Compiled by P. Davidson-Peters © 1999
Many thanks to all my Mossman cousins who have
contributed family info and photos,
but most special thanks to my ancestors long gone
who left behind their loving and humble letters
which led me on this journey.
|A Note from Patti: Although many now
have access to many more on-line records, the
extractions to my census records include
corrections to the enumerator's errors and also
the maiden name of the women when known. Since I
began blogging, there is also more information
available at my PDP's Roots &
Branches and Early St. Louis blogs.
included sources at the bottom of the sketch and links to the census
extractions or images. Any information you can
contribute, or any errors you might correct, I
gladly accept your emails. Questions and comments
are welcome as well. Thanks, and enjoy browsing.
|Introduction: The ancestry of
Eleanor Mossman who married Christopher Anthony
Ballard in Virginia has only been researched back
to Eleanor's grandfather, George Mossman, of
According to the
records, George became a Freeman by serving seven
years apprenticeship to a Freeman - the
Enrollment Book listing him 12 Feb 1752 as the
son of John of Scremerston (a couple miles from
Berwick), in county Durham, yeoman who was
apprenticed to Henry Tanner burgess and butcher.
George was married to a woman named Eleanor,
speculated to be Eleanor Cockburn whom records
indicate he married on 19 May 1762 in Mordington,
Berwick, Scotland which is just about five miles
from Berwick-Upon-Tweed in England.
to the family letters in my possession dating
back to 1827, George was said to have had a
fortune in silver plates in the Thornes Banks,
houses in the town of Berwick upon the River
Tweed, and family land along with a lime kil all
lying near the town of Berwick.
letters state that George died when his son
Archibald was only 6 weeks old. Holy Trinity
burial records in Berwick record the burial of
George Mossman on 04 March 1771, and the birth of
Archibald is recorded as 21 Jan 1771 which
calculates to one month and eleven days - a time
frame supporting the docmentation of the letters.
from the Mossmans in Virginia to the Durham
Diocese indicate that no one had applied to
administer George's estate. His widow, however,
married John Banks who was a bachelor (and
possibly their groundskeeper) from Newburn on 01
Sep 1771 - less than six months after her
the decades of correspondence regarding the
Mossman estate, it appears it was lost to any of
the heirs in America. However, these letters
written in regard to the Berwick holdings, though
not of monetary value, are a fortune of another
kind which led me on genealogical journey I have
happily explored since 1992.
son of George and Eleanor, Archibald was born in
Berwick on 21 Jan 1771. His father George was
listed as buried there 04 Mar 1771, and was said
to have been the son of John. According to the
1796 Roll of Freemen of Berwick, Archibald is
listed as having been made free on 13 Jan 1792
(they had to be at least 21 years of age).
indicates that Archibald was the eldest son of
George, and that he was a butcher, who by 1796
was living in America. There appears to be an
Archibald Mosman listed in the Illinois Bounty
lands, Warrant #4078, dated 26 Nov 1818
indicating this Archibald served as a Sergeant
with Pendleton's riflemen. The description of his
tract was located NE 28 4n 2w and was delivered
to Honorable Alexander Smyth, H.R. on December
10, 1818. The tract of land patent just east of
him was by Obadiah True, a private in Foster's
11th. This is noted because Archibald's grandson,
Archibald Mossman Ballard (son of daughter
Eleanor and her husband Christopher), married a
woman by the name of Matilda True and some of
their children were born in Springfield.
Interestingly, listed on the same page is
Sergeant Philip Burr, father and heir-at-law of
Aaron Burr, deceased.
married Margaret Young on 21 Dec 1789 at
Berwick-Upon-Tweed, England. According to their
daughter Eleanor's obituary, the family
immigrated to Virginia in about 1795 and settled
in Grayson County. However, notes from Archibald
indicating the dates and places of the children's
birth, set the arrival in America closer to the
middle or end of 1792.
In 1800 and 1805 Archibald is
listed in the land tax records for Grayson Co.,
Virginia, and in 1813 in the personal tax
records. In 1820 he is listed there in the
federal census, and in 1828 in Grayson's personal tax
exists a couple of records and family notes which
indicate Archibald married a second time after
the death of his wife Margaret. On April 11th of
1828, the Grayson County, Virginia deed book
states "Archibald Mosman and Sarah his wife,
sold Thos. Smyth 200 acres on Poplar Creek."
envelope (probably written by Thomas
Anderson Moore), there apprears a note stating
that Archibald's 2nd wife was Sarah Lambert, and
in a letter dated from Grayson Co., VA by the
clerk of the court in 1895, there is recorded a
sale "of the Estate of Sarah Mossman, dec'd
dated March 6th 1830" and the audit dated
Feb 28th 1831. This was followed up by the
Virginia Marriage records which shows Archibald
Mossmand and Sarah Lambert were married on 21 Mar
1820 in Norfolk City, Virginia.
the same note/envelope it is written that
Archibald died on the day Andrew Jackson was
elected and was buried with Masonic honors.
According to historical records, Andrew Jackson
was elected on the 3rd day of December 1828,
which supports the fact that no record of
Archibald appears after the year of 1828.
ARCHIBALD MOSSMAN & MARGARET (YOUNG)
- Eleanor Mossman - born 29 Nov
1791 in Berwick-Upon- Tweed, England;
married Christopher Anthony Ballard;
died 08 Feb 1875.
Mossman - according to family note of
Archibald and Margaret, she was born
at Berwick-Upon-Tweed, England on 03
Feb 1792 and died November 1794 in
Mossman - born 11 Feb 1793 at five
o'clock in the morning in Norfolk,
VA. Nothing further is known of him -
may have died young.
- Mina Mossman - born 12 Dec
1797 in Grayson Co., VA; married John
Mossman - born 29 Apr 1799 in
Norfolk, Virginia and died same.
- William Mossman - born 16 Nov
1801 in Grayson Co., VA; married
Leticia Lanhorn and removed to
- George Mossman - born
28 Jul 1804 in Grayson Co., VA;
married Hannah Brown; died 23 Oct
Daughter of Archibald and
Margaret, Eleanor was born in 29 Nov 1791. She
married Christopher "Anthony" Ballard
on the 28 Feb 1808 in Virginia. They were
enumerated in the 1820 Lake Twp., Logan Co., Ohio
census; the 1830 Springfield, Sangamon Co.,
1850, Eleanor and Christopher parted ways. He is
listed in the 1850 Goliad County, Texas
census and the 1860 Atascosa County, Texas
with his new wife Louisa.
