Posted By:Mona Knight
Subject:Re: Pleasant Robert Motley, Ransom Wiley Motley
Post Date:March 21, 2008 at 16:26:45
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Forum:Cabarrus County, NC Genealogy Forum
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I'm not related but found this family interesting, because I now live in Cabarrus Co. and am only blocks away from Poplar Tent and Rocky River, areas where these families lived.

I think you're onto something, and wonder if your Pleasant Robert Motley (b. about 1852-55?)is a son of Ransom Wiley Motley and Elizabeth Caudle? Then I wonder if Ransom Wiley Motley is a son of Robert and Elizabeth Motley who appear in the 1850 census for Cabarrus County, Robert b. about 1784 in Montgomery Co., NC. Just speculation on my part.

If you don't have the census records from 1850 forward for Pleasant, Robert, or Ransom Wiley, let me know because I looked them up and can send them to you.

"Robert" was a name often repeated in this Motley family.

In the 1840 census for North Carolina, there are only two heads of household named MOTLEY: Robert MOTLYE (the man, age 50-60, later found in the 1850 census) and Nelson Motley, age 20-30, apparently single in 1840. In the 1840 census, Ransom Wiley Motley would have been about age 10-11, maybe younger. In that census, Robert has a son age 5-10, so it's possible that Ransom Wiley Motley is a son of Robert Motley. Not sure yet.

In the 1850 census, Robert Motley (age 66, b. 1784), Ransom W. Motley (age 21, b. 1829) both state that they were born in Montgomery Co., NC.

In the 1790 census for Montgomery Co., NC, Salisbury Dist, there is a Thomas Motley.

Just some clues. I hope it's helpful and not just my "wanderings."