William Moore

Sally’s seven-great Grandparents:

William Moore bef 1630 – | his parents
of Nansemond County, Virginia

This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!

Following is an e-mail from Thomas Gale Moore to Sally.
Tom’s Home page.

“I have been doing some more research on the Moore family and I am virtually certain that you are right and that John Moore was the son of William Moore. I also believe that William Moore came over sometime just before 1652 to patent land that was owed his father, William Moore, who was an investor in the Virginia company. A William Moore is shown as an investor in 1609, the Second Charter. There is no evidence that he came over but many investors who didn’t come sent their heirs to get the land.

Below is the first three paragraphs that I [TGM] have re-written to reflect this view. Also I am attaching a chart that shows this though the last two Moores are connect by dashed lines to indicate that I cannot be certain of their connection.

The first Moore we are sure about was John Moore G9. (See Charts 3) His
father almost certainly was William Moore G10, who received a patent for 300
acres on a branch of the Nansemond River in Virginia on the 6 of December
1652. The records of the Isle of Wight show that in 1667, William Smelley
patented land on the western branch of the Nansemond River adjoining John
Moore. In 1668. Thomas Cullen also is listed as patented 400 acres adjoining
John Moore in the Upper Parish of Nansemond Co. The property being referred to must certainly be the same as that patented by William Moore in 1652. The fact that John Moore owned property on the Nansemond River makes the likelihood very high that William was John’s father.
I believe it is also significant that a William Moore (More) was a member of
the Virginia Company of London. . He is one of the signers of the May 23,1609
Second Charter. Many of those members sailed to Virginia to become planters;
some, however, were only investors. There is no evidence that William Moore
of London ever came to America.
Nothing is really known about either William Moore of London or the one who
patented land in 1652 beyond what is described above. It is plausible that the
William Moore who was a member of the Virginia Company of London was
father to William Moore (G10) who patented land in 1652. Members bought
shares hoping to earn profits but also possibly land. Profits never materialized
but each share holder was offered land. According to Professor W. Stitt
Robinson, Jr. about one-third of the investors sailed to Virginia to become
planters, another third sent a representative, often their heir to occupy the land,
and the rest either sold the land or failed to exercise their rights. While William
Moore the investor probably never came to Virginia, he could have sent his son
and namesake, who in turn fathered John Moore before 1680. ”

Grandchildren of William Moore

Children of John Moore:
1. John Moore
2. William Moore ca 1705 -1771
married Sarah Lawrence

7 Nov 1700 John Moore patented 481 acres adj. William Hunter.

1704 Rents Llist–Nansemond county VA: Edw’d Moore 250; Tho 200; Jno 200; Rich’d 250; James 400; John 100

20 Oct 1704 John Moore patented 95 acres adj John King.


15 July 1717 John Moore patented 150 acres adj. Adam Raby.


Moore1632 Moore1670 Moore1656 Moore1652 Moore1684 Moore1673

Southside Virginian Vol V #1 Jan 87 Nansemond county Records by L. H. Hart After the destruction of Nansemond County records by fire at the house of Christopher Jackson, Clerk of Court, in April 1734, a commission was appointed to include William Wright and 11 others. They were to examine old legal instruments brought in to be rerecorded and take any necessary depositions to prove the validity of these items. Two reports containing abstracts of the rerecorded items are among the Colonial Records at the Public Records Office.

Reel 86 (c.0. 412/24) 1729 or 30–Edward Moore bought of William Moore land whereon said Edward now lives.

Bertie Co NC B 76 William Moore late of Nansemond Co to Henry Barfield Nov 20, 1725 10 pds for 220 A William son & heir of Richard Moore late of Nansemond Co dec land at Ahosky Marsh adj Leonard Langston. . .
Arms of the earls and marquesses of Drogheda in Ireland


In 1635 Captain John Moore bequeathed funds for the overseer of the poor money and cattle for the clothing and schooling of poor children. Isle of Wight Co.

