. The Heyshams originally owned alot of land and it all connected. Don't know if someone bought the entire thing, then gave parts to family members. My grandfather Eldred was a dairy farmer, had a sawmill, and also an auto repair shop on the farm. He was a mechanical genius and dad always said that Eldred had drawn blueprints for a jet propulsion engine before anyone else invented them. It is so interesting that so many Heyshams went to college. And many went to Mansfield (PA) including me. I graudated with a teaching degree in secondary education with a major in French. I did not teach after graduation as I helped my first husband's family in the dairy and school bus business. After my divorce, I went to graduate school, again at Mansfield, and got my Masters Degree in Special Education. I have been teaching for the past 12 years and loved it. I got hurt (tripped over my dog) and had major shoulder surgery a year ago which took 6 months to get full use of it. I decided to not go back to teaching and am now retired. My husband and I raise American Quarter Horses and sell the foals/offspring. I also have Australian Shepherd dogs."


Other Elkland Heyshams:

Heysham, Bryan. Rr 1, Osceola, PA 16942-9801. This is just outside Elkland, to the west.

(27) Effie Heysham (1926)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821) (25) Samuel Rathbun Heysham (1859) (26) Eldred J. Heysham (1897)

She was born on 7 May 1926 in Nelson. In the 1930 census of Nelson township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania as Effie A. Heysham [Hysham in Ancestry.com], 3 4/12, born in Pennsylvania. In 1948 she was still going by the name of Effie Heysham, that is, she was not married. She married John Antonio. She died in May 1981 in Tioga, Pennsylvania.

(25) Jessie M. Heysham (1862)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821)

Or Jesse. A daughter, she was born on 3 April 1862 in Nelson, Tioga county, Pennsylvania. In the 1870 census of Nelson township as Jesse Heysham [Hryshaw in Ancestry.com], 8. In 1880 census of Nelson township as Jessie Heysham, 19. She died on 18 December 1883 and was buried the Addison Hill-Woods Corner cemetery in Tuscarora, New York. Her obituary.

"Miss Jesse Heysham
At Nelson, Pa., December 18, 1883, of typhoid fever, Jesse, daughter of William and Eliza Heysham, aged 21 years." - from "The Wellsboro Agitator" of 1 January 1884
An inscription for her is on the obverse side of her parents' tombstone.

(25) William K. Heysham (1865)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) William Heysham (1821)

He was born in 1865 in Tioga county, Pennsylvania. In the 1870 census of Nelson township, Tioga county as Willie Heysham [Hryshaw in Ancestry.com], 5. In 1880 census of Nelson township as Willie Heysham, 15.

Listed as "Heysham, William K., r 2, tobacco grower, 4 acres and farmer, estate of William 200." Living with him was his mother, Heysham, Eliza, r 2, widow William." - from the "Nelson Borough Directory"

"Quite an exciting runaway took place here last Wednesday afternoon. W.K. Heysham was delivering tobacco at the depot, and left his horses for a few moments. They started to run and came crashing down the street, stewing the boxes of tobacco all along the road. Had it not been for the large telegraph pole they would have dashed right into the Postoffice building. They broke loose from the wagon and were thrown on the platform of the building. When will men learn to securely look after their teams? This is the second team that has run from the depot within a few weeks." - from the 6 May 1896 Wellsboro Agitator

In the 1900 census of Nelson township as Wm Heysham [Heyslaur in Ancestry.com], a 35 year old [January 1865] farmer. Living with him was his mother, Eliza, a 76 [March 1834] widow. Also living with him were two servants and an in-law, Sanford Bates, a 67 year old widower. This must be Eliza's brother. William's brother, Samuel, lived next door.

William married Ida M., of New York, in about 1906. In the 1908 directory William was listed as a farmer & sub carrier R F D No 1. O 100 R 1 Elkland H 2 F T. Was a sub carrier a postman?

"Mr. William Heysham is moving to Elkland. He has sold his farm to his brother Sam. Heysham [Samuel Rathburn Heysham]." - from the 12 May 1909 Wellsboro Agitator.

In the 1910 census of Nelson township, Tioga county as William K. Heysham, a 45 year old farmer. Living with him was his wife, Ida M., 45. She had one child, but none living at that time. They had been married 4 years. This was her third marriage and his first.

William died in 1915 at the age of 50. Ida died in 1951. Both were buried in the Highland cemetery, Elkland Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. They had no children.

(24) C. “Perces” Heysham (1823)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800)

Her first name might be Cornelia. Probably a daugher of John Heysham, of Canisteo township, Steuben county, New York. She was born in about 1823 in Canisteo township, Steuben county, New York. She married Hezekiah G. Bowdish in about 1846. He was born 17 September 1817 in Clarence, Erie county, New York, the son of James and Abigail Cummings Bowdish. Her children were Sarah A. and James A. Bowdish. She died after 1855 in Farmington township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania. Hezekiah died after 1883.

(24) Elizabeth G. Heysham (1824)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800)

Possibly a daughter of John. I have an Eliza Heysham, born in 1824 and died in 1881. She was buried near her supposed brother, William, and nieces, Jessie and Arvilla in the Addison Hill-Woods Corner cemetery, Tuscarora, Steuben county, New York. I do not see her in any census.

(24) Washington Heysham (1832)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800)

He was born in about 1832. Washington's father remarried in 1838 and the boy moved out. He was not living with his folks at the time of the 1840 census, even though he was only 8 years old. He didn't take up the Heysham name until 1870, though in the 1880 census he reverted to Hessam.

In the 1850 census of Canisteo township, Steuben county, New York as Washington Hessum, an 18 year old farmer, of New York. He was a boarder in the home of Auson Frisby. He was probably a hired hand.

In the 1860 census of . . .

He married Lydia A. sometime after 1860. In the 1870 cenus of Brookfield township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania as George Heysham [Heyshaw in Ancestry.com], a 38 year old sawyer [sawed wood, i.e. lumberman], of New York. Living with him was his wife, Lydia, 40. They had no children. I think this is our man because of his wife's name & age and my assumption that his true name was George Washington Heysham. Note that his half-brother, George, is already accounted for in the 1870 census and his wife's name as listed, Jane, is corraborated by her tombstone.

In the 1880 Federal census of Westfield Township, Tioga County as Washington Hessam [Hassam in Ancestry.com], a 47 year old farmer, born in New York. His wife was a Lydia A. [Eudia in Ancestry.com], 50, and an adopted daughter, Martha Atwell, 14, who was attending school. Martha was the daughter of James E. Atwell, a Civil War veteran and a wanderer who abandoned his daughter. I would guess that, unable to have a child of their own, they adopted Martha.

From an article in the Mansfield Advertisor, reported on 29 January 1896, "Washington Heysham of Westfield died in Potter county of a log accident, bro. of William H. of Nelson." Note that William, his elder brother, died the next year. Potter county is due west of Tioga county, Pennsylvania.

(24) George Heysham (1840)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800)

As Hessum, Hessam, Heysham [1861], Hessham, Hysom. He was born in March 1840 in New York state, the son of John and his second wife. "Of" Osceola, Pennsylvania. In the 1850 census of Canisteo township, Steuben county, New York as George Hessum [Hepum in Ancestry.com], 12, living at home with his parents, born in New York.

In the 1860 Federal census of Osceola township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania, as George Hessam, a 35 [sic] year old farm laborer, born in Pennsylvania. While this is too old for our George, I can't help thinking this is our man. Note that after the war George settled in, or returned to, Osceola township. He was a farm laborer living on the farm of Hoyt Tubbs.

George Heysham [Huysham in Ancestry.com] enlisted as a Private in Company L, 2nd Cavalry Pennsylvania Regiment on 19 October 1861. Company L was recruited in Tioga county, Pennsylvania.

The 2nd Pennsylvania Cavalry

This regiment was recruited in the fall of 1861 in various sections of the State, but principally in Philadelphia and in the counties of Crawford and Tioga, and rendezvoused at Camp Patterson, six miles from Philadelphia. In April the Regiment moved to Washington and encamped on Capitol Hill, near the Congressional Cemetery. Here the regiment finally received their mounts and were drilled in cavalry maneuvers. The troopers were issued Sharps Carbines and .44 Colt revolvers.

At the end of June they advanced into Virginia and, after many marches, it was placed on the extreme right of the line of pickets on the Rapidan. The enemy made a descent upon the picket line on the 7th, and a brisk skirmish ensued in which private Dobbins was killed, three men wounded, and two taken prisoners. The command fell slowly back to the camp at Madison. The enemy charged the camp, severing communication with the main body of the army, and compelled the command to retreat sixty miles across the mountains to Woodville.

The cavalry was constantly scouting and frequently skirmished with the enemy as it was pushed back and compelled to retire across the Rappahannock. The whole force of the enemy, relieved from the pressure of General McClellan on the Peninsula, was thrown against General Pope, who after fighting the desperate battle at Cedar Mountain, retired towards Bull Run. On 1 September the regiment repulsed an attack at Chantilly by Jeb Stuart's Cavalry during a furious rain storm.

On the 17th a detachment of the regiment moved in search of General Ewell and his body-guard, one hundred strong, who were reported at Aldie. Passing along the Bull Run Mountains dispositions were made to attack. Half of the force was dismounted, and a heavy advance guard thrown forward. Before the attack could be made Ewell heard the approach and fled, but two officers of his staff and three men of his guard were captured. "Five rebels," says Captain Seip, were captured by a stuttering bugler, who proposed to surrender himself, but it took him such a long time to stammer out the word surrender, that the rebels mistook his meaning and surrendered themselves instead. The bugler called loudly for help, and gained great credit for the achievement."

On the 20th, Colonel Price with three regiments of cavalry and a battery, nine hundred strong, moved towards Ashby's Gap to capture a rebel wagon train. On the way he had a brisk skirmish with the Sixth Virginia Cavalry, routing it and capturing the commander, Lieutenant Colonel Greene, and wounding two Lieutenants and fifty men.

On 16 October they moved in pursuit of Stuart's Cavalry, then reported to be at Warrenton. It proceeded to Aldie, and thence to Middleburg, Rectortown and Salem, where intelligence was received of the capture of a subsistence train at Haymarket by a body of rebels, four hundred strong, who were endeavoring to hold Thoroughfare Gap. They immediately started in pursuit via White Plains, and charged through the gap, driving the enemy through Gainesville and New Baltimore to Warrenton, where a brigade of the enemy was drawn up to check his further advance. A brisk skirmish ensued resulting in a loss of two killed and ten wounded. One hundred of the enemy were captured. The command then fell back to Centreville.

On the 2d of November an advance of the entire corps was made and when arrived in the vicinity of Bull Run rapid firing was heard in the direction of Aldie, indicating the advance of Bayard. On the 3d the command occupied Gainesville, and on the following morning approached New Baltimore, where a force of the enemy was encountered, who retreated before the regiment's skirmishers to Warrenton. A sharp fight here occurred, in which the skirmishers, after offering determined resistance, fell back, the enemy eagerly pursuing, until the brigade drawn up in line opened upon him, inflicting considerable loss.

The regiment was almost constantly engaged in scouting until the 28th of December. Early on the morning of that day Captain Chauncey, with on hundred and fifty men, crossed the Occoquan, and fell into an ambuscade, the enemy being three thousand strong, under Wade Hampton. A stout resistance was made and the fight raged fiercely for some time, but the regiment was at length overpowered by superior force. The enemy closely pursued it across the river and captured and destroyed its camp. Lieutenant Leche of company D was killed, and Lieutenant Thomas G. Snyder of Company F was mortally wounded and soon after died a prisoner. Dr. Weidman suffered himself to be captured, that he might care for the wounded of the regiment. Its loss was fully one hundred in killed, wounded, and missing.

George was captured in November 1862, probably in the skirmishing recounted above.

"George Hessham, Oct. 19 '61, Co. L 2nd Pa. cav.; captured Nov. '62, paroled and exchanged; discharged on surgeon's certificate for injury." - from "Osceola Township" by Charles Tubbs
It is impossible to tell how long George was in captivity and when he got exchanged. A parole was, strictly speaking, a release upon a promise to not serve again as a combatant. This was, however, widely disregarded. On 24 August 1863 Private George Heysham was discharged and received recognition for Distinguished Service.

I have a Corporal George Hysom in Company E, 13th Regiment, a militia unit. George may have mustered with this unit after his discharge from the cavalry.

George was awarded a pension, based on his status as an invalid, on 15 December 1864. In about 1865 George married Jane. She was born on 1 June 1845. In the 1870 census of Elkland, Osceola township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania as George Heysham, a 30 year old laborer, born in New York. Living with him were his wife, Jane, 24, of New York, and children, George Jr., 4, and John, 2.

"The G.A.R. Post, No. 49 [the A.J. Sofield post], at this place has reorganized and is running in fine order -- New members are being mustered, and everythings looks well for the future. The annual election took place last Tuesday evening with the following result: Com., O.S. Kimball; . . . O. G. Geo. Heysham;" - from the 25 November 1877 Wellsboro Agitator of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. O.G. referred to Officer of the Guard. He held this office through at least 1883.

The GAR

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army who had served in the American Civil War. The GAR was among the first organized interest groups in American politics

Jane died, according to her tombstone, on 30 January 1880.

Listed as "Heysham, George, r 2 102, farmer on share for G Barker and E R Tubbs, 100." Living with him were his sons, "Heysham George, r 1 1-2, laborer" and "Heysham, John, laborer, h Holden." - from the "Osceola Borough Directory"

In the 1880 census of Osceola township as Geo. Heysham [Hepham in Ancestry.com], a 42 year old laborer, of New York. Living with him were his children, George Jr., 14, and Jonathan, 13, both of Pennsylvania. This census was taken on 5 June 1880.

George Heysham, of Osceola, Pennsylvania, then married Laura Abbott on 18 July 1880 in Troupsburgh, Steuben county, New York. They were married by O.L. McFarland, Esq., that is, a lawyer in a civil ceremony. Her date of birth / death are unknown, though I suspect the latter is around 1882 [George was never slow to remarry]. They appear to have had no children.

George then, according to the Mansfield Advertiser, was married to Lovina [Levina, Lavina] E. Barnhart of Osceola on 29 November 1882 by the Reverend W. Taylor. Lovina may have been married previously. There was a Frank J. Barnhart, born in about 1879, who was, in his obituary, identified as the brother of Logan and Mabel Heysham, George's children with Lovina. So what was Lovina's maiden name?

"-- Mr. George Heysham, of Osceola, put his faith on a mule he was riding through the streets of that borough one day last week. The animal was frightened at a piece of paper and threw its rider. Mr. Heysham struck [sic] on his head and was picked up unconscious, but recovered after a time." - from the 16 October 1883 Wellsboro Agitator.

"Mr. George Heysham, of this place, tells me he has a three-year-old grade Holstein heifer whose milk made, in five consecutive days, ending December 12th, nine pounds of butter." - from the 19 January 1886 Wellsboro Agitator.

In the 1890 Veterans Schedules of Osceola, Tioga county as George Heysham, Private, Company L, 2nd Regiment, Pennsylvania, Cavalry, 16 October 1861, 24 August 1863, 1, 10, 8. Also in the 1890 Veterans Schedules of Osceola, Tioga county was Levina E. Heysham, "formerly widow of Wesley C. Barnhart," -, Company L, 2nd Regiment, Pennsylvania, -, 26 February 1864, 20 July 1865, 1, 5, 25. Why the different dates for Levina? These dates weren't for Wesley, he enlisted as a Private in Company A, 171st Pennsylvania Infantry regiment on 10 November 1862 and was mustered out on 8 August 1863.

"Mr. George Heysham lost a son a few days ago. The funeral was held in the Methodist church on Sunday." - from the 6 March 1895 Wellsboro Agitator. Who was this?

In the 1900 census of Osceola township as George Heysham, a 60 year old [March 1840] farmer. Living with him were his wife, Lovina E., 46 [August 1853], and children, Logan A., 13 [January 1887], and Mable, 9 [February 1891]. Also living with him was his brother-in-law, [garbled] Barnhart, 21. Lovina and George had been married for 18 years. Lovina had 6 children, of whom 5 were still living.

According to her tombstone, Lovina died on 21 December 1900 at the age of 45. The following I find quite sad. It appears that after the death of Lovina George put her two surviving children in the Soldiers' Orphans’ School, Mansfield, Tioga county. This was an orphanage. Burt and Gertrude, we know, were already dead by this time and George Jr. and John, Jane's sons, were on their own.

"George Heysham of Osceola, has been committed to jail charged with trover and conversion." - from the 3 June 1903 Wellsboro Agitator. Trover is a form of lawsuit for the recovery of damages for the wrongful taking of personal property. Conversion deals with the unjustified and willful interference with the personal property of another.

George married Leafy in about 1904. Sometime after this George took his daughter, Mabel, out of the orphanage. Logan left on his own.

"The 19th annual reunion of Co. L, 2nd Pa Cavalry, was held in Elkland last Wednesday, the meeting being called to order by President J. B. Howe. The following members of the Company were present . . . George Heysham." - from the 5 June 1907 Wellsboro Agitator.

In the 1908 Farmers Directory as George Heysham, with a wife, Leafy A. [I think A. refers to her last name since later she was also called Leafy C. Heysham]. He was a farmer with an address of WOS 90 R. 1 Osceola H2.

A 1908 newspaper article mentions a Mr. Harry Loughbridge and wife, of Galeton, who were visting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Heysham. The woman, unnamed, was either an otherwise unknown daughter of George, or the result of a previous marriage of Lovina.

In the 1910 census of Osceola township as George Heysham [Hess in Ancestry.com, the handwriting is very bad], a 72 year old farmer. Living with him were his wife, Leafy A., 55, and his daughter, Mabel L, a 19 year old dressmaker in a shop. This was George's 4th marriage and Leafy's third. They had been married for 6 years.

George died in 1914. "George Heysham, of Osceola, died at his home on Norway Ridge last Friday afternoon. he was a veteran of the Civil War, being a member of Company H, 2nd Penna. Cavalry. He is survived by his widow and two sons." - from the 31 December 1914 Wellsboro Gazette.

Civil war pension records refer to the widow of George Heysham as Leafy C. Heysham. There are two claims, one as an invalid [this is probably George's claim] on 15 December 1864. The other is for the widow, dated 28 November 1916. George was buried in the Old Osceola & Fairview Cemetery, Osceola, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The tombstone transcriber indicated that George had a "Rev. War" marker, but certainly he meant Civil War. There was no stone for George, and hence no date of birth or death. There are tombstones for Jane B. and Lovina Heysham, both of which indicate George was their husband.

In the 1920 census for the New York State Women's Relief Corps Home was George's widow, Leafy C. Heysham, a 69 year old inmate.

New York State Women's Relief Corps Home

Efforts by the Grand Army of the Republic, a service organization, and their auxilary, the Women's Relief Corps, to help veterans and their wives began in response to a poem called "What Will Poor Betsy Do?" It was printed to arouse interest in providing for veterans wives. Veterans were eligible to live at the New York State Soldiers and Sailors Home in Bath, but there was no provision for the wives of veterans. The poem about the fictitious Betsy was instrumental in enacting legislation in 1894 that made a home a reality for the veteran and his wife. The New York State Veteran's Home was opened in 1897 in Oxford, Chenango county, New York.

It was at first called the "New York State Home for the Aged and Dependent Veteran and His Wife, Veteran's Mothers, Widows, and Army Nurses." This name was wisely shortened to the Women's Relief Corps Home. The name was changed to the New York State Veterans Home during the 1970s.

I suspect that Leafy was buried at the veteran's home in Oxford.

George and Jane's children were,
(25) George H. Heysham Jr. (1866)
(25) John Albert Heysham (1868)
(25) Gertrude Heysham (1878)

George and Levina's children were,
(25) Burt B. Heysham (1884)
(25) Logan A. Heysham (1887)
(25) Mabel L. Heysham (1891)

(25) George H. Heysham Jr. (1866)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) George Heysham (1840)

The son of Jane and George, born in Pennsylvania in about 1866. In the 1870 census of Elkland, Osceola township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania as George Heysham Jr., 4. In the 1880 census of Osceola township as Geo. Heysham Jr. [Hepham in Ancestry.com], 14, of Pennsylvania.

George married Alma in about 1885. The 1899 Osceola, Tioga county Directory of Hanford lists a George Heysham, r 2 1-2 [reference to number of the road on which the party resides], farmer on shares for G Barker and E R Tubbs, 100 acres [leased]. I assume 'on shares' means that George was farming someone else's land, i.e. a sharecropper. I'll guess that this is George Jr. vice his father for two reasons. His brother, John Heysham, was also listed with him in the directory and because he's leasing land. George Sr. must have owned his own land by this time.

In the 1900 census of Osceola as George Heysham [Heytham in Ancestry.com], a 34 year old [1866] day laborer. Living with him were his wife, Alma, 30 [June 1869], and children Bertha, 14 [January 1886], and Jennie, 12 [September 1888], all of whom were born in Pennsylvania. George and Alma had been married 15 years. Alma had 2 children, both living.

In the 1910 census of Osceola as George H. Heysham [Higson in Ancestry.com], a 44 year old laborer in the Cannery [?, garbled]. Living with him was his wife, Alma D., 41, of New York. She had 2 children, of whom 1 was still living. Bertha died in 1904.

George H. Heysham died in 1912 and was buried in the Fairview cemetery in Osceola, Tioga county, Pennsylvania. George's tombstone shows him as born in 1869, but that can't be right based on the 1870 census.

Alma next married a Baker, though I don't know who at this point. There is a reference to an Alma Heysham Baker and husband in the Wellsboro Agitator in 1920.

George's children were,
(26) Bertha Heysham (1886)
(26) Jennie Heysham (1887)

(26) Bertha Heysham (1886)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) George Heysham (1840) (25) George H. Heysham Jr. (1866)

In the 1900 census of Osceola as Bertha Heysham [Heytham in Ancestry.com], 14 [January 1886], born in Pennsylvania. She died in 1904.

(26) Jennie Heysham (1887)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) George Heysham (1840) (25) George H. Heysham Jr. (1866)

Pictured to the left. In the 1900 census of Osceola as Jennie Heysham [Heytham in Ancestry.com], 12 [September 1888], born in Pennsylvania. Her real name was apparently Jane. I believe she married Henry William Loughridge. She died in 1959.

(25) John Albert Heysham (1868)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) George Heysham (1840)

The son of Jane and George, born in Pennsylvania. In the 1870 census of Elkland, Osceola township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania as John Heysham, 2. In the 1880 census of Osceola township as Jonathan Heysham [Hepham in Ancestry.com], 13, of Pennsylvania.

"Mr. John Heysham was plowing near Nelson a few days ago when he turned up a Spanish coin dated 1791." - from the 4 July 1894 Wellsboro Agitator.

"Mr. John Heysham, of Mansfield, was building a fence a few days ago, when a staple flew from a glancing blow of his hammer and struck him in the mouth, knocking out several of his front teeth." - from the 19 May 1897 Wellsboro Agitator

John married Lily Bell Gleason in about 1898, but things weren't rosy for the young couple. "The Osceola correspondent of the Elkland Journal says that Mr. John Heysham, of Osceola, attempted to commit suicide last week Sundary afternoon by swallowing a quantity of carbolic acid and he would undoubtedly have succeeded but for the prompt work of a physcian. It is reported that domestic trouble caused the man to take the dose." - from the 5 October 1898 Wellsboro Agitator.

The 1899 Osceola, Tioga county Directory of Hanford lists a John Heysham, living in the village of Osceola in 1899, 'laborer, h Holden.' The latter means he lived in the house of a Mr. Holden, who was probably his employer. From "Tri-Counties Genealogy & History" by Joyce M. Tice lists Tioga county, Pennsylvania birth records from 1893 to 1901.

