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1726 Henry Moler [Mohler] was on the Conestoga Twp, Lancaster County tax list. [1]

1728 Henrich Moler, perhaps this one, signed the oath of allegiance to King George of England to be naturalized in Pennsylvania, which allowed him to hold land as a citizen. He was on the list of Mennonites. [2]

1735 On 23 April, Henry Mohler, warranted 100 acres near Cocalico Creek in Cocalico Twp, Lancaster County. from the Penn Proprieters. [3][4][5] The land was surveyed with 140 acres on 23 October [8br] patented 28 Sept 1735. Adjacent tracts were vacant at the time of the survey, except one owned by John White [6]. Adjacent tracts were later surveyed to Jacob Groff [7], John Mether/Maythor [8], Henry Mohler [9], Christopher Koleazar invested in Michael Andreas [10], John August Cole [11], George Mohler [12], and Michael Andreas [13].

1736 19 Nov, John White of Philadelphia sold 245 acres to Henry Mohler. This was part of the tract that John White warranted from the Penn Proprieters. [14][15]. This land was adjacent to Cocalico Creek and lands of Jacob Groff, Jacob Hayne, and Henry Creibill.

1739 Henry Mohler was added by Elder Michael Frantz/Pfautz into the Conestoga Congregation of German Baptist Brethren. His wife was added in 1740. [16]

1745 On 27 November, Henry Mohler warranted 50 acres in Cocalico Twp, Lancaster County, adjacent to his 1735 warrant. Surveyed with 55 acres on 4 December 1745. [17][18][19] The tract was adjacent to John Mettler [20], Michael Andreas [21], and Thomas Cookson/Israel Seymor in Earl Twp and Cocalico Twp [22] Photocopy, Map of land patents in East Cocalico Twp, including Mohler south of John White's large patent.

1750 On 22 February, 1749/50, Henry Mohler, of Lancaster County, sold 50 of his 140 acre tract on Cocalico Creek [23] for 8 pounds to neighbor Jacob Graff. Jacob Graff was a neighbor of adjacent tracts on sequential surveys for Henry Mohler's 1735 warrant. Signed with Henry Mohler's "HM" mark. Witnessed by Jacob Moller, Willi Stali, and Henry Zimmerman. [24]

1751 On 12 June, Hans Henry Mohler, perhaps this one, warranted land in Heidelberg Twp, in both Lancaster and Berks Counties [25]. The land was resurveyed in 1819 [26]. The land was patented by Andrew Taylor [27].

1752 On 13 May, Margaret Graff, widow of Christian, and other heirs, sold land to Henry Mohler the Elder, all of Cocalico Twp, Lancaster County. Christian Graff had purchased the land from Sigmund Landart in on 15 October, 1744. Sigmund Landart had purchased the land from John White on 19 November, 1736. [28]

1756 On 10 Dec, Henry Mohler, Sr. and wife Elizabeth sold 8 acres of his 1735 warrant [29] to John Mather [adjacent landowner] for 8 pounds. [30] Henry signed "HM" and Elizabeth an "X". (spelled Molar in the transcription) Witnesses were Henry Mosler and Jacob Mosler (perhaps sons of Henry Mohler).

1761 On 11 April, Ludwick [perhaps a nephew of Henry Mohler], Jacob [perhaps a son of Henry Mohler], and Henry Mohler [perhaps this Henry Mohler or his son], all from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, were naturalized in Pennsylvania as persons who conscientiously scruple to take an oath. [31][32][33]

1761 Jacob Mohler purchased lot 26 in Reamstown on 24 Sept 1761. [34][See the 1772 note about Barbara Mohler]

1763 On 8 January, Henry and Elizabeth Moler sold land to son Henry Moller Jr for 20 shillings and love and affection. The land had been patented by John White on 8 August 1687 [35] and sold to Henry Moller Sr on 18 November 1736. [36]

1763 On 10 January, Henry and Elizabeth Moler sold land to son Henry Moller Jr, all of Cocalico Twp, for 20 shillings and love and affection. The two joining tracts were in Cocalico Twp adjacent to lands of Michael Andreas, Benjamin Gorgus, John Metter, and Jacob Groff. One tract was part of land that Henry Mohler Sr had warranted on 23 April 1735 and patented 17 September 1736 [37] and anouther warrant dated 27 November 1745 and patented 18 April 1747 [38]. [39]

1763 Henry Mohler, Henry Mohler Jr, and Jacob Mohler were taxed in Cocalico Twp, Lancaster County. [40]

1769 On 2 August, Henry Mohler dated his will in Cocalico Twp, Lancaster County. Probate date was 22 September 1769. Executors: John Landis and Henry Mohler. [41][42]:

In the Name of God Amen. I Henry Mohler Senior of Cogollico Township Lancaster County being sick but of sound memory and Senses thanks be unto God, therefore calling into Mind the Mortality do make hereby this twenty second day of August Anno one thousand seven hundred and sixty nine mine last Will and Testament in manner as followeth;

Imprimus, I recommend my Soul unto God my Maker and my Body to my Family to be interred decently and after my funeral charges and other just debts are paid out of my Estate I dispose of the residue in the following manner.

