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Narrative for
(Updated July 8, 2004)
Moses Moore
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Urgent Request:  If you have any information about Lemuel please contact me by email.  Thank you!
Genealogies of Pennsylvania Moore Families
"History of Northampton Co PA"
Anthony Moore of Northampton Co, PA
Settlers of Early Kentucky and Tennessee
The Lost State of Franklin
Maps of Early Tennessee and North Carolina

Moses Moore (b. abt 1762 VA)

The parents of Moses Moore are not known but here's what we do know about Moses:
Moses was born about 1762 in Virginia (according to census records).  He married Elizabeth Davis on July 20, 1782 in Green Co., TN.  Moses was located in census records in 1820 and 1830 living in Knox and Laurel Co. Kentucky.  A Moses Moore was listed on tax records in Greene Co. TN in 1805.  He was in the military during the War of 1812 in Kentucky.
1820 Census
Moses Moore Laurel Creek,Knox,KY 1820 (220001-30210) - age 45+
James Moore Laurel Creek,Knox,KY 1820 (120010-31010)
Jesse Moore Laurel Creek,Knox,KY 1820 (210010-41010) - next to Moses
Nathaniel Moore Laurel Creek,Knox,KY 1820 (300010-10010)

1820 Census analysis:
Moses Moore Laurel Creek, Knox, KY 1820 (220001-30210)
Males:
2 age 0-10 - Hiram and ?
2 age 10-16 - Nathaniel and ?
1 age 45+ - Moses

