Mosser Family Sketch
An American Adventure

Many members of this family, particularly those who settled in Petersburg, Mahoning County, Ohio, spelled the surname as Musser. See also the Musser Index.


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York County, Pennsylvania - Samuel Mosser and Michael Mosser emigrated from Bischweiler, Alsace, in 1749 and settled in York County, Pennsylvania. Michael and his wife Maria Eva Elsasser had eleven children, among them was son Abraham Mosser, who served in the York County Militia during the Revolutionary War. After the war, Abraham moved his family to Washington County, Pennsylvania and then on to Tuscarawas County, Ohio where he and Thomas Boude owned 4,000 acres obtained through Bounty Land Warrants.

Washington County, Pennsylvania - Abraham Mosser and wife Barbara Sheely spent several years in Washington County, moving there from their native York County. Barbara apparently died during their stay in Washington County. Two of Abraham's three daughters married while in Washington County. Mary Ann Mosser married John Taylor and Elizabeth Mosser married Christian Harnish. Daughter Eve Mosser married Jacob Good before coming to the area. The Mosser, Taylor, and Good families left Washington County about 1807 to establish homes in Tuscarawas County, Ohio on 4,000 acres of bounty lands that Abraham acquired jointly with Thomas Boude.

Mahoning County, Ohio - Peter Musser, another son of Michael Mosser and Maria Eva Elsasser, was a founder of Petersburg, Springfield Township, Mahoning County, Ohio. Maria Eva Elsasser and many other family members are buried there in the Old Lutheran Cemetery.

Tuscarawas County, Ohio - Abraham Mosser first came to Tuscarawas County around 1801 to view 4,000 acres of bounty lands that he received jointly with Thomas Boude. He moved his family, accompanied by sons-in-law Jacob Good and John Taylor, to Tuscarawas around 1807 and founded Lawrence Township. Abraham served as a local magistrate for several years and died in 1822. He is reported to be buried on Lebold's Hill in Lawrence.