To my beloved wife Barbara I bequeath the Sum of one hundred pounds Pennsylvania Currency to be her property for Ever which sum shall be paid first after all my other Debts are paid. Further I ordain, that she shall have all the profits, uses, incomes and rents of that Plantation whereon I live at present so long till my second son John shall be arrived to his lawfull age, for which income she shall be bound to educate and maintain my Children until said my second son has his age. But if my Executors should see that said my Wife should neglect my said Children or Plantation, then they shall have power to rent out said my Plantation and pay her the Rent to the aforesaid use during the said Term. And my Executors shall be Guardians over all my minor children untill their Lawful Age. Further supposing that my beloved Wife maintaineth well said my family I ordain she shall have all the use Profits and income of all my movable Estate during the aforesaid Term; but if my Executors should find it necessary to rent out said my Plantation, as aforesaid, then I ordain, that they shall sell all my movable Estate at Publick Vendue.

Item I ordain that when my said Plantation should be rented out, or any other Necessity should call for it, that then my Executors shall build a convenient house some where on my Plantation, where they think proper, for my wife's use, to live therein during the Term of her being a widow and so long she shall also enjoy the use of one third part of my Garden and further I bequeath to said my wife one fadder-bed with all Cloaths thereto belonging, one chest, one Iron Pot, one frying Pan, one Pewter Dish, two Plates to be her property for Ever and farther I ordain that any of my sons which shall have the Plantation whereon I now live, shall give her from said my Plantation from the first year of his taking Possession thereof and every succeeding year during the term of her remaining a widow twenty pounds of good sound Pork, twenty pounds Beaf, eight Bushels of wheat, the Loan of a horse, when occasion requires, necessary firewood to be cut and brought before her door, upon said my sons charges and to keep her a Cow in Fodder and Pasture during the said Term, But if my wife should marry again, then & from thenceforth all Allowance granted her from said my Plantation, shall cease, and she besides the Legacy of one hundred pounds and the above mentioned Household utensiles shall have no farther Right to my Estate either real or personal.

My eldest son Martin shall have my Plantation which I have lately bought from William Heaffer, and further he shall have from my Plantation joining the aforesaid Plantation, and whereon I live at present forty acres more, to be taken by Advice of four Arbitrators indifferently chosen. Further I ordain that my said son Martin shall have one Moiety of Another Tract of Seventy Acres, which I have bought from Daniel Good to be likewise divided by four Arbitrators indifferently chosen.

Item I ordain that my son John shall have the Plantation whereon I live at present (the aforementioned forty Acres excepted) and further I ordain that he shall have the other moiety of the aforesaid seventy Acres, to be divided as aforesaid.

Further I ordain that four men Indifferently chosen between my sons and my Executors shall value all above mentioned Lands which said Valued Price from said Lands shall be divided among all my Heirs from said my Wife Barbara (when first my legacies are thereof deducted) shares alike. And said my sons after having deducted their respective shares, shall pay the rest to their Coheirs, Elizabeth and Susanna in Terms ordained by the aforesaid Arbitrators. And further I ordain that my said two sons also satisfying the other Heirs as aforesaid, or giving good security for their shares my Executors or any of them then alive shall by good Lawful Deeds convey over to each of my sons his respective share of land as aforesaid, to have and to hold the said Lands to him his Heirs and Assigns for Ever, and such Deeds I acknowledge hereby as valid & Lawful, as if I had executed the same in person.

To my son Jacob I give and bequeath the sum of thirty pounds money aforesaid to be paid within a half a year after my death and besides this neither he nor his heirs shall have any right to my Estate.

To my son Henry I give and bequeath the sum of thirty pounds money aforesaid and besides this neither he nor his heirs shall have any Right to my Estate.

Item I give and bequeath to the Poor the sum of ten pounds to be divided to them by said my Executors.

Item I ordain, that my son Martin being yet under Age shall pay Rent from the Lands alloted to him untill he shall have been arrived to his Age, every year twelve pounds Money aforesaid.

