Note: John Moots (Johann Michael Motz) came to this country in 1763. On October 5, 1763 John arrived in the port of Philadelphia aboard the ship "Richmond" from Rotterdam, last from Portsmouth. Source; Pennsylvania German Pioneers-List of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia, Vol 1, by Ralph Beaver Strassburger, LLD on the Ship Richmond from Rotterdam (Page 685)
The family spent time in the Lancaster County, PA area for approximately 20 years, but by 1785 some members were in the Chillicothe, Ross County, OH vicinity. When and where Elizabeth Linksweiler Moots died is not known at this time. Her name is not mentioned in the settlement of John Moots' estate.
Johann Michael Moots married Barbara Fehman @@ St. Michael and Zion Church, September 15, 1777. This may be a second marriage or even a different Johann Moots. However, there was a Barbara Moots who received money from his estate in Ross County, OH. Barbara could be a wife or a daughte Source; Record of Marriages Prior to 1810, Vol 12 [Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore] Page 380
Source; Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States taken in 1790 Pennsylvania Page 192 John Michael Moots - Northumberland County Males 16 and older (1) Females (2) (early census records do not give details)
John Moots is listed in "Ohio Wills and Estates" to 1850, Ross County, Ohio Case C#04999 Abstract as follows: (1) Bond-Isaac Crouse and John Sharp $1,000 30 April 1803 (2) Inventory $311.75 May 7, 1803 Samuel Smith and John Goodman (3) No Acct paper, just vouchers. l. George Moots - Mar 30, 1807 received $46.20 witness: Samuel Jones 2.Philip Moots - Mar 30, 1807 received $46.20 witness: Samuel Jones 3.Barbara Moots - $46.27 April 11, 1807 received by Edward Wildcahm for her. 4.Conrad Moots - August 1, 1805 $36.54 -signed "part of the estate of my father" witness: David Crouse 5.Charles Moots - April 9, 1807 $46.37 John Moots' grave site has not been located at this time. Two of the witnesses on his estate papers are Isaac and David Crouse. The presence of these names, may be a clue as to where John Moots is buried. John Moots may be buried in the Crouse Farm Cemetery, Circleville Twp, Ross County, Ohio. The following account states:
From Williams Bros "History of Franklin and Pickaway Counties, Ohio" pg 198 - "In Circleville Twp is a cemetery on the Crouse farm, where it has long been disused, unfenced and neglected. It occupies the top of a high knoll which is covered by trees and the field about it is cultivated but does not seem to be very fertile, while here and there an apple tree shows that the ground was once covered by an orchard. Nearby are some ice houses that have been filled from the river on whose bank they stand. At several of the graves, slabs of a kind of sandstone are still standing; at others they have been broken off and are lying on the ground, the stone being soft and flaky. Several of the inscriptions have become quite illegible and the oldest that can still be made out is the following: "In memory of Margaret, wife of Aquilla Justus, who died November 9, 1813, aged 47 years." I would assume that John Crouse and his wife, Catherine Umstead are also buried there. Submitted by Janet Ray Perts
Pioneer Ohio Newspapers 1795-1810 Volume 1, Thursday 16 April 1801 No.52 A List Of Letters at the Post Office in Chillicothe included among others,........John Moots in care of Mr. McCollister in Chillicothe.
Between 1810 and 1815 three of the sons, George, Conrad and Charles made their way to Logan County, OH. Phillip and Catherine Goodman Moots remained behind in Ross County. There may have been other members of this extended family that also stayed on in Ross County, Ohio. But, for the most part the brothers, George, Conrad and Charles Moots and their children moved away and settled in Champaign and Logan Counties in Ohio.
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