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Susannah (Cecil) Unknown (1696 - abt. 1761)

Susannah [family name unknown] formerly Cecil aka Duvall [uncertain]
Born in Queen Anne's Parish, Calvert, Marylandmap
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died about in Camden District, Craven, South Carolina, British Americamap
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I recently adopted this profile in an attempt to help other researchers and myself clear-up the wrong information pervading the web about the Cecil children of William and his unknown wife.

She will likely need to be merged with Unknown-356959, wife of Edward Moberly; but since this is just speculation, I hesitate to do so now.

All feedback, assistance, etc. are greatly welcomed!


Susannah Cecil, born 3 Jan 1696, Queen Anne's Parish, Calvert, Maryland, British America; likely married Edward Moberly [Mobberly-28], abt 1718, Maryland, British America; died 14 June 1761(9), Camden District, Craven, South Carolina, British America (now Fairfield County, SC). The Chapman Family Bible has her death as 1761 but other sources list 1769. It may be a misreading of the date. Her estate records might be found in Sumter County, SC under Old Camden District estate records of the Court of the Ordinary as was Edward's. It is unknown why his estate settlement was filed there rather than Fairfield. A note on the Chapman Family Bible- Henry Levi Chapman married Lavinia Mobley. Lavinia, the original owner of the Bible, was the granddaughter of Edward and Susannah. The Bible states that Susannah's last name at birth was Duvall.

I propose that Susannah Duvall, wife of Edward Moberly, was the same Susan Cecil, ward of Mareen Duvall at the request of her mother at the time of her mother's death in 1698 in Prince George's, Maryland, British America.   

"March the 19th 1697 [1698] To the Commisioners of Prince Georges County these are humbly to Sattisfie you that I William Sesell by the Request of my wife as She Lay upon her death bed I have disposed of my Children to Marreen Devall and his heires till they are of Age John Sesell Aged Seven yeares the 24th of December Last past Phillip Sesell Aged five yeares the 28th day of this Instant Susan Sesell aged two yeares 3d of January Last These are humbly to Request of your Worships to bind these Children this Court to the aforesaid Devall and his heires to the age of 21: and the girle att 16 as wittness my hand and Scale the day and yeare above Written.

William Sesell (Scale) Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presents of us. Allexander Beall his marke Sollomon S Simpson

Sollomon Simpson Came into Court and made oath that he See William Sesell Signe Scale and deliver the above as his Act and Deed. Whereupon att the Request of Murreen Devall it is ordered to be Recorded in the Records of Prince Georges County."

Susannah Cecil and Edward Moberly were married about 1718 at Anne Arundel or Prince George's in Maryland, British America. Edward Moberly, son of John Mobberly and Elizabeth Ann Woods, was born on 13 May 1696 in All Hallows, South River Parish, Anne Arundel, Maryland, British America. Edward's life and children are well-documented in his profile Mobberly-28.


Since Susannah was only 2 when she became a ward of Mareen "the elder" Duvall and his wife, Frances nee' Stockett, it seems likely that she used the last name of Duvall since they were the only 'parents' she really knew.

The following land records clearly show relationships between the Duvall, Mobberly, and Cecil families:

According to abstracts done by Elise Greenup Jourdan in her The Land Records of Prince George's County Maryland 1717-1726, in folio 379 dated 3 April 1723, an account pertaining to Mareen "the elder" which mentions Cecell, is listed with the precedent of a 1707 land deal. This shows that the Duvall and Cecil families were still associated in 1707 and 1723.

The following signed the petition to form All Saints Parish from Prince George's Parish (1742): John Owen, Robert Owens, John Turner, Edward, William and Clement Mobberly, and Alexander Duvall [Scharf, J. Thomas; History of Western Maryland, Vol. 1, pp. 501 - 502].

Another land record also links the descendants of William (Susannah's father) to the Mobberly family. Philip Cecil, Jr. (Philip-2, William-1) lived on 223 acres of Snowden's Manor (the 1744-1749 property listed below). Philip Cecil Jr. and and wife Elizabeth nee' Thomas had the following children who are mentioned in the below land record):          +31 i. Anne Cecil, married Basil Warfield.         +32 ii. Rebecca Cecil, married John Belt.         +33 iii. Elizabeth Cecil, married Jesse Smallwood.         +34 iv. Jane Cecil, married Benjamin Belt.         +35 v. John Cecil, married tbd ; died bef 1815.

