James Mathias Cliser

James Mathias Cliser & wife Louisa Best Cliser 1854


This prominent and successful agriculturalist of Nodaway County, Missouri is a worthy representative of an honored pioneer family and this state and has been actively identified with it development and progress. He was born in Page County, Virginia, May 16, 1829, a son of John and Arisba (Wood) Clizer, both born in Shenandoah County, Virginia. James' grandfather, Mathias Kleiser, came to America from Germany and settled in Virginia in 1789.

John Clizer, the father of our subject, grew to manhood in Virginia, and in his early life worked in the Blacksmith Trade with his brother Martin Clizer in relation to farming. John sold his original homestead and bought a larger farm in another county, where he lived for about ten (10) years, but lost money in this transaction. In May 1847, he started out for Missouri, travelling my team to Parkersburg, where he then took a boat and proceeded by water. He reached the western part of Missouri in July, 1847 and first located in Fillmore, Andrew County, Missouri, where he bought 160 acres of timberland, upon which were some slight improvements. He was not long permitted to enjoy his new home, as his health failed and he died October 19, 1847 at the age of 52 years and his remains were entered upon the farm. He was a soldier of the war of 1812, a democrat in politics and an upright honorable man. His wife Arisba dies April 8, 1862, at the age of 57 years and was laid to rest by his side. She was the daughter of Joshua Wood of Page County, who was of Scotch descent and died before the Civil War.

James Mathias Cliser is the oldest in the family of 10 children. Of the others we make observations as follows: Louisa died at the age of five years; Cassandra married John Brand; Eliza is the wife of James Henderson; Sarah is the wife of William Gibbons, of the state of Washington; Julia dies at the age of 25 years; Charles lost one leg and one arm during the Civil War, and died a number of years later from exposure; Benjamin is a farmer of the state of Washington.

In the old Dominion, James M. Cliser was reared and educated in much the usual manner of farmer boys and his day. At the age of 18 he came to Missouri with his parentsand his father died shortly afterward, he took charge of the farm. Guided by a mother's good counsel the family was kept together and reared in habits of industry and honesty. In 1854, James married Louisa Best, who was born in Missouri, April 30, 1839. To Mr. and Mrs. Cliser was born 11 children.

Mr. Cliser's wife, who was an earnest member of the Christian Church died November 30, 1874, at the age of 35 years. Mr. Cliser was again married May 24, 1877, his second union being with Miss Mary Hall, who was born November 7, 1844.

After his first marriage, Mr. Cliser remained on the home farm with his mother until the Spring of 1855, when he then bought 80 acres of timberland in Nodaway County and erected a cabin near his presnt home. At different times he entered land, finally aggregating 200 acres, near this tract, and by hard work and persistent effort converted the place into one of the most desirable farms of this community. Calves being plentiful, he gradually became connected with the stock-raising industry, whic he carried on in addition to farming. Success has attended his well directed efforts and he is now the owner of 600 acres in the homestead, besides another farm of 80 acres elsewhere. He has money in the bank and also loans some on his own responsibilty. As a businessman, he is enterprising, progressive and reliable and carries forward to successful completion whatever he undertakes. 

Politically, Mr. Cliser affiliates with the Democratic Party and takes an active interest in public affairs. He served as Justice of the Peace for a number of years, and he has been found true to every trust reposed in him, whether public or private. A southerner by birth and training, his sympathies were naturally with the Confederacy during the Civil War, but in 1863, he joined the Union Army, enlisting in Company M, Ninth Missouri Calvary, which did guard duty most of the time in central part of Missouri, looking after deserteds and bushwhackers. He was in battle at Camden point and at different times he was stationed at St. Louis, Mexico and St. joseph, remaining in the service until July 1865. At one point he was ill with typhoid fever and was sent home on furlough. It being three months before he was able to join his command. Before entering the army he was arrested and put in jail at Maryville by the United States troops, who released the man he was with on the payment of of a sum of money. Their object seemed to be to get money from their prisoners, but Mr. cliser's friends advised him not to pay one cent. Then they wanted $100 to release him. After two weeks spent in the guard house he was brought up for trial, but the witnesses gave him such a good name that the prosection failed to find anything against him and he was released. A few days later, after he was released from custody, these same midnight rangers came to his home and demanded $30, whic he agreed to pay for his release while in jail. To meet this demand, he had to give up his choice cow and calf.

