Joseph Kohler (#1)

Burgher and surgeon. In the opinion of Marie-Odile Peres (a professional genealogist based in Strasbourg) it is extremely likely that he was the father of (Louis) Joseph Kohler, because both were surgeons and lived in Molsheim. The profession of surgeon was different from that of doctor of medicine. Surgeons were located mostly in larger towns, not villages, and places where regiments were staying ; they often followed the armies. The surgeon is called to smaller places but generally resides in cities like Molsheim or Bischwiller.  Incidentally, in a name like Louis Joseph Kohler, the first name (Louis) came from the godfather and was later dropped.