Georg Fredrich Moser was the 4th great-grandfather of Florence Mosier and one of seven children of Johann Martin Moser and Margaretta Schwembauer. Frederick, as he was known, was born on March 3, 1722 in Breitenau, Mittlefranken (now Bavaria), Germany1. At the age of 6, he emigrated to Pennsylvania with his parents,2 settling in the Perkiomen Valley at New Goshenhoppen, in Philadelphia County (now Montgomery County).
At the age of 27, Frederick Moser received a warrant for 100 acres of land in Bucks (later Northampton, now Lehigh) County which was recorded on March 30, 1748/9.3
On April 23, 1750, Frederick married Maria Barbara Lieser4,5 at New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran Church. Barbara, also known as Barbary, was the daughter of Benedict Lieser and Barbara Isch. She was born around 1731 in the Alsace region of Switzerland; some researchers show the date of her christening as February 4, 1731. Barbara immigrated to America with her family aboard the ship Robert & Alice of Dublin under the command of Captain Walter Goodman and arrived in Philadelphia on September 3, 1739.6 On the ship’s passenger list, the family’s place of origin is listed as Burbach, Alsace-Lorraine. All family members are named on the passenger list, and Barbara is listed as being seven years old. The Lieser family settled in a section of Philadelphia County that later became Hereford Township, Berks County.
Frederick and Barbara had fourteen children, eight of whom were born in Bucks, Northampton or Berks County, Pennsylvania:
- Jacob Moser, born about 1751 in Pennsylvania;7 died after 9 Feb 1807 in Anderson County, Tennessee.8
- Catherine “Caty” Moser, born about 1752 in Pennsylvania;9 married Powell Paul Kimbro about 1773 in Orange County, North Carolina;10 died after 1807 in Orange County, North Carolina.11
- Michael Moser, born about 1754 in Pennsylvania; married Maria Sophia Reinhardt in Aug 1778 and Mary Magdalena Fox after 6 Jun 1802; died Jul 1828 in Orange County, North Carolina.12
- Abraham Moser, born 1756 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania;13 married Veronica Dorothea Lieser about 1776 in North Carolina;14 died 22 Oct 1836 in Anderson County, Tennessee.15
- John Philip Moser, born 26 Nov 1758 in Northampton County, Pennsylvania;16 married Catherine [surname unknown] about 1784 in North Carolina;17,18 died 26 Nov 1840 in Floyd County, Indiana.19
- George Moser, born 1 Jan 1760 in Berks County, Pennsylvania; died about 1760 in Berks County, Pennsylvania.20
- Maria Barbara Moser, born 28 Dec 1760 in Berks County, Pennsylvania; married Samuel H. Hoffman in 1778 in North Carolina; died 1822 in Burke County, North Carolina.21
- Nicholas Moser, born Jul 1762 in Northampton County, Pennsylvania; married Elizabeth Loy in 1784 in North Carolina; died about 1821 in Madison County, Alabama.22
In 1759, Frederick was the tax collector for Greenwich Township, Berks County.23 In 1762, he migrated with his wife and children from Pennsylvania. It is probable that the Moser family traveled south by Conestoga wagon along the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road through the Shendanoah Valley of Maryland and Virginia, crossing the Blue Ridge Mountains somewhere in Virginia and on down into the Piedmont region of North Carolina. The family settled on land in the area of Stinking Quarter Creek24 in Orange County (now Alamance County), where Frederick purchased 225 acres on May 23, 1763.
The Moser family is mentioned among the early settlers of the area in the following excerpt from Centennial History of Alamance County 1849-1949:25
“Three distinct groups led the movement and established colonies in the area which became Alamance County. To the Cane Creek section, near the present village of Snow Camp, came a group of Pennsylvania Quakers; east and north of the Haw River settled Scotch-Irish Presbyterians; and along the western boundary of the Alamance Creek a large number of Lutheran and Reformed settlers found new homes. Most of them were agriculturists, and few villages were built. Along the Alamance were the Albrights, Holts, Shoffners, Mosers, Isleys, Kimes, Staleys, Halls, Trollingers, Whitsetts, Hornadays, Reitzels, and other Germanic folk.”
