Person:Moses Samples (1)

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Moses Samples, Sr.
b.1730-33 Virginia
m. abt 1711
  1. Elizabeth Sempleabt 1718 - 1780
  2. Capt. Samuel Semple, ASST QTR MRabt 1725 - 1808
  3. Moses Samples, Sr.1730 - 1824
  4. Hannah Sampleabt 1731 - 1814
  5. Robert Semple1733 - 1808
  6. Susanna Samplesabt 1741 -
  7. William Sempleabt 1742 -
  8. Sarah Samplesabt 1743 -
m. BEF 1758
  1. Mary Samples1749 -
  2. Elizabeth Samples1752 -
  3. Moses Samples, Jr.1754 - 1830
  4. John Semple, Sr.abt 1755 - 1794
  5. Alexander Samples1756 - abt 1820
  6. Betsy Samples1758 -
  7. Elender Samples1758 - ABT 1796
  8. Jane Sample1760 - 1818
  9. Peggy Samples1760 -
  10. Anna Sampleabt 1761 - abt 1838
  11. William Samplesbet 1761-1769 - 1850
  12. Matthew Samplesabt 1762 - ABT 1829
  13. Ruth SamplesAbt 1765 -
  14. Robert A Samples1770 - 1857
  15. Agnes "Nancy" Sampleabt 1776 - abt 1824
Facts and Events
Name[1] Moses Samples, Sr.
Alt Name Moses Semple
Gender Male
Birth? 1730-33 Virginia Hereditary Sempill Lords of Blackburn, Kirkhouse, and Long Dreghorn & Clan Sempill
Alt Birth[3] 1730-33 Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United StatesFormed from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania c. 1730. Around the area of Carlisle during the Frontier Wars.
Marriage BEF 1758 to Mary B 'Ruth' Wood
Military[4] 1758 Augusta, Virginia, United StatesSource: Virginia Colonial Militia, page 62, Moses Sample was a private in the Augusta County Militia
Military? 10 Oct 1774 Point Pleasant, Mason, West Virginia, United StatesServed in Captain Joseph Haynes Company. Not much is known of Capt. Joseph Haynes Company of men. From a Pension from Moses Bostick relates that He Moses Bostick served in Capt. Joseph Haynes Company at the Battle of Point Pleasant in October 1774. Under General George Rogers Clark also see wikipedia George Rogers Clark This was a cavalry company, ordered into service by Col. John Bowman (pioneer). Men enlisted in Bedford County, Virginia.
Residence[2] 1779-1788 Greenbrier, West Virginia, United StatesSource: Heads of Families in Virginia, 1783-88
Death? 24 JAN 1824 Jefferson County, Tennessee

Moses Samples was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Estate Records of William Woods

  • Morton, Oren Frederic. History of Pendleton County, West Virginia (74302)S6
Thomas Gragg was probably born about 1715, in Northern Ireland. Thomas Gragg came from Ireland with his sons, Henry and William and was of Scotch ancestry.
Thomas Gragg's will, dated April 1773, Augusta County, Virginia, named his wife, Elizabeth and children: Ann, Mary and Elizabeth - sons Henry and William were not mentioned in the will. Thomas married Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Semple. Thomas apparently died soon after the making of his will, as appraisers for the estate were appointed 17 August 1773. Mary, daughter of Thomas, was bound out to her brother, William in 1775. Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas, was bound out to her brother William in 1780. The first mention of Thomas in Augusta County, Virginia, court records, was 16 August 1758 - "Thomas Gregg's bond with Samuel Sample as administrator of William Woods estate." On 16 February 1764, Thomas bought 140 acres of land from Samuel Semple, on Dry Branch of Linville Creek. The area, in which the Thomas Gragg family lived, is about three miles north and west of Harrisonburg, Virginia.
The Gregg Family History Project Website
  2. Helen Campbell. The 1786 Greenbrier County, (West) Virginia.
  3. Egle, William Henry. Muster rolls of the navy and line, militia and rangers, 1775-1783. (1898), Page 340, 1898.

    Page 340 - Rangers of the Frontiers, 1778 to 1783 - Cumberland County, Pennsylvania - James Thompson's Company - James Thompson, Captain., Joseph Poak, Alex. Ewing, Joseph Glen, John Young, Perter Wilson, John Poak, Thomas Poak, John Wilson, Jas. Smith Poak, Joseph Brindage, Hans Fleming, Wm. Black, Tho's Black, James Hamerly, Hugh Rodman, Jonathan Jeddings, John Rhea, John Sample, James Boyd, John McColm, Thomas Black, Sen., William Black, Tho's Black, Jr., John Fulton, Sam'l Fulton, Alex. Robison, Moses Sample, Ephriam Dauraugh, Leonard Croniger, Daniel Collins, Joseph Croniger, James Hamerly, John Linn, John Young.

