After long and exhaustive research, and the scouring of all sources available to me, I can only conclude that my ancestor, Thomas J. Mobley, b. circa 1804-5, in Georgia, has to be the son of either: 1. Levi T. Mobley, or the son of 2. Daniel D. Mobley. Also note that there is a big gap -1803 to 1815, between the ages of Levi's last 2 children.
I have Mobleys, and their allies, the Hills, on both sides of my father's family, both in GA and in AL, and I have been looking into this paricular subject for some time now, with no success, until I was really able to study the early Alabama census, land records, and county records, and relate them to the earlier Farifield Co., SC records.
There is probably a lot that I could say here, but for the sake of brevity, I will
just state a few of the facts which led me to my conclusion:
1. T.J. Mobley was born in GA in 1804-5, and married Nancy Segrest, d/o Rev. Jacob Segrest (Meth. Episc.) in Autauga Co. AL, in about 1825.
2. Their eldest child, Sarah Elizabeth Mobley, my ancestor, was born in 1826.3. Sarah was the name of Levi T. Mobley's daughter, who married her cousin, Daniel D. Mobley.
4. Daniel D., Levi T.. and James Rabb Mobley (s/o Levi T.) in Conecuh Co., were the only Mobleys in the entire 1820 AL census.
5. Henry Chapman, who came with the Mobley's from SC, through Jones Co., GA, was next to Daniel and Levi in the Conecuh Co.census.
6. John M. Duke was next to James R. Mobley - same census.
7. The 1782 will of Edward Moberly was read and published at the house of Thomas Duke, in Fairfield, SC.
* This Duke family runs all through my grandmother's side of the family:
T.J.'s daughter, Sarah E. Mobley married Rev. Joseph Thomas Abernathy
(Meth. Episc.) in Macon Co.. AL in 1844, and 3 siblings of their issue married 3 siblings from the Duke family, in Coosa Co., AL. - Mine was Joseph R. Abernathy and Emma E. Duke; their daughter, my grandmother, Delilah Abernathy, married Robert L. Fuller in Coosa Co. AL in 1895. Many other members of the Duke family also settled in Coosa and neighboring counties.
* In that same time period, Caroline Mobley, descended from Levi T., I believe, married Coleman Abernathy, who was from Meth. Episc. Rev. Thomas S. Abernathy's family. He was a cousin of my Rev. J.T., and T.S. Jr. and my J.T. both entered the Ministryon the same date in 1855, at the Eutaw AL Conference.
8. Back to Mobley: Daniel D.'s first AL land patent was in 1826 in Conecuh Co.; so was Henry Chapman's. Levi's first one there was in 1831. By late 1830, however, they were all 3 in Wilcox. Co., according to land records.
No other Mobleys have patents until 1835, (Benjamin Mobley in Autauga)
9. Jacob Segrest's AL only land patent was in 1825, in Autauga Co. In the 1830 Auatuga census, there appears to be 2 extra females, and one male 20-30 in his HH, other than what I find listed for his children. I am supposing this would be T.J., Nancy, and Sarah; I may be wrong, however. The fact is that no Mobleys, other than William Mobley in 1830 Clarke Co., have that combination of people in HH. I also don't know much about this Wm. Mobley, other than he is supposed to be a child of Levi's.
10. This last one is the "clincher" for me: In the 1840 Macon Co., AL census, we have on the same page;Jacob Segrest, next, 2 of his sons' HHs, a little further down, 3 HHs of known male descendants of Henry Chapman(!), and then, Thomas J. Mobley(!).
I would certainly welcome any observations, facts, ideas, comments, or
whatever, from anyone, regarding this subject.