25 thoughts on “William Moore”

  1. I is WRONG, JOHN MOORE born c.1613, was born in either DEVON or SOMERSET ENGLAND, which pretty much is near BRISTOL. also. “Some Virginia researchers attribute Thomas and George, along with a William Moore, as sons of John Moore and his second wife”. So William is born around 1630/4

  2. I’VE GOT IT!!!! I’VE GOT IT!!! I’VE GOT IT!!! – – Now I’ve said that I was on FTDNA, and on there there are some MITCHELL’S from Connecticut, that have the SAME DNA as us. My Studies showed that we came from SCOTLAND, and this is so. – – – Read and enjoy, it may take time to load ?!?!?!?! IT won’t past. ANYWAY “JOHN MOORE” born in SCOTLAND 1613, came to Connecticut in 1630, he died 1677, HIS TWO sons GEORGE & THOMAS MOORE, come to ISLE of WIGHT, VA., THOMAS has a son named JOHN, (and may have others) JOHN has JOHN, WILLIAM, THOMAS, ANN, & ELIZABETH.

  3. OUR WILLIAM MOORE, could have been born in SCOTLAND, abt., 1630/32. I am on “FamilyTreeDNA”, a man from Canada, got in contact with me because he thought we were VIKINGS, like him. I had to tell him no, but his “S36189 & my L48” (SNP’s) were brothers, and that we were Frisians, from the Nederland/Belgium area. He then sent my E-mail address to a lady in Australia; she e-mailed me and said that she had been studying OUR MOORE’s for a very long time and she believes that they are from SCOTLAND, and came here in the 1630’s. – – There’s only ONE MOORE, that I know of from Scotland to Isle of Wight, VA., and that’s JOHN MOORE, brought here from Scotland BY “JOHN ASHCOMB”, in 1638. This JOHN MOORE married a “JANE EDWARDS”, her father was “PETER EDWARDS”

  4. YOU WANT A GOOD LAUGH??? I just went into DAR, and put in info about my 4th Great-GrandFather “LAURENCE MOORE”, – – “MOORE, LAURENCE Ancestor #: A079721
    Service Description: 1) MILITIA SERVICE”.
    After, I was looking around, and they said that LAURENCE MOORE, came from ENGLAND?!?!?!!?!??!!!!?!?!?! WHAT???

  5. Indian Massacre of March 22, 1622

    At Edward Bennet’s Plantation

    Thomas Brewood & wife Richard Lewis
    His child, 2 servants Edward Towse
    Thomas Ferris Remember Michel
    George Cole ____Bullocke
    Robert Gray Richard Chandler
    John Griffin Henry Moore
    Ensigne Harrison Nicholas Hunt
    John Costard John Corderoy
    David Barry Richard Cockwell
    Thomas Sheppard John Howard
    Henry Price Mrs Harrison
    Robert ____ Rebbecca____
    Alice Jones Master Prowse
    Thomas Cooke Hugh_____
    Philip Worth John______
    Mathew a maide Edward____
    Francis Winder Mrs Chamberlen
    Thomas Couly Parnel a maide
    Richard Woodward Humfrey Sherbrooke
    Humfrey Cropen John Wilkins
    Thomas Bacon John Burton
    Evan Watkins

    AND there was a JERETT MOORE at COLLEGE that was also Killed.

  6. This is what I found – “Mary MOORE, of Bristol England, Late wife of HENRY MOORE, of Bristol, Merchant, Deceased, (HENRY), who died in (Isle of Wight) VA. 1667. – also –

    A HENRY MOORE, was killed in an Indian Massacre (Isle of Wight), March 22 1622.

  7. GEORGE MOORE was NOT “JOHN MOORE 1634 from Bristol Eng.,” son. There was a JOHN MOORE from Scotland that came to the WEST side of Nansemond River; he disappeared. (what I think) was the JOHN from Scotland married a Lady from the Isle of Wight, they had GEORGE and his brother’s and sister’s, and then JOHN Died, and his family went BACK to Isle of Wight. – – – I found a very parcel WILL of OUR JOHN MOORE from Bristol, and his Children were – JOHN – WILLIAM – THOMAS – ANN – ELIZABETH, NO GEORGE; JOHN wife was Elizabeth which could be “Elizabeth Ann Rogers”, or “Ann Elizabeth Rogers. ANOTHER THING, a cousin of my, who is a Genealogist, taught me that “THE ENGLISH” named their FIRST son after the WIFE’s Father, and the SECOND son after their Father; the Irish & Scottish did it the other way around. SOOO, Ann Rogers Father could be JOHN ROGERS, and our JOHN from BRISTOL Father should be WILLIAM, “UNLESS” OUR JOHN’s first son died.

