NameSamuel MOSER Sr. 880
FatherSamuel MOSER Sr. (1680-1755)
ChildrenMaria Esther (1746-~1787)
 Samuel (1750-1816)
 Maria Elisabeth (ch. 1755-)
Notes for Samuel MOSER Sr.

Biographical Sketch (1932):1372, p. 148-149. "Samuel Sr. may be found in tax records and land records from 1759 to his death in 1796. Samuel Sr. was a pan smith and may have been the first man to own a water power machine shop on the run known as Mill Creek by which he had his home. In the deed by which he transferred half of his original farm to Michael, Samuel specified his right to dam this stream without 'the hindrance’ of Michael, whose property was just above his. He and his son, Samuel Jr. to whom devised his pan smith tools, were well known smiths. An old resident points out the site of the pioneer home and shop of these two men. He told the writer that he himself could remember the piles of scrap iron on the little knell above the Dallas Striekler farm near the ruins of the Samuel Moser stone house and shop. there is a power machine shop on the stream today (1932).

In the barn owned by Dallas Striekler, which must have been built nearly 100 years ago, is the corner stone of Samuel Sr.'s house, salvaged from the ruins, and preserved, likely on account of its inscription, in the barn. The legend reads:

Samuel Mosser hat
dis hauser galit inn 1764
Disser Ban Stetht in Gottes
hand. Gott be hut Bar Feur
Wasser und Brand Gott allein
die Ehre

The translation:

Samuel Mosser built this house in 1764.
This building is consigned to God's care. May
God protect it from fire, water, and burning.
To God alone the praise.

Samuel's will probated July 3, 17961372, p. 148. As his authority, Farley cites York County wills, I-J, p. 296. devises his property to his wife, Salome, to his son, Samuel Jr., and to other children, likely daughters not named. One of these daughters was Maria Elizabeth, baptised at Bermudian, May 11, 1755. She married Christian Landis, November 19, 1797.1372, p. 149. As his authority, Farley cites the records of Rev. Lyschy and of the Trinity First Reformed Church at York, in the York County Historical Society. Salome, nee King, widow of John Neef,1372, p. 149. As his authority, Farley cites York County deeds, 2K-527. was Samuel's second wife. His first wife, Catherine was the mother of Samuel Jr."

Biographical Sketch (1974):1887 "Samuel Moser (1715-1796) We have no more to add to Farley’s outline of the descendants of Samuel. Farley reports that he was married twice, his first wife indeed being Catherine, consistent with the above, his second being Salome King. He owned land in Springsettsbury Manor in York Township in 1759, had two known children, Samuel Jr. and Maria Elizabeth, who married Christian Landis. Samuel Jr. (1750-1816) inherited the farm, had three wives and three children: Catherine, born in 1780 to first wife, Eva Gieselman; Adam born 1782 and George born 1788 to third wife, Barbara. Nothing further is known of his descendants.

Biographical Sketch (1976):880 "Samuel was born on March 31, 1715. On November 23, 1739 he married at Hunspach, Catharina, daughter of Jean François, a woolweaver. On September 18, 1746 Samuel and Catharina had a daughter, Maria Esther, baptized at Bischweiler."

Biographical Sketch (1976):880 "Samuel's daughter, Maria Esther, married Adam Kern in York County in 1766 according to the records of the Rev. Otterbein. Samuel married second Salome King. (Note: The name "King" may be an Anglicized version of "Konig." Abraham and Jacob Konig emigrated from Bischweiler aboard the Janet in 1751.) Two children of the second marriage were Samuel Jr.372, v. 2, p. 2114. (1750-1816) who served in the 6th Co. of the 3rd Battalion of York County militia during the Revolution and Maria Elizabeth, who married Christian Landis in 1797 at First Trinity Reformed at York."

1739 Marriage:2093, As her authority, Donson cites Family History Library Film 0727366. Translated and transcribed from the Bischwiller Reformed Church records: "1739 23 Nov. were married at Hunspach Samuel Moser, bachelor, and Catharina, daughter of François Jean, wool weaver here."

