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The Three Musser Brothers

The name Mosser had its origin in an old German language word, Moos, which meant a meadow, especially a marshy meadow. It is still found in some German dialects and means swampy land. The original spelling was Mooser, meaning one who lived in or near such a place, and in which he did some farming. In time one of the 0's was dropped and it became Moser. Still later some of the Mosers added another S and it became Mosser. from which finally evolved the present Musser Mosser and Mosher witch are encountered occasionally, are also forms of this name. The modern form of the word "Moos," in both English and German, is "Moor," which means an open tract of marshy wetlands.

Many centuries ago, a considerable number of the ancestors of the present day Mussers lived in the Emmenthal Valley in Switzerland. This valley is located in the eastern part of Bern, the second largest of the Swiss contons. This canton. or state, is about three times the size of Lancaster County. Before the French Revolution it was a territory with more than 400,000 inhabitants. The land was administered by 250 ruling families, which were divided into so-called great and small families. The rural districts were governed by land-vogts, and it was in these districts that most of the discontent with the Bernese government existed. The peasants, for the most part subjects or bondsmen of the nobles, lived under the weight of oppression, poverty and neglected culture. The canton of Bern was one of several states that had rejected the Catholic religion early in the 16th century.

Because of difficulties encountered in the practice of their religion, some of the Mossers (Mosers), along with numerous other Mennonite families. fled from the Emmenthal Valley to Alsace, the Palatinate and other states. Others moved into the remote northwestern part of Bern, known as the Bernese Jura, where the Jura Mountains cross the canton. The Juras are the chain of mountains which divides Switzerland from France. The ancestors of the Brecknock Mussers settled in the eastern foothills of these mountains.

These were still feudal times in Switzerland, and in the Jura region too, most of the land was in possession of rich nobles. The peasants had no land of their own, but worked parcels of land for the barons who allowed them enough for a bare subsistence from the products of their labors. The language spoken was German, with dialectic variations, Bern was in earlier years a part of Germany and the German language prevails in that region to this day.

In time the forebears of the Musser family here concerned, moved from the restrictions and the poor land of the Bernese Jura to the richer land of the Canton of Basel. Other Mennonite families also settled in Basel. The Mossers were assigned a parcel of land which they were permitted to cultivate, located just a few miles from the German border and close to the Rhine River. Again they had to work for a land-owner who belonged to the minor nobility. They were now in a Catholic canton, also a bishopric, where the bishop not only governed the affairs of the church, but also ruled over the temporal affairs of the state. In 1734 an edict was issued ordering all Mennonites out of the state. This edict was never carried out because of the protests of the nobles, who wanted to keep the Mennonites because they were good farmers.

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The Mennonites usually had large families, and this in time brought about a scarcity of land in relation to the ever increasing population. Eventually many of the young people had to go elsewhere to find land on which to subsist. The news of American land and opportunity reached them, and many of them somehow found the means to emigrate to this country.

It has been said that the Mossers moved into Germany a few years before the young men of the family decided to come to America. It is claimed that they lived in the Palatinate (a region in Southern Germany) just a few miles from the Swiss border. Be that as it may, they were still a Swiss family with a long Swiss ancestry whose history has faded into the mists of time.

One need not go far in Lancaster County among persons with the family name or Musser (Mosser), to find someone who has heard from his or her forebears, the story of the three brother with that name who came to America in the mid-eighteenth century, and settled in different parts of Lancaster County.

They were all young single men, and had come to this country, either directly or indirectly, from Switzerland. One settled in Hempfield Township, somewhere between Mountville and Mount Joy; another settled in Strasburg Township, and the third first lived near Groffdale in Earl Township, then later established a home somewhere north of New Holland. This is the essence of the often repeated tradition, and research has proven it to be substantially accurate.

Two of the brothers were Jacob and Peter, who along with their cousin of about the same age also named Peter, arrived in Philadelphia in 1747 on the ship Restauration. The third and youngest brother, Henry, came to Philadelphia in 1752 on the ship Richard and Mary.

Following are the immigration records of Jacob and the two Peters, made on their arrival in Philadelphia, as found in Pennsylvania German Pioneers published by Ralph B. Strassburger, LL.D., Vol. 1, Page 365:
"(List 114C) At the State House at Philadelphia the 9th 8ber (October) 1747.
Present: Abraham Taylor, Robert Strittel, Thomas Hopkinson and Joseph Turner, Esq'rs.
The foreigners whose names, are underwritten, imported on the ship Restauration, Captain James Hall, from Rotterdam, and last from Leith. Inhabitants of the Palatinate and Places adjacent, did this day take the forgoing oaths to the government.

