Intro to the Mosier Side of the Family

Florence Mosier

Mother was a “Mosier.”

Florence Anna Mosier (1921-1996) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania –the first child of Alvion P. Mosier and Anna May Williams.

On Mother’s side, our family tree is composed of ancestors who came to America from Germany (Moser and Kolb), Holland (Van Dyck and Wanzer), and the British Isles (Warner, Williams, Blair and Dugan).

An ancestor from England arrived in America first. On or about August 23, 1631, Andrew Warner sailed from London with his wife and young children aboard the ship Lyon. A Puritan and follower of Rev. Thomas Hooker, Andrew left London in pursuit of religious freedom and arrived with his family in Nantasket on 2 Nov 1631. One of the original settlers in Cambridge, Andrew was made a freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony on 14 May 1634. After dissenting with Puritan leaders in Massachusetts, the Warner family was among the group who followed Thomas Hooker to found the Colony of Connecticut in 1636.

Our ancestors from Holland arrived in America next –Jan Thomasse Van Dyck brought his family to the Dutch Colony of New Amsterdam (present day New York) in 1652. The Van Dykes eventually moved south into Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The Wanzers are probably descendants of Jan Jansen Wanshaer, a ship’s captain who immigrated from Holland to New Amsterdam in the 1640’s, however this connection has not yet been proved conclusively. Our known Wanzer ancestors appear in eastern Illinois as early as 1820 before moving into western Indiana.

Our German ancestors arrived in America a little later than the Dutch, Johann Martin Moser in 1728 and Johann Ludwig Kolb in 1737. Both German ancestors were part of the massive German migration to the New World that took place in the early 1700’s.

Johann Martin Moser, our immigrant Mosier ancestor, sailed from Rotterdam aboard the ship James Goodwill and arrived in the port of Philadelphia on September 11, 1728 with his wife and young children. The Moser family settled in the Perkiomen Valley at New Goshenhoppen, in Philadelphia County (now Montgomery County, near the Berks County line). About 30 years later, Johann’s son, Frederick, traveled with his family via Conestoga wagon down the “Great Wagon Road” to Orange County, North Carolina. Forty years after that, Frederick’s son, Philip, traveled with his family by wagon train along the “Wilderness Road” to the Indiana Territory. A century later, Henry Clay Mosier, Philip’s great-grandson, migrated by covered wagon with his young family to settle on land in the newly opened Oklahoma Territory.

Johann Ludwig Kolb is included on the passenger list of the ship St. Andrew Galley that arrived in Philadelphia on September 26, 1737. Ludwig settled with his family in the rapidly growing German settlement of Germantown, northwest (but now part of) the city of Philadelphia. “Kolb” soon became “Culp,” and their descendants, our Culp ancestors, remained in the Philadelphia area for the next 200 years or so.

Our other immigrant ancestors from the British Isles have not yet been identified, however Williams and Dugan ancestors do appear in the Philadelphia area before 1850. Blair ancestors are first seen in Indiana in 1833 and may have migrated west from Virginia.