J. H. Moellering, one of the
early settlers of Clayton County, was born in
Prussia, Germany, in 1818. He learned the carpenter's
trade in his native country, and in the summer of
1846 came to the United States. He resided in St.
Louis, Mo., until the following spring, when he came
to Clayton County and purchased a farm in Jefferson
Township. In 1849 he bought a farm of eighty acres in
Garnavillo Township, upon which he still resides. He
has added to his original purchase until he now owns
260 acres of fine improved land. He was married in
his native country to Margaret Petering.
They have five children --
Eliza, Mary, Henry, William and Margaret. Like many
others of the pioneers of Clayton County, Mr.
Moellering was in very limited circumstances when he
came here, but by steady application to business and
fair dealing has accumulated an ample competence. His
brother, H.H. Moellering*, was a soldier under
Napoleon I. and served four years, participating in
many of the important campaigns of the great warrior.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 806
*July 21, 2010 this annotation was added by Jon B.
Moellering, gg-grandson of J.H. Moellering:
"The brother was not H.H. Moellering, he was Frederick
William Moellering. Frederick William was in the Prussia
German army in battles against Napoleon's French army. Taken
prisoner, his life was spared because he was able to speak
french. He was ordered to join in the war against his own
countrymen. He endured severe northern winter and the lack of
food. He remained a prisoner until the close of the war. It
was always his belief that he would not have survived had it
not been for his ability to speak the language of the enemy.
J. H. Moellering's son, Frederick William Moellering was
named after his uncle Frederick William Moellering from
Germany, who was in the Prussia German army."
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