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Re: Mosbacher-Deidesheim, Rheinpfalz, German
Posted by: Rod Mosbacker Date: March 05, 2000 at 01:22:59
In Reply to: Mosbacher-Deidesheim, Rheinpfalz, German by Sharon of 36

Thank you very much for opening this Mosbacher Family Forum. I grew up in Batavia, Ohio. My Father was Homer Henry Mosbacker (1 June 1921 - 15 October 1983). His Father was Edgar Clarence Mosbacker (15 May 1895 - 2 May 1985) and his Father was Henry Mosbacher (13 November 1867 - 29 May 1956). All were from Clermont and Brown Counties in Southern Ohio and all lived in the same old Farm House on Clough Pike in Batavia, Clermont, Ohio where I grew up. Henry's Father was Valentine Mosbacher, born in Deidesheim, Pfalz, Bavaria, just to the West of Stuttgart, Germany on 13 September 1841. He was christened Valentinus in the Roemisch-Katholische (Roman Catholic) Church. In June of 1865, the Brown County, Ohio Immigration Records show in Volume 1 (1856 - 1884) that Valentine "Mushbacher" emigrated from Germany and arrived in New York on 3 July 1865. He was a Vintner (Grape Grower and Wine Maker) by trade and the stories go that he could lift a full wine cask with his little fingers. He married Frederika Kunz (16 October 1845 - 14 February 1930) on 3 April 1866 in Levanna, Brown, Ohio. Frederika was born in Bad Duerkheim, Pfalz, Bavaria which is very near Deidesheim and spoke the same German dialect as did Valentine. They show on the 1870 Census in Augusta District, Bracken, Kentucky on Page 258 #327 as Valentine "Mosback" age 28 Germany; Freddie, age 24 Germany; Henry, age 2 Ohio; and George W. age 9/12 Kentucky. Valentine was naturalized as an American citizen in Brown County, Ohio. Journal #9, Page 354 shows that he applied for citizenship on 10 August 1872, and Journal #11, Page 26 shows that he was granted citizenship on 31 October 1874. I guess they must have had waiting periods even then! In 1880 Census they appear in Gubser Magistrative District, Campbell, Kentucky Volume 5, Edition 45, Sheet 37, Line 47 and show as Valentine Mosbacher age 38, Bavaria; Fredrieak age 35, Bavaria; Henry age 12, Ohio; George age 10, Ohio; Gertrude age 8, Ohio; and Anna age 1, Kentucky. Both of these are just a ferry boat ride across the Ohio River and the family must have traveled back and forth where ever there was work. On 2 December 1889, Valentine purchased 180 Acres on Sugar Creek near Bethel, Clermont, Ohio. On 7 September 1897, Valentine sold the 180 Acres after a farmhand whom he had fired, knocked him out and threw a lantern up the stairs of the home, burning it to the ground. Valentine's wife, Frederika had to jump from the upper floor of the farm house into son, George's arms and daughter Christina, born in 1881 died in the fire. Valentine had tried to enter the house to find his family, and died of consumption on 1 March 1898. My cousin Freda Renschke born 16 June 1916 tells of this tragic time for the famiy in a tape that I made with her. She still lives in Ohio. I have Henry,s Father as Nicholai Mosbacher (born about 1818 in Deidesheim, Pfalz, Bavaria) and Mother as Gertrudis Dintzler (born about 1820 in Deidesheim, Pfalz, Bavaria). I have his Father as Christof Mosbacher born 1 February 1787 in Deidesheim, Pfalz, Bavaria. Next, I have his parents as Johann Nicolaus Mosbacher (born 5 January 1740 in Deidesheim, Pfalz, Bavaria) and Sybilla Schoellhorn (born about 1760 in Deidesheim, Pfalz, Bavaria. I then go to Johannes Bartholmaei Mosbacher born 30 May 1699 in Deidesheim, Pfalz, Germany and his wife, Mariae Elisabethae born about 1701. His Father was Johannes Heinrich Mosbach born about 1667 in Pfalz, Bavaria and his wife was Catherina Antoni born about 1673 in Pfalz, Bavaria. His Father was a Johannes Mosbach born about 1635 in Pfalz, Bavaria. That is all I have on my direct Mosbacher line and although I have some collateral lines, I would love to know more!!! My Grandfather and several of his brothers changed the spelling of their last name to Mosbacker during and after WWI to Americanize them and all 20+ families with that spelling are related to me. I graduated from the United States Military Academy on 4 June 1969 and while there, Emil "Bus" Mosbacher from just south of West Point had won the America's Cup Yachting Race and later became head of Protocol for the Nixon Administration. His brother, Robert Mosbacher from Texas Oil fame, ran President George Bush's political campaign and then became Secretary of Commerce. Their Mother was Jewish and thus they took that religion and caused many invitations to Jewish homes to come to my way to meet daughters of those who assumed I was related! Although, I called Robert's Oil Company offices in Texas and spoke with his secretary to find that he does have a namesake son whom is just a few years younger than I am, so far as I can tell, we are not related. I would however guess that with the abundance of Henreich and Henrys in my family and the fact that both are from Deidesheim, Pfalz, Bavaria, we are related. Let me know how I can help further the investigation! Thanks again, Rod Mosbacker


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