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There were 137 men and 67 women passengers on the ship. Forty ninth on the list is "Petter Moser." This is how it is printed in Volume 1, but in Volume 3 the facsimile of his signature looks more like "Mosser." This, it appears, is the way he intended to spell his name.

Fiftieth on the list is Jacob (X) Mosser. He was unable to write his name, so he made an X as his mark, and the clerk at the desk filled in his name for him.

Fifty-first on the list is the other Peter Moser. It is difficult to tell whether he intended one or two S's in the spelling of his name. Facsimile of all three signatures can be seen in Strassburger's Pennsylvania German Pioneers Volume 3, Page 392.

Following is a transcript of the record of Henry Mosser's. arrival in Philadelphia

"(List 183C) The Foreigners whose names are underwritten, Imported on the ship Richard and Mary, John Moore, Master, from Rotterdam, and last from Portsmouth, took the usual Qualifications to the Government, Before Joshua Maddox, Esquire. The Twenty Sixth Day of September 1752. No. 91."

No. 91 means there were 91 passengers on the ship. Sixty-first on the list is Henrich Moser. A facsimile of his signature appears in Strassburger, Vol. 3, Page 580. His name is actually written Mosser. Among all of the immigrants from 1727 to 1775, he is the only Henry Mosser listed.

The point of departure from Switzerland was often the city or Basel, where the long journey down the Rhine to Rotterdam began.

The foregoing paragraphs are a compilation of data gathered in fragments from many sources, including family traditions, notes in family bibles, the Mennonite Encyclopedia and other Mennonite publications, the Encyclopedia Brittanica, several histories of Switzerland, other Mennonite family histories, histories of Lancaster County, The Historians History of the World and others.

According to the Palatine Pamphlet, published by Charles M. Hall (Heritage International), 157 North State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah, 8403, the Mussers who arrived on the ships Restauration and Richard and Mary, emigrated to the American Colonies from Wuerttemberg, Germany. The Schwarzwald and Waiblingen areas are mentioned specifically as the place of origin or the passengers (those who could be traced) who arrived on the foregoing ships. A large percentage of the Mennonite people who settled in Lancaster County came from this German state, located in the Palatinate. The Mussers (Mosers) who arrived on the ship Molly, in 1727, are recorded as having come directly from "Baselland," the region Around Basel, Switzerland. Relatives or the latter apparently migrated to Germany about this time, or a little later, and some of their descendant eventually also came to America. The Hempfield, Strasburg and Brecknook Mussers are among the latter.

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PETER MOSSER OF HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP

This Peter Mosser was one of the three brothers along with Jacob of Strasburg Township and Henry of Brecknock Township. He settled in Hempfield Township near the Chickies Creek, then known as the Chickasolongo Creek. After arriving in this country in 1747, he apparently remained single about five years, since his first son was born in 1754. His name does not appear on the township tax list until 1756.

In the beginning he operated a farm which he rented from, a man by the name of Ulrich Road. It contained 150 acres of land, but still was not much of a farm, since only 15 acres were sown in grain. Most of the remainder was still woodland. He owned two horses, two mares and six cows, and in 1756 paid 8 shillings and 6 pence tax to the King or England.

Two years later, in 1758, he still rented the farm, but the number of acres on which he paid taxes had now increased to 200. Both the owner and the tenant paid a share of the taxes directly to the tax collector in those days.

It is not until 1769 that Peter appears on the tax lists as the owner of the farm, which now was reduced in size to 135 acres.

In 1777 he paid the Non-Associator's tax of three pounds and ten shillings, which levied on all men between the ages of 18 and 53 who in conscience were opposed to the war then in progress against England.

In Ellis and Evans' History of Lancaster County we read that Peter Musser, who was of Swiss parentage, married a young woman by the name of Dietz, and they had five children- John, Christian, Henry, Peter and Anna. There is no conflict between this statement and what the old tax records have disclosed.

Peter Mosser's eldest son, John, apparently was born in 1754, since his name shows up on the regular tax records in 1788 as a freeman. In those days some young men did not become tax payers until they reached the age of 24.

