Friday, December 01, 2006
Abbie Komning: "Who's your momma/daddy?" Genealogy Project 401 Findings
Abbie Komning, from Grant County, recently asked for assistance in outlining her family tree and looking for any historical information regarding her family.While still rooting around... here are a few of our favorite Abbie Komning Family Tree findings:
1) Abbie is an EIGHTH generation Oregonian, of extensive German, Swiss and English extraction.
Name: Gabriel LAMB (Mom's side)
Birth: ABT 1784 in Rowan Co., North Carolina
Death: 1849 in Randolph, North Carolina
Will: 13 FEB 1847 Randolph Co., North Carolina
Last Will and Testament of Gabriel Lamb, Randolph Co., NC I Gabriel Lamb of the county of Randolph, State of North Carolina, being of sound mind & memory, but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence, do make & declare this my last will & testament in manner & former following, that is so say; First. that my Executor (hereafter named) shall provide for my body a decent burial, suitable to the wishes of my friends & relatives; & pay all funeral expenses, together with my just debts; howsoever & to whomsoever owing, out of the moneys that may first come into his hands, as paaart or parcel of my estate. Item. I give and devise to my eldest son Nathan Lamb all that tract of land & plantation whereon my Youngest son Davis Lamb now lives; to have & to hold, to him & his heirs, in fee simple forever. Item. I I give and devise to my youngest son Davis Lamb, all those two tracts & plantations, whereon John Swindell & Isaac Mendenhall, of Colour, now live; to have & to hold to him & his heirs, in fee simple forever. Item. I give and devise to my grandson Gabriel Lamb, (son of my son Davis Lamb) all that tract of land & plantation whereon I now live; to have and to hold to him & his Heirs in fee simple forever; ( reserving however a comfortable maintenance for my wife, during her natural life or widowhood). Item. I give & bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah Lamb the use off all my personal property; all the crop of every description that may be on the land, & all the provisions on hand at the time of my death; together with a comfortable maintenance, off of my home plantation, during her natural life or widowhood. Item. I give & bequeath to my son Davis Lamb & to his son Gabriel Lamb all my personal estate except the use of it, bequeathed to my wife, in another item during her natural life or widowhood; to be equally divided between them, share & share alike to them & their personal representatives forever. Item. my will & devise is, that all the notes, bonds, & accounts, which I may hold against my son Nathan Lamb, at the time of my death, shall be given up to him; & that all other debts owing to me, shall be collected; & if ther should be any surplus, after paying debts & expences, that such surplus should be equally divided, between my son Davis Lamb, his son Gabriel Lamb; share and share alike, to them & their personal representatives forever. And lastly, I do hereby constitute & appoint my son Davis Lamb, my lawful executor, to all intents & purposes, to execute this my last will & testament, according to the true intent & meaning of the same, & every part & clause thereof; hereby revoking & making utterly void, all other wills & testaments, by me heretofore mad. In testimony whereof, I the said Gabriel Lamb do hereunto set my hand & seal this 13th day of February AD 1847. Signed Sealed Published & Declared by the said Gabriel Lamb to be his last will & testament in the presence of Daniel Swain, John Robins. Signed Gabriel (x) Lamb.