1830 Census
Moore, Moses Unknown Townships, Laurel, KY 1830 (Pg 258)
Probably same Moses who was in Laurel Creek, Knox KY in 1820 (age 45+)
Males: 0 0 1(10-15) 1(15-20) 0 0 0 1(50-60)
Females: 0 1(5-10) 1(10-15) 2(15-20) 1(20-30) 0 1(40-50)
Prior to 1830 most of the Moores who were in Laurel Co were born in Tennessee, North Carolina or Virginia. I don't know if they were related, however members from each group were living next door to one another in 1820:
Laurel Creek, Knox, KY 1820
James Moore - (120010-31010) - (from Greene Co, NC (now TN))
Jesse Moore -  (210010-41010) - (next to Moses, born in Virginia)
Because of their proximity to one another, and the fact that neither of them was in Knox Co KY in 1810, it is reasonable to assume that these two families are related.
Many records from early Tennessee are not available but we did find the following early census records:
ANTHONY MOORE TN Greene County 1805 (From Northampton Co PA)
DAVID MOORE TN Greene County  1805 (Anthony's only son)
JAMES MOORE TN Greene County 1805 (born in PA, possibly Anthony's brother)
JAMES JR. MOORE TN Greene County 1805 (son of James Sr)
JOHN MOORE TN Greene County 1805  (possibly was in VA in 1800)
MOSES MOORE TN Greene County 1805
WILLIAM SR. MOORE TN Greene County 1805
ZADOK MOORE TN Greene County 1805 (Possibly the son of Thomas Moore and Rosannah Fowler, born about 1772)
ABRAHAM MOOR TN Greene County 1812
ANTHONY MOOR TN Greene County 1812
DAVID MOOR TN Greene County 1812
JAMES MOOR TN Greene County 1812
JAMES MOORE TN Greene County 1812
JOHN MOORE TN Greene County 1812
WILLIAM MOORE TN Greene County 1812
The James Moore and James Moore Jr listed in 1805 and 1812 are believed to be James, the son of Moses Moore and James Jr, the son of James.  Moses Moore was not listed in 1812 but was listed in 1805. This is important because we are going to attempt to determine his children who were born in Tennessee and went to Kentucky with him and those who were born after he arrived.
You will notice that Jesse Moore was not listed in Greene Co TN, yet he is living next door to Moses in Knox Co KY in 1820.  (Note:  there was another Jesse Moore about the same age in Knox Co KY in 1820 but he was living in Lynncamp and not in Laurel Creek.  This Jesse was from SC, the son of Thomas Moore and Rosannah Fowler.)
Moses Moore was in Laurel Co in 1820 and 1830.  There were other Moores living very near him and it's probable that some of the younger ones born in TN were his sons. As mentioned earlier, in 1820 Knox Co there was another Moore family in Lynncamp, not in Laurel Creek. Those Moores are not part of this analysis.
Census Records:
1820 Laurel Creek, Knox, KY
Moses Moore - (220001-30210) - age 45+
1830 Laurel Co, KY
Moore, Moses  (Pg 258)
Males: 1(10-15) 1(15-20)  1(50-60) - adult male born 1770-1780
Females:  1(5-10) 1(10-15) 2(15-20) 1(20-30)  1(40-50)
Moores living in Laurel Creek, Knox Co KY 1820:
James Moore #1 -  (120010-31010) - oldest male age 26-45
Jesse Moore      -  (210010-41010) - next to Moses - age 26-45
Moses Moore #1    -  (220001-30210) - oldest male age 45+
Nathaniel Moore -  (300010-10010) - oldest male age 26-45
Notice that all the eldest males living around Moses are age 26-45 and Moses is age 45+.  It can reasonably be assumed that the younger males are the sons of Moses.  He still has four young males living with him and those individuals show up as heads of households in 1830 and 1840.
Moores living in Laurel Co, KY in 1830:
Moore, Moses (b. abt 1762) - age 45+ - He was listed in Laurel in 1820
Moore, Jesse (b. abt 1777 VA) - he was listed in Laurel in 1820
Moore, James #1 (b. abt 1783 TN) - he was listed in Laurel in 1820
Moore, N. D. (Nathaniel) (b. abt 1785 TN) - he was listed in Laurel in 1820
Moore, Thomas (b. abt 1808 KY) - not listed in Laurel in 1820
Notice that Thomas has suddenly appeared as a head of household.  According to 1850 census records Thomas was born about 1808 in Kentucky.  It can be reasonably assumed that Thomas was the son of Moses since there was a young male in his household in 1820. Therefore, it appears that Moses moved to Kentucky between 1805 and 1808. (Those shown below in blue are newly listed in 1840)
Moores living in Laurel Co, KY in 1840:
Jesse Moore    (b. abt 1777 VA)  - Page 4         (Listed in 1830)
Lemuel Moore   (b. abt 1772 VA) - Page 4         (not listed in 1830)
James Moore #2  (1110011-111001)  - age 40-50  - Page 7 (not listed in 1830)
James, Jr. Moore   (Next to James Sr - born 1812 KY) (not listed in 1830)
James, Sr. Moore   (b. abt 1783 TN) - Page 11  (Listed in 1830)
Muriah Moore   (son of Jesse-from other databases)   (not listed in 1830)
Hiram Moore   (b. abt 1816 KY) - Page 14   (not listed in 1830)
Afariah Moore   (b. abt 1815 KY)   (not listed in 1830)
Moses Moore #2   (000100-00100) - male age 18-26 (Not listed in 1830)
Thomas Moore    (b. abt 1808 KY)  (Listed in 1830)
Isaac Moore    (b. abt 1820 KY - lived next to Nathaniel in 1850)  (Not listed in 1830)
New on the scene in 1840 are Moses #2, Lemuel, Muriah, Hiram, Afariah, Isaac and James #2.  In 1820 Moses #1 had 4 young males living with him.  He is no longer listed in 1840, therefore he may have died before 1840 and possibly before 1830 - read below.
People new on the scene in 1840 - analysis:
Moses #2 was born between 1814 and 1822.  In 1850 a Moses Moore is in Laurel Co KY, age 38 born in KY.  Another Moses Moore is also in Laurel Co KY in 1850, age 55 born in TN (b. abt 1795).  It can be reasonably assumed that the older Moses is probably the son of Moses #1.  So now we have two new Moses Moores - I shall refer to them as Moses #2a (b. 1795) and Moses #2b.  Actually, the Moses in Laurel Co KY in 1830 may have been Moses #2a.  Therefore, Moses #1 may have died before 1830.  I believe Moses #2a was the son of Moses #1 and Moses #2b was the son of Moses #2a.
Affariah Moore was born abt 1815 in KY, according to 1850 census records.  He married Nancy who was born abt 1820 in KY.  I believe Affariah was the son of Moses #1.
Hiram Moore was born abt. 1816 KY.  He married Sarah V. Evans who was born 1818 KY.  I believe Hiram was the son of Moses #1.
That accounts for the four young males living with Moses #1 in 1820: Thomas, Moses #2, Affariah and Hiram. Now for the other Moores new on the scene in 1840:
Muriah Moore was born abt. 1819 in KY.  He was the son of Jesse Moore and Margaret Pearl.  (Source: other databases and census)
Isaac Moore was born abt 1820 KY according to 1850 census records.  In 1850 he was living next to Nathaniel Moore, therefore it can be reasonably assumed that Isaac was the son of Nathanial Moore.
Lemuel Moore was born abt 1772 in VA.  He married Ann and was living with her in 1850 along with a James Moore, age 24 b. Greene Co TN in about 1826.  In 1840 Lemuel was living a few doors away from Jesse Moore who was also born in VA about 1777.  It is possible that Lemuel and Jesse are related.  Prior to 1840 Lemuel was in Rutherford Co, NC.
Moores in Greene Co TN in 1830: (blue = listed  in 1840)
Abraham More (pg 156) (010001-210001) - adult male age 30-40
Samuel Moore (pg 156) (00001-1001) - adult male age 20-30
Peter Moore (pg 189) (00001-10001) - adult male age 20-30
Elizabeth Moore (pg 205) (no males - 0110001)
J. W. Moore (pg 205) (000210001-000000001) - adult male age 60-70
Edward Moore (pg 205) (122001101001) - adult males age 60-70 &  90-100
Abm or Wm Moore (pg 207) (101001-021001) - adult male age 30-40
Abram Moore (pg 208) (000000001-00010001) - adult male age 60-70
John Moore (pg 230) (100001-01001) - adult male age 30-40
David Moore (pg 230) (00013001-111001) - adult male age 50-60 (next to John)
James Moore (pg 231) (110001-10101) - adult male age 30-40
Moores in Greene Co TN in 1840:
Moores who were there in 1830:
Wm More (pg 57a), Peter More (pg 71a), Wm More (pg 71a), John Moore (pg 26a), David Moore (pg 26a), James Moore (1111001-111001) (pg 26a)
Moores who were not there in 1830:
Richard More (pg 57a) (10001-00001) - adult male age 20-30
Hese? More (pg 57a) (1110001-001001) - adult male age 40-50
Claibourn More (pg 57a) (021001-00101) - adult male age 30-40
Washington More (pg 56a) (20001-00001) - adult male age 20-30
Jese? Moore (pg 43a) (00001-00001) - adult male age 20-30
Jas More (pg 42a) (0000000001-no females) - adult male age 70-80 (J.W.?)
Anthony Moore (pg 26a) (110001-100011) (next to David)
David Moore Jr (pg 26a) (00001-000001)  (next to Anthony)

