The name „van Moll“ in Germany was first mentioned
1768 in a small village in Hessen called “Mardorf”,
which today belongs to Marburg-Biedenkopf.
Bartholomäus (called “Barthel”) and Maria
Elisabeth (van Moll) had a daughter christened
there on May 15th 1768.
There is proof neither their marriage neither
took place in Mardorf nor one of the other departements
in Mainz. Until 1773 the family lived in Mardorf
and between 1774 and 1777 in the neighbouring
village “Roßdorf” where Barthel ran the
In 1773 the van Moll’s became fully entitled
parishioners in Mardorf by paying a “move-in-fee”
of 60 fl. It seems to be very difficult for
them as the invoices show a “lot of scriptures”
against the van Moll’s.
On May 21st 1773 Barthel applied and received
a certification of ancestry and reputation of
his home parish “Bergeijk” in Nord-Brabant (Netherlands).
The content of this certification: “..., dat
Barthel van Moll is gebooren van eelijke en
wettige ouders binnen deesen dorpe van Bergeyk”.
Furthermore an inheritance part of 300 Gulden
has been entitled.
In a second script, which Barthel had to show
in Mardorf, is said “that within their parish
(Bergeijk) there´s no bondage and every
citizen are free persons within the Republik
of the Meierei s'Hertogenbosh”.
In 1773 Barthel already paid a so called “brew-fee”.
Obviously besides the trading he already ran
a tavern, but hadn’t been the Municipality host.
On June 24th 1777 he rented the Municipality
restaurant for 3 years, paying a yearly rental
of 77 fl. Since 1780 Barthel owned an own house,
in which he traded and ran his pub. He brew
beer in the Municipality brewery. Since 1787
yearly deliveries of paper to Mardorf were is
recorded, as well as a small agriculture. In
1790 he owned 3 cows and since 1793 he regularly
rented allotments from the parish. This concludes
that he did not, as K.A. Müller wrote in
his book “Rund um Wall und Wehrturm” belong
to the manufacturers of brass and neither has
been a manufacturer of hand-fire-extringuishers.
On November 29th 1802 a marriage contract has
been set up between his son Johann Heinrich
and Maria Antonetta Spahn. Heinrich received
by his parents the house including the barn,
the mews and outhouses, the manufactur of brandy
including all supplies.
Barthel van Moll died July 13th 1816. His age
is quoted with 84 years, which concludes his
birth year to be 1733. As job title “host” is
Brabanter Händler in den mainzischen Ämtern
Amöneburg und Neustadt, von Dr. A. Schneider,
Sonderheft der Amöneburger Blätter
1989 des Museums Amöneburg
Rund um Wall und Wehrturm, Das 1200 jährige
Mardorf in Geschichte und Gegenwart, von K.A.