I'm searching for information on a William Mockabee who resided in Washington, DC in the 1850s.
He died there in 1859, leaving at least one son, William H. C. Mockabee. In the father's will, he devises property to his ward, Emma Francis Smitson, born in 1852, who was my ggm. She was later adopted(?) by Cranston Laurie, and subsequently married Thomas Henry Rudderforth.
I am trying to find out information on the Mockabee clan in the hopes that it would lead me into the Smitson family. Mockabee's will specifically stated that Emma lived in his house during his wife's life, which might indicate some family connection. The first mention of the family in DC is in the 1850 census; I believe they came into the city from Maryland.
Any information that anyone might have on this family would be appreciated.