Eleanor is not
located again until 1860 at which time she is
listed in the household of her daughter, Caroline
Ballard-Pilcher, in the Lewis Co., Missouri
census, and again in 1870.
obituary indicates her husband died in 1855,
Christopher was simply remarried and living in
Texas. Eleanor did not re-marry and at the time
of her death was a was a member of the Christian
Church. She died in Canton on 8 Feb 1875. A
clipping of her obituary was found in 1992 among
the papers in a family trunk in Webster Groves,
blog "The Letters
of Eleanor Mossman - A Chronology of old Family
Letters" posted 06 May 2011
link will take you to the Ballard family page
also on this site.
ELEANOR (MOSSMAN) & C.A. BALLARD
- Louisa Ballard - born 28 Feb
1809 in Grayson Co., VA; married
Ezekiel Pilcher 08 May 1825 in
Springfield, Illinois and passed away
in St. Louis, Misouri on 22 Dec 1872.
Ballard - born 31 Aug 1810 in
Grayson Co., VA; married Samuel C.
Meredith of Cincinnati on 27 Mar 1829
in Springfield, Illinois; she passed
away in Indianapolis, Marion Co.,
Indiana on 13 Nov 1884. (Letters of
Mary J. Jones & Ellenor Cook to
John Fenton on file).
Ballard - born about 1811; she may
have died young; nothing is known of
- Mina Ballard - born
about September of 1812 in Grayson
Co., Virginia; she married John
Jenkins Kern and went to Shasta,
California in 1853 and died there 24
Ballard -born about 1814, she married
Edward McCafferty on 05 Mar 1836 in
LaPorte Co., Indiana. She later lived
in Jefferson City, Missouri in 1862
when her niece Clarissa Pilcher was
living there learning the milliner
trade. She was referred to in letters
by Clarissa as Aunt Liz. She
had also lived in Quincy, Illinois.
Ballard - was born about 1816 and was
said to have left home at a young
age. She was living in Jefferson
City, Missouri in 1862 and was
referred to by her niece Clarissa as
Aunt Minta. It is believed she
was married to a Mr. Lee.
Mossman Ballard - born about
1818 in Ohio, he married Matilda True
of Fayette County, Kentucky in July
1838. They removed to
California where he is enumerated in
the 1860 census of Amador
County. Considered one of the
'49ers, he was a hotel keeper in
Volcano and died from injuries he
sustained from a fall from a
bridge. He died in Almo, Contra
Costa, California on 29 Sep 1867. His
wife Matilda died on 26 Aug 1862 at
the age of 45 and is buried at the
Volcano Protestant Cemetery in a lot
with Eliza J. Ballard-McLaine and
Jesse McLaine Cook.
Anthony Ballard, Jr. - born 28 Sep
1822 in Lake Twp., Logan Co., Ohio;
married Martha Ann Thorp in Paris,
Lamar Co., Texas on 14 Sep 1850. He
fought in the Mexican War, moved to
Texas and died He is died on 26 Nov
1863 in San Antonio, Bexar Co.,
Ballard - born in December 1824
in Ohio, she married Shadrach H.
Pilcher in Springfield, Illinois on
16 Jun 1842. They moved to Canton,
Lewis Co., Missouri where Shadrach
died on 23 Feb 1878 and Caroline on
21 Apr 1908.
Early Ballard - born 06 Nov 1832 in
Carthage, Hancock County,
Illinois He fought in the
Mexican War and had lived in San
Antonio for awhile but returned and
was living with his mother Eleanor
(Mossman) in Canton, Lewis County,
Missouri in 1893.
Mina was born 12 Dec 1797
in Grayson County, Virginia, the daugther of
Archibald and Margaret. She married John McMullin
on 28 May 1815.
Virginia deeds record that Archibald Mosman sold
John McMulling 100 acres on Laurel Creek on the
first of January in 1820, but as ealry as 1805 there appears land tax
records for a Thomas McMillen.
In a letter written by Mina & John
McMillen to Mr. Anthony Ballard in Springfield,
Illinois, dated 11 October 1831 from Austinville,
Virginia, Mina writes "I Delayed writing to
see what would be my fate and I continud verry
weakly till the 17th of July when I was skilfly
brought to Bed with a fine Daughter ... the
Children think the time long tosee thear Cosens
and Maryann often says Mama when will we Move to
Illinois for me and Cosen Caroline to take the
twins and all the Rest of the littel girls in a
drove to play As we had a name for Each of our
Mothers and one for my sister two for Johns
sisters I had no perticular name invese and I
gave up for Amanda to name her littel sister so
she caled her Marthey Jane."
From this letter,
the names of her children are surmised to be as
listed. It is possible that at least one of the
twins mentioned in this same letter may have been
a son. ("Mrs. Moony which was the Midwife I
had when my Twins was born She is a verry fine
woman and may be Caled a Docteress.") This
assumption coming from the 1830 Grayson Co., VA census
listing a John McMullen with one son five and
under, one son of ten and under fifteen. At this
time, no other records have been located listing
this family that can support this - it is merely
speculation and a lead by which more might be
MINA (MOSSMAN) & JOHN MC MILLEN
Mary Ann McMillen
Martha Jane McMillen -
born 17 Jul 1831 Grayson Co., VA.
William was born 16
November 1801 in Grayson county, Virginia, the
son of Archibald and Margaret. He was included in
the 1820 Grayson Co, Virginia, 1830
Wayne Co., Indiana, and 1840 Johnson Co., Indiana
He had purchased
149 acres in Grayson County, Virginia on 20 Aug
1820 on Big Reed Island Creek and married married
Leticia Lawhorn/Lanhorn on 19 Sep 1822 in Wythe
County, Virginia. They were the parents of
Christopher, William, Mary Jain, Maria, John, and
dated 18 Oct 1865, stating she was the oldest
daughter of William Mossman, Mary Jain (Mossman)
Kelley wrote: "You wanted to now whair
father and mother got maried they got maried in
With [Wythe] county Virginia, With [Wythe] is the
county Sait i spouse that the marieg
Certificat Could bee got if all the papours aint
burnt my mother naim was letty lougheran."
