Frederick Moser and Elizabeth Smith

Frederick Moser was the 2nd great-grandfather of Florence Mosier and one of nine children of John Philip Moser and Catherine (surname unknown). It is known that his father migrated as a child from Pennsylvania to Orange County, North Carolina, and it is likely that Frederick was born near Stinking Quarter Creek in Orange County (now Alamance County), North Carolina. Although his year of birth is not yet known, it is estimated that he was born about 1793.1

Sometime between 1805 and 1810,2,3 the Philip Moser family migrated to the Indiana Territory where Frederick married Elizabeth Smith in Harrison County on 30 Nov 1815.4 Elizabeth was the daughter of Frederick Smith who died in Randolph County, Arkansas in 1849.5 Nothing else is known about Elizabeth’s parents, but information gathered from the 1850 and 1870 U.S. Census records for Floyd County, Indiana suggests that she was born between 1796 and 1800 in North Carolina. Frederick and Elizabeth had four children:

  1. daughter, born about 1816 in Harrison County, Indiana.6
  2. John Moser, born about 1818 in Harrison County Indiana;7 married to Mary Thurston on 14 Apr 1838 in Floyd County, Indiana.8
  3. Christian Moser, born 11 Oct 1820 in Georgetown, Floyd County, Indiana;9,10 married 22 Sep 1842 to Sarah Burger in Floyd County, Indiana;11 married 7 Jun 1857 to Sophronia Blair in Floyd County, Indiana;12 died 6 Sep 1882 in Greenville, Floyd County, Indiana.13
  4. David Moser, born 24 Nov 1824 in Indiana;14 married 12 Sep 1844 to Myram Evans in Floyd County, Indiana;15 married 20 Dec 1849 to Suzanna Elizabeth Welker in Floyd County, Indiana;16,17 married 18 Mar 1883 to Christina Summers in Floyd County, Indiana;18 died 3 Nov 1907 in Floyd County, Indiana.19,20

Indiana became a state on 11 Dec 1816, and in February 1819, Floyd County was formed from portions of Harrison County and Clark County. At the first meeting of the county commissioners on 8 Feb 1819, the county was divided into three townships: New Albany, Greenville, and Franklin (which would later be subdivided in 1826 to create Georgetown Township). History of the Ohio Falls Counties reports the following in its discussion of Franklin Township:21

“By the commissioners’ records it is ascertained that Patrick Leyden was the first constable of this township. He was appointed at the May session of 1819, three months after the formation of the county. Elijah Cresswell and Gilbert Budd were the first overseers of the poor, and Caleb Newman, of ferry memory, the first inspector of elections. Frederick Mosar, John Flickner, and George Lidikay were the first ‘fence viewers’ of the township, and John Conn the first ‘lister’.”

On 14 Jan 1920, Frederick Moser was issued the patent for 171.22 acres of land in Section 17, Township 2 South, Range 5 East in Floyd County, Indiana.22

Frederick Moser is listed in the 1820 U.S. Census for Harrison County, Indiana. His household includes 2 males under 10 years, 1 male 26-45 years, 1 female under 10 years, and 1 female 16-25 years. One individual is listed as being “in agriculture.”23

Frederick died around November 1827. His death may have been sudden. He was a relatively young man, about 34 years old, and he apparently died without leaving a will. The following records documenting the inventory and sale of his personal estate were found in the will and probate books of Floyd County:24 [spelling and punctuation are as found in the records]

Clerk’s Office Nov 3 1827

Be it remembered that on this day upon the application of Elizabeth Mosar widow and relict of Frederick Mosar deceased, and William Williams to me Harvey Scribner Clerk of the Circuit Court of said County, Administration of all and singular the Goods & Chattels rights credits moneys & effects which were of said Decedent at his decease is granted by me to them the said Elizabeth Mosar & William Williams. Whereupon they together with Frederick Smith and Andrew Kepley their sureties entered into an acknowledged bond in the penalty of Six Hundred Dollars Conditioned according to Law. They the said Elizabeth Mosar & William Williams having previously taken the oath required of them by such.

