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Jacob was a Professor of Public Schools in Warren County, Kentucky for thirty years.His son George B Moulder was considered the authority on the Moulder family history.Quoting George C Moulder, author of "The Moulder Family", George B Moulder, of Nashville, Tennessee, in his younger days, took a great interest in our family history and I believe ran it back as far as it will ever go in authentice history without a great lot of hard work and expense."
George W. Moulder futher quotes Jacob, father of George B Moulder, from a letter that Jacob wrote dated 7 May 1897:
"The Moulders are of Teutonic descent, the ancient orthography being Muller, Mohlar, Molder and then Moulder.John Moulder and his wife Susa crossed the ocean about 1760.He leaving behind his sister Meta whose romantic adventures with the great musician Grofstock has found a place in history.One of the brothers, Otford Muller, who was a great musician, remained in Germany.As already stated, John and Susan crossed the water, settled first in North Carolina and finally in Tennessee, twenty four miles north of Knoxville and died there.His widow Susan survived him many years and my uncle David Evans remembers her very distinctly.They are now sleeping side by side at the old family burying place at the farm now owned by Nelson Yeadon near Traswell, Tennessee.They had sons Jacob, Felta or Valentine, and Henry.The family of Jacob migrated northward through Ohio and Indiana.I have never seen any of his descendants.The people of Henry crossed the Mississippi at or near Memphis and peopled Arkansas.I have seen three distinct branches of his family.Samuel, having settled near Carthage, Tennessee.They are just like the Moulders in features and faculty.Felta, or Valentine, remained near the old homestead, was a Justice of the Peace for 40 years and a very popular Baptist preacher.See his name in Benedict's History of the Baptists 1848.He was drowned in the Clinch River, Tennessee in 1826.He was in the water lodged upon a grape-vine still alive for twelve days before the body was found, and was buried at the high water mark in obedience to the then Eistenge law.
In 1878 I made a pilgramage to fatherland and saw the graves of John and his wife Susan also that of my Grandfather Felta at Sharp's Chapel, Tennessee.Grandfather Felta's wife Levina was a Penn.She survived her husband twenty seven years but her agony of suspense over the loss of her husband demented her mind and she remained partially though harmlessly deranged until her death.She was not buried beside her husband, but at the cemetery, now a very large one, at the old homestead of Valentine Moulder, three miles north of Maynardville, Tennessee.A State road runs over my grandfather's grave.Mrs. Sharp who knew the location came very near failing to find it.I found both grave stones, that of the foot being six inched below the surface while the head stone was visible.I did not replace but I set a stone four feet high at the head with his name roughly carved on it.Grandfather Felta's wife Levina was a direct descendant of William Penn.
They left twelve children, six girls, Selina, Polly, Susan, Vina, Bettie, and Rebecca, six boys, George W, Felta, John, Rufus, my father Jacob and Silas.The first second, fourth and sixth migrated to Camden County, Missouri in an early day where they propagated a numerous progeny, many of which being of wealth and influence.All the girls married in Tennessee.We have a swarm of relatives there who are able and are willing to entertain relation and who are proud of their noble ancestry."