Mary Jain also
mentions the deaths of her brothers: "there
is four Children of all now Christopher,
William Maria Mary jain the two
youngest Died. John Died in the
hospital at nashvill tenesee on the eight of may
1865 volinteerd in the 148 rdg of Ind.
Aaron Died at my house on the second Day of July
1863 he had been in the ware one year."
Contents of this
letter have been verified by locating Mary Jain
and her brothers Christopher and William in the
Fulton and Fayette County, Indiana census
WILLIAM MOSSMAN & LETITIA (LANHORN)
Mossman - born in Oct 1823, he
married Jemima, daughter of William
Cowan and Margaret (McCormack) who
had come to the U.S. from Ireland in
about 1828 and lived on a big timber
farm in Ohio until they moved to
Fulton Co., Indiana in 1848. Jemima
died on 9 Feb 1853 and he married
Mary (Ellison) in 1854. His third
wife was Catherine Shafer.
John Mossman - born
Aaron Mossman - born
William Mossman - born about
1830. It appears from a brief search
in Fulton County, Indiana, that
William served in the Civil War for
four years and remained in that
county until his death. He
married Amanda (Blandin) Troutman who
was born in New York on 18 Jul 1830
and was the daughter of Jesse and
Mariah Blandin and widow of John
Troutman. After her death in
Rochester, Fulton Co., Indiana on 05
Jun 1876, William married Phebe J.
Qualls in Fulton Co., Indiana on 29
Nov 1876, she may have been with
widow of Silas Redman whom she had
been married to less than a year.
Mossman - born 17 Nov 1832 near
Centerville, Wayne Co., Indiana;
married in about 1853 James Kelley
who was born in Ireland on 09 Aug
1816 and and died 12 Feb 1905 in
Elwood, Madison Co., Indiana. The
mother of nine children, Mary Jain
died in Elwood on 10 Mar 1924.
(Letters written by Mary Jain in the
possession of P. Davidson-Peters)
Maria Mossman - born
John C. Mossman - born
about 1844 in Johnson Co., Indiana;
served in the Civil War in Co. G of
the 148th Indiana Volunteer Infantry.
According to his enlistment
paper he had fair hair and
gray eyes. He died from typhoid
pneumonia at the U.S. General
Hospital No. 14 in Nashville,
Davidson Co., Tennessee and was laid
to rest at Nashville National
The son of Archibald and
Margaret, George was born on 27 July 1804. He
married Hannah Brown, the daughter of Samuel
Brown, Jr. and Mary Thornburg on 22 August 1822.
continued to reside in Grayson County, Virginia
and on December 20, 1823, his father Archibald
deeded to him 200 acres on Laurel Creek. A
letter written by him in 1827 to his sister
Eleanor and niece Louisa Ballard, indicates that
he had no intentions of leaving Grayson County:
"I am improving myself very fast and is in
good standing and is well satisfied to live at co
Laurel Creek as long as I live."
The letter of George and Hannah dated
20 December 1827 noted that they had two sons by
this time - "we have two children
living and soon look for another we
lost one the last of Feb died at eleven days old
we called it George Washington Mossman our
two sons living is fine children Alexander
Listed in the
Virgina Tax List of 1828, they then deeded their
land on 11 October 1828 to Abram Odell and left
Virginia to live in Centerville, Wayne County,
Indiana where their son Isaac was born.
In 1830 they were
residing in Wayne Co., Indiana and were living in
Centerville in March of 1835. The home which
George built in 1834 was the first frame
built in what would become the city of LaPorte.
Although it was moved from its original location,
the home still stands.
By about 1839 or
1840 they removed to Illinois where they probably
lived in Keithsburg, located in Mercer County
which is situated just east of the Iowa border.
The 1850 federal census finds them
in that county with both George and Eli listed as
In a letter dated from Keithsburg on
14 March 1852 to Ezekiel Pilcher (husband of
Eleanor Mossman-Ballard's daughter Louisa),
George writes: "gladly Imbrace the present
opertunity of Sending you a few lines to inform
you that we are in tolerable helth except my wife
She was confined on the 6th of this sinstance and
has a fine daughter and calls it Elleanor after
1854 the George Mossman family moved from Mercer
County, Illinois to Hardin County, Iowa and
settled ten miles west of Eldora in Tipton
Township, where they resided the remainder of
In 1860 the family was listed with
a Point Pleasant postal address, and in 1870, although still in Point
Pleasant Township, the family now has an Eldora
address. According to his brief biography he had taken an active
part in the organization of the Hardin County
Agricultural Society, being its first President.
George passed away 23 Oct 1871 and Hannah on 02
Mar 1877. They were laid to rest at the Point
Pleasant Cemetery in Hardin Co., Iowa.
GEORGE MOSSMAN & HANNAH (BROWN)
to a letter written by George Mossman
Mossman - born 13 Jul 1823;
died 6 Sep 1844 at aged 21 years one
month and 23 days.
- Eli / Eli Cook
Mossman - born 22 Jan 1825;
died 06 Jun 1897 Little Sioux, Iowa.
Washington Mossman - born 18 Feb
1827; died at eleven days old on
Mossman - born 07 Feb 1828 in
Grayson County; married Jacob
Spangler in 1850; died 20 April 1923
in Keithsburg, Illinois.
- Isaac VanDorsey
Mossman - born 08 Aug 1830 in
Centerville, Wayne County, IN;
married Martha Eleanor Jackson in
Eugene City, Oregon on 15 Oct 1861;
died on 10 Oct 1912 at the Soldier's
Home in Roseburg, Douglas County,
Mossman - born 5 Jan 1833; died 04
Aug 1839 aged 6 years and 7 months.
- George Mossman,
Jr. - born 19 Mar 1835 in
LaPorte, LaPorte County, IN; died in
Hubbard, Hardin County, Iowa on 18
- Henry Clay
Mossman - born 13 Jun 1837 in
Indiana and married Hester Southwick.