Name of child - Ruth Heysham, date of birth - 11/27/1899, place of birth - Holden street, Osceola, sex - F, color - W, father - John Heysham, mother - Lily Bell Heysham, residence - Holden street, Osceola, occupation - Laborer, date of record - 12/27/1899
In the 1900 census of Osceola as Lillie Heysham, a 20 year old [January 1880] servant. With her was her daughter, Ruth, 4/12 [December 1899]. Lillie was living with her parents, Charles and Lucy A. Gleason, on Holden street. She was shown as having been married for 2 years, with one child. There is no indication of where John was, or whether dead or divorced.

"The following divorce matters were acted upon:
Lettie [sic] Belle Heysham against John Albert Heysham; subpoena awarded." - from the 6 August 1902 Wellsboro Agitator.
"Lillie Belle Heysham against John Albert Heysham; Sheriff directed to make proclamation." - from the 4 February 1903 Wellsboro Agitator.

I don't see either John or Lily in the 1910 census. This probably means that John died in 1900 and Lily remarried.

John's children were,
(26) Ruth Heysham (1868)

(26) Ruth Heysham (1868)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) George Heysham (1840) (25) John Albert Heysham (1868)

In the 1900 census of Osceola as Ruth Heysham, 4/12 [December 1899]. She was living with her mother in her grandfather Gleason's house.

(25) Gertrude Heysham (1878)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) George Heysham (1840)

The daughter of Jane and George. She was born on 25 June 1878 and died on 11 May 1879. She was buried in the Osceola & Fairview Cemetery, Osceola Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

(25) Burt B. Heysham (1884)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) George Heysham (1840)

He was born on 12 August 1884 and died on 22 February 1895 at the age of 10. "Mr. George Heysham lost a son a few days ago. The funeral was held in the Methodist church on Sunday." - from the 6 March 1895 Wellsboro Agitator. He was buried in the Osceola & Fairview Cemetery, Osceola Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.


(25) Logan Alexander Heysham (1887)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) George Heysham (1840)

He was born on 24 January 1887 in New York state, the son of Lovina and George. In the 1900 census of Osceola township as Logan A. Heysham, 13 [January 1887], and Mable, 9 [February 1891]. His mother died on 21 December 1900 and he was put into an orphanage.

He was admitted to the Orphan's school in Uniontown on 22 January 1901, at the age of 14. His Father was still living, but his mother was listed as deceased. I suspect that even if his father didn't pull him out of the orphanage when he remarried, Logan would not have stayed long, leaving as soon as he could hold a job.

Soldiers Orphans Home

The home was founded on 1 October 1867 in Mansfield borough, Tioga county, Pennsylvania, and was was orignally the home of 50 boys and girls. In 1872 a farm of 150 acres near the borough was purchased to give employment and instruction to the boys.

Logan married Elizabeth Put in about 1907. In the 1910 census of Galeton, Potter county, Pennsylvania as Logan Heysham. Living with him was his wife, Elizabeth, who was born in 1888. Potter county is just west of Tioga county on the Pennsylvania-New York line. His brother-in-law, Alton Put, age 12, was also living with him.

Logan Alexander Heysham [Hyshaw in Ancestry.com] registered for the draft in June 1918 in Galeton, Potter county, Pennsylvania at the age of 30. He indicated that he was born on 24 January 1887 in Osceola, Pennsylanvia [sic]. He was married and was working on the B & S [Buffalo and Susquehanna] railroad in Galeton. He was described at of medium height and build, with blue eyes and brown hair.

The Buffalo & Susquehanna Railroad

This was a regional railroad straddling the New York - Pennsylvania border. It supported a large timber operation, as well as coke and coal mining, in north central Pennsylvania and ran through Galeton and Wellsville to Buffalo. At its height the railroad had more than 400 miles of track.

The railroad, however quickly ran into trouble and in 1916 a deal was struck to sell the rail, bridges and other steel from the line between Wellsville and Buffalo to the French, who needed the material for the war. The line up to Galeton and Wellsville continued to operate and in 1932 was purchased by the Baltimore & Ohio railroad. Below is an undated photograph of B&S engine 272. It was built in 1903 by the Brooks Locomotive Works and operated until 1941.

In the 1920 census of Galeton as Logan Heysham [Heyshan in Ancestry.com], a 32 year old conductor [? garbled] on the B.S.RR. Living with him were his wife, Elizabeth, 31, of New York, and his mother-in-law, Sarah Put, a 56 year old widow.

At the time of the reunion in 1926, mentioned at right, Logan was still living in Galeton, Pennsylvania.

In the 1930 census of Galeton borough, Potter county, Pennsylvania as Logan A. Heysham, a 43 year old. He was divorced, living with his son, George, 8. His occupation was a trainman with the railroad. He had first been married at the age of 20, or in 1907. If that was so, then his son, George, was born late, or 15 years after Logan was first married.

"Police Officer Logan Heysham, of Galeton" was mentioned in a report in the 21 February 1940 Wellsboro Agitator.

His wife still went by the name of Mrs. Logan A. Heysham as late as 22 October 1943, per the Williamsport, Pennsylvania Gazette and Bulletin of that date.

In 1947 Logan Heysham of Galeton was fined $25 on charges of disturbing traps in Trout Run. - from the 28 October 1947 Williamsport, Pennsylvania Gazette and Bulletin.


(26) George A. Heysham (1922)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) George Heysham (1840) (25) Logan Alexander Heysham (1887)

He was born on 12 January 1922, probably in Galeton, Pennsylvania. His middle initial may be for Alexander, as with his father. In the 1930 census of Galeton borough, Potter county, Pennsylvania as George Heysham, 8 years old and living with his father.

I have another George A. Heysham in the 1930 census, for Lawrenceville borough, Tioga county, dated 2 April 1930. He was listed as a step-son, living with Dr. Michael R. Long and his wife, Elizabeth H. Long, who I assume was his mother. Is it possible he was counted twice? Once living with his father and once with his mother Elizabeth [Put] H. [Heysham] Long?

He served in the Navy during World War II.

In a newspaper article about a dispute over an automobile, an Alberta Savant, a 20 year-old Wave [its not clear, but I think she was a 3rd Class Yeoman] working at the Oakland Naval Supply Depot, noted that the only trips she had made in the car had been "to visit her fiance, George Heysham, 25, a discharged sailor who operates a restaurant at 4119 Telegraph Avenue . . ." - from the 30 April 1946 Oakland Tribune. This appears to be our George. His age and occupation are correct. I wonder if he was a cook in the Navy? I wonder if he married Alberta?

At some point George moved to Tennessee where he opened a restaurant, a 'meat-and-three,' left, in Bellevue, Tennessee. Bellevue is just southwest of Nashville. 'Meat and three' appears to be a southern term for homecooking, southern style. It includes an entree and three vegetables, plus a bread, most often cornbread or biscuits. George died on 3 June 1999 in Nashville, Davidson county, Tennessee.

(25) Mabel L. Heysham (1891)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) George Heysham (1840)

She was born on 20 February 1891 [Social Security shows 1890]. In the 1900 census of Osceola township as Mable Heysham, 9 [February 1891]. Her mother died on 21 December 1900 and she was put into orphanage. She was admitted to the Orphan's school on 22 January 1901, almost 10 years old. Unlike her brother, Logan, unless taken from the school by her remarried father, she would have had many weary years in the orphanage. In fact, she was still there in 1904, though her brother was not. From the "Annual Report of the Pennsylvania Commission of Soldiers' Orphan Schools for the Year Ending May 31, 1904,"

Name: Mabel L. Heysham, Date of Birth: 20 February 1891, Date of Admission: 22 January 1901, School: U [?], Father: L[iving], Mother: D[ead], Name of Father: George Heysham, Rank: Pvt., Company: L, Regiment: 2d, State: Pa. Cav., Application by: George Heysham, P.O. Address of Applicant: Osceola.

In the 1910 census of Osceola township as Mabel L. Heysham [Hess in Ancestry.com], a 19 year old dressmaker in a shop. She was finally living back at home with her father, George Sr., and step-mother, Leafy.

In the 1920 census of Osceola as Mable L. Heysham [Hegstrom in Ancestry.com], a 28 year old servant in the house of Alvin Hartman.

The 1930 census of Corning town, Steuben county, New York lists as Mabel Heysham, 37 year old cook for a private family. She was single. She died on 23 November 1979 while living in Lucas, Wood county, Ohio, near Toledo. Apparently she never married.

(24) Hiram Heysham (1842)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800)

As Hessum, Hessen, Heysham [1870], and Hisom. He was born on 16 February 1842 in Howard township, Steuben county, New York. In the 1850 census of Canisteo township, Steuben county, New York as Hiram Hessum [Hepum in Ancestry.com], 8, living at home with his parents, born in New York.

In the 1860 census of Canisteo township, Steuben county as Hiram Hessen, a 19 year old farm laborer living in the house of Elisha Thomas. When his father died the family apparently scattered. He later moved on into Pennsylvania.

Hiram married Adlaside Joseph in about 1867 and a son, Ernest was born a year later. She was born on 19 September 1847. In the 1870 census of Elkland post office, Brookfield township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania as Hiram Heysham [Heyshaw in Ancestry.com], a 27 year old farmer and laborer, of New York. Living with him were his wife, Adelaide, 24, and son, Ernest, 2, both of Pennsylvania.

Adelaide died on 25 August 1879. Hiram must have moved to the New York side of the border at this time, for he then married Viola West in 1880 in New York. Viola was born on 4 April 1864 in Alfred, New York, the daughter of Vanburen West and Lucy Cornelius, both of New York. The Cornelius and West families had been in Allegany county since at least 1850.

In the 1880 census of Wellsville, Alleghany [the name varies in Ancestry.com between Alleghany and Allegany] county, New York as Hiram Hisom, a 41 year old farmer. Living with him were his wife, Viola, 17, and children, Earnest, 15, and Susan, 5. There are some oddities here. While Hisom is one of the usual variations on the name, both Hiram and his son, Ernest, are three years too old. This discrepancy isn't too unusual, but Hiram and his parents are shown as born in Maine! Viola was shown as born in New York, but her parents were also born in Maine! How likely is that? The children were born in New York, which is also wrong for Ernest. How to reconcile this? The only thing I can imagine is that the census taker simply got the states wrong, perhaps while transcribing from his field notes into the master census document. I cannot believe that the Hiram, Viola and Ernest Heysham/Hessam we were looking for in Wellsville, see the 1900-1930 census below, are not the Hiram, Viola and Ernest Hisom we see in the 1880 census. Add to this that Viola's parents, Vanburen [Vanburon in Ancestry.com] and Lucy West, are recorded on the same page of the census as Hiram and Viola Hisom.

Hiram apparently lived variously in Pennsylvania and New York throughout the period from 1868, when he was in Pennsylvania for the birth of Ernest, to 1880 when he was in New York to marry Viola, and to 1883 and 1888 for the birth of Lewis and Harrison in Pennsylvania, and finally to New York in 1898 for the birth of Vinah.

In the 1900 census of Alma township, Allegany county, New York as Hiram C. Heysham [Heyshin in Ancestry.com], a 57 year old farmer, of New York. It actually says that he's 67 [February 1833], but this is clearly a mistake when compared with the census above and below. Living with him were his wife, Viola A., 36 [April 1864], and children, Lewis, 15 [October 1884], Harrison, 11, [August 1888], Herbert, 6 [November 1893], and Vinah, 2 [March 1898]. Hiram and Viola had been married for 20 years. She had 5 children, of which 4 were still living.

In the 1910 census of Wellsville, Allegany county, New York as Hiram Heysham, a 67 year old farmer. Living with him were his wife, Viola, 46, and children, Harrison, a 21 year old laborer, and Herbert, a 16 year old laborer, who were born in Pennsylvania, and Vinah, 12, who was born in New York. This was listed as Hiram's second marriage and Viola's first. She had 5 children, of whom 4 were still living.

Viola died on 5 April 1911 in Wellsville, New York.

In the 1920 census of Wellsville as Hiram Heysham, a 77 year old laborer, Of New York. He was a widower. His son, Herbert, a 26 year old machine man in an upholstering [garbled], of Pennsylvania, was living with him.

Hiram died on 28 December 1922 in Wellsville. Hiram and Viola were buried at Woodlawn cemetary in Wellsville.

Howard, New York

Located in Steuben county, the town of Howard was founded in 1812. It is best known for its dairy farming.

Wellesville, New York

Located in Allegheny county, in the Gennesee valley, the town of Wellsville was founded in 1856. Interestingly, the first settler recorded as dying in the area was a Thomas Brink in 1807. Could this be a member of the Lower Smithfield Brink family? Small world, ain't it?

The children of Hiram and Adelaide were,
(25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868)
(25) Susan Heysham (1875)

The children of Hiram and Viola were,
(25) Lewis Heysham (1883)
(25) Harrison Heysham (1888)
(25) Herbert Heysham (1893)
(25) Vinah Heysham (1898)

(25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842)

He was born on 20 March 1868 in Westfield, Pennsylvania. In the 1870 census of Elkland post office, Brookfield township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania as Ernest Heysham [Heyshaw in Ancestry.com], 2, born in Pennsylvania. In the 1880 census of Wellsville, Alleghany county as Earnest Hisom, 15.

In the 1900 census of Ceres township, McKean county, Pennsylvania as Ernest L. Heysham [Huysham in Ancestry.com], a 32 year old [March 1868] day laborer. McKean county is also on the New York-Pennsylvania border, but further west, in the oil producing section of Pennsylvania. He had been born in Pennsylvania, his father in Michigan [!], and his mother in Pennsylvania. He was alone, boarding in the house of Albert Hamilton. He was shown as having been married for 10 years. Blanche Heysham [Hophan in Ancestry.com], 31 [February 1869], was also living in Ceres township, but at home with her father, William Safford. She too was listed as having been married for 10 years. Were they separated or divorced? She had 2 children, both of whom were still living. Also living in the house were Ernest's daughters, Hattie B., 9 [January 1891], and Iva L., 7 [August 1892].

Here's where it gets interesting and indicates this might not be our Ernest. According to tombstones in the Bellrun cemetery,

"Heysham, Earnest spouse of Blanche Safford born May 11, 1868 died Aug. 12, 1900 - son of William & Elizabeth King Heysham - 1st Husband [Note: the census, above, was taken on 16 June 1900]
Heyhsam, Earnest Jr. born 1896 died 1900 age 4 - son of Earnest & Blanche Safford Heysham
Heysham, Hattie spouse of Unwed born 1891 died 1975 - dau of Earnest & Blanche Safford Heysham Lot # C3-23

Blanche then married Fred Bly before 1910 and Hattie was raised in Fred's house, Iva seemingly died young, as had Earnest Jr., but unremembered.

However, I have an Ernest Heysham, of the right age of state of birth, who next showed up in New York in 1902. One possibility is that Blanche was ashamed of her divorce - it was pretty shameful in those days - and did not wish to memorialize it on a headstone. The other is that Ernest abandoned her and the children so that as far as Blanche knew, he was dead. This does not account for his purported parents, William Heysham and Elizabeth King. Who were they? Looking in the 1880 census, I've been unable to find a boy, Ernest, born 1866-1870, whose parents were William and Elizabeth.

Our Ernest in New York married Grace Moore Goodliff on 5 October 1902 in Wellsville, Allegany, New York. She was born on 6 April 1880 in Wellsville. Grace apparently had a child from her first marriage, Homer G. Goodliff, who was born on 31 January 1902. He married Blanche Swarthout on 9 November 1922 in Friendship, New York and died in 1980.

In the 1910 census of Wellsville, Allegany county, New York as Ernest L. Heysham, a 42 year old driver of a dray wagon, of Pennsylvania. Living with him were his wife, Grace M., 30, and children, Everett L., 5, and Mildred G., 2, all born in New York. This was a second marriage for both Ernest and Grace.

In the 1920 census of Wellsville as Ernest L. Heysham [Herpham in Ancestry.com], a 52 year old laborer. Living with him were his wife, Grace M., 38, and children, Everette L, 15, Mildred A., 12, Marion M., 8, and Ernest Jr., 6, all born in New York.

Ernest and Grace separated with Ernest remaining in Wellsville. In the 1930 census of Wellsville as Ernest Heysham, a 63 year old teamster. He was alone and rooming in the house of Russell G. Gavitt. He was still shown as married however. Grace had left and settled in Bradford, McKean county, Pennsylvania. In the 1930 census as Grace Heysham [Keyshan in Ancestry.com], a 50 year old cook in a restaurant. Living with her were her children, Marian, an 18 year old waitress in a restaurant, and Earnest, a 16 year old messanger boy at the Postal Telegraph. All were of New York.

Ernest Sr. died on 18 July 1942 in Wellsville and was buried in the Woodlawn cemetery in Wellsvile. Grace died on 1 June 1955, also in Wellsville.

The children of Earnest and Blanche were,
(26) Hattie Belle Heysham (1891)
(26) Iva L. Heysham (1892)
(26) Ernest L. Heysham Jr. (1896)

The children of Earnest and Grace were,
(26) Everett Heysham (1904)
(26) Gladys B. Heysham (1906)
(26) Mildred Adlaide Heysham (1907)
(26) Dorothy Alberta Heysham (1910)
(26) Marion L. Heysham (1912)
(26) Ernest L. Heysham (1913)
(26) Ellen Marie Heysham (1915)

(26) Hattie Belle Heysham (1891)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868)

From her tombstone, "Heysham, Hattie spouse of Unwed born 1891 died 1975 - dau of Earnest & Blanche Safford Heysham." She was born on 1 January 1891 in Bellrun, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Ernest and Blanche. In the 1900 census of Ceres township, Mckean county, Pennsylvania as Hattie B. Heysham [Hophan in Ancestry.com], 9 [January 1891]. She was living with her mother, Blanche, in the house of her grandfather, William Safford. Her parents were separated.

In the 1910 census of Ceres township as Hattie B. Heysham, a 19 year old teacher in the district school. She was boarding with her mother, Blanche, and step-father, Fred Bly.

In the 1920 census of Shinglehouse township, Potter county, Pennsylvania as Hattie B. Heysham, a 29 year old dress maker. She was living with her mother, Blanche, and step-father, Fred A. Bly.

In the 1930 census of Shinglehouse township as Harrie Heysham, a 39 year old with no occupation. She was still living with Fred and Blanche Bly. Fred was living off an oil lease.

Hattie died on 13 October 1975 in Coudersport, Pennsylvania [Social Security shows this to be Shinglehouse, which is about 10 miles northwest of Coudersport which may have been where the hospital was located.]. Hattie never married.

(26) Iva L. Heysham (1892)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868)

She appears to have died young. In the 1900 census of Ceres township, Mckean county, Pennsylvania as Iva L. Heysham [Huysham in Ancestry.com], 7 [August 1892]. She was living with her mother, Blanche, in the house of her grandfather, William Safford. Her parents were separated.

The following may refer to Iva; of Ceres, New York. If so, she would have been only 15 years old at the time of her marriage. Such things have happened . . .

"2280. Edward (Edwin) Schoonover (William S., Ezra, Daniel, Richard, JonasVan Schoonhoven, Niclaes, Hendrick Claessen, Claes Hendrickse, Hendrich1 Van Schoonhoven) Married Ifa Heysham, Dec 30, 1907. Compiled originally by Roger Schoonover - from Marriage Records of Ceres, NY-PA Methodist Church

Not recorded in the Bellrun cemetery.

(26) Ernest L. Heysham Jr. (1896)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868)

There appears to have been an Ernest Jr. born to Ernest and Blanche Heysham in 1896. He died in 1900 at the age of 4 and was buried in the Bellrun cemetery.


(26) Everett Heysham (1904)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868)

He was born on 22 November 1903 [Social Security shows 1904]. In the 1910 census of Wellsville, Allegany county, New York as Everett L. Heysham, 5, born in New York. In the 1920 census of Wellsville as Everette L. Heysham [Herpham in Ancestry.com], 15, born in New York, still living at home with his parents.

In the 1930 census of Bolivar township, Allegany county as Everett Heysham [Hezsham in Ancestry.com], a 26 year old teamster in the oil fields. He was single and a boarder in the house of Freman Thomas, a gauger in the oil fields.

Everett married Shirley and had two daughters. He died on 15 November 1987 in Wellsville, Allegheny county, New York. His children were,
(27) Sheena Heysham (c1930)
(27) Shirley Heysham (c1930)

(27) Sheena Heysham (c1930)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868) (26) Everett Heysham (1904)

A Sheena Margo Heysham married Daniel Francis McGurk Jr. in 1965 in Pasquotank county, North Carolina.

(27) Shirley Heysham (c1930)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868) (26) Everett Heysham (1904)

Shirley Heysham of 90 Johnson St, Wellsville, New York 14895-1105.

I recently received the following email,

"I was just doing some "light" geneology research when I find your website. I read over the section on Robert Heysham yesterday and some of it seemed a bit familiar. Another cousin of mine put together a family tree in 1979 that appeared to dovetail with your information. When I got home and found his research, sure enough lined up with your research. Then, much to my surprise, when I looked further through your site today, I found the page where my mother's family is pretty much laid out.

So here is how I fit into the family: Starting with William Heysham (1720), Then Robert (1758), John (1803?), then Hiram (1842), then Ernest Sr. (1868), then Ernest Jr. (1912), then Shirley (1937)(my mother), then me, Barry Ullrich (1970). I was born in Johnstown, PA, and raised in Bradford. I have some limited recollection of my grandparents and I have some photos, obituaries, birth, death, marriage and baptismal records.

I plan to review more of your website and all of my documents and materials over the next several days. I am looking forward to learning more about "our" family and maybe contributing some to your online effort. Please let me know if you are interested in collaborating at some level on this branch of the family."

(26) Gladys B. Heysham (1906)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868)

She was born on 6 January 1906 in Wellsville. I don't see her in the 1910-1920 census, nor does Howard Heysham list her. She married Arthur Stuck on 31 October 1922. In the 1930 census of Wirt township, Allegany county, New York as Gladys M. Stuck, the wife of Arthur A. Stuck. She died on 25 July 1976 in Olean, New York.

(26) Mildred Adlaide Heysham (1907)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868)

She was born on 12 August 1907 in Bolivar, Allegheny county, New York. In the 1910 census of Wellsville, Allegany county, New York as Mildred G. Heysham, 2, born in New York. In the 1920 census of Wellsville as Mildred A. Heysham [Herpham in Ancestry.com], 12, born in New York.

Mildred A. Heysham married Theodore [Ted] Lawrence Young on 13 May 1971 [?] in Harris county, Texas.

"Theodore Lawrence Young Sr., was born on the 1st of January 1907 . . . After graduation from high school he married Mildred Adelaide Heysham, who was born on the 12th of August 1907 at Bolivar, New York. She is the daughter of Ernest and Grace (Goodliff) Heysham." - from "Some of the Descendents of John Wagner and Mary Gaylor" by Robert William Hawk
He was the son of George Young and Bertha Witheright. He was born on 1 January 1907 in Clearfield county, Pennsylvania and died on 29 November 1977 in Houston, Texas.

Next she married Arthur Chafee. She died on 23 June 1988 in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.

(26) Dorothy Alberta Heysham (1910)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868)

She was born on 11 August 1910 in Wellsville, she died on 1 October 1910. Howard Heysham does not list her.

(26) Marion L. Heysham (1912)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868)

She was born on 8 May 1912 on Knights Creek, in Scio, New York. This is just north of Wellsville. In the 1920 census of Wellsville as Marion M. Heysham [Herpham in Ancestry.com], 8, born in New York.

Marian's parents separated, her father remained in New York and Grace, with Marian and Ernest in tow, moved to Bradford, Pennsylvania. In the 1930 census of Bradford, McKean county, Pennsylvania as Marian Heysham [Keyshan in Ancestry.com], an 18 year old waitress in a restaurant. She was living with her mother, Grace, a cook at the restaurant, and her brother, Earnest. All were of New York.