Children of James & Louisa Cliser

David Martin Cliser, 1886
Descendants of Susan Dora Cliser - CLISER FAMILY REUNION 1980 - Indiana

Descendants of David Martin Cliser - CLISER FAMILY REUNION 1980 - Indiana

1. DAVID MARTIN CLISER, born Feb 16, 1856. Died: 1909. Married Alice Campbell, second marriage to Melinda Thornton.


--1. Orian Cliser, born 1882, died 1898

--2. Maude Lou Cliser, born 12-17-1884, died 3-15-1898

--3. Oma Ruth Cliser, born ? died ?

--4. Velma Arrah Cliser, born ? died ?

--5. Reba Oree Cliser, born 1-7-1903, died 9-1975. Married Floyd Moore 8-23-1923.


----1. Larry Floyd Moore, Jr. born 11-6-1934. Married Margaret Helen Campbell on 12-23-1961. They reside in Vancouver, British Columbia.


------1. David Kenneth Moore, born 1-26-1963

------2. Kent Gregory Moore, born 11-4-1964

------3. Helen Margaret Moore, born 12-7-1968

------4. Janet Marilyn Moore, born 12-7-1968

----2. Lonny Joe Moore, born 10-19-1936. Married Susan Hill.


------1. Emily Elizabeth Moore, born 11-15-1971

------2. Adam Christopher Moore, born 2-20-1974

8--6. Anna Vada Cliser, born 11-19-1906. Married to Lawrence Linville on 10-10-1936. They reside in Melbourne, Florida.


----1. Robert William Linville, born 5-1-1939. Married to Jeanette Fagnoni on 11-2-1976. They reside in Scarsdale, New York.


------1. Jonathan Cliser Linville, born 6-26-1978

----2. Sarah Ellen Linville, born 4-12-1943, married Kent Cardell on 6-8-1963. They reside in San Antonio, Texas.


------1. Julie Ann Cardell, born 6-3-1967 in Albany, New York

------2. Deborah Lynn Cardell, born 3-29-1969

------3. David Linville Cardell, born 4-26-1973 in Rochester, New York

--7. Orelia Estelle Cliser, born ? died ?

2. MARY CASSANDRA CLISER, born April 30, 1857. Died Sept 2. 1936. Married William Thomas Key on October 3, 1875.


--1. Charles Overton Key, born 12-30-1877 died ?

--2. Lottie Lea Key, born 11-28-1881, died 3-24-1965. Married William Conlin in 1896.

--3. Neva Belle Key, born 9-29-1892, died 4-7-1940. Married Charles Franklin Hoshor on 10-12-1919.


----1. Charles William Hoshor, born 7-9-1920. Married Alice Marie Harders 2-15-1946. They reside in Westboro, Missouri.


------1. Kathy Joan Hoshor, born 12-31-1946. Married David Baker in 1975.

------2. Charles Michael Hoshor, born 2-14-1950, died 1950

------3. Bruce Wayne Hoshor, born 6-1-1952. Married Donna Lynn Thompson in 1979.

------4. John Scott Hoshor, born 4-28-1954

------5. Terri Gail Hoshor, born 2-22-1956, married Wayne Nelson in 1976


--------1. Wayne Trent Nelson, born 4-2-1977

------6. Steven Trent Hoshor, born 10-7-1960

8----2. Dean Daryl Hoshor, born 10-28-1922, married Ruth Kissinger in 12-29-1946. They live in Garden City, MO.


------1. Carla Dyanne hoshor, born 11-17-1946, married Michael Kent Vogt on 3-5-1966.


--------1. Brenda Jean Vogt, born 7-26-1971

--------2. David Michael Vogt, born 9-29-1975

------2. Jerry Dean Hoshor, born 6-5-1949

------3. Mark Thomas Hoshor, born 3-1-1951, married Nelda Irene Hunholz on 10-20-1970.


--------1. Mark Douglas Hoshor, born 5-20-1972

--------2. Monica Lynn Hoshor, born 2-17-1978

------4. Randy Daryl Hoshor, born 8-22-1952, married Cynthia Jean Butner on 6-10-1973


--------1. Ryan Daryl Hoshor, born 10-20-1976

--------2. Megan Leigh Hoshor, born 10-5-1978

------5. Neva Jean Hoshor, born 3-11-1954, married Roy Richmond Allen on 11-22-1975.