- Mary Mossman - born 3 Sep
1839 in Illinois; married Henry
Shiner, and died in Hardin County,
IA. She was buried at Point
- Samuel Mossman - born 15 Nov
1841 in Mercer County, IL and married
Margaret Hough, the daughter of Jacob
Hough and Eliza (Cravens) of
Pennsylvania. He died 15 June
1900 in Tipton township, Cedar
Mossman - so named for his
grandfather, he was born 23 Jan 1844
in Mercer County, IL and married
Julia Simplot, daughter of Francis
and Julia of Iowa. He died in
Tipton Twp., Iowa in 1866.
- Andrew Jackson
Mossman - born 16 Oct 1846 in
Keithsburg, Mercer County, IL and
married Sarah Jane Reep, the daughter
of William and Jane L. (Titus) of
Pennsylvania. He died in Hardin
County, Iowa in 1928.
Mossman - born 6 Mar 1852 in
Keithsburg, Mercer County, IL.
Letter of her father indicates her
mother had a difficult time with this
birth and that she was named after
her Aunt Eleanor Mossman-Ballard.
MOSSMAN, son of William
and Leticia, was born in Oct 1823 in Virginia. He
was counted in a census in 1850 in Rochester, Fulton
County where he had married Jemima Cowan on 28
Mar 1850. Jemima was the daughter of William
Cowan and Margaret (McCormack) and was born 27
Feb 1829 in Ohio. She died on 09 Feb 1853 in
Fulton County, Indiana and was buried in the
Christopher married (2)
Mary Ellison on 15 Jun 1854 in Fulton Co.,
Indiana, but she appears to have died early in
their marriage - perhaps during childbirth or
shortly after as Christopher married again on 17
Feb 1856. His third wife was Catherine Shafer who
was born about 1832 in Indiana. She died on 13
Aug 1898 in Barron Co., Wisconsin.
listed in the 1870 census residing in Fulton
Co., and in 1900 residing in Rice Lake,
Baron County, Wisconsin.
CHRISTOPHER MOSSMAN & JEMIMA (COWAN)
J. Mossman - born about 1853 in
Fulton Co., IN; listed in her
father's household in 1870 census.
CHRISTOPHER MOSSMAN & CATHERINE (SHAFER)
S. Mossman - born about 1860 in
Fulton Co., IN; listed in the 1870
census in Fulton Co., IN.
- John A.
Mossman - born about 1860 in Fulton
Co., IN; counted in a census in 1870
in Fulton Co., IN.
- David Turk
Mossman - born 02 Sep 1864 in
Fulton Co., IN; married Sina Jane
Harmony in about 1889, she having
been born in Wisconsin in Jan 1871
and daughter of Daniel D. Harmony
& Mary A. (Blair). They removed
to Washington where she died in 1927
and David in 1944.
MOSSMAN, son of William and Leticia was
born about 1830 in Ohio. He married Amanda
Blandin, daughter of Jesse and Mariah, she having
been born about 1830 in New York. Her parents
were Germans who removed from New York after her
birth to Ohio in 1830 and then emigrated to
Fulton County near Leiters Ford in 1840.
Amanda was counted in a
census in 1850 in Aubbeewawbe Twp., Fulton Co.,
Indiana with her first husband John Troutman who
was born in Kentucky in about 1828 and was the
son of Ambrose Troutman of Kentucky who came to
Attica, Indiana in 1838 and then to Kewanna,
Indiana in 1839. John's grandfather was Michael
Troutman of Germany who emigrated to
John and Amanda
had one son, John E. Troutman who was born on 17
Apr 1851 in Fulton Co., Indiana - the same year
his father died. John E. Troutman married Malina
(Neff) in 1884 and had at least Chole and Earl
wife Amanda, their children and her son John
Troutman from her first marriage were counted in
the 1860 & 1870 census residing in
Rochester, Fulton Co., Indiana.
surname also spelled Blanden.
WILLIAM MOSSMAN & AMANDA (BLANDIN) TROUTMAN
Mossman - born about 1854 in Fulton
Douglas Mossman - born 11 Dec 1856 in
Fulton Co., IN; married Alice (Ward)
in 1878 she having been born in Oct
1862. they were the parents of Grover
C., Milo R., Linda, Louiziana, Mabel,
Anna, and Ethel M. who were
enumerated in the Fulton Co., Indian census records through 1920.
Mossman - born 16 Jan 1860 in Fulton
Co., Indiana and according to his obituary, he was a
fisherman's guide on the Tippecanoe
River. He died died there on 14 Apr
1935 and was laid to rest at the Odd
Mossman - born 1864 in Fulton Co.,
Mossman - twin of Malina, born 03 Nov
1869 in Fulton Co., Indiana; died
same day and laid to rest at Burton
Mossman - twin of Lucinda born and
died 03 Nov 1869 in Fulton Co.,
Indiana; laid to rest at Burton
JAIN MOSSMAN, daughter of William and Letitica
was born in November 1832. She appears in the
1850 census in Harrison, Fayette Co., Indiana
living with the William Chrisman household, he
appearing to be left with a one-year old child
Eliza, no mother listed and specualted Mary Jain
may have been living there and working as a
married James Kelly who was born in Ireland on 09
Aug 1816. According to the 1900 census record and
her letter written 18 October 1865 in which she
states her name is Mary Jain Kelley and that she
had six children living and one dead, they were
married in about 1853.
She appears to
have married a year after her uncle George had
sent for her to come live with her. His letter dated 14 March 1852
states: "Mary Jain Mossman lives in fayette
county Indiana I have Sent for her to come
and live with us She is Brother williams
oldest daughter her mother has bin dead three
years and her father is married a gain that is
the reason She is a way from home."
In February of
1859 she had received a letter from Abner Thompson of
Brown Hill, Wythe Co., Virginia in which he
writes that he has been trying for the last six
months to locate the heirs of Archibald Mossman
regarding bounty land he received in 1818 from
his service in Pendleton's Regiment when he
served in the War of 1812.
