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The Moore family is one of the earliest to settle in Southold, and it is
given historical recognition there. But, as might be expected, a genealogical
history is difficult because of the usual lack of records. However, because
my grandmother was a Moore, I have for some time been attempting to research,
analyze and organize the information available on this line. The only other
organized research that I have found reported is the article, "The Moore
Family of Southold, L.I." by C. B. Moore in the New York G. & B. Record
The material which follows, admittedly incomplete - and some of it speculative - is presented for two reasons: (1) quite selfishly, I hope it may stimulate other researchers to contribute additional material which might throw a light on my own line and (2) it may be of value to others researching their Moore lines. I shall, of course, be grateful to any who can correct errors or inaccuracies or provide better information than that so far available to me.
THOMAS MOORE earliest ancestor so far found, was an Englishman; he could
be either of two persons. C. B. Moore (op cit) said there were two Thomases
in England, each with a wife named Ann. One Ann was the daughter of Rowland
Berkeley of Worcester, but C. B. Moore preferred the other Thomps,who had
a son baptized in Southold, England, October 1630. The choice has some
support in the coincidence of the two Southolds.
THOMAS MOORE-1 son of Thomas of England and his wife Ann, was born ca 1615-6 in England and died Jun 25-27 1691 in Southold, N.Y. but he is mentioned in the will of his son Nathaniel - 204 dated 1698. I have no explanation for this conflict of dates. He married 1) probably ca 1636-8 Martha Youngs who was born 1613 and died Jun 27 1671 in Southold. C. B. Moore says she was the daughter of Rev. Christopher Youngs and Margaret ----, coming with him to Salem and thence to Southold where she lived to 1671 or later. Thomas-1 married 2) Katherine Westcote, and C. B. Moore says she was the mother of nine children listed below - but this cannot be true, for both C. B. Moore and the Youngs family genealogy (M5) agree that Widow Martha (Youngs) Moore lived until 1671 or later, and all the children were born by 1650, as follows (one record gives birth dates, another, identical baptism dates):
Thomas-201 b Oct 21 1639
Salem d ca 1711 m Catherine Mott of Mamroneck; twin of Martha-202.
From all accounts, Thomas-1 was an important landholder in Southold. Moore's
Index (M3) gives much detail, including many real estate transfers. He
came there in 1650 and in 1658 was elected deputy to the New Haven general
court. In 1673, he was named by Dutch officers to be magistrate, but he
declined; in 1685, however, under English rule he became magistrate to
try causes under 40 shillings. In 1683 he was overseer and on the committee
to nominate members of the first assembly of New York. He had four males
and three females in his family in 1686.
THOMAS MOORE-201 son of Thomas-1 and Martha (Youngs) Moore, was born Oct 21 1639/1649 and died ca 1711 (Moore's Index); he married ca 1663 Catherine Mott; issue:
Thomas-301 b Jun 8 1663 d
Dec 30 1738 - but listed in the 1686 census.
Thomas-201 was included in the Southold rate lists established Sept 16 1675 as having one head£l8, 40 acres£40, 4 oxen£24, 2 yearlings £3, 9 cows £45, 18 sheep £6, and two swine£. In 1683 he was listed for £137. In the 1686 Southold census he had a family of five males and two females. His father deeded land to him in October 1662.
BENJAMIN MOORE-203 son of Thomas-1 & Martha (Youngs) Moore, was born Aug 2 1640 (bp then?-M9) Salem, died ca May 16 1690; he married Ann Hampton daughter of James Hampton of Salem; issue:
Benjamin-307 b 1678 d Jan
26 1728 m Abigail ---
There were possibly other children, for the 1686 Southold census gives him five males and three females, totaling eight in the family. He was known as Captain Benjamin. He died intestate, and letters of administration were issued Sep 8 1691.
He is included in the Southold rate lists for £80 10s in 1683 and £118 in 1685. In Jan 1680 his father deed over to him two acres of Land, Calves Neck (M3).
NATHANIEL MOORE-204, son of Thomas-1 & Martha (Youngs) Moore, was born Jul 3 1642 and died Apr 30 1698; he married Sarah Vail d Jun 10 1733 da Jeremiah Vail, blacksmith (her name is given as Sarah Jackson in a Young family record - M5); issue (all born ca 1660-1670):
Hannah-310 m John Terry.
Sarah (Vail) Moore is called a widow in a list of inhabitants of Southold in the late 17th century (M2).
