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Husband: Felix Jackson MOTSINGER
Born: 21 NOV 1726 in Marthalen, Switzerland
Felix Motsinger's first wife (name unknown) died in Pennsylvania, the church and records burned prior to 1765. By 1768, Felix had taken his four children to NC where in 1768 he bought 360 acres of Joshua & Dorothy Teague, located both sides drains of Abets Creek.
In 1790 2nd married Elizabeth, the widow of John Long (Rev. Slodier). Elizabeth had a daughter, Susanna who had married John Motsinger, son of Felix, Sr. and it was the son who was his bondsman at marriage.
Felix Sr. died in summer of 1791 and in the fall of 1791, Felix Jackson Motsinger Jr. was born. This was the only child she ever had by Felix, Sr.
Her sons, Rev. Frederick Long, Methodist Episcopal Minister, and Jacob Long went to Clermont County Ohio. Grandma Elizabeth couldn't stand the loneliness of loss both sons. So 1800 she gave land, etc. back to my Motsinger family. They provided grandma with two horses and gave her money. She took her household effects and with her son Felix Jr, went to Clermont Co., Ohio on two horses.
Felix J. Motsinger Jr stated in his Bible "My mother is buried on the Guineel Pike.:
Felix Sr. indeed had a daughter, Elizabeth, born 1750's in PA. She married Christian Hamm, [unreadible] Soldier of NC.
The Elizabeth Motsinger born 1790 NC was the daughter of my third great grandparents, Jacob, born PA c. 1752/53 m. Hannah Braun born about 1760. According to my grt grt grandfather's records, his father died Washington Co., Ind about 1852 and he told his granddaughter, my own grandma, his mother died the year he prepared to come to Illinois (1835). No stones mark their graves, thusly only family tradition. I tried to prove Jacob's Rev Soldier to the tune of $96 and lot of research but to no avail. All his sons and daughters stated he served. The Motsinger family owned large acreage NC so no application was ever made by service record. Also in Washington Co, Ind they became quite wealthy by hard labor and diligence as also did the maternal line of Gilstrap family.
Please change your records to Elizabeth Motsinger, born 1790 Rowan Co., NC, daughter of Jacon and Hannah Motsinger. She married Johann Lagenour, 25 Sept 1808, Friedland NC. Elizabeth died 1878, burial Sinking Springs (Church of Christ) Cemetery, Washington Co., IN.
From Marie Hurst Lewis:
1) Rowan Co North Carolina. Index to wills.
C:21 Felix Motzinger. Dated 8 Jun 1791. Probate 1791.
Wife Elizabeth. Sons: John, Jacob, Daniel.
300 acres on Abits Creek, known as the old Hawks place.
Dau. Elizabeth. Child in Being.
Children of dau. Elizabeth: Barbara, Mary and Christian Ham.
Children of my wife and John Long, deceased: John, Jacob and Frederick
Long. Execrs: son Jacob and Thomas Long. (Signed) Felix (x) Motsinger
Witt: Adam Geayer, Jno. Monro, Susannah Grove(Graves) Her X.
see also Rich Henry record of same at
2) Per Motsinger researcher and descendant Rex Finley, Felix came to
Penn w/ father Jacob Motzinger about 1735. To NC 1776. Rev. War Service.
Felix, the child in being in Felix's will, born 1791, to Clermont Ohio
with mother, Elizabeth.
3) Another descendant found record of Jakob and Johann Matzinger's entry
to Penn, where they remained for some years before going on into NC. The
son's names all began with Johann and all were blacksmiths.
4) 1788 2 Aug. Rowan Co. Deeds
11:502 Joseph Jones to Dewalt (Devolt) Mock... both sides Guilford Rd.
adjacent Mocks Homestead on the North Side... also adjacent Felix
Witt: John Monroe, John Grove. Proved by Monroe at August Court 1788.
4) 1810 Federal Census of North Carolina, Rowan Co.
Felix Motsinger, pg 48. No Twp Listed.
[this has to be a descendant of Felix, but I don't show who he belongs
to. There were only 4 Motsingers listed as HOH at any time in the early
days, the 1810 only shows 3, Daniel, Felix and Jacob./MPL]
5) Rowan Co. Register Vol. III 1988. Rowan Co. Deeds. pg 630.
11:298 1 Dec 1787
Idle to Dan'l Motsinger d 1 Feb 1786. for 8.14.0 [8 pounds, 14
shillings, 0 pence.] 300 acres on Bushy Fork of Abbots Creek adjacent
Adam Harman & Idle.
Witt: J.Monroe, Archa Jonson, Hugh Fitzpatrick. Proved Feb. Court 1788 by
[I have not tried to find which Daniel this was, but this is obviously
the land in the will in 1) and had passed to Felix in that 3 year
6) SAR application for Armard Valerie Motsinger.
