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Johan Michael Moser (1734 - 1820)

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Johan Michael (Michael) Moser aka Mosser
Born in Goshenhoppen Region, Montgomery, Pennsylvaniamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] in poss Falkner's Swamp Lutheran Church, New Hanover, Montgomery Co PAmap
Husband of — married [location unknown]
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Died in Lowhill Township, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Date: 6 JUN 1734
New Goshenhoppen Reformed Church, Pennsburg, Upper Hanover Tp, Montgomery Co, PA.


From notes of Tricia Dernison, edited: "Michael Moser acquired land near the Amish settlement on the Northkill in Bern Twp, Berks Co. In the baptismal records of the Rev. John Caspar Stoever, he is identified as 'Michael of Atolhoe [ bats. in 1750, 1752, 1754, 1756].' This same Rev. Stoever Jr (age 21) and his father Johan Caspar Stoever Sr (age 43) and a teenaged sister were passengers on the same ship on which Martin Moser and his family arrived in America in 1728. Because they were on the same ship and because the Mosers continued to be in contact with Rev. Stoever in America may mean that they were from the same village in Europe."
"Atol." is an abbreviation for Atolhoe (sometimes spelled Atolheo) and refers to the Lutheran congregation now known as Altalaha. It was in Rehrersburg, Tulpehocken Twp in western Berks Co. This could refer to the area, or just the church itself.

[Is the Michael MOSER of the Altalaha area the same man who lived and died in Lowhill Twp of Lehigh Co.? The areas are 40 miles apart and across the Schuylkill River. Also, the last Moser baptism at Atolhoe was 2 years after Michael Moser is shown owning the land in Lehigh Co. ]

Listed just above the notices of the baptisms of his children in Stoever, Michael Mooser (same spelling) and wife were sponsors at the 11 Mar 1753 baptism of Eva Bauer, son of Thomas Bauer. Thomas Bauer and wife were sponsors of one of Michael's children. The Bauer baptism was at Bethel.
Did he live in Richmond Twp, Berks Co PA, with last daughter bap. New Hanover Church? Where was he in 1790?
Confirmed on 8 Apr 1750, age 16, together with John Burkhard Moser.
Moved in 1754 to Lynn Twp, Lehigh Co (earlier called Northampton Co) PA. :
1759 tax list Berks Co PA (although his land was actually over the later county line).
1790 Northampton Co PA, Lowhill Twp: Michel Moser, 133
1790 Northampton Co PA, Lowhill Twp: John Moser, 224
1790 Northampton Co PA, Lowhill Twp: Michel, Jur Moser, 101
1790 Northampton Co PA, Lowhill Twp: Michel, Senr Moser, 123
1790 Northampton Co PA, Lowhill Twp: Tobias Moser, 124
1800 Northhampton Co PA, p 565: Michael Moser Sen, 11001/00001
1800 Northhampton Co PA, p 565: Michael Moser Jun, 20010/11100
1800 Northhampton Co PA, p 565: Michael Moser (big), 21001/30101
1800 Northhampton Co PA, p 565: John Moser, 30110/11010
1800 Northhampton Co PA, p 565: Tobias Moser, 22001/00101
Found this at Lehigh Co. Historical Society:
Per "Der Friedens Bote", early German newspaper -
-Michael Moser (Lowhill Twp.), 80 yr., married to Catherina Daubert, 70 yr. (from Weisenberg Twp.) on 27 Apr 1813, by Rev. Geissenhayner (7 May 1813 issue)
- Michael Mosser (Lowhill Twp.)- died at 86y, 9m. (10 Mar 1820 issue)
- Michael Moser's son (Lowhill Twp.), John, died in his 7th yr. (11 Mar 1813 issue)

- see below for more on this boy.

