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Descendants of Gov. James Moore




Generation No. 1


1. GOV. JAMES3 MOORE (NATHANIEL2, RORY1 O'MOORE) was born 1640 in Barbados, and died March 03, 1705/06 in Charlestown, SC. He married MARGARET BERRINGER March 07, 1673/74, daughter of BENJAMIN BERRINGER and MARGARET FOSTER. She died 1720.

Notes for G
OV. JAMES MOORE:
James seems to have emigrated from England to Barbados, afterward removing to South Carolina and settled in the Goose Creek section prior to 1664. James Moore appears in South Carolina by February 15, 1674, before the Grand Council, as attorney of Margaret; Lady Yeamans, the administraux of Sir John Yeamans, late Governor of South Carolina as attorney for Lady Margaret, he certainly was twenty-one at least, and more likely nearer twenty-five. For the first years he was in Carolina he managed William Walley a plantation at Goose Creek. James Moore had several land grants at Wassamassaw and at Goose Creek and evidently resided there; as early as 1680 he is given as owner of land on Goose Creek "Boochawe House" on 1,000 acres between Foster Creek and Goose Creek home of Benjamin Schenckingh, Esq A portion of Moore s land grants were based on his bringing out 37 servants to the colony in 1684. At his death he owned 64 slaves. Sir John Yeamans. who brought in a number of slaves, the first to be imported to Carolina Province at Charleston. There were others. James Moore became interested in trade with the Indians. He, James died in 1706 of yellow fever in Charleston, and was burned there.

Moore used every opportunity to increase his fortune. Although a large planter by the standards of his day. he remained active in mercantile pursuits Besides the fur trade, he dealt with pirates, engaged in the illegal Indian slave trade, and was the part-owner of two merchant vessels Within five years after his arrival, Moore was involved in the colony a political disputes. Tames Moore married about 1675 or later Margaret Berringer, born 1660, the posthumous daughter of Colonel Benjamin Berringer of Barbados by his wife Margaret Faster Her mother shortly after her birth married Sir John Yeamans (1672-1674), was an asset His wife Margaret Berringer Moore was born 1645 died June 9th. 1720. His wife s brothers were John, Jehu and Simon, and her sister was Mary Berringer."Governor Moore afterwards married his mother-in-law The latter seems to have had a tender heart, as it is recorded concerning two criminals that "upon the earnest solicitation of Margaret; Lady Yeamans, and the rest of the Ladye's and Gentlemen of this County, it is resolved that the execution of the said persons be suspended."
Moore was a member of the Grand Council (1677 1682-1683) and a proprietary deputy (1682-1683). In 1683 the proprietors, dismissed him as a deputy because he had disobeyed their orders and enslaved Indians. Chosen a member of the Council in 1685. he was deemed office by the proprietors. Rivers, in Historical Sketches of South Carolina gives a letter from Randolph to the Lords of Trade, March, 1698-99, in which he states that one of the Council, a great Indian trader, had been 600 miles up in the country west of Charles Town, declares that the only way to discover the Mississippi was from the province by land. This he was willing to undertake if His Majesty would pay the charges of the expedition, 400 or 500 He proposed to employ 50 white men and 100 Indians The real object of this expedition was a search for mineral wealth. In 1682 he secured a grant of land near Charleston now on record as is his will also The Moore 'Coat of Arms was used on his seal officially. In 1683 James Moore was elected a deputy to Sir John Yeamans, and at the sudden death of Gov. Blake in 1700 was made governor, being elected by the Lords Proprietors and held office to 1702. While governor in 1701, he planned to invade the lower coast lands of Florida, but received no support from the assembly, called together for that purpose, he dismissed the assembly and was more successful with the next, but due to treachery among his men, he met defeat; and lost heavily in money. He still remained popular with the people, and was made Speaker of the House of Commons of the Assembly in 1702. After 1692 he also was the acknowledged leader of the anti-proprietary Goose Creek faction. The voters of Berkeley County elected Moore to the First Assembly (1692-1694) He supported governors John Archdale (1695-1696) and Joseph Blake (1694-1695, 1696-1700) and by 1698 was back in the good graces of the proprietors as a deputy and a member of the Council The proprietors also named him Secretary of the Province (1698), Receiver General (1699-1700) and Chief Justice

