Person:William Moffett (9)

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m. 30 APR 1835
  1. Moffett, male stillborn1836 - 1836
  2. John G. Moffett1837 - 1837
  3. Margaret Elizabeth Moffett1839 - 1843
  4. William Barclay Moffett1840 - 1901
  5. John Stuart Moffett1842 - 1861
  6. Rachel Louisa Moffett1844 - 1847
m. 22 May 1862
  1. Fannie Belle Moffett1863 - 1905
Facts and Events
Name William Barclay Moffett
Gender Male
Birth? 21 Dec 1840 Fancy Hill, Rockbridge County, Virginia, USA
Marriage 22 May 1862 Rockbridge, Virginia, United Statesat her mother, France Ann McNutt McChesney's home
to Martha Evaline McChesney
Death? 1 Jul 1901 Brownsburg, Rockbridge, Virginia, United States
Burial? at New Providence Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Raphine, VAFindagrave.com #22773284 photo

William Barclay Moffett is the 2nd born son and 4th child of John Moffett and Margaret Gilleland. He was born at Fancy Hill, Rockbridge County, Virginia. He would be their longest surviving child of six. His middle name, Barclay is from his maternal grandmother, Margaret "Peggy" Barclay.

At age 21, he enlisted in the C.S.A. as a private in the Rockbridge Grays, 20 Apr 1861. His brother John Stuart Moffett, age 19 signed up the same time in this company. The Rockbridge Grays became Company H, 4th Virginia Infantry. Four months later they were at the Battle of Bull Run or First Manassas. He would lose his only remaining sibling, brother John Stuart Moffett in this battle. In the back of one of the daguerreotypes that I have of him in military uniform, I would find a folded note, written in pencil. It says: "Gen Beauregard (when he returned to the Junction) assembled the troops together and offered three cheers for the 4th and 27th regiment of Virginia. Write soon I will write shortly(.)" (on other side of note: "Will send this by Col. Ruff to Lexington." These two companies had served together in the opening battle. William is cousins with JEB Stuart , through his grandmother Mary Stuart Moffett.

He was wounded in action at the Battle of Kernstown, Virginia on 23 Mar 1862. He transferred out on 20 Oct 1862 due to his knee injury. He transferred to Company F, 17th Battalion Cavalry or 11th Virginia Cavalry Regiment on the same date. Later he was discharged for his wounds on 12 Dec. 1862 near Winchester. He enlisted again on 15 Apr 1863 in Company H, 4th VA Infantry. Then on 10 Oct 1864, he would once again enlist with his old company, the 4th VA Infantry. He was at the Appomattox Court House. Shortly afterward, he was discharged at Farmville in April 1865. His military description is 5'10", hazel eye, with dark hair and complexion.

He returned home to Rockbridge County and was a farmer. His parents and all of his five siblings were gone. He had a step sister, Mary Jane P. Moffett, Mrs Charles Beale McClung who was 16 years older.

He married Martha "Mattie" Evelyn McChesney on 22 May 1862, during the war. They had 10 children: Fannie Belle Moffett, 19 Apr 1863 (Mrs.Bolivar Baxter Buchanan) John Stuart Moffett, 24 Nov 1864 William Barclay Moffett, Jr., 24 Nov 1864 Margaret "Maggie" Moffett, 26 Mar 1866 Ileita Moffett, 21 Oct 1867 (Mrs. Jay B. Harris) Mary "Marie" Stuart Moffett, 4 Dec 1869 (Mrs. Daniel Greenlee Caldwell, M.D.) James McChesney Moffett, 12 Apr 1872 Lucy Moffett, 14 Jun 1874 Martha Evelyn Moffett, 23 Apr 1876 Male stillborn, 1 Jan 1878

William B. Moffett Died Monday Mr. William Barclay Moffett, a well known Citizen of the lower end of the county, died Monday morning at 7 o'clock at his home near Brownsburg. He had been ill only a short time. The immediate cause of his death was heart disease. Mr. Moffett was 60 years of age. He was a son of John Moffett and was born and reared in Fancy Hill neighborhood. Before he reached manhood he entered the Confederate army as a member of the Rockbridge Grays, the company raised in his neighborhood, and saw hard service during the war as a soldier in the Fourth Virginia regiment, Stonewall Bridgade. Mr. Moffett married Miss Martha McChesney, a daughter of James McChesney, dec'd, of the vicinity of Brownsburg and not long after the war he removed to that neighborhood which has since been his home. During Mr. Cleveland's second administration, he held a government position in Washington. Mrs. Moffett died in December past. Four children survive them - Mrs. Fanny Bell Buchanan, wife of Bolivar B. Buchanan of Hays Creek; Mrs Mary Stuart Caldwell of Concord, N.C.; James McC. Moffett of Kankakee, Ill.; Mrs. Evelyn Strain, wife of David E Strain, Jr., of Lexington. Mr. Moffett took a great interest in public affairs and for a long time was one of the most active Democratic leaders in the county. He was buried Tues morning at New Providence, Rev. Dr. G. A. Wilson officiating at the services.

I inherited from his youngest daughter, my grandmother (to my father and then to me): his Civil War brass powder horn, his bible, many photos and daguerreotypes, a quill pen, etc.

In Civil War uniforms with hats, William is standing in my photo with an unidentified man (sitting). I do not believe it is his brother.

Parents:
 JOHN MOFFETT (1791 - 1855)
 MARGARET GILLELAND MOFFETT (1799 - 1857)

Children:
 William Barclay Moffett (1864 - 1865)*
 John Stuart Moffett (1864 - 1864)*
 Margaret "Maggie" Moffett (1866 - 1866)*
 James McChesney Moffett (1872 - 1936)*
 Lucy Moffett (1874 - 1876)*
 Martha Evelyn Moffett Strain (1876 - 1941)*
 Male Stillborn Moffett (1878 - 1878)*

Spouse:
 Martha Evelyn McChesney Moffett (1836 - 1900)


Burial: New Providence Presbyterian Church Cemetery Raphine, Rockbridge County, Virginia Plot: C-5, 12

Created by: LSP Record added: Nov 08, 2007 Find A Grave Memorial# 22773284