m. WFT Est 1584-1616
m. 27 NOV 1633
Facts and Events
Evidence of the location of his origins or when he emigrated remains elusive.
Life in New England
By 1642, John Moore was in Sudbury: in September of the same year he bought of Edmund Rice [father of his soon-to-be son-in-law] a house and land situated in the east part of the town, in the southerly part of what is now the town of Wayland. By this time, he was also married to his second wife, Elizabeth-- either daughter or step-daughter of Philemon Whale.
1645: He took the oath of fidelity at Sudbury July 9; the same year bought of John Stone a dwelling house and house lot, and all other lands and meadows belonging to Stone by virtue of his right in the beginning of the plantation of Sudbury.
1653: He subscribed to the covenant of Lancaster "11th first mo. 1653," and forty acres of land were laid out in his name, and the first grant of lots (1653. 30th 9mo")
On August 23, 1668, he made his will, in which he refers to his "age". He died Jan. 6, 1673-4, and his will was probated April 7, 1675 (Worcester Co. Probate, 10921). He mentions his sons John of Lancaster, William, Jacob, Joseph, to whom he leaves his house, and Benjamin; also his daughter Elizabeth, wife of Henry Rice, Mary, wife of Daniel Stone, and Lydia, wife of James Cutler. His widow Elizabeth was named as Executrix. The inventory of his estate showed a valuation of L804:7:0. She died Dec. 14, 1690.
The name was written variously, More, Moor and Moore, and is derived from the Gaelic, from Mor; meaning great, chief, tall, mighty.
Children of John (perhaps not in their birth order):
i. Elizabeth m. 1644 Henry Rice ["Some Descendants..." claim that his daughter Elizabeth was born Jan 10, 1649, but that's not quite possible because Elizabeth Moore married Henry Rice in 1644.]
ii. John, m. Nov 16, 1654, Ann Smith (dau of John), signed the Covenant of Lancaster, 13: 2 mo. 1654 and d. in 1702, leaving a widow Mary. His wife Ann died March 10, 1670-1.
iii. Mary, m. Sept. 8 1661, Richard Ward (drowned in Sudbury River, March 31, 1666); m. 2d. Dea. David Stone.
iv. Lydia, b. June 24, 1643; m. in 1664, Samuel Wright (d. same year); m. 2d., June 15, 1665, James Cutler.
vi. Jacob, b. April 28, 1645; m. May 29, 1667, Elizabeth Loker, and d. Feb. 17, 1690.
vii. Joseph, b. in 1647; m. Lydia Hayward.
[incorporate into Sources]
1. "Moore Genealogy," Communicated by John S. Sargent, of Chicago, Ill; NEGHS Regsiter, Volume 52 (1898), p. 72-73
2. "Some Descendants of John Moore of Sudbury, Mass." by Ethel Stanwood Bolton, B.A. of Shirley, Mass.; NEHGS Register, volume 57, p. 300-301
3. "Addenda to "Some Descendants..." [same author]; NEHGS Register, volume 58, p. 176