John Townes MOSELEY

HAIRSTON.org ID#24, b. 1797, d. 11 December 1883
Father*William MOSELEY1,2 b. 18 May 1754, d. 19 Jun 1816
Mother*Rebecca Clarke TOWNES2 b. 18 May 1765, d. 21 Aug 1846
Birth*John Townes MOSELEY was born in 1797 in Powhatan, Virginia.3,2 
He was the son of William MOSELEY and Rebecca Clarke TOWNES.1,2 
WillJohn Townes MOSELEY was mentioned in the will of William MOSELEY on 14 July 1814 in Powhatan, Virginia; William L. Moseley left a will dated 14 Jul 1814 in Powhatan County mentioning: his wife Rebecca C. Moseley, sons Jno. T. Moseley and Wm. A. Moseley and daughter Martha A. Moseley (not married). Wife is Executrix and Armstead T. Townes (Rebecca's brother" and Major Edward Moseley are executors.1
Marriage*John Townes MOSELEY married Mary Wortley MONTAGUE, daughter of Mickelborough MONTAGUE and Ann Carter "Nancy" VAUGHAN, on 1 December 1825 in Powhatan, Virginia. Mickleborrough Montague father. John J. Watkins and Eliza. J. Stanard security and witness. Powhatan County, Virginia Marriage Register 1777-1853, page 98. Family Search Film #007579028, Image 205.4,5,6,7,2
Residence* In 1835 John moved his family to Kemper County, Mississippi from Virginia.5,2 
Census 1850*John Townes MOSELEY appeared on the census of 11 November 1850 in Kemper, Mississippi.8

 
Census 1860*He appeared on the census of 18 October 1860 in District 2, Noxubee, Mississippi.3

 
Census 1870*He appeared on the census of 6 July 1870 in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, John T. Mosely 72 farmer b. VA, Mary W. 62, William X. 35 Physician, Martha A. 27, Thomas 8, Margaret M. 5.9

 
Census 1880*He appeared on the census of 21 June 1880 in Beat 4, Noxubee, Mississippi, J T Moseley Sr 81 (retired farmer), Mary 72, Martha A 37 (dau. b. Miss.), Jno L 35, Annie B. Wilborn 33 (widowed daughter, b. Miss.), Brook Wilborn 9 (grandson), Mary Wilborn 7 (grand dau.), Richard Wilborn 5 (grandson).10

 
Death*He died on 11 December 1883 in Noxubee, Mississippi.5,7,2 
Biography*John T. Moseley (deceased) was a prominent merchant and banker of Kemper county, Miss., at Old Wahalak. He was born in Powhatan county, Va., in 1797, and was a son of William and Rebecca (Townes) Moseley. His father was a native of Virginia and became a prominent lawyer. Mr. Moseley was reared and married in Virginia. His wife was Mary W. Montague, daughter of M. Montague. She has borne him ten children: Nancy Rebecca, Sallie I., Wortley, Mariah, William X., George M., Mary W., Pattie, John T. and Anna B. Mr. Moseley moved to Mississippi in 1835 and located at Old Wahalak. He was for many years engaged in planting and selling general merchandise, and there in 1837 he opened the first bank, of which he was general manager and cashier. He was one of the most successful business men in this section, an Odd Fellow, and his wife a member of the Baptist church. He was a strong democrat, and while a resident of Virginia held several official positions in the state of Virginia. He was a prominent feature in the controversy which has become so well known in this county. He died in 1883 and was buried at Old Wahalak. His wife died in 1882 in the same county. He left a large estate, which included a considerable tract of land. John T. Moseley, Jr., was born in this county in 1845, at Old Wahalak. He received his early education here, and spent one year in school at Virginia. In 1863 he enlisted in company F, of the First Mississippi cavalry, though then but eighteen years of age. He took part in many hotly contested conflicts. He was in an engagement at Franklin and in many battles and skirmishes throughout Georgia. He was made a prisoner of war at Selma, Ala., but escaped and came home. After the war he engaged as a clerk for a grocery firm at Mobile. In 1872 he engaged in farming and has a tract of twelve hundred acres of land, which was a portion of his father's estate. For our years under the administration of President Cleveland he was in the railway mail service on the Mobile & Ohio railroad. - Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi: Embracing an authentic and comprehensive account of the chief events in the history of the state and a record of the lives of many of the most worthy and illustrious families and individuals. Vol. 2, (1891). Chicago: Goodspeed Pub. Co. Page 477.2 

Family

Mary Wortley MONTAGUE b. 8 Jun 1808, d. 21 Sep 1883
Children

Sources (www.HAIRSTON.org)

  1. [S286] Will of William Moseley - 1814, Powhatan County, Virginia, Will Book 5, 1815-1819.
  2. [S3216] Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi: Embracing an authentic and comprehensive account of the chief events in the history of the state and a record of the lives of many of the most worthy and illustrious families and individuals. Vol. 2, (1891). Chicago: Goodspeed Pub. Co. - https://hdl.handle.net/2027/chi.102898882, Hathi Trust Digital Library.
  3. [S1860] 1860 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.
  4. [S110] Unknown author. Dodd, Jordan R., et al.. Early American Marriages: Virginia to 1850, Precision Indexing Publishers, Bountiful, UT. N.p.: n.pub.
  5. [S158] Montague, George William, History and Genealogy of the Montague Family of America, Press of J.E. Williams, Amherst, Mass, 1886.
  6. [S3161] The Descendants of William Moseley 1605/1606 - 1655 of Norfolk, Va., Compiled by Leila Eldridge D'Aiutolo, Warren L. Forsythe, William S. Hubard, and Mary Carolyn Mitton, 2000.
  7. [S3380] Montague, George William, History and Genealogy of Peter Montague of Nansemond and Lancaster Counties, Virginia and His Descendants, 1621-1894, Amherst, Mass. 1894
    https://hdl.handle.net/2027/dul1.ark:/13960/t4cp0qs7k, Hathi Trust Digital Library.
  8. [S1850] 1850 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.
  9. [S1870] 1870 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.
  10. [S1880] 1880 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.
  11. [S3] Baird, Rev. E. T.; Historical Sketch of the Bethel Presbyterian Church, Lowndes County, Miss Prepared for the Semi-Centennial Celebration, June 21, 1884 - Columbus, Mississippi - 1885.
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