Birthabt 17501372, p. 153.
Deathbef 31 Oct 1826, Strabane Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania2229 Age: 76
FatherMichael MOSSER (1717-<1790)
MotherMaria Eva ELSASSER (1717-1807)
ChildrenJohannes (1789-)
 Daniel (1792-)
 Elizabeth (1800-)
Notes for John MOSSER

Biographical Sketch (1932):1372, p. 173. "There is no documentary evidence that this John was a son of Michael and Maria Eva, although they undoubtedly had a son of that name who lived near them in York Township, York county, as tax records show. He is associated frequently in records with the names of the other sons. He joined the westward movement with the remainder of the family, but did not go beyond Washington County, Pennsylvania, where he resided in Strabane Township. His wife’s name was Catherine. His will1372, p. 173. As his authority, Farley cites Washington County wills, 4-157. was probated Oct. 31, 1826 in that county. Christian Hornish was one of the three men who were appointed to appraise his estate."

Biographical Sketch (1974):1887 "John (1750?-1826) had a wife, Catherine, lived in Strabane Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. There were five children: Johannes, Daniel, Joseph, Elizabeth, and Catherine (who married a Smith). Johannes and Daniel were baptized at Blymyer Church in York County, Pennsylvania."

1781 Tax List, Windsor Township, York County, Pennsylvania:1548, (John Moser, p. 359) John Moser listed as owning 102 acres, 2 horses, and 1 cow, levied a tax of 1.0.0.

1783 Tax List, Windsor Township, York County, Pennsylvania:1545, (John Mosser, p. 698) John Mosser listed has having 4 people in the household and owning 102 acres.

1790 U.S. Census:97, p. 282.,1948
Pennsylvania, York County, York Township
Head of Family •• John Mosir
Males 16 and over •• 1
Males under 16 •• 2
Females •• 3

1826 Will:2229 "In the name of God, amen, I, John Moser of Straban Township, Washington County and state of Pennsylvania, being in a sick and low condition but of sound mind and judgment and calling to mind the uncertainty of life therefore make and declare my last will and testament . . . 2nd, I bequeath to my beloved wife Catherine out of my personal property one brown two year old colt, one cow of her own choice, one bed and bedding of close with as much of the kitchen and dress furniture as she choses, also use of the half of the room in the west end of my house and liberty to pass and repass through the other part of the house as also one half of the garden and free liberty to wash in the kitchen and free use of the pump and to be given to her yearly and every year during her natural life twenty five bushels of wheat and twelve bushels of corn and one turn of hay as also stable room for her horse and cow as also pasture for them, also liberty to use a share of the cellar, all the linen flannel and yarn belonging to the house and all the grain belonging to me now on the place, also one quarter of an acre of flax sown yearly and sufficient firewood cut and hauled to the door. 3rd, all the remainder of my personal property to be sold by my Executors and after paying my just debts and all expenses the remainder to be divided equally amongst my children. 4th and as to my real estate I order that it be appraised by three disinterested men, viz. Cristan Hornish, John Cully, and Samuel Fergus, and my will is that my sons Joseph and Daniel take the apprisement and that they pay the rest of my children their shares in the following manner, viz, to my daughter Elizabeth one seventh part of the apprisement in one year from my death and to each of my other children one seventh part in yearly payments, the oldest first, till the other four be paid. The said Joseph and Daniel also fulfilling my will respecting my wife and further my will is that the share coming to my daughter Catherine Smith she is only to receive the interest of the money yearly and at her death to be paid to her heirs. This only respects the real estate. 5th and lastly I hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Catherine and my son Joseph my sole Executors and do hereby revoke all former wills in witness whereof I, John Moser, have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred and twenty six. Signed sealed and delivered in the presents of witnesses present." John Moser, his mark. Samuel Fergus, Christian Harnish, Witnesses. On 31 October 1826, witnesses Samuel Fergus and Christian Harnish appeared before Samuel Cunningham, Deputy Registrar for the Probate of Wills, Washington County, to attest to the will of John Moser, deceased.

Researcher's Comment about Mosser Tombstone (1996):2228 "I have looked and looked for John Moser's date of death (i.e. his tombstone). I traipsed all over the area where he may have been buried - with a man who was copying cemeteries in the area. We never did come up with anything. I am sometimes inclined to think he was buried in a cemetery which may have been destroyed / removed when they built US Rt. 70 north of Washington, PA. In a preacher's diary (don't recall the preacher's name off hand), he mentions that he accompanied a man named Harnish to John Moser's three miles from the city where he preached in John Moser's barn. Harnish was related to John Moser in some way. Just now I cannot put my hands on the reference." [Note: John Moser was the brother of Christian Harnish's father-in-law Abraham Mosser.]
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