Born: March 15, 1763
Died: October 22, 1836
Leonard Moser and Sarah Binkley
Introduction To The Family
Submitted By: Emily Stelly
Francis was born in Graceham, Frederick Co, MD to German emigrant, Leonard Moser and Swiss
emigrant, Sarah Binkley. Leonard had come to America on September 23, 1732 aboard the ship
"Adventure". In May of 1747 Leonard married Sarah and they soon started their family. Leonard
Jr b. ca 1749, Jacob b. ca 1751, Peter b. June 23, 1753, Maria Sarah b. ca 1755, Anna Maria b. ca
1756, John Michael b. Aug 1, 1759,
Samuel b. Apr. 4, 1761, Francis b. Mar 15, 1763, Christian b. Jan 1, 1765, Johanna Elizabeth b.
Jan 30, 1867, Henrich b. Sept 12, 1769, Joseph b. July 21, 1772, Christina b. March 14, 1774.
Leonard, Sarah and the children moved to Surry Co, NC about 1776. In 1778 Leonard got a land
grant for 640 acres "on the Grassey Fork of Muddy Creek" in Surry Co, NC.
Francis inlisted in 1779 at Surry Co, NC. He was in Micajah Lewis's company of a brigade
commanded by General Benjamin Lincoln. When his nine month term was about to expire he was
stationed at the Black Swamp on the Savannah River. He remembered while at the Black Swamp
a Sgt Campbell brought around a paper for the men to sign stating that their term was expired and
that they wished to go home. The troops could not be spared and he stated that Sgt Campbell
was whipped for his actions in the matter. Francis then came down with camp fever, laying sick
for several months. When he was able to travel, he started home and traveled about four hundred
miles in a crippled condition. He was so reduced at his arrival home that his father did not know
him. A couple months later he re-inlisted in a unit commanded by Col. Martin Armstrong, as a
substitute for Jacob Spoonhower. Francis was in the Battle of Camden and after Gates defeat his
unit scattered. Again he went home and found the country "so full of Tories" that he felt unsafe.
In 1781 Francis and one of his brothers took horses and went to Maryland where they joined the
militia. Francis was in Capt Murdocks Co. Francis witnessed the surrender of Cornwallis.
Shortly afterwards he received his discharge and returned to Surry Co, NC and to his family.
Revolutionary War Server
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Francis Moser and Elizabeth Miller
About 1785 or so, Francis met and married Elizabeth Miller. They moved to Lincoln Co, NC
shortly thereafter and soon started a family. These are the children of that union.
Peter Moser b. Nov 17, 1790 d. Jan 31,
Elizabeth Miller died when her last child was about 4 yrs old. About 1815 Francis moved his
family to Green Co, TN. Several of his older children had moved to Tennessee after they married
and Francis wanted to be near them. On Sept 17, 1816 Francis is on the list of Communicants of
St James Lutheran Church in Green Co, TN. It is believed that Francis and his family moved to
Jefferson Co, TN in the spring or early summer of 1818 because the last time Francis is listed in St
James Lutheran is Apr 11, 1818.
John Paul Moser b. Aug 16, 1793 d. Jan 2,
Sarah Moser b. May 24, 1795 d. June 30,
Molly Ann Moser b. ca 1800 d. unknown at present
Joseph Moser b. Mar 15, 1806 d. Mar 21,
Francis Moser, Jr b. Jan 31, 1810 d. Oct 30, 1865
Francis Moser and Mary Ann "Polly" Sipes
On June 13, 1820 in Jefferson Co, TN, Francis married Mary Ann "Polly" Sipes. Francis and
Polly started their family before too long. These are the children of that union.
Mary Ann Moser b. Jan 1, 1821 d. July 18, 1907
On Jan 3, 1826 Francis received a land grant of fifty acres in Jefferson Co, TN. In 1828, Francis,
Polly and the children moved to Monroe Co, TN. Francis's eldest son Peter, born by Elizabeth
Miller, had settled in the Bat Creek area of Monroe Co, TN in the mid 1820's. In the late 1820's,
Francis and his new family moved near Peter and his wife Mary. When Francis died in 1863 he
was buried at St Paul Lutheran Cem. A Revolutionary War marker was placed on the grave site
in 1989. When Francis died he had 9 children living and 39 grandchildren.
Leonard Moser b ca. 1823 d.ca 1865
Eliza Moser b. ca 1824 d. unknown at present
Henry Moser b.ca 1828 d. ca 1859
Jackson Moser b. ca 1835 d. unknown at present
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