At 19 she was mother to Howard Heysham, below. The father of Howard may have been named Jack. At some point she married Leo Schelander, but in about 1942 or 43, she went to Arizona with a Lloyd Himes. She died on 7 April 1993, again back in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

(27) Howard Heysham (1931)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868) (26) Marion L. Heysham (1912)

Not a Heysham via the male line, though he assumed the name. Howard, who likes to be known as 'Pops,' was born in 1931 in Bradford, Pennsylvania when his mother was only 19 years old. She was unmarried and Howard kept the Heysham name. A man named Jack may be Howard's real father.

Howard had a hard life as a young man, working on the chicken farm of his step-father, with whom he did not get along. He recounts taking care of 12,000 chickens, 158 pigs, 1 dog and no cats. He didn't appear to have a good relationship with his mother either. At the age of 11 or 12 he was left with the Clark family in Bradford when his mother moved to Arizona with Lloyd Himes. Howard ran away from the Clarks at least once. He quit school when he was 14 and went to work at the Western Union during the day and at the bowling alley, setting pins, at night. He lived in the YMCA. At times during this period he would to live with one uncle or another, but it never seemed to work out. Howard reports at one point living with a person he called Grandma Grace, who ought to be Grace Goodliff Heysham.

Like many men unable to sort out their lives, Howard found purpose in the military and served in Korea. He mentions a jump into China during this period, but I'm not sure what he was referring to. The photo to the left was taken while he was attending Jump School, probably at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Howard married Sandy Lee Wixson in 1959. She was born in 1942 in Buffalo, New York. Howard currently lives in Whittier, California, where his eldest son, Michael Glenn, and his family live. Howard recently wrote that,

"Just a line to say hi and let you know I lost my wife March 24 2007. I am still in Whittier but I will be living with my youngest son in Texas soon. Do have a good day. Howard Heysham"
Sandy Heysham died on 24 March 2007, at the age of 63, in Whitier, California. Howard and Sandy had two surviving sons,
(28) Michael Glenn Heysham (1960)
(28) Daniel Howard Heysham (1961)

(28) Michael Glenn Heysham (1960)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868) (26) Marion L. Heysham (1912) (27) Howard Heysham (1931)

He was born in 1960 in Bradford, Pennsylvania. I also have a Mike Heysham, and brother Dan, who attended school in Anaheim, California.

Loara High School, Anaheim, CA
Dan Heysham 1975-1979
Mike Heysham 1974-1978
The dates fit pretty well so I guess this must be our man. Mike married Nancy Ann Peterson on 24 October 1981. They live in California and have four children,
(29) Cory Michael Heysham (1982)
(29) Holly Ann Heysham (1984)
(29) Kyle Glenn Heysham (1986)
(29) Matthew Patrick Heysham (1989)

(29) Cory Michael Heysham (1982)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868) (26) Marion L. Heysham (1912) (27) Howard Heysham (1931) (28) Michael Glenn Heysham (1960)

He was born in La Mirda, California on 9 May 1982.

(29) Holly Ann Heysham (1984)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868) (26) Marion L. Heysham (1912) (27) Howard Heysham (1931) (28) Michael Glenn Heysham (1960)

She was born in Whittier, California on 17 June 1984.

(29) Kyle Glenn Heysham (1986)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868) (26) Marion L. Heysham (1912) (27) Howard Heysham (1931) (28) Michael Glenn Heysham (1960)

He was born in Whittier on 22 January 1986.

(29) Matthew Patrick Heysham (1989)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868) (26) Marion L. Heysham (1912) (27) Howard Heysham (1931) (28) Michael Glenn Heysham (1960)

He was born in Whittier on 17 March 1989.

(28) Daniel Howard Heysham (1961)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868) (26) Marion L. Heysham (1912) (27) Howard Heysham (1931)

He was born in 1961 in Bradford, Pennsylvania. There is a Dan Heysham of Kingsbury Ave, Bradford, Pennsylvania 16701-1741. I also have a Dan Heysham, and brother Mike, who attended school in Anaheim, California.

Loara High School, Anaheim, CA
Dan Heysham 1975-1979
Mike Heysham 1974-1978
The dates fit pretty well so I guess this must be our man. Dan married a Dickson and was living in Orange county, California in 1986. He has a son, Daniel Jr.

(29) Daniel Howard Heysham Jr. (1986)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868) (26) Marion L. Heysham (1912) (27) Howard Heysham (1931) (28) Daniel Howard Heysham (1961)

He was born on 28 October 1986 in Anaheim, California. I also have a Daniel Heysham of Longview, Texas in Facebook.

(26) Ernest L. Heysham Jr. (1913)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868)

A later Earnest Heysham Jr. (the first died in 1900), he was born on 21 July 1913 in Knights Creek, New York. In the 1920 census of Wellsville as Ernest Jr. Heysham [Herpham in Ancestry.com], 6, born in New York.

His parents separated, Earnest Sr. stayed in New York and Grace moved to Bradford, Pennsylvania. In the 1930 census of Bradford, McKean county, Pennsylvania as Earnest Heysham [Keyshan in Ancestry.com], a 16 year old messanger boy at the Postal Telegraph. He was living with his mother, Grace, 50, and sister, Marion, 18. All were of New York.

He married Edith M. Bethune on 7 September 1936 [Howard Heysham says Earnest married Edith Coones]. She was born on 8 May 1915 in Westline, Pennsylvania. I have an Edith Bethune in the 1930 census of Bradford, Pennsylvania, the 14 year old daughter of William and Mary Bethune. I don't see a Coones family in McKean county.

Earnest lived his final years in Bradford, McKean county, Pennsylvania at 11 Jefferson Street. He died on 4 April 1983 in Bradford at the age of 69. Edith lived the last years of her life at the Bradford Manor. This is an old-age home in Bradford, McKean county, Pennsylvania. She died on 4 June 1988.

Bradford, Pennsylvania

Bradford is in the far northwest of Pennsylvania, not far from Lake Ontario. The Zippo Manufacturing Company was founded in Bradford, Pennsylvania by George G. Blaisdell. He invented a lighter that worked under almost all weather conditions and called it Zippo after another recent invention, the zipper.

Ernest Jr.'s children were,
(27) Shirley Ana Heysham (1937)
(27) Ernest L. Heysham (1938)
(27) Larry James Heysham (1940)

(27) Shirley Ana Heysham (1937)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868) (26) Ernest L. Heysham Jr. (1913)

She was born on 29 August 1937 in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Shirley Ann Heysham, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Heysham, 79 Chestnut Street, Bradford, married Arthur Ullrich Jr. on 15 September 1957 in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Larry Heysham, brother of the bride, was an usher. Shirley was a graduate of the Bradford High School, class of 1956. The bridegroom was in the Navy, stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. She died on 15 June 1999 in Monroe, New York.

(27) Ernest L. Heysham (1938)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868) (26) Ernest L. Heysham Jr. (1913)

He was born on 11 October 1938. He lived in Bradford on 22 East Main Street. Not shown on Sandra Seamans’ genealogy. Howard Heysham does not list him either.

(27) Larry James Heysham (1940)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868) (26) Ernest L. Heysham Jr. (1913)

He was born on 12 August 1940 in Bradford. He was living in Custer City, which is near Bradford, in 1949, when he spent time in the Bradford Hospital for unknown reasons. He was back in the hospital in 1951. He died on 8 July 1964 in Mt. Jewett, Pennsylvania at the age of 23.

Other Bradford/Wellsville Heyshams:

Heysham, Stanley. Rr 3, Canton, PA 17724-9803. This is in Bradford county, about 35 miles southeast of Wellsville.

Heysham, Tammy. 23 E Vine St, Port Allegany , PA 16743-1056. This is about 10 miles northeast of Bradford.

Heysham, A. J. 50 Meadow Dr, Big Flats , NY 14814-7948. This is 30 miles east of Wellsville.

(26) Ellen Marie Heysham (1915)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Ernest L. Heysham (1868)

From records maintained by Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc. of Wellsville.
Name - Birth Date - Death/Age - burial date - cemetery - birthplace - father - mother - spouse - comments
Ellen Marie Heysham - 4/3/1915 - 5/16/1925 1m13d - 5/17/1915 - Woodlawn - Wellsville - Ernest Heysham - Grace Goodliff

(25) Susan Heysham (1875)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842)

A daughter of Hiram and Adelaide. In the 1880 census of Wellsville, Alleghany as Susan Hisom, 5, the daughter of Hiram. She disappears after this, probably marrying before the 1900 census.

(25) Lewis Harry Heysham (1883)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842)

He was born on 21 October 1883. In the 1900 census of Alma township, Allegany county, New York as Lewis Heysham [Heyshin in Ancestry.com], 15 [October 1884].

He married Alice B. Black on 21 July 1907. She was born on 20 June 1891, the daughter of Miles A. and Anna R. (Taggart) Black - from "The Underwood Families of America." In the 1910 census of Scio township, Allegany township Alice Heysham was living at home with her parents, Miles A. and Anna R. Black. She had been married 3 years and had one child, but none living. I haven't yet found Lewis in 1910.

Lewis Harry Heysham, a 33 year old farm laborer, but born on 26 October 1886, registered for the draft on 12 September 1918. His next of kin was Mrs. Alice Heysham, his wife. He was of medium height and build, with blue eyes and brown hair.

Lewis and Alice stayed together, however. In the 1920 census of Wellsville as Lewis H. Heysham [Heyshane in Ancestry.com], a 36 year old teamster doing day work, but born in Pennsylvania. Living with him was his wife, Alice B., a 27 year old dressmaker, of New York. They were boarders in the house of Lee C. Palmer.

He then married Martha Geffers. In the 1930 census of Scio township, Allegheny county, New York as Lewis Heysham, a 46 year old teamster in the oil fields. Living with him was his wife, Martha, 48. Martha's folks came from Germany. No children were listed.

Lewis died in February 1966 in Scio, New York [Angelica, Allegany county, New York in the Social Security Death Index] and was buried in the Scio Cemetary.

(25) Harrison Heysham (1888)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842)

He was born on 30 August 1888 in Oswago, Pennsylvania. In the 1900 census of Alma township, Allegany county, New York as Harrison Heysham [Heyshin in Ancestry.com], 11. In the 1910 census of Wellsville, Allegany county, New York as Harrison Heysham, a 21 year old laborer, born in Pennsylvania, living at home with his parents, Hiram and Viola.

He married Clara Arnold on 10 September 1911 in Wellsville. She was born on 24 August 1891, the daughter of Conrad Arnold and Laura Ramsy.

Harrison Heysham, a 28 year old laborer, registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. He had a wife and child. He was of medium height and build, with brown eyes and dark hair.

In the 1920 census as Harrison Heysham, a 31 year old doing general work for a private family. Living with him were his wife, Clara, 28, and son, Harold, 5.

In the 1930 census of Wellsville as Harrison Heysham [Heyshann in Ancestry.com], a 41 year old truck driver working for the [Cartwood?] oil company. Living with him were his wife, Clara, 38, and son, Harold, 15.

Clara died on 11 October 1976 in Wellsville. Harrison died soon after, on 12 December 1976 in Wellsville, New York. His children were,
(26) Howard Richard Heysham (1912)
(26) Harold William Heysham (1914)
(26) Ralph Homer Heysham (1918)

(26) Howard Richard Heysham (1912)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Harrison Heysham (1888)

He was born on 15 October 1912 in Wellsville. He died in 1913.

(26) Harold William Heysham (1914)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Harrison Heysham (1888)

He was born on 25 April 1914 in Wellsville. In the 1920 census of Wellsville, New York as Harold Heysham, 5. In the 1930 census of Wellsville, New York as Harold Heysham [Heyshann in Ancestry.com], 15.

He married Doris Ione Stillman on 7 June 1942 in Friendship, New York. She was the daughter of Leon Stillman and Edna McKee. She was born on 27 October 1919 in Buffalo, New York. Harold Heysham of 216 Madison St, Wellsville, New York 14895-1236.

Harold W. Heysham died in Wellsville on 23 September 2007, at the age of 93. His obituary, "Harold W. Heysham, 93, of 216 Madison St. died Sunday (Sept. 23, 2007) in Jones Memorial Hospital following a long illness." His children were,
(27) Clair Eugene Heysham (1944)
(27) Nancy Joyce Heysham (1946)

(27) Clair Eugene Heysham (1944)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Harrison Heysham (1888) (26) Harold William Heysham (1914)

He was born on 3 February 1944 in Wellsville, New York. In 1998 he was living in Hilton, New York. Clair recently wrote to me,

"Hi Steve.

I am a Vietnam vet and I served 4 years in the Air Force in the states. I spent 3 1/2 years at Castle A.F.B. Calif. I was in aircraft repair and spent a lot of time in the tire shop working on B-52's and KC-135 tankers. I enjoyed it and I loved California. A week ago I was looking up some information on a cousin on the internet. I was surprised to come across all the information you had on the heysham lines. Back in the 60's and 70's I dad a genealogy on my heysham line. I went back to William Heysham 1693 in the village of Heysham England. I come down through the America line of William 1720, Robert 1758 John 1803, Hiram 1842, Harrison 1888 and Harold 1914. I found my name in your William Hissam of John Family. My name is Clair Heysham , date of birth 2/3/1944. There is one small problem. I am male and not female if it could possibly be corrected. Back in the 70's I went down around Norristown, Pa. I met an Anna Heysham Schweiker and her husband Roy. He was CEO of Philadelphia Tile Company. Anna's father was Theodore Heysham , 1864, who was a Baptist minister. She had the coat of arms that she told me William Heysham brought over from England in 1750. I met some wonderful people when I was looking up my heysham line and I found a few who weren't interested. Steve, I got some of my information out of the book called The Compendium of American Genealogy and Montgomery Country Historical Society in Norristown Pa. Keep up the good work mr. Hissem. I enjoy learning about the Heysham lines. If you would like, I would enjoy hearing from you.

(27) Nancy Joyce Heysham (1946)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Harrison Heysham (1888) (26) Harold William Heysham (1914)

She was born on 12 November 1946 in Wellsville, New York. She married Richard Greene on 7 September 1968. He was born 18 June 1947 in Buffalo, New York, the son of Clifford Dudley Greene and Edith Smith. In 1998 they were living in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. She died on 28 September 1997 in Wellsville.

(26) Ralph Homer Heysham (1918)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Harrison Heysham (1888)

He was born on 20 July 1918 in Wellsville and died in 1920.

(25) Herbert Heysham (1893)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842)

He was born on 2 November 1893 in Kibbieville, Pennsylvania. In the 1900 census of Alma township, Allegany county, New York as Herbert Heysham [Heyshin in Ancestry.com], 6 [November 1893]. In the 1910 census of Wellsville, Allegany county, New York as Herbert Heysham, a 16 year old laborer, born in Pennsylvania, living at home with his parents.

According to the obituary of his son, Herbert had a son with Laura Walden in 1915. This was 5 years before the couple married. Another mystery is that the son, Robert M. Heysham, was not living with his parents in 1930, at the time of the census, and I haven't been able to find the boy in either census.

In the 1920 census of Wellsville, New York as Herbert Heysham, a 26 year old machine man in an upholstering [garbled], living with his widowed father, Hiram, a deliveryman for Roberts Dairy. Herbert was listed as single.

Herbert married Laura Walden in 1920, presumably right after the 1920 census was recorded. Note his son, Robert M., was born in 1915. I believe Laura was born on 11 November 1896. I have a Laura J. Walden, aged 3, in the census of 1900. She was living with her parents, Edwin B. and Nellie Walden, in Wellsville. In 1910 Laura was living with her grandparents, Conrad and Laura Arnold, in Wellsville. Where was she, and her son, in 1920? Was she, as an unwed mother, living under an assumed name?

In the 1930 census of Wellsville as Herbert Heysham, a 36 year old night watchman at the Aluminum plant [?], of Pennsylvania. Living with him was his wife, Laura [Lama in Ancestry.com], 33, of New York. Herbert had married at the age of 26 [1920]. No children were listed. I've looked for son, Robert, under the names Heysham, Walden and Arnold with no joy.

From the Wellsville Daily Reporter of 20 August 1958, Hospital Admissions, Mrs. Herbert Heysham, 303 Madison St. Herbert died on 18 June 1974 in Wellsville. Laura died in November 1978, also in Wellsville [?].

His children were,
(26) Robert M. Heysham (1915)

(26) Robert M. Heysham (1915)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Herbert Heysham (1893)

He was born on 7 July 1915 in Wellsville, New York. Why wasn't he in either the 1920 or 1930 census? Robert married Margaret Rogers in October 1936 in Whitesville, New York. He died on 21 June 2008 at the Jones Memorial Hospital, in Wellsville. His obituary:

"Wellsville, N.Y. - Robert M. Heysham, 92, of 3192 Madison Hill Road passed away Saturday (June 21, 2008) at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. He was born on July 7, 1915, in Wellsville, the son of Herbert and Laura (Walden) Heysham. In October 1936, in Whitesville, he married the former Margaret Rogers, who predeceased him on July 7, 1987. Bob attended Wellsville High School and was employed by the Village of Wellsville for 46 years.

He is survived by six children, Shirley Heysham and Jane Price, both of Wellsville, Robert Heysham Jr. of Limestone, James (Mary) Heysham and Donald (Debbie) Heysham, both of Olean, and Donna (Neil) Culhane of West Palm Beach, Fla., 12 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Dorothy Crawford, and a grandson, Robin Heysham.

Friends are invited to call on from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will take place 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Burial will be in Yorks Corners Cemetery. Memorial suggestions include the David A. Howe Public Library, 155 N. Main Street Wellsville, N.Y. 14895." - from "The Evening Tribuen" of Hornell, New York

The following is from the Yorks Corner cemetary:

Yorks Corners Cemetery
Town of Willing
Walked by: Eleanor Schwalb October 2004
Heysham, Margaret I. spouse of Robert M. born 1917 died 1987
Heysham, Robert M. spouse of Margaret Rogers born 7-7-1915 died 6-21-2008 age 92y - Son of Herbert & Laura Walden Heysham b. & d. Wellsville NY Wed 10-1936 in Whitesville NY

Robert and Margaret's children were,
(27) Dorothy Heysham Crawford
(27) Shirley J. Heysham (1937), of Wellsville, Wellsville High School Class of '56, Senior Awards - "Shortest Girl"
"WELLSVILLE - Shirley J. Heysham, 74, of 90 Johnson St. died on Sunday (March 11, 2012) shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born May 9, 1937, in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Robert and Margaret Rogers Heysham. Shirley was a 1956 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was employed as a school crossing guard for the village of Wellsville and was a daycare provider. She worked at Marsh's Convalescence Home in Wellsville and helped prepare the Pennysaver for delivery. She was also a volunteer for the Allegany County Head Start program. She is survived by two sisters, Jane Price of Wellsville and Donna (Neil) Culhane of West Palm Beach, Fla.; three brothers, Robert Heysham of Limestone; James (Mary) Heysham and Donald Heysham, both of Olean; a special friend, Frank Frungillo of Wellsville; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one sister, Dorothy Crawford." - from the Olean Times Herald
(27) Jane Heysham Price (c1940), of Wellsville, Wellsville High School Class of '58
(27) Robert M. Heysham (c1940)
(27) James Heysham (1940), born on 10 March 1940, of Olean, Wellsville High School Class of '58. He married Jane or Mary? A James C. Heysham, 71, is living in Olean today. Heysham, James. 254 Hamilton Ave, Olean, NY 14760-1762.
(27) Donald Heysham (1956), of Olean. I have a Donald E. Heysham, born on 1 July 1956, living in Olean. He married Debbie Knipple in 1996. I have a Deborah Ann Heysham, born on 12 April 1956, the daughter of Otto Knipple, who died on 24 November 2010, the wife of Donald Heysham. Heysham, Donald. 303 E Riverside Dr, Olean, NY 14760-3964. Their children were Shannon J., the wife of Brian L. Eaton, and . . . ?
(27) Donna Heysham Culhane, of West Palm Beach, Florida. She married Neil Culhane.

I also have "Heysham, Patrick. 339 Paragon Ave, Olean, NY 14760-2832." A son of one of the men above, I suppose.

(27) Robert M. Heysham (c1940)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Herbert Heysham (1893) (26) Robert Heysham (c1930)

Of Limestone. His middle name may be William. He married Linda Loretta Bennet. Their son was Robin Scott.

(28) Robin Scott Heysham (1963)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842) (25) Herbert Heysham (1893) (26) Robert Heysham (c1930) (27) Robert M. Heysham (c1940)

The son of Robert and Linda Bennet. He was born on 22 April 1963 in Wellsville, New York. He married Melisa Ann Smith on 16 April 1988 in Olean, New York. She was born on 29 November 1967 in Norwich, New York, the daughter of Herman Lee Smith. A Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, Robin served in the Persian Gulf.

Their daughter was Megan Elizabeth Heysham. She was born on 28 November 1988 at RAF Lakenheath, Brandon, England. I assume this means Robin was in the Air Force on overseas duty at the time.

In 1994 Robin S. Heysham was living in Layton, Utah.

Robin and Melisa divorced on 25 June 2002 in Buncombe county, North Carolina. A month later Melisa married Kenneth Dotson. Robin died on 30 September 2002, at the age of 39, in Asheville, Buncombe, North Carolina. Rob S. Heysham died on 30 September 2002 and is buried on 5 October 2002 in the Ulysses cemetary in Pennsylvania. How did he die so young?

(25) Vinah Heysham (1898)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800) (24) Hiram Heysham (1842)

She was born on 26 March 1898. In the 1900 census of Alma township, Allegany county, New York as Vinah Heysham [Heyshin in Ancestry.com], 2 [March 1898]. In the 1910 census of Wellsville, Allegany county, New York as Vinah Heysham, 12, born in New York. She married Charles Hungerford in about 1914. She later married Russell Gavitt in about 1917. She died on 30 July 1965 in Wellsville.

(24) Margaret Heysham (1847)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800)

Per Sandra Seamon, born in 1847 in Howard, New York. In the 1850 census of Canisteo township, Steuben county, New York as Margaret Hessum [Hepum in Ancestry.com], 4, living at home with her parents, born in New York. When Margaret's father, John, died after 1850 the family dispersed and I haven't been able to find her in the 1860 census, or later.

"She married an unknown Bowditch and died in Tioga county, Pennsylvania." I think this is wrong and refers to C. Perces Heysham, above. It’s possible that “Perces” was a nickname of Margaret, but I have no evidence one way or the other.

I do, however, have a Maggie Hessam, born on 15 December 1851 in Canisteo, New York. She married John Henry Stebbins, who was born on 2 April 1850 in Ward, New York. Maggie died in Wellsville, New York.

(24) Elihu Heysham (1850)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800)

As Hesum. He was born in 1850 in Howard, New York, the son of John and Juliann Cornell. In the 1860 census of Howard township, Steuben county, New York as Elihu Hesum [Hsum in Ancestry.com], 9. He was living with his Uncle Helon [?] Cornell; the document in Ancestry.com is too dim to read. His grandparents, Elihu and Margaret Cornell lived close by. I assume this shows that his father, John, had died, but why didn't Elihu's mother take care of him? What became of him I don’t know. His name is variously Eliha, Elihu and Elihugh, probably after his grandfather, Elihugh Cornell.

(24) James Hessam (1852)
(15) Raphe Hesome (c1550) (16) William Hesome (c1577) (17) George Hesom (c1600) (18) John Heesom (1650) (19) Unknown Heesom (c1687) (20) Thomas Hesom (c1720) (21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) John Hessam/Hessum (1800)

He was born in New York state, probably in Howard township, Steuben county, in about 1852. He was probably a son of John Hessam/Heysham and Juliann Cornell, though I haven’t yet found him in the 1860 and 1870 census. From the U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules Index,

James Hessam, 1880, Tioga Co., PA, Age: 28, Gender: F [might they mean Jane?], Month of death: Jan, State of Birth: NY, Occupation: None Listed, Cause of Death: Consumption
If he were the last son of John Hessam/Heysham, that is coming after the birth of Elihu, then he would have been dropped into the chaos of the family's dissolution upon John's death. If found, he'd probably be living with a relative. His supposed brothers, William, Washington, George, and Hiram, all moved to Tioga county; he would probably have accompanied them.