Per "History of the Lehigh Valley" (an unpublished book)
- "Michael Mosser, born in 1734, a brother of Philip and Burkhard,....settled in Lowhill Twp. about 1760, where he built the first gristmill in the township. In 1813, at the age of 80, he married, as his second wife, Miss Catharine Daubert." "Michael died in 1820, aged 86 years."
- "His son, Michael Mosser, Jr., married Elizabeth Fry and died in 1813....(son) John, born in 1806, drowned in Mill Creek in 1813"
- The book also lists other children of Michael, Jr. as: David (who inherited the gristmill and property), Philip (b.1801; d.1873, in Mahoning Co OH), Elizabeth, Lydia (b.1804, m. Roy Barger), Catharine (b.1808), Jacob (b.1800?, although the book "Mosser/Musser Family", by Anita Mott, lists a "Jacob," son of Michael and Elizabeth, b 12 Sep 1810; bp.18 Nov 1810), Michael.
There are 3 Michael Mosser/Moser's listed in the 1790, 1800 and 1810 census for Lowhill Twp. (as well as a "John"- my supposed ancestor - in 1800; he died in 1802). The census records consistently list "Michael, Sr." and "Michael, Jr." in all 3 records.
"Pennsylvania Births, Lehigh Co. 1734-1800, John T. Humphrey"
Michael b. Oct 27 1761 to Michael & Catharina @ Jordan Ref. S. Whitehall
Johannes b. 3 July 1763 to Michael & Catharina @ Rev. Daniel Schumacher's Bapt. Records
Michael b. Nov 25 1764 to Michael & Catharina @ Jordan Ref. S. Whitehall
Maria Barbara b. 7 Jan 1780 to Michael & Catharina @ Schlosser/ Union Ref., N.Whitehall
Michael b. 1782 to Michael & Eva @ Ziegel, Weissenberg Twp
Johan Henrich b. 12 Feb 1786 to Johan Michael & Eva (Boorz) @ Jordan Ref., S. Whitehall
Magdalene b. 23 Dec 1795 to Michael & Eva @ Schlosser/ Union Ref., N.Whitehall
Elizabeth B. b. 7 Feb 1798 to Michael & Eva (Burz) @ Schlosser/ Union Ref., N.Whitehall
Note: none of the children recorded by Humphrey appear to be from the Michael MOSER b. 1734, who lived in Lowhill Twp. The Michael and Catharine having children baptized in No. and So. Whitehall Twps of Lehigh Co look more like the 1751 immigrants (see below).
From Montgomery's History of Berks Co PA, "MOSER FAMILY," p 1212: There has been much confusion occasioned through two of the early settlers of this community bearing similar names, Burkhart Mosser, Jr., and Burkhard Moser. The family to which Howard L. Moser, of Cumru, belongs is that of the latter, Burkhard Moser.
   " In 1751 there emigrated to America Hans Michael Moser, with his wife Katharine, and four children, and settled in Amityville, Douglass township, Berks county, Pa. They came on the sailing vessel "Duke of Wurtemberg". After locating in this country, a fifth child was born to them. Their children were:

"(1) George, born 1740, died 1806, and was buried at St. John's, Centre Square, Montgomery county. His will was probated in 1807. He married Margaret Leber, but had no children, and she survived him forty-eight years, dying at the age of 104 years; she is buried in the Muhlenberg cemetery at Trappe. "(2) Peter, born 1742, died 1829, aged eighty-seven, and was buried in the Pottstown cemetery. His will was probated in 1830. He settled in Pottstown, and became the father of twelve children, five boys and seven girls, namely: John, Henry, Peter, Jacob and George; Anna Maria m. a Geiger; Catherine m. a Pyle (their son, Henry M. Pyle, lives in Pottstown); Hannah m. a Weidner; Margaret m. a Neidig; Eliza m. a Yocum and moved to Ohio; Anna m. an Egolf; and Lydia m. a Brunner. "(3) Barbara, born 1745, died in 1817. She married a Neuman, and settled in Pottstown, but her place of burial is unknown. Her will was probated in 1818. Her four children were: Mary, Peter, Philip and John. "(4) Burkhard is mentioned below. "(5) Christian, born 1755, died in 1838, and was buried at St. John's, Centre Square. His will was probated in 1839. He was the father of four children, two sons and two daughters, but the two sons died young. The daughters were: Mary, who married Jacob M. Hurst; and Elizabeth, who became the wife of Benjamin F. Harry. Christian Moser was the only son of his parents born in America.