Provincial Court Land Records, 1744-1749 John Mobberly- Richard Snowden Ex.d This Indenture made this Nineteenth day of June Anno Domini One Thousand seven hundred and forty Nine Between John Mobberly Senior (1) [brother of Edward] of the County of Ann Arundell and Province of Maryland Planter of the one part and Richard Snowden of the County and Province afs.d Iron Master of the other Part Witnesseth that the said John Mobberly being Legally and Rightfully Possessed of in and to four Parcels or Tracts of Land the one of which Tracts called the Bear Ground Containing Fifty seven Acres also one other Tract called Hammond's Delight containing forty acres also one other Tract called Red Oak Hill Containing thirty acres and also one other Tract called Rich and Levell containing one Hundred and Twenty Acres the three first above mentioned Tracts of Land Situate lying and being in Ann Arundel County and  the other last mentioned Tract called Rich and Levell Situate lying and being in late Prince Georges Now called Frederick County for and in Consideration of the Sum of forty Pounds Current Gold Money to him in hand paid by the said Richard Snowden the Receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge and thereof and every part thereof doth fully Acquit Exonerate and Discharge him the said Richard Snowden his Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns For ever Hath given Granted Bargained Sold Enfeoffed and Confirmed and by these Presents doth Give Grant Bargain Sell Enfeoffe and Confirm unto him the said Richard Snowden his Heirs and Assigns for Ever all those four several Parcels or Tracts of Land Situate lying and being as before Expressed Containing in the whole four several Tracts two hundred and forty seven Acres of Land  more or less together with all Rights Issues Profits Enrollments  and Appurtenances to the same Incident or anyways appertaining  with all and Singular the Houses Out Houses Woods under Woods Cultivations Improvements and Hereditaments whatsoever with Reversion and Reversions Remainder and Remainders to the same belonging To have and to hold the said Granted Lands with all and singular the Premisses and Appurtenances to the only Proper use and Behoof of him the said Richard Snowden his Heirs and Assigns for ever and the said John Mobberly for himself his Heirs and Assigns Doth further Covenant and Agree to and with the said Richard Snowden the afs.d four several Tracts of Lands with the Premises and Appurtenances for ever will Warrant and Defend to him the said John Mobberly his Heirs and Assigns or any other Person or Persons Whatsoever In Witness whereof the said John Mobberly hath hereunto set his Hand and Affixed his Seal the Day And Year above

Written                 John I Mobberly Signed Sealed                              Seal Delivered in the Presence of Us                   mark Alex.r Warfield son of Rich.d Nicho.s Gassaway son Tho.s

On the Back of the aforegoing Deed was thus Endorsed Viz.t June the Nineteen Day 1749  Received of Mr. Richard Snowden the Sum of forty Pounds Current gold it being the Consideration Money within mentioned   P.r me £ 40        his Seal                            John I Mobberly mark Testis    Alex.r Warfield son of Rich.d

Memorandum that on the Nineteenth Day of June Anno Dom 1749 Came the within Named John Mobberly and did acknowledge the within written Indenture to be his Act and Deed And the Lands and Premisses therein mentioned to be the Right of the within Named Richard Snowden his Heirs and Assigns for ever and at the same time came the Wife of the said John Mobberly who being Examined seperately And out of the Hearing of her Husband according to the Directions of an  Act of Assembly in that case made and Provided did acknowledged that she did freely and Voluntarily Renounce all her Claim and Right of Dower in and to the said Lands and Premisses Before   Alex.r Warfield son of Rich.d Nicho.s Gassaway son Tho.s

I hereby Certify that the above named Alexander Warfield son of Richard and Nicholas Gassaway son of Thomas are and at the time of taking the above Acknowledgment were two of his Lordships the Right Honble the Lord Propry's Justices of the Peace for Ann Arundell County in the Province of Maryland Lawfully Authorized and Qualifyed In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Affixed the Publick Seal of the County Court Seal afs.d this 23.d day of June 1749 Jn.o Brice Clk (2)

June 24 1749   Reced of Mr. Richard Snowden Nine Shil's & ten Pence Ster.l for the use of the Right Honble the Lord Baltimore being for the Alienation fine of the within two hundred and forty seven Acres of Land                     Benj Tasker Recorded June the 1749

November 5, 1813, William Cecil [b. 1775 Prince George's County to James and Jane (Thomas) Cecil; James the grandson of William (1665) by John and Elizabeth (Sollars) Cecil d. 13 June 1860 Baltimore, MD] bought 400 acres in Anne Arundel County and opened a tavern near Hanover. On December 21, 1802, he married Nanny Owens in Montgomery County. Ann Owens (Nanny”) was the daughter of Samuel and Mercy (Turner) Owens. She was born in 1787 and died May 3, 1834. There were reportedly 10 children by this marriage.