Frederick Moser is credited with Malachi Isley as being a founder of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Orange (now Alamance) County in 1763 or 1773.26
After arriving in North Carolina, Frederick and Barbara had six more children:
- Mary Ann Moser, born about 1764 in North Carolina;27 married Frederick Conrad Keck about 1784;28 died 15 Oct 1851 in Claiborne, Tennessee.29
- John Moser, born about 1766 in Orange County, North Carolina; married Sarah Garrett about 1792 in North Carolina; died 12 Apr 1825 in Orange County, North Carolina.30
- Elizabeth Moser, born 1768 in Orange County, North Carolina; married Henry Sharp about 1790 in Orange County, North Carolina; died 2 Sep 1821 in Claiborne County, Tennessee.31
- Frederick Moser Jr., born 15 Apr 1771 in Orange County, North Carolina; married Mary Ingold about 1794 and Margaret Anthony about 1799; died 15 Aug 1839 in Orange County, North Carolina.32
- Magdalena Moser, born about 1773 in Orange County, North Carolina; married to Barnabas Butcher about 1743 in Orange County, North Carolina; died in 1838 in Monroe County, Indiana.33
- Eve Moser, born about 1775 in Orange County, North Carolina; married Peter Sharp on 31 Aug 1795 in Orange County, North Carolina; died Aug 1822 in Orange County, North Carolina.34
Frederick Moser fought in the Battle of Alamance on May 16, 1771, the battle that ended the War of the Regulation. As a result, Frederick Moser was among the farmers who were required by Governor Tryon to swear an oath of allegiance to the British crown. Frederick’s sons were not old enough to have participated in the battle, so were not required to take the oath. When the American Revolution broke out, the boys sided with the patriots. Frederick kept his oath, but someone reported to the authorities that “he was aiding and abetting the American cause. Soldiers were sent to arrest him. When he saw them, he ran into his house and escaped out the back side into a thicket. The soldiers not knowing this, when they could not find him, fired the house to be sure of this death. After they left, he came from his hiding place, said that politically he was dead, and assisted the American cause ever after.”35
In 1780, Frederick’s property was valued at 690 pounds and included 240 acres, four hourses and ten cows.36
Frederick made his will on April 20, 1796,37 leaving his property to his wife and children:
Of sound mind and memory advanced in years and knowing that by reason of my age I cannot live long, I Frederick Mosier Senr. of Orange County in North Carolina do make this my last will and testament. I desire will and bequeath to my son[sic] John Mosier, and Frederick Mosier their heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns forever all my lands and tenements subject to and charged with the payment of the sums following at or before the times limited and expressed herein after, to the persons herein after to be mentioned, that is to say to each of my sons Jacob, Michael, Abraham, Philip and Nicholas, severally, thirty five silver dollars making in the whole one hundred and seventy five dollars which when paid to my sons as aforesaid shall be a discharge in full of their several legacies. To each of my daughters Caty Kimbro, Barbary Hufman, Kek[sic], Lizy Sharp, Eve Sharp & Magdelane Butcher, severally, twelve and a half silver dollars, making altogether seventy five silver dollars in full of their legacies to my daughters. The first payment shall be made to my son Jacob in four years after my death. The second to my daughter Caty in five years. The third to my son Abraham in six years. The fourth to Barbary in seven years. The fifth to Michael in eight years. The sixth to Mary in nine years. The seventh to Philip in ten years. The eighth to Lizy in eleven years. The ninth to Nicholas in twelve years. The tenth to Eve in thirteen years. The eleventh to Magdalene in fourteen years after my death, which sum of one hundred and seventy five dollars when paid to my sons and daughters, severally to my sons thirty five dollars, to my daughters twelve and a half at or before the times and periods after my death as expressed shall be a discharge to my sons John and Frederick of any demand for legacies due in consequence of the land and tenements hereby given to them. It is my will and desire that my personal estate may be sold in the customary maner[sic] and that so much of the money as may be necessary for the discharge of my just debts shall be appropriated to that purpose, the residue shall be divided share and share alike among all my sons and daughters or their representatives, but if my wife Barbary survives me, she shall retain and keep possession of so much of my personal chattel as she may think necessary for her support and maintenance during her natural life, to be disposed of after her death and paid over to my sons and daughters as above directed.
My wife Barbary shall during her natural life occupy and possess so much of my land and tenements and such as she would have been entitled to in dower if I died intestate.
I constitute and appoint my son Philip and my son in law Peter Sharp executors of this my last will and testament. Witness my hand this twenty day of April seventeen hundred ninety six.
Frederick Mosier [mark]
Witnesses present Rd Cochran, Thom[?]
It is thought that Barbara died in 1796, the same year in which Frederick wrote his will. On February 21, 1800, Frederick gave his 225 acre farm to his youngest son, Frederick Jr. He died shortly afterwards, and his estate was probated in May 1800.38
Notes & Sources
1Gary C. Moser, Moser of Middle Franken and Pennsylvania, 1653-1732 (Martinsville, IN: n.p., 2006), p. 1; citing Lutheran churchbooks of Breitenau, Bavaria, Germany, Births, 1637-1765, p. 293.
2ProGenealogists Family History Research Group, The Palatine Project. Database on-line. (http://www.progenealogists.com/palproject/pa/1737sand.htm : accessed 6 Jan 2005), passenger list for ship James Goodwill, entry for Martin Moser, arrived 11 Sep 1728, Philadelphia.