Anthony Moore of Northampton, PA

Although it is not known if Moses was related to Anthony Moore and his family who where in Greene Co TN in 1812, the research has already been done so it's included here in case another researcher would like to see it.
Anthony Moore came to East Tennessee with his family in 1778. The latter, detained a year to raise a company to go through what was then called "The Wilderness," liked the country so well that he remained here, one of the earliest settlers of East Tennessee.  Source: Goodspeed's History of Greene County -- 1887.

Is it possible  that Anthony had a nephew named Lemuel who was born about 1772 in Virginia and a nephew named Jesse who was born about 1777 in Virginia?  Early Virginia records are difficult to locate so this may not be provable.

 

Other Resources:

Genealogies of Pennsylvania Moore Families
"History of Northampton Co PA"
Settlers of Early Kentucky and Tennessee
The Lost State of Franklin
Maps of Early Tennessee and North Carolina

History Of Philadelphia 1609-1884 13 image 21 and 22 - Ancestry.com
Freemen Admitted to the Rights of Citizenship


"Beginning with Apr 22, 1717 and ending May 27 in the same year, we have a list of the freemen admitted in a little over one month. We omit the sums paid. The usual amounts were five shillings sixpence and fifteen shillings sixpence. [Names of interest on the list: ANTHONY MOORE, blacksmith; Evan Owen "Tobaconess"; Thomas Bullock, Robt Owen, saddler; David Evans, cordwainer; John Evans, feltmaker; Walter Griffith, cordwainer; John Rakestraw, carter; Wm Rakestraw, carter; Thomas Owen, baker; Wm Branson, joiner; Thos Rakestraw, carter; THOMAS SMALLWOOD, shipwright; John Griffith, brickmaker - and many other names.]

Also mentioned in this publication - WILLIAM PHILPOT

NOTE: Lemuel Moore was closely connected to the family of Hezekiah Smallwood and Elizabeth "Betsy" Broughton in Laurel Co KY.  Several members of the Smallwood family married into the Philpot family in or near Knox / Clay / Laurel Co KY.

