Christian Mosier and Sophronia Blair

Christian Mosier was the great-grandfather of Florence Mosier and one of four children of Frederick Moser and Elizabeth Smith. Family records indicate that Christian was born on 11 Oct 1820 in Greenville, Indiana.1 This birth information is supported by Christian’s grave marker which shows a birth date of 11 Oct 18202 and the 1850 and 1860 censuses for Georgetown, Floyd County in which he indicated that he was born in Indiana.3,4 Greenville and Georgetown are both in Floyd County and are less than ten miles from each other.

On 22 Sep 1842, Christian married Sarah “Sally” Burger (born abt. 1825 in Indiana). Record of their marriage is included in Floyd County Marriage Records and indicates they were married by Henry Bonebrake, a minister of the United Brethren Church in Georgetown.5

A document recorded in Floyd County Indiana records confirms the connection between Christian Moser and his parents Frederick Moser and Elizabeth Smith Moser Fox:6

Partition – Frederick Moser heirs.

March 9, 1846. Indenture made Jan. 24, 1846 between John Moser and Mary, his wife, Christian Moser and Sally, his wife, heirs at law of Frederick Moser, late of Floyd County, State of Indiana, deceased, of first part, Elizabeth Fox, widow of sd. Frederick Moser of second part and David Moser of Floyd County — for $400 — sell unto David Moser — South-west quarter of Section 17, Township 2 South, of Range 5 E. – 54 acres, being Dower part of tract –

Signed: John Moser, Mary (X) Moser, Christian Moser, Sally (X) Moser, Elizabeth (X) Fox
Witnessess: John McIntosh, Philip Floyd, John Pendleton

State of Indiana. Floyd County. Before me John McIntosh a Justice of the Peace of said county on this day personally came John Moser, Mary Moser, Christian Moser, Sally Moser and Elizabeth Fox and severally acknowledged the execution of the foregoing deed to be their voluntary act for the purposes therein expressed. And the said Mary Moser and Sally Moser, wives of said John and Christian being of full age and by me examined separate and apart from and without the hearing of their said husbands after having said Deed fully explained to them by me, declared that they executed the same voluntarily and without coercion or compulsion from their said husbands. In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal of said County this 7 day of March 1846. John McIntosh J.P.

Christian’s surname is shown as “Moser” in this record, his marriage record, and the 1850 U.S. Census.

Residing in Georgetown, Floyd County in 1850, Christian and Sarah are shown in the census of 1850 with four children: Sarah (age 6), Mary Jane (age 4), Elvira (age 2), and an unnamed infant girl (age 3 months.) Real estate owned by Christian was valued at $180.7

Sophronia Blair was included in the 1850 Census with the household of Frederick Wolf, also of Georgetown, Floyd County. The Wolf household included his wife, Martha Jane, and six children, ranging in age from 11 years to 11 months. Alexander Sampson, age 22, was also listed as a member of the Wolf household and was probably working for Mr. Wolf. Sophronia Blair indicated that she was 18 years old and that she was born in Indiana.8 It is possible that Sophronia was a relative of the Wolfs or that she was employed by them to assist with care of the children. It is thought that Sophronia was born in Harrison County, Indiana which is adjacent to Floyd County. Her parents are unknown. A Joseph Blair was listed in the 1840 Census for Harrison Township and is the only Blair listed in either Harrison or Floyd County for this census. It may be that Joseph Blair is Sophronia’s father.

Both the Wolf Household and the Moser Household were recorded in the 1850 Census on the same day (September 10) by the same census-taker, and the Mosers were the sixth household visited after the Wolfs. Christian Moser’s occupation was listed as “Shoemaker” and Frederick Wolf was listed as a “Cooper” or barrelmaker. It is likely that the two families resided near each other.

It is assumed that Sarah Burger died between 1850 and 1857 because on 7 Jun 1857, Christian married Sophronia Blair.9 Their marriage license, issued June 4, and the certificate indicating they were married on June 7 by Walter Moore are included in Floyd County Marriage Records.

The documents associated with his 1857 marriage to Sophronia show that Christian’s surname was now spelled “Mosier.” After that date, available records indicate that he consistently used the spelling “Mosier,” as did his brothers John and David.

The 1860 Census for Georgetown, Floyd County, Indiana records Christian Mosier and his wife Sophronia on 2 Jun 1860 with children: Mary (age 14), Alvira (age 12), Catherine (age 10), John (age 1), and Henry (age 3 months). All but John and Henry would have been Christian’s children from his first marriage to Sarah Burger. Another John Mosier was listed in this household at age 16; he was not included in the 1850 census and might have been a nephew or an adopted son. The 1860 Census indicates that Christian’s occupation was now that of “Grocer”. Real Estate owned by Christian was valued at $600, and his personal estate was also valued at $600.10