Felix Motsinger is the ancestor who assisted in establishing
American Independence, while acting in the capacity of Furnishing
supplies to the militia, South Carolina, Virginia and North Carolina.
He referenced Mrs Pearl Idol, High Point, North Carolina (Deceased)
DAR National #239549. Descendant of Felix Motsinger thru his
7) NSDAR application papers:
#644078, Tenna Harvey Litchtenberger
#77712, Linda W.R. Hewlett
#682244-A67, Alice Floyd Riordan
#790464, Margaret Elizabeth Williams Hohnstein
Abstracts of Last Will and Testament, Rowan Co., NC p. 33:
Widow, wife of John Long. (2nd wife)
[John, Jacob and Daniel by 1st wife]
John m. Susannah Long
Jacob b 1775 Rowan Co., NC. m. Hannah Brown
Daniel m. Millie Harmon, Dianna Winkler
Elizabeth m ______ Ham [Her children named in will]
[Felix by 2nd wife]
Felix Jr. 18 Sept 1791 Rowan Co., NC. m. Mary Kramer
"So far as we know, Felix is the ancestor of all the North Carolina Motsingers. He was baptized at Marthalen in 1727, immigrated with his parents in 1735, and appears on Pennsylvania tax lists in 1762 and 1763 in Heidelberg township, Northampton County. The birthdates of his children suggest that he married probably in the late 1750s in Pennsylvania, but we don't know the name of his first wife. In 1765 he moved to Rowan County NC and purchased land in the Abbotts Creek area (present-day Davidson county). He served with Francis Marion in South Carolina during the Revolution. In 1790 he married Elizabeth, widow of John Long. He died in Rowan County NC on 8 Aug 1791. His will names his sons John, Jacob, and Daniel Motsinger, and daughter Elizabeth Ham, also Elizabeth Long's children Susannah, John, Jacob and Frederick Long." -http://users.erols.com/fmoran/motsinger.html
Born: about 1728 in Heidelberg, Northampton, Pennsylvania
"Johannes Lang arrived in America in 1733 on the Charming Betsy, with his son John. In 1758 he received a land grant in the Abbotts Creek area of Rowan County (now northeastern Davidson or southeastern Forsyth County). One family history (Craver, see below) names his wife as Anna, but he was survived by a wife Elizabeth, who married Felix Motsinger as her second husband in 1790. Felix Motsinger's will refers to Susannah, John, Jacob and Frederick Long, children of John Long and Elizabeth. We are assuming here that Elizabeth is the mother of all the children." -http://users.erols.com/fmoran/motsinger.html
A LONG CHRONOLOGY
11-11-1743 A Thomas Long 200 AC, Craven County, North Carolina
5-1754 A Thomas Long 450 Ac. Duplin Co. NC
1757 Thomas Long still in Duplin County
12-5-1760 A John Long 120 Acres in Anson Co. NC
1762 A John Long 200 AC Anson Co, NC
3-12-1788 John Long, farmer died (Rowan County, NC) He signs his name in German. His wife, Elizabeth, makes her mark. Thomas Long is witness. Children listed:
Felix, Barnet, Susannah, John, Jacob, and Frederick.
1-27-1790 Widow Elizabeth Long marries Felix Motsinger. Thomas Long, bondsman.
11-26-1791 Susannah Long (this must be John and Elizabeth's daughter) marries John Motsinger
6-8-1791 Felix Motsinger dies. Names sons John, Jacob, Daniel, daughter Elisabeth, and "child in being". "The children of my wife and John Long, deceased, to have their part of their father's estate: John, Jacob, and Frederick Long"
Executors: Son, Jacob Motsinger and Thomas Long
9-15-1791 Felix Fotsinger, Jr. born
10-26-1797 Thomas Long died. Wife Catharina. Sons John, George, Thomas, and David. Daughters Mary, Catharina, Rose, Christiana, Sarah, Molly
Executors: Felix Long, John Howch
9-11-1804 Frederick Long and Charity Seylough married Rowan Co., NC Bondsman, Jacob Long
10-28-1804 Jacob Long and Elisabeth Clinart married Rowan Co. NC Bondsman, John Motsinger
1810 Clermont, OH tax lists include Jacob Long, John Long
1858 Felix Motsinger died Clermont Co, OH Wife Mary Kramer d l-11-17
1867 Frederick Long died age 83 (would have been born 1784 and about 4 yrs old when his father died. Wife Charity died 1783. Buried Leming Cemetery near Mulberry, OH
01 (M): Daniel MOTSINGER
02 (M): Jacob MOTSINGER
03 (M): John MOTSINGER
04 (F): E. MOTSINGER
05 (M): Felix Jackson MOTSINGER
Revised: July 16, 2005
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