--------1. Mathew Richmond Allen, born 3-23-1980

--------2. Marie Dyanne Allen, born 3-23-1980

8----3. Mary Jane Hoshor, born 6-9-1924. Married George Clark Laur on 6-22-1945


------1. Barbara Leigh Laur, born 11-22-1946, married Gary Charles Cameron 6-2-1968

------2. Linda Ann Laur, born 7-31-1950

------3. George Clark Laur, Jr. born 2-17-1952

------4. David Thomas Laur, born 9-3-1954, married Susan Sollars on 6-14-1980.

8--4. Eva Opal Key, born 12-9-1894, died 10-10-1970

---5. Elden Welden Key, born 4-5-1898, died ?


William & Frances Leandra Cliser Hubbard Family

3. FRANCES LEANDRA CLISER, born July 12, 1858. Died March 25, 1938. Married William Hubbard.


--1. Edna Marie Hubbard, born 10-11-1884, died 1-15-1974. Married Charles Webster Eaton in 1902.


----1. Harold Maurice Webster Eaton, born 9-6-1903, married Velma Fern Adams 3-22-1924. They reside in St. Joseph, Missouri.


------1. Phyllis Ann Eaton, born 3-25-1930, married Arthur Nickell, Jr., on 11-24-1950. they reside in West Granby, Conn.


--------1. Norman Arthur Nickell III, born 7-21-1951. Married Kathleen Nora McCaffry on 1-11-1975. They reside in West hartford, Conn.


----------1. Julie K. Nickell, born 12-28-1978

--------2. Cynthia Ann Nickell, born 7-17-1952, married Steven Gregory Hein on 8-23-1975, they reside in Niantic, Conn.


----------1. Mathew Steven Hein, born 2-5-1979

--------3. Janet Lea Nickell, born 8-5-1955, married Robert Brennan on 8-12-1978. They reside in New Haven, Conn.

--------4. Mark Craig Nickell, born 2-4-1957, married Rebecca L. Frase on 6-2-1979.

------2. Victor Roe Eaton, born 1-3-1933, married Mary Ann Truitt on 12-29-1955. They reside in Storm Lake, Iowa.


--------1. David Michael Eaton, born 9-11-1957

--------2. Jeffrey Douglas Eaton, born 8-25-1959

--------3. Amelia Jean Eaton, born 12-15-1961

------3. Rachael Lea Eaton, born 3-22-1942, married Barry Earl Gutridge on 8-15-1964. They reside in Grafton, Wisconsin.


--------1. Ann Chamin Gutridge, born 5-2-1974

--2. William Ray Hubbard, born 5-23-1889, died 2-8-1967. Married Blanch Evelyn Goff on 12-3-1913.


----1. William Maurice Hubbard, born 11-19-1917, married Mary Yiesly


------1. Larry Hubbard, born ?

----2. Crystal Lavada Hubbard, born 10-19-1919, married Charles F. Wright on 6-8-1941.


------1. Charles William Wright, born 3-8-1948. Married Patricia Sue Easton 12-14-1968.


--------1. Charles Cameron Wright, born 7-14-1973

--------2. William Alexander Wright, born 2-16-1979

----3. Nigell Lee Hubbard, born 5-2-1926. Married Theodore Wayne Nelson on 2-28-1957


------1. Donald Wayne Nelson, born 7-3-1958

--3. Wilmer Lee Hubbard, born 5-23-1889, died 5-29-1959, married Cora Louenna Sell on 3-11-1914.


----1. Roberta Florine Hubbard, born 10-15-1916. Married Walter Roy Short 1-9-1937, they reside in Barnard, Missouri.


------1. Roy David Short, born 3-21-1943, married Mary Louise Beattie 11-21-1962


--------1. Roberta David Short, born 6-1-1961

--------2. Darla Jean Short, born 10-12-1963

4. JOHN H. CLISER, born Nov. 20, 1860. Died August 17, 1865
5. CHARLES P. CLISER, born Oct 2, 1862. Died May 14, 1881
6. MARGARET E. CLISER, born Jan 16, 1865. Died Oct 2, 1865
7. SUSAN DORA CLISER, born Oct. 6, 1866. Died December 25, 1943. Married Horace Maynard Witt on June 11, 1896.


--1. Truman Elbert Witt, born 4-2-1897, married Lillian Abigail Guinn on 12-25-1920.