Item I ordain the residue of my Estate not disposed herein before, shall also be divided among said my Heirs Martin, John, Elizabeth and Susanna shares alike and my son Martin shall not have two shares.

Finally I constitute Executors of this my last Will and Testament my loving friend John Landes and my son Henry Mohler to which I have the best Confidence. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the Day and year first above written. [mark and seal] Signed Sealed and Acknowledged by the Testator to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us underwritten Witnesses who saw him sign and seal the Same. Joseph Hershberger, Isaac Hershberger, and Jacob Mohler

Lancaster County: On the twenty second day of September Anno Domini 1769 Before me the Subscriber personally appeared Joseph Hershberger and Isaac Hershberger two of the Subscribing Witnesses to the within Will and on their solemn affirmation according to Law did declare and say that they were present and saw and heard Henry Moler the Testator above named Sign Seal, Publish pronounce and declare the within and above writing as and for his Last Will and Testament and that at the doing thereof he was of sound and well disposing mind memory and understanding to the best of their Knowledge Observation and belief. Edw Shippen.

Be it Remembered that on the twenty second day of September Anno Domini 1769 The Last Will and Testament of Henry Moler late of Cocollico Township in the County of Lancaster Yeoman deceased was proved in due form of Law and Letters Testamentary whereon were granted to John Landes and Henry Moler Junior the Executors therein named they being first duly Qualified well and truly to Administer the Estate of the said decedent and to Exhibit a true and Perfect Inventory thereof into the Registers Office at Lancaster on or before the twenty second Day of October next and to Render a true and Just Account of their Administration on the said Estate when thereto Lawfully Required given under the Seal of the said office. Edwd Shippen.
Witnesses were: Joseph Hershberger, Isaac Hershberger, Jacob Mohler.

1772 On 28 November, Barbara Mohler, perhaps Henry Mohler's widow, purchased two lots, 37 and 39, in Reamstown. [43]

1774 On 3 March, an indenture was made by Henry Mohler Jr, Jacob Mohler, and Martin Mohler, all heirs of Henry Mohler Sr, late of Cocalico Twp, Lancaster County, deceased, with Jacob Gorgas. Jacob Gorgas had mortgaged land for 160 pounds to Henry Mohler Sr on 1 June, 1766. The mortgage had been paid, so the heirs released Henry Gorgas from the debt. Sealed by Henrich Mohler, Jacob Mohler, and Martin Mohler. [44]

1774 On 14 April, John Landis and Henry Mohler, executors of the estate of Henry Mohler Sr, distributed the estate of £106.18.1 to Martin, John, Elizabeth, and Susanna. [45]

1774 On 9 July, John Landis, surviving executor of the estate of Henry Mohler, sold land to Martin Mohler for £292. The land, purchased from William Heaffer, was bequeathed in the will of Henry Mohler to oldest son Martin Mohler. [46]

1775 On 12 October, John Mohler mortgaged land to John Landis, surviving executor of the last will of Henry Mohler (the Elder), deceased, late of Cocalico Twp, for debts he had incurred to John Landis. The land was a plantation adjacent to land late of Jacob Hershberger, deceased, Jacob Mohler, Adam Bower, and was on Cocalico Creek. The land was for the use of the minor children of Henry Mohler (the elder). The mortgage was released in 1790. [47]

1782 Susanna Mohler petitioned the court to allow her husband to become her guardian, [she was over 14, but not yet 21]. John Landis, the only surviving executor of Henry Sr. estate agreed. [48]

1814 On 28 December, Hannes and Catherine Mohler of Cocalico Twp granted land to their son John Mohler. On 12 October 1776, the one tract had been granted by John Landis, executor of Henry Mohler the elder of Cocalico, to Hannes Mohler. Another tract had been purchased from John and Mary Senger. The land was on Cocalico Creek adjacent to lands of Hannes Mohler, John Boyer, Charles Stone, John Senger, Conrad Smith, and Philip Swigart. [49]

Research Notes:

Elizabeth was named as the wife of Henry Mohler in deeds dated 1756-1763. Barbara was named as the wife of Henry Mohler in his will dated 1769. The will names Martin as the eldest son, and as under age, but bequeaths land to him, so Martin might be nearly 21 years old at that time. Sons Henry and Jacob received only money, while Martin, John, Elizabeth and Susanna were sometimes named as a group. We have assumed, with no other direct evidence, that Henry and John were the eldest sons by a first wife. We seek further evidence about the identities of the spouses of Henrty Mohler.