Nathaniel-204's name appears on the Southold rate lists in 1683 for £49 and in 1685 for £32. In his father's lifetime the father deeded to Nathaniel much land, sundries, and a sloop. His will, Southold Apr 19 1698 probated Aug 26 1698, mentions wife Sarah, son Nathaniel, father Thomas, and five daughters. Moore's Index says he may have had a son Jonathan.
JONATHAN MOORE-207, son of Thomas-1 & Martha (Youngs) Moore, was born Jan 3 1649 and died Mar 15 1689; he married Martha Herbert, deserted wife of Dr. Robert Trusteane; issue:
Jonathan-319 d May 2 1716,
m Margaret Graves d May 16 1716.
The 1636 Southold census gives Jonathan-207 four males and two females. The Southold rate list of 1683 lists him for 202 pounds and that of 1685, for £147 10s. His father deeded 150 acres of land to him in Jan 1680. His wife Martha is given as a widow in 1690. He died intestate and letters of administration were issued to his widow Martha Sep 8 1691.
THOMAS MOORE-301 , son of Thomas-201 & Catherine (Mots) Moore, was born Jan 8/Jul 30 1663 (Jun 8?) and died Dec 30 1738 ac 75; he married Mar 13 1694-5, Jane ---b 1676-7 d Nov 28 1736 ae 59; issue:
Mary-401 b Jan 17 1695-6
d Sep 26 1754 ae 58 m. Silvanus Davis.
BENJAMIN MOORE-307 , Son of Benjamin-203 & Anne (Hampton) Moore, was born 1678-80 died Jan 27 1728-9 ae 50, married ca 1700 (est from children's birth dates) Abigail Horton b ca 1676 Southold d Jun 2 1746 ae 70 Southold, da Caleb & Abigail (Hallock) Horton of Cutchogue; issue:
Benjamin-414 b Southold m
ca 1724 Eliza Allen; he was a soldier in 1750.
The sources of my information on this family are scattered, and it takes care to document all the statistics involved, but the documentation is in the references shown.
The will of Abigail, widow of Benjamin-307, Southold Apr 9 1740 probated Jul 21 1746 mentions sons Benjamin, Nathan, Israel, dau Abigail, son Micah, das Hannah Cleveland, Rachel Conklin, gr-das Abigail Cleveland, Mary Moore, Mehitable (da son James dec'd), das Anna, Rachel, Abigail; Israel Moore executor. Codicil Dec 9 1745; dec husb Benjamin sons Israel & Micah; William Moore a witness.
Benjamin-307 lived in Southold. The tombstones for him and of his wife are there. His wife Abigail survived him, as her will indicates; he died 1728, she died 1746.
JOSEPH MOORE-309 , Son of Benjamin-203 & Anne (Hampton) Moore, was born 1676 and died 1745 as 69; he married ca 1696 Martha ---- who died Jul 19 1727; issue:
Joseph-309 lived in Southold. What little information we have on him is found in Moore's Index (M3).
JOHN MOORE-317 , son
of Nathaniel-204 6 Sarah (Vail) Moore, was born probably ca 1670; he married
Sep 8 1696 Elizabeth Cheek;
John-430 who married 1732 Rachel Conklin
This case is largely hypothetical, based on Mather, pp 468, 469, 471. Listing the children of Nathaniel-204, he gives John-3 "who may be the one named by Griffin (Journal of First Settlers of Southold), whose son John m Rachel Conkling (Hallman p 164)." Mather says of John-430: "He was in Saybrook in 1777. Men of this name served as follows: Col. Smith's Regt., Malcom's Levies_ 6th Duchess, lot Orange, and in Conn. His name occurs in the Orange Co. Patents (Rev MSS NY State Library Vol. 27). He signed the Association in 1775."
For the 1776 census in Southold, Mather gives him one sale over 16, five under, three females over 16 and three under, which indicates other children than John-430 -.but the census listing could apply to John 522 of Rocky Point, whose family would be about that size then.
The picture is clouded, but I believe my hypothesis is sound in tracing this line, and further reasoning is given under John-430.
Mather alas, says that John-317 married Mehitable Havens (#540), daughter of John-426 and Patience (Tuthill) Havens, but I prefer John-522 for that honor.
son of Thomas-301 & Jane Moore, wan born Apr 10 1706 died May 10 1767;
he married Hannah ----;
Thomas-525 d 1783; for details
see his subsequent entry.
The widow of Thomas-406 survived him and married 2) Rev. John Storrs.
