Edward Mobley and His Family
Edward Mobley, a large and slave owner, laid the foundation of the wealth of hisfamily before the Civil War.He sold cotton to the O’Neals in Columbia, and their books show that he was the largest cotton producer in the up-country, of his time.
Edward Mobley born 1770, Fairfield District,South Carolina, was the son of Samuel Mobley and Mary Wagner.His father was the first Samuel Mobley.The children of Samuel and Mary Wagner were, Samuel who married Elizabeth Pickett, Edward ( the subject of his sketch) married Mary Mabry, Elizabeth married Richard Mansel, Drusilla married John Feaster, Biggers married Joanah Corbell, Lucretia married John Robinson, Nancy married Moses McKeown, Savilla married Thomas Colvin, Simeon died a boy, Dorcas married William Price, John married Katie McLean, Susan married John Taylor, Mary married David Shannon.
Samuel Mobley, was born 1739 in Lunnebery County, Virginia and died in Fairfied County, South Carolina in 1809, Mary Wagner (Waggoner) born about 1743 probably in Virginia and died in Fairfield County, South Carolina in 1812.They were married May 1, 1761.
Many tales are told of Edward’s love and courtship.Mr. Mabry ( Mary’s father), was a Whig and the Mobleys were Federalist, Mr Mabry opposed the marriages on this account.
When Mr. Mabry died, Edward again appeared as a suitor, but the mother, “I will no hear of it, until my year and a day of mourning expires.”Edward went to the brother,Dan and said, “ Dan, I will do anything, if you either persuade Mary to run away with me, or your mother to consent to our marriage at once.” Dan replied, “I would not allow my sister to run away with you, but I might persuade mother to consent to an early marriage, if you will join our party.Edward said, I’ll join your old party and go with you—anything to get Mary.
The marriage took place on the fourth day of July 1790.Their descendants were, Dr Isaiah Mobley, born Fairfield County, 23 of December 1804 and in the twilight an evening star came to them on the sixteen dayk of February 1859.He married Mary Mobley, October 5, 1837.Ephrain died in youth, Biggers married Narcissa Gilmore, the second marriage was to the widow Gibson, John Mobley married Mary Young, Edward married Nancy Woodhill, Samuel Wagner Mobley was a colonel of milita, he first married Mary Cloud, the second marriage was to Martha Wilks, David Mobley first married Catherine Dixon, on her death, he married the wido Lucy A. Woodward Heath.
Extracted from Chester County Library--Chester,SC