Name: Joseph LAMB (Mom's side)
Birth:1735 in Nansemond Co., Virginia
Death: 25 NOV 1820 in Randolph Co., North Carolina
Note: Persons that had not taken the oath of allegiance, refusing orneglecting to return invenntories of their taxables, Joseph Hinds District---Joseph Lamb
Will: 28 DEC 1813 Randolph Co., North Carolina
Note: Last Will and Testament of Joseph Lamb, son of Henry I Joseph Lamb of Randolph County & State of North Carolina being in a weak state of health, at present, but of a sound mind & memory, thanks be given to the Lord for the Same, and Calling to mind that it is appointed for all men once to die, Do ordain and make this my Last Will and Testament in the manner and form following: First that all my Just Debts & funeral charges be paid out of my Estate by my Executor hereafter to be named, it is my will that my Son Richard Lamb shall have the plantation whereon we now Live with all the appurtenances thereto belonging on this side of the Creek, and my son Gabriel to have all on the west side of the Creek. It's a plantation on which he now lives, the creek is to be the line between them. It is my will that my Son Richard shall have the waggon & geers, it is my will that my sons Henry, Benjamin, and two daughters Welmet & Edith have five shillings each, and the remainder of my property to be equally divided between my other children, Benjamin, Nathan, Charity, Caleb, Albert Richard & Gabriel. And lastly I ordain Nathan Lamb & Richard Lamb my executors to this my Last Will & testament this twenty eighth day of the twelfth month 1813, pronounced in the presence of David Reynolds, William Chamness, William Beeson, Signed Joseph Lamb.
Name: Johannes HAHN (Mom's side)
Birth: 12 Jun 1712 in Frechenfeld, Germany
Death: 21 Apr 1793 in Hickory, LIncoln County, North Carolina
Immigration: Came to the United States on the ship "Janet" to Philadelphia, Penn. Oct. 7, 1751. Settled in Lancaster County, Penn.
Note: Buried Zion Luth Cem, Catawba County, North CarolinaThe following is from Shoe Cobbler's Kin by Lorena Shell Eaker, used by permission:"Johannes Hahn b. 6-12-1712 Frechenfeld, Germany (Rhenish Bavaria) m. (1) ca 1736-37 Frechenfeld (?) Elizabeth Margaretha Forster b. ca 1715 Germany d. ca 1760 Pa. His second marriage was in 1763 Pa. to Agnes Langlin b. 4-14-1730 Darnmsatdt, Pfalz, Germany d. 4-13-1814 Lincoln County, North Carolina, dau. of Johannes Langlin, who came to the colonies Sept. 26, 1737 on Ship St. Andrew Galley bringing his family with him. Agnes was baptised on Nov. 7, 1734 at Dirmstein, Germany (about 20 miles south of Frechenfeld). Johannes and Elizabeth Margaretha arrived in Philadelphia, Pa. on Ship Janet (or Ganet) 10/17/1751. Elizabeth died in Pa. Johannes married Agnes 1765. Johannes Jacob Hahn Jr. appears in the Frechenfeld Lutheran Church records on 8 April 1736 as the single son of Johan Jacob Hahn."Elisabetha Margaretha appears on the same date as single daughter of Jonas Forester or Forster. However, the names Conrad and Johann Jacob Jr. appear as brothers on church documents. They immigrated to Pa. with other Hahns. Birth records of Maria Catherina, Maria Margaretha, Johannes Jr., Anna Maria, Johannes Jacob, Elizabeth Margaretha, Benedict, Joshua and George were taken from birth records of the Lutheran Church at Freckenfeld Pfalz, Germany, now in the State Archives at Speyer, Germany." (Note from Linda: Family Tree Maker and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints lists brothers of Johannes as Conrad, b. 1714 Renish, Bavaria, Germany; and Johann Jacob Hahn Jr. b. Feb. 1726/27.)
From Mrs. Eaker's account:"Johannes and wife, Elizabeth Margaretha, came with the surviving children to America on Ship Janet. He subscribed and took the oath of allegiance on Oct. 7, 1751...left an account of his life..."I, Johannes Hahn born June 12, 1712 Frechenfeld in Germany near Landau in the Two Bridge community named Gutenberg. In the year 1751, I came to this part of the world called America. Written Sept. 12, 1789.
5) (Dad's side)
Henry Painter (1827 to 1915): Civil War record:Illinois Seventy-Second Infantry, Company I; Rank: Private; Age 36; Height: 5' 10"; Black hair; Blue eyes; Dark complexion; Married; Occupation: Tailor; Nativity: County Franklin, State Penn.; Joined service & enrolled: Aug 14, 1862, Chicago, Ill., by Capt. Harvey, period 3yrs.; Mustered into service August 21, 1862, Chicago, Ill. by Capt. Christopher; Residence: Ellisville, Fulton Co., Ill.; Mustered out: August of 1865, Vicksburg, Miss. by Capt. Sanders.