DAVID MDORE-409 ,son
of Thomas-301 6 Jane Moore, was born Nov 25 1713; he married Jan 30 1733-4
Hepzibah Wilmot b Apr 6 1715;
David-501 b Dec 9 1734
HENRY MOORE-412, son
of Thomas-301 & Jane Moors, was born Dec 19 1719 and died Apr 24 1783;
he m 1) Nov 1 1744 Temperance Conkling, who died before 1760; he m 2) Jun
5 1760 Patience Young, and 3) Mary ----, who died Nov 15 1783;
Temperance-506 b Oct 9 1748
m Dec 3 1766 James Tuthill
DR, MICAH MOORE-418,
son of Benjamin-307 & Abigail Moore, was born ca 1714 and died Feb
8 1776; he married 1) pr 1734 ---- 2) Abigail (Hempstead) Ledyard da Robert
Hempstead of Southold and relict of John Ledyard there; she was born ca
1728 and died 1805 as 77;
Micah-418 was "a respectable physician and an ornament and pillar to the church," according to Griffin's Journal (M17). That account says his second wife Abigail was the daughter of Robert Hempstead of Southold and that she married as 18 John Ledyard, who then lived in Groton, Conn. But Ledyard died at sea in the prime of life in 1756. About 1765, having been a widow nine years, she married again.
The will of Micah-418, Southold Dec 24 1773 probated Feb 8 1776, mentions the five daughters listed above, calling Jerusha and Mary the two oldest.
SIMON MOORE-424 ,,son
of Benjamin-307 & Abigail Moore, born ca 1718 died 1802, married 1)
Apr 18 1737 Abigail Hallock b ca 1745 died Jul 21 1758 ae 455 years 11
months; 2) Ann ----- b ca 1722 d 1778 ae 56; 3) Dec 29 1778 Hannah Howell
b ca.1730 d'1796 as 66;
Mary-529 b Mar 24 1738 d
Aug 15 1758 as 20, m Apr 6 1756 Dr. Stephen Halsey b Apr 13 1733 d Sep
15-16 1793; they had one child, Dr; Stephen Halsey b
The will of Simon-424, Southold May 3 1801 probated Mar 30 1802 mentions wife Nelly, grandson Stephen Halsey, kinsman Silas Vail - and raises problems; who was wife Nelly, and who was kinsman Silas Vail? Simon, his three wives as given above, and children Martha. and Benjamin are buried in the old burying groundd of the Presbyterian Church in Southold, but I have no record of wife Nelly. As for Kinsman Silas Vail, his niece Rhoda-519 (below) married Elisha Vail.
SILAS MOORE-425 , son of Benjamin-307 & Abigail Moore, was born probably ca 1715-20 and died Aug 3 1786 se 71; he m 1) Mar 24 1737 Abigail Reeves d Jun 24 1750 ae 36 and 2) Sep 10 1750 Patience Hallock d Nov 23 1801;
issue: First Marriage
issue: Second Marriage
The will of Silas-425, Southold Apr 14 1786 pr Aug 12 1786, mentions wife Patience, son Benjamin dau Rhoda Vail, sons Zadock & Grover, brother Simon.
JOHN MOORE-430 , eon
of John-317 & Elizabeth (Cheek) Moore, was born ca 1712 and married
1732 Rachel Conklin;
John-522 b ca 1738 "of Rocky
Point" d Feb 6 1811 m Mehitabel Havens (#540).
This, admittedly, is a somewhat speculative situation. There is no documented evidence of the lines I have established - Thomas-1, Nathaniel-2, John-3, 4, 5 above - but Griffin's Journal gives the basis for it as follows: "Thomas Moore who died near Sterling in 1803 aged about 70 was for some time supervisor . . . . John Moore of Rocky Point, his contemporary, who reared a large family of sons and daughters.(Mallman gives nine) was, we understand, his next of kin. If so, Thomas Moore who died in 1691 and left his property to his two sons, John and Nathaniel, was progenitor of Thomas of Sterling and John of Rocky Point. This John (Rocky Point) was the son of John Moore who was the son of Nathaniel Moore who was the son of Thomas who died in 1691."
I follow that reasoning and find it sound, but I believe there is another linkin the chain which Griffin missed: I believe there were three Johns instead of two, and I have established it by using such vital statistics as are available. It was John of Rocky Point who married Mehitable Havens in 1758; he died in 1811; Mehitable was born ca 1744, so he was probably born before that - ca 1738-1740.
John-317, son of Nathaniel, was born probably ca 1670, and he married in 1696, hence it is highly improbably that he fathered John of Rocky Point in 1738 or thereabouts, so there must have been a generation in between - and John-430, born ca 1712, would fit nicely in that spot; he married Rachel Conklin by whom he had a son John whom I have called John-522. Mather lists a John Moore-3 "who may have been the one named by Griffin whose son John m Rachel Conkling." This tends to confirm a generation between the first and third John. and that is my assumption. On that basis, the dates involved fit more logically.