In 1865 Mary Jain
writes a letter from Madison Co., Indiana
- most probably written to Alex Pilcher as she
mentions her "ant Elenor." She writes
in this letter that she has six children alive
and one dead, and that brother John and Aaron who
both served in the war are dead and gives dates
In 1870 the are residing in Duck Creek Township and their household
includes their children Catherine, Miranda, Mary,
Aaron, Hernando, John, Honor and Daniel. In 1880 they are listed with
children Mary, Aaron, Hernando, John, Honor and
Daniel. Daughter Catherine is married by this
time to John Doyle and resides in Pipecreek Twp.,
and daughter Miranda is living in nearby Tipton
County with husband Calvin Corn. In 1900 she and James are living
in Elwood, Pipe Creek Twp., Madison Co., Indiana
and their household also includes their grandson
Cain Corn. She stated in this census that she had
had nine children, but that only three were
living at this time. She and James were listed as
having been married 47 years.
James died 12 Feb
1905 and was noted in his obituary as a hard working man, honest in
all his dealings. His widow resided with their
son Aaron and was listed in his household in the
1910 and 1920 census. Mary Jain continued to
reside with Aaron until her death 10 Mar 1924. (Obituary)
MARY JAIN (MOSSMAN) & JAMES KELLY
is spelled both Kelly and Kelley & might have
been O'Kelley or O'Kelly
Kelly - born 01 Feb 1854 in Indiana;
married John Doyle; died 02 Nov 1898.
She is followed in the census records
1870-1880. There is record of a
Cathernine and John Doyle residing in
Elwood in 1900 with two sons: Emmett
born Aug 1881 and Thomas born Feb
1885. Either this is a different
family, or Catherine's date of death
is not correct. The date of death was
from the Anderson Public Library and
also listed her name as Catherine
Kelly - born 17 Jul 1855; died 1
year, 1 day on 18 Jul 1856; buried in
French Cemetery, Pipecreek Twp.,
Madison Co., Indiana.
Kelly - born about 1858 in Madison
Co., Indiana, and also known from
extracted records as Amanda. She
married Calvin Corn who was born on
10 Oct 1851 in Tipton Co., IN and was
the son of Ambrose & Katherine
(Miller). They were the parents of
Jesse who died in Columbus, IN;
Franklin who died in Hamilton, Canada
in the fall of 1952; William who
married and had five children, one
daughter which died at the age of
sixteen; and Cain Corn. All of their
sons were enumerated in the 1900 census with
their widowed father. After the death
of Maranda, Calvin married Melissa
Alice (Barone), the widow of Henry B.
Schnepp. They were married on 19 Apr
1906 in Adams Co., IN and had one
son, Ray Corn who raised a large
family near Milroy in Decatur County.
Kelly - twin of Hernando, born 26
March 1862 in Madison Co., Indiana.
Does not appear to have married and
is listed with his widowed mother in
the 1910 and 1920 census
Kelly - twin of Aaron, born 26 Mar
1862 in Madison Co., Indiana; married
Frances Leona Gray on 26 Nov 1887 in
Tipton Co., Indiana. He was last
enumerated in 1930 and died 10
Mar 1940 in Elwood. According to his obituary, he was buried
in the Catholic cemetery. Frances was
the daughter of Samuel and Permelia
of North Carolina and was born on 10
Jun 1865 in Tipton Co., IN. She and
Hernando were the parents of Charles;
Jennie who married William Runyan;
Flossie who married Masteryanni; and
Admiral Dewey Kelly. Frances died on
02 May 1930 (Obituary).
Ellen Kelly - born May 1865 in
Madison Co., Indiana; married Shay.
Kelly - born about 1865 in Madison
Kelly - born 1868 in Madison Co.,
Indiana; died 09 Jul 1892 in
Indianapolis, Indiana, but had been
counted in the 1880 census in Duck
Creek Twp., Madison Co., Indiana.
Kelly - born about 1871 in Madison
Co., Indiana; died in Elwood on 15
Nov 1905. According to his obituary he was buried
in the city cemetery.
/ ELI COOK MOSSMAN (1825-1897)
Son of George, and grandson of
Archibald, he was born on 22 Jan 1825 in Grayson,
Eli was counted in a census in 1850 in Mercer
Co., Illinois, but that same year he caught the
"gold fever" and went to California by
wagon train. In 1852 he returned to Mercer
County, Illinois by water route around Cape Horn
up to the Gulf of Mexico, and then up the
Mississippi river to Keithsburg.
He married Louisa "Lucy"
Van Eaton, the daughter of Levi and Sarah (Loyd)
on 31 October 1852 in Henderson County, Illinois
and according to his biography, he came
to Hardin County in 1854. In April of that year
he bought an 150 acre farm in Pleasant Township
in Hardin County, Iowa and in 1856 joined the
Methodist Church and became a licensed preacher.
In 1870 and 1880 Eli was
residing in Hardin Co., Iowa where he was listed
as a farmer. Louisa died on 27 Jan 1887 and on 18
Apr 1888 Eli married Lucy Hawthorne McCrakcen
Uffod on 18 Apr 1888 in Marshall Co., Iowa.
He died 06 Jun 1897 in Little Sioux,
Iowa and was laid to rest beside his wife in
Pointe Pleasant Cemetery in Hardin Co., Iowa. His
tombstone spells his name "Ely."
the children of Eli C. & Louisa (Van Eaton)
ELY/ELI COOK MOSSMAN & LUCY (VAN EATON)
C. Mossman - born on 28 Mar 1855 in
Hardin Co., Iowa. He died there on 15
Oct 1855, at six months and eighteen
days and was buried in Pt. Pleasant,
Hardin, Iowa. He was probably named
after his mother's brother, Fernando
- Albert Lee
Mossman - born on 07 Aug 1856;
died on 28 Jul 1933.
- John C. Mossman - born on 17
Nov 1858; died on 16 Jan 1931.
- Elmer C.
Mossman - born on 28 Mar 1860 in
Hardin Co., IA; died on 08 Aug 1949
in Hubbard, Hardin, Iowa. He was
buried in Riverside Cemetery,
Marshalltown, IA. He married (1) Zoe
McKibben; (2) Ola Stoner; (3) Anna
Gertrude Cochrane Bannon. Anna was
born in 1873; died in Apr 1932 in
Marshalltown, Iowa. Obituary is in
the Marshalltown, IA "Times
Republican, dated 26 Apr 1932.