His second son, Christian, accordingly was born in l762, since his name first appears on the tax assessor's list in 1786. Christian Married Maria Nissley (1763-1811), daughter of Martin Nissley, of Mount Joy.

The third son, Henry, was born in 1764 as determined from the tax records of 1788. This is veritied by the inscription on his grave stone, which records the date of his birth as March 3, 1764, and his death as April 10, 1826. He is buried in the little private Musser cemetery located on the farm of his descendant Henry S. Musser. The inscriptions on his grave stone are still clearly legible.

Peter's youngest son, Peter Junior, appears on the tax list the first time in 1800. He was a carpenter by trade. A biographical sketch in Ellis and Eyans' History of Lancaster County says that he was born April 29, 1776, and died July 2, 1849. His children were Peter, Henry, Mary, Annie, Joseph and Elizabeth (Betsy).

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Anna (Annie) was born about 1758, but we do not know the exact year since women did not appear on the tax lists unless they were widows. In 1783 there were five inhabitants in the Peter Mosser home, which shows that two of the Children had married and moved away. They were John and Anna. John had purchased a tract of land to the south of his father's farm. In addition, Peter transferred 46 acres of his land to John about 1785. In that year John is listed as the owner of 270 acres of land. The remaining 104 acres of Peter's land eventually descended to his son Christian.

It appears that Peter's brother Jacob of Strasburg Township died in 1788. It may be a coincidence, but in the following year the number of persons in Peter's household increased from three to six. Another year later, 1790, the name of Christian Mosser- inmate, appears on the tax list and Peter is missing. This Christian was not Peter's son, since he had married and moved away, owned a 70 acre farm of his own and operated a "stilling" business. Only one explanation stands up, and that is that Peter's brother Jacob's widow, and her son Christian and his wife, moved from their farm in Strasburg Township to Peter's house in Hempfield in 1789. Also, prior to this year Peter had been listed by the tax collector as "poor," and since all of his children except 13 year old Peter Junior gone, with increasing age and declining health taking their toll, Peter needed someone to help operate the farm. This help apparently was supplied by his nephew Christian.

The first United States census, taken in 1790, also shows six persons living in the Peter Mosser home. There were only three of Peter's own family left- John, Anna, Christian and Henry were gone. According to the census there were two males (Peter Senior and Christian), one male under 16 (Peter Junior), and three females (Peter's wife, Jacob's widow and Christian's wife). Peter did not appear on the tax lists the next several years probably because Christian paid the taxes.

Peter Mosser lived in a log house and had a log barn until the end of his days. In 1796 his sons still lived in log houses and had log barns on their farms.

In 1793 the tax collector recorded Peter Mosser's name the last time. He probably died in 1794. Twenty years later all of Peter's sons Were still residents of Hempfield Township- John, Christian, Henry and Peter.

There is no deed to Peter Moeser's land on record in the Recorder's Office, nor is there a copy of his will in the Register's Office. There is on record a deed by Christian in 1795.

An oddity is that when Peter Mosser came to this country he spelled his name "Petter" on the immigration records, and the same spelling is later repeated on one, of the tax lists.

The location of Peter Musser's land can be seen on the West Hempfield Township Warrant Map, in the Recorder's Office, Lancaster County Courthouse. It is in the area of Location No. 6. Ulrich Road, from Peter Musser I rented his land initially (c. 1752), received a warrant for 250 acres on a branch of the "Cheekesalunga," on November 25, 1735. (Taylor Survey Papers, Lancaster County Historical Society.)

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MUSSER
HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP TAX RECORDS
(* Page Number)

Taken directly from the original tax lists now in possession of the
Lancaster County Historical Society.

1751 John Moser, King's tax 5.0
1756 Peter Mosser

(Musser on another list) King'e tax 0.8.6. Operated a rented farm. 150 acres, 13 acres of grain, 2 horses, 2 mares, 6 cows.

