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Arthur Moseley, ll

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Powhatan, Powhatan County, Virginia, United States
Death: Died
Place of Burial: Henrico County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Arthur Moseley, Sr. and Sarah Moseley
Husband of Elizabeth Moseley
Father of Francis Moseley; John Peter Bondurant Moseley and Frances Moseley
Brother of William Moseley; Edward Moseley, of Lynnhaven; Susana Pierce; Mary Ann Moseley and George Moseley
Half brother of Thomas Cockcroft; Sarah Cockcroft; Jehue Cockcroft; John Cockcroft; Joseph Moseley and 4 others

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Chad Bouldin
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About Arthur Moseley, ll


Type: Web Site URL: Text: Sarah Hancock (mother of Robert Ligon Moseley) wed Arthur Moseley II (father of Robert Ligon Moseley) of Henrico between 1688-1689. Arthur Moseley I was married to Sarah’s aunt Sarah Hancock.

Arthur II was born in about 1655 and, on 16 May 1692, he was described as a “sworn Leather sealer” in Henrico County. A “leather sealer” was one who attached an official mark or seal to leather as evidence of quality and “sworn” was one who had taken a formal oath of profession. We can conclude therefore that Moseley was an official leather inspector.

On 1 February 1690/1 Edward Stratton [S.1] sold Arthur Moseley 150 acres on the south side of the James River next to Abraham Womack and Gilbert Elam for £25. Arthur appeared next in the records on Henrico County when he helped inventory the estate of William Hudson in 1701.

Moseley inherited 300 acres of land from his father. In 1704 was paying quit rents this tract plus the 150-acre Stratton purchase — a total of 450 acres. Arthur was granted 500 acres at Butterwood Swamp on 16 April 1715 and 400 acres on the north side of Swift Creek and the east side of Tomahawk Creek on 9 July 1724. His wife’s uncle Richard Ligon [3520.3] had surveyed the 500-acre tract for Moseley. Moseley failed to pay quit rents on the 500 acres and they issued a patent on his “lapsed land” to his son Arthur Moseley Jr. [3520.2.1.1] and Samuel Hancock [3520.2.4/S].

Moseley was involved in numerous other land transactions in Henrico County. He and Henry Farmer bought 308 acres from John Worsham and Francis Patram that they divided in 1709. Abraham Bayley sold Arthur 1?2 acre on the north side of the James River. Arthur bought 275 acres on a branch of Swift Creek from Richard Grills in 1716. He then sold James Akin 150 acres — part of the 275-acre Grill purchase — in 1726. On 7 August 1727 Arthur Moseley sold 75 acres — part had belonged to his father-in-law and part where his son Arthur lived — to William Cheatham [830].

In June 1728 Moseley sold a 1?2-acre lot in the Town of Bermuda to William Worsham Jr. Sarah was alive when her mother made her will in August 1726 but was dead when her husband wrote his February 1729/30. Arthur died in Henrico County about 1729 (will dated 22 Feb. 1728/9 , proved 6 July 1730). He left 1,425 acres to his sons. Michael Turpin, John Allday, and Phoebe Giles witnessed his will.

  • Moseley, Chesterfield County, was named for Arthur Moseley family

The town of Moseley, Virginia, is near Swift Creek where the descendants of Arthur Moseley lived and we presume they named it for this family.

Arthur Moseley III (- 13 Oct. 1736) appeared first in the records of Henrico County in 1716 when he witnessed a deed for John Elam. In 1720 as Arthur Moseley Jr., he witnessed the will of Thomas Cheatham [1660].

Arthur married Martha Cocke in Henrico County. With Samuel Hancock, he obtained a patent to 500 acres that had been his father’s. They sold 100 acres of this tract to Thomas Lockett in 1726. Arthur alone secured a patent to 400 acres in Henrico (later Goochland, now Powhatan) County in August 1725. In June 1730 he renewed this patent and added 800 acres in Goochland on the north side of the Appomattox River.

When his father died in 1730, Arthur inherited 300 acres and part of Redwater Mill. Robert Beasley sold 100 acres on the south side of Proctors Creek next to Robert Hancock to Arthur Moseley Jr. for £15 in 1726. In January 1731/2 William Bass sold Moseley 100 acres on the south side of the James River on Cattail Run. In June 1733 Moseley sold part of the land he and Samuel Hancock owned on Redwater Run to Bass for £25 and Samuel conveyed neighboring parcels to Moseley for £50.

Arthur Moseley bought 420 acres on Butterwood Creek from Thomas Lockett 15 October 1734. The deed reported that Lockett had purchased the tract in 1730 from Arthur Moseley and Samuel Branch. Samuel Hancock sold to Arthur Moseley his 200-acre portion of their 500-acre patent in 1736 for £24.

Henrico County taxed Capt. Arthur Moseley on seven levies and 900 acres in 1736. The acreage was likely comprised of his inheritance (300 acres), the Hancock patent (500 acres) that he eventually held in full, less the Lockett sale (100 acres), plus the Beasley (100 acres) and Bass (100 acres) purchases.