6) (Mom's side)
Agnes Langlin born 4-14-1730 Darnmsatdt, Pfalz, Germany d. 4-13-1814 Lincoln County, North Carolina, daughter of Johannes Langlin, who came to the colonies Sept. 26, 1737 on Ship "St. Andrew Galley".
Name: Timothy Lamberson (Dad's side)
Birth: 11 MAY 1809 in Tuscarawas, OH, US
Death: 1879 in AZ, US
Event: Migration 01 NOV 1848 OR, US
Note: Sarah and Timothy Lamberson left Iowa for Oregon, arriving there November 1, 1845. During the trip west he was lost for several days and suffered for lack of food and clothing. He staked a land donation claim May 1, 1850 (no. 2850). Certificate for claim was awarded to Timothy and heirs-at-law of late wife, Sarah Lamberson. Document signed May 1857 showed that Thomas H Smith was clerk of District Court, and John W Watts was Justice of the Peace of Milton, Columbia Co, Oregon Territory. October 18, 1864 William G Poppleton signed an Oath of Allegiance as purchaser of the claim. The affidavit was signed by George Long, Benjamin F Morgan, Nelson Hoyt, and Jesse Miles.
Timothy Lamberson typifies the roving pioneer, ever eager to push on to new frontiers. He and Sarah left Ohio about 1837 for Iowa Territory, and before the death of her father. The exact location is unknown but presumably it was in the area of Des Moines County since the family is said to have begun their westward trek from Henderson County, Illinois, which is just across the Mississippi from Des Moines County. In the 1880 census, the birth place of son Henry indicates the family may also have lived in Missouri. It may be in error.
According to the "Bozorth Remininseences" published in the Genealogical Forum of Portland (Vol. 14, December 1964) Timothy went hunting in the Bear River Mountains when the party stopped over at Steam Boat Springs (another account names it Soda Springs) for wagon repairs. He was lost, and after looking for several days, his companions gave up the search, concluding Timothy had been killed by Indians. When they arrived at Fort Hall, almost starved, his family was overjoyed to find him, who had been given up days before. He had indeed, encountered an old Indian who chose to befriend Timothy rather than kill him and guided him to the fort. (Ref in Linn Co, Ore. c. 1910, Portrait and Biographical Record, p. 1066-7).
In a biography of his grandson, Dr John Albert Lamberson, Timothy crossed the plains with an ox team and made a land claim for 640 acres on the Scappapoose plains in Columbia Co, Oregon where the family lived for several years. Timothy, ever restless, went to California in 1846, but after 18 months, returned to Oregon. The gold excitement took him back to California in 1849 where his mining venture met with some success. Returning to Oregon in 1850, he built the first saw mill in the area. Nine years later he tried stock raising and farming in Sonora, Mexico, but in 1860 he located permanently in Arizona, establishing the town of Walnut Grove where he had milling, mining, and farming interests. Although Samuel, John, and Henry are known to have remained in Oregon, doubtless some Lamberson children went with Timothy to the southwest where his son Davis is said to have been tortured to death by Apache Indians near Tuscon in 1865.