(1699-1700). When Governor Blake died in 1700. the Council elected as governor JOSEPH MORTON (d. 1721?), the senior resident landgrave. Moore protested the election because Morton held a royal commission as Judge of the Vice-Admiralty Court and therefore was ineligible to be governor. The Council concurred, reversed itself and elected Moore governor. On 11 September 1700 Moore took office. Because of his Anglicanism and leadership of the Goose Creek faction, dissenters in Carolina and England did all they could to discredit his administration. Although leader of the church party, he was not interested in establishing the Church of England. His main concerns were the expansion of the southern frontier and the creation of a public monopoly to control the Indian trade He was conciliatory towards the Commons House, but no agreement could be reached on an Indian trade policy, The assembly refused to bolster the colony s defenses although war with Spain was imminent Moore dissolved the assembly and called for new elections. Alter war bad begun, the House voted to send an expedition to capture St Augustine and persuaded the reluctant governor to command it. In October 1702 the expedition invaded Florida and besieged the Castillo de San Marcos at St Augustine. When Spanish reinforcements appeared, the Carolinian burned the town and sailed for home. The failure to eliminate the Spaniards and the cost overrun on the expedition were used by the dissenters in the assembly in attempts to destroy the governor politicall3-. When Moore persuaded the Council to delay dissenter-backed bills discriminating against the Huguenots~ the dissenters withdrew from the assembly in February 1703 leaving it without a quorum. Riots ensued in which dissenter representatives were attacked in Charleston. In March 1703 Sir Nathaniel Johnson arrived with his commissioner as governor and a commission for Moore to be Attorney General Moore remained in this post and on the Grand Council until his death. Throughout his checkered career in the province, Moore held numerous offices. commissioner and trustee, of the Provincial Library (1700); Receiver General (1702-1706); commissioner, under the Revenue Mt (1703), commissioner, to issue bills of credit (1703); commissioner, under the Church Act (1704). In the winter of 1703-1704, Johnson supported an expedition against the pro-Spanish Apalache Indian Moore was named commander and immediately, proceeded southward With the aid of Indian allies, the Carolinians exterminated the Apalache. As a result of this foray Moore regained his reputation as a military man.

James Moore died of distemper (Yellow fever) sometime between I October 1706 when he received a warrant and 6 November 1706 when his will was proved. By his wife Margaret Berringer he had ten children James, Jehu, Roger, Maurice, John. Nathaniel, Anne (in. David Davis), Mazy (it 1st Robert Howe, 2d Thomas Clifford). Rebecca (in. 1st Thomas Barker, 2d William Dry), and Margaret (in. Benjamin Schenckingh).James Moore had several land grants at Wassamassaw and at Goose Creek and evidently resided there, as early as 1680 he is given as owner of land on Goose Creek "Boochawe House" on 1,000 acres between Foster Creek and Goose Creek home of Benjamin Schenckingh, Esq. A portion of Moore s land grants were based on his bringing out 37 servants to the colony in 1684. At his death he owned 64 slaves. Moore used every opportunity to increase his fortune. Although a large planter by the standards of his day. he remained active in mercantile pursuits. Besides the fur trade, he dealt with pirates, engaged in the illegal Indian slave trade, and was the part-owner of two merchant vessels. In his will, August 21, 1705 as James Moore of Berkeley County. Province of South Carolina, for love and affection to his brother-in-law, Tilney Coachman of same county, gentle, and Alice. his wife, or the survivor of them, he gave a plantation of 500 acres of land, then in possession of said Tilney Coachman, being in Berkeley, lying near Moore s plantation called "Wassamassaw," to go after the death of the survivor to James Coachman, eldest son or in case of his not surviving to the next son, John Coachman. How "brother-in-law" has not yet been found. Moore - his wife, Margaret his plantation, called "Wassamassaw", also some slaves and two Indian men, during her natural life or as long as she remain a widow and no longer, and upon her death or marriage to his children. To has son James two-ninths of his personal estate. To his sons Jehu, Roger, Maurice~ John and "Nathanyell" and to his daughters, Ann Davis; Mary, and Rebecca Moore, all the remainder of his real and personal estate, not to her wise bequeathed them; should any die under age or before they have lawful issue, then said share to be equally divided among the rest.
Some Sources: Cyclopaedia of American Biography ed by John Grant Wilson & John Fiske 1888
DAR Membership application #519891 Victoria, Texas
Moore Genealogy Vertical files, Wilmington North Carolina Library South Carolina Genealogies Vol. III Jenkins-Quattlebaum, 1983 Biographical History of North Carolina by Samuel A. Ashe