- Orlando Lincoln
Mossman - born on 06 Apr 1863;
died on 13 Aug 1947.
"Lucy" Mossman - born on 24
Mar 1865; died on 23 Oct 1951.
- Hannah Isabelle
Mossman - born on 05 Jun 1867;
died on 01 Feb 1942.
Mossman - born on 18 Jul 1870 in
Hardin Co., IA; died on 12 Jun 1871
and buried in Pt. Pleasant Cem,
Pleasant Twp, Hardin, IA.
Mossman - born on 03 Aug 1872 in
Hardin Co., IA; died on 04 Sep 1875
and was buried in Pt. Pleasant Cem,
Pleasant Twp, Hardin, IA.
- Ida Ellen
Mossman - born on 27 Jun 1874 in
Hardin Co., IA; died on 26 Aug 1905
in Radcliffe, Hardin, IA and was
buried in Pt. Pleasant Cemetery,
Hardin, Iowa. She was 19 years old
when she married and 31 when she
died. She was a Free Methodist. her
funeral was held at Point Pleasant
church at 12 o'clock on Sunday,
August 27, 1905. She married John F.
Knorr on 07 Mar 1894.
Daughter of George, and
granddaughter of Archibald, she was born on 07
Feb 1828 in Grayson, VA. She died on 20 Apr 1923
in Keithsburg, Illinois and was buried in
Greenmound Cemetery in Keithsburg, Mercer,
She married Jacob
Spangler in Keithsburg on 21 March 1850 and is
listed in his household of Millersburg Twp.,
Mercer County, Illinois in 1850. She is listed as age 21
born in VA and her husband Jacob a 22 year old
carpenter born in Ohio.
In 1860 Jacob is again listed as a
carpenter residing in Keithsburg with Margaret
and their nine year old daughter suspected to be
the same as Arminta. In 1870 Jacob is listed as a
notary and their three daughters are residing
with them at Keithsburg.
According to a
letter written by Margaret to Mr. Pilcher in
February of 1881, she was widowed in about 1872.
Her letter states: "I My self, am a widow my
husband has been dead nine years. I have three
children two daughters and one son, all single My
oldest dauter is living in Monmouth."
information, she was enumerated in the 1880 census as head of
household with her three children residing with
her. The 1900 lists Margaret as widowed
mother of five, three living but only one
daughter was residing with her in the household -
both women listed as wash women. Margaret passed
away on 20 Apr 1923 in Keithsburg and was laid to
rest at Greenmound Cemetery.
MARGARET (MOSSMAN) & JACOB SPANGLER
Catherine Spangler - born 27 Dec 1850
in Illinois; married James Martin
Durland on 20 Sep 1888, he being born
20 Mar 1856 in Fairview, Fulton Co.,
IL and was the son of John Miller
Durland and Sarah Ann (Wolf). Resided
in Monmouth, Warren Co., Illinois.
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Spangler
- born on 01 Sep 1863 in Illinois;
died on 05 Jun 1913 and was buried in
Greenmound Cemetery in Keithsburg,
Mercer Co., IL.
Spangler - born about 1865 in
VAN DORSEY MOSSMAN (1830-1912)
Born August 8th, 1830 in
Centerville, Wayne County, Indiana, he was the
son of George and Hannah. He was listed in the 1850 census resding in Mercer
Co., Illinois with his parents and siblings, and
three years later he went to the Oregon Territory
in with the Miller Train. There he was
found listed in the territorial documents for
they year 1854/55 of the Assessment Roll for
Umpqua County, Oregon. He enrolled in 1855
in Company G of the 1st Regiment of the Oregon
Volunteers and was discharged at Fort Dalles,
Oregon in 1856. He had been shot at the Battle of
Walla Walla (Territory of Washington) beneath the
left lung, was hospitalized, mustered out of
company G and enrolled in February of 1856 in
Company B of the Oregon Mounted Volunteers under
the command of Thomas R. Cornelius.
from the Volunteer Service in the Yakima Indian
War of 1855-56, Isaac went to Yamhill County,
Oregon Territory, and was later a pony express
rider between the town of Walla Walla and the Oro
Fine Gold Mines in the mountains east of the
Snake River ( now in the state of Idaho), and
carried out this occupation until October of
He married Martha
Jackson and at Eugene City, Oregon and then
formed a partnership in the same business with
Joaquin Miller until the latter part of 1862 when
Miller retired from the Pony Express
enterprise. Isaac continued alone in this
endeavor until the latter part of 1863, when he
returned to Oregon and kept a small hotel until
1867. He then removed to Olympia which was
the capitol of the Washington Territory and
obtained employment as Deputy or Assistant
of the Street Superintendent, and was later
elected Marshall of the City of Olympia, serving
frequently as bailiff of the District Court.
He was enumerated
several times in the Washington State Census between the years of 1873
and 1881, varying occupations listing him as city
marshall of Olympia, a coroner, constable and
later as a merchant. In the later years, he had
kept a small second hand furniture store in
Olympia and then moved to California where he
resided in Los Gatos and Oakland, living again in
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon in 1908.
He died in 1912.
following are additional links and information on
& Co. - Pony Expressman
of Isaac V. Mossman
Isaac V. Mossman & Family
the Mossman & Ballard Relations
Called Oregon by Isaac V. Mossman - Pioneer (Outside
Link to Roxann Gess-Smith's Web Site)
ISAAC V. MOSSMAN & MARTHA JACKSON
Edith Mossman - born 24 Jul 1861; she
married (1) William Hoover and (2)
Harry Mitchell. Clara died 22 Sept
- Minnie May
Mossman - born 20 Jul 1863 in
Albany, Linn County, Oregon; wife of
Charles Oliver Hill, she died in San
Francisco on 9 Jan 1946.
- Frank C.
Mossman - born 1 Oct 1864 in
Salem, OR; husband of Anna Rose
Hoskins; he died 27 Jul 1959 in
Bandon, Coos, OR.
- Ida Lee Mossman - born 23 Mar
1865 in Salem, Oregon; wife of
William Henry Yeager, she died in
June of 1957 in Olympia.
