Person:Edward Mobberly (6)

m. est 1687/8
  1. John Mobberly1688/9 - bet 1752
  2. James Mobberly1691 - bef 1759
  3. William Mobberly1693 - 1775
  4. Edward Mobberly1696 - 1765
  5. Thomas Mobberly1697/8 - 1769
m. abt 1718
  1. William Moberleyabt 1718 - bef 1781
  2. Clement Moberlyabt 1720 - abt 1793
  3. Benjamin Moberlyabt 1728 - abt 1803
  4. Edward Moberly, Jr.abt 1729 - 1781
  5. Mary Moberlyabt 1734 - est 1748-1828
  6. Susannah Moberlyabt 1735 - 1769
  7. John Moberlyabt 1736 - aft 1822
  8. Samuel Moberlyabt 1739 - abt 1803
  9. Elizabeth Moberly1741 - 1838
  10. Sarah Moberlyest 1743 - abt 1822
  11. Keziah Moberlyabt 1747 - aft 1826
  12. Dorcus Moberly - Aft 1795
Facts and Events
Name Edward Mobberly
Alt Name Edward Moberly
Gender Male
Birth[6] 13 May 1696 Anne Arundel, Maryland, United StatesAll Hallows Parish
Other[4][8] Mar 1708 Prince George's, Maryland, United Statesreceived deed of gifts on father's remarriage
Marriage abt 1718 based on estimated ages of oldest known children
to Susannah Unknown
Property[4][10] 10 May 1718 Anne Arundel, Maryland, United Statesreceived a deed of gift from father, share and share alike with four brothers
Other[9] 28 Nov 1728 Prince George's, Maryland, United Statesnamed as heir in father's probate; married at that time
Property[12] 11 Jan 1739 Anne Arundel, Maryland, United StatesWarrent issued for survey of "Freed Land" in Prince George's County, patent issued 10 Nov 1740
Residence[14] abt 1741 Prince George's, Maryland, United Statessigned petition, along with William, Clement Mobberly, William Brown, Alexander Duvall, Giles Williams
Property[17] 1 Aug 1741 issued a Warrant for Survey for 100 acres; assigned 60 acres to brother John bef 1 Jan 1743
Other[18] 1744 Prince George's, Maryland, United Statesmay have been one of 68 people in what is now Washington County who signed a petition for a better road
Property[12] 8 Mar 1747 Prince George's, Maryland, United Statessold "Freed Land"
Residence[3][11] 1748-1752 Lunenburg, Virginia, United Stateson tithe (tax) lists
Property[19] 10 Jan 1748 Lunenburg, Virginia, United StatesPatent for 330 acres
Other[7][3] 7 Feb 1750/1 Lunenburg, Virginia, United Statesnamed in will of William Brown as executor, husband of Susanna, father of Elizabeth (will entereid into probate Oct 1752)
Residence[20] from Oct 1751 to Nov 1752 Lunenburg, Virginia, United Statespetitioned for and helped develop road near Otter River
Property[3] 10 Sep 1756 Bedford (county), Virginia, United Statesresident Craven County, South Carolina; sold property on Island Creek to Samuel Drake
Residence[2] 1758-61 South Carolina, United States
Property[3][21] 4 Sep 1762 Bedford (county), Virginia, United Statesresident Craven County, South Carolina; sold property on Island Creek to Philip Preson
Death[13] 11 Apr 1765 Craven, South Carolina, United States
Alt Death[1][3][4][13] Abt 1787 Camden (district), South Carolina, United Statesmore likely confusion with son Edward's date of death


William Woodward Dixon, in 1915, claimed that Edward Moberley was the son of a William Moberley who came to the American colonies with William Penn, married Phoebe Lovejoy, governess of Penn’s children, and settled in Port Tobacco, Charles County, Maryland.[2] That claim has been discredited,[3][4] and Edward is now recognized as the son of John Mobberley of Anne Arundel and Prince George's County, Maryland.


By 1748, Edward was living in what at the time was Lunenburg County, Virginia, where he appears on the Tithe Lists (comparable to tax lists) by 1748. Based on those records, he lived in the area between the “Falling River to Goose Creek”, north of the Roanoke River. Based on deed records, he likely along a branch of the Otter River known as Island Creek, in the present-day county of Bedford. Bedford County did not exist until about the time Edward left, created out of Lunenburgh County on 13 Dec 1753.