A biosketch reports [50]: Ludwig Mohler came from Switzerland in 1780 and located in Ephrata Twp and had sons George, Jacob, and Henry. Son Jacob married and had a son and daughter. His daughter married a Mellinger. Based on wills and deeds, I have assumed that Jacob and Henry were not sons of Ludwig, but were instead sons of Henry Mohler.

See also, the "Mohler Family Tree": [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mohlerfamilytree/].


Footnotes:

[1] H. Frank Eshleman, "Assessment Lists and Other Documents of Lancaster County Prior to the year 1729," Historical Papers and Addresses of the Lancaster County Historical Society 21, No.7 (1916), 155-194, at 189, [HathiTrust].

[2] Barbara L. Weir and Laurie A. Roffini, "German Qualification for Naturalization in Pennsylvania, 1728," Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine 37 (1991), 367-373, at 371, [American_Ancestors].

[3] Pennsylvania Land Warrant, Lancaster County, M19, to Henry Muler, [PA_Land_Warrant_Links].

[4] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, C121-82, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[5] Pennsylvania Land Patent, A8-98, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[6] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, B19-17, dated 1734 shows Moler as adjacent landowner, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[7] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, C53-232, on 27 September, 1745 shows the adjacent Henry Mohler tract, then owned by Jacob Groff, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[8] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, C132-49, on 30 Sept 1745 shows original tract owned by Henry Mohler, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[9] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, C121-205, on 4 December 1745, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[10] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, A59-244, in 1741 shown as adjacent to both of Henry Mohler's 1735 and 1745 tracts, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[11] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, A7-278, on 21 March 1751 adjacent to Jacob Groff, perhaps not adjacent to Henry Mohler's tract, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[12] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, C121-235, in 1742 apparently shows the adjacent tract owned by Jacob Graff, not Henry Mohler, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[13] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, A62-176, surveyed perhaps in 1742, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[14] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, B19-17, patent A6-349, see 1735 warrant to Henry Mohler, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[15] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed N-9. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), recorded 5 July 1768, just before Henry Mohler Sr. died, [Online_Images].

[16] Martin Grove Brumbaugh, A history of the German Baptist brethren in Europe and America (1899). 308, [Internet_Archive].

[17] Pennsylvania Land Warrant, Lancaster County, M404, [PA_Land_Warrant_Links].

[18] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, C121-205, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[19] Pennsylvania Land Patent, A13-432, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[20] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, C132-49, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[21] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, A59-244, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[22] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, B1-208, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[23] Pennsylvania Land Patent, A8-98, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[24] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed D-399. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), recorded 20 Jan 1757, [Online_Images].

[25] Pennsylvania Land Warrant, Lancaster County, M-670, [PA_Land_Warrant_Links].

[26] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, Lancaster, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[27] Pennsylvania Archives, Township Warrant Map (large download), lot 52, [PA_Township_Warrant_Maps].

[28] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed S-28. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[29] Pennsylvania Land Patent, A8-98, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[30] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed L-117. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), Recorded July 1765, [Online_Images].

[31] John B. Linn and William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series, Volume 2. (Marriages and Naturalizations) (1876), 418, [Google_Book].

[32] John B. Linn and William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series, Volume 2. (Marriages and Naturalizations) (1896 reprint), 356, [Internet_Archive].

[33] Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, Denizations and naturalizations in the British colonies in America 1607-1775 (2005), 207.

[34] John R. Albright, Reamstown, Pa., Bicentennial, 1760 - 1960 (1960), 26-27, [Google_Book].

[35] Pennsylvania Land Patent, A6-349, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[36] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed M-397. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), image 406, [Online_Images].

[37] Pennsylvania Land Patent, A8-98, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[38] Pennsylvania Land Patent, A13-432, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[39] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed N-7. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[40] Tax List, Lancaster County, Cocalico Twp, Tobias Ream, 1763, [Yorkyingers].

[41] image Lancaster County Pennsylvania will B-637, [FamilySearch_Image].

[42] USGenWeb, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Will Abstracts (Gateway website), B-637, [USGenWeb].

[43] John R. Albright, Reamstown, Pa., Bicentennial, 1760 - 1960 (1960), 26-27, [Google_Book].

[44] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed N-563. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[45] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Orphan's Court Record, not yet seen, (1772-1776), page 184.

[46] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed S-33. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[47] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed T-253. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[48] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Orphan's Court Record, not yet seen, 1782-1784, p 293.

[49] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed L6-345. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[50] Franklin Ellis and Samuel Evans, History of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with Biographical Sketches (1883), 833, [Google_Book], [HathiTrust].


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