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Adam Tysinger and Descendants

Davidson County, North Carolina





Tysinger History…


According to the Dictionary of American Family Names, Vol. 3, pg. 514, the Tysinger surname may be traced to the small village of Theissing in upper Bavaria.  There, residents were referred to as “Theissingers”, one of the many spellings of the surname.   This area of Europe, often referred to as the Palatine region, is rich in history and endured much strife and conflict from several rulers, tyrants, and military dictators.  During these troubled times, most German people went about living meager lives trying to keep their families safe while surviving starvation, disease and torture.  When living conditions in the area became unbearable, many families considered leaving in search of a safer and more hospitable place to live. 


In the 1700’s, many Palatines, tired of persecution and lured by stories of a new promise land, journeyed down the Rhine River to Rotterdam and other seaports with intent to secure passage on one of the many ships already venturing to America.  It is highly probable that our Tysinger ancestors did the same and endured the long trek by ship to the new world.


Leonhard Deisinger, who came from Germany to Pennsylvania in the early to mid 1700’s may have been our first Tysinger ancestor in America, settling in Lancaster County, Pennsyslvania.  In his will, he bequeathed property to a son, Adam Deisinger, born 12 February 1756.


Adam is the first known Tysinger in Davidson County, North Carolina (actually Rowan County at that time).  At some point he must have decided to move to Rowan County and take ownership of a land grant which was located between the present towns of Thomasville and Lexington.  Adam married Sara Summey in 1783-1784 and they had seven children; Peter (b. ca 1786, d. 1876), Adam II (b. ca 1788, d. 1844), Polly (b. ca 1791), Rebecca (b. ca 1794), Barbara (b. ca 1796), Michael (b. ca 1804, d. between 1870 and 1880), and Magdelena (b. 7 Aug 1806, d. before 1821).  Adam and his family eventually resettled in southern Davidson County in the Silver Hill community.  There the family farmed and worked at the Silver Hill mine during the late 1700’s and 1800’s.


During the past 200 years or so, members of the Tysinger family have immigrated to 36 of our 50 states.






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