There is room in the birth order for James to be a child of (23) William Heysham, but William had moved to Tioga county, Pennsylvania by 1840, too early for him to be James' father. (23) Washington Heysham would have been just old enough to have a child in 1852, he was still living in New York as of 1850 and he did move to Tioga county by 1870, so he's a candidate.

Alternatively this could be Jane [note the 1880 mortality schedule says gender female], the wife of George Heysham, who died in January 1880 in Tioga county. She was born in New York, but in 1845.


Some Strays from the John Hessum Family

Victoria D. Heysham (c1973)

Heysham, Victoria. Saegertown, PA 16433. This is in northwestern Pennsylvania, near Lake Erie.

R. Heysham

Heysham, R. 61 Parade St, Union City, PA 16438-1481. This is in northwestern Pennsylvania, near Lake Erie and Saegertown.

(27) Daryll R. Heysham (c1955)

A 1973 graduate of Penncrest High School in Media, Pennsylvania. Media is about 12 miles west of Philadelphia. He graduated from Ohio State University and Boston College. Possibly the son of (26) Keith Eldred Heysham. There's also a Bryan Heysham in Osceola, Pennsylvania that I haven't been able to identify.

400 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036-6302. Resident Professional Teaching Associate, The Cornell Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Ithaca, New York. Ithaca is about 35 miles northwest of Woodhull. Heysham has appeared at the Schwartz Center in Equus, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet and. in his favorite role, Biff, in Death of a Salesman opposite Harold Gould. Heysham recently played Leonato in an Off-Broadway production of Much Ado About Nothing. He toured nationally as Philip in The Lion in Winter starring George Peppard. For the past three years, Heysham has taught voice and speech at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. Member Actors Equity.

I have a Daryll R. Heysham living in Philadelphia and Media, Pennsylvania in the 1980-1993. He was in Ithaca, New York in the late 1990's, and in New York City in the 2000's. That sounds like the progress of a successul actor.

I've also seen him under the name Daryll R. Heysham-Nutt. Was Nutt his mother's maiden name?

He married Christine Vanacore on 11 November 2000.

Woodhull, New York:

Heysham, Wendy. 1112 Mead Rd, Woodhull, NY 14898-9697. This is near Big Flats, about 25 miles east of Wellsville.

Heysham, Karen. 77 Westmoreland St, Whitesboro, NY 13492-1840. This is well northeast of the Wellsville area, near Utica.

Heysham, George M. 2 W Sinclair Ave, Yorkville, NY 13495-1827. This is well northeast of the Wellsville area, next to Whitesboro.

(23) Margaret Hessom (c1804)
(22) William Hissam (1771)

This was probably the daughter of William; she was in the right place after all. Note also that William's father, John, was known by the Hessom spelling in muster reports from 1778 to 1783. Margaret was perhaps one of the two daughters living with William per the 1820 census. She married Peter Benson on 1 or 3 July 1829 in Pike county, Pennsylvania. He appears to have been born circa 1790/95. Peter served during the War of 1812.

"Benson, Artemas, Harriet (Vary) . . .
. . .srv Capt P. Draper's Co NY Mil
[Benson,] Peter, Margaret (Hessom) WC-30394, Old War IF-#2992, m [married] 1 or 3 Jul 1829 Pike Cty PA, sd [soldier died] 1 Apr 1864 Bushkill PA, wd [widow died] 1 May 1884, srv Bird's, Stribling's & Brooks's Co's Dragoons in 15th Inf & arty US Army, lived Morris Cty NJ & Pike Cty PA
Richard A, Nancy J., WO-25284, srv Capt Mills' Co NY Mil . . ." - from "Index to War of 1812 Pension Files," page 152, by Virgil D. white
Peter's military service is related somewhat differently below.
"Pike County
Peter Benson . . . pr. Scott's Co., 15th Inf, - April 15, 1832 - M.E." - from "The Pennsylvania Traveler" by Richard T. Williams and Mildred C. Williams
Peter received a pension for his service in the 15th Infantry of 72 00 per year. This pension commenced on 28 March 1832 and apparently ran til his death - from "Pennsylvania Pensioners, 1835."

The 15th was commanded by Zebulon Montgomery Pike of New Jersey. He had named Pike's Peak in 1806. I haven't found Bird, Stribling or Brooks. Scott was probably Captain John Scott, of New Jersey. "The Letters of Captain John Scott, 15th U.S. Infantry" is available from the New Jersey Historical Society. The 15th was also known as the New Jersey Regiment because it was supposedly made up exclusively of New Jersey volunteers.

15th Infantry

15th Infantry was activated in 1812 for service in Canada during the War of 1812. The 15th fought in the capture of Toronto and Fort George in April and May of 1813, and covered the retreat of militia troops from Fort George in December 1813. It was during this retreat that the 15th earned a reputation for not losing a single man through capture, despite taking heavy casualties. The 15th fought in the Champlain Valley campaign in autumn 1814, and participated in General Dearborn's offensive in Ontario in October, and took part in many smaller battles that same year. The Regiment disappeared in the Army reorganization of 1815. - Wikipedia

In this period the 15th was commanded by General Zebulon Montgomery Pike of New Jersey. Pike was killed in the aftermath of the battle for Toronto, hit by flying rocks and other debris when the retreating British garrison blew up its ammunition without warning as the town's surrender negotiations were going on. Pike county, Pennsylvania was named in honor of the General.

Peter and Margaret lived their entire lives in Pike county, Pennsylvania. In the 1830 census of Pike county, Pennsylvania as Peter Benson. In the household were one man, 30 to 40 years old, and one woman, 20 to 30.

In the 1840 census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services as Peter Benson of Lehman township, Pike county, Pennsylvania, aged 45. He resided in the home of Chalin Chamberlain. In the regular census of Lehman township, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Peter Benson. In the household was a boy under 5, 2 boys 10-15 years old, a man 40 to 50, a girl under 5, another who was 5 to 10, but I don't see any older women. What happened to Margaret and what of Chalin Chamberlain?

Note that Margaret's father, William, lived in Lehman township from 1840 to 1860, though none of the rest of the Hissom family did.

In the 1850 census of Lehman township, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Peter S. Benson, 60, of Pennsylvania, with no occupation. Living with him was his wife, Margaret, 46, and children George, a 25 year old laborer, James, a 23 year old laborer, Catherine, 20, Peter 14, Mary, 10 [?], and Daniel, a 20 year old laborer. The last may not be a member of the family. All were of Pennsylvania.

In the 1860 census of Lehman township, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Peter Benson, a 65 year old laborer, but now said to be of Ireland. Living with him was his daughter, Mary, 21. Peter's wife, Margaret, 60, was living "next-door" in the house of George W. Benson, her eldest son. Another son, Peter Benson, was a 22 year old laborer living in the home of Moses Depue, on the other side of Peter Benson Sr.

Peter died on 1 April 1864 in Bushkill, Pennsylvania. In the 1870 census of Lehman township, Pike county, Pennsylvania [Bushkill post office] as Margaret Benson, 70. She was living in the home of Albert Walker, 30, and his wife, Mary L., 29, who was, I suppose, Margaret's daughter. Albert and Mary had one child, Joseph R., 2. Albert was the eldest son of Nelson and Margaret Walker. Note that Margaret could not read or write. Her son-in-law was the same, though Mary was said to be able to read only.

In the 1880 census of Lehman township, Pike county, Pennsylvania as Margaret Benson, a 78 year old widwo. She was living in the house of Peter N. Benson, 40, her son. He was still single. His father was noted as being of Ireland, confirming the 1860 census.

Margaret died on 1 May 1884. Her children were,
(24) George W. Benson (c1825)
(24) James Benson (c1827)
(24) Catherine Benson (c1830)
(24) Peter Benson (c1836)
(24) Mary Benson (c1840)

(24) George W. Benson (c1825)

A Benson descendant, Elizabeth Morgan, writes,

"Hello....Love your website!!! It has answered sooooo many questions. I have George W. Benson who married Margaret Hissem... I never knew her maiden name... THANK YOU!!!!

I noticed that on your notes for William Hissem that you thought that maybe he wasn't in the Rev. War. When my husband (his family) was a young boy they went to PA on vacation (we live in CA) and he got to meet many relatives. On their trip they were at an Aunt's house where he got to view the drum and drum sticks from the Rev. War. He was told that his ggg grandfather was a drummer boy, a young man of 12. We have the drum sticks and the drum was given to one of his grandmother's sisters (there were 5 of them). I just wanted to let you know what the family has always said about the drum and sticks. The drumsticks are made of mahogany, and in very good condition.

Again thank you for your site.....I have been on it for days...... If you would like anymore info on Margaret...would be happy to supply what I have........Elizabeth Morgan

(24) Mary Louisa Benson (c1840)
(23) Pieter Benson

Mary married Albert Walker circa 1867 and had two children, Joseph R., born circa 1868, and Carrie M., born circa 1872. Albert died soon thereafter and Mary married William F. Vanauken. In the 1880 census of Bushkill post office, Lehman township, Pike county, Pennsylvania as William F. Vanauken, a 47 year old farm laborer. Living with him were his wife, Mary L., 37, and children Charles, 6, and Malvene, 2. Also living with them were Albert's children, Joseph Walker, 11, and Carrie M. Walker, 8. Note that the Vanauken's lived just two households away from Margaret Benson and her son.

In the 1900 census Mary L. Vanauken is shown with a birth month of April 1841, which is generally in line with her age as depicted in the census of 1850 to 1870.

A researcher of the Vanauken family writes that Mary Louisa Benson, the wife of William F. Vanauken, was the daughter of Pieter Benson and Ruhicka Hissom. I cannot explain that given name for Margaret.

The New Jersey Line

This line of the family eventually began to use the unique "Hissim" spelling of the name. It is also the most problematic with many gaps in its record.

(23) William J. Hissam (1815)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771)

A late child, and conceivably of an otherwise unknown second wife. William was born in February 1815 in Pennsylvania. I think his middle name may have been Jacob, in honor of Jacob Stroud for whom his father served. In the 1820 census of Middle Smithfield, Delaware, Palmyra, Upper Smithfield, and Lackawaxen townships, in Pike county, Pennsylvania as a boy less than 10 years old, living with his father, William Hisham [sic].

The 1830 census for Pike county has a William Hissam with a boy aged 10-15 years old. This was probably our William, his older brother, David, having moved out on his own by the time.

In 1840 Wm Hyssam [Sr., above] of Pike county, Pennsylvania was living alone with his wife. His son, David Hysham, was also living in Pike county. William's younger son, William J., was probably still living in Pennsylvania, but I have not yet found him in the census - and I've checked every William in Pike, Northampton and Monroe counties without success.

William P. Hishman, a 33 year old shoemaker, married Lavina [Lovina] Spinner on 25 July 1848 in Hardwick county, New Jersey. They were married by Robert M. Teel, esq. Lavina had been born in Pennsylvania. There were a number of Spinner's living in Lehigh county, Pennsylvania circa 1840. In reference to William's wife, Paula Prindle wrote,

"One of my main efforts for many years has been to find out the mother of William Hissim Jr, born 1815 [(22) William Hissam (1771)'s youngest son]. I have never found it and she could possibly be the Indian from whom the Indian strain supposedly came in. I know that Jacob S [William Hissam Jr.'s son] was often referred to as the "half breed" in The Warren Co NJ area where he lived. I have a picture of his niece, Aunt Lizzie [daughter of Jacob's brother Henry Moses] and she shows many characteristics of the Native Americans here in the east. I remember her quite well although I think I must have seen her last when I was 12 or 14. Her step-grandchildren also mentioned her Indian heritage. It is possible that Wm's mother or even maternal grandmother was of Indian blood. Many of them were Christianised and took English or Dutch names. The Delawares [Lenni Lenapes] were pretty well out of here well before the Revolution, but the Shawnees and some of the other tribes did come out into the area. the Minisees and Munsees were down in that area as well. One old family tale says he [Jacob Samuel] went down to Oklahoma from NJ because he had family on the Cherokee reservation. I looked through all the rolls and never found anything useful...why he [Jacob] ended up in Montana, we will never know!."
William and Levina's first three children were born, between 1844 and 1848, in Pennsylvania. They then moved to Warren county, New Jersey where their son, Henry, was born in 1850, after that year's census was taken.

In the 1850 census of Pahaquarry township, Warren county, New Jersey as William Hisum Jr., a 35 year old shoemaker. The use of Jr. clearly shows that his father was William, and still living. William Jr's occupation as a shoemaker ties him still closer to Wm Hissam, the 79 year old shoemaker who was living across the river in Pike county, Pennsylvania at this time. Living with William Jr. were his wife, Levina, 25, and children, James P. [sic], 6, Mary Elizabeth, 2, and Percilla [Cecilia] Catherine, 8/12, all born in Pennsylvania.

Pahaquarry township, Warren county, New Jersey

This is in northwestern New Jersey, between Hunterdon county, to the south, and Sussex county, to the north. Its western border is the Delaware river. Note that the town of Oxford, where so many Hissim's, below, live is in Warren county.

Directly across the river are Stroudsburg and, further north, the Bushkill communities. Walpack is just above the township, in Sussex county.

Pahaquarry township is now defunct, subsumed into Hardwick township in 1997, while most of its territory is now part of the Water Gap Recreation area.

In the 1860 Federal census of Pahaquarry township as William Hissam [Hessam in Ancestry.com], a 40 year old farm laborer. Living with him were his wife, Lavina, 38, and children, James, 16, Mary E., 14, Cecilia, 12, Henry M., 10, William J., 8, Isaac E., 6, and John S. [W?], 2. William, Lavinia, and his first two children were born in Pennsylvania. All the rest were born in New Jersey. Cecilia may have been born in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, depending on which census you believe.

In the 1870 census of Pahaquarry township as William Hissam, a 55 year old laborer, born in Pennsylvania. Living with him were his wife, Levina, 48, also born in Pennsylvania, and children, Isaac, 15, who worked on the farm, Jacob, 8, and George, 3. The children were all born in New Jersey.

In the 1880 census of Hardwick township, Warren county, New Jersey as William Hissem, a 63 year old laborer. Living with him were his wife, Lavina, 56, and children, Isaac, 17 [sic, this should be 27], a laborer, Jacob 23, a laborer, and George B. [R?], 13, a laborer.

William died on 8 April 1894 at the age of 79, probably in New Jersey.

In the 1895 census of Hardwick, Warren county, New Jersey as Lavinia Hisam [Lavina Hissam in Ancestry.com], living with the J. Clark & Mary A. Bird family. Could this be her daughter, Mary E? Her eldest son, James, was listed just before the Birds on the same census. There were 14 Hisam's living in Warren county at this time. One of these I haven't been able to place, Albert Hisam, between 5 and 20 years old, who was living at the home of John and Martha Conklin.

In the 1900 census of Walpack township, Sussex county, New Jersey as Lavina Hissim, a 74 year old [October 1825], widow, boarding with Benjamin Hull. William's children were,
(24) Christeener Hisem (1843)
(24) James K. Hissam (1844), his line dies out in the male line after generation (25).
(24) Mary Elizabeth Hissam (1846)
(24) Cecilia Catherine "Pricilla" Hissam (1848)
(24) Henry M. Hissam (1850), his line appears to die out in the male line after generation (26).
(24) William R. Hissam (1852), he had no heirs.
(24) Isaac E. Hissam (1854), his line appears to die out in the male line after genertion (26)
(24) John A. Hissam (1857), his line dies out in the male line after generation (25).
(24) Jacob Samuel Hissam (1863), his line dies out in the male line after generation (250.
(24) George C. Hissam (1867)
(24) Albert Hisam (c1881)

(24) Christeener Hisem (1843)

Could she be William's daughter? In the 1860 census she was a 16 year old farm worker on the farm of William Jager. She was born in New Jersey but was residing across the river in Stroud township, Monroe county, Pennsylvania.

(24) James K. Hissam (1844)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815)

I don't show that any of his sons had children. He was born in Pennsylvania, probably in Pike county, where James' father, William, lived circa 1840 [the 1900 census shows February 1844]. In the 1850 census of Pahaquarry township, Warren county, New Jersey as James P. [sic] Hisum, 6, born in Pennsylvania, the son of William Hisum Jr. and Levina Spinner. In the 1860 Federal census of Pahaquarry township as James Hissam [Hessam in Ancestry.com], 16, still living at home with his parents.

James married Sarah in about 1869; his son, Harvey, was born in 1870. This marriage probably occurred in Pike county, Pennsylvania, just across the Delaware river from Warren county, New Jersey. Sarah was from Pennsylvania and son Harvey was born in that state.

In the 1870 census of . . . James would have been 26 years old and probably working as a hired hand on someone else's farm. In 1870 he had been living in Pennsylvania, where his son, Harvey, had been born, but by 1872, when William H. was born, he had moved back across the Delaware river to Warren county, New Jersey. James' parents had remained in New Jersey throughout this time.

In the 1880 census of Pahaquarry township, Warren county, New Jersey as James Hissiam, a 36 year old laborer, of Pennsylvania. He had been unemployed three months during that year. Living with him were his wife, Sarah, 35, and children, Harvey, 10, born in Pennsylvania, William H., 8, Anna M., 5, George F., 2, and Lavina, 1/12 [April 1880], born in New Jersey.

I think James and Sarah had one more child after this, James Jr., who was born in about 1883.

In the 1895 state census of Hardwick township, Warren county, New Jersey as James and Sarah Hisam. Sarah died after this.

James then married Mary L. Cooper. She was born in September 1859, in New Jersey. This was apparently her third marriage. If we accept the 1900 census, below, then this marriage occurred in about 1889, or 28 August 1890 per one researcher, though this does not jibe with the 1895 census.

In the 1900 census of Walpack township, Sussex county, New Jersey as James Hissim, a 56 year old farm laborer. He was shown as born in February 1844, which fits, but in New Jersey, which is an understandable mistake since he spent his youth in New Jersey. Living with him was his wife, Mary L., 40 [September 1859]. They had been married 10 years and Mary had one child, still living, but not then in the house. Living next door was the family of Samuel and Vincetta Cole. Boarding with them was a 5 year old Mary Hissim [March 1895], who, per the 1910 census, was James' niece. She was born in New Jersey as were her parents.

In the 1910 census of Pahaquarry township, Warren county, New Jersey as James K. Hissam [Hisam in Ancestry.com], a 67 year old doing odd jobs. He was of New Jersey and his parents were from Pennsylvania. Living with him was his wife, Mary, 51. They had been married 21 years. It was his second marriage and her third. Also living with him was his niece, Mary Hissam, 16. Is this the Mary Hissim, above? Whose daughter was this?

In the 1920 census of Alamuchy township, Warren county, New Jersey as James Hissim, a 74 year old hired man doing general farming. He was living in the house of Harry E. Freiburg [?]. He was a widower, of Pennsylvania. His parents were both from Pennsylvania.

In the 1930 census of . . .

James K. Hissim died on 29 September 1931 per an online Obituary Index. James' children were,
(25) Harvey Hissam (1870)
(25) William H. Hissam (1872)
(25) Anna March Hissam (1875)
(25) George Frank Hissam (1878)
(25) Sarah Lavina Hissam (1880)
(25) Alvin J. Hissim (1883)
(25) James J. Hissim Jr. (1884)

(25) Harvey Hissam (1870)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) James K. Hissam (1844)

In the 1880 census of Pahaquarry township as Harvey Hissiam, 10, born in Pennsylvania. I cannot find him in later censuses.

(25) William Henry Hissam (1873)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) James K. Hissam (1844)

Named for his grandfather. In the 1880 census of Pahaquarry township, Warren county, New Jersey as William H. Hissiam, 8, born in New Jersey.

In the 1900 census . . .

William married Eva M. Riker in about 1901. She was born in 1876 in Allamuchy township, Warren county, New Jersey, the daughter of Lewis and Elizabeth Doughtery Riker. In the 1910 census of Frelinghuysen township, Warren county, New Jersey as William H. Hissim, a 37 year old laborer at odd jobs. Living with him was his wife, Eva, 34. They had been married 9 years but had no children.

William Henry Hissim, of 189 Main street, Franklin, Sussex county, New Jersey registered for the draft on 12 September 1918. He was born on 6 June 1873 and was 45 years old at the time. He was a plumber for the New Jersey Line company of Franklin. His wife was Eva M. Hissim. He was noted to have lost the thumb of his left hand. He was described as of medium height and slender build, with gray eyes and hair.

In the 1920 census of Franklin township, Sussex county, New Jersey as William H. Hissem, a 46 year old plumber in a mill. Living with him was his wife, Eva M., 43. William was of New Jersey and both of his parents were of Pennsylvania. Eva and her parents were from New Jersey.

In the 1930 census of Allamuchy township, Warren county, New Jersey as Wm. Hissiam, a 56 year old farm laborer. Living with him was his wife, Eva M., 53.

William H. Hissim died on 5 March 1933 at the age of 60. Both were buried in the Tranquility cemetary, Sussex county, New Jersey. I have no evidence of children.




(25) Anna March Hissam (1875)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) James K. Hissam (1844)

In the 1880 census of Pahaquarry township as Anna M. Hissiam, 5, born in New Jersey. I lose track of her after this.

(25) George Frank Hissam (1878)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) James K. Hissam (1844)

His middle name may be Frankling [?]. He may have been two years older than shown, or he later remembered being older. In the 1880 census of Pahaquarry township as George F. Hissiam, 2, born in New Jersey. In the 1895 census of Frelinghuysen township, Warren county, New Jersey there was a George Hissom, aged 5 to 20 years old, living in the house of George C. Ball. George's father, James, had remarried in 1889. Did the new Mrs. Hissam push her step-children out of the house?

In the 1900 census of Allamuchy, Warren county, New Jersey as George F. Hissim, a 24 year old [May 1876] farm laborer, a servant in the household of Ira Reader.

In the 1910 census . . . George married Emma in 1910, at the age of 32.

George Frank Hissim, of Branian [?], Warren county, New Jersey registered for the draft on 12 September 1918. He was born on 4 May 1876 and was 42 years old at the time. He was a shovel [garbled] at a cement [?] quarry of the Alpha Portland Cement company of Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania. His nearest relative was Emma Hissim, his wife. He was described as tall and slender, with dark brown eyes and black hair.

In the 1920 census of Allamuchy, Warren county, New Jersey as George F. Hissem, a 39 year old dairyman on a dairy farm [he should be 42], born in New Jersey. Living with him was his wife, Emma A., 28. She had emigrated from Bohemia in 1892. They had no children.

In the 1930 census of Hackettstown, Warren county, New Jersey as George Hissem [Hessen in Ancestry.com], a 52 year old truck driver for a fish hatchery, of New Jersey, a boarder in the house of Mary Matthews. He was listed as married, but his wife was not shown. His father was from New Jersey and his mother was from Pennsylvania.

George died in 1962 and was buried in the Pequest Union cemetery in Great Meadows, Warren county, New Jersey. Mary E. Quick Hissim is buried next to him. I assume this is Emma.




(25) Sarah Lavina Hissam (1880)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) James K. Hissam (1844)

Named for her grandmother. In the 1880 census of Pahaquarry township as Lavina Hissiam, 1/12 [April 1880], born in New Jersey.

I don't know if this fits here, but either Lavina was known alternately as Sarah or she had a sister of that name. Sarah Hissim married Vernon Robins circa 1896. James Hissim, below, was in the 1910 census of Walpack township, Sussex county, New Jersey, as brother-in-law of "Veranus" Robins and his wife, Sarah, 30. Vernon and Sarah had been married for 14 years. Sarah's parents were both from New Jersey. Note that in 1900 that (23) William J. Hissam and (24) James P Hissam were both living in Walpack township. Either of them could have been Sarah's father.

