Person:Moses Samples (1)

Moses Samples, Sr.
b.Bet 1730 and 1733 Virginia
m. Abt 1711
  1. Elizabeth SempleAbt 1718 - 1780
  2. Capt. Samuel Semple, III, ASST QTR MRAbt 1725 - 1808
  3. Moses Samples, Sr.Bet 1730 & 1733 - 1824
  4. James SempleBet 1730 & 1750 - Abt 1799
  5. Hannah SampleAbt 1731 - 1814
  6. Sheriff Robert Semple1733 - 1808
  7. Susanna SamplesAbt 1741 -
  8. William SempleAbt 1742 -
  9. Sarah SamplesAbt 1743 -
  • HMoses Samples, Sr.Bet 1730 & 1733 - 1824
  • WMary B WoodAbt 1730 - Abt 1783
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 SamplesBet 1762 & 1770 - Abt 1829
  13. Ruth SamplesAbt 1765 -
  14. Phebe SampleAbt 1766 - 1822
  15. Robert A Samples1770 - 1857
  16. Agnes SampleAbt 1776 - Abt 1824
Facts and Events
Name[1] Moses Samples, Sr.
Alt Name Moses Semple
Gender Male
Birth? Bet 1730 and 1733 Virginia Hereditary Sempill Lords of Cathcart & Clan Sempill
Alt Birth[3] Bet 1730 and 1733 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 Wood
Military[4][12] Mar 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. This was a Cavalry Company, ordered into service by Col. John Bowman. Men enlisted in Bedford County, Virginia.
Residence[2] From 1779 to 1788 Greenbrier, West Virginia, United StatesSource: Heads of Families in Virginia, 1783-88
Death[7] 24 Jan 1824 Jefferson County, Tennessee

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


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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 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.
  2. Campbell, Helen (compiler of index). The 1786 Greenbrier County, (West) Virginia: Personal Property Tax List Index.
  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: 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, 1910).

    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.

  7. Moses Samples Last Will & Testament
    24 JAN 1824.
  8.   Swann, Joe. The Old Path, Route of the Great Indian War Trail vanishing quickly in East Tennessee. (Jefferson County, Tennessee, Historical Society).
  9.   Strickler, Harry M. (Harry Miller). Old Tenth Legion marriages: marriages in Rockingham County, Virginia, from 1778 to 1816, taken from the marriage bonds. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1952).

    1787 - Robert CURRY and Phebe SAMPLE were married, 1787, at Rockingham Co., Virginia. Bondsman was Jesse HARRISON. Robert SAMPLE consented; witnesses were Jesse HARRISON and Moses SAMPLES. Harry M. Strickler, OLD TENTH LEGION, ROCKINGHAM CO., VA. MARRIAGES , p.43.

  10.   Sawyer, Wilna Powell. James Lewis French: His Ancestors and Descendants with Allied Lines. (FamilySearch, 1973)
    Pages 20 & 21.


    James Shanks, father of Holden Shanks and James Shanks, Jr., lived in Augusta County, Virginia and North Carolina. Both sons born in Augusta County, and both were in the Revolutionary War from North Carolina. James Shanks, Sr. died in Green County, Tennessee.

    Holden Shanks married 1st, Elender Sample in 1784. They had five children. (See copy from Shank’s Bible, below.) He married 2nd, Jane Campbell in 1797. Elender had only been dead a short while and he had three children: Adam C. Shanks, Pegg Shanks, and Sally Shanks.


    Holden Shanks, born March 22, 1757
    Elender Shanks, born Dec. 6, 1758


    Martha Car. Shanks, born Sept 1785
    Jane Crothers Shanks, born Dec 3rd, 1787
    Moses Sample Shanks, born July 9th, 1789
    James Shanks, born June 9th, 1791
    Elender Shanks, born June 18th, 1795

    This Bible record was copied by Mrs. Z. R. Peterson for the DAR from the Henshaw family at Waco, Texas. It is recorded in files from the Michigan Book Bible Records.

    Early Tennessee Taxpayers, Washington County 1787, No. 680
    Holden Shanks – 1 white poll

    Greene County, Tennessee Minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions 1785-1796. Page 409

    One other from John Gibson to Holden Shanks dated August 10th, 1795 for two hundred and twenty six acres of land was duly sworn. Proven by oath of David Russell and admitted to record.


    Samuel Sample, Augusta County, Virginia, will dated 1776. Wife’s name Ann - - - -.

    Moses Sample, born 1736/37, son of Samuel and Ann Sample, was in the Revolutionary War from Augusta County, Virginia. As a patriot, he furnished supplies. He married Ruth Wood, daughter of William Wood. Moses Sample died Jefferson County, Tennessee in 1824. The children of Moses and Ruth (Wood) Sample were:

    (1) Elender Sample, b. 6 Dec 1758, m. 1784, Holden Shanks
    (2) Ruth Sample, m. Samuel Norwood
    (3) Polly Sample, m. Mr. Kirkpatrick
    (4) Agnes Sample, m. Mr. Kirk
    (5) Ann Sample, m. Mr. Blackburn
    (6) Elizabeth Sample, m. Jacob Crider
    (7) Matthew Sample
    (8) William Sample
    (9) daughter married a Mr. Roberts

    William Woods, father of Ruth Woods, who married Moses Sample, died 1779 in Augusta County, Virginia.

  11.   "[Edna (Vinson) Davis Relatives.FTW]
    :Subject: DAR Patriot Lookup: Reference Code RXBBGGK
    :A search of our Patriot Index provided the information found below.
    :SAMPLE, Moses
    :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!
  12. An act of assembly, passed March 1758, the 31st year of the reign of King George II, some of the militia were called out for service in the early days of the French and Indian War, Annexed to this act, was a schedule of the names of the militia officers and soldiers, and the citizens who furnished provisions to that militia.
    This is the schedule pertaining to Augusta County.
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