For Justin – Who You Are – Part III


Nana & GrandyThere is a huge battle within genealogical circles about the ancestry of Jesse Moore’s father – William.  What I have below is one version.  The problem is that a tremendous number of assumptions are made, to Francis Moore, without anything connecting the lineage.  It’s a mess.  I happen to think that the Augustine Moore line is probably a bit more valid than the other connections, but there is an argument by certain Moore ancestors out of the UK, who constantly dispute this.

The Moores are difficult, in more ways than one.  (Sorry about that).  All I had to go on, when I first started working on the line were a few notes left by Poppy.  Nana also wrote a few things, much of which was told to her – wrong.  That’s the real problem dealing with her line.  Nothing was accurate.  The Moores are a pain in the tush, to put it mildly.


William Moore of Fairfax VA[Appears to be the son of James Moore of Prince Georges County, MD] The earliest William Moore received a Fairfax grant in 1724 for 480 acres on Pope’s Head and the Accotink (present area of Fairfax City, a little west of the old courthouse). He received a second grant for 110 acres about two miles away on Difficult Run which he soon sold, and purchased an additional 200 acres near his Pope’s Head property. This William Moore married Mary Coffer and in 1733 leased land from George Mason in right of himself, his wife Mary, and his son James. The William Moore family lived on this leased land which near the Potomac land of the Coffers and leased their home plantation from George Mason (III). About 1749 George Mason (III) completed a survey his Dogue’s Island land (now Mason’s Neck). The plat includes the Coffer house, the Moore house, and the Bronaugh house. The Bronaughs occupied the old Mason home site. The sister of the George Mason (II) married Jeremiah Bronaugh. Their neighbor, Mary Coffer’s mother, was Mary Hereford who married Thomas Coffer. George Mason (III), author of the federal Bill of Rights, built his Gunston Hall Manor house on this neck of land. In 1758, now in Fairfax County, William Moore transferred some of his Pope’s Head grant to his son, James, and to his daughter, Sarah Littlejohn. He died in 1769/70, naming children James, Samuel, Sarah Littlejohn and Mary Bucklin. James Moore married the widow of his cousin, Francis Coffer, ca 1746. Samuel Moore appears to have left the county. This group of Moores is consistently associated with the Bronaugh, Mason, Withers, and Coffer families. Much later, James Moore, with William and John Moore, are involved together in transactions as witnesses. William and John are probably sons of James, but are not searched beyond about 1785. James Moore left a will in Fairfax Co. Due to the association with the Littlejohn family in Fairfax County and to Moore/Littlejohn associations in Prince Georges Co MD, across the Potomac from Fairfax, it would appear that William Moore of Fairfax is a descendant of the Prince Georges Moore progenitor, James Moore. William Moore of Cedar Creek, Prince William County VA[Appears to be a descendant of Francis Moore of Essex County, Virginia, owner of the ship “Dublin Merchant.”] (See the footnote following this section for information on Frances Moore of Dublin Ireland). The second William Moore first appeared in 1740 when he acquired a 190-acre Northern Neck grant. He, Harbin Moore, and Francis Moore all acquired Northern Neck grants at about the same time. Harbin and Francis Moore are found later in the part of Prince William Co that became Fauquier Co. This may be a ‘harbin’ger of the direction to take in searching for the origins of William Moore of Cedar Creek. Harbin and Francis Moore are clearly identified as sons of Francis Moore II of Essex Co VA. This William Moore’s 1740 tract was on Cedar Run and he appears to be the William Moore who, with his partner Gabriel Moffit, built the new brick church at Cedar Run. Evidence supports that he is the father of Jesse Moore and Jeremiah Moore. He moved to Craven County, SC before 1781 – probably in the 1760s. His sons, Jesse and Jeremiah Moore remained in northern Virginia. Both William Moore and Jesse Moore gave testimony in a 1762 suit, William’s age stated as 50-years, and Jesse Moore is reported to be “of age.” Jeremiah Moore, as a young 16-year-old, was “Reader” at the Cedar Run Church built by his father, William. Jesse Moore, was still resident in the area, but now living in Loudoun County, when he transferred administration of William Moore’s estate to “my loving brother” Jeremiah Moore in 1782. This document records that William Moore wrote his will in 1781 and died in Craven Co SC. Jeremiah Moore became one of the great Revolutionary figures when he challenged the right of the Royal government to restrict religious freedom. As a very young man he adopted and began preaching the Baptist doctrine in northern Virginia. He was admonished for preaching without a license several times, and was finally jailed in Alexandria. The tradition is that, while jailed, Jeremiah Moore stood at the lattice window of his cell and continued to preach, attracting great crowds. Today, he is celebrated as one of the people who inspired George Mason and Thomas Jefferson to fashion the first amendment of the Constitution. He is recognized as the founder of the Baptist Church in Northern Virginia and Washington DC. William Moore of Dumfries VA [Appears to be the son of James Moore (II) and wife Agnes of King and Queen County, Virginia.] In 1759 a third William Moore appeared in Prince William County when he purchased lot No. 44 in Dumfries from the developers of the new port town of Dumfries. Later the port became so heavily silted that it was virtually unusable. Bell Haven, now part of Alexandria, replaced it. Lot No. 44 is still quite visible in old Dumfries Town, but no structure remains on the property. It is not known where this William Moore was before he moved to Dumfries in 1759; and it does not appear that he remained in Dumfries for very long. William Moore and his wife, Margaret Ewell Moore, sold their Dumfries property in 1765, and left the county. William Moore of Dumfries is involved with the Gallahues and Ewells of Prince William County during his brief residence. Both are French Huguenot families. It is probably this William Moore who in 1761 signed as counter security on William Gallahue’s estate administration when the original securities petitioned for relief. William Gallahue died in the early 1750s and the estate was still unsettled in 1761. Richard Kenner, one of the original securities did not resign as security. It is believed that he was the father of William Gallahue’s wife, Ann Kenner. George Rowland and his wife, Ann (Kenner) Gallahue, left Prince William County in the mid 1760s when they moved to Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Because the Rowlands moved to Pittsylvania County, Virginia (later Henry), it can be conjectured that William Moore of Dumfries is the William Moore who purchased land for his son Alexandria near George Rowland in 1779 in Pittsylvania Co. In 1769, his son, Rodeham Moore, married the stepdaughter of George Rowland, Elizabeth Gallahue….”