----1. Dulcie Ann Witt, born 7-21-1924, married Van Sheerin Lawrence on 8-6-1949. They reside in Minneapolis, Minn.


------1. Gabrielle Susan Ann Lawrence, born 3-3-1951, married Jay Gourlie on 9-3-1972

------2. Joseph Duncan Lawrence, born 1-27-1954.

------3. Christopher Truman Lawrence, born 1-27-1954

------4. Matthew Richard Lawrence, born 9-2-1956

------5. Rebecca Sheerin Lawrence, born 11-9-1957

----2. Truman Elbert Witt, Jr., born 12-12-1927, married Margaret Pilcher on 12-25-1957, they reside in Cleveland, Ohio.


------1. Hillary Margaret Witt, born 11-27-1960

------2. Alison Witt, born 11-3-1963

--2. Bertha Rowena Witt, born 10-20-1899. Married Morris Matsen on 8-19-1935, they reside in Lincoln University, PA


----1. John Morris Matsen, born 5-30-1936, married Sandra Louise Schwartz on 5-8-1971, they reside in Annandale, NJ.

----2. David Witt Matsen, born 7-10-1938, married Alison Keeney on 6-1-1968, they reside in Townsend, Del.


------1. Susan Elizabeth Matsen, born 7-18-1971

------2. Laura Helene Matsen, born 11-20-1973

------3. Catharine Ruth Matsen, born 12-1-1975

----3. James Horace Henry Matsen, born 6-15-1943, married Linda Marie Schmidt.


--------1. Steven Eric Matsen, born 1-29-1969

--------2. Phillip James Matsen, born 2-27-1970

--------3. Terrel John Matsen, born 8-24-1984

--3. Manley Cliser Witt, born 10-25-1901, died 12-20-1976, married Nigell Guinn on 11-25-1925.

--4. Mary Vivian Witt, born 3-7-1905, died 7-26-1971

--5. Mildred Witt, born 3-7-1909. Married Martin Noel Thomas on 7-24-1948. She resides in St. Joseph, MO.


----1. Andrew Heath Thomas, born 5-9-1949, married Karen Wolf on 1-24-1970, they reside in Ann Arbor, MI.

--6. Lilian Grace Witt, born 1-5-1911, died 9-19-1969. Married Harold Barrow on 9-2-1939.


----1. John Curtis barrow, born 5-31-1943. Married Elizabeth wilson Buell on 6-23-1968.


------1. Erika Stevens barrow, born 9-12-1973

------2. David Harold Barrow, born 6-1-1976

----2. Anne Elizabeth Barrow, boprn 2-12-1947


Thomas Edgar Cliser

8. THOMAS EDGAR CLISER, born 11-24-1871, died 2-28-1940. Married Lottie Gilberd 5-26-1903


--1. Bernice Cliser, born 10-1-1904, died 3-3-1972, married Dale Glen Thrasher on 2-24-2927


----1. Wava Joyce Thrasher, born 11-16-1932, married Harold Townsend on 3-19-1953. They reside in St. Joseph, MO.


------1. Debra Carrie Townsend, born 1-8-1954, married David Giannattasio on 5-28-1977.


--------1. Brett Lewis Giannattasio, born 5-7-1979

------2. Susan Beth Townsend, born 5-1-1955, married Roger Miller on 1-25-1975.


--------1. Joshua Lynn Miller, born 4-21-1979

------3. Mark Harold Townsend, born 1-20-1958, married Susan Ten Brink on 8-12-1978

----2. Deloris Irene Thrasher, born 7-18-1935, married Frances Blair on 10-13-1953.


------1. Collett Sue Blair, born 6-8-1956, married Robert langford on 8-26-1972


--------1. Nathan Paul Langford, born 11-3-1977

------2. Saconna Travis Blair, born 6-17-1959

------3. Cassandra Dee Blair, born 2-23-1963

------4. Bernice Lois Blair, born 1-5-1940, married Ralph F. Stegall on 5-30-1957.


--------1. Lori Denis Stegall, born 1-16-1960, married Mark Richey 10-1976.


----------1. Dustin Lee Richey, born 5-1-1978

9. MATTIE NORA CLISER, born 1872, died 1877


James Mathias Cliser & wife Louisa Best Cliser 1854

James Mathias Cliser & wife Louisa Best Cliser 1854
Born in Page Co. Va. Moved to Nodaway Co. Mo