South Carolina

Edward probably moved to South Carolina in 1755 or 1756. He was still in Virginia in October 1752 when he qualified as an executor for the will of William Brown, his son Clement acting as one of his sureties. Clement was still listed as "of Bedford County" when he sold property there in October 1755, while Edward was listed as "of Craven County, South Carolina" when he sold property in Bedford County in September 1756. (This was apparently the same property he sold again in 1760 -- See Hill, pp. 238-239 for discussion.)[3] Dixon[2] suggests that the Moberley's arrived in South Carolina in 1758 or later, perhaps based on the dates of land patents they received there. However the date land is patented and the date of residence and application for a patent can be several years apart, and Hill[3] notes that some members of the Moberley family were receiving land patents by 1758.

When Edward moved to South Carolina, he settled in an area then known as Craven County, one of the original counties of South Carolina. The area where he lived became part of Camden District in 1768 (after Edward’s death if the early estimates of his death are correct). Fairfield County did not exist until 1785, as a “sub-district” of Camden District. In other words, although the area where Edward lived eventually became Fairfield County, Edward never lived in Fairfield County, but in Craven County, and possibly, depending on his date of death, in Camden District

  1. Hieronymus, Goldie Smith. Descendants of Nathaniel Smith, Knox/Whitley County, Kentucky: son of Elijah Smith, Revolutionary War patriot from New Jersey and Virginia. (Arlington, Virginia: G.S. Hieronymus, 1982)

    p. 82 –Edward Moberly (b. 1700, d. ca 1787 Camden District, Fairfield County, South Carolina)

  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 excerpts, in Dixon, William Woodward. The Mobleys and their connections. (Washington [District of Columbia]: Library of Congress, 1915)

    Edward Moberley, came to South Carolina, some of the family now say as early as 1735, but circumstances and contemporaneous events lead one to believe that it was later, more likely between the years 1758 and 1761, for soon after his arrival he and his sons and one Hans Wagner participated in the troubles and war with the Cherokees.

  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Hill, George Anderson. Hill & Hill-Moberly connections of Fairfield County, South Carolina. (Ponca City, Oklahoma: Hill, c1961)

    Edward Moberley, Sr. (born 1700, died 1787?)
    Deed Records: pp. 238-239, from Bedford County, Virginia Court House

  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Mobley, Milton C. Mobleys in America. (TS, (PDF file, RootsWeb Free Pages, 1995?/2010?) (downloaded 10 May 2013)).

    14 Edward Moberley, b. 5/13/1696, MD, to VA 1748/49, Lunenberg Co; to SC ca 1758/60, [d.4/11/1765/Lawson] or 11/?/1782? {Edward Mobley Estate Appraisement made November 10th 1782 in Camden Dist., SC}[SC Militia]
    1715 {Data from Anne Willis, 9/15/92}
    [Edward Mobberly "of Anne Arundel Co." acquired "Powells Purchase" in 1715, sold it a year later as "Edward Mobberly of P. G. Co."] - [NOTE: Edward, son of John, was not old enough to be buying and selling property at this date. This property was for Edward Mobberly, School Master]]; Mobley also attributes the survey and purchase of "I Looked Many Places and None I Liked" to Edward, son of John. However, the timing of that and the associated purchase of "Peace and Quite" indicate that they were for Edward Mobberly, son of Edward "School Master" Mobberly.

    9/4/1762, Edward, then in Craven Co., SC, sold 400 acres on Island Creek, near Womack, in Bedford Co., VA to Philip Preston{Deed Book 2, p. 89}; also in 1762 he sold 330 acres on N. side of Otter River near Oak Mtn. Branch to Samuel Drake {Deed Book 2, p. 94} $]

    1769 Received a land grant on 7 Feb 1769, Edward Mobley, 50 acres on Broad River. At the same session, Clement Mobley received 150 acres on the Broad River.

    As for Edward's date of death:
    His estate is contained in Apartment 45, Package 1593 of the Old Camden District estate records of the Court of the Ordinary. His was one of a few that ended up in Sumter Co SC instead of Fairfield Co for some undetermined reason. [Note: This is the record for Edward Jr., who died October 1781.]this late a date].

