Both books referenced below are out of print. I found the Lefroy books with 2 volumes at an exorbitant price of $1,900USD from an antique book dealer in London. The Churchill Goodwin Moore book was last privately published in the early 1990s for that family's reunion. I'm fortunate enough to have inherited Xeroxed copies of pages from each book pertaining to the lineage of the Moores in my husband's family. Please feel free to use it as a reference. I'm transcribing old family papers for my husband's and my genealogies. Among his Moore family papers are 2 Xeroxed copies of pages from old books referring to his earliest Moore ancestors in America. The below info may be of help/interest to other Moore descendants from Pitt County, NC. Note that Richard H. Moore, born 1841, moved to Texas and has many descendants here. 1. Richard Moore, b:1583 d:1618 was the first governor of Bermuda. He was, "armed with the subjoined commission from the Virginia Company," in 1612 to serve as governor and manage the company's resources invested in the islands. Source: Pages 57 & 58 of Memorials of the Discovery and Early Settlement of the Bermudas or Somers Islands 1515- 1685, Volume I, written by Major-General John Henry Lefroy, R.A., C.B., F.R.S., reprinted January, 1932, Bermuda Government Library. Pages 57 & 58, transcribed in part: Note: Text is duplicated as exactly shown with old spellings and affectations. Page 57, Vol I: 3. The Virginia Company lost no time in dispatching Richard Moore, a ship's carpenter by vocation, but an able and resolute man, with a company of fifty settlers. They arrived on July 11, 1612, to learn that the islands, although they had been left by Matthew Somers with a population of only three men, Carter, Chard, and Waters, had been the scene of great disturbance since his departure, as already related, p. 53. Richard Moore was armed with the subjoined commission from the Virginia Company, which had received a new grant of the territory in 1609. It then consisted of about 800 persons, including every rank and condition of society. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Bishop of Lincoln, the Bishop of Worcester, about thirty peers or peeresses, nearly all the great City companies, the Trinity House, and innumerable knights, appear among the adventurers. Page 58: Governor Moore's Commission, 1612. April 27, 1612: A Commission graunted by vs the vundertakers for the Plantacon of Somer Islands vnto our welbeloued frend Mr. Richard Moore and the rest of the men and mareniers imployed vpon the said voyage whome wee beseeche God to preserue. Imprismis. 1. Whereas we whose names are herevunder written togeather with diuers others have to the glorie of God and good of our Countrye undertaken the Plantacon of Somer Islands (sometimes call Bermudaes) And for that cause thorough the good opinion conceived of your Integritye and wisomde hauve made choise of you Mr. Richarde Moore by a comon Consent to goe thither in pson and remaine there as deputie Governor for the said Plantacon duringe the tearme of three yeares next ensewinge vpon such conditions as are expressed in the orders of our Court booke belonginge vnto the said Plantacon, and haue also with our greate Costs and Charges furnisht forth in very sufficient manner the good shipp called the Plough, Robert Dauiss Captain and Richard Babb Mr, with sundrye necessarye pvisions and 50 psons or thereabouts to be landed in the saide Islands and lefte residinge to be disposed about such necessarye seruice for the said Plantacon as you the said deputie shall direct themunto Therefore we will and Require you the said Richard Moore that havinge put yorselfe and Companie abord the aforesaid shipp you doe (with your vttermost power and skill) indeauor the most direct Course for the saide Islands, without makinge stopp or stay at any other place, duringe the said voyage and to carrye yorselves respectivelye each to other accordinge to yor places both in obedience to your superiors and mutuall affeccon againe from them to the rest, soe that Loue and Kindness may... 2. The complete Moore line from 1066 A.D. England of the above earliest Moore ancestor is shown in entry number 960, Samuel Moore and Descendants, Pitt County, NC: A Genealogy of the Moore Family, Volume I, 1964, by Churchill Goodwin Moore, Jr., and other sources cited therein: Index and Digest to Hathaway's NC Historical and Genealogical Register, 1956, by W.S. Ray; Nicholas Parish Registers and Court Records, County Surrey, England; First Federal Census of 1790, North Carolina; and Index and Abstracts of Deeds and Records of Pitt County, by Judith D. Ellison. Entry #960, transcribed in part: SAMUEL MOORE and DESCENDANTS Samuel Moore, an early Pitt County settler, when it was in Beaufort Precinct of The Albe- (rest of line unreadable) (Next Page)County, Virginia, son of William (d. 1705) Moore, he the second son of William Moore (and wife Mary, daughter of Capt. Henry and Mary Woodhouse, Jr.), the second son of Edmund Moore, d. 1699, a 1652 immigrant to Lower Norfolk County. Edmund Moore was a son of Richard Moore (1583-1618) first British Governor of Bermuda, 1612-1615, (and wife Elizabeth, daughter of William Norwood, 1548-1632, of "Leckhampton," Gloucester, and wife Elizabeth, daughter of William Lygon of "Madresfield," Worcester), younger son of Sir George More (1553-1632 of "Loseley," Surrey, only son of Sir William More (and wife Margaret, daughter of Ralph Daniel), only son of Sir Christopher More, d. 1549, (and wife Margaret, daughter of Walter Mugge) who acquired "Loseley" in 1508, a lineal descendant of Sir Thomas de la Mare (and wife Lady Constance d'Umfraville, daughter of Robert, Lord of Tours( of "Manor of More," Salop, only son of Richard de la Mare (killed October 14, 1066, Battle of Hastings). Samuel Moore came from Princess Anne County, Virginia, in 1722, at age 21, to settle a land patent (inherited from his father’s older brother, James Moore who died in 1711 without issue) of 100 acres on Grindle Creek in western Bath precinct of “The Albemarle” (just northwest of the present Pactolus) in what became Beaufort precinct of Bath County (1738) and finally Pitt County, and expanded it 600 acres. Samuel Moore’s nearest neighbor was George Moye, Sr. (d. 1743) on “Moye’s Run,” whose oldest child and only daughter, Sarah, he married in 1723. They had eight children: George, Samuel, Jr., John, Obadiah, Matthias, Elizabeth, Sarah and Jemima. Matthias Moore, fifth son, ca. 1732-1811, was a member of the Pitt County Committee of Safety and a signer of its “Declaration of Independence,” July 1, 1775. He and his wife Anne Cannady had issue: Richard, Jesse, Cannady, Matthias, Jr., (m. Elizabeth, daughter of William and Mary Crandall Little), Abel (m. Dorothy Albritton), Susannah, Mary Anne, Absala, Allen (married Nancy Albritton). Cannady Moore, third son, ca. 1759-1828, and his three wives (the third was named Sarah) had issue: Willoughby, Dicey (m. Hardy Whichard), Asa, Obadiah, Louis, Burton, Randall, Job, Absala, George, Rachel, Sarah and Franklin m. Sophronia, daughter of Reuben and Penelope Harrington (Moore) Witherington. Asa Moore, third son, ca. 1786-1820 (a Private, Eason’s Company, Pitt County Regiment NC Militia, War of 1812, developed a homestead “in the wild woods” on the south side of Swift Creek in southeast Pitt County, on property given him by his father, and named it “Doodle Ridge.” He married Penelope Harrington, 1795-1876 (who after his death married Reuben Witherington) and had issue Patsey Anne and Churchill W. Moore. Churchill W. Moore (Mar 24, 1817-Sep 21, 1856) added to “Doodle Ridge” an adjoining thousand acres on the north side of Gardnersville. He married, 1842, Alyce Gardner (Aug 23, 1823-Mar 20, 1903, daughter of Asa (1796-1870) and Sally Gwartner (1792-1870) Gardner… Churchill W. and Alyce G. Moore reared ten children: Asa (Jan 2, 1843- Jan 2, 1894) Company H, 27th Regiment NC Infantry, CSA, m. Dec 21, 1865, Martha Elizabeth Kirkman (1846-1927), daughter of William and Milly Kirkman, and moved to Pamlico County where they reared a large family; Penelope (Dec 10, 1844, Aug 18, 1898, m. William Bryant Garris (1833- 1891) and reared seven children; Grey (1845-1865) Company E, 51st Regiment, CSA, was killed April 6, 1865, during General Robert E. Lee’s retreat from Petersburg to Appomattox; Sara (1846-May, 1914) m. Alfred Braneh, had nine children, and moved to Tift County, Georgia, in 1888; Edwin (Nov 8, 1847-1866) Quartermaster Sergeant, Company E, 61st Regiment, CSA, died from war injuries; Iredell (Dec 2, 1849-Dec 7, 1920) m. in 1872 Sarah Caroline (1851-1907), daughter of James and Weniford Lancaster Clark and reared six children (refer to another…Note: next line unreadable. John (1851-Aug 17, 1911) m. in 1875, Rebecca, daughter of Wyatt and Elizabeth Corey Gardner, and reared five children; Israel (Mar 23, 1853-Mar 26, 1926 m. in 1877, Susan Ann (1860-1930) daughter of William and Sally Jane Roach Lancaster, and reared eight of fifteen children to adulthood; Mary (Feb 14, 1855-July 24, 1931) m. in 1875, James A. Stokes (1853-1926), and reared six children; and, Daunie (Apr 23, 1857- Nov 12, 1935) m. John Washington Kirkman (1851-1936), and reared seven children.
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