I am a descendant of John Mohlar/Moler, who with brothers Valentine and Lewis, emigrated from Germany to America about 1750, possibly with parents (their father is probably Henry Moler).
Family tradition has it that Lewis and John married Swingle sisters (Lewis to one and John to Susannah "Susa") and that after Valentine and wife, Christina, and John and Susa settled in North Carolina, all contact was lost with Lewis. But I've never discovered why.
I'm wondering about this missing brother and his Swingle wife. Does anyone have any info on either of them? Is it possible that it was Valentine's wife, Christina, who was the other Swingle? What do we know about her?
Although I know that John Mohlar was illiterate (at least in English), if Susa still had a sister in Pennsylvania, wouldn't she have found a way to stay in contact? By the next generation of my John Moulder branch, they are writing letters back and forth from North Carolina to Indiana (Adam Sheets and Isaac Hendrix, husbands of two of John Moler/Moulder's daughters) in the 1820s.
Side note: one of the letters, which I found on a Web site of Scott Co, IN, reference Jacob Moulder as "Jacob Moler" so not all of the immediate family recognized the name change of 1815/1816.
It's hard to believe that Lewis just fell off the earth, so to speak. Surely there are some of his descendants out there with some information!
Looking forward to any responses and to filling in some more of the Moulder history.