Maud Mossman - born 22 October 1868
in Olympia; she died in 1870.
Clifford Mossman - born 5 Apr
1870 in Washington Territory; died 5
June 1940 in San Leandro, Alameda
(Gussie) Telfair Mossman - born 28
March 1872 in Olympia, Washington.
- Aimee Clothilda
Mossman - born 10 Sep 1874 in
Washington Territory; wife of William
James Redmond, she died 20 Nov 1951
in Lewis County, Washington.
- Lottie Bonita
Mossman - born 11 Nov 1879 in
Olympia, Washington; died 4 February
MOSSMAN JR. (1835-1905)
Son of George, and grandson
of Archibald, George was born on 19 Mar 1835 in
LaPorte, Indiana. He died on 18 Feb 1905 in
Hubbard, Hardin, Iowa.
He enlisted in the
army at New Boston, Illinois on 9 August 1861 and
served in Company G of the 27th IL Volunteer
Infantry, which operated in S/E Missouri, S/W
Kentucky, Tennesse, and N/E Mississippi during
his service. He was discharged on 9 October 1862
at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri.
Sarah Elizabeth Warrington daughter of Joshua
Warrington and Sarah Hall on 02 Feb 1865 in
Mercer Co., Illinois. Sarah was born on 02 Feb
1843 in New Boston, Mercer, Illinois. She died on
23 Oct 1910 in Hubbard, Hardin, IA.
enumerated in the census records for Hardin Co.,
Iowa in 1870, 1880, and 1900.
GEORGE MOSSMAN JR. & SARAH (WARRINGTON)
- James Edwin
Mossman - born on 28 May 1866
in Boston, Mercer Co., IL; married
Augusta J. Miller on 19 Jun 1889;
died on 20 Apr 1930 in Humansville,
Polk Co., Missouri. After her death
on 06 Mar 1923 James married
Josephine Stiles on 21 Dec 1926.
Clay Mossman - born about 1870 in
Illinois; appears to have died prior
Mossman - born about 1875 in Iowa;
appears to have died prior to 1900.
- Charles Joshua
Mossman - born on 18 Sep 1878
in Hardin Co., Iowa; married Grace
Ann Ursula Brown in Putnam Co.,
Missouri on 29 Aug 1904; died on 01
CLAY MOSSMAN (1837-?)
Son of George, and grandson
of Archibald, Henry was born on 13 Jun 1837 in
Indiana. Henry married (1) Hester Southwick on 31
Aug 1862 in Hardin Co., IA. Hester was born about
1843 in New York. Henry and Hester had Rose A.
Mossman who was born about 1875 in Iowa.
He married (2)
Mercy Ann about 1894. She was was born in Apr
1866 in Iowa and from this union they had
Benjamin H. Mossman who was born about 1895 in
Besides the 1850 Mercer Co., IL census,
Henry was also enumerated in the 1880 and 1900 census for Hardin Co.,
C. MOSSMAN (1839-?)
Daughter of George, and
granddaughter of Archibald, Mary was born on 03
Sep 1839 in Illinois. She died in Hardin Co.,
Iowa and was buried in Pt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Mary is listed in
the 1850 Mercer Co., Illinois and 1860 Hardin Co., Iowa census
living with her parents. She married Henry Shiner
on 16 Aug 1864 in Hardin Co., Iowa. They were
there after listed in the 1860 and 1870 Hardin Co., Iowa Census.
They removed to Missouri where they were listed
in the 1880 census living in Doyal Township.
Sometime before 1880 Mary died as Henry is
listed as a widow. The 1900 census for Doyal Twp., St.
Clair Co., Missouri, lists Henry's parents born
in New York, and Henry as having been born in New
York in March of 1830. He is listed in his
daughter Arminta Skinner's household.
MARY (MOSSMAN) & HENRY SHINER
- Lydia Arminta
"Mintie" Shiner - born in Jun
1866 in Iowa; married William
- Ira Andrew
Shiner - born 1868 in Iowa;
married Mary E. Olinger, daughter of
John and Mary (Bragg); died 11 Jun
1954 in Everett, Snohomish Co.,
Shiner - born Feb 1870 in Eldora,
Tipton Twp., Hardin Co., Iowa.
E. MOSSMAN (1841-1900)
Son of George, and grandson
of Archibald, Samuel was born on 15 Nov 1841 in
Mercer Co., IL. He died on 15 Jun 1900 in Tipton
Township, Hardin, Iowa.
Listed in the 1850 census residing with his
parents in Mercer Co., IL, and listed in the 1860 census for Hardin County,
Samuel enlisted to fight in the Civil War. He
enlisted in August of 1862 in Company F, 32nd
Iowa under Capt. Joseph Edgington, serving in 9
battles and was honorably discharged at Davenport
at the end of the war.
In a brief biography it is stated that Samuel
E. Mossman of Mercer Co., Illinois was born in
1841, and came with his parents, George and
Hannah Mossman, to Hardin County. In 1854,
enlisted in the 32nd Iowa Infantry, serving till
the confilict had ended victoriously for the
Union. He was under Capt. Joseph Edgington and
served in nine hard-fought battles. His father
settled in this county in 1854 and following
season bought land in Tipton township."
Margaret A. Hough daughter of Jacob Hough and
Eliza Cravens on 10 Aug 1865 in Tipton Twp,
Hardin, IA. Margaret was born on 21 Jun 1846 in
Westmoreland Co., PA. She died on 30 Jan 1922.
enumerated in the 1870, 1880 census records residing in
Hardin Co., Iowa. In 1920 Margaret is listed as a
widow, head of household residing in Tipton,
SAMUEL MOSSMAN & MARGARET (HOUGH)
- Byron R.
Mossman - born on 05 Jul 1867 in
Iowa; died on 02 Feb 1908 in Hardin
L. Mossman - born on 19 Feb 1869 in
Iowa; died on 06 Jul 1896 in Hardin
- Elizabeth Ellen
Mossman - born on 28 Jun 1872
in Iowa; married William R. Thompson
in 1894; died on 30 Aug 1968.