  5.   Maryland, United States. Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650-1995. (FamilySearch Record Search).

    Edward Mobberly, b. 13 May 1696, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Christened Westminster Parish, Anne Arundel, Maryland
    Source: FHL Film # 13279 NOTE: These records have been seriously mis-indexed. There are no Mobberlys in Westminster Parish -- they are in All Hallows Parish, and the records are for births, not baptisms

  6. Parish Register 1669-1702, in All Hallow's Protestant Episcopal Church, All Hallows Parish (South River Parish), Anne Arundel county. Maryland State Archives Special Collection 2458
    p. 13, image 7 of 227 MSA SCM 221 .

    Edward son of John and Ann Mobberly his wife born 13 May 1696, in the Parish of All Hallows South River

  7. Mixed records, Vols. 1-3 1746-1791, in Virginia. Circuit Court (Lunenburg County), and Virginia. County Court (Lunenburg County). Mixed probate records and index, 1746-1949. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1949)
    Will Book 1, pp. 47, 67, 69 (Page 47 is Image 35 of 659 from FHL film No. 0032380, viewable in a Family History Center).

    pp. 47-48
    Will of William Brown, dated 15 February 1750
    Edward Mobarly and Jiles Williams to be executors
    "for respect and good will I bair my well-beloved God daughter Elizabeth Mobarly, daughter of Edward Mobarly and Susanna his wife", my land and plantations where on I now live
    and unto Jiles Williams all my goods and chattels
    Witnesses: Clement Moberley, Joseph (his mark) Williams, John (his mark) Williams.
    entered into probate on the (Second?) date of October 1752
    Executors: Edward Moberly, John Echolls, Clement Moberly

    Inventory (by Giles Williams) on p. 67
    Accounts (by Giles Williams) on p. 69

  8. Deed of gift from John Mobberly to sons on his remarriage, in Prince George's, Maryland, United States. Prince George's County Court (Land Records) 1702-1709 Maryland Land Records, Maryland State Archives
    Book C, p. 208a, MSA CE 65-2.

    March, 1708:
    John Moberly requests the following Deeds of Guifts be putt on record as viz:
    Know all men by these presents that I John Moberly Senior of Prince Georges County have made over and given a Deed of Guift unto my five sons John Moberly Junior [word scrached out] William Edward and Thomas and doo acquitt and sett them att liberty from me and all persons to work for themselves att ye yeares of sixteen- . . .
    I give to my son Edwd. Mobberly one Black Colored two year old Heifer called Prim and one Sow Shoath both of one marked the left year hath an upper Keele and an under Keele with a cropp and two Slitts in the Cropp the right ears hath only two slitts . . .

  9. Probate of John Mobberly, in Mobley, Milton C. Mobleys in America. (TS, (PDF file, RootsWeb Free Pages, 1995?/2010?) (downloaded 10 May 2013)).

    Estate Account of John Mobberly; Index 1, 1729/31, Lib. 10, f. 97
    The heirs are five sons, Viz: John, James, Edwd, Wm & Thomas Mobberley, all married on November 28,1729. Then came Susanna Mobberley Alias Bolton and made Oath on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God that the above account is just and true and after due examination is passed by
    Pet Dent D. Comry. of Prince Georges County

  10. Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States. Anne Arundel County Court (Land Records), 1712-1719. Maryland Land Records, Maryland State Archives
    Book IB 2, p.466, MSA CE-76-9.

    To all Christian People to whom this present writing shall come
    I John Mobberly senr of Prince Georges County, Province of Maryland, Planter
    for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which I have and bear unto my well beloved sons James Mobberly Wm Mobberly Edwd Mobberly and Thos Mobberly all of the said county and province planters
    [and] for other good and weighty considerations
    grant and confirm unto James Mobberly Edward Mobberly William Mobberly and Thomas Mobberly
    Land called Mobberlys Purchase being part of Neals Delight in Anne Arundel County containing 200 acres of land more or less [description of metes and bounds]
    the same to be divided between my said sons James Mobberly Wm Mobberly Edward Mobberly, and Thomas Mobberly equally share and share alike
    and whereas my said son James is already seated on the land his part to be laid out convenient to the plantation
    [details of stipulated entailment to heirs of his sons, with reversion to John Mobberly senior if all sons die and have no male heirs]
    Signed 10 May 1718, John Mobberly
    Witnesses: Richard Duckett, Geo. Gibson
    Affirmed the same day by John Mobberly and by Susanna his wife
    Recorded 18 June 1718