  4. Crozier, William Armstrong. Virginia Colonial Militia, 1651-1776. (New York, NY: Genealogical Association, 1905), Page 61, 62.

    Virginia Colonial Militia, Augusta County, September 1758.
    Colonel John Buchannan, Major John Brown, Major John Smith
    Militia: - Saml. Semple on page 61. Moses Samble on page 62.

  5.   Patrick Hogue (Samples). Internet Archive: Wayback Machine: Samples / Semples Family, 13 Oct 1999.
  6.   Morton, Oren Frederic. A history of Pendleton County, West Virginia. (Franklin, West Virginia: O.F. Morton, c1910).

    Page 167, Gragg, Scotch-Irish, before 1792, Reed's Creek.

    Page 208, Gragg, Thomas (____ ____)-left a minor daughter, Mary and appears to have had these sons:
    1. Henry
    2. William (Mary ____)-d. Jan. 24, 1795.
    3. Samuel (Ann Black)-m. 1785?

    A daughter of William was killed by the Indians in 1781 (see Page 64,65). Elizabeth (Peter Cassell-m. 1794) was a daughter of Henry.

    The family seems afterward to have moved to the South Fork above Sugar Grove. J. Robert and Amby Gragg of that district are present representatives of the family...

    Page 64, 65 - In 1781 took place what seems the last Indian raid into this county. A party of redskins, led by Tim Dahmer, a white renegade, came by the Seneca trail to the house of William Gragg, who lived on the highland a mile east of Onego. Dahmer had lived with the Graggs, and held a grudge against a daughter of the family. Gragg was away from the house getting a supply of firewood, and seeing Indians at the house he kept out of danger. His mother, a feeble old lady, and with whom Dahmer had been on good terms, was taken out into the yard in her chair. The wife was also unharmed, but the daughter was scalped and the house set on fire, after which the renegade and his helpers made a prudent retreat. The girl was taken up the river, probably to the house of Philip Harper, but died of her injuries.

Will of Moses Samples (Semple)

  • Jefferson County, Tennessee - Index To Wills - Will Book 2, p.558; Probate Book 8, p. 170S5
I Moses Sample of the state of TN and County of Jefferson do on this the twenty fourth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty four being in good health and in my right mind make this my last will and testament witness via. I give to my beloved wife the feather bed and furniture called hers, also her chest, spinning wheel, check reel, two small pewter basons, one large pewter dish, also two delph punch bowls, one tea canister, also one young sorrel mare, two cows, four sheep, four hogs, also Fishers Catechism, a small Psalm book, a sermon book on the suffering of Christ, also four pewter plates, six pewter spoons, one glass tumbler, one iron potrack, the least of the two and her choice of two counterpins, one walnut table and twenty acres of land, including my dwelling house and half of my fruit trees with liberty of timber to support said land and fire wood to remain hers during her widowhood or natural life and after her death or marriage the land to fall back to my estate.
To my daughter Elizabeth Samples I bequeath the land on which I now live to be hers and at the death of my wife or her marriage the land left to her to be attached to Elizabeth's land again, also two feather beds and furniture for one bed, one cow, three hogs, my largest pot, one small Dutch oven, my largest potrack, one large pewter dish, one small pewter bason, one servior or stand of glasses, two glass tumblers,one large chest, one trunk, her choice of two one large Bible, one sermon book (Willison) Rupels Seven Sermons, one looking glass, and one large pewter bason.
To my daughter Ruth Norwood I leave one dollar and to the natural heirs of her body I leave one child's part of my property not otherwise appointed in this will to divide among them share and share alike accept John Kirkpatrick, to him I leave fifty cents.
To my two sons Matthew and William Sample I leave one child's part of my undivided property not otherwise appointed.
To my granddaughter Ruth Roberts I leave one pewter dish, a small one, and five dollars and to my daughter Agnes Kirk (ie. Kirkpatrick) I leave a child's part of my property not otherwise named in this will and
to my daughter Ann Blackbourn (ie. Blackburn) I leave to her natural heirs fifty cents each.
And the heirs of my daughter Elener Shanks I leave fifty cents each. And whatever grain, flax, cotten as may be on the place at my decease is divided (sic) between my wife Mary B. Samples and my daughter Elizabeth, and also a small pot to go to my wife which was forgotten at first of this will. The balance of my property accept my cupboard furniture which is to be equally divided between my wife and daughter Elizabeth is to be sold to the highest bidder at twelve months credit and the money disposed of as this will directs and I do hereby constitute and appoint my wife Mary B. Sample, my daughter Elizabeth Sample and James B. Sharp sole Executors of this my last will and testament revoking and disannulling all former wills by me made or in my name this twenty fourth of January in the year first above written.
(signed) Moses Sample (seal) - His Mark
Signed and sealed in the presence of us.
James B. Sharp
Joseph McGuire, Jr.
William Nelson, Jr.

