Joseph C. Whisler
b. 22 July 1815, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, to Joseph and Sarah (Rayman) Whisler, Sr.
d. 23 September 1898, Mackinaw Township, Tazewell County, Illinois
m. 1 January 1844, Crawford County, Ohio
b. 14 October 1827, Beaver County, Pennsylvania
d. 26 June 1913, Mackinaw Township, Tazewell County, Illinois
Children with Emeline Emery:
• Sarah Elizabeth (1844-1938)
• John Raymond (1846-1915)
• Mary Catherine (1848-1940)
• Roseta (1850-1855)
• Emeline M. (1852-1936)
• Elizabeth Jane (1852-1853)
• Josephine (1854-1855)
• Martha Jane (1856-1938)
• Joseph Milton (1860-1937)
• Lewis J. (1862-1931)
• James (1856-1862)
Milling was the Whisler family occupation for several generations. Joseph’s father, Joseph, Sr., was a miller in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in the 1830’s and in Crawford County, Ohio, in the 1850’s. Joseph, Sr. soon moved to Mackinaw, Illinois, where the family established the Whisler Mill. Joseph, Jr. and Emeline followed his family to Illinois, but stopped off in Rushville, Indiana, where Jr. worked at a mill for a few years.
Six of Joseph, Jr. and Emeline’s children were born in Indiana, and three of their babies are buried in Smelser Cemetery in Union Township, Rush County, Indiana.
Joseph, Jr. and Emeline lived to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. For some reason they moved back and forth between Illinois, and Rushville, Indiana, in the 1870’s and 1880’s. It is thought by their descendants that he must have owned mills in both states.
Carol W. Moellering
Fort Wayne IN