Select Moore Miscellany

Here are some Moore stories and accounts over the years:

More Hall in Hertfordshire

In 1390 John More of London held the manor and in 1500 it was held by Sir John More, the father of the famous Sir Thomas More, Lord Chancellor.  He is said to have written Utopia there.  After his trial and execution in 1535, the property was confiscated.  Queen Mary in the first year of her reign granted a reversion to the Mores after existing leases had expired, to Anne More, the widow of John More (Sir Thomas's eldest son).

The Moores and Their Devon Wooden Ships

In 1815 there were said to be seven shipbuilders along Sutton Pool in Plymouth.  The largest of these was Joseph Moore's yard at the end of the Friary Street which led into the harbor from Exeter Street.  This business had been started up by Joseph's father William in the 1750's.

Ownership of the yard subsequently passed to William Moore and then, in 1850, to his son William Foster Moore.  He carried on the business for another twenty years.  However, by the mid-1870's with iron ships becoming the norm, he decided that he would not be building iron ships and closed the yard down.  He himself was getting on in years and he did have an offer on his yard site.

Moirs in Aberdeen

Moir (from the Gaelic mor) has been the most common spelling of the surname in Aberdeen - although it was pronounced More (and this and Moore and Moer were other local spellings of the name).  James Moir was the burgess of Aberdeen in 1495.  His grandson John became the first laird of Stoneywood.  Another Moir branch were lairds at Scotstown.

These Highland Moirs backed the Jacobite cause in 1715 and again in 1745, both times on the losing side. After the defeat at Culloden, James Moir of Stoneywood was a wanted man and he fled with his brother to Scandinavia.

However, the families showed some resilience later.  On his return to Scotland, James Moir was instrumental in starting up a paper mill on his Stoneywood land in 1770 (there is today a paper mill retail outlet at this location).  George Moir of Scotstown departed for Bahia in Brazil in the early 1800's where he became a successful merchant.  On his return he had accumulated enough money to acquire a country estate, Denmore Park.  He lived there growing rhodedendrums in his garden until his death in 1885.

Rory O'More and The 1641 Rebellion

The prime mover of the 1641 Rebellion was Rory O'More, a descendant of the princely house of Dunamase. The plans for the rebellion, unfortunately, were betrayed and Rory only escaped with difficulty.  However, the rebellion did break out and soon spread across the whole country.   Rory succeeded in inducing the Catholic Anglo-Irish nobility to join forces with their fellow countrymen.

The following is a rendition of a contemporary poem of the time:

"Then a private gentleman, with no resources beyond his intellect and his courage, this Rory, when Ireland was weakened by defeat and confiscation and guarded with a jealous care constantly increasing in strictness and severity, conceived the vast design of rescuing the country from England; and even accomplished it.  For in three years England did not retain a city in Ireland but Dublin and Drogheda and for eight years the land was possessed and the supreme authority exercised by the confederation created by O'More.  History contains no stricter instance of the influence of an individual mind."

But Dunamase fell into the hands of Cromwell's General Hewson in 1650.  He blew the castle up (the hill from which he bombarded the old fortress is still known as Hewson's hill).  Rory O'More fought on in defense of his country until his last stronghold fell.  He escaped to the mainland and died, an outlaw with a price on his head, on the shores of Lough Foyle in 1656.

The Moore Family in Fairfax, Virginia

This forebear of this family was the Rev. Jeremiah Moore, a veteran of the Revolutionary War and a Baptist preacher who was known for his advocacy of religious freedom.  He and his wife and eleven children lived on his Moorefield farm in present-day Vienna. 

It was his grandson Thomas who moved to Fairfax where he purchased Moore House (which, as the Sweet Life Café, still stands). Thomas fought in the Mexican War and joined the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War.  After the war, he restarted his law practice and was active in local life and politics.  

His son Walton followed him into this profession, practicing law in Fairfax for over fifty years.  He was elected to Congress in 1919 and served until 1931. He was known as an “independent Democrat,” as he refused to join the Byrd Organization which ran Virginia politics at that time. 

In 1933, he joined the cabinet of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as Assistant Secretary of State.  He served in that post until 1940 and died the following year.  While Assistant Secretary, he occasionally entertained President & Mrs. Roosevelt at his house.  He boasted that he was the only man in U.S. history to have shaken hands with Jefferson Davis and Franklin Roosevelt during his lifetime.

Susan Moore and the Moore Family in Alabama

The book The Moore Family of Alabama by Marie Jackson and Max Pate was published in 2012.  The family history starts with an overview of the Zachariah Moore family.   With roots in South Carolina, Zachariah Moore and his wife Mary Still married and resided in Walton County, Georgia where they reared 10 children. Some of the Zachariah Moore children migrated to Texas, while some remained in Georgia.  Four brothers fought together in the Civil War.  

The eldest son, Robert M. Moore, came to Blount county, Alabama in the 1860's.  The authors present the history of Robert M. Moore and his descendants and illustrate the impact of this pioneer family through story, historical photos, and genealogy.   A documentary of life on the Moore farm with its tenant homes and sharecroppers is one highlight of the book.  The story of Susan Moore, the person; Susan Moore, the school; and Susan Moore, the town weaves a thread throughout the book.

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