The name of Moberley, Moberly or Mobley appears to be locational and said to be derived from residents of the Parish of Mobberley in County Chester, England. Surnames originated there included several spellings- Moberlegh, Modburlegh, Modburgleygh, Mobberleye, Mobberley,
Moberleye, Moberey, Moberlye, Modburley, Mobleye, Moblye, Mobly,Moberley, Moberly, Mobley..... Moberley, Moberly and Mobley are the spellings used in America. Of the name, Patrick De Mobberley lived in Cheshire, England. His elder brother was Augustine De Brethmete who gave half of Mobberley Parish to Patrick for the duration of his life.
John, son and heir of Augustine was the Lord of the Moiety of Mobberley during the reign of King John about 1199-1216.Ralph or Raufe Mobberley, Lord of Mobberley in the reign of Henry III, wasthought to have been the son of John.
The first rectors of Mobberley parish,
the following were Mobberley:
John de Mobberley (1304); Richard de Mobberley (1306) and Ralph de Mobberley (1322). The church of Mobberley village is called St.Wilfrid.
William Mobberley, Lord of Mobberley, County Chester (1281), was theson of Raufe and the father of at least four children, William, John,Richard and Alice. William was the eldest son and became Sheriff of Cheshire in 1319. He married the daughter of Robert Downes of Chorley,
Maud, and had the following children: Raufe, Elizabeth, Cicely, Emme, Margery, Joan, Mary, Agnes and Ellen. His son, Sir Raufe Mobberley, married Vicentia, daughter of John Pulford. They had no children butis supposed to have a daughter named Margaret by his "Concubine",Alice Rode.
Children of William. Mobberley, Lord of Mobberley in 1281 (1) John -died without issue; (2) Richard, Parson of Mobberley, was slain in1320 by "Richard, son of Richard de Mobberley."
The early records of the family of Mobberley in Chester, England show: that Patrick Moberlegh lived in East Cheshire in 1220; that Roger de Moburgleygh was the father of a son named William; William de Modburlegh, in 1308; Thomas de Modburlegh, in the time of Edward II, about 1307-1327, who had two sons, Lawrence and William, those of Margery Mobbeleye, baptized at Prestbury in 1565 in Cheshire.Edward Mobberley, a yeoman, lived at Noriey ante 1585.
My Family (now know as Mobley) begins with the first Mobberley to come to America and settle in Maryland is told as follows:
Encouraged by Charles Fox in the year 1680, a new religious sect had arisen in England styling themselves, FRIENDS, but called in derision by all other religious denominations Quakers. William Penn was one of these, a nobleman who had been four times imprisoned. He petitioned for a grant of land in America with the result that history tells.
Connected with the first settlement of Pennsylvania is the love story
of the first Moberley, now spelled Mobley, who came to this country direct from England with William Penn. It has been thought for a long time that this Moberley was the son of a baronet. He was descended from a baronet Sir Edward Moberley in the reign of Queen Elizabeth. This Moberley had three sons; one succeeded to the title and Estates and became Sir Edward Moberley. He had one brother who went into the church and became a bishop; the third bought a commission in the
English army. His name was William, went to India, amassed a fortune, returned and bought an estate near Sheffield. His son Edward purchased a large estate in Cheshire and was a country gentleman.
