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John W. Mouser, Biography

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John W. Mouser, Biography

John W. Mouser was born January 12, 1840; his father, John Mouser, in 1811, and now resides on the old homestead near Riley’s in Marion County.  His life has been spent in the pursuits of the farm, but he retired from active work in 1870.  His wife, to whom he was married in 1833, was a Miss Nancy Hardgrove of Boyle County; nine children blessed this union; six of the number are living, namely:  Frederick, of Dallas County, Texas; John W., Mary E. (Sparrow) of Marion County; Edward G. of Lynn County, Missouri; Gabriel T. of Madison County, Texas; and Redford M. of Marion County.  Nancy (Hardgrove) Mouser was born in the State of Kentucky, in 1812; she was reared in Boyle County, Kentucky, and is yet living, aged seventy-four years.  Her parents were of English descent and by birth Virginians.  Frederick Mouser, the father of John, was born in North Carolina, and came to Kentucky when a boy and located in Nelson (now Marion) County, he was a farmer and came from German descent, and died prior to 1850; his grandfather, a native of Germany, came to America and settled in the Virginia colony as early as 1750.  John W. Mouser was born on a farm in Marion County, and at the age of nineteen visited the State of Texas, where he remained until the beginning of the Civil War, when he returned to Kentucky, and soon after joined the Federal Army, enlisting in Company D, of the Tenth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, in November, 1861; during the three years and two months that he served participated in the engagements at Mill Springs, was wounded at Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Tunnel Hill, Resaca, Atlanta, Kenesaw, and Jonesboro, and many minor engagements.  He was discharged from the service at Louisville, Kentucky, in November, 1864, and on the 10th of October, 1865, was united in marriage to Miss Sallie A. Brown.  To this marriage have been born three sons:  Otis U., Zenas A. and Edward B.  Sallie (Brown) Mouser was born October 16, 1837.  Her father, Alexander Brown, was descended from English ancestors; he was born in Nelson (now Marion) County, Kentucky; his wife was a Miss Margaret Mouser, whose parents were of German extraction.  Mr. and Mrs. John W. Mouser are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, with which they united in 1876.  Mr. Mouser’s political views are Republican.  He held the office of United States Internal Revenue storekeeper from May, 1880, to September, 1885; since that time he has been engaged in agricultural pursuits on the farm that he owns, lying near Riley’s Station.

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  1. What a lovely biography—thanks!!! I am a descendant of John William Mouser (1832, W VA-1904, MI) and am happy to share what I know of the Mouser genealogy, if anyone is interested in my branch. I believe John and his brother James were the only Mousers to come this far north in the 1850s and settle in the wilderness!!!

      • Carrol Mouser Nalley is related to this family, but not a descendant. Carrol is my cousin and we both descend from Gabriel Mouser, brother to the John Mouser 1811 mentioned as the father of John W. Mouser. Gabriel would be our 3rd great grandfather.

    • Hi Marilee – I stumbled across this post quite ironically, but my mother was very much looking for information on her father and grandfather who were both named Otis Mouser. I am the great grand daughter of Otis Mouser Sr. I believe Otis was John’s son. It is so funny because my Mom has passed away (2008) and I see her posts on genealogy websites and I wanted to finish her work. This article was printed after her death. Her name was Maryle Mouser Van Allen. Just like your name, only spelled differently. I really would like to know where my great grand parents lived before coming to Philadelphia. They were in Kentucky then Virginia. I believe they were last in Virginia. (Big Stone Gap).

  2. Hi David,
    I am Maryle Van Allen’s daughter, Jill Nestor (Van Allen) She had made contact with you regarding the Mouser’s. I wanted to find out where my great grand parents lived. I am the great grand daughter of Otis Mouser, Sr. You would be a distant cousin! Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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