1757 Peter Musser County tax 0.3.4 (tenants share)
1758 Peter Mosser 200 acres, 60 cleared, 20 sows, 1 horse, 6 cows. King's tax 14.0. Land owned by Ulrich Rood or Road.
1759 Petter Muser King's tax 1.10.0 (Landlord's part 0.14.0.) Land rent 14.0.0 Quitrent 2.0.0
1763 Peter Moser King's tax 1.10.0
1769 Peter Mosser (now an owner) 135 acres, 45 cleared, 90 un cleared, 4 horses, 3 cattle and 2 sheep.
1770 Peter Moser Taxes 0.7.6 and 0.1.6
1771 Peter Muser same
1772 Peter Muser same
1773 Peter Muser 100 acres new rite land. 2 horses, 3 cattle, 4 sheep
1775 Peter Muser County tax 0.5.6
1776 Peter Muser Provincial tax 17.6
1777 Peter Muser Non-associators tax 3.10.0
  John Moser Non-associators tax 3.10.0
1778 Peter Mosser no change
  John Mosser freeman
1779 Peter Muser Continental tax 110.0.0. 136 acres, 3 horses, 4 cows
  John Moser freeman 10.0.0
1780 Peter Moseer Continental tax 167.0.0. County tax 4.9.0
  John Muser (also Musser) Continental tax 20.0.0. County tax 0.10.0
1781 Peter Moser Continental tax 167.11.0
  John Muser  
1783 Peter Musser 150 acres, 2 horses, 2 cows, 7 sheep, 1 house, 1 barn
5 white inhabitants.
1785 Peter Musser 104 acres, 3 horses, 4 cows. state tax 2.14.4
County tax 0.13.6
  John Musser 270 acres, 2 horses, 3 cows, State tax 3.18.8
County tax 0.18.0
00047
HEPFIELD (cont'd)
1786 Peter Muser Owned 100 acres of land, 2 horses and 3 cows.
1787 John Mosser Owned 70 Acres of land.
  Peter Mosser Owned 104 acres of land.
  Christian Mosser Owned 70 acres of land, and a "stilling Mill."
1788 Peter Mosser  
  John Mosser  
  Henry Mosser First appearance on tax list, already a landowner.
  Christian Mosser  
    (This may be he year Peter. brother, Jacob, or Strasburg Township, died.)
1789 John Mosser  
  Henry Mosser  
  Christian Mosser  
  Peter Mosser (Not on tax list.)
    (This is the year Jacobs widow, along with her son Christian and his wife, may have Moved to Hempfield and joined Peter's household.)
1790 Christian Mosser  
  Henry Mosser  
  John Mosser  
  Christian Mosser inmate. This may be Jacob's son, and he is married. The first U.S. Census shows six persons living in the Peter Mosser home. There were only three or Peters family left. According to the census there were two males (Old Peter and probably Jacob's son, Christian), one male under 16 (Peter, Jr.), and three females (Peters wife, probably his brother Jacobs widow, and her son Christian. wife).
  Peter Mosser (Not on tax list.)
1791 Henry Mosser  
  John Mosser  
  Christian Mosser  
  Christian Mosser inmate.
    Peter again is not on the tax list, Christian (inmate) May have paid the taxes.
1792 Henry Mosser  
  John Mosser  
  Christian Mosser  
  Christian Mosser inmate.
1793 Henry Mosser  
  John Mosser  
  Christian Mosser  
  Peter Mosser (This is Peter's1ast appearance; Christian, inmate is missing. Apparently, old. Peter died about this time.)
1794 No records  
1795 No records  
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HEMPFIELD, (cont'd) -first part-
1796 Henry Mosser Owned 209 acres of land, 5 horses, 4 cows, a two-story stone house, a log barn and a still house. This is a Henry Mosser from another family who live in the eastern part Hempfield Township along the Little Conestoga. Son of Han Moser
  John Mosser Owned 90 acres of land 2 horses, 3 cows, a log house and a log barn.
  Henry Mosser Owned 114 acres of land, 2 horses, 3 cows, a log house, a log ban and a spring house. Peter's son.
  Christian Mosser Owned 215 acres or land, 3 horses, 4 cow 2 log houses and 2 log barns.
1797 Henry Mosser (East) Son of John Musser. of Lancaster. & Lanc. Twp.
  Henry Mosser (West) Son of Peter.
  John Mosser Senior  
  Christian Mosser  
  Christian Mosser (formerly inmate) Son of Jacob.
1798 Henry Mosser (East)
  Henry Mosser (West) Son or Peter.
  John Mosser Senior  
  John Mosser Junior First appearance, now 21 years old .
  Christian Mosser Son or Peter
  Christian Mosser Son or Jacob? Last appearance.
00049
UNITED STATES DIRECT TAX OF 1798.
For the State of Pennsylvania, County of Lancaster.
Hempfield Township
 
1798 HENRY MUSSER Sr.

(Wife, Mary Kreider)
1 stone dwelling house, 36 feet by 34 feet, two stories,
1 window with 24 lights, 4 with a total of 15 lights.
1 stone kitchen. 30 feet by 22 feet, containing one window with 6 lights.
1 stone smokehouse. 10 feet by 10 feet.
Valuation of dwe1ling house arid two outbuildings: $1,000.

