I've been looking for the parents of, or any other information regarding, John Sr. MUSSELMAN, born on 10 May 1750; died on 25 May 1821.
He settled in the Claar area, Bedford Co., with his wife Barbara BOYER. They had two sons, John Jr. and Jacob Sr. They are all found in the 1810 and 1820 Bedford Co. census but not before. John Sr. and many of his descendants are buried in Upper and Lower Claar Cemeteries in Bedford and Blair Counties and his descendants continue to live in this same general area of Pennsylvania. It is noted in various sources that the family moved to Bedford county around 1800-1803 from Lancaster County. I imagine that this could also be taken to be meant any of the counties that formed out of Lancaster up to this time.
Barbara BOYER's first marriage was to Peter BOYER and they had at least one son, John BOYER, Sr. who married Barbara STAMBAUGH. I had an email a good few years ago from a man descended from this marriage and filed the note away for follow-up but got busy elsewhere and now have lost touch. If you are out there reading this Larry please drop me a note. I'm desperate to ask you some questions!! It would be helfull to know if John and Barbara had any other children... this could help when looking at census records that seem to make no sense because of too many children... and also, was Barbara John's widow? Perhaps a will could shed some light.
It has been suggested to me that John Sr. is son of Christian Musselman b. 1705 in germany d. 1755 as noted in 'Emigrants, Refugees and Prisoners' by R. W. Davis. I have not seen these volumes myself but from what i understand that info regarding john b. 1750 is fairly sketchy and marked with a ?
I'm posting all of this again because I am making a trip back to the states for the month of October and have some time to travel around and do bits of research. I'll obviously be spending some time in Lancaster County. Though it is noted that this family moved from Lancaster County, that county changed and grew into others during the time that John lived there. What is the general direction to take in this case? Will a lot of the records (York, Adams, etc.) be 'combined' into Lancaster County archives? Also, I do have a list of libraries and Historical Societies to visit, but, are there any suggestions of places not to miss? I guess this goes for Lancaster, York, and Adams Counties together...
Thanks very much for your attention to this. I look forward to any replies.