I further consider it quite likely that the Abigail Moore who married Benjamin Havens-541 was another child of John-420, as indicated above,, for reasons elsewhere stated, among them the fact that siblings at that time quite often married siblings. The Thomas of Sterling, who died in 1803 as covered by Griffin, would be another child; there could well have been more.
A patent, No. 65, covering 28 acres of land in Orange County was issued in 1740 to a. John Moore (M4). Mather (M22), speaking of John-4 says "his name occurs in the Drange County patents." Three different land grants were made to a John Moore in 1790 in payment for military service. The John who was granted the land patent probably, was, John-430,. who married Rachel Conklin in 1732. There may have been more than one John who saw service in the Revolutionary War, but if one of them was of this family, it would have been John-522, born in 1738.
If John-430 was indeed the one who was the Orange County patentee,, it
is interesting to note that his daughter (my assumption) Abigail moved
with her husband, Benjamin Havens, to Orange County before the Revolutionary
War, where they raised a family and died. I have never been able to find
record of any deed to Benjamin Havens in that period, and if my assumptions
are correct, he might have dwelt on his father-in-law's land.
HENRY MOORE-508 , son of Henry-412 & Temperance (Conkling) Moore, was born Nov 5 1753 and married Feb 9 1777 Katurah Petty:
Katurah-601 by Aug 8 1779, twin of
Hannah-602 by Aug 8 1779, second twin.
John-603 by May 12 1782.
Henry-604 by Oct 12 1783.
Lydia-605 by Apr 30 1786.
, son of Silas-425 & Abigail (Reeve) Moore, was born Nov 20 1742 died
Apr 5 1816; he married Sep 1769 Mehitable Terry:
Benjamin-518's marriage record says he was of Cutchogue. It is interesting
to speculate on the situation in this family, when one analyzes the facts
contained in some of the probate records available to me. I have been unable
to find any record of a will or letters of administration covering him,
but there are such records for his half-brothers Zadock and Grover, and
of Grover's wife Beulah; these records are quite informative. (The father,
Silas-425 died 1786.)
GROVER MOORE-521 ,
son of Silas-425 & Patience Hallock, died in 1825; he married Beulah
Hudson, with the following
Prudence-620 m 1810 E. W. Case. Prudence was born after 1784, pr ca 1790.
As covered under Benjamin-518,- much of our information is gained from
the Pennypacker Collection (M18) and Grover's will, plus that of his wife
Beulah. His will, Southold Sep 11 1819 pr Apr .11 1825 (Liber E p109):
wife Beulah, Benjamin Moore's son Calvin, Silas Moore's son Silas, Joseph
Moore's son Smith, Beulah Moore Webb, Grover Moore Webb, Joseph Moore,
nephew Joseph Moore.
JOHN MOORE-522 , son
of John-430 & Rachel IConklin) Moore, was born probably 1738 and died
Feb 6 1811; he married Nov 30 1758 Mehitable Havens b ca 1742 daughter
of John-426 & Patience (Tuthill) Havens;
Elizabeth-612 b ca 1775 d
Oct 16 1861/2 Greenport m Jan 15 1805 Luther Tuthill b ca 1774/8 Oysterponds
d Apr 5 1843/54 Greenport son Jeremiah (1744) &
THOMAS MOORE-525 ,
son of Thomas-406 & Hannah Moore, died 1783;
Jeremiah-623, wife unknown.
The information above was obtained from surrogate's records of the wills of Thomas-406 and Thomas-525, the latter dated Feb 28 1783 proved Sep 13 1783 Southold: son Jeremiah, gr-ch Luther, Christopher and Frances dau of Elizabeth Bailey (widow), plus daughters Jane Hazard, Hannah Hilliard, Mary Hutchinson, and Elizabeth Bailey. There being no mention of his wife, we are left to assume she had predeceased him. The two grandsons Luther and Christopher would be the children of son Jeremiah, for children of the four daughters are mentioned by their full names; that is, their mothers' married names.
son of Thomas-406 & Hannah Moore, died 1813; he married Margaret ----;
One of these daughters married a L'Hommedieu and another, a Youngs, for grandchild Betsy L'Hommedieu is mentioned in his will, and son-in-law Joshua P. Youngs is named administrator of the estate of his wife Margaret, who survived him and died in 1833/4 (L/A granted Jan 28 1834).
son of Benjamin-518 & Mehitable (Terry) Moore, was born Dec 22 1777.