Clifford Mossman - born on 01
Jan 1874 in Iowa; married Bertha
Boylan on 09 Nov 1898; died in Jun
1966 in Hardin Co., Iowa.
- Isaac Arno
Mossman - born on 16 Feb 1878
in Iowa; married Lulu M. Conklin,
aaughter of Charlie C. and Sarah Jane
(Wright); died on 28 Oct 1971.
- Jasper Jacob
Mossman - born on 13 Oct 1880
in Hardin Co., Iowa; married Lottie
King; died on 10 Apr 1949.
"Mike" Ray Mossman - born on 06
May 1883 in Hardin Co., Iowa; married
"May" Sheldon, daughter of
Isaiah "Putt" Sheldon and
Eva (Lowden); died on 29 Jul 1957.
- Edna L. Mossman - born on 24
Sep 1885 in Hardin Co., Iowa; married
Elmer Ridout, son of Benjamin and
Experience M. (Benshoof) on 11 Mar
1903; died on 16 Mar 1976 in Iowa
of George, and grandson of Archibald, he was born
on 23 Jan 1844 in Mercer Co., Illinois. He died
in Tipton Township, Hardin Co., Iowa on 01 Feb
in the 1850 census with his parents
residing in Mercer Co., Illinois, he removed with
his family to Hardin County, Iowa where he was
enumerated in the census records there for the
years 1860, 1870, and 1880.
married Julia Simplot daughter of Francis Simplot
and Julia in March of 1874 in Iowa. Julia was
born about 1850 in Dubuque, Iowa. She died on 14
Brief Biographical sketch
of Archibald Mossman
ARCHIBALD MOSSMAN & JULIA (SIMPLOT)
Lena May Mossman - born
about 1876 in Iowa; she married Henry
Palo who was born jan 1862 in
Germany. She was the mother of Harry,
Cora, Frank and Willie. The family
was enumerated in the 1910 census records
in Hardin Co., IA.
Rosa Mossman - born
about 1878; married Henry Coomer, son
of John Coomer and Matilda Follet on
31 Mar 1907. The family was
enumerated in the 1910 census records
in Hardin Co., IA.
Frank Mossman - born in
May 1880 in Hardin Co., Iowa; died in
1922 in Iowa Falls. He married Daisy
Wiseman and was the father of
Barbara. The family was residing in
Ellis Twp., Hardin Co., Iowa in 1920.
JACKSON MOSSMAN (1846-1928)
of George, and grandson of Archibald, Andrew was
born on 16 Oct 1846 in Keithsburg, Mercer,
Illinois. He died on 28 Mar 1928 in Hardin Co.,
Iowa. He married Sarah Jane Reep on June 25, 1872
at the Hardin County Courthouse in Eldora, Iowa.
He had been listed in the 1880 Tipton Twp.,Hardin
Co., Iowa Federal Census but moved to Graysville,
Putman Co.,Missouri in the spring of 1892 only to
return a year later to live northeast of Hubbard.
married Sarah Jane Reep daughter of William B.
Reep and Jane Lexington Titus on 25 Jun 1872 in
Court House, Eldora, Hardin County, Iowa. Sarah
was born on 02 Sep 1851 in Martinsburg, Butler,
PA. She died on 06 Dec 1929 in Hubbard, Hardin
History of the William Reep Family states that
Sarah was the youngest of ten children. She
started school in Pennsylvania and when she and
her brothers and sister started to a different
school, the pupils made fun of them calling them
"Dutch Kids" because they spoke the
German languauge - and when they told their
parents about it, their father said that from
then on they would talk English and it was a hard
job for the children.
traveled with her family by covered wagon west to
the Ohio River and hired a boat to take them on
to where they could take the Mississippi River,
and headed for Chickasaw County, Iowa where they
lived near the town of New Hampton for a few
years before heading southwest to Hardin County.
was enumerated in and was enumerated in the 1850 census in Mercer Co., IL
and the 1860, 1870, 1880. Andrew left Hardin County
and moved to Graysville, Putman Co.,MO in the
spring of 1892. He returned a year later and
lived in northeast of Hubbard, and in 19201920 was residing in Grant
Twp., Hubbard Co., Iowa in the household of his
son Samuel and listed as divorced. His wife Sarah
is living with their younger son Thomas in Tipton
during the same 1920 enumeration.
and Sarah were buried in the Eldora Cemetery,
ANDREW MOSSMAN & SARAH JANE (REEP)
Lawrence Mossman - born
on 25 Nov 1873 in Iowa. He died on 26
Jun 1888 in Hardin Co., IA. He was
buried in Baylan Cemetery, NE of
Hubbard, IA. He was kicked in the
face by a horse in 1884, and although
he recovered, he was never very
strong afterward and died four years
later at the age of fourteen.
Mossman - born on 24 Nov 1874
in Point Pleasant, Iowa. She died on
07 Jul 1954 in Eldora, Iowa. She
married William E. Brightwell who was
born in Tipton Twp. in 1870 and was
the son of William and Maria
(Sheldon) of Ohio.
Mossman - born on 28 Jul 1878
in Hardin Co., Iowa; married 08 Dec
1898 Martin Lewison who was born in
Jun 1868 and died in 1902. After his
death she married Leander D.
McFarland. She died on 19 Feb 1971 in
Dickinson Co., Iowa.
Mossman - born on 09 May 1880
in Hardin Co., Iowa; married Minnie
May Knight, daughter of Jessie and
Laura S. (Babcock) on 18 Dec 1901;
died on 21 Oct 1966 in Cherokee,
Elsie Mossman - born on 21
Oct 1885 in Radcliffe, Hardin Co.,
Iowa; married Harold Clark Conklin
(brother of Lulu who married Issac
Arno Mossman); died on 07 Jun 1949 in
Lovesta Mossman - born on 02
Oct 1888 in Hardin Co., Iowa; married
Herbert Ellsworth Dawson who was born
22 Nov 1883 and died May 1965; She
died on 25 Oct 1929 in Hardin Co.,
Mossman - born on 23 Sep 1894
in Eldora, Hardin Co., Iowa; married
Pearl M. Sheldon, daughter of John
L.B. Sheldon and Maude G.(Lindsay) on
24 Nov 1920; died in Eldora on 16 Sep
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