 

Greene Co TN Records
 

Partial Greene County, Tennessee 1783 Tax List
Before 1782 several families came to Greene Co from PA. The Galbreaths, Rankins, Magills, Delaneys, Wilsons, Moores and McClungs.
Other early Greene Co TN Settlers:
David Reynolds, Henry Reynolds, Job Reynolds, William Reynolds, Evan Evans, Jonathan Evans, Anthony Moore, Hugh Bryson, John Gilliand, Hugh Moore, James Moore, John Moore, Mary Moore, Moses Moore, Robert Moore, Samuel Moore, William Moore, John Carson, Robert Carson, James Perkins, Joseph Perkins (Nancy Moore Pruitt named a son Perkins), David Prewitt, Martin Prewitt, William Prewitt, Alexander Davis, James Davis, John Davis, Joseph Davis, Nathan Davis, Nicholas Day Davis, Philip Davis, Robert Davis, Samuel Davis, Thomas Davis - and many others.

Almost all on list were Revolutionary soldiers.
They were known as the "Nollichuckey Settlers."
In 1785 Adam Meek built his cabin farthest westward but civilization had not reached the present Knox Co border.
Many of them settled on the "Brown Purchase" -- land bought from the indians by Jacob Brown, a Major in the Revolution.
The Nolichuckey settlers were famous as riflemen.
Many of them were enlisted with the NC Continental Line or the VA Militia.
Samuel Wear, whose family came from Bucks Co, VA, was a border hero and one of the first TN representatives.
Early land grants: the Nelsons, Vances, Crosbys, Inmans, Casteels, Pates, Jones and Conways.
The first pioneers here were the Gillespies, Crocketts, Henry Earnest, Francis Hughes, Nathan Davis, Ashael Rawlings and Col. Daniel Kenedy (first Clerk of Court) and Amos Byrd from Westover Manor in VA.
http://www.rootsweb.com/~tngreene/tax001.htm
The search for Isaac Moore In Greene Co TN 1850

MOORES IN GREENE CO TN IN 1850:
Moore, Aaron TN Greene County 9th Division 1850 880 251 - NO ISAAC
Moore, Abraham TN Greene County 9th Division 1850 880 259 - NO ISAAC (AGE 57)
Moore, Alexander TN Greene County 9th Division 1850 880 259 - SON OF ABRAHAM - AGE 13
Moore, Anthony TN Greene County 9th Division 1850 880 164 - AGE 49, NO ISAAC
Moore, Catherine TN Greene County 9th Division 1850 880 207 - AGE 15, NO ISAAC
Moore, Elizabeth TN Greene County 9th Division 1850 880 164 - AGE 73, NO ISAAC
Moore, Enock TN Greene County 9th Division 1850 880 234 - AGE 24, NO ISAAC
Moore, George TN Greene County 9th Division 1850 880 233 - AGE 21, NO ISAAC
Moore, George W. TN Greene County 9th Division 1850 880 271 - AGE 37, NO ISAAC
Moore, James M. TN Greene County 9th Division 1850 880 259 - AGE 23, NO ISAAC(NEXT TO
ABRAHAM)
Moore, James Madison TN Greene County 10th Division 1850 880 333 - AGE 28 NO ISAAC
Moore, John TN Greene County 9th Division 1850 880 156 - AGE 28, NO ISAAC
Moore, John R. TN Greene County 9th Division 1850 880 156 - AGE 26, NO ISAAC
Moore, Levi TN Greene County 9th Division 1850 880 280 - AGE 26, NO ISAAC
Moore, Mary TN Greene County 9th Division 1850 880 209 - AGE 43, NO ISAAC
Moore, Mary R. TN Greene County 9th Division 1850 880 183 - AGE 37, NO ISAAC
Moore, Nancey TN Greene County 9th Division 1850 880 240 - AGE 51, NO ISAAC
Moore, Rosannah TN Greene County 9th Division 1850 880 259 - AGE 33 - NO ISAAC
Moore, Sarah TN Greene County 10th Division 1850 880 337 - AGE 23, NO ISAAC
Moore, Thomas TN Greene County 9th Division 1850 880 207 - AGE 9, NO ISAAC
Moore, William TN Greene County 9th Division 1850 880 259 - AGE 32, NO ISAAC, NEXT TO
ROSANNAH

1850 ROCKCASTLE - ISAAC MOORE, AGE 28 - TOO OLD
ISAAC MOORE, KNOX CO KY 1850 - AGE 60 AND ISAAC AGE 24 BORN KY - NOT HIM