A Schedule of the Personal property of Frederick Mosar dec. taken on the 7th day of November 1827 by John Keithley & Jacob Burkhart. To wit:

Cupboard ware $1.50 – 1 Bureau $2.00 – 1 Cupboard $8.00 $ 11.50
1 Spinning wheel $2.00 – 1 Chest $2.00 – Sundry articles & fire shovel $8.00 12.00
1 Tenon Saw .75 – 1 Handsaw $1.00 – Sundry articles of Pottersware .68 2.43
3 Chairs 1.25 – 1 Check Reel .871/2 – 1 Loom $1.00 – 3 Tubs 1.00 4.121/2
1 Large Tub .311/4 – 1 Sickle .25 – 1 Rifle gun & shot pouch $9 9.561/4
The wood work of 4 wagon wheels $8 – 1 Water Bucket .25 8.25
4 Bedsteads, beds and bedding $52 – 1 Table $1.00 53.00
1 Bread Tray and sifter .25 – 1 Looking Glass .50 – 2 flax(?) wheels 3.50 4.25
2 Saddles $4.00 – 2 pieces Leather 1.25 – 8 head of Pigs 1.50 6.75
1 Iron Wedge .50 – One Hoe & Mattock 1.00 – 1 axe $1.00 2.50
1 Horse Collar $1.00 – 2 pair Harness & Traces $2.00 – 3 bridles $1.00 4.00
1 Auger .25 – 14 head of Sheep $14 – 2 match planes & 3 moulding planes $4.00 18.25
1 fore Plane .50 – 1 Barshear Plough $4.00 – Hays Oats & Blades in the barn $8.00 12.50
1 Grind Stone .50 – 1 small Barshear Plough .50 – 1 Shovel Plough .311/4 1.311/4
1 Lot small hogs $7.50 – 1 white and black Cow 7.00 – 1 white & black Cow $7 21.50
1 white cow with red ears $7.00 – 1 Red Cow with white face $7 14.00
1 red stear white face $4.00 – 1 yearling $2.00 – 1 Heifer $5.50 11.50
1 Lot Corn $20.00 – 1 Lot Corn $10 – 1 Lot Corn in the pile $14.40 44.40
2 stacks Hay $5 – 1 grey Horse $65 – 1 Mare & Colt $43 113.00
60 Bush. Shell Corn $12 – 11 head Hogs $9.00 21.00
1 Lot Corn standing in the fields $9.371/2 – 1 Lot Staves 3.621/2 13.00
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$388.83

/s/Elizabeth (X) Mosar Adm; John Keithley, Jacob Burkhart, Appr.

A list of Articles selected by the Widow of Frederic Mosar Dec. from the Inventory of sd. decedent’s estate. To wit:

1 Mare & Colt 43.00 – Cupboard ware 1.50 – 1 Cupboard 8.00 $ 52.50
11 Head of hogs 8.00 – Sundry articles of castings & fire shovel $8.00 16.00
Sundry articles of Pottersware .68 – 1 Spinning Wheel 2.00 2.68
3 Chairs 1.25 – 1 Check Reel .871/2 – 1 Water Bucket .25 2.371/2
1 Bureau 2.00 – 1 Chest 2.00 – 1 Table 1.00 – 1 Iron wedge .50 5.50
1 Axe 1.00 – 1 Side Saddle 2.00 – 1 Barshear plough 4.00 7.00
1 Horse Collar 1.00 – 2 Pair of harness and chains 2.00 3.00
2 Bridles 1.00 – 2 Cows 1 black the other white 14.00 15.00
Hay oats & blades in the barn 8.00 – 1 bread tray & sifter .25 8.25
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$112.301/2

 

Account of Sales of the Personal Estate of Frederic Mosar Deceased. December the 1st 1827