 

1 log barn, 50 feet by feet, one story high.
1 stone barn, 41 feet by feet, two stories high.
207 acres of land.
Land and barns valuated at $7,452.
Adjoining property of Jacob Kauffman

  HENRY MUSSER Jr.

1 log dwelling house, 22 feet by 26 feet, one story.
2 windows with a total of 12 lights.
1 log spring house, 12 feet by 20 feet, containing 2 windows with a total of 8 lights. Valuation of dwelling house and spring house. $400.

 

1 log barn, 50 feet by 25 feet, one story high.
193 acres of land.
Land and barn valuated at $3,164.
Adjoining property of John Greider.

  JOHN MUSSER

1 log dwelling house, 25 feet by 21 feet, one story.
2 windows with a total of 9 light.
Valuation $300.

 

1 log barn, 50 feet by 25 feet, one story high.
90 acres of land.
Land and barn valuated at $2,700.
Adjoining Chickies Creek.
 

  CHRISTIAN MOSSER

1 log dwelling house, 20 feet by 18 feet, one story.
1 log stable on 12 acres of land.
Valuation of house. $70.
Valuat1on of house and stable together. $166.
Adjoining property of Joseph May.
1 log dwelling house, 30 feet 27 feet, one story.
4 windows with a total of 9 lights. Valuation of house. $400.
1 stone barn. 60 feet by 28 feet, on 103 acres or land.
Valuation $2,472.

 

Adjoining land of David Rohrer.
1 log barn. 40 feet 20 feet, on 119 acres of land. Valuation. $3,808.
Total valuation of land and buildings $6,280.
Also adjoining land of Martin Greider
 

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HEMPFIELD, (cont'd) -second part-
1799 Henry Mosser (East)
  Henry Mosser (West) Son of Peter.
  John Mosser Senior  
  John Mosser Junior  
  Christian Mosser Son of Peter.
1800 Henry Moseer farmer.
  Henry Mosser Jr. farmer. This is the tax collectors way or distinguishing between Henry of the east end or Hempfield, and Henry or the west end, Peters son. This does not indicate that one is the son of the other.
  Christian Mosser farmer. Son of Peter.
  Peter Mosser Junior carpenter. This is Peter's son.
  John Mosser Senior farmer.
  John Mosser Junior farmer. Listed later as a freeman.
1801 Henry Mosser Senior (East) 200 acres of land.
  Henry Mosser Junior Peters son. 100 acres of land.
  John Mosser Senior Peter's son. 100 acres of land.
  John Mosser Junior Not listed.
  Christian Mosser Son of Peter. 104 acres of land.
  Peter Mosser freeman. First appearance. This is John's son.
1802 Henry Mosser Senior (East) 200 acres of land.
  Henry Mosser Junior (West) 100 acres or land.
  John Mosser Senior 100 acres of land.
  John Musser Junior freeman.
  Christian Mosser 190 acres of land. (86 acres increase)
  Peter Mosser freeman.
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HEMPFIELD (cont'd)
1803 Henry Mosser Senior 200 acres or land. East
or Henry Mosser Junior 100 acres of land. West
1804 John Mosser Senior 100 acres or land.
  John Mosser Junior Not listed.
  Christian Mosser 190 acres of land.
  Peter Mosser freeman. John's son.
1805 Henry Mosser Senior 200 acres of land.
  Henry Mosser Junior 100 acres of land.
  John Mosser Senior 100 acres of land.
  John Mosser Junior freeman.
  Christian Mosser 190 acres of land.
  Peter Mosser freeman.
1806   No records.
1807 Henry Mosser Senior East Died 1808
  Henry Mosser Junior West
  John Mosser Senior  
  John Mosser Junior freeman.
  Christian Mosser  
  Peter Mosser freeman.
1808   No records.
1809   No records.
1810 Henry Mosser Estate This is the Henry from the eastern part of the township, now deceased.
  John Mosser Senior  
  John Mosser Junior Not listed
  Peter Mosser (son of John) Not listed.
  Christian Mosser  
  Henry Mosser Not listed Peters son.
1811   No records.
1812   No records.
1813 H. Musser & Stauffer 138 acres of land. (East)
  John Musser Senior 90 acres of land.
  John Musser Junior Not listed.
  Christian Musser 190 acres of land.
  Peter Mosser inmate, farmer. Peters son back again.
  Peter Mosser inmate. John's. son, now married.
  Henry Musser Not listed. The spelling has now changed from Mosser to Musser.
1814 Stauffer and Musser 138 acres of land.
  Christian Musser 200 acres of land.
  John Musser Senior 90 acres of land.
  John Musser Junior Not 1isted.
  Peter Musser inmate, Not listed
  Peter Musser inmate, John's son. Not listed.
  Henry Musser Not listed.
00051
 
