MARTIN and SARAH CLISER of Page and Rappahannock County, VA

MARTIN CLISER, the eldest son born to Mathias & Barbara Kleiser / Cliser, was born January 1, 1792 in Shenandoah County, Virginia. Martin was raised in farming and worked in the blacksmith trade. As a young man he attended the Hawksbill Reformed Lutheran church where records spell his name also as Kleiser & Gleiser.

Martin, along with his brothers, John and David inherited the farm from their father in 1825. Shortly thereafter, Martin married to Sarah Fletcher December 25, 1826. From this union Martin and Sarah reared 9 children. Martin later purchased 1,166 acres of land in 1833 near Thornton Gap. This very land was later divided between three of his children, Martin Mathias, Ambrose George and Barbara Bowen. each one received approximately 400 acres. Martin passed in 1849, 2 years after his brother John Clizer passed away in 1847. Martin Clizer's wife Sarah, lived with her son Samuel D. Cliser until her death around 1880. Martin and Sarah are buried on their old farm, which is now part of the Shenandoah National Park. Even though they physcially lived in Page County, most all of the legal records of land deeds, marriages, etc are in Rappahannock County, Virginia, town of Washington.


1. EDITH ANN CLISER, born in 1827, married to Lorenzo Mussellman. Later moved to Newark, Licking County, Ohio in 1864 and finally settling in Johnson County, MO. Edith died in 1899.
Click on link for Edith Cliser line:  EDITH ANN CLISER
2. BARBARA JANE CLISER, born 1828. Married Jacob Bowen on 11-14-1882. There are several books written and are available at the gift shop at Shenandoah National Park mentioning Barbara or Barby Cliser would feed the troops at her place during the Civil War.
3. JOHN WILLIAM CLISER, born 1832. Married to Jane Agnes Hisle on 2-21-1878.
4. SAMUEL DAVID CLISER, born 12-30-1833. A soldier in the Civil War, 12th Virginia Calvary, 12th Regiment, Company G. Died 2-19-1912. Married Laura Shenk, divorced in 1910.

Samuel David Cliser, 1868

Samuel David Cliser, born 1833, son of Martin & Sarah Clizer. Samuel was both a farmer as well as a school teacher. Married to Laura Shenk in 1873. They had six children. 1) Herbert Melanchton Cliser, born 9-6-1874. 2) Caroline Mary Cliser, born 1876, died 1878. Twins 3 & 4) Quinton Samuel Cliser & Zeumon Cliser, born 1880, died 1881. 5) Arthur V. Cliser, born 7-31-1883, died 9-10-1883. 6) Ernest Calum Cliser, born 7-6-1884, died 2-22-1969. Married Julia Faust, lived in Illinois.

Herbert Melanchton Cliser & Carrie Batman Cliser, with daughter Merle, 1904.
Better known as Melanchton Cliser, born 9-6-1874, he was the son of Samuel & Laura Cliser. Melanchton was a school teacher at the Rocky Branch school. He later became well known during the late 1920's early 1930's as he fought for his land that was later taken over to in the establishment of the Shenandoah National Park. See  CLISER EVICTION STORY

5. AMBROSE GEORGE CLISER born 3-14-1836. A soldier in the Civil War. 12th Virginia Calvary, 12th Regiment, Company G. Married Martha Jane Mussellman, they both lived in Kimball, Virginia. Ambrose was a school teacher. Ambrose Died 2-14-1914.
6. LUCY MARGARET CLISER, born: 1840. Married William Franklin Bowen on 1-22-1873. He was the son of William Bowen and Anna Beahm.   LUCY MARGARET CLISER
7. MARTIN MATHIAS CLISER, born 8-4-1846 and a soldier during the Civil War. He died 2-17-1895. Married to Gracy Ann Mildred Pullen on 1-3-1877. They lived on Thornton Gap and raised ten children there.
Martin Mathias Cliser & Gracie Ann Cliser on their wedding day 1877.

8. ASSINETH CLISER, born 1847. Married James Addison Fletcher on 8-17-1884.
9. CHARLES CLISER, born circa 1848.