July 4, 1815 Basil Warfield, Anne Warfield, Samuel Cecil, Jesse Smallwood, Elizabeth Smallwood, Benjamin Belt, Jane Belt, Richard C. Jones, Sarah Jones, John Belt, Rebecca Belt, Samuel Cecil, and Richard Cecil vs. Philip Cecil, Thomas Cecil, William Cecil, Catherine Cecil, Martha Cecil, and Joseph Cecil. AA. Petition to sell Snowdens Manor. Recorded (Chancery Record) 92, p. 8. Accession No.: 17,898-5537-1/2 MSA S512-7- 5653 Location: 1/37/2/ accessed 8 Nov 2019

William Cecil, descendant of William mentioned in the following 1832 court records, as are other descendants. June 14, 1832, record 10053: Joseph Owens, Richard Turner, and Margaret A. Turner vs. Benjamin Owens, James Owens, Richard Owens, Samuel Owens, Thomas McAbee, Tabitha McAbee, William Cissell, and Ann Cissell.

AA, PG. Petition to partition Welches Discovery in PG. Also Mobberlys Purchase, Neals Delight in AA. Accession No.: 17,898-10053 MSA S512-13-9944 Location: 1/39/2/

September 14, 1832, record 7176: Martha Cissel, Joseph J.R. Cissel, and Joseph J. Jones vs. Sarah C. Cissel, Richard S.T. Cissel, Philip Cissel, William Cissel, James Z. Perry, Margaret C. Perry, and Sarah Elizabeth Perry. AA. Petition to partition Trusty Friend, Watts Forrest in AA. Also Mizpah, Hughes Discovery in PG. Plats of Watts Forrest Mizpah, Hughes Discovery at 1/38/1/23. Accession No.: 17,898-7176-1/2 MSA S512-9-7209 Location: 1/37/4/ These Chancery Court Records transcribed and digitized at

2 February 2, 1834 Land record for Anne Arundel County, MD. Anne Arundel Co., Land Records - Indenture Grantor: Joseph Owens and Mary Owens, his wife, Richard Turner and Margaret Turner, his wife, Thomas McAbee and Tabitha McAbee, his wife, and James Owens, all of Prince George's County; William Cecil and Ann Cecil, his wife, Richard Owens and Maria Owens, his wife, Benjamin Owens and Susanna Owens, his wife, all of Anne Arundel County. Grantee: Samuel Owens of Anne Arundel County Whereas Samuel Owens, late of Prince George's County (deceased) the father of the said Samuel Owens did purchase of John Mobley (or Mobberly) "Neal's Delight" and "Mobley's Purchase" 155 acres and Samuel Owens did sell to his daughter, Mercy Owens, said land. Mercy Owens died interstate and without issue. Subsequently Samuel Owens, the father sold this land to Samuel Owens, the son under impression and belief that as father of said Mercy Owens he was the only heir at law. The land is now transferred for $5, a parcel on north side of Patuxant River where Samuel Owens now dwells. All grantors both at law and in equity, of, in, to and out of said tract. Vol. WSG#19 p. 119 (MDLANDRECORDS)

Another connection between Cecil and Mobberly through land deals involves property owned by Plummer families (Isaac to/from Mobberly and possible son, George to William Cecil). According to George Plummer never married. His will 14 Jan 1754 was witnessed by James WHITTEN.

Additionally, members of the Owens/Owings and Turner families lived in Camden District at the same time as Edward and Susannah.

Finally, no records have been found for Susannah Cecil after her joining the Duvall family and documentation of all of the women named Susannah Duvall roughly living in this time period rule them out. However, she may be mentioned in her brothers' documents (with or without the surname Moberly), Mareen Duvall's documents (although not mentioned in his Last Will), or her birth father's documents not yet located.

As for DNA, William Brown, my brother, has a fairly significant match considering the hundreds of years elapsed between him and Susannah (24 cMs and 8 longest block, on FTDNA) to a descendant of Susannah's brother, Philip. However, they also have other surnames in common, which is too often the case with my family's DNA comparisons in colonial MD. There are a few other matches at FTDNA for my brother with Cecil.