    Note: Milton Mobely included John Mobberly Jr. in the list of sons in John Mobberly Sr's 1718 deed of gift, but this seems to have been in error, as John is not named in the original deed.
    According to Mobley, Thomas, eldest surviving son of William, on 7/15/1775 sold 100 acres of the above tract to Rezin Mobberly for 18£ 15s, having inherited it from William, apparently as a 'quit-claim' action to quiet the title]

  11. Bell, Landon C. (Landon Covington). Sunlight on the southside: lists of tithes, Lunenburg County, Virginia, 1748-1783. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: George S. Ferguson, 1931, c1931)
    pp. 42-3, 83, 99, 150-1, 203 .

    Each year the head of the household was required to present a list of taxable individuals in his household. These included all males 16 and older, and all "negros, mulattos and Indian women" who were not free and who were 16 years of age or older.
    – 1748,(for the area from the mouth of the Otter River to the extent of the county upwards))
    Edward Mobberley, with Benja. Mobberley, 2; William Mobberley, 1; Clem Mobberley, 1
    – 1749,(for the area from Falling River to Goose Creek)
    Edwd. Mobberley, with Benjn. Mobberley 2
    – 1750,(for the area from Falling River to Goose Creek)
    Willm. Mobberly – 1; Edward Mobberly – 1; Benjm. Mobberly -1; Celmt [sic] Mobberly
    – 1752, Edwd Mobberley – 1; Clemt Mobberley – 1; Benjn Mobberley – 1

  12. 12.0 12.1 Edward Mobberly Land Records.

    11 Jan 1739 Anne Arundel, Maryland (Warrant for survey); 10 November 1740 Prince George's, Maryland (Patent issued) for "Freed Land" [Note: This land is in what is now Montgomery County.]

    8 March 1747 Prince George's, sold "Freed Land" (no wife named)

  13. 13.0 13.1 Photocopy of James Alexander Chapman Bible pages submitted as part of membership Application (No. 473172),Ancestor No. A080880 (Edward Mobley,Jr), from Beth Golden email 17 Oct 2017 (as provided by Ken Shelton).

    According to a family bible belonging to James Alexander Chapman, great-grandson of Edward Mobberly, Edward died 11 April 1765. Since then, Milton C. Mobley (and some others) have suggested that Edward did not die until 1781, based on Administration of the Estate of Edward Mobberley granted to William Mobberley with John Moberley and Henry Rogers as bondsmen on 17 Sept 1781 in Camden District (See Edward (Jr) for details]. However, the naming of Henry Rogers as a bondsman strongly suggests that this is, in fact, for the estate of Edward's son Edward.

  14. Scharf, John Thomas. History of western Maryland: being a history of Frederick, Montgomery, Carroll, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties from the earliest period to the present day; including biographical sketches of their representative men. (Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts, 1882)
    pp. 501-502.

    The Parish of All Saints in Frederick County was created in 1742 by an Act of the Provincial Assembly, being that part of Prince George's Parish north of the Great Seneca Run. It included all of what is now Frederick County, part of what is now Montgomery County as well as parts of what are now other counties. It was establish as a result of a Petition signed by nearly 200 people, including: Thomas Halsell (who married Mary Mobberly, Alexander Duvall, William Brown, John and Elias Delashmut . . . Edward, William, and Clement Mobberly, George Williams, Giles Williams

  15.   Williams, Thomas John Chew, and Folger McKinsey. History of Frederick County, Maryland: with a biographical record of representative families. (Baltimore [Maryland]: Regional Pub. Co., 1967)
    Vol. 1, p. 8 Google Books, accessed 16 Oct 2017.

    "One of the very earliest settlements in the present territory of Frederick County was by people of English blood who came up the route from the Potomac at the mouth of Rock Creek,*** and settled in the Urbana district, near the site of the present village of that name.”
    ***”These early English settlers included the Bealls, Murdocks, Cockeys, Worthingtons, Donalds, Duvalls, Johnsons, McPersons, Fearhakes, Rines, Brashears, Henrys, Moberlys, Simmonses, and Dixons.”