In the 1920 census . . .

(25) Alvin J. Hissim (1883)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) James K. Hissam (1844)

I have an Alvin J. [James?] Hissim, 59, of Stroudsburg, Monroe county, Pennsylvania who registered for the draft on 27 April 1942. He was born in Shawnee, Pennsylvania on 21 April 1883. He worked for Line Material of East Stroudsburg. He named Frances Edwards [Francis A. Edwards on the tombstone below] as a person who would always know his address; they must have been close if they shared a tombstone, but why a different last name? I don't see a sister named Francis, so perhaps this was a common-law wife. Alvin was 5' 9'', 150 pounds. with blue eyes and brown hair.

Alvin J. Hissim died on 14 October 1952 and was buried in the Cedar Ridge cemetery in Blairstown, Warren county, New Jersey.

(25) James J. Hissim Jr. (1884)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) James K. Hissam (1844)

I have a James Highsen [sic], the son of Jas [James] Highsen and an unnamed [Sarah?] Smith, born on 21 April 1882. That looks a little early, until we note that he was born in Pahaquarry, Warren county, New Jersey. That's just were James and Sarah Hissiam were living in 1880.

In the 1900 census . . . James would have been between 16 and 18 years old, depending on which birth year we accept. His father, James P. Hissam, was living in Walpack in 1900, but young James was not living with him. That's not too surprising; James Jr. was old enough to be hired out.

In the 1910 census of Walpack township, Sussex county, New Jersey as James Hissim [Hissem in Ancestry.com], a 26 year old [1883] farmer "working out," that is, working someone else's land. He had been out of work 8 months that year. He was born in New Jersey, as were his parents. He was living with his sister, Sarah, 30, and her husband, "Veroness" Robins. The other Hissam/Hissem/Hissim's living in New Jersey were Isaac A. and John A., James' uncles, Clarence C. and Nora, his cousins, and William H., his brother [?]. I think the chances are good that James belongs here.

In the 1920 census of . . .

In the 1930 census of Hartford, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania as Jack J. Hissim, of New Jersey. He was shown as married, but no wife was present. He had married when he was 30, so in 1904 or 1914, depending what we think his age actually was. He was a 56 year old [sic, should be 46], a hired man working on Arthur M. Wilmorth's dairy farm. Susquehanna county, northwest of Delaware river communites of Walpack and Stroudsburg, encompasses the Wyoming Valley where ancestors of James lived for a time.

James apparently apparently never married and died in 1931; see the tombstone below.

I think Mary L. Hissim was James' mother, the wife James K. Hissam. That means Alvin J. Hissim, above, was probably a brother.

(24) Mary Elizabeth Hissam (1846)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815)

She was born in Pennsylvania. In the 1850 census of Pahaquarry township, Warren county, New Jersey as Mary Elizabeth Hisum, 2, and born in Pennsylvania. In the 1860 Federal census of Pahaquarry township as Mary E. Hissam [Hessam in Ancestry.com], 14.

(24) Cecilia Catherine "Pricilla" Hissam (1848)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815)

She was born in Pennsylvania. In the 1850 census of Pahaquarry township, Warren county, New Jersey as Percilla [Cecilia] Catherine Hisum, 8/12, and born in Pennsylvania. In the 1860 Federal census of Pahaquarry township as Cecilia Hissam [Hessam in Ancestry.com], 12.

Sussex County, NJ - 1870 Census Index - Hissim, Druzilla 248A WAL. Could this be a transcription error for Cecilia?

She married James William Smith.

(24) Henry M. Hissam (1850)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815)

He was born in New Jersey in October 1850. His middle name was apparently Moses. In the 1860 Federal census of Pahaquarry township, Warren county, New Jersey as Henry M. Hissam [Hessam in Ancestry.com], 10, born in New Jersey.

In the 1870 census . . . Henry probably married Sarah Kitchen in 1873.

J. Hissom was born to Moses and Sarah Hissom on 15 October 1874, in Pahaquary, Warren county, New Jersey.

A female child [Louise Mae] was born to Moses Hissem, aged 30, on 24 December 1879 in Knowlton, Warren county, New Jersey. The mother's maiden name was [Sarah C.] Kitchen.

In the 1880 census of Knowlton, Warren county, New Jersey as Moses Hissom, a 29 year old laborer, of New Jersey. Living with him were his wife, Sarah C., 25, and children, James, 5, Lizzie Ann, 2, and Louisa M., 4/12 [December], all of New Jersey.

On 5 May 1884 Moses Hissom and Sarah Kitchen had a daughter, Mary M., born in Warren county, New Jersey.

I have a "Hissam, Moses, laborer, Bridgeville" in the Oxford township directory in the "Warren County History and Directory" of 1886. There were no other members of the family, by any spelling, in the book.

Neither a Henry nor a Moses Hissam are in the 1895 census of Warren county.

In the 1900 census of Brooklyn, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania as Henry Hissom, a 50 year old [October 1850] farm laborer, of Pennsylvania (yet his children's father is shown to be of New Jersey). His parents were also from Pennsylvania. Living with him were his wife, Sarah C., 49 [May 1851], and children, Mary M., 15 [May 1885], Martha, 8 [July 1891], all from New Jersey. Sarah had 5 children, all still living.

"Hissam, Moses, laborer, Bridgeville" was included in the Township Directory of Oxford, New Jersey. Frustratingly, I can't find a date for this directory.

In the 1910 census . . .

The following were the children of Henry Moses and Sarah C. Hissim.
(25) Jacob James Hissim (1874)
(25) Elizabeth Ann Hissim (1877)
(25) Louise Mae Hissim (1879)
(25) Mary M. Hissom (1884), Mary M., the dauther of Moses Hissom and Sarah Kitchen, was born on 5 May1884 in O , Warren county, New Jersey
(25) Martha Hissom (1891)

(25) Jacob James Hissim (1874)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) Henry M. Hissam (1850)

An unsourced family tree says that Jacob was the son of Moses and Sarah C. Hissim. A J. Hissom was born to Moses and Sarah Hissom on 15 October 1874, in Pahaquary, Warren county, New Jersey. He would have been named after his uncle, (24) Jacob Samuel Hissam (1863), below. The family lived along the PA/NJ border and some of them lived in Hackettstown, in the Blairstown area. In the 1880 census of Knowlton, Warren county, New Jersey as [perhaps] James Hissom [Jacob James?], 5, of New Jersey, the son of Moses and Sarah C. Hissom.

In the 1900 census . . .

Jacob married Alice, of New Jersey, in about 1904.

In the 1910 census of Hallstead borough, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania as Jacob Hissom, a 27 year old railroad laborer, of New Jersey. Living with him were his wife, Alice, 21, and children, Sara [?], 4, and Bessie, 2, both born in Pennsylvania. Alice had 4 children, 2 of whom were living.

In the 1920 Federal census of Lathrop township, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania as Jacob J. Hissim, a 48 year old laborer on a dairy farm, born in New Jersey. Living with him were his daughter, Bessie, 11, and son, James, 9. By this date his wife had died.

In the 1930 census . . .

He died on 4 June 1951 in Montrose, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania of metastatic carcinoma. He was 78 yrs old. He was buried in the Maplewood Cemetary of Kingsley, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania. His obituary,

"Jacob J. Hissin [sic], 79, died at his home, 28 Chenango Street, Montrose, on Monday morning, June 4, 1951, at 11:10. His death followed a short illness. Mr. Hissin was a former resident of Kingsley and had made his home here about three years. He was employed by the Lackawanna Railroad Co., in Scranton for many years. He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Louise Griswold, of Hallstead; a son, James Hissin of Binghamton, and two daughters, Mrs. Sarah Furey, and Mrs. Bessie Doyle, both of Binghamton. His funeral will be held this Thursday afternoon at 2 in the Kane Funeral Home, Grow Avenue, the Rev. Carl Egli, pastor of the Baptist Chruch officiating. Interment at Kingsley." - from the Montrose Independent of June 7, 1951

His children were,
(26) Sara Hissim (1906)
(26) Bessie Hissim (1908)
(26) James Hissim (1910)
(26) Dorothy Louise Hissim (1912)

(26) Sara Hissim (1906)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) Henry M. Hissam (1850) (25) Jacob James Hissim (1874)

Sarah Elnora Hissim was born on 29 March 1906 in Nicholson, Pennsylvania. In the 1910 census of Hallstead borough, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania as Sara Hissom [?], 4, born in Pennsylvania. Debra Smith, a relative, says she died on 13 November 1906 in Kingsley, Pennsylvania. She must be mistaken because her father's obituary, above, indicates she married a Furey, of Binghampton, and was still living as of 1951.

(26) Bessie Hissim (1908)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) Henry M. Hissam (1850) (25) Jacob James Hissim (1874)

She was born on 15 April 1908. In the 1910 census of Hallstead borough, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania as Bessie Hissom, 2, born in Pennsylvania. In the 1920 Federal census of Lathrop township, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania as Bessie Hissim, 11. She married a Doyle. She died in May 1979 in Binghamton, New York.

(26) James Hissim (1910)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) Henry M. Hissam (1850) (25) Jacob James Hissim (1874)

The Social Security Death Index shows a date of birth of 28 June 1910. In the 1920 Federal census of Lathrop township, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania as James Hissim, 9, born in Pennsylvania.

In the 1930 census of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as James Hissim [or Hissin], 19, of Pennsylvania, a prisoner in the Eastern State prison. The age is right, but this shows his folks were also born in Pennsylvania. He was a laborer in the rag shop, but his crime was not shown.

The Binghamton, New York Directory of 1939 has a "Hissin Jas D (Muriel) chfr h99 Eldredge." He may have been a chaffuer. A James D. Hissin, of New York, enlisted in the Army on 30 December 1942 in Binghamton. He had one year of high school. He was separated with dependents. He was 67" tall and weighed 160 pounds.

The Social Security Death Index shows a date of death in November 1980 in Port Crane, New York for James Hissin.

Hissim Stray

Fred Hissim

Andrew Cockburn wrote a recent book which Fred translated, "Caligula au Pentagone: Rumsfeld, les néoconservateurs et le désastre irakien." I take it that Mr. Cockburn, and perhaps Fred as well, is no fan of Secretary Rumsfield.


(26) Dorothy Louise Hissim (1912)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) Henry M. Hissam (1850) (25) Jacob J. Hissim (1873)

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob J. Hissim, she died of measles and bronchitis on 10 October 1914 at the age of 1 yr 11 months and 27 days. She was buried in Maplewood Cemetery, Kingsley, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania, Lot No. 20, Division B.

(25) Elizabeth Ann Hissim (1877)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) Henry M. Hissam (1850)

She was born on 7 August 1877 in Warren county, New Jersey. She married Charles E. Smith on 24 December 1892 in Montrose, Pennsylvania. She died on 28 December 1946 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She was buried in the Maplewood cemetary. She may have been known as Priscilla.

(25) Louise Mae Hissim (1879)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) Henry M. Hissam (1850)

A female child [Louise Mae] was born to Moses Hissem, aged 30, on 24 December 1879 in Knowlton, Warren county, New Jersey. The mother's maiden name was [Sarah C.] Kitchen.

(25) Louise Mae Hissim (1879), born December 1879 in Bridgeville, New Jersey, married John Harmon Griswold on 25 December 1894 in South Montrose, Pennsylvania, died on 24 April 1960 in Montrose, Pennsylvania.

(24) William R. Hissam (1852)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815)

He was born in about 1852 in New Jersey; another researcher claims 29 October 1854 based on his tombstone. In the 1860 Federal census of Pahaquarry township, Warren county, New Jersey as William J. [sic] Hissam [Hessam in Ancestry.com], 8, born in New Jersey.

In the 1870 census . . .

In the 1880 census . . .

William R. Hissim, the son of William and Lavina Hissim, died on 5 April 1883, at the age of 28 yrs. 5 mo. & 7 dys [1855?]. He was buried in the Cedar Ridge cemetery in Blairstown, New Jersey.His tombstone:

Let our sorrow cease to flow
God has recalled his own;
But let our hearts in every woe
Still say, "Thy will be done".

The following is a request by Robert Craig Jr. for the administration of William's estate.

". . .
Brother of said Deceased
Celilia Smith
Sister of said deceased
James K. Hissem
John A. Hissem X his mark
Brother of said deceased
William R. Hissim Jr.

To Martin C. Swartskeller [?] Surrogate of the County of Warren.

The petition of Robert Craig Jr. of Warren County respectfully showeth that Wm. R. Hissim late of said coundy died intestate on the 5th day of April A.D. 1883 and prays administration of the goods and Chattels, rights and Assets of said deceased may be granted to him.

The names of the heirs at Law and next of Kin of said deceased their residences and post offices so far as known to your petitioner are as follows, viz

Name . . . Relationship . . . Residence . . . Post Office
William Hissem . . . Father . . . Warren County . . . Blairstown N.J.
James K. Hissem . . . Brother . . . Do . . . Cates [?] "
Mary E. Smith . . . Sister . . . Do . . . Blairstown "
George Hissem . . . Brother . . . Do . . . Do "
Jacob S. Hissem . . . Brother . . . Do . . Do "
Henry M. Hissem . . . Do . . . Do . . . Columbia "
[Cecilia] Smith . . . Sister . . . Pennsylvania . . . Shawnee
John A. Hissem . . . Brother . . . [blank] . . . [garbled]
Isaac Hissem . . . Do . . . [blank] . . . [garbled]
Dated May 9 1883 -- Robert Craig Jr.

Warren County

Robert Craig Jr. being duly sworn on his oath saith the above petition is true to the best of his knowledge and belief.

Sworn and Subscribed this 9th day of May 1883"

(24) Isaac A. Hissam (1854)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815)

He was born in about 1854 in New Jersey. In the 1860 Federal census of Pahaquarry township as Isaac E. Hissam [Hessam in Ancestry.com], 6, born in New Jersey. In the 1870 census of Pahaquarry township as Isaac Hissam, 15, who worked on the farm. In the 1880 census of Hardwick township, Warren county, New Jersey as Isaac Hissem, 17 [sic, this should be 27, his younger brother's age is also messed up], a laborer. He was still living at home with his parents at this time.

Isaac married Carrie in about 1890. In the 1900 census of West Milford, Passaic county, New Jersey as Isaac Hissem, a 38 year old [April 1862] brakeman on the railroad. His date of birth is clearly off compared with the above, and further below. Living with him were his wife, Carrie M., 27 [May 1873], and children, Bessie L., 9 [May 1891], Herbert, 7 [March 1893], May C., 2 [March 1898], R. William, 4 [January 1896], and Helen M., 11/12 [June 1890].

In the 1910 census of West Milford township, Passaic county, New Jersey as Isaac A. Hissim, a 52 year old brakeman on a steam railroad [growing older]. He was born in New Jersey. Living with him were his wife, Carrie M., 57, and children, Herbert L., a 17 year old telegrah operator, William R., 14, Carrie M., 12, Helen M., 11, Charles W., 8, and Henrietta D., 1 6/12.

In the 1920 census of Bloomingdale, Passaic county, New Jersey as Isaac Hissem, 63, but born in Pennsylvania [getting closer on the age]. Living with him were his wife, Carrie M., 64, and children, William, 23, Carrie M., 21, Helen M., 20, Charles W., 17, Hennrietta D., 11, and Henry F., 8, all born in New Jersey.

Isaac died in 1928. He was buried at the Mount Rest cemetery in Butler, Morris county, New Jersey. Buried with him were his wife, Carrie M., and children Helen M. and Harry E.

In the 1930 census of Bloomingdale, Passaic county, New Jersey as Carrie M. Hissem, 55, of New Jersey. Living with her were her children, William R., 34, Henrietta, 21, and and Harry F. [sic, E.], 19. Her daughter, Helen, 30, was also living with her under the surname of Morrell. Helen's two children were Robert and Geraldine.

Carrie died in 1962.

Isaac and Carrie's children were,
(25) Bessie L. Hissem (1891)
(25) Herbert Lewis Hissem (1893)
(25) William R. Hissem (1896)
(25) May C. Hissem (1898)
(25) Helen M. Hissem (1899)
(25) Charles W. Hissem (1902)
(25) Henrietta D. Hissem (1908)
(25) Henry E. Hissem (1910)

An Essex County Stray

The following may fit here as a brother of Herbert Lewis Hissem, who lived in Essex county in 1920.

(25) Russel H. Hissam (c1891)

In the 1920 census of Millburn, Essex county, New Jersey as Russel H. Hissam, a 29 year old manager. His wife was Ida, 29, and his son was Russel W., 4. All were born in New Jersey as were their parents.

(26) Russel W. Hissam (1916)
(25) Russel H. Hissam (c1891)

Son of Russel H. Hissam.


(25) Bessie L. Hissem (1891)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) Isaac E. Hissam (1854)

In the 1900 census of West Milford, Passaic county, New Jersey as Bessie L. Hissem, 9 [May 1891].

(25) Herbert Lewis Hissem (1893)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) Isaac E. Hissam (1854)

He was born on 25 March 1893. In the 1900 census of West Milford, Passaic county, New Jersey as Herbert Hissem, 7 [March 1893]. In the 1910 census of West Milford township, Passaic county, New Jersey as Herbert L. Hissim, a 17 year old telegraph operator. He was living with his father, Isaac A. Hissim, and mother, Carrie M., 57.

Herbert married Louise in about 1914.

Herbert Lewis Hissem registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. He was born on 25 March 1893 in Newfoundland, New Jersey. He was 24 years old at the time, a machinist/inspector for the Sfrirer [?] Manufacturing company of South Plainsfield. He was living on 74 Franklin Avenue, South Plainsfield, New Jersey. He was described as of medium height and slender build, with brown eyes and dark brown hair. He requested a deferment based on his wife and child.

In the 1920 census of Newark, Essex county, New Jersey as Herbert L. Hissem, a 26 year old chauffer of a jitney bus. Living with him were his wife, Louise, 28, and son, Herbert L. Jr., 5.

In the 1930 census of Scotch Plains, Union county, New Jersey as Herbert Hissem, a 37 year old real estate agent. Living with him were his wife, Louise, 30, and children, Herbert Jr., 15, and Bertha, 8.

Herbert died in May 1971 in Newark, New Jersey. His children were,
(26) Herbert Lewis Hissem Jr. (1915)
(26) Bertha Hissem (1922)

(26) Herbert Lewis Hissem Jr. (1915)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) Isaac E. Hissam (1854) (25) Herbert Lewis Hissem (1893)

The son of Herbert Lewis Hissem. He was born in New Jersey in 1915. In the 1920 census of Newark, Essex county, New Jersey as Herbert L. Hissem Jr., 5. In the 1930 census of Scotch Plains, Union county, New Jersey as Herbert Hissem Jr., 15.

Herbert L. Hissem Jr. was inducted into the US Naval Reserve as a Private First Class [sic]. This probably occurred right after Pearl Harbor. He was assigned aboard the USS JUNEAU, a light cruiser, CL-52. He was a FC3, or Fire Controllman, Third Class, at the time. Fire Control is the centralized system of aiming the fire of the ship's guns. He was listed as missing in action, presumed dead, on 10 November 1942 in the naval Battle of Guadalcanal. There is a monument [tombstone] for him at Fort William McKinley, Manila, the Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart medal.

USS ATLANTA & USS JUNEAU

The USS ATLANTA, CL-51, was the lead ship in a class of light cruisers of unique design. They were conceived as flotilla leaders but ushered in a new concept in warship design, the anti-aircraft cruiser, a concept that can still be seen in the navy today in ships specialized for this role. Both ships were sunk in a night surface action in the Naval Battle for Guadalcanal on 13 November 1942.

Thirteen US ships, including light cruisers ATLANTA and JUNEAU, fought a superior Japanese naval force including two battleships, at close range in what one US naval officer described as a "bar room brawl with the lights shut off"! The smaller American naval force turned back the Japanese that night and as a result 1,439 US and 520 Japanese sailors gave their lives.

JUNEAU, CL-52, was laid down by Federal Shipbuilding Company, Kearny, New Jersey, on 27 May 1940, launched on 25 October 1941, and commissioned 14 February 1942, Captain Lyman K. Swenson in command.

Following a hurried shakedown cruise along the Atlantic coast in the spring of 1942, JUNEAU assumed blockade patrol in early May off Martinique and Guadeloupe Islands to prevent the escape of Vichy French Naval units. She returned to New York to complete alterations and operated in the North Atlantic and Caribbean from 1 June to 12 August on patrol and escort duties. The cruiser departed for the Pacific Theater 22 August.

After stopping briefly at the Tonga Islands and New Caledonia, she rendezvoused 10 September with Task Force 18 under the command of Rear Admiral Leigh Noyes, flying his flag in WASP (CV-7). The following day Task Force 17, which included HORNET (CV-8), combined with Admiral Noyes' unit to form Task Force 61 whose mission was to ferry fighters to Guadalcanal.

On 15 September WASP took three torpedo hits from the Japanese submarine I-l9, and, with fires raging out of control, was sunk at 2100 by LANSDOWNE (DD-486). JUNEAU and screen destroyers rescued 1,910 survivors of WASP and returned them to Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, 16 September. The net day the fast cruiser rejoined Task Force 17. Operating with the HORNET group, she supported three actions that repulsed enemy thrusts at Guadalcanal: the Buin-Fasi-Tonolai Raid; the Battle of Santa Cruz Island; and the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal (Third Savo).

The ship's first major action was the Battle of Santa Cruz Island 26 October. On 24 October HORNET's task force had combined with the ENTERPRISE (CV-6) group to reform Task Force 61 under the command of Rear Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid. This force positioned itself north of the Santa Cruz Islands in order to intercept enemy units that might attempt to close Guadalcanal. Meanwhile, on Guadalcanal, the Japanese achieved a temporary breakthrough along Lunga Ridge on the night of 25 October. That short-lived success evidently was a signal for enemy surface units to approach the island.

Early in the morning 26 October, U.S. carrier planes uncovered the enemy force and immediately attacked it, damaging two Japanese carriers, one battleship, and three cruisers. But while our aircraft were locating and engaging the enemy, American ships were also under fire. Shortly after 1000 some 27 enemy aircraft attacked HORNET. Though JUNEAU and other screen ships threw up an effective AA barrage which splashed about 20 of the attackers, HORNET was badly damaged and sank the net day. Just before noon JUNEAU left HORNET's escort for the beleaguered ENTERPRISE group several miles away. Adding her firepower, JUNEAU assisted in repulsing four enemy attacks on this force and splashing 18 Japanese planes.

That evening the American forces retired to the southeast. Although the battle had been costly, it, combined with the Marine victory on Guadalcanal, turned back the attempted Japanese parry in the Solomons. Furthermore, the damaging of two Japanese carriers sharply curtailed the air cover available to the enemy in the subsequent Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.

On 8 November JUNEAU departed Noumea, New Caledonia, as a unit of Task Force 67 under the command of Rear Admiral R. K. Turner to escort reinforcements to Guadalcanal. The force arrived there early morning 12 November, and JUNEAU took up her station in the protective screen around the transports and cargo vessels. Unloading proceeded unmolested until 1405 when 30 Japanese planes attacked the alerted United States group. The AA fire was devastating, and JUNEAU alone accounted for six enemy torpedo planes shot down. The few remaining attackers were pounced on by American fighters; only one bomber escaped.

Later in the day an American attack group of cruisers and destroyers cleared Guadalcanal on reports that a large enemy surface force was headed for the island. At 0148 on 13 November Rear Admiral D. J. Callaghan's relatively small Landing Support Group engaged the enemy. The Japanese force of 18 to 20 ships, including 2 battleships, far outnumbered and outgunned his force, but did not outfight it. American gunnery scored effectively almost immediately sinking an enemy destroyer. JUNEAU teamed with ATLANTA (CL-51) to destroy another as the two forces slugged it out at close range. During the exchange JUNEAU was struck on the port side by a torpedo causing a severe list and necessitating withdrawal.

