Nicholas Mauser, was a native of Germany and emigrated to this country in 1779, settling in Montour (then Northumberland) county, cleared land and built himself a home. He was a Revolutionary soldier. He lies at rest in the Ridgeville churchyard, in Cooper township. He left one son, Christian, and two daughters, Mrs. Deaffenbaucher and Mrs. Kocher.
Christian Mauser was born March 8, 1779, and died May 27, 1866. He married Catherine Sechler, who was born April 21, 1786, and died Dec. 20, 1862. They lived on the old homestead, where Mr. Mauser followed farming. Their children were: Joseph, who married Lydia Fry; Betsey, wife of John Krumm; Barbara, wife of Michael Wertman; John, who married Lydia Wertman; Michael, who married Catherine Wertman; Jacob, who married Catherine Krumm; William, who married Maria Fry; Maria, who married Michael Wertman; Fanny, who married Thomas Cole; Molly, wife of Edmund White; and Catherine, wife of Thomas Cole.
Jacob Mauser followed farming on the old homestead, where he was born, and died there. He and his wife had three children: Mary E., widow of Isaiah Hagenbuch, resides in Grovania; Lydia died in infancy; Aaron C., born July 21, 1849, married Ellen Kiefer, and resides on the old Mauser homestead.
Joseph Mauser, father of David, was born in Cooper township and followed farming as an occupation. He bought the old Fry farm and lived upon it until his death. He was buried in the Lazarus churchyard. To his marriage with Lydia, daughter of Jacob Fry, were born the following children: Noah, who died at Mifflinburg, Pa.; David; William, living in Lewisburg; Annie, wife of Henry Lazarus; Elizabeth, wife of Daniel Fry; and Ellen, wife of Levi Weaver, living in Bloomsburg.
David Mauser learned the trade of blacksmith and followed it for several years, but finally took charge of his father's homestead in Montour township, living there until his death, Dec. 10, 1902. He was interred in the cemetery of the Lazarus Church, of which he was a member. He was a Democrat and served several years as school director. He married Sarah J. Krumm, daughter of Gideon and Elizabeth (Crpmley) Krumm. They had no children of their own, but reared a daughter, Annie S. Krumm, daughter of John Krumm, taking her at the age of seven. She married George C. Thomas, and is living on the Mauser homestead. They have had seven children: David M., Harry K., Preston C., Boyd W., Helen S. (deceased), Mildred Edna,
and James L. (deceased). Mrs. Mauser still lives on the old home property, and is happy in the affection of her adopted daughter and her children.
Historical and biographical annals of Columbia and Montour counties - Mauser
Mauser. Nicholas Mauser resided in Bucks county, Pa., until the year 1785, when he settled in Cooper township, in what is now Montour county, Pa., buying a large tract of timberland, which was a portion of the property held by the William Penn heirs. He was a soldier in the Revolution, and on Jan. 4, 1777, was commissioned first lieutenant of Capt. Christian Buckley's company, of the 3d Battalion, Bucks county militia.
Christian Mauser, son of Nicholas Mauser, was fourteen years old when he was brought to Cooper township, and lived in the little log cabin his father built on the land he purchased. As evidence of the substantial manner in which work was done in those early days, as compared with to-day, that log cabin, built in 1785, is still standing and is in an excellent state of preservation. Christian Mauser lived to be eighty-eight years old, and died contented with what he had accomplished during his long and eminently useful life.