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Jacob and Barbara Wahli Moser

Our Swiss connection - part 16 • Special focus on Rev. John and Anna Lehmann Moser

This is the 16th installment in this series. Click here for the previous installment.
This column features the Jacob and Barbara Wahli Moser family, with a special emphasis on one of their sons, who became Rev. John Moser.

Jacob Moser was born Nov. 24, 1793, in Rudersvil, Switzerland, to Peter and Barbara Ramseyer Moser. He married Barbara Wahli born Aug. 31, 1802, in Bolligen, Switzerland, on March 6, 1819, in Bevillard, Canton Bern, Switzerland.

The couple came to America in 1821 with one daughter, Mary Ann, and settled in Wayne County, Ohio. Their family eventually grew to nine children.

Jacob Moser
Born: Nov. 24, 1793, Ruderswil, Switzerland
Died: Sept. 12, 1870, Wayne County, Ohio

Jacob’s father: Peter Moser (1750-1858)
Jacob’s mother: Barbara Ramseyer (1755-1807)
Married: March 6, 1819, Bevillard Bern Switzerland

Spouse: Barbara Wahli
Born: Aug. 31, 1802, Bolligen Switzerland
Died: Nov. 15, 1889

Barbara’s father: Ulrich Wahli (1764-1840)
Barbara’s mother: Elizabeth Ramseier (1764-1807)

Children of Jacob and Barbara Wahli Moser

Mary Ann Moser
Born Sept. 2, 1819, Oberant, Canton Bern, Switzerland
Died: May 27, 1903, Bluffton
Spouse: Rev. Ulrich Steiner

Katherine Moser
Born: Dec. 28, 1821, Sugar Creek Township, Wayne County
Died: Nov. 15, 1865
Spouse: Christian Herr
Spouse: John B. Amstutz


Rev. John Moser
Born: Aug. 2, 1826, Sonnenberg, Wayne County
Died: July 10, 1908, Riley Township
Buried: St. John Mennonite Cemetery

Spouse: Anna Lehmann
Born: Aug. 2, 1828, Sonnenberg, Wayne County
Died: May 20, 1876
Buried: St. John Mennonite Cemetery

Rev. John Moser, was selected minister in the Swiss congregation in 1853. He served at Ebenezer Mennonite an also at the new St. John Mennonite Church,  built in 1888.

Rev. John Moser served as minister and bishop for over 55 years in both churches. He died at age 81 on July 10, 1908. His obituary, appearing in the Pandora Times, July 10, issue, reported: “The funeral at the St. John church Sunday forenoon at 10  o’clock was no doubt the largest ever held here as 500 persons, by actual count, could not gain admittance, there were also 385 rigs there by actual count to convey those who wished to do him his final honor.

Anna’s father: Hans Lehmann (1794-1839)
Anna’s mother: Elizabeth Lehmann (1797-1882)

Children of Rev. John and Anna Lehman Moser:

Daniel Moser
Born: No. 17, 1852, Riley Township
Died: Feb. 10, 1919
Spouse: Elizabeth Augsburger

Elizabeth Moser
Born: Feb. 27, 1954, Riley Township
Died: July 4, 1930
Spouse: Peter P. Schumacher

Sarah Moser
Born: Sept. 5, 1855
Died: Aug. 12, 1890, Carroll County, Indiana
Spouse: Noah Hilty

Barbara Moser
Born Nov. 20, 1856, Riley Township
Died: Oct. 22, 1929
Spouse: Peter B. Hilty

Fannie Moser
Born: July 21, 1858
Died: 1931, Berne, Indiana
Spouse: John H. Steiner

Noah Moser
Born: Feb. 14, 1860, Riley Township
Died: Dec. 20, 1938
Spouse: Lydia Schumacher

Jacob Moser
Born: May  4, 1861
Died: 1946, Oregon

John J. Moser
Born: March 7, 1863
Spouse: Heidi Bohl

Anna Moser
Born: Oct. 5, 1865
Died: May 9, 1948, Fortuna, Missouri
Spouse: John P. Loganbill

Samuel Moser
Born: March 1, 1870, Missouri
Died: July 16, 1946, Fortuna, Missouri
Spouse: Clara May Loganbill

William J. Moser
Born: 1872 c


Returning to the children of Jacob and Barbara Wahli Moser

Abraham Moser
Born: June 12, 1830
Died: Aug. 17, 1832

Katharina Moser
Born: May 8, 1832
Died: Aug. 9, 1896

Elizabeth Moser  
(She and her husband John U. Amstutz will be featured in next week’s column)
Born: June 7, 1834, Sugar Creek Township, Wayne County
Died: Nov. 30, 1915, Richland Township
Spouse: John U. Amstutz
Spouse: Peter Luginbuhl

David J. Moser
Born: June 7, 1836
Died: Jan. 31, 1905
Spouse: Magdalena Lehman
Spouse: Anna Tschantz

Deacon Jacob J. Moser
Born: Oct. 18, 1840, Sonnenberg, Wayne County
Died: Jan. 21, 1922, Wayne County
Spouse: Verena Fannie Welty

Abraham J. Moser
Born: Sept. 28, 1845
Died Oct. 28, 1912
Spouse: Caroline Welty