Walter Mozley, sometimes spelled Mouseley/Mousley/Mosley/ Moseley, etc. was born about 1729 probably in Virginia, and married Sarah Garth, daughter of John Garth. John Garth lived in Louisa Co., VA. He had a number of children, one named Sarah who married Walter. Sarah and Walter had at least four children, two sons and two daughters. The names of these children are known because Walter left a will which he signed "Walter Mozley". He died in 1800. The name of these children are James, William, Nancy who married Obediah Trent, and Susanna who married John McCabe. The name has been passed down thru the McCabe desc. and given to the female children as a middle name spelled "Moseley".
Oral family history says that Walter was a brother to Edward Mozley, my ancestor, and that their father was James Mozley who came from England.
The first record that I found was in Louisa Co., VA in 1750 when Walter Mousley and Edward Mously witnessed a deed between Grantor: James Buchanan, Grantee: Thomas Ross. I found a slew of records for Walter, but Edward is hard to find until in Albemarle Co in 1760 when Francis Meriwether paid Edwrd Mosley for land on the E branches of Taylor Creek of Rockfish adj. Archibald Woods, Francis Athrington.
We have lost the sons to research and do not know of any children, but it seems likely that there were children. I am searching for descendants of James and William Mozley, however they spell their last names.
John Garth, son of John Garth, and brother to Sarah, and Walter Mozley were overseers for Thomas Jefferson. Walter is mentioned a lot in Jefferson's notebooks. TJ spelled his name with variations of Mousley/ Mouzely/etc. Also associated with Louisa, Albemarle, and Bedford Co., VA is Meriweather Lewis and Patric Henry. John Garth, the father, owned land near a Meriweather family member.
While this Mozley family is not as prominent as the other Moseley/Mosley families from VA, they also have a very interesting history. Descendants have been told that if it was not spelled "Mozley", they are not related. While there are descendants who have changed the spelling to Mosley, Moseley, and Mosely, there is still an oral history in some of the families of the named once being spelled with a "Z". Some of the Mozley family who descend from David Mozley and Elizabeth Terell who lived Rabun Co., GA, spell their name "Mozeley". My Grandfather had two brothers who spelled it Mosley because the army told them that that was the way it was supposed to be spelled! Some of the descendants of my Grandfather's oldest brother spell their name "Mosley".
If any of this strikes a bell, or sounds like it could be your family, please contact me. We are looking for desc. of James and William specifically because they have been lost to research.
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