1878: John Alderson Foote, Foreign and Domestic Law: A Concise Treatise on Private International Jurisprudence, Based on the Decisions in the English Courts, page 141 (Stevens and Haynes) [2000-reprint: ]
Mobilia sequuntur personam may be freely translated “movables are personal property,” but the use of English law has attached a special and definite meaning to the term “personal estate,” which differs materially from that more commonly given to it in international jurisprudence.
1889: Robert Phillimore, Commentaries Upon International Law, volume 4, page 37 (Butterworths)
This distinction issued from the maxims of the feudal code : from these, and from the comparatively insignificant value (p) of moveables or chattels, arose the maxim, generally received in Europe, that moveables followed the person (mobilia sequuntur personam); while land was governed by the law of the country in…
1905: JSTOR (Organization) and Yale Law School, The Yale Law Journal, volume 14 (1904–1905), page 136 (Yale Law Journal Co.)
Had we adhered inflexibly to the universal maxim of ancient law — mobilia personam sequuntur — the results would unquestionably have been far better.
1954: Justice Robert Jackson, Miller Bros. Co. v. Maryland, 347 U.S. 340, 353.
Most of these cases [allowing taxation of property based on domicile] deal with intangible property and apply the maxim mobilia sequuntur personam.