Samuel Weisinger SAMUEL WEISINGER-Danville Mounted Riflemen


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Samuel Weisinger--also spelled Wisinger--was born in Lexington District, South Carolina, (according to the Montgomery County Texas History), on 27 June 1818, said to be the son of John and Jessie Weisinger. He married his cousin, Mary Ann Rebecca Weisinger, in Dallas County, Alabama, 30 June (or 31 January) 1842. She was the daughter of Matthias Weissinger and Leah Caroline Hornsby and was born in South Carolina on 14 November 1825.

The couple, along with her parents, brothers and sisters, migrated to Texas from Alabama in about 1849. Sam and Mary were enumerated with their three children in Walker County in 1850, next door to Michael and Elizabeth Wisinger. Sam's age was incorrectly given as twenty-two rather than thirty-two.

He first appeared on the Montgomery County Tax List in 1854, at which time he owned seventy-seven acres in the J. B. Tong Survey on the waters of Lindley's Creek. He also owned twenty-one acres in the Wm. Ware Survey on the San Jacinto River. This area was just south of the Walker County line in the vicinity of Danville. He paid taxes on one poll, but did not render any horses or livestock.

Mary died 8 February 1860 in Danville. It is possible she is buried in an unmarked grave in the Old Danville-Shepard Hill Cemetery, where Michael Weisinger was buried in 1854.

On March 6, 1861, in Walker County, Sam married Nancy Weatherly.

On May 4, 1861, Samuel joined the Danville Mounted Riflemen under Captain Samuel D. Wooldridge. This was a Montgomery County unit of the Seventeenth Brigade, Texas State Troops.

On September 13, 1862, he was one of the twenty-seven members of the local militia who voted for captain, at an election held at the town of Danville.

In the latter part of 1863, he enlisted again, this time in the Fourth Regiment, Texas State Troops. His muster card in the Compiled Service Records at the National Archives shows that his named appeared on an affidavit of men belonging to the organization who were over forty-five years of age. The affidavit was signed at “Camp in the field near the mouth of Caney [Creek], Texas, February 1, 1864.” His age was shown as forty-five.

After the War, he took the Amnesty Oath in Montgomery County. This was an oath of allegiance to the U. S. A. and allowed the signer to begin voting. It was required for any men who served in the State Troops, the CSA, or who held any office during the war.

In 1869, Sam served as a county commissioner of Montgomery County. The family was enumerated in the 1870 census of Montgomery County living in the town of Danville.

Sam Weisinger is listed as a Master Mason in the rolls of San Jacinto Masonic Lodge 106, in 1870 and 1873. In 1875, he was trustee of the Methodist Church in the town of Montgomery. This seems to indicate that the couple moved from the Danville area at this time.

According to an article in the Montgomery County History, published 1981, Sam's second wife Nancy was daughter of Jessie and Lucinda Weatherly; her birthdate and birthplace are given as March 27, 1848 in Alabama. The author of the article states that Samuel and Nancy settled on a farm west of what is now Conroe, and that their home place is now covered by Lake Lorraine.

In 1880 the family was living in Precinct One with several of their children.

Sam died January 16, 1897, and Nancy died August 18, 1910. They are buried in the Montgomery City Cemetery.


Click on the above photos for a full sized view of Nancy's and Sam's grave stones in the Montgomery City Cemetery.

The children of Samuel and Mary Ann were: James Edward, Sarah Ann Frances, Nancy Caroline, Samuel Henry, Robert Alexander. Samuel's great-grandson, John D. WEISINGER, Jr., runs Weisinger's Vineyard and Winery in Ashland, Oregon.

Sources for the above article include county and census records, the muster rolls of the Danville Mounted Riflemen, Texas State Archives, the Montgomery County History Book published 1981, the history of the San Jacinto Lodge, and descendant John Weisinger of Weisinger's of Ashland Winery.

For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at or by contacting Frank at [email protected]

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