Before noon 13 November, the battered American force began retirement. JUNEAU was steaming on one screw, keeping station 800 yards on the starboard quarter of the likewise severely damaged SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38). She was down 12 feet by the bow, but able to maintain 13 knots. A few minutes after 1100 three torpedoes were launched from the Japanese submarine I-26. JUNEAU successfully avoided two, but the third struck her at the same point which had been damaged during the surface action. There was a terrific explosion; JUNEAU broke in two and disappeared in 20 seconds. The gallant ship with Captain Swanson and most of her crew, including the five Sullivan brothers, was lost. Only 10 members of the crew survived the tragedy [Note: The Sullivans were five brothers who enlisted together and induced the Navy to assign them to the same ship. The tragedy of JUNEAU's loss was compounded in the public's mind by the image of all five of Mrs. Sullivan's sons being killed in one moment. A destroyer was subsequently launched dedicated to them called THE SULLIVANS. A modern guided missile destroyer of the ARLEIGH BURKE class carries on that tradition today].

JUNEAU received four battle stars for World War II service.


(26) Bertha Hissem (1922)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) Isaac E. Hissam (1854) (25) Herbert Lewis Hissem (1893)

The daughter of Herbert Lewis Hissem. She was born in New Jersey in 1922. In the 1930 census of Scotch Plains, Union county, New Jersey as Bertha Hissem, 8.

(25) William Robert Hissem (1895)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) Isaac E. Hissam (1854)

He was born on 29 January 1895. In the 1900 census of West Milford, Passaic county, New Jersey as R. William Hissem, 4 [January 1896]. In the 1910 census of West Milford township, Passaic county, New Jersey as William R. Hissim, 14.

William Robert Hissem registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. He was born on 29 January 1895 in Newfoundland, New Jersey. He was 22 years old at the time, a single rubber worker in the American Hard Rubber company of Butler, New Jersey. He was living in Bloomingdale, New Jersey. He was described as tall and stout, with brown eyes and dark hair.

I have a William Hissim, from Butler or Bloomingdale, New Jersey, that served in WWI as a non-commisioned officer or private.

In the 1920 census of Bloomingdale, Passaic county, New Jersey as William Hissem, 23, born in New Jersey. In the 1930 census of Bloomingdale was William R. Hissem, 34, living at home with his widowed mother. He was a mason working in the building trade.

He married Hazel.

William Robert Hissem, 47, of Passaic, New Jersey registered for the draft again in World War II. He was born in Newfoundland, New Jersey on 29 January 1895. He was living with his wife, Hazel. He was working for a Master Contractor.

I have no evidence of children.

(25) May C. Hissem (1898)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) Isaac E. Hissam (1854)

Also known as Carrie May. In the 1900 census of West Milford, Passaic county, New Jersey as May C. Hissem, 2 [March 1898]. In the 1910 census of West Milford township, Passaic county, New Jersey as Carrie M. Hissim, 12. In the 1920 census of Bloomingdale, Passaic county, New Jersey as Carrie M. Hissem, 21, born in New Jersey, living at home with her parents.

(25) Helen M. Hissem (1900)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) Isaac E. Hissam (1854)

She was born on 2 June 1900 [or 1899]. In the 1900 census of West Milford, Passaic county, New Jersey as Helen M. Hissem, 11/12 [June 1900]. In the 1910 census of West Milford township, Passaic county, New Jersey as Helen M. Hissim, 11. In the 1920 census of Bloomingdale, Passaic county, New Jersey as Helen M. Hissem, 20, born in New Jersey. In the 1930 census of Bloomingdale as Helen Morrell, 30, living with her widowed mother. Her two children were Robert and Geraldine Morrell. She was working as an operator in an overall factory.

Helen died on 24 February 1988 in Pompton Lakes, Passaic county, New Jersey. She was buried with her parents at Mount Rest cemetery in Butler, Morris county, New Jersey.

(25) Charles W. Hissem (1902)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) Isaac E. Hissam (1854)

In the 1910 census of West Milford township, Passaic county, New Jersey as Charles W. Hissim, 8. In the 1920 census of Bloomingdale, Passaic county, New Jersey as Charles W. Hissem, 17, born in New Jersey.

In the 1930 census of District 189, Pompton Lakes, Passaic county, New Jersey as Chas W. Hissem, a 27 year old butcher in the meat market. Living with him were his wife, Clara M., 27. Clara was born on 28 August 1903.

Charles and Clara Hissem lived in Pompano Beach, Florida circa 1998-2002. Clara died on 23 May 2000 in Pompton Lakes, Passaic county, New Jersey.

(25) Henrietta D. Hissem (1908)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) Isaac E. Hissam (1854)

In the 1910 census of West Milford township, Passaic county, New Jersey as Henrietta D. Hissim, 1 6/12. In the 1920 census of Bloomingdale, Passaic county, New Jersey as Hennrietta D. Hissem, 11. In the 1930 census of Bloomingdale as Henrietta Hissem, 21. She was working as an operator in an overall factory.

(25) Henry E. Hissem (1910)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) Isaac E. Hissam (1854)

In the 1920 census of Bloomingdale, Passaic county, New Jersey as Henry F. Hissem, 8, born in New Jersey. In the 1930 census of Bloomingdale as Harry F. Hissem, 19, living at home. A laborer in the building trade.

Harry E. Hissem died in 1949. He was buried with his parents at the Mount Rest cemetery in Butler, Morris county, New Jersey.

(24) John A. Hissam (1857)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815)

Or Hissem/Hissim. He was born in New Jersey. In the 1860 Federal census of Pahaquarry township as John S. [W?] Hissam [Hessam in Ancestry.com], 2, born in New Jersey. Not in the 1870 census with his father. If he was farmed out to live with a relative, he might be hard to find.

In the 1880 census of Blairstown, Warren county, New Jersey as John A. Hissom, a 21 year old laborer, of New Jersey, working on the farm of Thomas Morgan.

John married Susana in about 1884. This was Susanna Brush per their tombstone.

In the 1895 census of Hardwick, Warren county, New Jersey as John Hisam. Living with him were his wife, Susan, and children, Nora, John Jr., Grace, Cora, Arthur, and Mabel. John was living next door to the James L. Lanterman family. John's brother, George, had a son, Edward Lanterman Hissim.

In the 1900 census of Hardwick township, Warren county, New Jersey as John Hissam, a 42 year old [November 1858] farmer, of dNew Jersey. Living with him were his wife, Susana B., 34 [1866], of Pennsylvania, and children, Nora M., 14 [September 1885], of Pennsylvania, and John A. Jr., 13 [April 1887], Grace B., 11 [July 1888], Cora M., 10 [April 1890], Arthur, 8 [March 1892], and Mable B., 6 [April 1894], of New Jersey.

In the 1910 census of Hope township, Warren county, New Jersey as John Hissem, a 51 year old laborer at odd jobs. Living with him were his wife, Susie M., 42, and children, Arthur D., an 18 year old farm laborer "working out," i.e. for someone else, and Mabel, 16. Susie had 6 children, of whom 5 were still living.

There is a Hissim Road in Hope, Great Meadows, Bordentown and East Brunswick, New Jersey.

In the 1920 census for Hope township, Warren county, New Jersey, as John A. Hissem, a 62 year old [1857] farmer. Living with him was his wife, Susie, 54. No children are listed. His parents were born in New Jersey.

In the 1930 census of Hope township, Warren county, New Jersey as John A. Hissem, a 72 year old "dynamite expert!" Living with him were his wife, Susan M., 63, and his grandson, Vernon F. Pennell, 11. In this listing his folks were shown as born in Pennsylvania.

John died at an unknown date, but was buried at the Old Stillwater cemetery in Stillwater, Sussex county, New Jersey. He was buried with his wife, Susanna, and son John. The tombstone is problematic because it shows John Sr. as born in 1868 when I think it was more like 1858. The tombstone looks modern, however, and may be mistaken. Note that it does not capture the dates of death for John or Susanna.

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His children were,
(25) Nora M. Hissam (1885)
(25) John A. Hissam Jr. (1887)
(25) Grace B. Hissam (1888)
(25) Cora M. Hissam (1890)
(25) Arthur Decker Hissam (1892)
(25) Mable B. Hissam (1894)

(25) Nora M. Hissam (1885)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) John A. Hissam (1857)

In the 1900 census of Hardwick township, Warren county, New Jersey as Nora M. Hissam, 14 [September 1885], of Pennsylvania. In the 1910 census of Blairstown township, Warren county, New Jersey as Nora [Nova in Ancestry.com] Hissim, a 24 year old hired girl at the Blair Academy. She worked in the dining room.

The Blair Academy

A presitgious coeducational preparatory school founded in 1848 by John Insley Blair, a 19th century railroad baron. This boarding school is still in operation today.


(25) John A. Hissam Jr. (1887)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) John A. Hissam (1857)

He was born on 2 April 1887. In the 1900 census of Hardwick township, Warren county, New Jersey as John A. Hissam Jr., 13 [April 1887], of New Jersey. He died on 4 March ___ and was buried at the Old Stillwater cemetery in Sussex county, New Jersey. I'm guessing this was an early death.

(25) Grace B. Hissam (1888)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) John A. Hissam (1857)

In the 1900 census of Hardwick township, Warren county, New Jersey as Grace B. Hissam, 11 [July 1888], of New Jersey.

(25) Cora M. Hissam (1890)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) John A. Hissam (1857)

In the 1900 census of Hardwick township, Warren county, New Jersey as Cora M. Hissam, 10 [April 1890], of New Jersey. Cora Hissem married George Pennell. Their son, Vernon F. Pennell, died on 11 February 2003 in Fountain Hill. He ran a construction business in Brodheadsville.

(25) Arthur Decker Hissam (1892)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) John A. Hissam (1857)

He was born on 9 March 1892 in Sparta, New Jersey. In the 1900 census of Hardwick township, Warren county, New Jersey as Arthur Hissam, 8 [March 1892], of New Jersey. In the 1910 census of Hope township, Warren county, New Jersey as Arthur D. Hissem, an 18 year old farm laborer "working out," i.e. for someone else.

Arthur married Ada M. Paugh in about 1914.

Arthur Decker Hissem registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. He was born on 9 March 1892 in Sparta, New Jersey. He was 25 years old at the time, a laborer with the DL&W railroad company of Andover. He was a married man living in Andover, New Jersey. He was described as of medium height and build, with brown eyes and dark hair.

In the 1920 census . . .

In the 1930 census of Andover, Sussex county, New Jersey as Arthur Hissam, a 38 year old nurseyman. He was not a veteran. Living with him was his wife, Ada A., 34. They had no children. Also living with him was his mother-in-law, Phoebe A. Paugh, 63, of New Jersey.

Arthur Decker Hissem registered for the draft for World War II as well. He was living in Hope, Warren county, New Jersey. He listed John Hissem of Hope, New Jersey as a "person who will always know your address." Was this his brother or his father? I can't imagine John Sr. was still alive at this point.

Arthur D. Hissem died in 1956 and was buried at the Old Stillwater cemetery in Sussex county, New Jersey, near his parents, John A. and Susanna Hissem.


(25) Mable B. Hissam (1894)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) John A. Hissam (1857)

In the 1900 census of Hardwick township, Warren county, New Jersey as Mable B. Hissam, 6 [April 1894], of New Jersey. In the 1910 census of Hope township, Warren county, New Jersey as Mabel Hissem, 16.

Sussex County Hissams

(24) William Hissum (1861)

In the 1880 census of Hardyston, Sussex county, New Jersey as William Hissum, a 19 year old team driver working for and living with Matthew Babcock. He was born in New Jersey. No origin was listed for his parents. William was ill on the day the census taker visited, having "chills & fever."


(24) Jacob Samuel Hissam (1863)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815)

Or Hissem/Hissim. He was born as Jacob Samuel Hyssom on 18 January 1863 in Walpack township, Sussex county, New Jersey, the son of William and Lavina Hyssom - from the IGI. In the 1870 census of Pahaquarry township as Jacob Hissam, 8, born in New Jersey and living with his parents, William and Levina Hissam.

In the 1880 census of Hardwick township, Warren county, New Jersey as Jacob Hissem, 23 [this should be 18, but his brother had his birthdate messed up as well], a laborer. He was still living at home with his parents, William and Lavina, at this time.

Jacob married Amy Anna Smith in about 1881. The following information is from Paula Prindle.

"Jacob and Amy had a daughter, Eva, in 1882. She died at about the age of 5 from diptheria and the next year or so, my grandfather, Benjamin Russell, was born. I think that was 1889 when Jacob J [above] would have been 15 years old!!! After grandpa was a few years old, Gr Annie left Jacob S [Samuel] and brought Grandpa [Benjamin Russell] to NE PA and Binghamton NY area. She remarried when Russell, as he was always called, was just a small boy, and he took his stepfather's name of Walker. I think Jacob S. was dead before 1939 or 1940, probably earlier."

"The Hissam/Hissim family in Pennsylvania around Kingsley and Hop Bottom were my grandfather Russell's cousins. Lizzie Hissom married Grandma Annie's brother Charlie Smith and they adopted a boy in the early 1900's whom they called Floyd Smith, but he may have been a Hissim by birth. Aunt Lizzie was one of Moses children ... he was a brother to either Wm Jr or Jacob S."

Paula wrote again recently,
"I am still working on this Hissim line. I have decided to obtain a death certificate for the Jacob S Hissom/Hisson who died in Montana in 1953 ... his age of 89 makes his birthdate of ca 1862/63 a good possibility that he is the one I have been searching for all of these years. He was the son of William and Levina and mentioned in the will of his older brother who died quite young. The Moses might likely be Henry M, who was a son of William and Levina ... there seems to be no mention of his death, but he cannot be found as an adult in any census, and all of a sudden Moses pops up as one of William's children and the father of Jacob J., Lizzie and Louisa Hissom in Hop Bottom Pa. I am now in touch with the family of Floyd Smith who was adopted by Charles Smith and his wife, Lizzie Hisom, the child was not a Hissim, he was orphaned when his mother died and adopted by the Smiths who were unable to have children."

Paula has written again, as of 5 November 2009:
"I did find that the Jacob S Hissim who died in Montana in feb of 1952 was in fact my gr-grandfather .. he was also the Jacob S Hissam in the 1895 census who had a wife, Mary and a daughter Ariela. I found some records earlier this year naming his wife and daughter, still in NJ but no Jacob. He may have left them as I never found him again until the Montana death Index. My gr grandmother, Amy Anna Smith died just 13 months later, she was his first wife.

I was under the impression that he had died as he was always spoken of in "hushed tones" if he was mentioned at all, but my sister told me that when she was staying with Grandma Annie one summer, Grandma told her that Jacob had remarried and had more children .. Ariela must have been one of them .. or maybe the only one.

That appears to solve that mystery .. I have looked in vain for Ariela in later censuses but so far nothing.

I especially have enjoyed you Revolutionary War research on John Hissam .. wonder if anyone has joined the DAR on his records?

Your pages make for great reading for anyone who loves early American history...and of course it is even more fun if we are descended from some of them. I check in every once in awhile for a good read!"

In about 1893 Jacob married Mary Sidner. On 24 March 1894 a female chile, not named in the record of her birth, but undoubtedly Ariela, was born to Jacob S. Hissam and Mary Sidner in Warren county, New Jersey.

In the 1895 state census of Hardwick, Warren county, New Jersey as Jacob Hisam. Living with him were his wife, Mary, and child, Ariela, a daughter. Just after the census was taken a set of twins was born to Jacob S. Hissam and Mary Sidner, Bertha and Nora, in Bla[irtown], Warren county, New Jersey. Jacob was 37 [1858] and Mary 23. Jacob had a niece, John A. Hissam's daughter, who was also named Nora.

According to Paula Prindle, Jacob may have had Indian ancestry, perhaps through his grandmother. "I know that Jacob S was often referred to as the "half breed" in The Warren Co NJ area where he lived . . . One old family tale says he went down to Oklahoma from NJ because he had family on the Cherokee reservation."

In the 1900 census . . .

In 1907 Jacob F. [sic] Hissim, a stone cutter, was living at 511 North 26th street, in Billings, Montana, per the city directory.

In the 1910 census . . .

Another researcher claims that Jacob I. Hissim married Rosa Fisher on 26 December 1913.

In the 1920 census . . .

In the 1930 census . . .

Jacob S. Hissim, a laborer, was living iin Bozeman, Montana in 1944 per the city directory.

I have a Jacob S. Hissim, born in about 1863 who died in Montana on 10 February 1952 at the age of 89. He was buried in Sunset Hills cemetery in Bozeman, Gallatin county, Montana.

A possible late wife for Jacob? I have a Mrs. Zula Hissam living in Glendive, Montana in 1953 - from the Billings Gazette. Zula Hissam was the daughter of Pinkney Argyle Vaught and Mattie Mae Matthews, of Haworth, Oklahoma, born circa 1910. Zula M. Vaught Hissam was buried in the Rose Hill cemetery, Chickasha, Grady county, Oklahoma on 1 March 1974. Another researcher writes,

Hi Steve,

Just paid your site a visit and was astounded to see that you had added more info about my renegade ancestor Joseph S Hissim..the one who married at least three [maybe more times] and died in Montana. I had not come across the twins born in Blairstown but my sister had said that Grandma Annie said he had more children by his second wife, I found only one Aireta..and the story of him leaving NJ to go to Oklahoma was evidently true..if he married there then that was probably the last marriage as it looks as though that wife survived him. I just marvel at how much info you come up with on such a large and diverse family! I do want to thank whoever sent you the picture of George Hissom born 1867 to Wm and Levina Skinner Hissim,..he looks enough like my grandfather to be his brother [or father] although he is just an uncle. It was a great find. Thanks again for such a helpful and interesting website"

Hi Steve

I just checked out the birthdate of Zula..she was born 1910..Jacob born 1863..I think he was a little old for her and apparently he was already living in Montana when she was born..but still could be a connection.. there, can't be too many people with the same as theirs!

Thanks again for adding new info
Paula Prindle


(25) Eva Hissim (1882)

She died at about the age of 5 from diptheria.

(25) Benjamin Russell Hissim Walker (1889)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) Jacob Samuel Hissam (1863)

Known as Russell. He was born on 1 May 1889 in Bridgeville, Warren county, New Jersey. After his mother left Jacob and remarried, Benjamin Russell took the name Walker. They lived in northeast Pennsylvania and Binghamton New York area. His grand-daughter was Paula Prindle, who wrote, "My grandfather did not know his father, Jacob S. as the parents separated when he was a baby and divorced soon after."

In the 1910 census of Hallstead, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania as Russell Walker, a 20 year old laborer, of New Jersey. He was living with his adoptive father, James Walker, and mother, Anna. There is a Bertha Hisson, an 18 year old servant, living near by and working for the Wheaton family.

He married Nellie Mae Baker.

Russell Benjamin Walker, 28, registered for the draft in World War I. He worked for the Lackawanna Rail Road Company. He was married with one child. He was described as of medium height and build, with dark blue eyes and brown hair.

In the 1920 census of Hallstead, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania as Russell Walker, a 30 year old laborer with the "steam railroad." Living with him were his wife, Nellie, 28, and daughter, Ruth, 8.

In the 1930 census of Hallstead, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania as Benjamin R. Walker, a 40 year old machinist with the "steam rail road." Living with him were his wife, Nellie, 38, and daughter, Norma M., 8. Where's Ruth?

Benjamin Russell Walker, 52, registered for the draft in World War II. He was 5' 5" tall, weighed 122 pounds, had blue eyes and grey hair. He was missing the end of his left thumb.

He died in 1954 in Windsor, Broome county, New York.

His children were,
(26) Ruth Walker (Hissam) (1912)
(26) Norma Walker (Hissam) (1922)

(25) Ariela Hisam (1894)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) Jacob Samuel Hissam (1863)

A child of Jacob and Mary Sidner, born on 24 March 1894 in Warren county, New Jersey. She was in the 1895 census of Hardwick, Warren county, New Jersey.

(25) Bertha and Nora Hisam (1895)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) Jacob Samuel Hissam (1863)

Twins born to Jacob S. Hissam on 16 March 1895 in Bla[irtown], Warren county, New Jersey.

(24) George C. Hissam (1867)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815)

Also called George Hissim. His middle initial may be B. He was born on 18 January 1867 in New Jersey. In the 1870 census of Pahaquarry township, Warren county, New Jersey as George Hissam, 3, born in New Jersey. In the 1880 census of Hardwick township, Warren county, New Jersey as George B. [R?] Hissem, 13, a laborer.

G.C. Hissim married Julia Eva Fuller, of New Jersey, on 13 May 1889. She was born on 23 March 1867. It was her second marriage. Her first marriage had been to Charles Lanning Probasco and she had a son, Clarence C. Probasco. Clarence was born in Harmony township, New Jersey on 1 April 1886. I'm told he used the Hissim name of his step-father throughout his life and only found out his real name when he applied for Social Security - per Amy Christman, 31 December 2004, Ancestry.com message board. David A. Hissim has much more information about the Fuller family.

In the 1895 census of Blairstown, Warren county, New Jersey as George C. Hissum. Living with him were Eva F., Clarence, Edward G., and Raymond.

In the 1900 census of Blairstown, Warren county, New Jersey as George C. Hissim [George G. in Ancestry.com], a 33 year old [June 1867] farm laborer. He had been unemployed 4 months of that year. Living with him were his wife, Eva F., 33 [March 1867], and children, Edward G., 10 [March 1890], and Raymond, 8 [January 1892], both born in New Jersey. George and Eva had been married for 12 years. She had 5 children, 4 of whom were still living.

In the 1910 census of Blairstown township, Warren county, New Jersey as George C. Hissim [Geo C. Hessun in Ancestry.com], a 43 year old laborer at odd jobs. Living with him were his wife, Eva, 43, and children Ebe [garbled, Eddie, i.e. Edward G?], 20, Raymond, 17, Edith May, 10, Andrew A., 6, John A., 6, and Harry S., 2. All the children were born in New Jersey. Eva had 8 children of whom 7 were living. Clarence was the seventh child.

From Eva's Bible:

"Clarence C. Hissim April 1, 1886
Edward G. Hissim March 4, 1890
Raymond B. Hissim Jan. 5, 1894
Isabell M. Hissim June 17, 1897
Edith M. Hissim June 17, 1900 John A. Hissim Dec. 1, 1903
Harry S. Hissim Sept. 15, 1907"

George moved to Pennsylvania after 1910. In the 1920 census of Delaware Water Gap, Monroe county, Pennsylania as George Hissem, a 53 year old laborer in the lumber yard, born in New Jersey. Living with him were his wife, Eva, 53, and sons, Andrew, 17, John, 17, and Harry, 12. All were born in New Jersey, as were George's parents. His son, Raymond was living next-door, as was Clarence Hissim. They were all born in New Jersey.

Eva died in 1928. In the 1930 census . . .

George died on 5 October 1946. Both George and Eva were buried in the Cedar Ridge cemetery in Blairstown, New Jersey. The tombstone read, "Hissim, George C. Jan. 18, 1867 - Oct. 5, 1946" and "Hissim, Eva Fuller Mar. 23, 1867 - Deceased."

Their children were,
(25) Clarence C. Hissim/Probasco (1886)
(25) Edward Lanterman Hissim (1890)
(25) Raymond F. Hissim (1894)
(25) Isabell M. Hissem (1897), born 17 June 1897 and died 14 July 1898
(25) Edith May Hissim (1900)
(25) Andrew Yetter Hissim (1903)
(25) John A. Hissim (1903)
(25) Harry S. Hissim (1907)

(25) Clarence C. Hissim/Probasco (1886)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissam (1867)

Actually a Probasco. He was born on 1 April 1886 in New Jersey. I'm told by another researcher that he spoke German at home, giving rise to the assumption that his parents were from Germany. He lived in Blairstown, New Jersey for part of his life.