Name: Jacob STRICKLER (Dad's side)
Birth: 9 DEC 1729 in W.Hempfield, Lancaster Co, Pennsylvania
Death: 1784 in Shenandoah Co, Virginia
Burial: Lower Egypt, Shenandoah, Virginia
Cause: Drowned by the upsetting of a canoe in the Shenandoah River
Note: From Forerunners: A History or Genealogy of the Strickler Families Their Kith and Kin, by Harry M. Strickler (Harrisonburg, Virginia: 1925), pp. 41-42 .JACOB STRICKLER OF EGYPT He died in 1784, leaving 13 children: 1st 6 by 1st wife. Jacob Strickler lived in Lower Egypt on part of the 1000 acre tract his father Abraham purchased of Jacob Stover. In 1755 Fairfax gave him a deed for his part of the 1000 acres, his father having derived his title from the Colony of Virginia and it having been discovered that this land was on the Fairfax Dominions. Jacob Strickler's home, combination fort and dwelling, still stand in Egypt. It has been described. Draw aline from the mouth of Mill Creek to Strickler's Knob and this line will pass over Jacob's house and not miss his brother Joseph's house very far. He was buried opposite the mouth of Mill Creek on the brow of the first bench that rises from the lower bottom and on the northern edge of a depression that leads down from the upper to the lower ground. Three lone cedar trees stand here now. It is just north of a line fence between J.C.Burner and J.C. Bowers. Here, it is presumed, they buried Abraham, here they buried Jacob and his two wives, and here they buried John, the eldest son of Jacob. Only one headstone remains standing at the foot of the three cedar threes to mark the lastresting place of John. John lived in the old home he inherited from his father Jacob. John's widow married Samuel Coffman, and they moved to Linville Creek, Rockingham County, Virginia. Nancy Kauffman who married Jacob Strickler, was likely the daughter of Martin Kauffman who died in 1749. I have an old note dated March 14, 1750, addressed to Jacob Strickler, Sr., and signed by Sert. Tho. Baker in which the later promised to the former a sum of money. Cousin Selina Strickler gave me this note. She also gave me one which proves that Jacob had a brother Benjamin. It is dated Feb. 12, 1767.From the Brumback families I learned that Jacob Heistand married a widow Brumback, that Jacob drowned by the upsetting of a canoe in the Shenandoah River and his family moved to Fairfield County, Ohio, near Baltimore, and that they had the following children: Jacob, Rev. John, m. Barbara Strickler, and had ten children, Rev. Abraham, Rev. Joseph, Elizabeth, m. Jacob Stouder, Maria, m. Jacob Bixler, and Rev. Samuel, Bishop of the U.B. Church, and Barbara, m. Boyer. The Heistands moved from Shenandoah County to Ohio in 1804. A will of Jacob Heistand is recorded in Montgomery Co., PA., 1769. Barbara is likely the daughter of Jacob Heistand is recorded in Montgomery Co., PA,1769. Barbara is likely the daughter of Jacob or Joseph Strickler. Marriage records of Shenandoah show that Barbara Strickler m. John Heaston, June 8, 1789. Magdalene may have been the widow of Jacob Strickler, dec'd.
Name: Abraham Strickler (Dad's side)
Birth: 1670 in Canton of Zurich, Horgen, Switzerland (Some say Germany)
Death: 28 APR 1746 in Egypt Plantation, Page County, Virginia
