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Allen Jones Mozingo Family
By Frances Fox
Taken from Ye Olde Ancestors, September 12, 1991
Written permission given by the New Boston Genealogy Society
to post this information to the Bowie County TXGenWeb site.


On a 1634 map of Virginia, there is a Mozongo Creek in Accomack County on the eastern shore, which was mentioned in land deeds as early as 1650.  This Mozingo family was first found in Minutes of the Council and General Colonial Virginia, 5 October 1672, reporting that Ed Mozingo had given a Negro man his freedom.

Elizabeth Booth, Westmoreland County, Virginia, died 1708, left a will naming John Mozingo as grandson, son of Edward Mozingo.  An Edward Mozingo died in 1712 and in his will mentioned sons Edward and John.  John Mozingo, planter, late of Virginia, purchased land in 1744 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina.  It names his wife, Ann.  Another Edward Mozingo died 1754 in Richmond, Virginia; the will names John and Edward as sons.  John Mozingo purchased land in Johnston County in North Carolina in 1757 and in 1764 when the name of the county was changed to Lenoir.

The name Mozingo is believed by the family to be French.  However, the French Huguenots came to America following the Edict of Nantes in 1685 and this family was in America before 1672 and possibly as early as 1634.  If they were early French emigrants, then they used English given names.  Another possibility is that they went to England from France during the Norman Conquest and eventually came to America after mixing with the English.

Pearce Mozingo, a Patriot of the American Revolution, was born about 1750 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina; he married Sarah Grady, born about 1770 in Wayne County, North Carolina.  One of their children was Absolom Pearce Mozingo, born about 1799.  He married Mary Jones and they moved to Bibb County, Alabama before 1826.  They had eleven children.  The oldest was Allen Jones Mozingo, born 1828, who married Eliza Rachel Rosser Johnston Blocker in 1857 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.  This family came to Bowie County in 1881.

Allen and Elkiza Mozingo came to Bowie County because the Blocker family was here and they came part of the way by railroad rather than by wagon train.  Their daughter, Martha A "Mattie" and her husband, George Kirkland Grimes came here at the same time.  They brought along a trunk which was filled with paper Confederate money which proved to be worthless.  When George Grimes built their new home which was located on land which is now inside Lone Star Ammo. Plant, one bedroom was papered with Confederate money.

Allen and Eliza Mozingo had ten children, seven girls and three boys:
 1. Amanda Lou, 1859-1930, married John Courtney and later Tom Ellis, buried in Hugo, Oklahoma
 2. Molly, 1861-1903, married James Robert Ash, buried in Redwater Cemetery
 3. Mattie A, 1862-1937, married George K Grimes, lived at Redwater
 4. Sallie, 1865-1930, married Wiley Fox, buried in Avery Cemetery
 5. Andrew Jackson, 1867-1930, married Jennie Gilbert, lived at Ft Towson, Oklahoma
 6. Fannie, 1871-1948, married John T Baldwin, had a grocery store and post office at Malta for 35 years.
 7. Thomas Allen, 1869-1952, married Effie Clements, lived near Redwater
 8. Ansalem or Absolom Pearce, born and died in 1873 in Hale County, Alabama
 9. Rosa, 1874-about 1905, married John Read, lived near Texarkana
10. Leah S, 1876-1945, married Robinson S Fant, lived north of DeKalb, later moved to Horatio, Arkansas

All these children were born in Perry or Hale County, Alabama.

 



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