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Mosby Values

Quakers have their own social and religious agenda and don't wish for questioning persons to unravel it. That is part of the reasons they moved to form community, for Constantine Christianity was obtuse to them. North Carolina and Virginia had been settled long enough for some cultural institutions to flourish. Considered to be pacifist, yet its membership produced some soldiers, while the Methodists demurred.

Yes, Edward Mosby seemed to have a dark relationship with the Quakers, for it seemed that the matriarchal influence was heavily present until 1709 when her being mentioned in the records ceased.
He remarries Sarah Watkins at the Curles House Meeting, and later completed a new church by 1724. Then he was kicked out of the Quakers for disorderly walking and mention of him again also ceased.

Retrospect is viewing a glass darkly to comprehend the Homsley family: Garnett, James, Elias Epp, Lawson B., their lives and religious, political and social norms. In Southern families the maternal instinct is strong. It would seem to me that they would have been closer to the reformed North Carolinian via Pennsylvania, anti-slave poor who subsistence farmed the edge of the frontier. The cultural institutions of Virginia and North Carolina were a memory there, for literacy was a premium. Just as it was in England and the Continent, the church and state had supremacy on literacy.

Evidence has not come forth as to why Elias Epp went to Lauderdale County, Alabama. It was obvious that there was an incentive there, for he seemed to live a long life and had a huge family that we know little about, as their cultural footprint is presently unknown. He did allow us to learn about the Homsley of Hardin County, Tennessee, however. From what I have read it seems that they occupied both sides of the river and crossed with ease. Now, they seem to be cast as poor, working, subsistence farmers in Northern Alabama and the Tennessee River Valley.

We find the migration of James, Lawson B., and Garnett with their families across Lincoln, North Carolina; Carroll, Georgia; and Randolph, Alabama. They did carry with them their anti-slave philosophy from their Quaker ancestors. 

Len Homsley


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