Moore History

A History of the Moore Family

My Dad’s mother was 1. Ruby Isabel Moore, b. 29 Oct 1896 in Weston, Lewis Co, WV, d. 6 May 1972 in Point Marion, Fayette Co, PA, married 1a.Richard Labin (Sr.) 28 June 1913 in Weston, Lewis Co, WV. Her parents were 2a. Mary Elizabeth Guinn (1872-1961) and 2. Benjamin Franklin Moore (b. 14 Oct 1869 in Weston, Lewis Co, WV, d. 30 May 1941 in Wheeling, Ohio Co, WV, married 1893). They spent most of their lives in Lewis County, WV either in Weston or Freemans Creek, where Benjamin Franklin Moore worked for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, first as a carpenter, then as a foreman, then as a police officer for the B&O, and finally as a car repairman for the railroad.

Benjamin (Frank) was the son of 3a. Rebecca Dinsmore (1839-1900) and 3.Jeremiah B. Moore (b. Nov 1833 in Albemarle Co, VA, d. aft 1900 in Weston, Lewis Co, WV, married 1865 in Weston). In 1860 Jeremiah listed ‘wagoner’ as his occupation, and he was a farmer who also served in the Civil War, enlisting as a private in the 9th VA Infantry on 28 July 1863—as a Confederate. He was 5’10” tall with grey eyes, black hair, and a fair complexion. While the 9th VA Infantry fought quite a few battles in VA, including Manassas, 7 Pines, Warrenton Springs, 2nd Manassas, Monocacy, Gettysburg, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg, my 2nd great grandfather probably saw little of the action. I’m still researching this area, but it would appear that he suffered from heart problems and probably received a disability discharge because he was too ill to fight. After the war, his major occupation was carpentry.

Jeremiah Moore’s parents were 4a. Elizabeth R. Bragg (1812-1886) and 4. John J. Moore (b. 1808 in Albemarle, VA, d. April 1870 in Weston, Lewis Co, WV, married 11 March 1833). He was a farmer, a laborer, and an auctioneer (owner of J.J. Moore & Co.) who died of consumption (tuberculosis). He was the son of 5a. Susanna Burton (1781-1830) and 5. Benjamin Moore, Jr. (b. 1778 in Essex, NJ, d. 1843 at Moore’s Creek, Albemarle Co, VA, Dec 1802(?) in Richmond, VA, and married Mary Bowen in 1840). He moved to Hampshire Co, VA by 1801, as he appears from then on in the Personal Property Tax Lists for that area from 1801-1814. (Hampshire Co, VA was formed from Augusta and Frederick Counties in 1754, and after the Civil War, it was in WV).

Benjamin Moore, Jr. was the son of 6a. Martha Mildred Witt (1754-1826) and 6. Benjamin Moore (b. 1750 in Essex, NJ, d. 1827 in Moore’s Creek, Albemarle Co, VA, married 1778). He appears in the Official Register of Officers and Men of New Jersey serving in the Revolutionary War as well as in the War of 1812 (when he was in his 60’s!). He and his wife had about 15 children! His parents were 7a. Sarah Platt (1717-1783) and 7. John Jackson Moore (b. 1717 in Long Island City, Queens Co, NY, d. 1805 in Essex, NJ, married 1737 in NJ). JJ Moore’s parents were perhaps 8a. Rachel Konkling (1711-1780) and certainly 8. John Jackson Moore (Sr.) (b. 1691, d. 20 Jan 1768, married 13 Jan 1731). JJ Sr. was the son of 8a. Sarah Jackson (1654-1733) and 8. Nathaniel Moore (b. 1663 in Southold, Suffolk Co, NY, d. 3 June 1733 in Long Island City, Queens, NY, married 1690 in Long Island City).

