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Guide to the Joab Mobley family papers

Summary Information

Mississippi State University Libraries
Joab Mobley family papers
Date [inclusive]
0.6 Cubic feet : 1 folder; 1 SMO folder; 1 OD folder

Preferred Citiation

Joab Mobley family papers, Special Collections Department, Mississippi State University Libraries.

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Biographical Information

Joab O’Neal Mobley was born in Yazoo County, Mississippi on 28 March 1831, the son of Sion Fountain Mobley (1789-1839) and Barbara Guice (1800-1852). On 30 December 1858, he married Louisa F. Friley (1841-1871). Following Louisa’s death, he married Sarah Wenn Cannon Stribling (1856-1909) on 18 April 1875. Joab Mobley enlisted in the Confederate army on 22 December 1863 near Clinton, Mississippi. He served in Company K of the 1st Mississippi Cavalry (known as Wood’s Regiment or Adams’ Regiment) under the leadership of Captain William S. Yerger, and he is recorded as a 2nd Sergeant on the muster roll of spring 1865. He died in 1907, survived by his wife, Sarah, and six of his children: Josephine Elvira (1866-1936), William Martin (1870-1911), Fountain Cannon (1876-1937), Milton Cannon (1878-1951), Zeruah Earle (1880-1915), and James Cain (1882-1950). Milton Cannon Mobley was the father of Joe Mobley, the donor of the papers.

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Scope and Contents

The Joab Mobley family papers include two letters, three muster rolls and one historic roll from Company K of the First Mississippi Cavalry, an 1886 leaflet titled “Predestination: A Light in Dark Places,” and a booklet, Drake’s American Receipt Book: A Calendar Almanac for 1867-1868. The letters, dated the 25th and 28th of June 1851, are correspondence between Joab Mobley in Artesia, Mississippi, and his brother, C. Cox Mobley, in Yazoo City, regarding the state of crops and the question of marriage. The muster rolls document the presence and/or status of the men of Company K of Wood’s Regiment in the First Mississippi Cavalry during the last years of the Civil War, from the winter of 1863 to the spring of 1865. For each man, the date and location of enlistment is included. For those not marked present, there are details about when and where they were wounded, taken prisoner, sent on another assignment, etc. The historic roll was compiled after the war and includes these same details; it is undated. Along with the rolls is a scrap on which the compiler apparently gathered his notes, as it contains the same information that is recorded on the historic roll, such as “Deserted to Enemy,” “Transferred,” etc.

The letters, the “Deserted to Enemy” list, and the muster rolls have been transcribed and copies of the transcriptions are in Miscellaneous Box 25.

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Series 1. Letters and miscellany - Miscellaneous Box 25; Small Oversize Box 41

Series 2. Civil War materials - Miscellaneous Box 25; Oversize Drawer X

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Mississippi State University Libraries 

P.O. Box 5408
Mississippi State, MS, 39762

Publication date: February 2010

Access Restrictions

Open to all researchers.

Use Restrictions

Any requests for permission to publish, quote, or reproduce materials from this collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian for Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Mississippi State University as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


Joe Mobley, 1996.

Processing Record

DeeDee Baldwin, February 2010.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Confederate States of America . Army. Mississippi Cavalry Regiment, 1st.

Family Name(s)

  • Mobley family

Geographic Name(s)

  • Artesia (Miss.)
  • Yazoo City (Miss.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Mobley, C. Cox.
  • Mobley, Joab O'Neal.
  • Mobley, Joe.
  • Yerger, William S.


  • Almanacs.
  • Formulas, recipes, etc.
  • Marriage--United States--History--19th century.
  • Predistination.
  • Religious writings.
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1. Letters. 

 SMO 41. J.O. Mobley to C. Cox Mobley, 1851. 

 Misc Box 25. C. Cox Mobley to J.O. Mobley, 1851. 

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Series 2. Civil War materials. 

 Misc Box 25. List: "Deserted to Enemy", circa 1861-1865. 

 OD X. Historic Roll of Captain W.S. Yerger's Company (K), Woods Regiment of Cavalry, undated. 

 OD X. Muster Roll of Captain W.S. Yerger's Company (K), Wood's Regiment of Cavalry, 1863 October 31-December 31. 

 OD X. Muster Roll of Captain W.S. Yerger's Company (K), Wood's Regiment of Cavalry, 1863 December 31-1864 February 29. 

 OD X. Muster Roll of Captain W.S. Yerger's Company (K), Wood's Regiment of Cavalry, 1865 February 28-April. 

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Series 3. Miscellany. 

 Misc Box 25. Leaflet: Woodcock, John H. "Predestination: A Light in Dark Places", Lancaster, 1886. 

 Misc Box 25. Drake's American Receipt Book: A Calendar Almanac for 1867-1868, circa 1866. 

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