Note: Abraham Strickler was a well-known Indian Trader. He would travel several times a year to meet the Indians traveling the Indian Road through Virginia. He was traveling this road as early as 1725 as might be evidenced by an old passport giving Abraham permission to travel the lands south of the Potomac and west of the Blue Ridge for the purposes of commerce. Legend is that Abraham had a trading post somewhere in the Page Valley near the mouth of Mill Creek. This would have been the first permanent construction west of the Blue Ridge. It is believed that Abraham Strickler took up permanent residence in the state prior to 1735, evidenced by the transfer of his property in Lancaster Co. in 1733. It was not until 12 December 1733 that he was conveyed 1,033 acres from Jacob Stover which was part of a 5,000 acre tract granted to Stover by Lord Fairfax. Along with the Adam Mueller and Joist Heit families, the Strickler's became among the first permanent settlers of the Shenandoah Valley. Adam Mueller is generally accepted as the first permanent settler in 1726 and Abraham Strickler the second in or about 1729-1734 (probably 1733). The Strickler Plantation came to be known as Fort Egypt and the bend of the Shenandoah which it was located was known as Egypt Bend. The name Egypt is a metaphor likening the Swiss and German's flight from religious persecution to the biblical flight of the Israelites from Egypt. Fort Egypt was actually a house. It was heavily fortified and was of massive construct and lies west of the Shenandoah River off of Rt. 615 north of U.S. Rt 211, four miles west of Luray. The oldest construct was no doubt an enlargement of Abraham's trading post. It was in 1757 when Abraham's son, Jacob would renovate and build the Fort as it is today. The majority of the Fort is constructed of large Maple logs. A number of rooms are lined with Oak, Pine and Walnut paneling. A huge limestone central chimney measures 15 feet wide at its base and five feet wide in the second floor. It is open to several fireplaces, the one in the kitchen measuring 11 feet wide. The original peaked Swiss style roof was lowered. Another wing and a porch have been added to the house since 1758. The cellar is well preserved with loopholes for rifles, a spring for water and hooks to hang food. The cellar is made primarily of old logs sealed with straw and mud. Strickler descendants have owned the Fort now for nearly 270 years. Samuel B. Hoover bought the land in 1941 and carefully restored the home to an excellent state of condition. Samuel died in 1968 and his son James Hoover and daughter Janice (Hoover) Nashold inherited the property. The property is currently unoccupied. One interesting note about the property is that a hill overlooking the home is an old Indian Burial Mound that has been excavated by the Smithsonian Institute. They found pipes, arrowheads and numerous other relics. A cemetery is located not far from the house. This is the burial site of Abraham Strickler and others of the old stock. A monument has been erected in the memory of our Strickler forefathers.
PIONEER LIFE AND ABRAHAM STRICKLER'S ESTATE (From Brunk's History of the Mennonites Vol. 1)THE MENNONITE SETTLEMENTS PROSPERED FROM THE START. THERE WAS NO REPETITION OF THE STARVATION AND ILL HEALTH OF COLONIAL VIRGINIA ATJAMESTOWN ISLAND ONE-HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIVE YEARS EARLIER. WHILEHUNTING, FISHING, AND TRAPPING WERE NO DOUBT ENGAGED IN SOME EXTENT, THIS WAS OF SECONDARY IMPORTANCE TO THE PLOWING, PLANTING, AND TILLING OFCROPS IN THE PRODUCTIVE LAND. ONE OF THE BENDS OF THE SOUTH FORK OF THE SHENANDOAH RIVER IS CALLED EGYPT BEND BECAUSE CROPS HAVE NEVER BEEN KNOWN TO FAIL THERE. STOCK-BREEDING AND -RAISING , AS THE RECORDS SHOW, ALSO FIGURED LARGELY IN THE ECONOMIC LIFE OF THE EARLY MENNONITES OF VIRGINIA. THEY CAME HERE TO ESTABLISH PERMANENT HOMES. ORCHARDS WERE PLANTED AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF EACH FARM OR PLANTATION. MILLS