The 1870 Census shows that the Mosier family had relocated to Greenville, Indiana –about ten miles from Georgetown, but still in Floyd County. Christian was 50 at this time, and Sophronia was 37. Christian’s occupation was shown as “Grocery and Coffee House” and Sophronia’s as “Keeping House.” The value of Christian’s real estate had increased to $2,000 and his personal estate was valued at $1,200. Christian’s older children from his first marriage were no longer members of the household, but he and Sophronia now had eight children of their own: John S. (age 11), Henry C. (age 10), William F. (age 8), Emma B. (age 6), Charles M. (age 4), David P. (age 3), Hattie M. (age 1) and Martha V. (age 5 months). John, Henry, William, and Emma had all attended school within the year, but it was indicated that Henry “Cannot write”. The 1870 Census also lists Martha Blair (age 48) as a member of the Mosier household. Martha indicated that she was born in Virginia. Her occupation was listed as “House Keeper”.11 It is possible that Martha Blair is Sophronia’s older sister, a conclusion that is strengthened by the fact that Martha is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery beside the graves of Christian and Sophronia.12

The 1880 Census shows that Christian (age 59) and Sophronia Mosier (age 46) are still in Greenville, Indiana. Christian’s occupation is now listed as “Hotel Proprietor,” and Sophronia is still “Keeping House.” Birthplace of parents is information included for the first time in the 1880 Census. Christian indicates that both parents were born in Indiana; however, this is incorrect. Although they married in Indiana, Christian’s mother and father were both born in North Carolina. Sophronia states that both her parents were born in Virginia. Children listed in the Mosier household in 1880 are: John S. (age 21, a laborer), William (age 19, a barber), Emma B. (age 16), Charles M. (age 14), Daniel P. (age 13), Hattie M. (age 11), Martha V. (age 9) and Florence (age 7). Son Henry C. is not listed with this household and cannot be located elsewhere in the 1880 Census. Martha Blair is listed in the 1880 Census for Greenville as a servant in the household of an elderly couple, Peter and Susan Seusenay; she indicates that her father was born in Virginia and that her mother was born in Tennessee.13

The General Index of Deeds in Floyd County, Indiana for the period 1843 through 1882 includes twenty-eight transactions for purchase or sale of land by Christian Mosier. Through 1861, he purchased parcels on Main Street in Georgetown, all of which he sold before 1866. Between 1864 and 1873, he purchased and then sold parcels on Main Street in Galena. Beginning in 1874, he purchased parcels on Main Street and Harrison Street in Greenville. Given the fact that he is described as a “Hotel Proprietor” in the 1880 Census, it is likely that he bought land in Greenville to build his hotel. Christian Mosier last appears in the deed records on March 11, 1882. Sophronia Mosier is recorded as the purchaser of parcels in Greenville in 1887 and 1888. In 1889, Sophronia is recorded as selling a Greenville parcel to her son Charles M. Mosier.14

Christian Mosier is mentioned twice in History of the Ohio Falls Counties, a two-volume work published in 1882:15

“The post-office at Greenville was the first one established within the present limits of the township. Here the stages were compelled to stop to change the mail. A log tavern was erected on the public square, where the north and south road crosses the turnpike, and here a man named Donahue opened the first tavern in the new place, probably in the second building on the town-plat and the first in the new town. It stood where the hotel of Christian Mosier now stands…”

“…The business of the village at present may be summed up as follows: There are three hotels (there are no “taverns” nowadays) kept by Christian Mosier, Emil Kramer, and John Fleisher. Matilda Hemble keeps a dry-goods and fancy-goods store; Alexander Loughmiller, a general grocery and provision store; Marion Steele, a general stock; Roger Compton, a general stock; J. N. Smith, a grocery, Mrs. J. N. Smith, a millinery store; James Sappenfield, a shoe store; Charles E. Scott, a grocery; Henrietta Smith, millinery; Mathias Sappenfield, grocery; Christian Hemble and James Lipscum, blacksmith shops; John Norris, Sr., an undertaking establishment; Smith & Keethly, Robert Scott, G.W. Morris, James Scott, and John L. Graam, are the coopers. The professions are represented by David Sigler, lawyer, and James Davis, Robert Kay, James Murphy, and Reuben C. Smith, doctors. The latter is the oldest, having been in practice here since 1826.”

Christian Mosier died in Greenville, Floyd County on 6 Sep 1882.16,17,18 Sophronia died in New Albany, Floyd County on 20 Sep 1892.19,20,21 Their obituaries:

“Christian Mosier, an old and esteemed citizen of Greenville township, died on the 6th, after a long and painful illness. His funeral took place on the 7th, and was largely attended. He leaves a family and many friends to mourn his death.” [New Albany Ledger, 18 Sep 1882]

“Mrs. Sophronia Mosier, mother of W. F. Mosier, died on the 20th inst. She was a lady held in high esteem by her many friends and relatives.”[New Albany Ledger, 21 Sep 1892]


Children of Christian Mosier and Sarah Burger22,23:

  1. Sarah E. Moser, born abt. 1844 in Indiana.
  2. Mary Jane Moser, born abt. 1846 in Indiana.
  3. Elvira Moser, born abt. 1848 in Indiana.
  4. Catherine Moser, born abt. June 1850, in Floyd County, Indiana.