     
Children of G
OV. MOORE and MARGARET BERRINGER are:
2. i.   JOSEPH4 MOORE.
3. ii.   MARY MOORE.
4. iii.   JAMES MOORE, b. 1682, Charlestown, SC; d. March 03, 1722/23.
  iv.   JEHU MOORE, b. 1682, d. Died Young.
  v.   MARGARET MOORE, b. 1682; d. June 13, 1775; m. (1) THOMAS SMITH; m. (2) BENJAMIN SCHENCKINGH; b. June 1628, Barbados.
  Notes for THOMAS SMITH:
First Landgrove, also governor of Carolina

  vi.   ANN MOORE, b. 1687.
5. vii.   REBECCA MOORE, b. Aft. 1690.
6. viii.   ROGER MOORE, b. August 24, 1694; d. October 22, 1750, Cape Fear River, New Hanover County, NC.
  ix.   JOHN MOORE, b. Abt. 1698; d. January 30, 1728/29, Pleasant Oaks Plantation, near Brunswick, NC; m. JUSTINA SMITH, October 22, 1719, St Andrews Parish, SC; b. 1701; d. 1743, Philadelphia, PA.
  Notes for JOHN MOORE:
John Moore, son of James Moore and Margaret Berringer, was born in South Carolina. By 1711 he had followed his father into the Indian trade. He was a member of the Eleventh Assembly (1708-1709) and represented St. James Goose Creek in the Third Royal Assembly (1728). His other offices were tax inquirer and collector for the parishes of St John Berkeley (1715 ) and St. James Goose Creek (1720) and churchwarden (17214722) for St. James Goose Creek On 22 October 1719 he wed Justina Smith, daughter of the Second Landgrave Thomas Smith and Anna Cornelia Van Myddagh. They had three children James, John. and Rebecca John Moore was dead by 30 January 1729 when his widow was named executrix of his estate John Moore (James 1) born ca 1698, married, Oct. 29. 1719 Justina Smith (St. Andrew 's Register), daughter of the second Landgrave Thomas Smith. She was born in 1701, and died in Philadelphia in 1743. John Moore was a church warden in St James 's Parish, Goose Creek July 18,1721. Administration of the estate of John Moore, of Goose Creek granted to Justina Moore, widow, 30 Ian. 172819. The will of Thomas Smith, Ir., gives to sister Justina Moore 1000 acres land ... to son Thomas Smith his whole estate.... Sister Moore and family leave to live on my plantation on Ashley River ... for widowhood ... Brother George Smith 3 Dec. 1729; proved 13 Jan. 1729/30. Justina Moore lived on a plantation called Pleasant Oaks on the Cape Fear River. Justina Moore'S will is on file in Philadelphia I Justina Moore, relict of Mr. John Moore late of Cape Fear in the Province of North Carolina.. 1st. As to land given me either by will or deed of gift by my father Landgrave Thomas Smith ... to my eldest son James Moore, he to pay my son John Moore and my daughter Rebecca each.fl00 current money of Cape Fear ... my exors. to pay the following legacies, Brothers-in-law Maurice Moore, Roger Moore and Edward Hyrne. Sisters-in-law Mary Clifford and Rebecca Dry and my niece Elizabeth Hyme and my sister-in-law [name omitted in abstract and Mrs. Catherine Ellis and my Mint Sarah [surname omitted, but probably Sarah Smith, wife of Dr. George Smith which two last are in Philadelphia, each a mourning ring. All personal effects to my three children, James, John and Rebecca Moore ... Mr. Robert Ellis merchant to advance money necessary for my decent interment, and for my daughter Rebecca and my negroe woman Alice till my said daughter and negroe be returned again to Cape Fear, with full interest to said Ellis for all money advanced.. Brothers-in-law Maurice Moore, Roger Moore and Edward Hyrne)me all of Cape Fear to be executors. Philadelphia, Province of Penn. 14 April 1743. Proved April 20,1743. by Peter Robson, Rebecca Steel and Catherine Ellis. [Abstract furnished by the late Dr. Charles B. Banks.


  Notes for JUSTINA SMITH:
She was the daughter of Langrave Thomas Smith.

7. x.   NATHANIEL MOORE, b. Abt. 1699; d. Bef. 1748.
8. xi.   MAURICE MOORE, b. December 10, 1683, Charleston, Berkeley, SC; d. Abt. 1744, Edenton, SC.


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