WERE CONSTRUCTED ON THE RIVERS TO TAKE CARE THE MILLINGS NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY. THEY, NOT UNLIKE THEIR NEIGHBORS, BUILT ONE-STORY HOUSES. THE HOUSE, BUILT OVER A CELLAR WITH A CHIMNEY IN THE CENTER WAS DIVIDED INTO TWO PARTS; IN THE ONE END THERE WAS A FIREPLACE, IN THE OTHER, A STOVE. THE ATTIC OF THE HOUSE IN A NUMBER OF INSTANCES WAS A PLACE FOR STORING GRAIN. THE MENNONITE PREACHER WHO WAS FIRST SHOT BY THE INDIANS AND WHOSE HOUSE WAS SUBSEQUENTLY BURNED REVEALED THIS FACT. THE GRAIN STORED IN THE ATTIC, BURNED TO CHARCOAL, WAS FOUND AFTER THE FIRE, IN THE CELLAR WHERE ANYONE COULD FINE GRAINS OF WHEAT STILL PERFECTLY FORMED. INVENTORIES AND SALES RECORDS OF THE SETTLERS INDICATE IN PART THE NATURE AND EXTENT OF THEIR PROSPERITY. THIS IS WELL ILLUSTRATED BY THE LISTS OF ARTICLES OWNED BY THE ABRAHAM STRICKLER IN 1746, THE YEAR OF HIS DEATH. THERE WERE EIGHTY-ONE SEPARATE ITEMS OF PERSONAL PROPERTY OR COMBINATIONS OF THEM. HAVING A TOTAL VALUE OF 218 POUNDS, 17 SHILLINGS AND 3 PENCE. THE LIST INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING LIVESTOCK, SIXTEEN HORSES AND ONE COLT VALUED AT 63 POUNDS, TWENTY COWS AT 20 POUNDS, ONE BULL, TWELVE HEIFERS, AND TEN STEERS AT 19 POUNDS, AND FOURTY-TWO HOGS AND PIGS VALUED AT 6 POUNDS AND 3 SHILLINGS. THE FOLLOWING IS A PARTIAL LIST OF OTHER ARTICLES OF PERSONAL PROPERTY: TWO STILLS AND "PROPER IMPLEMENTS BELONGING, BATH TUBAND RUNLETS" 33 POUNDS, FOUR CAST WHEELS WITH TIRE BELONGING 4 POUNDS,TWO SAWS, ONE WHIP SAW, ONE CROSSCUT SAW AND FIVE FILES 2 POUNDS, 3 SHILLINGS, OXCHAIN, WEDGES, ONE IRON DOG 1 POUND, 11 SHILLINGS, 4 PENCE,OLD STOVE 3 SHILLINGS, A SPADE SHOVEL AND CUTTING IRON 7 SHILLINGS, THREE HAMMERS AND SMALL HOE 5 SHILLINGS, 6 PENCE, SIX OLD AXES AND ONE HATCHET 1 POUND, ONE HAY FORK 1 SHILLING, 6 PENCE, FIVE SICKLES 9 SHILLINGS, TWO BRANDING IRONS 4 SHILLINGS, TWO CHISELS AND FOUR PLAIN IRONS 4 SHILLINGS,, TWO AUGERS AND A RASP 10 SHILLINGS, TURNER TOOLS 18 SHILLINGSA PAIR OF SPOON MOLES 5 SHILLINGS, A PAIR OF OLD SCALES AND WEIGHTS 6 SHILLINGS, A PAIR OF PISTOLS AND HOLSTERS 18 SHILLINGS, RAW HIDES AND TWO CALF SKINS 12 SHILLINGS, TWO PAIRS OF STEELYARDS 18 SHILLINGS, AND DUNGHOOK, ONE AX AND BROAD AX 8 SHILLINGS, TWO PLOWS, HOOK AND SHOVEL PLOWS 12 SHILLINGS, TWO ENGLISH PLOWS WITH ALL THE TACKLING BELONGING 3 POUNDS,THREE SADDLES AND PAD, TWO COLLARS AND QUILLERS 1 POUND, ALL THE IMPLEMENTS FOR ROPE MAKING 10 SHILLINGS, A JOINTER, BOX FOUR PLAIN AND SAW 6 SHILLINGS, TWO FLAX HACKLES 10 SHILLINGS, TWENTY-FIVE DEER SKINS 3 POUNDS, 15 SHILLINGS, LEATHER SOLE, UPPER LEATHER AND NEW BOOTS 1 POUND,13 SHILLINGS, THREE HIVES OF BEES 15 SHILLINGS, ONE HEMP BRAKE 2 SHILLINGS, SIX GALLONS OF "LICKQUER" AT 2 SHILLINGS, 6 PENCE PER GALLON 7 POUNDS, 10 SHILLINGS, ALL THE DISHES, PLATES, BASINS AND A PEWTER QUART POT 1 POUND 10 SHILLINGS, ALL THE IRON POTS, BASINS. TWO FRYING PANS, SKIMMER 1 POUND, ALL ABRAHAM'S WEARING CLOTHES 2 POUNDS, LARGE CHEST 5 SHILLINGS, SAFE 5 SHILLINGS, ONE HUNDRED FOURTY-NINE "tt" OF LINEN YARN 7 POUNDS, 9 SHILLINGS, A STRAW KNIFE AND BOX 15 SHILLINGS, ONE BED IN STILLHOUSE LOFT AND FURNITURE IN THE OLD HOUSE 2 POUNDS, EIGHT SMALL DUTCH BOOKS, A LARGE DUTCH BIBLE AND SOME OLD BOOKS 2 POUNDS, 2 SHILLINGS, PAIR OF NEW AND ONE PAIR OF OLD MONEY SCALES 5 SHILLINGS, TWO STONE GALLON JUGS 2 SHILLINGS, ONE LIFTER AND TWO "KIDLES": 4 SHILLINGS,TWO LINEN WHEELS 5 SHILLINGS, ONE BRASS COCK AND TWO OLD RAZORS 2,SHILLINGS 6 PENCE, AND ONE HONE 1 SHILLING, SIX PENCE.
