Moseley, Robert

Born: 1815-09-22 Kentucky

Died: 1886-04-17 Edgar County, Illinois

Flourished: Edgar County, Illinois

Robert Moseley was a merchant and state representative. In August 1844, he married Isabella R. Smith, a union initially threatened by a conflict between the groom, a Whig, and the prospective father-in-law, a Democrat. In 1850, Robert and Isabella Moseley were living in Independence in Coles County, Illinois, where Robert was a merchant and owned real property valued at $800. In the 1850s, Robert and Isabella moved to Edgar County, settling in Kansas, where Moseley opened a dry goods store. He also became a charter member of the Kansas lodge of the Freemasons. In 1859, Moseley represented Edgar County as a Republican in the Illinois House of Representatives. In 1860, he was working as a dry goods merchant and owned real property valued at $3,600 and had a personal estate of $5,000.

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Edgar County, 19 August 1844, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Independence, Coles County, IL, 93; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Kansas, Edgar County, IL, 263; The History of Edgar County, Illinois (Chicago: Wm. Le Baron, Jr., 1879), 346, 427, 431; Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield), 29 September 1858, 2:4; John Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 222; Gravestone, Grandview Cemetery, Grandview, IL.