  16.   Anne Arundel County (Certificates, Patented, Anne Arundel) 1704-1971, in Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States. Maryland State Archives
    "Patented Certificate 1048", Neals Delight, Neal Clark, 1050 Acres. MSA S1189-1109.

    p. 4
    By virtue of a Special Warrant of Resurvey granted to Neale Clarke of annarundell County dated 30 July 1731 for Neal's Delight lying in the greate fork of Petuxent River and on the North Branch on Snowdens river

  17. Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States. Anne Arundel County Land Office (Certificates, Patented, Anne Arundel) 1704-1971, MSA S1189-1060, Maryland State Archives
    No. 1000, p.4.

    I do hereby assign, sell and make over to my brother John Mobberly Jr. sixty acres of a Land Warrant being part of a Warrant Granted to me for 100 acres on 1 August 1741.
    Signed Edward [backwards] E his mark Mobberly

  18. Tracey, Grace L, and John P. (John Philip) Dern. Pioneers of old Monocacy: the early settlement of Frederick County, Maryland, 1721-1743. (Baltimore [Maryland]: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1987).

    p. 55
    "A petition from 68 individuals living in what is now Washington County was presented to the August Court of 1744 [in Prince George's County] requesting that the road be better located" from the foot of Shenandoah [aka South] Mountain via Richard Touchstone's to Mr. Bell's Gap on Cottacken Mountain. Surveyors were instructed to lay out the road and to continue it by Edward Mobley's into the wagon road by John Pyburn's (the southern end of the route.) Source: Prince George's County Court Records, CC:505.
    NOTE: implies that Edward was living somewhere between Richard Touchstone and John Pyburn, on Pyburn's side of a gap (pass).

  19. Bowry, J. Philip III, abstractor. "Virginia Land Patent Book 28 (10 Jan 1748/49 - 5 Sep 1749) Pages 501-730", in Virginia Genealogical Society (Richmond, Virginia). Magazine of Virginia genealogy. (Richmond [Virginia]: Virginia Genealogical Society)
    Vol 30, No. 2, p. 137.

    pp. 501-502 - 330 acres for Edward Mobberly,N side of Otter River above mouth of Oak Mt. Branch

  20. Virginia. County Court (Lunenburg County). County Court order books, 1746-1865. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1949).

    Order Book 1746-1752, October Court 1751, p. 471 (Image 564, FamilySearch)
    Petition of Edward Mobberly and others for a road from the Church on Otter River to the said River to Clement Mobberlies to the South Fork of Little Otter River then to Goose Creek near John Harvies; ordered that Edward Mobberly and John Harvey examine where the road is petitioned for & report the conveniency and inconveniency thereof
    Order Book 1752-1754, June Court 1752, p. 48, (Image 31, FamilySearch)
    William Stone appointed Surveyor of road from Fishdam of Otter River to James Johnson at the Poplar Springs and "with male laboring tithable Persons", inc. John Payne at the Quarter, Rice Price, Thomas Price, Edward Mobberly, Benjamin Mobberly, John Mobberly, Thomas Pitman, William Moss and others, to clear land and keep the same in repair
    November Court 1752, p. 322 (Image 169, Family Search)
    Edward Moberly appointed Surveyor of Road from Otter River to the Fish Dam Road near the Church and together with male laboring tithable persons con[?] there to clear and keep same in order

  21. Deed Books, Volumes 1-2, 1754-176, in Bedford, Virginia, United States. Deed Books, 1754-1901; General Indexes, 1754-1929
    FHL film #30554.

    Vol. 2,p. 89 (Image 342)
    Indenture 4 September 1762
    Between Edmund [sic] Mobberly of Craven County, South Carolina Planter
    and Phillip Preston of Bedford, Colony of Virginia
    who paid Edward Mobberley 40£ current money of Vifginia for 400 acres in the part of Lunenburg County now called Bedford on both sides of Island Creek a Branch of Otter River on the South Side of the [Land] as per Patent baring Date 21 August 1760 begining at Womacks corner [metes and bounds].
    Signed Edward Md [his mark] Mobberly
    Witness Joseph Drake, Ephraim Drake, Sam: Drake
    Proven in Bedford County Court 8 September 1762 by Saml Drake, Jos. Drake and Ephraim Drake.