Records in Augusta County, VA

1758 - Augusta County, Va. Militia - Saml. Semple and Moses Samble (ie. Semple) - Page 61, 62 - Virginia Colonial Milita, 1651-1776 (1954), Crozier, William Armstrong, Southern Book Co., Baltimore, Published 1923-1963. Internet Archive Virginia Colonial Militia

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Page 79.--19th August, 1761. Mary Jackson's (late Mary Claypole) settlement of estate of William Claypole recorded--To Jno. Wright, Francis McBride, Jno. Dunbar, Jno. and Jos. Claypole, Mr. Johns, Evan Thomas. Sale bill, viz: To Robert Williams, Jersmons Peir, Arthur Trader, Moses Samples, John Douglass, Jno. Arshers, James Cohoon, Dennis Henry, Wm. Cimsey, Andw. Sedusky, Rees Thomas, Henry Harvey.
  • Vol. 2 - Supernumeraries collected by John Smith for 1774: Peter Black, Charles Erwin, John Frame, Archable Kilkison, James Lock, Andrew Marten, Wm. Ralston, Moses Samples, Joseph Wright, John Collens, Wm. Mathers, Wm. Craige, Archable Cunningham, Robert Moday, John Allen, Joseph Colter, Joseph Bell, Able Griffa, John Yancy, Dan O'Neel, Adam Wall, Hugh Campbell, Jr.; Wm. Frame, Sr.; David Williams, George Bowsell, Joseph Campbell, John Patterson, Seath Rogers, Thomas Armstrong, Edward Beard, Hennery Harlis, Zachariah Smith, Sam'l Frazier, Edward Hall, Jesse Jackson, Zachariah Johnston, James Lansbee, Dan'l Mackoneer, Adam Reaburn, Henry Reaburn, David Bosang, Sam'l Wright.
  • Page 457.--19th August. 1766. Vendue bill recorded of Wm. Woods' estate--James Thomas. David Berry, Samuel Samples, Jeremy Harrison. Settlement of above estate, by Thos. Gregg, administrator. Paid Joseph Skidmore, Moses Semples. Credit by balance of pay received of Capt. Abraham Smith.
  • Page 421.--13th June, 1776. Samuel Sample's will--To wife, Ann; to son, Samuel; to son, Moses; to sons, a division; to son William's son, William, an equal legatee; to son, Robert; to grandson, Thomas Randall. Executors, sons Robert and Moses. Teste: Andrew Erwin, John Brown, Mary Black. Proved, 20th August, 1776, by Erwin and Brown. Executors qualify.
  • Page 472.-(undated, appears to be abt. March/May 1778) - Patent to Robert Ralston and conveyed to David Ralston. Teste: Alex. Robertson, Thomas Hughart, Robert Poage.
  • Page 476.--Teste: Moses Sample.
  • Page 376.-(undated, appears to be abt. 18 August 1778) - On the Wet Stone Draft of Mossey Creek. Teste: Jas. McVey, Moses Sample, William Ralston.
  • Page 132.-(undated, abt. 1778) - Vendue bill of Samuel Samples -- Jacob Caplin, John Chasm, Elihu Messexs, James Floyd, Wm. Greagg, John McVey, Wm. Pettijohn, Wm. Perrigin, Margaret and James McVey, Felix Sheltman.
Sgt. John McVey was born between 1737 and 1727 in Scotland. He served in the military between 1755 and 1760 in American Colonies for the French and Indian War. He was listed as poor and delinquent on Col. Smith's tax list in 1766 in Augusta Co., Virginia. He served in the military in 1777 in Virginia. He was at the Samuel Samples vendue sale in 1780. He had an estate probated on 13 Jun 1817 in Ardery, Bath Co., Kentucky. He died in 1823 in Virginia or Kentucky. He was a soldier, farmer, and millwright in Greenbrier Co., Virginia.