In the 1895 census of Blairstown, Warren county, New Jersey as Clarence Hissum, living with his parents, George C. and Eva F. Hissum.

In the 1900 census of Hardwick, Warren county, New Jersey as Clarence Hissam, a 14 year old [___ 1886] servant, a farm laborer, in the house of Isaac Shuster. Clarence was born in New Jersey, as were his parents. He had been employed for 6 months that year. My guess is that his father, John, had sent the boy to live with the Shusters to help earn some money to support the family and to make room in a crowded house - there were six other children in John's house in 1900.

Clarence married Mary Elizabeth Rowe, of Pennsylvania, in about 1903. She was born on 6 March [23 August] 1887. Her parents were Matthias Rowe and Annie Smoke. Note that Clarence was only 17 and Mary only 16.

In the 1910 census of Knowlton township, Warren county, New Jersey as Clarence C. Hissum, a 24 year old laborer in the lumber woods [?], of Pennsylvania. Living with him were his wife, Mary E., 23, and children, Herman H., 5, Eva E., 4, and Ada A., 2, all born in New Jersey. Mary had 4 children of whom 3 were living.

Clarence Hissim, of Alpha, Warren county, New Jersey registered for the draft on 12 September 1918. He was born on 1 April 1885 [sic] and was 33 years old at the time. He was a laborer on the Lehigh Valley railroad in Easton, Northampton county, Pennsylvania. His nearest relative was his wife, Lizzie Hissem [Mary Elizabeth?]. He was described as tall and slender, with gray eyes and black hair.

In the 1920 census of Delaware Water Gap, Monroe cuonty, Pennsylania as Clarence Hissim, a 34 year old laborer in the lumber yard. Living with him were his wife, Mary, 33, and children, Herman H., 15, Eva, 14, Ada A., 13, Rudolph, 9, Mary, 6, Edith, 3 7/12, and Clarence Jr., 1 2/12. He was living next door to his uncle, George Hissim, and his cousin, Raymond Hissim. His first five children were born in New Jersey, Edith was born in Pennsylvania, and Clarence was born in New Jersey.

In the 1930 census of Allen township, Northampton county, Pennsylvania as Clarence Hissem, a 44 year old farm laborer, born in New Jersey. Living with him were his wife, Mary E., 43, and children, Rudloph F., a 19 year old farm laborer, and Clarence Jr., 11, born in New Jersey, and Sadie R., 10, and Thomas B., 1, born in Pennsylvania.

Mary died on 16 September 1963. Clarence died on 16 December 1970 while living in Nazareth, Northampton county, Pennsylvania. Both are buried in the Cedar Ridge cemetery in Blairstown. The tombstone reads:

Hissim
1886 - Clarence - 1970 1887 - Mary E. - 1963
1928 - Thomas R. - ______
His children were,
(26) Herman H. Hissim/Probasco (1905)
(26) Eva Edith Hissim/Probasco (1906)
(26) Ada A. Hissim/Probasco (1907)
(26) Rudolph F. Hissim/Probasco (1911)
(26) Mary Hissim/Probasco (1914)
(26) Edith Hissim/Probasco (1916)
(26) Clarence Charles Hissim/Probasco Jr. (1918)
(26) Sadie R. Hissim/Probasco (1920)
(26) Thomas R. Hissim/Probasco (1928)

(26) Herman H. Hissim/Probasco (1905)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissam (1867) (25) Clarence C. Hissim/Probasco (1886)

He was born on 29 January 1905 in New Jersey. In the 1910 census of Knowlton township, Warren county, New Jersey as Herman H. Hissim, 5, born in New Jersey. In the 1920 census of Delaware Water Gap, Monroe county, Pennsylania as Herman H. Hissem, 15.

Herman married Mary E. Morris, of Pennsylvania, in about 1922. In the 1930 census of Palmer township, Northampton county, Pennsylvania as Herman Hissin [sic], a 25 year old farm laborer. Living with him was his wife, Mary E., 25. Also living in the house was his brother-in-law, Charles A. Morris, and his family.

Herman died on 1 August 1999 while living in Effort, Monroe county, Pennsylvania. He had been employed as a foreman and truck driver for the former N.L. Morrell Co. in Hellertown for 25 years, retiring in 1967. He was a life member of the Raccoon Club of Northampton. He was survived by three daughters, Ruby J. Kocher of Effort, Joyce M. Neice of Port Allegany, and Ellen F. Seese of West Easton; two sons, Herman S.C. Jr. of Ferndale and Dale A. of Pocono Lake; two sisters; two brothers; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. I'm told he also had a stepson, George Hissim of Easton, Pennsylvania.

(26) Eva Edith Hissim/Probasco (1906)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissam (1867) (25) Clarence C. Hissim/Probasco (1886)

She was born in 1906 in New Jersey. A relative claims the date of birth was 11 January 1913, in Stillwater, New Jersey, however, in the 1910 census of Knowlton township, Warren county, New Jersey as Eva E. Hissum, 4, born in New Jersey. In the 1920 census of Delaware Water Gap, Monroe county, Pennsylania as Eva Hissem, 14.

According to her grand daughter, Amy Do, she “didn't marry my grandmother's father." Eva married a Heiny. She died on 9 June 1995 in Fountain Hill, Lehigh county, Pennsylvania. Her obituary:

"Eva Edith Heiney, 89, of Redington Road, Hellertown, died Friday in St. Luke's Hospital. She was the wife of the late John Heiney. Born in Stillwater, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Clarence Sr. and Mary Lizzie (Rowe) Hissam. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church of Lower Saucon. Survivors: Son, John of Allentown; daughters, Marion Zebrosky of Bethlehem and Anna Mae Wukich, with whom she resided; brothers, Herman of Blakeslee, Clarence Jr. of Hampton, N.J., and Thomas of Allentown; sister, Sadie Guldner of Hampton; 26 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by daughters, Catherine Klepper and Helen Opp. Services: 10 a.m. Monday, Falk Funeral Home, 1418 Main St., Hellertown. Call 7-9 p.m. Sunday." - from Morning Call," Allentown, PA, 10 June 1995, pg. B-36
Her daugher Catherine Klepper was called Katherine J. Hissim, so I assume she too was illegitimate. Her father is listed as Charles Weisbaker. "Born in Stroudsburg, she was a daughter of Eva Heiney of Hellertown." - from her obituary in "Morning Call" of Allentown, 11 November 1993. Those same sources claim Katherine was born on 13 December 1917 in East Stroudsburg, Monroe county, Pennsylvania. That seems outrageously early for someone born in 1906.

(26) Ada A. Hissim/Probasco (1907)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissam (1867) (25) Clarence C. Hissim/Probasco (1886)

In the 1910 census of Knowlton township, Warren county, New Jersey as Ada A. Hissum, 2, born in New Jersey. In the 1920 census of Delaware Water Gap, Monroe county, Pennsylania as Ada A. Hissem, 13. She married a Passori.

(26) Rudolph F. Hissim/Probasco (1911)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissam (1867) (25) Clarence C. Hissim/Probasco (1886)

Known as Rudy. He was born in New Jersey. In the 1920 census of Delaware Water Gap, Monroe county, Pennsylania as Rudolph Hissem, 9, born in New Jersey. In the 1930 census of Allen township, Northampton county, Pennsylvania as Rudloph [sic] F. Hissem, a 19 year old farm laborer.

Rudolph F. Hissim, of New Jersey, enlisted in the Army as a Private on 17 September 1942 in Philadelphia. He had a grammar school education. He was married.

Rudolph died in 1962 and was buried in the Cedar Ridge cemetery in Blairstown, New Jersey.

(26) Mary Hissim/Probasco (1914)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissam (1867) (25) Clarence C. Hissim/Probasco (1886)

In the 1920 census of Delaware Water Gap, Monroe county, Pennsylania as Mary Hissem, 6, born in New Jersey. In the 1930 census East Allen township, Northampton county, Pennsylvania as Mary Hissim, a 17 year old housekeeper in the house of Charles Leibenguth. She married an Oswald.

(26) Edith Hissim/Probasco (1916)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissam (1867) (25) Clarence C. Hissim/Probasco (1886)

In the 1920 census of Delaware Water Gap, Monroe county, Pennsylania as Edith Hissem, 3 7/12, born in Pennsylvania. She married a Battone.

(26) Clarence Charles Hissim/Probasco Jr. (1918)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissam (1867) (25) Clarence C. Hissim/Probasco (1886)

Known as Clarence Jr., he was the son of Clarence and Mary Rowe Hissim. He was born on 9 November 1918 in Alpha, New Jersey. In the 1920 census of Delaware Water Gap, Monroe county, Pennsylania as Clarence Hissem Jr., 1 2/12, born in New Jersey. In the 1930 census of Allen township, Northampton county, Pennsylvania as Clarence Hissem Jr., 11, born in New Jersey.

He married Eleanor Keller. He died on 4 April 2004 at the age of 85. At the time of his death he was in the Warren Haven Nursing Home of Oxford, New Jersey. His obituary:

"HAMPTON -- Clarence Charles Hissim Jr. died April 4, 2004,at Warren Haven Nursing Home in Oxford Township. He was 85. Born in Alpha, he was the son of Clarence and Mary Rowe Hissim. He retired from Roffman Associates in Allentown, Pa. as a shipping foreman in the furniture industry. Mr. Hissim was a member of the Warren County Chapter of Deborah. He loved woodworking, needlepoint, crafts and reading Western novels. He was predeceased by a son, Roger; two brothers, Herman and Rudy, and four sisters, Grace Hissim, Eva Heiny, Ada Passori and Mary Oswald. Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Eleanor Keller Hissim; a daughter, Nancy Lee Nevins of Lacey Springs, Ala.; a brother, Thomas of Allentown, Pa.; two sisters, Edith Battone and Sadie Guldnerm, both of Hampton; four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. A memorial service will be held at a later date under the direction of DeVoe Funeral Service in Washington."
He was buried in the Cedar Ridge cemetery in Blairstown, New Jersey. The tombstone reads, "Clarence C. Hissim Jr. 1918 - 2004."

Hunterdon county

This is in northwestern New Jersey, between Mercer county, and the city of Trenton, to the south, and Warren county, to the north. Its western border is the Delaware river.


(26) Sadie R. Hissim/Probasco (1920)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissam (1867) (25) Clarence C. Hissim/Probasco (1886)

She was born in Pennsylvania. In the 1930 census of Allen township, Northampton county, Pennsylvania as Sadie R. Hissem, 10, born in Pennsylvania. She married a Guldnerm. Of Hampton, New Jersey.

(26) Thomas R. Hissim/Probasco (1928)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissam (1867) (25) Clarence C. Hissim/Probasco (1886)

He was born in Pennsylvania. Of Allentown, Pennsylvania. In the 1930 census of Allen township, Northampton county, Pennsylvania as Thomas B. [sic] Hissem, 1, born in Pennsylvania. There is a Thomas Hissim living today in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.

I have a Robert Hissim, resident Allentown, Pa.

I have a Zachary Hissim, aged 16-24, of Allentown, Pennsylvania competing in a dirt bike race in 2007.

(25) Edward Lanterman Hissim (1890)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867)

He was born on 4 March 1890 in Vails, New Jersey. His middle name probably commemorates a grandfather; there was a Lanterman family living near his uncle. His middle initial may also be G per his mother's Bible, though this may be a transcription error.

In the 1900 census of Blairstown, Warren county, New Jersey as Edward G. [sic] Hissim, 10 [March 1890], born in New Jersey. In the 1910 census of Blairstown township, Warren county, New Jersey as Ebe [or Edie?] Hissim, 20.

Edward married Emma Mable Doctorman in about 1910. She was probably born on 1 September 1895.

Edward Lanterman Hissim, of 164 South Barlinton, Gloucester City, New Jersey registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. He was born on 4 March 1890 in Blairstown, New Jersey and was 27 years old at the time. He was a fireman in the Welsback [?] Company of Gloucester City. He had a wife and two children. He was described as tall and of medium build, with gray eyes and light brown hair.

In the 1920 census of Center township, Camden county, New Jersey as Edward Hissem [or Hissim], a 29 year old firemen with the ferry company. I assume this means he worked on the ferry's engines. Living with him were his wife, Emma M., 24, of Pennsylvania [probably Philadelphia], and children, Blanche, 6 10/12, Florence, 5 10/12, Mable, 9/12, all born in New Jersey.

In the 1930 census of Newton township, Sussex county, New Jersey as Edward Hissim [Hissam in Ancestry.com], a 40 year old mason/contractor. Living with him were his wife, Emma M., 34, and children, Blanche E., a 17 year old sales lady for an ice cream store, Florence E., 16, E. Mabel, 11, and Edwina M., 3 4/12.

Edward died on 23 April 1956. Emma died in February 1973 in woodbury, Gloucester county, New Jersey.

Edward's children were,
(26) Unknown Hissim (c1910), who died
(26) Blanche Hissim (1913)
(26) Florence Hissim (1914)
(26) Emma Mable Hissim (1919)
(26) Edwina M. Hissim (1927)
(26) Joan Hissim (c1930)
(26) Sylvia Maria Hissim (1937)

(26) Blanche Hissim (1913)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Edward L. Hissim (1890)

In the 1920 census of Center township, Camden county, New Jersey as Blanche Hissem, 6 10/12, born in New Jersey. In the 1930 census of Newton township, Sussex county, New Jersey as Blanche E. Hissim [Hissam in Ancestry.com], a 17 year old sales lady for an ice cream store.

(26) Florence Hissim (1914)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Edward L. Hissim (1890)

In the 1920 census of Center township, Camden county, New Jersey as Florence Hissem, 5 10/12, born in New Jersey. In the 1930 census of Newton township, Sussex county, New Jersey as Florence E. Hissim [Hissam in Ancestry.com], 16.

(26) Emma Mable Hissim (1919)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Edward L. Hissim (1890)

Emma Mable Hissim was born on 2 April 1919. In at least one document she was referred to as Emma Maxell "Mable" Hissim. In the 1920 census of Center township, Camden county, New Jersey as Mable Hissem, 9/12, born in New Jersey. In the 1930 census of Newton township, Sussex county, New Jersey as E. Mabel Hissim [Hissam in Ancestry.com], 11.

Emma married Cashe Smith Boggs on 8 January 1946. He was born on 6 November 1912 in Orange county, North Carolina, the son of Cashe Albright Boggs and Lillie Lorena Smith.

Cashe died on 29 March 1991. Emma followed him on 12 February 1993 and was buried at Mars Hill Baptist Chapel cemetery in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

(26) Edwina M. Hissim (1927)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Edward L. Hissim (1890)

In the 1930 census of Newton township, Sussex county, New Jersey as Edwina M. Hissim [Hissam in Ancestry.com], 3 4/12.

(26) Joan Hissim (c1930)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Edward L. Hissim (1890)

joanfuller2@yahoo.com: edward, mabel hissim were my parents. edward brother of andrew, raymond, edith, clarence [!] hissim. Bruce Hemmer writers, "Joan, who is my grandmother, died on Dec. 5,2005." She apparently married twice. Bruce notes her name as Jaon Hissem Downs Fuller.

(26) Sylvia Marie Hissim (1937)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Edward L. Hissim (1890)

She was born in Laketract, New Jersey in 1937, the youngest of the Edward G. Hissim girls. She married a Wallace. She currently lives in Queen Creek, Arizona, just south of Mesa.

Contrarily, I see in RootsWeb that Sylvia married Allan Theodore Bergman and had 4 children, still living. Allan was the son of Louis and Shirley Bergman. Sylvia and Allan were divorced. Perhaps she married the Wallace afterwards. Allan second married Rosalie Oliver.

(25) Raymond Frank Hissim (1894)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867)

He was born on 5 January 1894. In the 1900 census of Blairstown, Warren county, New Jersey as Raymond Hissim, 8 [January 1892], born in New Jersey. In the 1910 census of Blairstown township, Warren county, New Jersey as Raymond Hissim, 17.

Raymond married Viola in about 1913. She was born on 10 April 1890.

Raymond Frank Hissim, of Columbia, New Jersey registered for the draft on 5 January 1917. He was born on 5 January 1890 [sic] in Blairstown, New Jersey and was 27 years old at the time. He was a track laborer with the S. W. G. & P. Trolley company of Portland, Pennsylvania. He was married. He was described as tall, with a medium build, with dark brown eyes and hair. Portland is just south of Stroudsburg.

In the 1920 census of Delaware Water Gap, Monroe county, Pennsylania as Raymond Hissim, a 27 year old laborer in the lumber yard. Living with him was his wife, Viola, 27, of Pennsylvania. His father, George, was living next-door.

In the 1930 census of Stroud, Monroe county, Pennsylvania as Raymond F. Hissem, a 38 year old home contractor. Living with him were his wife, Viola M., 39, and an adopted daughter, Ruth R., 8.

Viola died in January 1963. Raymond died on 12 December 1968 in East Stroudsburg, Monroe county, Pennsylvania. I have another reference that says he died in Middle Smithfield township. He had no children.

(26) Ruth B. "Hissem" (1922)

An adopted daughter.

(25) Edith May Hissim (1900)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867)

In the 1910 census of Blairstown township, Warren county, New Jersey as Edith May Hissim, 10. She married Arthur Unangst on 10 October 1915 [!]. He was born on 14 March 1895. Edith died on 19 April 1991.

(25) Andrew Yetter Hissim (1903)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867)

Where does the Yetter come from? The son of George C. Hissim and J. Eva Fuller, he was born on 2 December 1903 in Blairstown, Warren county, New Jersey, a twin of John A. Hissim, below. In the 1910 census of Blairstown township, Warren county, New Jersey as Andrew A. Hissim, 6, born in New Jersey.

In the 1920 census of Delaware Water Gap, Monroe county, Pennsylania as Andrew Hissem, a 17 year old laborer in the lumber yard, living at home.

He married Vera Frances Scharrer, the daughter of Edward Scharrer and Mary Catherine Race, on 26 December 1925 in Oxford, New Jersey. She was born on 13 April 1908. Andrew was 20 and Vera 17.

In the 1930 census of Oxford, Warren county, New Jersey as Andrew Hissim, a 24 year old mason. He was living with his in-laws, Edward and Mary Scharrer. With Andrew were his wife, Vera, 21, and children, Marlyn A., 4, and Clayton V., 1.

Andrew was a contractor.

Andrew Hissim died on 10 December [October?] 1970 in Oxford, Warren county, New Jersey. Vera Hissim died on 14 December 1979 while living in Oxford, Warren county, New Jersey. Andrew and Vera were buried in Hazen, New Jersey. Their children were,
(26) Marlyn Andrew Hissim (1926)
(26) Clatyon Vernon Hissim (1928)
(26) Harvey Edward Hissim (1931)
(26) Wayne Preston Hissim (1935)
(26) Betty Mae Hissim (1937)
(26) Irving Jay Hissim (1940)
(26) Richard Arnold Hissim (1947)

(26) Marlyn Andrew Hissim (1926)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Andrew Hissim (1903)

Of Oxford, New Jersey. The son of Andrew Y. Hissim and Vera Scharrer, he was born on 23 February 1926. In the 1930 census of Oxford, Warren county, New Jersey as Marlyn A. Hissim, 4, living at home with his parents Andrew and Vera.

Marlyn A. Hissim, of Warren county, New Jersey enlisted in the Army as a Private on 21 April 1944 at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He had four years of High School and was classified as a machine operator. In the photo to the right, Marlyn is the man on the left - from the family photos at www.ashcraft.org. Marlyn was single at the time.

He married Fay Mildred, the daughter of Paul George Buzzell and Louise Harley Gaylord, on 1 July 1945. She was born on 23 August 1925 in West Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts.

He lived in Los Gatos, California in 1972. Marlin lived in Gilroy from 1993 to 1997, and in Watsonville, Santa Cruz county, California to 2002. His nickname is "Duke." He is part of the Oxford, New Jersey family. He did a family tree that showed the relations in Philadelphia and the Shawnee area (Lower Smithfield).

Apparently they lived in Boise, Idaho for a time. Mildred died on 4 June 2010. Her obituary:

Fay Mildred Hissim, 84, passed away Friday, June 4th, 2010, at St. Luke's Hospital, Meridian, ID. Fay was born 6th of 9 children at home in West Brookfield, MA, the daughter of Paul and Louise Buzzell. Fay grew up on a dairy farm and attended a one-room school in West Brookfield then graduated from high school at Warren, MA. She attended Boston University for a short time. She graduated Western Union School at Washington, NJ as a telegrapher in 1944. The day after graduation she met her life-long love, PFC Marlin Andrew Hissim. They were married on July 1st, 1945 and resided in several different cities during their marriage including Oxford, NJ, Los Gatos and Gilroy, CA, and Boise, ID.

Fay was always good with numbers and worked for CPA's before going on to open her own bookkeeping business. Fay was a member of the Gilroy United Methodist Church, the Gavelin chapter of the DAR, the Patchwork Pals Quilt Club, Gilroy, and the Eastern Stars, Washington, NJ.

Fay loved the ocean, horses, quilting, gardening, touring the country in a motorhome, cooking, genealogy, and fishing. She was a free spirit who loved learning new things and adventure.

Fay is loved and will be missed by her family. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Marlin and her three children, Roger Lee of Los Gatos, CA, Marlene Louise Pawlukewich with her husband Gary of Meridian, ID, and David Andrew of Lewiston, ID. Fay is missed by her two granddaughters Connie Fay Duclos and husband Brennan, and Mary Ellen Booth and two step-granddaughters, Sherri Davidson and Shannon Philpott. Fay leaves 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-granddaughters, Miley Jo Duclos and Claire Rose Booth. Fay is also survived by her youngest brother, Richard of West Brookfield, MA.

Their children were,
(26) Roger Lee Hissim (1947)
(27) Marlene Louise Hissim (1949)
(27) David Andrew Hissim (1951)

(26) Roger Lee Hissim (1947)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Andrew Hissim (1903) (26) Marlin Andrew Hissim (1926)

He was born on 11 August 1947 in Phillisburg, Warren county, New Jersey. Roger L. Hissim graduated from Los Gatos High School in 1965. He died, homeless, on 19 August 2011.

"No one was with Roger Hissim when he died. His body was discovered at the mouth of two large drainage tunnels, a spot Hissim carefully selected to be his home because it was as invisible to runners and cyclists -- passing just a few yards away in their color-coordinated gear on the Los Gatos Creek Trail -- as it was to motorists overhead on Los Gatos-Saratoga Road. “Out of sight, out of mind,” his friend Bill noted. At 64, Hissim was a lifelong resident of Los Gatos, yet unlike the families living in million-dollar homes just up the embankment from his filthy squat. Hissim’s last 35 years were spent under what he proudly referred to as Hobo Bridge, and until last summer he was believed to be the longest-surviving homeless person in town. On Aug. 19 he died as he had lived, hiding in plain sight. “You don’t see it here like you do in San Francisco,” said Jennifer Loving, executive director of Destination: Home, “but we have more homeless people per capita than they do.” Hissim was one of the 61 homeless people who died in Santa Clara County this year . . . What kept Roger Hissim living under a bridge was schizophrenia, diagnosed when he was a young man. His mother took him to a psychiatrist who prescribed medications. “But Roger would throw it in the toilet,” recalls his father, Marlin Hissim, now 85 and living in Boise, Idaho. “He just would not take it.” Instead, he chose to self-medicate with alcohol. “Drinking didn’t work for him,” says Roger’s friend Bill (who preferred not to give his last name). “He got in a lot of fights, got in trouble and lost everything he owned. So he quit that and got sober.” For the last 20 years of his life, according to friends, he became so paranoid that he renounced illicit drugs -- except for an occasional toot of marijuana -- and alcohol, because he didn’t want “foreign things” in his body." - from The Mercury News by Bruce Newman

(27) Marlene Louise Hissim (1949)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Andrew Hissim (1903) (26) Marlin Andrew Hissim (1926)

She was born on 22 July 1949 in Phillisburg, Warren county, New Jersey. She graduated from Los Gatos High School in 1967. She married John Booth and, secondly, Gary Pawlukewitz.