Ritchie County, West Virginia HistoryCHAPTER XLII EllenboroThe Stricklers hail from the land of "Gessler and of Tell !" Four brothers came from Switzerland, near the year 1700, and settled in the Pennsylvania colony. Abraham Strickler, one of these brothers, subsequently removed to Virginia, and found a home in the Shenandoah Valley, where his son, Joseph Strickler, was born on September 1, 1731.
West Virginia History, Vol. 3Addenda and Errata(I) Abraham Strickler, the founder of this family came from one of the German cantons in Switzerland. He settled at Chester, Pennsylvania, and in 1728 removed to the Susquehanna river. One of his sons, John, went to the valley of Virginia about 1731, and bought lands on the Massanutton and on South river; he was a Mennonite preacher.
Name: Samuel Mosser (Dad's side)
Birth: 16 Feb 1746 in MD
Death: 27 Feb 1808 in Columbiana County, OH
Note: Revolutionary War private in Armand's Legion
Note: Mansfield's 1884 The History of Tuscarawas County, Ohio is incorrect in describing the Samuel Mosser who settled in Tuscarawas with Abraham Mosser and who subsequently died in 1811 as Abraham's brother. This person was Abraham's nephew Samuel, the son of Abraham's brother Samuel, who settled with other family members in Columbiana, now Mahoning County. The Samuel Mosser, 1745-1808, described on this page was not the Samuel Mosser of Tuscarawas County, Ohio.Biographical Sketch (1932): "Samuel Musser Sr. was born in 1745 most likely in Maryland. Samuel mentions himself as one of the four brothers, Michael, Samuel, Daniel, and Jacob in a letter from Washington County about 1790 which he wrote to a York County official concerning the sale of some land. The letter is preserved in the archive of the York County Historical Society. There is nothing in the letter to intimate that he had no other brothers than the ones mentioned.Samuel Sr.'s home was in Hopewell Township of York County, Pennsylvania as early as 1779. According to statements of his grandchildren, he and his family were originally from Maryland, but as his home in Pennsylvania was close to the Maryland line, he may have lived at various times under the authority of either state, according to the currently accepted location of the boundary line which shifted many times during the course of more than half a century of dispute, and was settled officially only after Mason and Dixon ran their famous line in 1767. The birth of his eldest son, Samuel Jr., was recorded in the Christ Lutheran Church at York, Pennsylvania, in 1767. The birth of another son, John Jacob, was recorded in the Salem Reformed Church at Hagerstown, Maryland, in 1771. His appearance as a York County tax payer in 1779 would indicate only a brief residence in Maryland, unless the birth of the eldest son was recorded during a visit or temporary stay in York County. Samuel Sr.'s brother Peter Sr. was also a member of the Hagerstown church in the 1770s which may be taken as some indication that their father Michael resided in Maryland proper before moving to York County, and that two of his elder sons remained behind for a number of years at the old home. Peter Sr. evidently moved up into Pennsylvania also as he was in a Lancaster County unit during the Revolution. After the Revolution, Peter Sr. returned to Frederick County, Maryland, where he continued to reside until he moved to Ohio in 1800.In the census taken with tax returns in York County in 1783 Samuel Sr.'s family was listed as one of 'six inhabitants.' Samuel Sr. evidently owned land in York County before 1779 as he paid taxes on land at that date, but the first land purchase which can be identified as his was made in 1787. In that year Samuel Sr. 