Person:William Moore (228)

m. Bef. 1748
  1. Capt. William MooreABT 1748 - 1841
  2. Hon. Andrew Moore, U.S. Senator1752 - 1821
  3. David Moore1755-1762 - 1826
  4. Jennet 'Jenny' Mooreest 1761 -
m. 8 FEB 1779
  1. Isabella Moore1779-1805 -
  2. Elizabeth Moore1779-1805 -
  3. Nancy Moore1779-1805 -
  4. Jane Moore1779-1805 -
  5. Eliab Moore1779-1805 -
  6. David Moore1779-1805 -
  7. John Moore1779-1805 -
  8. Samuel Moore1779-1805 -
Facts and Events
Name Capt. William Moore
Gender Male
Birth? ABT 1748 Augusta County, Virginia
Marriage 8 FEB 1779 Rockbridge County, Virginiato Nancy McClung
Death? 1841 Lexington, Rockbridge County, Virginia

William Moore was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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THE MOORES. David Moore, with his mother and ten brothers and a sister, came from the north of Ireland to America, and settled in Borden’s Grant. The maiden name of the mother was Baxter. When a young girl, she was in Londonderry, during the famous siege of 1689. David Moore’s wife was Mary Evans, and his sons were William and Andrew.

WILLIAM MOORE was born about the year 1748, at Cannicello, now in Rockbridge county, and received a plain education at schools in the neighborhood. From his boyhood he was remarkable for his temperate habits, intrepidity, and great physical strength. At times, when the country was in a state of alarm on account of the Indians, he would take solitary excursions and remain out all night by himself. In 1774, he participated in the battle of Point Pleasant. During the action, John Steele was wounded and about to be scalped, when Moore interposed, shooting one Indian and knocking down another with his rifle. He then shouldered Steele, who was a very large and heavy man, and after laying him down in a safe place nearly two miles off, returned to the fight. Steele was accustomed to say, “There was no other man in the army who could have done it, if he would; and no other who would have done it, if he could.” Moore is believed to have been in the military service during the whole war of the Revolution, and at the surrender of Cornwallis, he held the rank of captain.

After the war, Captain Moore settled in Lexington as a merchant. It is said that he brought to that town the first sack of coffee ever seen there. Like most enterprising men, however, he was “in advance of his age.” His customers were not acquainted with coffee, and it remained unsold till some Pennsylvanians arrived and purchased it. The people of Lexington and vicinity were quicker to learn the use of tea. As explained by an old lady living there, her husband “drank the broth,” and she “ate the greens.”

After merchandising in Lexington, Captain Moore had an iron furnace on South River, Rockbridge, and then lived near Fairfield. For many years he was a justice of the peace, and was high sheriff for two terms. He died in Lexington in 1841, aged ninety-three.

The wife of Captain Moore was Nancy McClung, and his children were Samuel, David, John, Eliab, Jane, Isabella, Elizabeth and Nancy.