HEMPFIELD (cont'd)
1815 Musser and Stauffer 138 acres of land.
  Henry Musser 114 acres of land.
  John Musser Senior 90 acres or land. Near Henry Musser's
  John Musser Junior 100 acres of land.
  Christian Musser 200 acres of land.
  Peter Musser inmate, son or Peter Senior. Not listed.
  Peter Musser inmate, son of John. Not listed.
1816 Musser &.Stauffer 138 acres of land.
  Christian Musser 200 acres of land.
  John Musser Senior 90 acres of land.
  Peter Musser inmate, farmer. Peters son.
  Peter Musser inmate, farmer. John's son.
  Henry Musser Not listed.
  John Musser Junior. Not listed.
1817   Only the original tax receipt book remain. Not of much value in regard to records.
1818   Hempfield Township had now been divided into East Hempfield and West Hempfield. We continue with West Hempfield
  Christian Musser  
  Henry Musser  
  Peter Musser Son of Peter.
  John and Peter Musser sons of John. (Listed together)
1819   No records.
1820 John and Peter Musser 100 acres or land. (John Sr. land.)
  Christian Musser 90 acres of land.
  Henry Musser 110 acres of land.
  Martin Musser 130 acres of land. Son or Christian I.
  Peter Musser 90 acres of land. Son of Peter.
1821 John and Peter Musser 100 acres of land.
  Christian Musser 90 acres of land.
  Henry Musser 110 acres of land.
  Martin Musser 130 acres of land.
  Peter Musser 90 acres of land.
1822 John and Peter Musser 100 acres of land.
  Christian Musser 90 acres of land.
  Henry Musser 110 acres of land.
  Martin Musser 130 acres of land.
  Peter Musser 90 acres of land.
00052
WEST HEMPFIELD TAX RECORDS
1823 John and Peter Musser 100 acres.
  Peter Musser 92 acres.
  Christian Musser 90 ½ acres.
  Martin Musser 130 acres.
  Henry Musser 108 acres.
1824 John and Peter Musser 100 acres.
  Peter Musser 92 acres.
  Christian Musser 90 ½ acres.
  Martin Musser 108 acres.
1825 John and Peter Musser 100 acres. John II died.
  Peter Musser 92 acres.
  Christian Musser 90 ½ acres.
  Martin Musser 130 acres.
  Henry Musser 108 acres.
1826   No records. Henry died April 10, 1826 .
1827   No records.
1828   No records.
1829 Peter Musser 90 acres. John's son.
  Christian Musser Sr. 91 acres.
  Christian Musser Jr. 91 acres
  Martin Musser 130 acres.
  Peter Musser 58 acres. 42+16.
  Henry Musser's Estate 30 acres. Son of Peter I
1830 Peter Musser 90 acres. John's son.
  Christian Musser Sr., 91 acres.
  Christian Musser Jr., 91aores.
  Martin Musser 130 acres.
  Peter Musser 58 acres. 42+16.
  Henry Musser's Estate 30 acres.
1831   No records.
1832 Peter Musser 90 acres. John's son.
  Christian Musser Sr., 90 acres.
  Christian Musser, Jr. 9l acres.
  Martin Musser 130 acres.
  Peter Musser 58 acres. 42+16.
  Henry Musser mason, inmate.
1833 Peter Musser 90 acres. John's son.
  Christian Musser, Sr. Missing; probably died in 1832