    1. OK, I go back on saying ANN ROGERS was OUR JOHN MOORE’s Wife, she was not his wife, but maybe the JOHN MOORE who came from Scotland, and the parents of GEORGE MOORE.

  8. OK, this is what I believe by studying these 5 Vols., OUR WILLIAM MOORE born 1705, his Father: JOHN MOORE, his Father: WILLIAM MOORE, who bought land in NANSEMOND VA., 1652, is HOOKED UP TO “RICHARD MOORE” b. 1583 in England, was in Bermuda, then came to Virginia, and then went BACK to England -> (http://www.bermuda-online.org/history.htm) <- where he died about 1617; his son EDMOND MOORE, had 2 sons Cason & THOMAS, – we might be from THOMAS, unless Richard had MORE sons when he was in Virginia.

  9. I found this last night, -> http://www.many-roads.com/xoda/Documents/Library/United_States/Maryland-Virginia/Cavaliers%20and%20pioneers;%20abstracts%20of%20Virginia%20land%20patents%20and%20grants,%201623-1800.pdf <- THERE are 5 Volumes and the NAMES are in the 5th Vol. WHAT was interesting was there is a "Capt. John MooNe in Isle of Wight", and I wonder, if someone got it mix up as MooRe. I'm studying it right now. WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE, is that we came form RICHARD MOORE, b. 1583 England, d. 1617 on OCEAN going back to England; his son EDMUND, left Bermuda and went to Virginia; THIS is Probably started our Family.

    Timothy Adcock (MOORE)

  10. I just sent to a Site of RICHARD MOORE born in 1583 England; our CAPT. JOHN MOORE, was born 1584 in England, so must likely Brothers.

    1. You can take this off, they were NOT brothers, there is NO CAPT JOHN MooRe, only a Capt. John MooNe; and THIS JOHN MOORE is Probably the father of JOHN & (our)WILLIAM, and this JOHN Probably was RICHARD’s SON, who was Edmund’s son, who was RICHARD’s (1583-1617) son. OR something close to that.

  11. Hi, It’s me again!!! WE “MIGHT” be from “Scotland” and NOT “England” (MIGHT)! – I have done DNA Test on “FTDNA.com”, right NOW on FTDNA I am “R-CTS10893”, this is Very Germanic; BUT as we Know the Germanic People started moving around about 409 AD. – A Cousin of OURS, a CHARLES MOORE, a Administrator for Project “U106” & I did a Test on “YSEQ.com”; we did “FGC920, 921, 922, 925, 932, & FGC934”. – CHARLES, IS Positive for ALL 6, I am Negative on FGC920- & FGC922-. According to “YSEQ”, and “YBROWSE”, our FGC925+, is in Scotland, right now. NOW from here we see who stays in Scotland, who moves to England, and to the US. CHARLES went to IRELAND, and then the US (Kentucky), That MAY BE why he is FGC920+ & FGC922+.

  12. Ok, as far as who signed the 2nd Charter, of the “Virginia Company”:
    “Sir George Moore – Knight [Moor]”, there were 2 “John Moore Equire”, a “Andreau Moore” and a “William Moore”.
    You also have:
    “1732 John Moore sold his brother William Moore (current owner 1734) 110 acres in Fork of Southern Branch of Nansemond River in Upper Parish which John Moore father to John & Wm. willed to sd. John. Southside Virginian Vol V page 11”.
    This Indicates that JOHN the FATHER left JOHN the SON land, that JOHN the SON sold to WILLIAM the BROTHER, (Maybe when JOHN the SON died in 1732/33).

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