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Re: Anyone Related to Missouri MOSBYs?
Posted by: Brian Date: October 23, 2001 at 20:22:41
In Reply to: Re: Anyone Related to Missouri MOSBYs? by joyce greer of 1045

The challenge that I'm having is that these MOSBY ancestors of mine were slaves. Makes for really tough searching.

According to census records, Philip MOSBY (my gggg-grandfather) was born about 1798 in Kentucky. (I have no information that tells where in Kentucky.) Three of his children (Angeline, Berry, and Thomas) were born in Missouri, one of them -- Angeline (according to her obituary and her death certificate) was born in Platte County, Missouri.

An excerpt from my ggg-grandmother's obituary in the Eskridge (Kansas) Tribune Star - (14 Jan 1915) Angeline Wallace (MOSBY) Benning was born in Platt county, Missouri, Oct. 5, 1829 and died in Eskridge, Kans., Dec. 27, 1914. She was 85 years, 2 months and 27days of age. On December 27, 1846, at her home in Clay county Missouri, she was united in marriage to John Benning of Kentucky......

So far, I've taken the meaning of the word "marriage" (in 1846) rather loosely (them being slaves and all). Five of John & Angeline's eleven children (Armilda, Alice, John, Philip, and Martha) were born in Missouri, one of them -- Alice (according to her obituary and her death certificate) was born in Platte County, Missouri.

An excerpt from my gg-grandmother's obituary in the Junction City (Kansas) Union - (2 June 1941) Mrs. Alice Wesley (Benning) Gray, age 91, passed away suddenly Saturday night at the home. Born in Platte county, Missouri, July 26, 1849, she made her home in Junction City.......

My mother (who is 81 now) lived with our "Grandma Alice" up until the time Alice died in 1941. According to my mother, Grandma Alice told her many stories about being a slave girl in Missouri.

Yours was the first MOSBY reference that I've seen for a while that specifically mentioned them moving from Kentucky and settling in Platte and/or Clay Counties in Missouri. What I'm looking for is any information about any MOSBYs (including yours) that may have owned slaves that resided in Platte County or Clay County, Missouri.

The only other reference that I've found about a MOSBY family from Kentucky, moving to Missouri and owning slaves, I copied from someone else's web site: "....Albert Galatin Mosby was brought by his parents to Clay County, MO, in 1833. They settled on a farm five miles northeast of Liberty. Albert managed his father's farm which was operated by slave labor. Albert purchased a large tract of land near what was Mosby Station in 1928 and resided on his farm until his death. [FN:SHOUSE FAMILIES; A Partial Listing of the Descendants of Some Colonial Families:FN]"

Again, there's no way to know if any of these paths will lead me to the information I'm searching for. Still, I'm following any piece of informaiton I can get. Thanx.



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