  Christian Musser Jr., 91 acres.
  Martin Musser 200 acres.
  Peter Musser 58 acres.
  Mary Musser 65 acres. Daughter of Christian I (Sr.)
  Henry R. Musser 2 ½ acres.
  Henry Musser farmer, inmate.
00053
WEST HEMPFIELD TAX RECORDS
1834 Peter Musser 90 acres. John's son.
  Christian Musser, Jr. 91 acres.
  Martin Musser 200 acres.
  Peter Musser 58 acres.
  Mary Musser 65 acres.
  Henry R. Musser 2 ½ acres.
  John Musser freeman, farmer.
1835 Martin Musser 200 acres.
  Christian Musser 91 acres.
  Mary Musser 65 acres.
  Henry R. Musser 1 acre. Cattle dealer.
  Peter Musser 90 aces. Mt. Pleasant – now Martin.
  Peter Musser 58 acres.
  Magdalena Musser widow. No details. inmate.
  John Musser freeman, farmer.
1836 Martin Musser 200 acres.
  Christian Musser 9l acres.
  Mary Musser 65 acres.
  Henry R. Musser 1 acres. He was, the assessor for 1836.
  Peter Musser 58 acres.
  Magdalena Musser widow. inmate.
  Michael farmer, inmate. Son of Martin. (1815-1895)
  Mary Musser inmate. no land.
  John Musser freeman, farmer.
  Joseph Musser freeman, farmer.
1837 Martin Musser 200 Acres + 118 acres.
  Christian Musser 109 acres. 94+15.
  Mary Musser 65 acres.
  Peter Musser 70 acres.
  John Musser laborer. 3 acres.
  Michael Musser inmate. farmer.
  Mary Musser inmate.
  Anna Musser inmate.
  John Musser freeman. farmer.
  Joseph Musser freeman. farmer.
1838   The "M" portion of the 1838 Freeholder records is missing.
  Henry R. Musser inmate. farmer.
  Michael Musser inmate, farmer.
  Joseph Musser freeman, farmer.
1839   No records.
1840 Peter Musser farmer, 191 acres. 121+70.
  John Musser laborer, 9 acres.
  Christian Musser 109 acres. 94+15.
  Mary Musser 65 acres.
  Martin Musser 200 Acres + 118 acres.
  Henry R. Musser 86 acres.
  Michael Musser inmate, farmer.
  Joseph Musser inmate, farmer.
  John Musser inmate, farmer.
00054
WEST HEMPFIELD TAX RECORDS
1841 Martin Musser 200 acres.
  Christian Musser 94 acres.
  Joseph Musser laborer, 11 acres.
  John Musser laborer, 9 acres.
  Mary Musser 72 acres. Daughter of Christian I.
  Peter Musser 66 acres.
  Michael Musser inmate, farmer.
  John Musser inmate, farmer.
  Barbara Musser inmate. Taxed on personal property. Daughter of Christian I.
1842 Musser and Kiser laborer. 7 acres.
  Joseph Musser 11 acres.
  John Musser 9 acres.
  Mary Musser 71 acres.
  Peter Musser 66 acres.
  Henry Musser 80 acres.
  Michael Musser inmate, farmer. Son or Martin G.
  Barbara Musser inmate.
  John Musser inmate, farmer.
    Martin and Christian are missing from 1842 list.
1843 Martin Musser 188 acres. (Sold 105 acres or his land to son, Michael.)
  Christian Musser 117 acres.
  Joseph Musser laborer, 12 acres.
  John Musser laborer, 5 acres.
  Mary Musser 72.acres.
  Peter Musser 66 acres.
  Barbara Musser inmate.
1844 John Musser

