Select Moore Miscellany
accounts over the years:
- More Hall in Hertfordshire
- The Moores and Their Devon Wooden Ships
- Moirs in Aberdeen
- Rory O’More and The 1641 Rebellion
- The Moore Family in Fairfax, Virginia
- Susan Moore and the Moore Family in Alabama
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
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.
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
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
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.
following is a rendition of a contemporary poem of the time:
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.”
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
Susan Moore and the Moore Family in
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
roots in South Carolina, Zachariah Moore
and his wife Mary Still married and resided in Walton County, Georgia
they reared 10 children. Some of the
Zachariah Moore children migrated to Texas, while some remained in
Georgia. Four brothers fought together in
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
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
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