About Edward Mosby
Edward Mosby was born c.1595 in England, possibly in Yorkshire. He was transported to Virginia as a young man, served out his indenture, and became a wealthy and influential member of the early Virginia colony.
He settled in Charles City County and served as a vestryman in the old Westover Church. When he died, he was buried in the Westover Churchyard. The river James frequently overflowed its banks, putting church and churchyard in jeopardy. In 1750, the old church was demolished and the materials salvaged to build a new church a mile or so down river, adjacent to Westover Plantation. The graves were also moved. Edward Mosby was re-buried in an unmarked grave, believed to be next to patch across from President William. Henry Harrison's parents.
Edward married Hannah (unk) in England. They had two known children, Richard and Jane. Richard was born in England and was transported to Virginia. It is unclear if Hannah and Richard arrived with Edward.
- The Valentine Papers, Vol 1-4, 1864-1908 Mosby Family Henrico County Records
Edward Moseby , & Richard Moseby . The Court considering the Highways and Bridges in this County, are much out of repair do therefore appoint these following persons to be surveyors of the roads. Mr. Richard Randolph below Four Mile Creek , Edward Moseby from Man born hills to the white oak Swamp ; Richard Moseby from thence to the bottoms ford; Mr. John Redford above four Mile Creek to Gillups Creek from Pleasants Mill to the Church and to the round about; Thomas Taylor from the Church to Cornelius's Creek ; Arthur Mosely from thence to Gillup 's; Page Punch from thence to Wm. Gordon 's; Hutchins Burton from thence to Tuckahoe bridge; James Hallman from thence to the further side of Stoney Creek ; George Payne from thence to Beaver Dam ; John Pledge from thence to Licking hole; Mr. Richard Cocke from Amos Leads to the fork of James River ; and it is ordered that all tithables distant a mile from the river below Mr. John Bolling 's quarters and above Beaver Dam do assist him, and also all tithables above Mr. John Bolling 's quarters; Mr. Francis Epes from the Hundred to Varina Ferry ; William Moseley from thence to Thomas Jeffersons ; Mr. Thomas Jefferson from his own house to falling Creek and to Parishes plantation; Mr. John Brummer from Falling Creek to Lucy's Spring and to the falls with all the Inhabitants below Kensington ; John Martin from Lucy's Spring to the manakin Church with all Inhabitants below the French Church to Kensington ; Anthony Ruffen from thence to fighting Creek ; Abraham Womack Jr. , from his own house to Mr. Kenmon 's Mill; Mr. John Bolling for all the roads in Bristoll parish blow Swift Creek except the road for which Abraham Womack is appointed surveyor. The Court appoints Mr. Wm. Kennon and Mr. Richard Randolph to view the road from Mr. Womack. 's to the hundred Ferry and direct where it shall run as also a bridle way from Mr. Epes into the said road. Mch. Court. 1719 . Vol. 1719-1724, p. 14.
Edd Mosby was “The Immigrant” for the Mosby family in the colonies. Edd’s actual place of birth is unknown, but it was probably Yorkshire, England. He was transported to VA by an unknown benefactor and probably served time as an indentured servant in order to repay the debt. He lived in Charles City County, VA and was quite successful. He came to be a tobacco planter and had large landholdings. He served as a vestryman at the Westover Church and was buried there in its cemetery in 1663. His only son, Richard, was our Edward’s father. Richard, like his father, was originally transported to VA (probably with his father) but for some reason returned to England. Later a colonist named Richard Ballard paid for Richard Mosley’s passage to return to VA. Ballard received 50 acres for this “headright.”