90 acres.   Henry R., the cattle-dea1er, moved to Fairfield,                  Ohio. in 1846.

  Martin Musser 188 acres
  Christian Musser 117 acres.
  Joseph Musser laborer, 12 acres.
  John Musser laborer, 5 acres.
  Peter Musser 66 acres.
  Michel Musser 105 acres. 2 horses.
  Barbara Musser inmate.
1845 John Musser 90 acres.
  Martin Musser 188 acres.
  Christian Musser 117 acres.
  Joseph Musser laborer, 12 acres.
  John Musser laborer, 5 acres.
  Mary Musser 72 acres.
  Peter Musser 66 acres.
  Michael Musser 105 acres.
  Barbara Musser inmate.
  Martin, Jr freeman, laborer.
1846 Martin Musser, Sr. 188 acres.
  Christian Musser 117 acres.
  Joseph Musser laborer, 12 acres.
  John Musser laborer, 5 acres.
  Mary Musser 72 acres.
  Peter Musser 66 acres.
  Michael Musser 105 acres.
  Martin Musser, Jr. freeman.
  Barbara Musser inmate.
00055
WEST HEMPFIELD TAX RECORDS
1847 Martin Musser. Jr. 100 acres.
  Barbara Musser  
  Benjamin N. Musser 7 acres.
  John S. Musser 100 acres. Son of Martin and Veronica.
  John H. Musser laborer. 3 acres.
  Christian Musser 216 acres. Gained 99 acres.
  Martin Musser. Sr. 191 acres.
  Michael Musser 125 acres.
  Joseph 11 ½ acres.
  Mary Musser 65 acres.
  Peter Musser 65 acres.
    No single men.
1848 Martin Musser, Jr. 100 acres.
  John S. 100 acres.
  Martin Musser. Sr. 126 acres.
  Christian Musser 216 acres.
  Joseph Musser 11 ½ acres.
  John H. Musser 3 acres.
  Mary Musser 65 acres.
  Peter Musser 66 acres.
  Michael Musser 125 acres.
    No single men.
1849 Martin Musser. Jr. 100 acres.
  Michael Musser 125 acres.
  John S. Musser 100 acres.
  Martin Musser. Sr. 126 acres.
  Christian Musser 216 acres.
  John H. Musser 3 acres.
  Mary Musser 65 acres.
  Benjamin Musser 7 acres
  Joseph Musser 28 acres.
    No single men.
1850 John S. Musser 100 acres.
  John H. Musser 3 acres.
  Martin Musser Jr. 100 acres.
  Christian Musser 216 acres.
  Martin Musser, Sr. 80 + 102 + 70 + 17 acres. Part was Henry Musser's Estate.
  Michael Musser 115 acres.
  Joseph Musser 28 ½ acres.
  Christian Musser single man living with his father.
1851 Benjamin N. 7 acres.
  John S. Musser 100 acres.
  John H. Musser 3 acres.
  Martin Musser, Jr. 100 acres.
  Christian Musser 216 acres. 95 + 100 + 21.
  Martin Musser Sr. 80 + 102 + 70 + 17 acres. Henry Musser Estate.
  Michael Musser 115 acres.
  Joseph Musser 28 acres.
    No single men.
00056
WEST HEMPFIELD TAX RECORDS
1852 Benjamin Musser 1 acre.
  John S. Musser 100 acres.
  John H. Musser 3 acres.
  Martin Musser, Jr. 100 acres.
  Christian Musser 216 acres. 95 + 100 + 21
  Martin Musser, Sr. 187 acres. 102 + 70 + 17
  Michael Musser 114 acres.
  Joseph Musser 7 ½ acres.
    No single men.
1853 Benjamin Musser 1 acre.
  John S. Musser 100 acres.
  John H. Musser 3 acres.
  Martin Musser, Jr. 100 acres.
  Christian Musser 216 acres. 95 + 100 + 21
  Martin Musser, Sr. 193 acres. 110 + 70 + 13
  Michael Musser 114 acres.
  Joseph Musser 7 ½ acres.
  Christian Musser single. Laborer, Brenneman's, Mill.
1854 Benjamin Musser 1 acre.
  John S. Musser 100 acres.
  John H. Musser 3 acres.
  Martin Musser. Jr. 109 acres.
  Christian Musser 216 acres.
  Martin Musser Sr. Now Christian S. 100 acres.
  Martin Musser, Sr. 100 + 20 acres. Tenant land.
  Michael Musser 107 acres.
  Joseph Musser 7 ½ acres.
    No single men.
1855 Jacob H. son or Martin, Sr., 90 acres
  Martin Musser Sr. 8 acres.
  Christian Musser 216 acres. 95 + 100 + 21
  John H. Musser fisherman, 3 acres.
  Michael Musser 107 acres.
  Miehael son or John, 135 acres.
  Christian S. Jr. 100 acres.
  Martin Musser, Jr. 100 acres.
  John S. Musser. 100 acres.
  Joseph Musser laborer, tenant.
    No single men.

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