'farmer' was granted a warrant for a tract of land of 78 acres called Snowhill in Hopewell Township, 'part of a larger tract granted to Samuel Mosser, February 23, 1787.' In the same year he sold to an Andrew Finley 100 acres of land. September 23, 1798, Andrew Finley deeded it back to him. It is likely that Samuel Sr. left York County after selling his land in 1787, and that he returned to Hopewell Township again in 1792. He was listed in the U.S. census of 1790 in Washington County, Pennsylvania. In 1800 Samuel was in Hopewell township again. From the several young children listed by the U.S. census of that year in his family, he may have been giving a home to some children of his relatives.April 27, 1801, Samuel sold his Hopewell property of 235 acres to a John Winter. August 24, 1801, he entered Section 13, Township 9, Range 1, in what is now Springfield Township of Mahoning County, where he was a neighbor of his brother Peter who went there the same year. The section patented by Samuel Sr. lies about two miles north of Petersburg, Ohio, directly on the Ohio-Pennsylvania line. The patent certificate on this land was granted January 22, 1806. September 6, 1806, Samuel sold 320 acres of it to an Adam Painter, retaining the south half for his own home. The remains of the pioneer log homestead erected on the south half of this section were still standing in 1931, when it was photographed by the writer. The property consisted of a two story log house. Wooden pegs were used to fasten the timbers together, with the exception of some square cut nails used in handmade lath, probably put on at a later date than that at which the house was build. It had evidently been enlarged by a series of additions so that it was not easy to tell how many rooms the original home had. The house was used as a dwelling as late as the 1870s. On the premises were an excellent dug well, neatly walled with rock, an extremely old orchard of apple and cherry trees, and the jumbled ruins of a barn. A large lilac bush by what had evidently been the kitchen door, blooming in profusion, seemed to be trying to defy time's efforts to make what had once been a beautiful pioneer home a pile of decaying rubbish.While residing in Columbiana County, Samuel Sr. evidently devoted his full time to farming. That he may have been engaged in some kind of commercial enterprise as well as farming in York County might be inferred from his account book, inventories as part of his estate after his death. He may have kept tavern, an occupation that seems to have been a favorite one with this branch of the Musser family."Biographical Sketch (1932): "Samuel Sr. is said to have been a private in Armand's Legion during the Revolution. Samuel's first wife was Elizabeth ___. She was the mother of Samuel Jr. and of John Jacob. Samuel's second wife was Anna Maria ___.Samuel Sr.'s will is not absolutely unique in that it makes thoughtful provisions for his widow, but the solicitude he manifests is noteworthy. In many wills of the Pennsylvania Germans, wives were given slight consideration. Abraham, his brother, bequeathed his 'beloved wife Mary' the munificent sum of ten dollars."Biographical Sketch (1974) "Samuel (1745?-1818) was a private in Armand's legion during the Revolution. He entered a section of land in Springfield Township, Mahoning County, Ohio on August 24, 1801, sold off half to Adam painter in 1806. He married first a woman named Elizabeth by whom he had Samuel Jr. (who was an early settler in Tuscarawas County, Ohio) and John Jacob. He married second to Anna Maria by whom he had Margaret, Eve, Michael, Mary Magdalene, and John Conrad."