Sue--forgive me for taking so long to reply to your 1/19/99 response to my posting, but I've been busy tracking MOBLEY's through Alabama and Mississippi.I am going under the assumption that my g-grandfather James Appleton Mobley must have received his middle name from an ancestor--possibly a grandmother unknown to us as of yet.James Appleton was born in MS. in 1844.His parents, Alfred Mobley (b. 1806, SC. or GA.) and Jemima White (b. 1815, AL.), were married 4/8/1830 in Lauderdale Co., AL.Their first four children (Margaret Ann; Mary A.; Zilpha; and William B.)were born in AL. and then they moved to MS. (Itawamba Co. area) between 1837 and 1844.So, I don't have any proof of an Appleton connection but have a strong suspicion that James Appleton was named after a grandparent.Any light you can shed on Appleton's in the Lauderdale Co., AL., area would be greatly appreciated.Larry B. Mobley (email@example.com) Researching my MOBLEY/WHITE/APPLETON?/ GIBSON/ISAAC/BLAYLOCK & WEATHERFORD family lines.