THOMAS MOBERLY, Union Township,
was born in Madison County, Ky., Jan. 20, 1821. He is the son of William and Martha (Robertson)
Moberly. His parents both died in Kentucky, his father in 1832, his mother in 1824. Thomas came
to this county, an orphan, at the age of 7; poor, but determined; if constant effort could win a place for him
among the successful men of Shelby Co., that place should be his. He lived and worked with James
Robertson, his uncle, until his marriage, which took place Feb. 17, 1842, at which time he was united to Miss
Julila Barnes. After his marriage, he went to work on the place where his present home stands, but he
purchased no land until 1848 when he made his first investment by buying 52-1/2 acres.
Mr. Moberly has had by his marriage six children --- John M., William N., James H., Mary E., Martha F. and Edmund R. He has also raised a little girl whom they took when a baby; she was the daughter of Philip and Pamelia Devining. She is now nine years of age and is an affectionate child. As a farmer, Mr. Moberly has been eminently successful, and to the 52 acres which he first purchased he has added largely, and, before he gave any away to his son, he had about 400 acres of land. He now has a fine farm and pleasant home, situated six miles northeast of Shelbyville.
He has a very pleasant and interesting family; his eldest son lives one mile west of home; the next son lives in Decatur Co. The eldest daughter married Dr. Albert M. Pherson and resides in Ohio. Mrs. Moberly is the daughter of Noah and Polly Barnes. She came with her parents to this county in 1833. Her father died in 1867; her mother in 1868. Mr. and Mrs. Moberly are both consistent members of the Baptist Church.
No one looking at the present circumstances of Mr. M., and contrasting them with those of the poor boy seven years of age who came to this county to make his fortune, can fail to conclude that a determined effort is productive of success. and that success is deserving of such an effort.
Atlas of Shelby Co., Indiana, Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co, 1880, p 71.
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