Children of Christian Mosier and Sophronia Blair24,25:

  1. John Steele Mosier, born 13 Sep 1858 in Georgetown, Floyd County, Indiana; died 20 Feb 1938.
  2. Henry Clay Mosier, born 19 Feb 1860 in Georgetown, Floyd County, Indiana; married Julia Angeline Wanzer on 15 Feb 1885 in Knox County, Indiana; died 14 Feb 1943 in Enid, Garfield County, Oklahoma.
  3. William Frederick Mosier, born 25 Oct 1861 in Georgetown, Floyd County, Indiana; died 1932.
  4. Emma Belle Mosier, born 24 May 1864 in Georgetown, Floyd County, Indiana; died 05 Sep 1940.
  5. Charles Morton Mosier, born 30 Aug 1865 in Georgetown, Floyd County, Indiana; died 19 Oct 1929.26
  6. David Perry Mosier, born 07 Mar 1867 in Georgetown, Floyd County, Indiana; died 1955.
  7. Hattie May Mosier, born 07 Jan 1869 in Georgetown, Floyd County, Indiana; died 09 May 1955.
  8. Martha Viola Ollie Mosier, born 27 Mar 1870 in Georgetown, Floyd County, Indiana; died 07 Nov 1957.
  9. Florence Beatrice Mosier, born 20 Feb 1873 in Georgetown, Floyd County, Indiana.

Notes & Sources:
1Anna Williams Mosier, compiler, “Mosier family personal information,” MSS notes, ca. 1979, privately held by Judith Perrault Delmar [address for private use], Orlando, Florida, undocumented data.
2Photograph of Christian Mosier grave marker in Greenlawn Cemetery, Greenville, Floyd County, Indiana by Judith Perrault Delmar, 24 Aug 2014; detail of grave marker.
31850 U.S. Census, Floyd County, Indiana, population schedule, George Town Twp., page 908 (penned), dwelling 924, family 1053, Christian Moser household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing NARA microfilm publication M432 roll 145.
41860 U.S. Census, Floyd County, Indiana, population schedule, Georgetown Twp., pages 2, 3 (penned), dwelling 18, family 18, Christ Mosier household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), citing NARA microfilm publication M653 roll 257.
5Floyd Co. Indiana Marriage Records, Vol B, May 1837- May 1845, entry 21 Sep 1842 for Christian Mossier and Sarah Burger; microfilm image, reel IND1-0221, accessed Oct 2005, Indiana State Library.
6Floyd County, Deed Book R, pp. 416-418, 24 Jan 1846, Partition – Frederick Moser heirs; microfilm image accessed Oct 2005, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, New Albany, IN.
71850 U.S. Census, Floyd County, Indiana, George Town Twp., Christian Moser household.
81850 U.S. Census, Floyd County, Indiana, George Town Twp.,page 907 (penned), dwelling 919, family 1047, Frederick Wolf household; digital image, Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com); citing NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 145.
9Floyd Co. Indiana Marriage Records, p. 455, entry for Christian Mosier and Sophronia Blair, license dated 4 Jun 1847, certification of marriage dated 7 Jun 1857.
101860 U.S. Census, Floyd County, Indiana, Georgetown Twp., Christ Mosier household.
111870 U.S. Census, Floyd County, Indiana, population schedule, Greenville Twp., page 42 (penned), dwelling 306, family 313, Christian Mosier household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing NARA microfilm publication M593 roll 313.
12Photograph of Martha Blair grave marker in Greenlawn Cemetery, Greenville, Floyd County, Indiana by Judith Perrault Delmar, 24 Aug 2014.
131880 U.S. Census, Floyd County, Indiana, population schedule, town of Greenville, ED 67, page 23 (penned)/174C (stamped), dwelling 204, family 207, Christian Mosier household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing NARA microfilm publication T9 roll 277.
14“General Index of Deeds in Floyd County, Indiana 1815-1904,” Indiana State Archives, Moser/Mosier Recorded Transactions in Grantee and Grantor indices transcribed 15 Oct 2004 by Judith Perrault Delmar.
15L.A. Williams & Co., History of the Ohio Falls Cities and Their Counties, (Cleveland, Ohio: L.A. Williams & Co., 1882), Vol. 2, Part 2, pp. 295-296.
16Mosier, “Mosier family personal information.”
17New Albany Ledger (New Albany, Indiana) 18 Sep 1882; Obituary for Christian Mosier, p. 4, col. 2.
18Photograph of Christian Mosier grave marker; detail.
19Mosier, “Mosier family personal information.”
20New Albany Ledger (New Albany, Indiana) 21 Sep 1892; Obituary for Sophronia Mosier, p. 5, col. 2.
21Photograph of Sophronia Mosier grave marker in Greenlawn Cemetery, Greenville, Floyd County, Indiana by Judith Perrault Delmar, 24 Aug 2014; detail of grave marker.
221850 U.S. Census, Floyd County, Indiana, George Town Twp, Christian Moser household.
231860 U.S. Census, Floyd County, Indiana, Georgetown Twp, Christ Mosier household.
24Mosier, “Mosier family personal information.”
25Short, “Ratts, Cole, Short Family Tree.”
26Photograph of Charles M. Mosier grave marker in Greenlawn Cemetery, Greenville, Floyd County, Indiana by Judith Perrault Delmar, 24 Aug 2014.