Andrew Kepley1 Mattock$ .683/4Amount Brot. Forward$48.763/4
John Mosar1 Hoe .12½Elizabeth Mosar4 beds & bedding26.50
Solomon Byerly2 Match Planes .62½1 wheel1.50
1 fore Plane .933/44 Sheep 2 Choice3.25
John Fox1 Saw & Auger .683/41 Lot Corn9.12½
1 Shovel plough .75David Bother1 wheel 2.03
l lot Corn8.311/4 Jacob SummersLeather1.37½
Thomas Curry1 Hand Saw1.014 Sheep 1 choice4.39
1 Heifer2.083/46 Do. 3 Do.3.95
George Kepley1 Loom1.26John Ellis1 Saddle.75
Andrew Goss2 Tubs.50Ephraim Potter1 Cow5.183/4
1 Sickle.26Field Stroud1 Do.5.60
Peter Byerly1 rifle Gun11.061/4William Barnaby1 do.6.32
Andrew Kepley1 barshear plough.30Owen Foley1 Stear3.51
1 lot Cooper Stuff5.15Wm. Evilsizer1 Horse60.02
John Waltz1 Stack Hay2.343/4Jacob Keithley4 wagon wheels7.43½
Jake Hickman1 lot Corn4.75James Carpenter60 bush. Corn12.00
John Claywright1 do. & 11 Hogs7.82½George Baylor1 lot Corn12.00
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Amt. Carried Fwd.$48.763/4Eliz. Mosar & Wm. Williams Adm$213.71

 

The personal goods of Frederick Moser sold for $62.81½ below the appraised value of $266.52½ (excluding the portion retained by his widow). Included among those who purchased items from the estate were Frederick’s brother and sister-in-law, John and Elizabeth Moser; John’s father-in-law, George Kepley; and his brother-in-law, Andrew Kepley. Also included on the list of purchasers was John Fox, who would marry Frederick’s widow a few months later. Frederick’s brother-in-law, Jacob Burkhart, was one of the appraisers of the estate.

Elizabeth Smith Moser, widow of Frederick Moser, married John Fox on 25 Mar 1828 in Floyd County, Indiana.25,26 They apparently had three sons together. John Fox died before the 1840 Census was taken, because Elizabeth is listed as head of a household that includes one male under 5 years old, two males 5-10 years old, and one male 15-20 years old.27

On 26 Mar 1848, Elizabeth married Peter Miley.28 She was apparently widowed for a third time shortly after this marriage took place, because the 1850 Census for Floyd County includes her in the household of David Mosier.29

The three youngest children listed in the 1850 Census were born after Elizabeth’s marriage to John Fox. It is probable that the youngest of the three was Andrew Fox, with whom Elizabeth was residing when the censuses for 1860, 1870, and 1880 were taken for Georgetown Township, Floyd County.30,31,32

No record of Elizabeth can be found after the 1880 Census which was taken on 21 Jun 1880. At that time, Elizabeth said she was 80 years old and “keeping house” for her son Andrew who was then 43 years old.33


