Henry Clay Mosier was the grandfather of Florence Mosier and the second child of Christian Mosier and Sophronia Blair. He was born on 19 Feb 1860 in Georgetown, Floyd County, Indiana.1,2 and was recorded in the 1860 Census for Floyd County as being 3 months old.3 Little is known about Henry except that he married Julia Wanzer.
Julia Angeline Wanzer was born on 8 Apr 1868 in Indiana.4,5 Her parents were Henry Wanzer, born in New York, and Weltha (or Weatha) Warner, born in Wabash Co., Illinois. The 1870 U.S. Census for Harrison Twp., Knox Co., Indiana lists the Henry Wanzer household which includes Julia A., age 2.6 The Wanzers are probably descendants of Jan Jansen Wanshaer, a ship’s captain who immigrated from Holland to New Amsterdam (New York City) in the 1640’s, however this connection has not yet been proved.
Henry and Julia married on 15 Feb 1885 in Knox County, Indiana7 and were the parents of eight children:
- Bessie Mosier, born 26 Nov 1885 in Wabash County, Illinois; died 13 Mar 1886.8
- Henry Earl Mosier, born 09 Apr 1887 in Mount Carmel, Wabash County Illinois;9 married abt. 1911 in Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana to Margaret Mae Stevens; married aft. 1922 in Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana to Grace Cleverdon; died 14 Apr 196610 in Homedale, Owyhee, Idaho.
- Sophrona Mosier, born 12 Mar 1889 in Wabash County, Illinois;11 died 20 Mar 1889 in Hanging Rock, Wabash County, Illinois.12
- Alvion Paul Mosier, born 30 Jul 1890 in Vincennes, Knox, Indiana;13 married 30 Apr 1919 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Anna May Williams;14,15 died 15 Apr 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.16
- Ephrona Lincoln Mosier, born 08 Mar 1893 in Wabash County, Illinois; died 11 Sep 1902.17
- Sarah Belle Mosier, born 07 Mar 1896 in Saw Creek, Blaine County, Oklahoma; married Robert Stevens in 1912; married Melvin McKee in 1917; married Domenico Savarino on 6 Sep 1922; died 11 May 1988 in Reseda, Los Angeles County, California. 18
- Florence Olive Mosier, born 28 Sep 1903 in Saw Creek, Blaine County, Oklahoma;19 died abt. 1915.20
- Anna Mary Mosier, born 06 Oct 1905 in Saw Creek, Blaine County, Oklahoma;21 died 08 Feb 1906.22
Between 1893 and 1896, Henry and Julia emigrated from Illinois to Oklahoma by covered wagon and settled with their young family near Southard in Blaine County on land that either was or had been part of the Arapaho-Cheyenne Reservation. During the late 1880’s, the Federal government purchased land from the Indians and, in 1889, opened it for settlement. In 1890, the Oklahoma Territory was formally established, and in 1907 Oklahoma was proclaimed a state by President Theodore Roosevelt.
Henry and Julia Mosier were among the pioneer homesteaders who helped settle the Oklahoma Territory and were present during the early days of statehood. During Alvion’s youth, the Mosiers were farmers and raised cattle. Alvion described his early years on his father’s farm in Oklahoma as difficult and discouraging, with hailstorms and droughts that ruined their crops. Nothing is known of Henry’s later life, except that he died on 14 Feb 1943 in Enid, Oklahoma.23,24 Julia died on 25 May 1950 in Culver City, Los Angeles County, California.25
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.
2Patti Short, “Ratts, Cole, Short Family Tree,” Ancestry World Tree (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 Apr 2002), Christian Mosier descendant register, undocumented data.
31860 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.
4Mosier, “Mosier family personal information.”
5Henry Wanzer claim no. 257.072 as dependent father of deceased Jacob R. Wanzer, certificate no. 209118 (Co.”E”51st Ind Vols), Civil War and Later Pension Files, Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15, Leaf from bible owned by parents of Welthy Warner and included in claim file with affidavit discussing birth and death dates of Wanzer family members.
61870 U.S. Census, Knox County, Indiana, population schedule, Harrison Twp, page 39 (penned), dwelling 290, family 296, Henry Wanzer household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), citing NARA microfilm publication M593 roll 331.
7Knox County, Indiana, Marriage Records, Record of Marriage License Issued 13 Feb 1885 and Certification of Marriage performed on 15 Feb 1885. (Filed 1 Apr 1885, Knox County, Indiana Courthouse), Page 222, record no. 2882, Henry C Mosier and Julia A Wanzler.
8Short, “Ratts, Cole, Short Family Tree.”
9“World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918” [database on-line], digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 Feb 2012), Henry Earl Mosier, serial no. 1177, Draft Board 29, Blaine, Oklahoma, FHL roll 1851607; citing World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, NARA microfilm publication M1509.
10Find A Grave Memorial, digital image (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 26 Jan 2013), photograph by Linda Davis of gravestone for Henry E. Mosier, Sr., Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery, Maricopa County, Arizona, memorial #6008427.
11Wabash County, Illinois, Register of Births, volume 2, page 86.
12Wabash County, Illinois, Register of Deaths, volume 1, page 94.
13“World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918” [database on-line], digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 Feb 2012), Alvion Paul Mosier, serial no. 4641, Draft Board 9, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; citing “World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” NARA microfilm publication M1509; no specific roll cited.
14Mosier, “Mosier family personal information.”
15“Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Marriage Index, 1885-1951” [database on-line], Marriage License #401202, Digital GSU #4141786, Alvion P Mosier and Anna M Williams; citing “Pennsylvania, Philadelphia marriage license index, 1885-1951.” Clerk of the Orphan’s Court, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
16“Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985” [database on-line], St Timothy’s Protestant Episcopal, Roxborough, Philadelphia, PA, Burials, p. 62-63, line 13, Mosier, Alvion P; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 Feb 2012); citing Historical Society of Pennsylvania, “Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records.”
17Short, “Ratts, Cole, Short Family Tree.”
20Mosier, “Mosier family personal information.”
21Short, “Ratts, Cole, Short Family Tree.”
22Mosier, “Mosier family personal information.”
24Short, “Ratts, Cole, Short Family Tree.”
25“California Death Index, 1940-97” [database on-line], entry for Julia A Mosier, death place: Los Angeles, death date: 25 May 1950; Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), citing State of Calfornia Dept of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics, California Death Index, 1940-1997.