Facts and Events
Andrew Moore was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Location of Land in Dispute in Borden Tract
Map showing the land involved in the dispute between Andrew Moore, John McDowell and Benjamin Borden in the Borden Tract, as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. According to the records in Augusta County, the tracts shown were originally surveyed for John McDowell (he was promised 1,000 acres by Borden), which McDowell had promised to sell 700 acres to Andrew Moore. After McDowell's death in 1742, they were re-surveyed for William Evans and George Henderson by Borden. Andrew Moore's subsequent lawsuit appears to have been rejected and the McDowells seem to have acquired another tract to the south. During the same time period, the sons of Andrew Moore, Sr. were obviously very busy acquiring several other neighboring tracts, as shown in the map below.
Location of some Lands Acquired by Andrew Moore's Children in Borden Tract
Map showing some of the land acquired by Andrew Moore's children in the Borden Tract, as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. * - Note that the 200-acre tract listed as "Andrew Moore" was orginally supposed to be acquired by Samuel Moore, son of Andrew Moore, Sr., but since Samuel Moore died prior to the conveyance of this land, it was conveyed to Andrew Moore, Samuel's infant son (as verified in Chalkley's).
Will of Andrew Moore
- Page 161.--22d December, 1748. Will of Andrew Moore--500 acres to Alex. and Saml. Moore and their mother; James Moore, a cow; William Moore, 5 shillings; John Moore, 5 shillings; Quanten Moore, 5 shillings; David Moore, 5 shillings. Teste: Robert Breckinridge, George Henderson. 19th May, 1749, having been proved last February. Court proved by George Henderson, is now proved by Robert Breckinridge.
- Page 178.--22d August, 1749. Andrew Moore's appraisement.
Records of Andrew Moore in Augusta County, VA
- Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY, 1750. - Andrew Moor vs. Benjamin Borden.--Chancery. Writ dated 22d August, 1748. In 1738, after several conferences with John McDowell, gent., late of this County, deceased, John sold orator 700 acres in Borden's tract, but Benjamin Borden afterwards surveyed it to William Evans and George Henderson. John McDowell died 1742 intestate and Magdalene McDowell, his widow, became administratrix, and sometime afterwards intermarried with Benjamin Borden, Jr. John McDowell was agent for Benjamin Borden, Sr. Answer states that John McDowell bought 1,000 acres of Benjamin Borden and died intestate, leaving heirs.
- Page 252.--15th May, 1754. Same (From Borden's executors) to Andrew Moore, orphan infant, only son of Samuel Moore, late of Augusta, plantationer, who was one of the sons of Andrew Moore, late of Augusta County, deceased plantationer. by his uncle and guardian David Moore. Contract by Borden to sell a large tract to Jno. McDowell and Jno. sold this 700 acres to Andrew Moore, the Elder. Deed in pursuance of a chancery suit in County Court. Cor. to Wm. Moore, Wm. Lougbridge's line; cor. David Moore; cor. David and Alex. Moore. (Note: this record proves that Andrew Moore had purchased 700 acres in the Borden Tract from John McDowell, prior to his death).
- Page 256.--15th May, 1754. Same (From Borden's executors) to David Moore, son of Andrew Moore. See above. 200 acres cor. Nathaniel Evans in Borden's patent line; cor. Andrew Moore above; cor. Alex Moore. Delivered to Wm., son of David, 4th January, 1788.
- McDowell vs. Borden's heirs--O. S. 153; N. S. 54--Bill in Rockbridge, 1798. Orator, Samuel McDowell, oldest son and heir of John McDowell, who died intestate about 1742. In 1738 John bought from Benjamin Borden, Sr., either for services in building a road to his grant through an unsettled country or some other consideration, eleven hundred acres now in Rockbridge. Orator was seven years old at death of his father. John sold 700 acres to Andrew Moore. Alexander Moore, aged 82 years, deposes in Rockbridge, 12th May, 1810. Son of Andrew. Statement by Andrew and John Moore (son of Andrew), 6th April, 1743, of the circumstances of the suit. Borden agreed to give John McDowell 1,000 acres to be his first settler. John Hart was a hunter through the country and became the surveyor. Hart agreed to be Borden's Pillet (pilot?). J. Wood was the surveyor.
- Page 122--Mary Greenlee deposes, 10th November, 1806, she and her husband settled in Borden's Grant in 1737. Her son John was born 4th October, 1738. She, her husband, her father (Emphraim McDowell, then very aged), and her brother, John McDowell, were on their way to Beverley Manor; camped on Linvel's Creek (the spring before her brother James had raised a crop on South River in Beverley Manor, above Turk's, near Wood Gap); there Benj. Borden came to their camp and they conducted him to his grant which he had never seen, for which Borden proposed giving 1,000 acres. They went on to the house of John Lewis, near Staunton, who was a relative of Ephraim McDowell. Relates the Milhollin story. They were the first party of white settlers in Borden's Grant. In two years there were more than 100 settlers. Borden resided with a Mrs. Hunter, whose daughter afterwards married one Guin, to whom he gave the land whereon they lived. Her brother John was killed about Christmas before her son Samuel (first of the name) was born (he was born April, 1743). Benj. Borden, Jr., came into the grant in bad plight and seemed to be not much respected by John McDowell's wife, whom Benj. afterwards married. Jno. Hart had removed to Beverley Manor some time before deponent moved to Borden's. Joseph Borden had lived with his brother Benj.; went to school, had the smallpox about time of Benj's. death. When he was about 18 or 19 he left the grant, very much disliked, and dissatisfied with the treatment of his brother's wife. Beaty was the first surveyor she knew in Borden's grant. Borden had been in Williamsburg, and there in a frolic Gov. Gooch's son-in-law, Needier, has given him his interest in the grant. Borden's executor, Hardin, offered to her brother James all the unsold land for a bottle of wine to anyone who would pay the quit rents, but James refused it because he feared it would run him into jail. This was shortly after Margaret Borden married Jno. Bowyer. John Moore settled in the grant at an early day, where Charles Campbell now lives. Andrew Moore settled where his grandson William now lives. These were also early settlers, viz: Wm. McCandless, Wm. Sawyers, Rob. Campbell, Saml. Wood, John Mathews, Richd. Woods, John Hays and his son Charles Hays, Saml. Walker, John McCraskey. Alexr. Miller was the first blacksmith in the settlement. One Thomas Taylor married Elizabeth Paxton. Taylor was killed by the falling of a tree shortly after the marriage. Miller removed and his land has been in possession of Telford. Deponent's daughter Mary was born May, 1745. McMullen was also an early settler; he was a school teacher and had a daughter married. John Hays's was the first mill in the grant. Quit rents were not exacted for 2 years at the instance of Anderson, a preacher.