Notes & Sources:
1David B. Trimble, Moser of North Carolina, (Austin, Texas: n.p., 1996), p. 121, #32 Frederick Moser.
2North Carolina Land Records, Orange County, Deed Book 12, page 109, State of North Carolina No. 160, deed conveying land from Phillip Moser to Adam Whitsell upon payment of $500, 6 Sep 1805; photocopy of deed [microfilm image].
3Ronald V. Jackson, Accelerated Indexing Systems, compiler, “Indiana Census, 1790-1890” [database on-line], Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 Feb 2005); search result for Philip Moser.
4“Indiana Marriages to 1850” [database on-line], Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1/23/2008), entry for Frederick Moser and Elizabeth Smith, 1815.
5Jean Guffey to Judith Delmar, e-mail, 24 Mar 2011 “Frederick Moser & Elizabeth Smith,” Mosier research files.
6Trimble, Moser of North Carolina, p. 121, #32a (daughter).
7Trimble, Moser of North Carolina, p. 121, #32b John Moser.
8“Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959” [index and images], FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XFM7-74X : accessed 22 Feb 2013), entry for John Moser and Mary Thurston, 1838.
9Anna 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.
10Patti Short, “Ratts, Cole, Short Family Tree,” Ancestry World Tree (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 Apr 2002), Christian Mosier descendant register, undocumented data.
11Floyd Co. Indiana Marriage Records, Vol B, May 1837- May 1845, entry 21 Sep 1842 for Christian Moser and Sarah Burger; microfilm image, reel IND1-0221, accessed Oct 2005, Indiana State Library.
12Floyd 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.
13Photograph of Christian Mosier grave marker in Greenlawn Cemetery, Floyd County, Indiana by Judith Perrault Delmar on 24 Aug 2014.
14Gary W. Watson, “Descendants of Daniel & Nancy (Ragan) Welker of Harrison Co., IN,” (http://gwwgen.com/welker/zzzg02.htm#3488 : accessed 2/22/2013), Second Generation, #9 Susanna Elizabeth Welker.
15Indiana State Library Genealogy Database – Marriages through 1850.
16Watson.”Descendants of Daniel & Nancy (Ragan) Welker.”
17“Indiana Marriage Records Index, 1845-1920” [database on-line], Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) Book 3, pg 255, David Moser and Susanna F. Welker, 1849.
18Jack Ott, “Pathways to the Past: The Family Histories of Jack and Carol Ott,” (http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.om : accessed 15 Jan 2009), Summers Family Chart, entry (5) 1.4.7.4.2 Christina Summers.
19Watson,”Descendants of Daniel & Nancy (Ragan) Welker.”
20Ott, “Pathways to the Past: The Family Histories of Jack and Carol Ott.”
21L.A. Williams & Co., History of the Ohio Falls Cities and Their Counties, (Cleveland, Ohio: L.A. Williams & Co., 1882), Vol. 2, Part 2, p. 259.
22Bureau of Land Management, “Land Patent Search,” database and images, General Land Office Records (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/PatentSearch : accessed 6 May 2014), Frederick Mosier, Floyd County, Indiana, credit volume patent no. CV-0050-002
231820 U.S. Census, Floyd County, Indiana, population schedule, no township named, page 12 (penned and circled on upper left side of sheet), Frederick Moser [indexed incorrectly as Frederick Mofer], digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), citing NARA microfilm publication M33 roll not specified.
24Floyd County, Indiana, “Wills and Probates, 1819-1829,” application by Elizabeth Mosar to administer estate of Frederick Mosar (3 Nov 1827), schedule of personal property (7 Nov 1827), and account of sales of Frederick Mosar’s personal estate (1 Dec 1827).
25Trimble, Moser of North Carolina, p. 121, #32 Frederick Moser.
26“Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941” [database on-line], Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 Nov 2005), entry for John Fox and Elizabeth Mosar, 1828
271840 U.S. Census, Floyd County, Indiana, population schedule, Greenville Twp, page 307 (penned), Elizebeth Fox household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), citing NARA microfilm publication M704.
28“Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941,” entry for Peter Miley and Eliz Moser, 1848.
291850 U.S. Census, Floyd County, Indiana, population schedule, Greenville Twp, page 932 (penned), dwelling 990, family 1229, David Mosier household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), citing NARA microfilm publication M432 roll 145.
301860 U.S. Census, Floyd County, Indiana, population schedule, Georgetown Twp, page 1 (penned), dwelling 2, family 2, Elizabeth Fox household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), citing NARA microfilm publication M653 roll 257.
311870 U.S. Census, Floyd County, Indiana, population schedule, Georgetown Twp, page 25 (penned), dwelling 184, family 189, Andrew Fox household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), citing NARA microfilm publication M593 roll 313.
321880 U.S. Census, Floyd County, Indiana, population schedule, Georgetown Twp, ED 66, page 31 (penned)/162C (stamped), dwelling 295, family 307, Andrew Fox household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), citing NARA microfilm publication T9 roll 277.
33Ibid.