Your Moore ancestors included:

“…Sir Robert Bell SL (died 1577) of Beaupre Hall, Norfolk, was a Speaker of the House of Commons (1572–1576), who served during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. He was legal counsel (1560) and recorder (1561) for King’s Lynn, legal counsel for Great Yarmouth (1562-1563), and justice of the peace of the quorum for Norfolk (1564). He became a bencher in the Middle Temple in 1565 and was elected Autumn Reader that same year and Lent Reader in 1571. In 1576 he was appointed Commissioner of Grain and in 1577 he was knighted and appointed Serjeant-at-Law and Chief Baron of the Exchequer….”

His son-in-law:

“…Sir Henry Hobart, 1st Baronet SL (c. 1560 – 29 December 1625), of Blickling Hall, was an English politician who succeeded Sir Edward Coke to become Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas….The son of Thomas Hobart and Audrey Hare, and Great grandson of Sir James Hobart of Monks Eleigh, Suffolk, who served as Attorney General during the reign of King Henry VII. He would further this lineal occupation and was admitted to Lincoln’s Inn on 10 August 1575, and was later called to the Bar in 1584, and subsequently became governor of Lincoln’s Inn in 1591.

There is a direct ancestry of the same Tyndale line which produced William Tyndale – yes, THAT William Tyndale.  When you start playing around with the Moore family line, it is easy to understand Poppy.  The man was brilliant, and so put down and abused by his mother, who was basically suffering from PTSD from the Civil War.  I know that is not a politically correct topic, but the old Southern families went through hell.  I don’t care what side of the issue a person is on, no one deserves what happened to them.  No one is allowed to discuss the brutality, atrocities, and hard-ships they were subjected to – because it was the South.  It did enough to completely destroy many families – psychologically.  It opened them up to the ravages of any household or family enduring the ravages of war.  Poppy’s mother was one of those.

One of the great tragedies of our current politically correct climate is the moment you mention you have southern ancestry, you are branded a racist and a bigot. That in itself is a bigoted action.  We aren’t even allowed to discuss who or what we once were, nor what happened to our families, during and after the Civil War.  No one wants to discuss Lincoln’s brutal scorched earth policy, the rape, atrocities, and degradation inflicted on the women of southern families.  There is one town in Georgia, Washington, where all the magnificent anti-bellum mansions remain.  The reason they remain is because the men of the town prostituted their wives and daughters to Sherman’s officers, in return for not burning the town.  Today, that would be considered a war crime – anywhere but the south.  The psychological effects are still being felt – even today.

Many southern families became completely dysfunctional, with surviving males dealing with PTSD, self-medicating, and self destructing.  Their wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters were left cleaning up the ruins of their lives.  In many ways, this is what happened with Poppy.  His father could not function after the war.  They had numerous children, with his mother left to keep everything going.  She became mean, bitter, and nasty.  She became abusive – to Poppy.

Just looking at his genealogy makes you understand the workings of his mind.  He was a writer, a poet, and a scholar – a true Renaissance mind.  He had a tremendous amount of pride in what he did, as a master carpenter and artisan.  He was so good at what he did, he was employed by the builders of the mansions in Palm Beach, putting gold and silver leaf into their woodwork.  His crews worked at night, under lock and key – with security guards protecting them – because of their work.  This is what he did.