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John Mousley Yates (known as "Jack") was born Jan 11, 1844 and baptized 26 Jan 1845 at Old Church, Saint Pancras, London, England. His parents were John Yates and Sarah Mousley. . He was the second of four children: Sarah, John Mousley, William Henry, and Katherine Elizabeth. His older sister was born in Burton-on-Trent, but at some point the family, along with Sarah's sister Catherine moved to London.
In 1851 the entire family, including Aunt Catherine, were all living at 66 Jermyn Street in London,  presumably above the tailor shop kept by his father John. Jermyn Street has long been a place where the wealthy shopped. In fact the shopfront at 66 Jermyn is still there today and is occupied by a retailer of men's bespoke shirts. Link
Both parents died in 1857, leaving the 4 youngsters as orphans (Jack was 13).  After his parents' death he and his siblings and Aunt Catherine Mousley returned to Burton-on-Trent.  Perhaps they all later emigrated together because they had learned to rely on each other when they were young?
Family legend says that Jack was "educated as an engineer at Oxford" but no record of this as of yet. TODO - find Oxford records? This is possibly just family legend.
We know that his brother William Henry emigrated to America first, but have not as yet found his emigration records. Family legend has it that William Henry went to Australia first, but did not like it! This has yet to be substantiated. Jack followed William Henry to America in 1867.. The story of Jack's journey to America is recorded in his diary which has been transcribed and uploaded here. He applied for naturalization in 1869, only two years later. . His sisters Sarah and Katherine Elizabeth came over some time later, immigration records not found yet.
In 1870 Jack is single and living in St. Tammany Parish. By 1880 Jack was married and living in Sandy Ford, Louisiana with his wife Sarah Jane Blocker (Yes, another Sarah!) and the first of his children: May, William and Catherine Drusilla.. His son William, who became known as "Henry," was named after his brother William Henry, while Catherine Drusilla was named after his sister Katherine Elizabeth. There is no Sarah in the second generation, but with a mother Sarah, a wife Sarah, and a sister Sarah, they may have simply been "Sarah'ed" out.
His sister Sarah had moved to Lake Charles to be a governess; she died in 1886, and his brother died in New Orleans 1888, both at comparatively young ages. We know very little about his sister Sarah, but for much more about his brother William Henry, see that profile. I suspect that John Mousley and William Henry were not in good terms later in life, because we have been able to find very few photos of William Henry and also, John Mousley was not mentioned in William Henry's obituary, although this is just supposition.
By 1900, Jack and Sarah had completed their family, and 10 of the 11 children were still living at home, listed in the census as "Ward 1 Madisonville town, St. Tammany, Louisiana, United States." Jack's occupation is "Farmer."  His wife died in 1900, when their youngest child, Susie, was just a baby. By 1910 many of the children have left home and the residence is listed as "Township 5, Ward 2. Folsom Precinct"
Jack was the Parish Surveyor for St. Tammany Parish. He, with his son Henry, laid out the town of Folsom. As such, any search of the St. Tammany Farmer Newspaper will show hundreds of results, most of which are his published surveys and advertisements. . He served from 1894 until 1900.  '(NOTE: obituary says 1912, but article says 1900. Could validate with the paperwork? Check)'
His sister Kate married in Lake Charles and lived until 1909. His son John Spring and his daughter May visited her in Lake Charles, and his son Charles Murray was named for her husband Charles Douglas Murray. We know that John Mousley and Kate corresponded until her death, as we have a collection of her letters to him, including a detailed account of her last illness
He also served as the Secretary of the Democratic Parish Executive Committee  . He was a Freemason, and was a charter member of Covington Lodge No. 188, F. & A.M.  In 1873 he was the Lodge Master of the chapter. 
*CAN'T FIND: Records of education in England
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