Moore Family from James Moore of England, born about 1650
am thankful to my cousin Joseph Henry Hightower Moore of McDonough,
Georgia, for much of the early Moore information*
My 8th Great Grandfather, John MOORE (born about 1670 in England) was married to Jane CUERTON, and is reported to have had the following children: Rose, Jane, James, Richard, John, Modecai, Margaret, Mary and Martha MOORE. At this time, we don't have any information regarding John's death, or whether he migrated out of Pennsylvania during his own lifetime.
John's son, Richard MOORE (who was my 7th Great Grandfather), was born on February 20, 1697 or 1698 in Blockley Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Sometime during his lifetime he migrated south to Georgia, as that is the area where he died. He was married in about 1720 to Sarah JENKINS. They had the following children: John, Mary, Prudence, Mordicai, Richard, Abigail, Sarah, Thomas, Jonas and James MOORE. Richard lived a very long life, for the time, and died in 1784 in Wrightsboro Township, Columbia County, Georgia. Wrightsboro (or Wrightsborough) was a Quaker Colony located near present day Thomson, Georgia. Click here for more on this interesting locale.
Richard's son, John MOORE (who was my 6th Great Grandfather), was born about 1730 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. We currently do not know the name of his wife, but have him listed with the following children: John, Sarah, James, Mary, Nancy, Amy and Hiram MOORE. John MOORE died in Wrightsboro Township, Columbia County, Georgia on April 3, 1811.
John's son, John MOORE (who was my 5th Great Grandfather), was born in Wrightsboro Township, St. Paul Parish (or Columbia County) Georgia, in 1775. He was married to Margaret ROSS, and they are listed as having the following children: Hiram, Sarah, Ross, John, Mary, James, Nancy and Elizabeth (Betsy) MOORE. John died in 1839 in Henry County, Georgia.
My 4th Great Grandfather, Hiram Moore, was born in Greene County, Georgia, in 1800. He was a son of John Moore and Margaret Ross, original Henry County settlers in 1822 where their homestead on Towaliga Creek neighbored that of Arthur J. Henderson. Hiram married Elizabeth "Betsy" Henderson in 1821 in Jasper County, Georgia. Hiram and Betsy Moore came to Henry County soon after their marriage and settled on original homstead just north of the plantation and mills of Jesse Johnson on the waters of Towaliga Creek. In 1849 they moved to the place which came to be called Moore's Spring on present State Highway 3 at Amah Lee Road just north of Hampton. It was purchased from Betsy Moore's father Richard Henderson, being land acquired by him in 1836, and includes the Henderson-Moore Graveyard. Portions of this property were later the farm of Richard Henderson Moore, son of Hiram and Betsy Moore, and remained in the family until someti! me after the death of his son, L. DeWitt Moore in 1953, a family ownership of some 120 years. Hiram and Betsy Moore are buried in the Henderson-Moore Graveyard at Moore's Spring. Descendants include the Moores of Towaliga Farm, McDonough and Griffin. (from "First Families of Henry County, Georgia", p. 348.) Hiram and Betsy MOORE had the following children: Jane Caroline, John Crayton, William James, Henry Madison, Thomas Hiram, Sanford Ross and Richard Henderson MOORE. Hiram MOORE died in June of 1870 at Moore's Spring, Henry County, Georgia.
A year after returning home to Henry County he enlisted, in 1863, in the Henry County Guards, often called the Henry County Cavalry, Company B, 10th Regiment, State Guards, under Captain E. S. Fargason. He was discharged from service in Atlanta in 1865, following the end of the war. Mr. Moore later died from illness contracted in the army and was buried in the Henderson-Moore Graveyard at Moore's Spring. Henry and his wife, Elizabeth, had the following children: Mary Ellen, Beulah Elizabeth, John Lafayette, William Sanford, Henry Thomas, Della Lee and Minnie Belle MOORE.
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