NISSLEY, John C., lawyer, was born near Hummelstown, Pa., February 8, 1856. His lineage is traced in the following history of one branch of the Nissley family, now residing in Dauphin County.
Jacob Nissley was the pioneer of the Nissley family who came to Lancaster county in 1719, when Lancaster county was composed of Dauphin and Lebanon counties as one, and was naturalized in 1729. His offspring are as follows: Jacob, John ( known as Hans) and Henry. John ( or Hans ) had the following children: Michael, Abraham, Rev. John, who was married to Miss Herzler, and was born in 1746 and died in 1825; Jacob, Rev. Samuel, Martin, Fannie. The Rev. John Nissley, who resided in Paxtang, Dauphin county, had the following children : Jacob, whose wife was a Miss Nissley; John, whose wife was a Miss Ober; Martin, whose wife was a Miss Landis, and who was born in 1786 and died in 1868; Maria, her husbands being Frantz and Rudy. John, whose wife was noted above, was a Miss Ober, had two children: Christian, who was married to Nancy Funk, of Lebanon, and who lived and died in Derry Township on the homestead now occupied by Edward Stover, which is known as Stoverdale; Frances Nissley, who was married to Samuel Neidig, whom she survived with one child, Mary, who is now the widow of Samuel Bowman, of Lebanon county, and resides with her daughter, Mrs. William H. Ulrich, of Hummelstown, Dauphin county, Pa., her second husband being Abraham Landis, of Derry township, with whom she had four children; Mrs. John Carmany, Mrs. W. Etter and Mrs. Joseph Rudy, of Harrisburg, Dauphin county, and one son, Christian Landis, who was drowned in the Swatara creek, near Middletown, Dauphin county, Pa.. Christian Nissley, who married Nancy Funk, had the following children : Mary, widow of Isaac Mauma, of Highspire, Joseph, residing near Hummelstown, Dauphin county, John J., Christian, now deceased, Martin, Samuel, a doctor, residing in Elizabethtown, Lancaster county, Levi and Annie, both residing in the borough of Middletown, and not married.
Joseph Nissley was married to Annie Ober, of near Elizabethtown, Lancaster county. They have the following children : Agnes, wife of Joseph L. Brandt, Esq., cashier of the Exchange Bank of Marietta, Pa.; Isaac O. Nissley, editor of the Middletown Weekly Press, married to Emma Brunner, daughter of William E. Brunner, of Campellstown, Lebanon county, Pa; John C. Nissley, an attorney-at-law of the bar of Dauphin county; Annie O., wife of Abraham L. Etter, editor and publisher of the daily Journal, of Middletown, Dauphin county, Pa.; Christian G. Nissley, ex-editor of the Tyrone Weekly Times in Blair county, Pa., now of Harrisburg, Pa., who is married to Caroline Kunkel, daughter of George and Isabella Kunkel of Harrisburg, Pa..
John C. Nissley was engaged in such occupations as usually fall to a boy’s lot on the farm until he had attained the age of sixteen years. His primary education was such as he could get in the public schools, and prepared him to teach school. He taught in the schools of Dauphin county for four years. He then entered the State Normal School in Shippensburgg where he spent several terms, then entered Indiana State Normal School, Indiana county, Pa., where he prepared himself for college. In 1879 he entered Bucknell University, and was graduated in 1883. He also received from this institution the honorary degree of Bachelor of Philosophy in 1891. In the law office of Mumma and Shoop, Harrisburg, Pa., where he was a student, he laid the foundation for the success which marked his career at the bar. He was admitted to the bar in 1886, and began his practice of law with the late Elias Hollinger. During the first years of hid practice Mr Nissley found time to prepare a series of popular lectures. Of his lecture on "Great Men" Dr. Edward Brooks of Philadelphia has said; "It is a worthy effort, spicy, practical, interesting and executed in a pleasing manner, with unusual vigor and earnestness." Thoroughly familiar with the intricacies of his profession Mr. Nissley is well qualified to give advice on matters of law. He is a clear thinker and a forceful and graceful speaker. As a criminal lawyer he has won many laurels. He was associated with Mr. Backenstoe as a counsel for Undergus, the Powell’s Valley criminal, who was tried for murder, but escaped the penalty of the crime, and was found guilty, instead, of assault and battery. He is widely known and deservedly popular. With his father’s political faith he has also inherited his father’s independence.