On DNA I have over 20 matches to Cecil on 18 Nov 2019, but no 'shaky leaves'. The most significant matches:

Stephanie Conklin: appears to be 'proof' of Susannah Cecil Duvall as wife of Edward Moberly. She doesn't have Susannah in her tree, but does have Susannah's father and her brother Philip and his descendants. She has only has WILSON as another common surname, which is not a direct ancestor of mine. match at 4th -6th cousin; 23 cMs 1 segment

sdrmartin: appears to suggest that Susannah Cecil Duvall Moberly was wife of Edward Moberly. This tree doesn't have Susannah, but does have Susannah's brother John and his descendants. Other surnames in common BROWN, GREEN, MEADOR/MEADOWS, BELL, so may be related that way. match at 5th -8th cousin; 17 cMs 1 segment

1_pwitten 24 cM across 2 segments, 65 folk in his tree but set to private very promising with amount shared and surname of Witten who married into the Cecil family. messaged him 18 Nov 2019

cyndidonald 24 cM across 1 segment has Hester CECIL but doesn't have Hester Cecil's ancestry, so no way to know for sure. The only other surname in common appears to be Hill. Ann Hill 1690- 1772 MD, w/o Robert Bradley are my 7th great grandparents.

J.M. managed by suewhitemiller228 24 cM across 1 segment limited tree, so don't know about Cecil for sure yet. Miller surname may lead to DNA of Maria Miller, w/o Jacob Haldeman and biological great grandparents of Isaac Turney, my great grandfather. Cecil - no ancestors back in time far enough to know.

crg80 21 cM across 1 segment Mary Cecil listed in Tazewell fits the right Cecil family. Robertson surname in common but don't know if it's the same family. James Robertson b. 1600s in Coleraine, Ireland my 7th great grandfather by way of Jane Kirkland > Daniel Grove Moore.

Comparison of DNA with wikitree members (see the list to the right) is ongoing.

More exploring needs to be done. My DNA results processed by NatGeo for the UPenn 17th Century Chesapeake Bay Area project may also reveal some further information.

In Conclusion: This all seems to support my theory that Susannah Cecil (daughter of William (1665) is the same as the Susannah Duvall who married Edward Mobberly.

However, according to Jourdan in her Early Families of Southern Maryland, Vol. 1, Revised, p. 9, another conjecture is that Susannah may also have been known as Ann and that she may have been the wife of Thomas Witten, father of Thomas b. 1719. Jourdan found no other women named Ann Cecil, except for the widow of PA, who were born at the right time to be the wife of Thomas Witten. Further research is required. Other than this speculation, Jourdan has no other records on Susannah. However, Randy Jones in a post to cecil@rootsweb dated 21 Jan 2001, stated "Thomas Witten was born in Barbados and probably first became a acquainted with the Cecils there. His son Thomas (b.1672) married 1719 Ann Cecil (b.c.1700), daughter of James Cecil (b.c.1670). James is shown on the 1715 Census of Barbados. I am not sure how James fits in with the rest of the Cecils, and how he is related to my primary Cecil ancestor William Cecil (b.c.1665) except that James's grandson Thomas Witten ((b.1719) married William's granddaughter Elizabeth Cecil (b.c.1719) daughter of Phillip Cecil (b.1692). I suspect they were cousins." If this can be documented, then Jourdan's speculation proves false.

I'd enjoy discussing this further with others.


  • WikiTree profile Cecil-207 created through the import of Hummel_Goerl_Cecil_Miller Fami(3).ged on Jun 12, 2011 by Angela Hummel. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Angela and others.
  • Walter V. Ball, A Walk Through The 18th Century And A Visit With Our Cecil Ancestors Over 200 Years Ago, as cited by Jourdan in Greenup Willet Cecil p. 279.
  • Elise Greenup Jourdan, Greenup Witten Cecil; Gateway Press, 1989. Land Records of Prince George's County Maryland 1717 to 1726; Heritage Books, 2009, p, 61
  • Con Mobley (research articles and emails), privately held by Con Mobley, [address for private use], Canada, 2019. extensive research conducted by Con Mobley over decades.
  • Gayel Knott (research articles and emails) Wikitree contributor Knott-279
  • Source: S-277766635 Repository: #R-1077657631 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Page: Ancestry Family Trees Note: Data: Text:
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