On one occasion the father, Edward Moberley, was about to go on a trip to London with one of his dependents, Adam Varnadore. He called his son William to superintend the planting of some apple trees in his absence in a certain field during his stay in London.The son objected to the spot in which he was directed to plant the trees,saying the site selected did not suit-him, and that the trees should
be planted elsewhere. The father insisted and enjoined that the trees be put out as he directed while away.With that the elder Moberley and the elder Varnadore went on to London.Adam Varnadore had a son Adam, the companion of young William Moberley. Edward Moberley, the father, and Adam Varnadore, the father, returned from London to find
the trees set out against the wishes of Mr. Moberley. In concert both fathers pulled up a sion of the trees with which each whipped his own son soundly. The boys enraged under the lash ran away together. They got into a ship belonging to William Penn, the founder of the colony
of Pennsylvania. On board Penn's ship was a beautiful girl, Phoebe Lovejoy, a governess of Penn's household. She was a girl of good family, educated and refined.Phoebe Lovejoy was a Quakeress, and to her must be ascribed the oft repeated statement, that the Mobleys have Quaker blood in their veins. In talks around the family fireside, down
from one generation to another, Phoebe is said to have been a relative of Penn or his wife, and that she was as accomplished as she was fair and beautiful, that she was as good as she was lovely. She and William Moberley loved in secret, and upon reaching America were married without the knowledge of Penn, the Proprietor of the province of
Pennsylvania, and of course all-powerful. Fearing his displeasure, not to speak of his anger against young Moberley, they fled to the Indians and concealed themselves among them.This is not strange for the Indians lived toward Penn and his people in the spirit of their chief's address to the colonists; "we will live in love with Penn and his children as long as the moon and the sun shall shine.That promise was never broken.
When William Moberley landed in Pennsylvania (believed to be prior to 1700) he was 18 years old. After the marriage and uncertain life for two years he moved to a point in Maryland, near what was called a few years ago, Point Tobacco. He and his wife settled down in that State
and raised eight sons. How many daughters we cannot find out. We cannot ascertain whether there were any daughters at all. When the youngest son was a boy of 6 years and after the death of his wife whom he deeply mourned, William Moberley, stricken with loneliness and sorrow, craved the sight of his father, the old home, and native land.
He returned to England, sad of heart and much changed in physical appearance. He had left a beardless youth, he returned a bronzed, hardened pioneer of the New World. So great was the transformation of physique, of manner and expression that his father not only did not know him but pronounced him an impostor. The matter of his identity
the father could not for the moment is brought to believe. He had sought him over a third of a century and as One whom his enfeebled eyes would never behold again.William Moberley with the tales of his childhood, of how he had incurred his father's displeasure, about the apple tree scions, his flogging, his running away with young Adam
Varnadore, and at once going to the window and pointing out the orchard and the very spot he was whipped, convinced his father that he, indeed, was his long absent boy: Whereupon it may be imagined a scene of affection and reconciliation. William Moberley remained but a short time in England and returned to Maryland, died there, and was the first of our Mobley ancestors whose body given to him in the Old
World returned to its mother Earth in the New.
Several Moberly's were recorded as living in the colonies in the late1600's.The earliest was John Mobberly, who died in St. Mary's County, Maryland about 1683 leaving a will leaving his estate to his wife (Elizabeth), his brother-in-lay (Richard Venns) and his daughter (name unknown).As early as the year 1702, a William Moberey was living in York County, Va.Nothing is, however, definitely known concerning his descendants. Possibly he was the progenitor of the Edward Mobly or Mobley who was living in Washington County, Va., before the year 1793, and of some of the other branches of the family in the South, but this is not certain.
According to one historian, the family settled in South Carolina long before "The Revolutionary War".Members of the family who served with the Colonial Forces during the Revolutionary War included Thomas Mobley or Mobberly, of Maryland, and James Mobley, of Georgia, the latter of
whom was an outlaw under sentence of death and was pardoned in order that he might fight with the Revo1utionary
forces.Evidently the Georgia line was of a rebellious and
troublesome character, two others of the family Cudd and Ludd Mobley or Mobly, being recorded at Savannah n 1782 as "plunderers and murderers, outlawed".Since the family was of comparatively late arrival from England, it is probable that some branches at least were of Tory sympathies.
ManyMoberly's, etc fought on both side of the Civil War.Names are too numerous to mention.
The Moberly family for their male progeny has favored several Christian names.These include James, Thomas, William, John, Richard, Edward, Charles, Henry and Robert.
It has been written about the Moberly's: " Daring, strong in their convictions, courageous, sometimes even foolhardy, the record of the Mobleys, etc., of America is that of any pioneer family. Sometimes too hasty in their decisions, often quick to anger, they were, nevertheless, possessed in many cases of strong religious beliefs and considerable shrewd business sense."
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