(27) David Andrew Hissim (1951)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Andrew Hissim (1903) (26) Marlin Andrew Hissim (1926)

He was born on 15 September 1951. I have a David Hissim who went to Los Gatos High School, class of 1969. He is single. David lived in Watsonville, California circa 2004/5, but is today in Lewiston, Idaho.

(26) Clayton Vernon Hissim (1928)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Andrew Hissim (1903)

He was born on 11 December 1928 in Oxford, Warren county, New Jersey. In the 1930 census of Oxford, Warren county, New Jersey as Clayton V. Hissim, 1. He married Joyce Delaney. They appear to have lived in Oxford their entire lives. They have a son,

(27) Robert William Hissim (1950)

He was born in September 1950. He married Judith Lynn Spence. She died on 21 November 2007. Their children are,

(28) Robert [Wayne?] Hissim (c1980)
(28) Judith S. Hissim (c1984)
(28) Matthew A. Hissim (c1987), of Boyertown High School class of 2005

(26) Harvey Edward Hissim (1931)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Andrew Hissim (1903)

He was born on 20 December 1931 in Oxford, Warren county, New Jersey. Of 132 Axford Avenue, Oxford township, New Jersey. He married Dolores M., the daughter of Leo Collins. She was born on 20 January 1937. Harvey saw combat with the Army National Guard during the Korean War.

"Hissim, Harvey HQ 25th Div Arty. 51-52, Oxford, NJ" - from the "Twenty-Fifth Infantry Division: Tropic Lightning, Korea, 1950-1954," page 199
Apparently he was a Sergeant Major - cool. The unit was heavily engaged in the war. They took part in the Pusan break-out and the advance north to the Yalu river. After a massive Chinese intervention, the division helped stabilize the lines, then retake Inchon and the Kimpo Air Base. They then participated in taking an important troop concentration area, nicknamed the Iron Triangle, 30 miles above the 38th parellel. In 1952, as peace talks proceeded, operations slowed to patrol and defensive actions.

The Oxford Emergency Squad, Inc. was established in 1971 thru the efforts of Daniel Collins, Joseph Henderson and Harvey Hissim. Joseph Henderson is still an active member today.

The following, from the Oxford, New Jersey Volunteer Fire Department Roster, are probably wife and children of Harvey:

Active Members: Peggy Hissim
Life Members: John Hissim
Honorary Members: Clayton Hissim, Richard Hissim, Harvey Hissim
Ladies Auxilary: Peggy Hissim, Rose Marie Hissim
The last were probably wives. "Rosemarie Hissim was hired for the position of Welfare Director effective June 2, 2005" for the town of Oxford. Elizabeth Hissim writes,
"Rose Marie Hissim is not a daughter of Harvey and Delores. She is the wife of John, son of Wayne."

The following is a news article from the New Jersey Express Times.

Parents know war's worst consequences
04/04/03
By Amy Unger Of The Express-Times

Harvey and Dolores Hissim of Oxford Township are no strangers to the devastating consequences of war.

Harvey saw combat with the Army National Guard during the Korean War and lost a cousin to Word War II. Dolores' brother, Gerald Collins, was killed in action during the Korean War.

Despite their losses, both Harvey and Dolores say they wholeheartedly supported their son Joseph, or "Jody," as he is known to his family and friends, when he told them he was planning on entering the military after his graduation from Warren Hills Regional High School in 1988.

A military man for 13 years, Capt. Joseph Hissim is now a commander of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division. Hissim was deployed to Kuwait on Jan. 11 and sent to Iraq shortly after.

Although they support their son's decision, Dolores and Harvey are still surprised by it. They said Joseph, who ran track and cross-country in high school, was always athletic, but had never expressed interest in joining the military until a visit with a friend to a recruitment officer changed his tune.

"All of a sudden he came home and said he was joining the military," Dolores Hissim said. "We couldn't believe it."

Joseph, the Hissim's seventh child in a brood of eight, was in the Air Force for four years before joining the Army National Guard's ROTC program, which enabled him to obtain a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Rutgers University, where he received the George C. Marshall Award for Excellence.

The Hissims most recently spoke with their son March 27, when he surprised them with a phone call at their home on Henderson Street. Although the call was short, Dolores said it was encouraging to hear her son's voice.

"There's not a whole lot you can say in five minutes," said Dolores, who writes Joseph once a week, "but it was just so good to talk with him. His morale was very good."

The Hissims said they do a lot of praying in their down time and try to stay away from the constant war bulletins splashed all over television, because "it's just too depressing," said Dolores, who also delivers a daily message to her son, even if he can't hear her.

"I holler at his picture and tell him he has to take care of himself," she said.

Harvey's obituary, dated 20 February 2012,

Harvey Hissim, former Oxford Township police chief, laid to rest

Peggy Hissim nodded toward the mound of freshly ground soil. It was because of her father, Harvey Hissim, that at age 13 she decided to join an emergency squad. "I always was hanging out with the fire trucks and police cars with my dad," said Peggy, the only daughter of seven children and captain of the Oxford Township Emergency Squad. "My dad was my hero." Harvey Hissim, former police chief in Oxford Township and a founding and lifelong member of the emergency squad, was laid to rest this morning at the St. Rose of Lima Cemetery at Academy and Mine Hill Roads. Hissim, a lifelong resident of Oxford Township and Korean War veteran, died on Wednesday in St. Luke's Warren Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was 80. A cavalcade of emergency and police vehicles processed to the church and cemetery. The roof lights' glow bounced through the leafless trees and flashed against the empty streets. A color guard handed his wife, Dolores, a folded American flag as a seven-gun salute popped in memorial. Bagpipes and taps were played. A last dispatch call was made in Harvey's honor. More than 70 red faces squinted and sniffled. "It was a beautiful ceremony," Dolores Hissim said. "(Harvey) would have loved it." Peggy, who has been on the emergency squad for 34 years, said she remembers when her father ran the Oxford police station out of the family house. "When we were little kids we'd have the police cars in there," she said. "If someone wanted the police, they had to call our house." She said that her mother was an old-fashioned dispatcher. When Harvey was out patrolling and a call came in, "My mom had to go find him in a police car," she said. Mary Alice Bockman, who lives on the first block of Belvidere Avenue, grew up with Harvey, even though he's older, she said with a wink. Bockman said Harvey always thought of the town first, a quality hard to come by these days. She said people don't know how good they had it. "He was always there for everything," she said fondly. "You found (guys like him) in these small towns, but you don't find them today." As Peggy thought of her father, she once more peered back at the grave and wiped her eye. She said she'll miss him. "He was always there for us kids, grand kids, great grand kids," she said. "He was always there." - from the Lehigh Valley Express Times

Another obituary,
"Harvey E. Hissim, 80, a life long resident of Oxford NJ died on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 in Warren Hospital, Phillipsburg NJ surrounded by his loving family. Born: He was born in Oxford NJ, December 20, 1931. He was the son of the late Andrew and Vera Scharrer Hissim. Personal: Harvey joined the National Guard in 1949 where his company got called up for active duty. Upon his completion of service in 1952, he then continued to serve in the National Guard until he retired in 1986 at the rank of Sgt Major. He was a retired Police Chief in Oxford having served for 31 years. Memberships: A founding and life long member of the Oxford Emergency Squad. He was a honorary member of the Oxford Fire Company. He was one of the driving forces and founding member of the Oxford Youth Recreation Association. Harvey was a member of the American Legion Post 131 in Belvidere NJ and the VFW Post 10259 Oxford NJ. He was a member of the NJ Police Chiefs Association, the Korean War Vets and the 25th Infintry Association. Survivors: He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dolores Collins Hissim; six sons, Edward and his wife Colleen of Fort Myers Beach FL, Robbie of Allentown, PA, Andrew and his wife Patricia of Lebanon Twp, NJ, Michael and his wife Alice of Franklin Twp, NJ, Major Joseph and his wife Jamie of Virginia Beach, VA, and Jerald of Oxford, NJ; a daughter, Peggy Hissim of Oxford, NJ; brothers, Marlin of Idaho, Clayton, Wayne and Irving of Oxford, NJ and Richard of Mt Lake, NJ; and a sister, Betty Helm of Easton, PA. Harvey has eleven grandchildren, Jami, Kyle, Elizabeth, Lauren, Zachary, Andrew, Sidney, Veronica, Amy, Arty, and Jackie and eight great- grandchildren, Reece, Talon, Morgan, Macy, Josh, Logan, Thomas, and Coby. He is predeceased by a son, Timothy in 2000." - from The Express Times of Lehigh Valley of 16 February 2012

Harvey and Dolores had eight children, of whom I know, or guess, the following,
(27) Edward Harvey Hissim (1955)
(27) Robin Lee Hissim (1956), born 9 November 1956. He married Kim. "Robin Lee is my uncle, not a woman. He is divorced from Kim, and they have one son Zachary (1992). He lives in Allentown, PA." - Elizabeth Hissim.
(27) Andrew Leo Hissim (1958)
(27) Michael Leo Hissim (1961)
(27) Timothy Gerald Hissim (1962)
(27) Rosemarie A. Hissim (c1960), "Rosemarie Hissim was hired for the position of Welfare Director effective June 2, 2005" for the town of Oxford.
(28) Peggy Ann Hissim (1964), born 10 July 1964. Of Oxford, Warren county, New Jersey. She attended Warren county Vocational Technical school.
(27) Joseph Edward Hissim (c1970)
(28) Jerald John Hissim (1979), born 8 January 1979.

(27) Edward Harvey Hissim (1955)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Andrew Hissim (1903) (26) Harvey E. Hissim (c1931)

He was born on 6 July 1955. He married Colleen.

"I'm Elizabeth Hissim, we spoke a few years ago regarding your site on the family tree. I was just looking at it in hopes of learning something about Lavina Spinner, wife of William J. Hissim, when I noticed a few errors regarding my grandfather Harvey Hissim's line. Here's some notes, feel free to use as little or as much as you'd like:

My uncle Ed is married to Colleen Sigler, and they live in Franklin Township, NJ. Jami is married to Mavian Arbizu and they have two sons, Reese and Talon. Kyle has two daughters, Morgan and Macy, with his wife Keri. They were living in Denver, and currently living in Coto de Caza, CA."

Their children are,
(28) Jami Leigh Hissim (1974), of Lambertville, Hunterdon county, New Jersey. She was born on 1 October and attended Warren Hills Regional High School. She apparently married an Arbizu.
(28) Kyle Edward Hissim (1975), born 7 October 1975

(27) Andrew Leo Hissim (1958)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Andrew Hissim (1903) (26) Harvey E. Hissim (c1931)

He was born on 30 October 1958. A New Jersey youth bowler.

Of Washington and Glen Gardner, Warren county, New Jersey. He attended North Hunterdon High School. Andrew L. Hissim earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Centenary CollegeOn a 2006 list of Somerset county Freeholder claims. For Sussex county, New Jersey we have,

NEW JERSEY ASSOCIATION OF CRISIS NEGOTIATORS
Board of Directors includes Andrew Hissim
Princeton, NJ - Sgt. Andrew Hissim of the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office. Now a Captain.

He married Patricia Teel Sheelet. "Andrew Leo is living in Florida and working for NCIS. He has a son with Pat, your "stray" bowler Andrew C. 1995." - Elizabeth Hissim.

(27) Michael Leo Hissim (1961)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Andrew Hissim (1903) (26) Harvey E. Hissim (c1931)

He was born on 14 February 1961. The brother of Timothy, below. Of Washington, Warren county, New Jersey.

"Michael Leo, my father, has two daughters. Lauren (1985) with 1st wife Alice Turdo, and myself, Elizabeth (1991) with current wife Alice Guarriello. They live in Washington, NJ." - Elizabeth Hissim

(28) Lauren Hissim (1985)

(28) Elizabeth Hissim (1981)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Andrew Hissim (1903) (26) Harvey E. Hissim (1931) (27) Michael Leo Hissim (1961)

The daughter of Michael Hissim.

(27) Timothy Gerald Hissim (1962)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Andrew Hissim (1903) (26) Harvey E. Hissim (c1931)

He was born on 8 September 1962 and died in 2000. Of Oxford, New Jersey. Heather Wiseburn writes,

"I recently went to a funeral of my mom's cousin, and my godfather, Timothy G. Hissim. This would be my grandmothers' side of the family. Even though it is not my father's side, I am doing a family tree on it. If you were related in some way to the recently deceased Timmy Hissim (1962-2000) please let me know how. His father's name was Harvey Hissim, and his mother's name was Delores. I would much appreciate any info. Thanks."

(27) Joseph Edward Hissim (c1970)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Andrew Hissim (1903) (26) Harvey E. Hissim (c1931)

Joseph was born on 9 February c1970. The seventh child. Also known as Jody. He graduated from Warren Hills Regional High School, in Washington, New Jersey, in 1988. He enlisted in the Air Force shortly after high school and served for four years. He then joined the Army National Guard's ROTC program, which enabled him to obtain a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Rutgers University, where he received the George C. Marshall Award for Excellence. Having now served for 13 years, Captain Joseph Hissim is now a commander of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, 3rd Military Police Company. Joseph Hissim was deployed to Kuwait on Jan. 11 and sent to Iraq shortly after.

"FALLUJAH, Iraq, June 30, 2003 — In a continuing effort to rid Fallujah’s streets of crime and abolish the remnants of the Baath Party’s rule in Iraq, the U.S. Army's 3rd Military Police Company gave Fallujah’s law enforcers a much-needed facelift by issuing new uniforms and pistols to officers at the main precinct. “With these gestures, we hope to forge a relationship between the U.S. and Iraq that will last for years to come,” said Company Commander Cpt. Joseph Hissim during his remarks at the presentation ceremony."
He was promoted to Major in 2007.

Currently living in Waynesville, Missouri. I have, however, a Joseph Hissim of Savannah, Georgia, aged 33 on 6 December 2003, who ran a 10K race in 47:08. There are several other race times listed for him, in one of which he is identified as of Oxford, New Jersey.

"Joseph was living in Savannah, Georgia at one point so that was him in the race. He returned to the Middle East for another tour following 2003. In the last few years he was living in Virginia Beach, VA, got himself a wife Jamie and a step-daughter Sidney. They have recently moved to Germany." - Elizabeth Hissim.

(26) Wayne Preston Hissim (1938)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Andrew Hissim (1903)

He was born on 20 January 1935 in Oxford, New Jersey. He married Jenny Poronowitz. Of Oxford and Washington, New Jersey from 1994 to 2002. I have a Wayne Hissim of Oxford in the Annual Report of the New Jersey Division of Taxation. His wife was Jenny M. Hissim (c1937). Their children were,
(27) Wayne Abram Hissim (1955)
(27) John Andrew Hissim (1958)

(27) Wayne Abram Hissim (1955)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Andrew Hissim (1903) (26) Wayne Preston Hissim (1938)

Of Oxford, New Jersey. I believe his wife is Cindy Lee. His children were,
(28) Stephanie Hissim (1985), born 15 November 1985.
(28) Matthew Hissim (1989), born 15 September 1989.

(27) John Andrew Hissim (1958)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Andrew Hissim (1903) (26) Wayne Preston Hissim (1938)

He was born on 18 September 1958. Of Oxford, New Jersey. "Rose Marie is the wife of John, son of Wayne" - Elizabeth Hissim. His children were,
(28) Catherine Hissim (1981)

(28) Catherine Hissim (1981)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Andrew Hissim (1903) (26) Wayne Preston Hissim (1938) (27) John Andrew Hissim (1958)

She was born on 19 July 1981. I have a Catherine Hissim who graduated from Oxford Central Elementary School of Oxford, New Jersey, in 1995, and from Warren Hills Regional High School, of Washington, New Jersey.

(26) Betty Mae Hissim (1937)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Andrew Hissim (1903)

Named after her aunt, above? She was born on 10 September 1937 in Oxford, New Jersey. She married Frank Ponce and, secondly, Kenneth Helm. Her obituary, of 10 March 2012,

"Betty Mae Helm, 74, of Raubsville, PA, passed away Friday, March 9, 2012 in Saucon Valley Manor. Born: September 10, 1937, in Oxford, NJ, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Vera Scharrer Hissim. Personal: She and her husband, Kenneth D. Helm, celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on December 24, 2011. Betty was last employed by Carpentersville Sand & Gravel. Previously she worked for IMCO Plastics, Belvidere, NJ. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Betty also enjoyed camping, traveling, the beach and her dogs. Memberships: She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Williams Township and the Easy Goers Coachmen's Club. Survivors: In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Christopher Ponce and his wife Brenda, of Smithfield, VA and Edward Ponce and his wife Susan, of Harmony, NJ; two daughters, Mary Wiseburn and her husband Jack, of Henryville, PA and Betty Mae Planer and her husband Rick, of Indian Mt. Lake, PA; five brothers, Martin Hissim, of Idaho, Clayton, Wayne and Irving Hissim, all of Oxford, NJ and Richard Hissim, of Mt. Lake, NJ; her father-in-law, Kenneth S. Helm, of Williams Township; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Harvey Hissim and her mother-in-law, Dorothy F. Helm." - from the Lehigh Valley Express Times

(26) Irving Jay Hissim (1940)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Andrew Hissim (1903)

He was born on 11 October 1940 in Oxford, New Jersey. He is unmarried.

(26) Richard Arnold Hissim (1947)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867) (25) Andrew Hissim (1903)

He was born on 12 September 1947 in Oxford, New Jersey. He married Carol Van Ness. She was born on 1 April 1945. Of Belvidere, Warren county, New Jersey.

They children are,
(27) James Shawn Hissim (1969), born 18 June 1969. A James S. Hissim lives in Oxford/Belvidere, New Jersey. A graduate of Northampton Communit College.
(27) Andrea Frances Hissim (1971), born 12 August 1971. She married Michael O'Donnell.

(27) Peter A. [Van Ness] Hissim

There is a Peter A. Hissim of Oxford, Warren county, New Jersey. Of Mine Hill, New Jersey per his Mylife page.

Northampton County Deeds
September 23, 2007
East Allen Township

Hissim, Peter from Weber, Lois J. and Russell E., 5886 Lehigh Lane, $272,000, (8/28).
David A. Hissim writes,
"Peter A. Hissim was the step son of Richard Arnold Hissim and Carol Van Ness (from Carol's previous marriage). Carol died of cancer aprox Jan 1990. Richard is my uncle."

Strays of New Jersey

The following must fit in with this part of the family, but I don't yet know how.

(27) Richard Hissim (c1957)

I have a Richard Hissim, of Allentown. He was a patient in a home for retarded children. He died in June 1972, at the age of 15, when he was crushed after crawling into a trash compactor.

(27) Jay L. Hissim (c1975)

Of Perkasie and Chalfont, Bucks county, Pennsylvania.


(25) John A. Hissim (1903)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867)

He was born in New Jersey, a twin of Andrew. In the 1910 census of Blairstown township, Warren county, New Jersey as John A. Hissim, 6, born in New Jersey. In the 1920 census of Delaware Water Gap, Monroe county, Pennsylania as John Hissem, a 17 year old teamster in the lumber yard.

Per John Andrew Hissim, another family researcher, he died young.

(25) Harry S. Hissim (1907)
(21) John Hisson (1746) (22) William Hissam (1771) (23) William J. Hissam (1815) (24) George C. Hissim (1867)

Or Hissam. He was born on 15 September 1907 in New Jersey. In the 1910 census of Blairstown township, Warren county, New Jersey as Harry S. Hissim, 2, born in New Jersey. In the 1920 census of Delaware Water Gap, Monroe county, Pennsylania as Harry Hissem, 12.

He lived in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania for most of his life. Harry married Myrtle, of New Jersey, in about 1927. She was born on 16 May 1903. In the 1930 census of Stroud, Monroe county, Pennsylvania as Harry S. Hissim [Hissem in Ancestry.com], a 24 year old care taker at a club house, of New Jersey. Living with him was his wife, Myrtle M., 23, also of New Jersey. Their parents were also from New Jersey.

In the 1940 census of Stroud township, Monroe county, Pennsylvania as Harry Hissem, a 34 year old auto mechanic at an automotive garage, of New Jersey. Living with him was his wife, Myrtle, 35. They both had an 8th grade education. There were no children.

There was an advertisement in the Daily Record of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania of 6 March 1954 for "Experienced Mechanics: Harry Hissam Robert Kindrew" at the Diamond T Sales and Service. This was apparently an auto dealership. In 1959 the same newspaper reported that a fire caused by lightning did slight damage to the trailer home of Harry Hissam on Franklin Hill.

Harry Hissam died on 15 January 1993. Myrtle M. Hissim died on 12 October 1996 in Stroudsburg.


Hissim Strays:

Mr. Hissim (c1830)

Of San Francisco or Washington state. From the Tacoma, Washington Public Library Ships and Shipping Database. To the right is titled, "Northener Wrecked on Centerville Beach."

The Wreck of the NORTHERNER "The year 1860 opened with another terrible wreck on the route between San Francisco and the Northwest, the antiquated NORTHERNER going to pieces near Cape Mendocino, sacrificing nearly forty lives . . . The old steamship NORTHERNER had been running on the northern route at irregular intervals for several years . . . She left San Francisco on her last trip January 4th at 4:30 P.M., bound for the Columbia River and Puget Sound ports. The next day at four o'clock in the afternoon, when about two miles off shore, she struck on Blunt's Reef near Cape Mendocino. At the time she struck the steamer was running twelve knots an hour before a good breeze with all sails set, but the shock seemed too light to be very serious and Captain Dall sent First Officer French below to see if she was leaking, and directed Capt. Thomas Gladwell, the well known steamboatman, who was Columbia River pilot for the steamer, to take the bearings of the rock, as he had passed there many times before and had never discovered it. Soon after the ship swung off she began making water rapidly, and the pumps, which were throwing twelve thousand gallons per minute, could not keep it down so that it would gain less than an inch a minute. When three and a half miles north of Cape Fortunas the engineer sent word that the fires would be extinguished in five minutes, and, as it would be impossible to reach Humboldt bar, Captain Dall determined to beach the ship. The vessel was headed for shore, the engines making about twenty revolutions after she grounded. Heavy seas were breaking over her, so that it was impossible to cut away the masts. A boat was lowered, and First Officer French succeeded in reaching land in safety with all of the women and children except two, one lady refusing to leave the vessel because her brother could not accompany her. Second Officer Birch then started with the old men and one woman, but his boat capsized, and all perished except the latter, Birch and a sailor. The third boat was in charge of Captain Gladwell, but it was soon overturned and nearly all of its occupants were lost. French in the meantime returned to the rescue, but owing to the carelessness of the crew his boat was drawn under the quarter and he was drowned. After a terrific struggle, Engineer O'Neil succeeded in reaching shore with a line, which was the means of saving the lives of several persons. At 1:30 A.M. Captain Dall, Pilot Rogers and Purser Breck started ashore in this manner, after doing all in their power to induce the remaining passengers to follow their example. Mr. Berry, Wells, Fargo's agent, was swept from the line and drowned, and those who clung to the wreck drifted ashore soon afterward on a piece of the deck which detached itself from the steamer. Altogether thirty-eight people perished. The action of the first officer in returning to almost certain death after making his escape was an example of heroism such as is seldom witnessed. He was entreated to remain in safety, but replied that it was his duty to make the venture, and, after leaving his watch and a message for his wife, went to his fate. The passengers presented Captain Dall with a testimonial for the care which they received after the accident. The following is a complete list of the lost--

Passengers [including]:
Mr. Hissim"

Steve Hissem
San Diego, California