3“Pennsylvania Land Warrants and Applications, 1733-1952,” [database on-line], Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 Feb 2013>, entry for Frederick Moser; citing Warrant Applications, 1733-1952, Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvania State Archives.
4“Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985” [database on-line], digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 Apr 2011), entry for Friederich Moser and Barbara Kusferin [indexed incorrectly, image shows Barbara Luser]
5 Barbara’s surname has also been seen as Luser, Loscher, Loeser, Leeser and Lesser. It was recorded on her marriage record as “Luser.” The name is shown as “Lieser” on the passenger list of the Robert & Alice, 1739. Benedict “Leeser” is recorded in the 1739 census for Philadelphia County.
6ProGenealogists Family History Research Group, The Palatine Project. Database on-line. (http://www.progenealogists.com/palproject/pa/1737sand.htm : accessed 11 Nov 2005), passenger list for ship Robert & Alice, entry for Benedict Lieser, arrived 3 Sep 1739, Philadelphia.
7David B. Trimble, Moser of North Carolina, (Austin, Texas: n.p., 1996), p. 100, #4a Jacob Moser.
8Lacy Weston, “[BrickChurchNC] Fwd: Kimery (Kimbro) and Hopper,” BrickChurchNC-L Archives, discussion list, 13 Oct 1999 (http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/index/BrickChurchNC/1999-10 : accessed 17 Jan 2008), “Descendants of Frederick Moser, Sr.,” generation 2 #1 Jacob Moser.
9Trimble, Moser of North Carolina, p. 100, #4b Catherine Moser.
10Weston, “Descendants of Frederick Moser, Sr.,” generation 2 #2 Katherine “Caty” Moser.
12Trimble, Moser of North Carolina, p. 100, #5 Michael Moser.
13Trimble, Moser of North Carolina, p. 110, #6 Abraham Moser.
14Weston, Descendants of Frederick Moser, Sr., generation 2 #4 Abraham Moser.
16Trimble, Moser of North Carolina, p. 115, #7 John Philip Moser.
18“Moser Family File,” reference to deed conveying 160 acres of land from “Philip Moser and Catherine, his wife, of Floyd County, State of Indiana, to James Hickman, Sr. of sd. county, etc…” found in unattributed Moser family file, citing “Deed Book H, page 678, Floyd County, Ind. Jan 16, 1824;” New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, 180 W. Spring St., New Albany, IN.
19Weston, “Descendants of Frederick Moser, Sr.,” generation 2 #5 John Philip Moser.
20Trimble, Moser of North Carolina, p. 100, #4f George Moser.
21Weston, “Descendants of Frederick Moser, Sr.,” generation 2 #6 Maria Barbary Moser.
22Trimble, Moser of North Carolina, p. 121, #8 Nicholas Moser.
23Weston, “Descendants of Frederick Moser, Sr.,” generation 1 Frederick Moser.
24Stinking Quarter Creek is a lengthy tributary of the Alamance Creek of the Haw River, running westerly across what is now central Alamance County and into Guilford County. The western reaches of the creek were in Guilford County when it was created in 1770, and the eastern part fell into Alamance County at its creation in 1849. The Alamance Creek and Stinking Quarter Creek area of old Orange County, near the present town of Burlington, was settled almost exclusively by German Lutheran and Reformed families beginning in the 1750’s.
25Walter Whitaker, Centennial History of Alamance County 1849-1949, (Charlotte, N.C.: Dowd Press), pp. 14-15.
26Weston, “Descendants of Frederick Moser, Sr.,” generation 1 Frederick Moser.
27Trimble, Moser of North Carolina, p. 100, #4i Mary Moser.
29Orleata Moore, “Descendants of Frederick Moser, Sr.” (NCGenweb Project: Bits and Pieces — Odds and Ends in and around Randoph and Guilford Counties NC : accessed Feb 2005).
30Trimble, Moser of North Carolina, p. 128, #9 John Moser.
31Trimble, Moser of North Carolina, p. 100, #4k Elizabeth Moser.
32Trimble, Moser of North Carolina, p. 131, #10 Frederick Moser.
33Trimble, Moser of North Carolina, p. 100, #4m Magdalena Moser.
34Trimble, Moser of North Carolina, p. 100, #4n Eve Moser.
35Rev. D.I. Offman, “Moser Family Records”, (Burlington, N.C.: Alamance County Historical Association, 1974), Part 19, p. 1.
36Ron Yates, “Connectville” (http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=connectville&id=I54 : accessed 2005), profile for Georg Fredrich Moser; citing [Josette Kirby.FTW] (Research): Ann M. Phillips, email@example.com.
37Orange County, North Carolina, Record of Wills, Volume C-D: 1794-1822, p.3, Frederick Mosier Sr.; Roll #c.073.80002, North Carolina State Archives.
38Weston, “Descendants of Frederick Moser, Sr.,” generation 1 Frederick Moser.