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Re: Princess Anne Co., VA Mosely & Keeling family

Hi Selma -

Your work on the 1866 census is terrific. I'm a descendant of William and Susanna MOSELEY, who settled in Lower Norfolk/Princess Anne Co in 1649. They were English immigrants who came from Rotterdam, Netherlands where William had been a merchant. William (and probably his son William) built a grand house known as Greenwich on the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River. William MOSELEY, Jr. inherited the house/plantation when his father died in 1655. By the 18th c. the mansion was known as Rolleston Hall.

Before the Civil War, Rolleston Hall had passed out of the MOSELEY family and was owned by ex-governor Harold WISE. He and his family left the area in 1861 when war was declared, and he fought for the Confederacy.

By 1866 the Freedmen's Bureau had taken over Rolleston Hall, and used it as a school for 200 freedmen.

William MOSELEY descendants lived for centuries in Princess Anne Co. At least some were slaveholders. Some migrated south and west. Given the times, there may have been one or more men in their line who may have been ancestors of or had some relation with ancestors of Emma and Andrew MOSELY, whom you noted as held by Adam KEELING before the Civil War.

Perhaps Andrew MOSELY or some of his relatives were able to get schooling with the Freedmen's Bureau at Rolleston Hall after the war. I hope so. Rolleston Hall burned down in the late 19th c.

My ancestor was William and Susanna's second son Arthur MOSELEY. Some of his descendants moved west in VA into the Piedmont. My direct ancestors left Buckingham Co, VA for KY by the end of the 18thc., and moved on from there.

I hope this helps someone in research - Linda

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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