Moses Samples in Greenbrier County, West Virginia

  • In the Book Heads of Families in Virginia, 1783-1788,
MOSES SAMPLE was listed in Greenbrier County.

Moses Samples at Finley's Gap, Jefferson Co., TN

  • Old deeds often give clues to the route of the War Trail. On the seventh of June 1784, a 400 acre survey was done for John Blackburn: “Long Creek at the second crossing of the War Path beginning fifty poles above the improvement …” This brief statement tells us that the War Trail crossed Long Creek at least two times and that John Blackburn had begun farming on this property prior to 1784 – a very early date. Matthew Samples Name Appears in John Blackburn's Will.
  • We know that David Crockett visited James Blackburn in Jefferson County, East Tennessee, on his trip to Washington in October 1827 by reading page 3 in Crockett’s letter from Washington City of February 5, 1828 to James Blackburn son of John Blackburn mentioned above.
  • The Finley’s Gap and headwaters of Long Creek neighborhoods were bristling with pioneer families at a very early date. So many Jefferson County natives and descendents can trace their roots back to these earliest pioneer settlers. The heavy settlement activity here may have resulted from the proximity of this area to the War Trail which was the route taken by the first pioneers entering the area. Some of the earliest settlers and families in this neighborhood were James McCuistion, Sr. and Jr., David, Joseph, Andrew, Robert and Thomas McCuistion, John and Rebecca Jacobs, William and Jean Finley, Richard Grace, Richard Grisham, Thomas Dinnel, David Davies, John, James, Edward, and Andrew Blackburn, Samuel Lyle, James Corbett, Thomas Snoddy, James and Reuben Churchman, Bradley, Eli & William Bettis, George W. Jones, James Sherrod, John Sterling, William, Christopher, James and Thomas Bradshaw, Henry Brown, Samuel Gass, John Lang, William Hughes, James MvGuire. James and Levina Scott, Jerimiah and Catherine Nicholson, Ninian Chamberlain, William Givens, John Carson, Andrew and Agnes McAdow, Richard Collins, Rebacca and Elizabeth Grisham, Robert Mansfield, Jacob Crider, William Walker, Samuel McGreary, Patrick and James McGuire, Henry Bradford, Richard Grace, James Gibbons, Robert Miller, Daniel Prigmore, Moses Samples, John Potter, George McGirt, Henry Hagard, John Lacey, William Rankin, McGarahs, Kerrs, Bethens, Yells, Kimbroughs, and others.
Davy Crockett's in-laws, the Finleys, must have moved onto their home in the gap of Bays Mountain at a fairly early date. The name of the gap, Finley’s Gap, is still in use today. The one hundred acre Finley homestead and David Crockett's first home were located in Finley’s Gap not far from Collier’s Corner.
Source The Old Path, Route of the Great Indian War Trail vanishing quickly in East Tennessee, by Joe Swann. Jefferson County, Tennessee, Historical Society
  • David Crockett and Polly Finley lived next to the Finely’s at Finley’s Gap from their wedding in 1806 until 1812 when they moved to Middle Tennessee. David developed many friends in this area which covered the Mt. Horeb, Collier’s Crossroads, and the Headwaters of Long Creek neighborhoods. The Blackburns, Samples, Rankins, Nicholsons, McCuistions, Mansfields, Bettis, Loves, Bradshaws, Corbetts, and others were neighbors and friends of David and Polly Crockett.

Dr. William Edward Butler vs David Crockett in Politics

Source Biographies of Madison County, TN - Dr. William E. Butler
  • Dr. William Edward Butler's mother was Sarah Jane Semple surname also spelled Semples / Samples.


"[Edna (Vinson) Davis Relatives.FTW]

Subject: DAR Patriot Lookup: Reference Code RXBBGGK
A search of our Patriot Index provided the information found below.
Birth: Circa 1730
Service: VA
Rank: Sol
Death: TN Before (ante) 1830
Patriot Pensioned: No
Widow Pensioned: No
Children Pensioned: No
Heirs Pensioned: No
Spouse: Mary Rutherford
Spouse: Ruth Wood

My Note: Jane (Samples) Campbell had died in 1818 and her family by 1824 were in KY!