His wife is unknown; issue:
, son of Benjamin-518 & Mehitable (Terry) Moore, born Mar 18 1780 married
Dec 29 1804 Cynthia Howell;
Calvin-721 b Mar 1 1808 d Jun 27 1886 Cutchogoe, m 1) Mary Ann Tuthill 2) Anna Benjamin.
son of Benjarin-518 & Mehitable (Terry). Moore, was born Nov 16 1782;
he married Jul 1 1806 Anna Cleveland;
Smith-722, who is mentioned in the will of his great-uncle Grover-521. See analyses of that will under Benjamin-518.
son of John-522 & Mehitable (Havens) Moore, was born Mar 8 1764 and
died Jul 30 1835; he married Ruth Vail b Jul 27 1764 d Oct 4 1817 da Stephen
& Ruth (Terry) Vail;
Lucretia-701 m James Brown.
, son of John-522 & Mehitable (Havens) Moore, was born Oct 28 1767
and died Jul 30 1833; he married Mehitable Rackett b Apr 2 1769 d Nov 31
Erastus-711 b Aug 2 1794
d Feb 8 1871 m Elizabeth Walton.
JOSEPH MOORE-618 ,
son of John-522 & Mehitable (Havens) Moore, was born 1768 and died
Dec 7 1842; he married Jul 2 1806 Anna Cleveland of Southold b 1770-1 d
Mar 6 1838;
Joseph Cleveland-719 b 1809 drowned Oct 29 1835.
son of Shadrach-717 & Mehitable (Hackett) Moore, was born Aug 2 1794
and died Feb 8 1871; he married 1) Jan 2 1819 Elizabeth Walton b 1802 d
Oct 4 1820; m 2) Oct 27 1822 Jennette Rackett b Jun 26 1787 d Apr 5 1873
da Daniel H & Desire Rackett;
CALVIN MOORE-721 (M24), son
of Benjamin-610 & Cynthia (Howell) Moore, born Mar 1 1808 died Jun
27 1886 Cutchogue, married 1) Jan 9 1832 Mary Ann Tuthill b Sep 26 1808
Cutchogue d Oct 11 1865 Cutchogue da David & Mary (Terry) Tuthill;
m 2) Hannah Benjamin b Aug 28 1807 d Oct 5 1988 da Isaiah T & Cora
(Corwin) Benjamin, widow of Isaac T. Tuthill; issue first marriage:
BENJAMIN F. MOORE-809, son of Erastus-711 & Elizabeth (Walton) Moore, was born Aug 25 1839 and married Oct 13 1862 Lydia A. Payne b Sep 9 1846 daughter of Alanson & Charity (Hart) Payne;
2 Documentary History of New York, by Christopher Morgan.
3 Town of Southold, L.l. - Personal Index Prior to 1698 and Index of 1698, by Charles B. Moore, 1868.
4 History of Orange County, by Ruttenber & Clark.
5 Genealogies of the Founding Families of Southold 1636 to early 1700, copied and supplied by Mr. Herbert E. Young of Mattituck.
6 The Young Family Genealogy, by Selah Youngs, Jr., extracted and supplied by Mrs. Edith Horton Young of Mattituck.
7 History of Southold, by Rev. Epher Whittaker.
8 Family Group Record of Benjamin Moore (Captain Benjamin, Thomas Moore), from "The Hortons in America."
9 Early Long Island Wills, by W. S. Pelletreau.
10 New York Genealogical. & Biographical Record.
11 New York Historical Society periodical publication.
12 History of Suffolk County, Munsell.
13 New York in the Revolution, Roberts.
14 Balloting Book & Other Documents Relating to Military Bounty Lands in the State of N.Y., New York State Library.
15 Suffolk County Surrogate's Records.
16 Long Island Genealogies, Thomas Powell.
17 Journal of First Settlers of Southold, Augustus Griffin.
18 Record of the Old Burying Ground of the Presbyterian Church, Southold, N.Y.
19 History of Mattituck, Long Island, N.Y., by Rev. Charles E. Craven.
20 Shelter Island and Its Presbyterian Church, Jacob Edward Mallmann..
21 Moore genealogy chart in the Pennypacker Collection, Southampton Library.
22 "Refugees of 1776 from Long Island to Connecticut," by Frederic Gregory Mather.
23 Microfilm of Church Records of Rensselaer & Schaghticoke, N.Y.
24 "Tuttle-Tuthill Lines in America" by Alvan M. Tuthill.