A history of the Mosley (Moseley) and Miles families in Mississippi

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Installment # 3 - the Mos(e)ley's

Now that we have established the parents and grandparents of Jeff, Edwin and myself, I am going to switch directions a little. It will be much too confusing to cover both the Miles' and Mosley's each week so I am going to split them up. For the next few weeks I am going to focus on the Mosley's. Why? Well, for one thing, I have been limited on how far back I can go with this side of the family. I also want to save the most exciting and colorful for later and that will come from the Miles side.

My great grandfather - This would be Thomas J. Mos(e)ley. He was born on April 19, 1851 in Alabama. He died on August 15, 1904 and is buried in the Center Ridge Baptist Church cemetary in Carmichael, Mississippi. This is where the spelling of Mosley changed by dropping the e between the "s" and "l".

My great grandmother - This would be Martha A. Williams. Martha was born January 23, 1855 and died September 18, 1934. She also is buried in  in the Center Ridge Baptist Church cemetary in Carmichael Mississippi.

My great, great grandfather (Paternal) - Unknown at this time

My great, great grandfather (Maternal) - Frank R. Williams. Frank was born December 2, 1820. (how about that Harley?) He died August 6, 1863 in Clarke County Mississippi. He was in the Civil War as a private with the 5th Mississippi Infantry, "D" Company. These were state troops. He is buried in the Center Ridge Baptist Church cemetery in Carmichael, Mississippi.

My great, great grandmother (Maternal) - Isabella Menasco - She was born November 9, 1832 in Shelby County Tennessee. She died July 30, 1892 in Mobile Alabama. She is buried in Center Ridge Baptist Church cemetary in Carmichael Mississippi. She was married to Frank Williams.

My great, great, great grandfather (Paternal) - The trail went cold with Thomas Mosley. More research is needed.

My great, great, great granfather (Maternal) - James Newton Menasco. He was born on October 7, 1797 in Tennessee. He died on August 6, 1869 in Shubuta, Clarke County, Mississippi.

My great, great, great grandmother (Maternal) - Jemima Harty. She was born on May, 31, 1794 in Greene County Tennessee. Jemima married James on January 30, 1815 when she was 20 years old. They had nine children. She died on January 13, 1877 in Shubuta, Clarke County, Mississippi.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Installment # 2 - The Three Brothers

Ok, well this is the second installment and already I am thinking maybe I bit off more than I can chew. When I look at the amount of information I have to put out there, it seems a little overwhelming. So bear with me as I get my stride. I may get bogged down with details in places and will fast forward in others. This is basically the story of three brothers; Jeff Mosley, Edwin Mosley and Glen Mosley. Where did we come from? What history can be traced back to our ancestors?

Our parents were Ernest Harold Mosley and Janice Geneva (Miles). Ernest was born February 18, 1919. He died at home in Mathersville, Mississippi on June 23, 1981. Janice was born December 11, 1921 and died in Quitman, Mississippi at Watkins Hospital on January 21, 2010. We all lived on a small rural farm in the Northeast corner of Wayne county Mississippi, in the community known as Mathersville. We will discuss both sides of the family. We will begin with the Mosley's. Starting with Ernest, I will show his parents (our grandparents), along with comments:

Ernest H. Mosley - His father - Alonzo Earl Mosley (born January 7, 1887 in Melvin, Alabama)
Died on September 18, 1967 in St. Joseph's Hospital, Meridian, Ms. This hospital is now known as Alliance Health. Buried at Geneva Church cemetary, Mathersville. "Lon" Mosley was a blacksmith and farmer by trade.

His mother - Maggie Lee (Weaver) Mosley (born December 8, 1891) She died November 6, 1949 from injuries sustained in a fire. Buried Geneva Church cemetary, Mathersville. There were two children in this family, Ernest and Juanita.

Janice Geneva (Miles) Mosley - Her father - Jefferson Davis Miles (born January 1, 1881 in Neshoba County Mississippi. Died in the old Watkins Hospital in Quitman, Mississippi on June 28, 1960. Buried In Center Ridge Baptist Church Cemetary, Clarke County, Mississippi. I wonder who Grandpa Miles was named after? An interesting fact. I have a copy of his WWI draft card from September 12, 1918. I will publish this in a later installment. Jeff Miles worked for Longbell up to the point the company pulled up stakes and moved to Oregon. Grandpa Miles was offered a chance to go with them to Oregon but chose to remain in Crandall and become a farmer. According to Janice (my mother), he was a terrible farmer. While working for Longbell, the family was somewhat prosperous, at least by the standards of that time. Grandpa Miles purchased the first Model T in his community.

Her mother - Nellie Ora (Dixon) Miles (born March 24, 1887 in Neshoba County Mississippi and died at home in Crandell, Mississippi on June 1, 1964. Watch for some interesting information on Grandma Miles in later installments. I uncovered a direct link in her family all the way back to the Mayflower. (Yes, the ship). The Mile's had six children; Herford, Ted, Norma, Janice and Faye. One child died.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Welcome to the first installment of the Mosley/Miles family history - the introduction

Well, first of all, let me start by saying that I am neither a writer nor a geneologist. However, like many others, I am interested in where I came from and what kind of characters, thiefs, varmits, hermits, or otherwise savory individuals make up my ancestory. My interest was peaked when the TV show "Who Do You Think You Are" premiered. This led me to subscribe to Ancestory.com where a rich and colorful past began to open up to me. I have not filled in all the blanks yet but I have collected a wealth of information. The problem becomes how to assemble all of this into something that can be accessed and understood by anyone with interest in these two families. Therefore, I decided to try a blog whereby I can update it at a leisurely pace each week and hopefully provide some interesting reading material.

Some of the Miles family traces back to the 1400's and I have found evidence of the Mosley's almost as far. It should be noted that the Mosley family name was spelled Moseley until my Great Granfather Thomas J. Mosley decided to change the spelling to Mosley. In the Mosley family I have found confederate soldiers, and farmers as well as other assorted trades. The Miles family seems to have a more richer history. I can trace some of Grandma Nellie Mile's relatives to a very historic event. The Miles family also has confederate soldiers as well as soldiers from the War of 1812 and the Revolutionary War. The Mosley's migrated from South Carolina, to Alabama to Mississippi. So.....if you are interested, hang on......there is much to tell in the coming weeks.