    "Burkhard Moser, born 1748, son of Hans Michael, was three years old when the family came to America. At the time of the Revolution, he and his younger brother Christian enlisted for service in the Continental army, and served through the whole of the war. They sent the pay received from the government to their brother, Peter, near Pottstown, and after the close of the war they returned to Montgomery county. Christian settled in Whitepain township, buying a farm with the money he had received from the government. Burkhard was somewhat eccentric and, it is stated, of "wild habits," and he went into the mountains perhaps a little earlier than 1800, and settled in what is now known as Tamaqua, Schuylkill county. There is evidence to show he visited his brothers on several occasions, and that Peter visited him once or twice. On Jan. 17, 1815, he purchased 416 1/2 acres of land from James McCorckle and John Didier, paying $510 in silver for it. The deed gives the exact lines and posts, and his brother, Peter, who seems to have always cared for his brother's money, gave him the necessary funds to make the payment. He built a log house on his land, began to cultivate it, and lived there for some thirteen or fourteen years, paying the taxes on it up to the year of his death. He died in full possession without debts, in 1828, but where he is buried or who performed the burial rites is not known. The land was later claimed by the company who had paid the taxes for two years after his death, then built a log house, which still stands on an elevation near Panther Creek, and claimed it as a squatter's claim. Burkhard Moser was a bachelor, and died intestate as far as is known. This old man of about eighty years at the time of his death, lived alone in the mountains, and naturally those who knew him thought he was without friends or relatives. When Peter died in 1829 he was ignorant of his brother's death, and Christian "was entirely blind eight years before his death, and being a devout Christian, thought little and cared less for all earthly estates." With these brothers was buried all true and exact knowledge of Burkhard's property.
Mark Tunnell posted the following at

"Michael was baptized June 6, 1734 at New Hanover (Falkner's Swamp) Lutheran Church. Michael was confirmed there on 8 Apr 1750, age 16, with brother John Burkhard Moser."

His oldest children were also baptized at the New Hanover Lutheran Church, and he and his wife Anna are believed to have been married there.
He later moved to Berks Co and is referred to as 'Michael of Atholhoe.'
The name Altohoe was originally given to the region comprised in the tract of land that was laid out for Richard Penn on the northwest branch of the Swahataweo Creek and usually pertains to the Lutheran congregration established in that region by 1746. The church today is known as Altalaha Lutheran Church and stands on Main street in Rehrersburg, Tulpehocken Twp, Berks Co Pa.
A congregation was certainly going by 1746 as the register of Pastor John Caspar Stoever records at Atolhoe between years 1746-1763 the following ministerical acts: marriages-41; baptisms-106. In 1765, a two story meeting house of logs, which stood 10 feet west of the present building, was completed for worship. It was torn down in 1810.
In the baptismal records of the Rev. Stoever, Johann Michael is identified as 'Michael of Altohoe.'
Michael Moser acquired land near the Amish settlement on the Northkill in Bern Twp, Berks Co. He was a miller.

Confirmed age 16 at Falkners Swamp Ch 8 Apr 1750 with brother Burchard.

8 Jan 1754 Land Draft #449 Northampton Co Lynn Tp , per B. Sell's Index.

1759 taxes Lynn Co. Later moved to Crawford Co (& returned?).

Got land near Amish on Northkill Crk in Bern Tp Berks Co.

July 1776 in 4th batt. under Maj. Michael LINDENMUTH.

Was he the Michael MOSSER shown 1 June 1777 as in Class 3rd in First Company, 3rd/6th Batt., Northampton County Militia, under Capt. Adam STAHLER and Col. Michael BOBST?.

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