Nathaniel Moore was the son of 9a. Mary Mott (1641-1682) and 9. Captain Thomas Moore (b. 21 Oct 1639 in Salem, Essex Co, MA, d. 1711 in Southold, Suffolk Co, NY, married 1662). His parents were 10a. Martha Sarah Yonges (1613-1671) and 10. Thomas Moore (b. 1616 in Southwold, Suffolk Co, England, d. 27 June 1691 in Southold, Suffolk Co, NY, married 17 Feb 1636 in Salem, Essex Co, MA). Clearly, Thomas Moore, who was born in England and died in NY, was the first immigrant among the Moore family, my 10th great grandfather. His parents were 11a. Ann Scarlett (1578-1639) and 11. Thomas Moore (Sr.) (b. 1574 in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England, d. 1636 in Salem, Essex Co, MA, married 1590 in Southwold, England). He and his wife were members of the Massachusetts Colony in 1631 but both died within 5-8 years after arrival in the New World. Thomas Moore, Sr. was the son of 12a. Mary Brewer (1553-1605) and 12. John Moore (b. 1549 in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England, d. 7 Sept 1610 in Southwold, Suffolk, England, married Mary Brewer in 1573 in Suffolk and married Agnes Woode 13 Oct 1605).

John Moore was the son of 13a. Mary Scrope (1534-1610) and 13. Thomas Moore (or More) (b. 8 Aug 1531/1532 in Chelsea, London, England, d. 19 Aug 1606 in West Riding, Yorkshire or Chelsea, London, England, married 1538 in Buckinghamshire, England). Thomas’s parents were 14a. Ann Cresacre (1511-1577) and 14. John Moore (b. 1509/1510 in Isles, Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France, d. 1547 in Lympstone, Devonshire, England, married 26 Sept 1531(?) in Bamborough, Yorkshire, England). According to family research and public documents, this John Moore (1510-1547) was the son of the famous 15. Sir Thomas More (aka St. Thomas More), who was executed by King Henry VIII of England for refusing to recognize the king’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon and subsequent marriage to Anne Boleyn (whose daughter would become Queen Elizabeth I).
If the documentation thus far is accurate, 15. Sir Thomas Mo(o)re, a Catholic martyr, was my 15th great grandfather!

He was born 7 Feb 1477/1478 in Cheapside, London, England, and died 6 July 1535 at the Tower of London, London, England. He married 15a. Jane Colt (1468-1511) who was probably the mother of John Moore, and then married Alice Elder Middleton Harpur in 1511. I’ll tell his amazing story in a separate article. For now, backward we go. Sir Thomas More was the son of 16a. Agnes Graunger (1442-1530) and 16. Sir John More (b. 1437 in Cripplegate, London, England, d. 5 Nov 1530 in Old Jewry, London, England, married 24 April 1474 in Chevery Chawreth Broxted, Hertfordshire, England). According to Wikipedia,

“Sir John More (c.1451-1530) was a London lawyer and later judge, notable for being the father of Thomas More, Henry VIII’s lord chancellor.  He entered Lincoln’s Inn in either 1470 or 75, was called to be a serjeant-at-law in 1503, a justice of assize in 1513, a justice of the common pleas in 1518, and finally to the king’s bench in 1520 where he remained until his death. H e married Agnes Graunger, the daughter of a London alderman, on the 24th April 1474. They had four children who lived to maturity: Joanna (1475), Thomas (1478), John (1480) and Elizabeth (1482). When Agnes died circa 1499 John went on to three further marriages, all to widows.  During his life he inherited the manor of Gobions in Hertfordshire from his mother and bought further land in the county. He was given permission to bear a coat of arms, during Edward IV’s reign.[2] He also helped to fund his son-in-law John Rastell’s dismal attempt to reach and settle the New World in 1517, which got only as far as Waterford before the sailors abandoned Rastell and sold his cargo.  John More died on the 5th November 1530. His will included provision for a scholarship at Oxford University as well as one at Cambridge.”