The Virginia Gazette reported in its 15 October 1736 edition that, “We hear from Henrico County that Captain Arthur Moseley was returning from the Courthouse the last court day, his horse unfortunately threw him and gave him a mortal wound, of which he died on the spot.” Arthur’s will (will dated 10 July 1735 , proved Feb. 1736/7) named his wife and seven children. In it he devised 2,900 acres and an interest in Redwater Mill to his six sons and divided his library of books among them. To his only daughter, then called Sarah Edwards, he left one cow and calf. They recorded the inventory of his estate May 1737.

In March 1738 Martha Moseley conveyed property — likely land or slaves — to her sons, John, Thomas, and Benjamin. The next year three sons — Arthur, Richard, and William — secured a patent to 900 acres known by the name of “Butterwood Swamp” that encompassed land belonging to their father.

Arthur Moseley IV was on a tithable list in Southam Parish in 1747 and added to his substantial inherited land holdings with a patent for 394 acres on the Slate River in December 1749. Moseley conveyed land to William Robertson Jr. via a deed recorded in Henrico County May Court 1744.

Arthur Moseley of Cumberland County bought 222 acres on the Slate River in Albemarle County from Thomas Turpin in 1750. In 1756 Arthur secured a patent to 2,274 acres in Albemarle County on both sides of the Slate River. He bought other land in Albemarle from Daniel Ford in 1751. About 1,000 acres was land he acquired by grant or purchase, including the Turpin purchase, and the remainder was new land.

Arthur Moseley died in Cumberland County about 1770 (will dated 16 Dec. 1769 , proved 23 July 1770). His widow, Mary, conveyed slaves to her son Edward in October 1788. Some consider Mary the daughter of Thomas Lockett of Cumberland County. Powhatan County enumerated the estate of Arthur Moseley with four whites and seventeen blacks in 1783.

Not until 1793 was Arthur’s estate divide among his then living children: John, Arthur, Charles, and William Moseley and Giles Fuqua. Edward Moseley and the estates of Benjamin Moseley and Arthur Branch got cash.

Benjamin Moseley married Amy Giles [1662.1.6.4] in Amelia County 29 April (bond) 1782. Their Family Maj. William Moseley (- 28 Sept. 1808) sold the land he inherited in Chesterfield County in 1778 and moved to Powhatan County.

  • Maj. William Moseley was a soldier of the Revolution

He was probably the Capt. William Moseley (-1808) whose infantry company fought at Trenton and Brandywine. This Capt. Moseley was wounded at both these battles and captured at Charleston. Shipwrecked after his release, he “endured many hardships” according to his widows’ pension application Moseley was among the founders the Virginia Society of the Cincinnati.

It was undoubtedly this William Moseley who represented Powhatan County in the Virginia House of Delegates (1793-1803) and was its state treasurer. His wife was Ann Irvine (- 18 Feb. 1845) whom he married in Bedford County 1 December (bond) 1784. They had two children. The Richmond Enquirer ran his obituary in 7 October 1808.

  • William Moseley was in the Virginia General Assembly

Arthur Moseley V, called “Merchant” to distinguish him from cousins of the same name, married Martha Floyd according to the Charles City County will of her father Charles Floyd (will dated 27 Sept. 1768, proved 5 April 1769). He held land along Butterwood Creek in Powhatan County and lived near Genito Bridge. Arthur Moseley signed a petition in Powhatan County in 1777 renouncing allegiance to the king. Powhatan County enumerated Arthur Moseley head of a household of twelve whites and fifteen blacks in 1783.

Arthur died in Powhatan County in 1797 (will dated July 1797 , proved 16 Aug. 1797). Ann Moseley, daughter of Arthur Moseley, deceased, married Lewis Howell in Powhatan County 16 March (bond) 1808. Mary Moseley George Moseley inherited his father’s land in Charles City County “where he now lives.” Martha Moseley married William Woodfin in Powhatan County 29 September 1789. A slave killed Woodfin at “Genito,” Powhatan County, 2 September 1797. William Moseley inherited 500 acres on Butterwood Creek. Charles Moseley (- Oct. 1809) married Charlotte Montague (13 Mar. 1783 - 12 Aug. 1848), daughter of John Montague, in Powhatan County 12 March 1801. They were later in South Carolina where they both died. Arthur Moseley married Mary Moseley in Powhatan County 12 March (bond) 1798. Robert Moseley, possibly the father of the bride, was surety. Susanna Moseley married Benjamin Watkins in Powhatan County 18 December (bond) 1799. Edward Moseley, Susanna’s guardian, consented. Both died in Madison County, Alabama.

Entered 17 August 2010:

Source for information on Arthur Mosely:

  Arthur Moseley became a man of large property by grant and purchase and lived on the South Fork of the James River in Henrico, which in 1749 became Chesterfield Co. He was a leather sealer in Henrico, 1691-95; a member of Petit Jury 1698; Grand Jury 1699;  Surveyor of Highways 1712; Will dated 22 Feb 1728 proved 6 Jul 1730  (Henrico Co Will Book 1725-37 p 272) (Ref:  Henrico Records vol 1688 Vol 1 p 97)
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Arthur Moseley, ll's Timeline

October 1666
Powhatan, Powhatan County, Virginia, United States
October 1, 1709
Age 43
Goochland County, Province of Virginia
Age 52
Age 53
Province of Virginia
August 1729
Age 62
Henrico County, Virginia, United States
October 13, 1736
Age 70