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Geiger/Kiger Family

It is believed by some Kiger researchers that John Adam Geiger Sr was born in the Kraichgau region of Germany and immigrated to America in 1752 aboard the Phoenix. John Adam Sr. married Maria Margaretha Fiedler (1747-about 1819) possibly in PA, daughter of Gottfried Fiedler (1715-1754) and moved to NC by 1770.

Although John Adam Kiger was a Lutheran, he was closely associated with the Moravians. In 1778 Adam Geiger/Kiger donated 102 acres (located in present day Rural Hall NC) to the Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church. The church was soon erected and served the community for 94 years. (This church was sometimes called Beaver Dam Church, Fessler's Church and eventually came to be known as Nazareth Lutheran Church. In 1863 the congregation sold 92 acres to John W. Bostick. In 1878 the present church was built and is still serving the community. A great many of the Kigers listed below are buried in the Nazareth Lutheran Graveyard.

First Generation

Children of Johann Adam Geiger (1735/36-1827) and Maria Margaretha Fiedler
(probably) Mary Elizabeth Geiger (1765-1829) m. John Speas (1762-1841)
Anna Christina Geiger (1769-prob. bef. 1799) probably m. Peter Binkley (c1764-1811)
Johann Adam Geiger Jr. (1771-ca. 1839) m. Christina Moser (1774-aft.1850)
(d/o Leonard Moser and Sarah Binkley)
Jacob Keiger (1775) m. Nancy (1781) (both died after 1850)
Lewis Geiger
Maria Catharina Geiger (1777-c1805) m. Henry Moser (m. 1804)
Johann Peter Geiger (1780-?) m. Sally Cooper [error corrected 2 Jan 2001; we had this couple confused with John and Margaret KISER in the 1850 census]
John George Geiger (bap. Feb. 12, 1782) m. Clary Beck, d/o John Beck and Catherine Null (m. 1796, Solomon Beck, bondsman)
Henry Geiger (1784) m. Elizabeth Doss (m. in 1807)
Gertraud Geiger (1786) (did not marry)
Sally Geiger m. Harmon/Harmonius Kiser

Second Generation:

Children of Johann Adam Geiger Jr. and Christina Moser
Johannes Geiger (1796-1797)
Sarah "Sally" Geiger (abt.1797) m. Christian Moser
Henry (Bald Henry) Geiger (1799) m. Elizabeth Edwards (1798), d/o Edward Edwards
Catherine Geiger (abt.1800) m. Joseph Banner (1799) (m. in 1825)
Margaret Geiger (abt.1802) m. Benjamin Banner Jr. (abt.1790-1846)
Simon Kiger/Geiger (1804-abt.1860) m. Mary Elizabeth (Polly) Moser (1807-1899)
Lewis Geiger (1808) m. Paulina/Polina Kiger (1824-1893?) (m. in 1843)
Elizabeth Geiger (abt.1810-?)
Mary Geiger (abt.1811) m. Jacob Shouse (1812)
Anna E. Geiger (abt.1812-?) m. George Washington Tuttle

(Who is William Kiger, age 42, with wife Nancy, age 40, found in the 1850 Forsyth County Census? William Kiger married Nancy Slaughter in Stokes County in 1830. Nancy is probably the daughter of Samuel Slaughter who came to NC from Lunenburg Co. VA Children listed in census for William and Nancy are - William 12; Francis, 9 and Martha J. Merritt, age 16. Note: In the 1850 Forsyth Co. Census, 1441/1456 John Merret Jr. is only four households from the William Kiger family. What is the connection, if any, to the Merritt family?) Rose Berry is researching the Slaughter/Slawter family and would like to correspond with anyone who has information concerning William and Nancy Kiger. Rose's e-mail is:

, 2001-2007
Faye Jarvis Moran and Elizabeth H. Harris,

Updated September 22, 2002. Minor changes were made on March 1, 2004.

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    Surry County Heritage, Volume I

    Stokes County Heritage, Volumes I & II

    Robert Carroll, Various articles published in the Danbury Reporter

    One Hundred Years of King History 1888-1988, Robert Carroll

    Personal Interviews with James & Bea Kiger Collins, Alta and Helen Kiger Kluttz, James Collins II and Betty Shinault

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