1749 Immigration:1463, p. 9. "Immigrant ancestor Samuel Mosser and his wife Catherina embarked from Rotterdam, Holland, on the ship ‘Christian’ under Captain Thomas Brady. In route to American the shop made a stop at cowers, England and the Mossers along with other ‘foreigners’ from Wirtemberg, Alsace, and Zweibrucken’ arrived at Philadelphia, 13 September 1749. Since they settled in York County and were Protestants, it is likely that they were Palatines. The record of arrival in America appears in Rupp, The Thirty Thousand Immigrants in Pennsylvania, 1965, p. 198." Strassburger and Hinke103, v. 1, List 130 C, p. 399-340. list the Mosser’s as passengers on the ship Christian, arriving in Philadelphia 13 September 1749.

1760/64 Immigration:972 "Between 1760 and 1764 forty Bischweiler families left that town for America." List includes Johann Michael Moser, Samuel Moser, and E. M. Elsasser. [Note: Given the presence of Michael and Samuel Mosser in York County church and land records from the 1750s, presume there is an error in the dates with regard to this source. Needs further research.]

1762 Death of Godson:
1568, v. 2, p. 288. John George König, son of Henry and Anna Maria, was born October 20, 1757, died 2 a.m., April 15, 1762, and was buried April 16, 1762 in the Lutheran churchyard at York. Godson of Samuel Moser and wife.

1769 Tax List, York Township, York County, Pennsylvania:
1452, v. 1, p. 1105. Samuel Moser Sr. listed in 1769 tax list of York Township, which in 1769 embraced most of the area of Springsettsbury and Spring Garden townships, as the owner of 100 acres. Samuel Moser Jr. and Michael also listed as taxpayers.

1779 Tax List, York Township, York County, Pennsylvania:1546, (Samuel Mosser, p. 144) Samuel Mosser listed as owning no land, horses, or cattle, levied a tax of 8.0.6.

1780 Tax List, York Township, York County, Pennsylvania:1547, (Samuel Mosser, p. 179) Samuel Mosser listed as owning no land, horses, or cattle, levied a tax of 4.3.0.

1781 Tax List, York Township, York County, Pennsylvania:1548, (Samuel Mosser Sr., p. 344) Samuel Mosser Sr. listed as owning 1 horse and 2 cows, levied a tax of 18.

1782 Tax List, York Township, York County, Pennsylvania:1549, (Samuel Mosser Sr., p. 574) Samuel Mosser Sr. listed as owning 1 horse and 3 cows, levied a tax of 12.10.

1783 Tax List, York Township, York County, Pennsylvania:1545, (Samuel Mosser, p. 674) Samuel Mosser listed as having 1 male and 1 female in the household and owning no acreage.

1790 U.S. Census:1945
Pennsylvania, York County, York Township
Head of Household •• Samuel Mosser
Males 16 and over •• 1
Males under 16 •• 2
Females •• 2
[Note: Could it be that the census for Samuel Sr. (1-2-2) and for Samuel Jr. (1-0-1) were recorded transposed?]

1796 Estate of Samuel Moser: February 23, 1796 - June 2, 1796, Moser Samuel; executors: Henry Tyson and John Herbach, York County; wife, Solome Moser; children: Samuel and others whose names were not given. [Note: Could 1796 be the date the will was written, not the date it was proved in court, given the 1797 notarized statement?]

1797 Notarized Statement:1590, p. 39-40. On 8 September 1797, Samuel Moser Sr. appeared before notary John Norris to attest that his son, Samuel Moser Jr., had enlisted in the Army of the United States and had shown his discharge papers to Samuel Sr. John Norris indicated that Samuel Sr. had been personally known to him for ten years.

Biographical Sketch of Descendant (1886):1374, p. 724. This probably refers to a descendant of Samuel Moser who remained in the vicinity: "George Musser, in his day, was familiarly known as ‘pan-smith Musser’ in York, and over the entire county. He was a lively, good-natured individual, who owned a saw-mill and a forge for the manufacture of iron implements, located on his farm along the Peach Bottom road, now owned by Harry Stickler, and situated a few miles southeast of town. He made iron pans and ladles in large quantities, and sold them by wholesale. The firm of P. A. & S. Small, early in their business career, purchased a great many of those valuable utensils."
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