In 1834, Capt. John Moberly, was appointed to the rank of Admiral, in control of all operations appertaining to the navy, at the Naval and Military Establishment, at Penetanguishene, Ontario. Although the naval section of the post was closed in that year, in 1835 Penetanguishene had 40 rank and file known as a batteaux establishment for the conveyance of provisions, military stores, etc. and this in view of the facts that a general sale of craft and naval and marine appliances was ordered in 1832 and continued for some time.
In 1825 Captain Moberly married Miss Mary Fock, daughter of General Fock of the Russian Imperial Service. She was born in Sebastopol, Crimea, where her father was then stationed. General Fock, who was a member of a Polish family of distinction, had command of the Russian Imperial Artillery at the famous Battle of Borodino in Russia which preceded Napoleon's entrance to Moscow in 1812. Of this union were born nine children, six sons and three daughters.
George Moberly, who was also born at Sowerby, Yorkshire in 1830, later became a barrister in Collingwood, Ontario and married Fanny Maria, third daughter of the late Col. E. G. O'Brien, Shanty Bay, Ontario.
Clarence Wishaw Moberly was born at Penetanguishene in 1838. Also known as William, Clarence became a civil engineer and was for many years Chief Engineer of the Northern Railway of Canada, from Toronto to Collingwood. He resigned from this position in 1875, to become the contractor of the Northern Extensions Railway to Gravenhurst. Following its completion later that year, he became Chief Engineer of the Ontario & Pacific Junction Railway, which proposed to build a connection from there to the proposed CPR. The O & P J was never built. Clarence W. Moberly died in Collingwood in 1902.
Arthur Moberly, who was born at Penetanguishene in 1840, became a doctor and married Caroline Jean, daughter of J.O.Bouchier of Sutton, Ontario, and died in 1879.
Sophia, born at Penetanguishene in 1843, died in infancy.
Frank Moberly, born at Barrie in 1845, Civil Engineer. In 1871 he took charge of the government survey from Winnipeg to the Kootenay Plains, at the headwaters of the Athabaska in the Rocky Mountains and engaged in a number of transcontinental railway and exploration surveys both in Canada and the United States, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island and in the States to California.
Emma, born at Barrie in 1847, remained unmarried and lived with her sister Lady Brydges, Radnorshire, Wales.
Simcoe County pioneer papers, by Simcoe County Pioneer and Historical Society Barrie, Ontario, 1908.