Where is Franklin S. (Seidel?) Moser? Moser-2414

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Moser-2414, Franklin S. Moser, is somewhat of a black hole in my ancestry.

We know he existed because of mentions in wills, at children's baptisms, and in books collecting biographies of groups of individuals.

First, I cannot find a birth record for him.  I can find records for some of his siblings, but not him.  Some researchers claim to have found him in Cocalico, Lancaster County, PA, but their descriptions lead me nowhere. I believe he was born between 1823 and 1827, maybe as late as 1832.

Second, Franklin's name pops up in a marriage record at the Berks County Historical Society indicating that he married Elizabeth Bode on 12 Feb 1850 at First United Church of Christ in Reading, PA.  Berks County Historical Society also has a baptism record for daughter Lydia, b. 24 Oct 1858, baptised by Rev. Charles Augustus Pauli on 28 Feb 1859.  Lydia was an infant, was she left behind in Pennsylvania with her grandmother who had her baptised?

Third, although he died intestate, his will was probated.  Hints in the documentation of this relates, ". . .the amount of three hundred dollars, collected by Andrew M Lallade, Esquire for the decedent from Geo. Dunkle on a promissory note, dated January 6, 1859."  He was alive on January 6, 1859.  

They paid expenses from the will, ". . . Oct 1 By sundry expenses in traveling and bringing home the wife and children of decedent from Fairmont, Marion County, Virginia," which tells us where the family was after Franklin's death.  Although Franklin's children and, subsequently, grandchildren always said Franklin drowned in the Potomac, I can't see the Potomac running anywhere near Fairmont, Marion County, Virginia, just The Tygart Valley River and the West Fork River join in Fairmont to form the Monongahela River.  Besides that, a few years later it was West Virginia, and Virginia records were largely burned up in Richmond during the Civil War.

Tragedy on tragedy.  Elizabeth remarried and died soon after, I suspect from complications of childbirth.  Elizabeth's tombstone at Epler's cemetery says, Here rests Elizabeth Friemann, a born Bode, and wife of Franklin Moser.  She was born the 7 December 1830 and died on 5 August 1862 and her age was 34 years, 7 months and 28 days."

One other note: There is a Baptism recorded at the Historical Society for another child, Valentine, b. 25 Sep 1850 and baptised at First Reformed Church, Reading, PA, on 22 Oct 1850.  This is the only notice that this child exists in any record I can find.  I have to wonder if Valentine drowned with his father?

Any and all help would be so appreciated.  I have been looking at this for 25 years!

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Here's Franklin and Elizabeth Moser, parents of Franklin B Moser.

Franklin Moser

mentioned in the record of Franklin B. Moser

Name Franklin Moser
birth_place Pennsylvania
gender Male
Wife Elizabeth Moser
Son Franklin B. Moser

Other information in the record of Franklin B. Moser

from Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh City Deaths

Name Franklin B. Moser
Event Type Death
Event Date 04 Jul 1903
Event Place Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Gender Male
Age 50
Birth Year (Estimated) 1853
Father's Name Franklin Moser
Mother's Name Elizabeth Moser

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Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh City Deaths, 1870-1905

Reference ID v 116 p 275
GS Film number 505875
Digital Folder Number 004672779
Image Number 00644

Citing this Record

"Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh City Deaths, 1870-1905," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XZWQ-2HP : 8 December 2014), Franklin Moser in entry for Franklin B. Moser, 04 Jul 1903; citing v 116 p 275, Allegheny County Courthouse, Pittsburgh; FHL microfilm 505,875.

 

answered by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)
Thanks so much for the information, I appreciate it.  And it turns out to be something I didn't have before, a useful addition to my file.  However, this is about my Franklin's son, not the Franklin I am desperate to find.
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A possibility.

William Franklin Mosser

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Name William Franklin Mosser
Event Type Burial
Event Date 1908
Event Place Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Photograph Included N
Birth Date 26 Dec 1833
Death Date 06 Jan 1908
Affiliate Record Identifier 79079189
Cemetery Fairview Cemetery

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"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV2R-R388 : 13 December 2015), William Franklin Mosser, 1908; Burial, Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States of America, Fairview Cemetery; citing record ID 79079189, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

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Franklin Mosier

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Name Franklin Mosier
Event Type Burial
Event Date 1916
Event Place , Monroe, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Photograph Included Y
Birth Date 02 May 1831
Death Date 12 Feb 1916
Affiliate Record Identifier 28807693
Cemetery Middle Smithfield Presbyterian Burying Ground

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"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV1-GTC4 : 13 December 2015), Franklin Mosier, 1916; Burial, , Monroe, Pennsylvania, United States of America, Middle Smithfield Presbyterian Burying Ground; citing record ID 28807693, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

answered by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)
Here's a pedigree resource file with Franklin S Moser, wife Elizabeth Bode and son, Franklin Moser. Pedigree resource files should be verified for accuracy.

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:2:3SZB-J9Z

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