Hi, tell me about it! When I first started I thought there couldn't be very many John Mobley's! Boy was I wrong. What I have been able to verify thru census is my John Mobley was born in Indiana in Jan 1837. I "think" he is the son of Jesse Ralph Mobley and Lnora Mobley, but Lnora is too young to be his mother (unless she had him at 12!), Jesse Ralph was born in 1818 and his father is John Lewis Mobley. The next verifiable trace is John Mobley married Mary Eliza Philibert in Randolph MO, they had 2 children, Wm Adolphus and Lemmuel Henry. John and Mary divorced (per 1870 census) on Mary, and he next shows up in Arkansas in 1883. In 8/8/1883 he married my g-grandmother Sarah Jane Lane and they had: Isaiah David, Elijah Silvestar, Emily Amanda (my grandmother), Joseph Chestley, and Charley Clifton. Sarah Jane was killed in 1902. The family suspected John of killing her and he fled to Baxter Co Arkansas in the spring of 1903. In July of 1903, he married Sarah (Green) Atchison and in August of 1903 at Lithia Springs (outside of Gassville Arkansas, it was a boarding house) he committed suicide. His note said he was falsely accused of murdering Sarah. I'm still trying to find his parents. The only clue I have is that he may have been red-headed.
Anything sound at all familier? These John's are definately hard to trace. Makes one wonder doesn't it!!