Sir John was the son of 17a. Johanna Joye (1430-1470) and 17. Sir William More (b. 1411 or 1415 in Southampton or Withford, Hampshire, England, d. 28 May 1481 in London or Devonshire, England, married in Cheshire, England). According to land probate records:

“William More, Esq., was seised in his demense as of fee of 1 piece and part of a garden or parcel of land in the tenure of Philip Hobbie, Knight, now parcel of the garden late of the said Richard Onslowe, adjoining the said 2 messuages late of the said Richard, situate within the said precinct; and so seised, the said William More, by deed dated 26 Apr , in the said 3rd year, made between the said William of the one part and the said Richard Onslowe and Katherine of the other part, for a certain sum of money, demised the same to the said Richard and Katherine: which said piece of land was situate between the house and garden late of the said Philip Hobbie on the east, the garden of the said Francis Pycher alias Francis the Poste on the west, 2 small gardens, whereof 1 was then in the occupation of the said Francis Pycher and the other in that of Simon Palmer on the north, and the garden then of the said Richard Onslowe and late of the said Lucy Harper on the south, and containing from east to west 211/2 virgates, and from north to south 193/4 virgates, each of the said virgates containing 3 feet of assize: to hold to the said Richard and Katherine for 60 years, they paying therefor yearly 20s. Afterwards the said William More by deed tripartite dated 28 May in the said 3rd year remised and for ever quit claimed to the said Richard Onslowe and Katherine all his right, title and estate in the said piece of garden late in the tenure of the said Philip Hobbie, Knt., in the reversion thereof and in the said rent of 20s. thereupon reserved: to hold to them and their heirs for ever.”

In plain English, he sold a piece of land to Richard and Katherine Onslowe and they agreed to pay him 20 shillings a year for 60 years. In the 3rd year, William More signed a quit-claim deed granting the Onslowes all his rights and titles to the land for the aforementioned 20 shillings a year. William’s parents were 18a. Amicia unknown (1392-1476) and 18. Sir John G. Moore (b. 1381 or 1390 in More Manor, Hertfordshire, England, d. 1475-1476 in Allington, Hampshire, England, married in 1406 at St. Agnes, Causton, Norfolk, England). John G. Moore was the son of 19a. Margary Bisset (1365-1419) and 19. John (or Ian) Tanister MacDonald More (b. 1351 in Duniveg, Argyllshire, Scotland, d. 1427, assassinated in Invernesshire, Scotland). “Tanister” or “Taniaiste” is Scots Gaelic for ‘heir apparent.’ Ian was the Clan Chief and Founder of Clan MacDonald of Dunnyveg.

Wikipedia and the family tree of the Lords of the Isles indicate that: “John (Ian) Tanister MacDonald More is also known as “John Mór Tanister (Scottish Gaelic: Eò in Mòr Tànaiste or Iain MacDhòmhnaill, died 1427) [who] was the second son of 20. John Macdonald (John of Islay, Lord of the Isles) and 20a. Princess Margaret Stewart of Scotland, daughter of King Robert II. He was granted 120 merklands in Kintyre, with the castles of Dunaverty, Skipness and Airds and 60 merklands on Islay with the castle of Dunyvaig upon his father’s death. Not being satisfied with his inheritance, he led a revolt against his brother Dómhnall Íle as John was recognized as the heir-apparent (tànaiste). The rebellion started in 1387 and went on into the 1390s, and John obtained the support of the powerful Clan MacLean kindred. However, John and the MacLeans were eventually forced to submit to Dómhnall, and by 1395 John Mór had been forced to flee into Ireland. There he entered the service of King Richard II of England in Antrim and later King Henry IV.

Through his marriage with 19a. Margaret (Margary) Bisset, a daughter of MacEoin Bisset, Lord of the Glens, according to MacDonald shanachies 19. John (Ian) Tanister MacDonald More received as the dowry the Glens and Rathlin Island in Ireland, then becoming known as Lord of Dunnyvaig and the Glens. In fact, this is a later invention, for the MacEoin Bissets continued to hold the Glens of Antrim until at least as late as 1522, when the last known died in battle. He led the reserve at the battle of Harlaw just north of Inverurie in Aberdeenshire on 24 July 1411 and later fought with Robert Stewart, Regent Albany who had forayed into Argyll to force his brother Dómhnall Íle to surrender. John Mor was attacked and killed by James Campbell after a scheduled meeting at Ard-du, Islay in 1427. By his wife, Margaret he had  Donald Balloch MacDonald d. 1476, [who]married Johanna, daughter of Conn O’Neill of Edenduffcarrick.  He is also the father of Ranald Bane MacDonald, by a daughter of the Finnon (the Green Abbot) or by his wife Margaret.”

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