Julia French Wood and Marge Stockton have done a wonderful job with the Moore-Worldwide DNA project. A big thank you is due to both of them.
I’ve taken the liberty to extract the pre-1800 Virginia DNA records and combine them with some information from my Moore data base in an attempt to connect the families in the Piedmont area with the earlier colonial Moore families. Anyone who works in this area knows the challenges we face of missing records, changing boundaries, moving families and the repeated use of common first names.
We’ve been fortunate through the use of DNA testing to prove some families who are grouped together, and also some that aren’t, which allows us to focus our research efforts more succinctly.
What follows are only the Virginia Moores. Many of these families and/or their descendants migrated to North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama, but their ancestral home was in early Virginia. I’m hopeful that any Moore male who hasn’t tested will test.
I’ve also put together a summary, at the end, of Moore groups from Virginia that need someone to represent their group for DNA testing. If you’re a Moore researcher and you can find a Moore male from any of these groups, please, please encourage them to test. Some of these “DNA Needed” groups have a sponsor offering a scholarship for a participant to test if money is an issue.
From the Moore-Worldwide project at http://www.small-stuff.com/MOORE/
Group 1 - Thomas Moore, Mary Farrar group of Mecklenburg Co Va, includes James Moore of Amelia who died in 1772, wife Mary, sons Brittain, Anderson, Eppes, John, William, James, David. Some sons went to NC and Anderson wound up in Halifax County.
Group 2 - Patrick Moore of Halifax group, first found in Lunenburg County, after his death his sons settled in Halifax County on Miry Creek. Sons Hugh, Joseph, Alexander, Robert, John and William.
Group 7 – John Parker Moore – born 1765 in Halifax Co Va, died in Macon Co., NC in 1852, married Melinda Redmon, Sons Abraham, Taverner B., Abner Senter, Isaac C., an Jacob.
Group 11 – Rodeham Moore group, born 1744 in Virginia, died 1811 in Patrick County, Va., married Elizabeth Gallahue, sons Cleon, Hugh, Gallahue, Ewell, John and William.
Group 12 – Robert P. Moore of Grainger County, supposed to be the son of James M. Moore son of Mackness Moore son of James Moore of Halifax Co, Va. The DNA does not match this group nor the Rodeham group which also lives in close proximity. It does however match another Moore line of James Moore from Maryland who married Catherine Biggs and also a William Moore who died in 1761 and his son William who died in 1790 and lived in Mecklenburg and Granville Counties in NC
Group 16 – John Benning Moore b 1771 in Va m Mary McShan, died in Jefferson Co. Alabama.
Group 17 – Stephen Moore b before 1765 Va d 1811 Botetourt Co. His son Thomas was born in Hanover County near Richmond in 1778. Also another Stephen b abt 1775 died between 1809 and 1815 in the same location. He married Phoebe Caverly.
Group 18 – William Moore and Margaret Hudspeth group, born 1725 probably Henrico, son born 1747 probably Amelia, family in Henry Co by 1775. Also Jesse Moore b 1740 and married Mary Milton. Son born in 1785 in Fairfax County. Family migrated to Washington Co. Ky. Separately, in my own notes, I show that Jesse Moore is the son of William Moore b 1710-1720 in Va and who died in Craven Co SC in 1790 and who was married to Angelina French. William’s father was John Moore of King George County (Chiarito notes) and oral family history says that John is the brother of Gov. James Moore of SC (although DNA says differently – see group 24, also conflicting genealogy, see below).
Test M61905 – Augustine Moore probably son of John who was living in Elizabeth City in 1625. Augustine was in Va by 1676 and died before 1688. Son Augustine m Mary Wooley. Their son William dead by 1737. His son Augustine had will in 1793 and his son William married Angeline French. Please note group 18 above…DNA does not match. Someone’s genealogy is probably wrong.
Group 19 - James Moore b abt 1715 first found in Amelia Co, the part that becomes Prince Edward Co., married Mary Rice and moved to Halifax Co by 1770s. His children remain there (William) and also move to Grainger Co. Tn. (Rice and Mackness) and another son James is unaccounted for. Also, a James Moore b about 1744 found about 1770 in Surry County, the part that becomes Stokes who marries a Susanna.
Group 22 – Includes a Thomas Moore b 1739 d 1833 in Corbin Co Ky. Son Levi born 1777 Laurens Sc. Son of Levi, Laban b 1803 is in Hawkins Co. Tn.
Group 23 – Elnathan Moore b 1763 Va m Polly Scott in Culpepper Co (DNA participant says Farquier Co but I have marriage extracted record.)
Group 24 – Governor James Moore of SC – son of Roger Moore of Ireland.
Test 31003 – does not match the above DNA but is of the Gov. James Moore line as well. Either an undocumented adoption or incorrect genealogy.
Group 28 – John Jackson Moore b 1754 New Brunswick Co, Va and died in York SC. Married Elizabeth Jones. Also Matthew Moore b 1790 Va, father thought to be Thomas Moore b 1764 Va. Matthew moved to Georgia. Also Sterling Moore b 1770 Va d 1837 Wilkes Co NC.
Group 30 – John Moore b possibly Perquimans Co NC d Louisa Co va 1785. His son John Moore b Louisa Co died 1795 Rowan County, m Elizabeth Sanders 1749 Hanover Co Va.
Group 33 – John Moore b 1740 Westmoreland Co Va died Campbell Co 1809 m Barbara Lampkin. Also William Moore b 1769 Campbell Co d 1848 Butler Co Ky, m Nancy Ashbury or Asbury.
Tests not grouped as they have no matches.
Test M89775 – John Moore b abt 1704 probably New Kent Co Va, died 1776. Son John and son Joseph, b New Kent 1740 d Prince Edward 1791.
Test M52756 – Arbin Moore b 1740 Lunenburg, died SC. I show Arbin the son of Drury the son of Robert b 1700 who died after 1769 in Lunenburg and had other sons Henry, John, Thomas, Robert and Valentine.
Test M81136 – Edmund Moore of Princess Anne Co Va. b before 1635. Son Cason Moore born before 1657, d 1686 Lower Norfolk Co, Va. This line stays in Princess Anne Co Va. I show Edmund as the son of Richard Moore and Elizabeth Norwood and going back another 3 generations or so in England.
Test M13153 – Thomas Benjamin Moore b 1761 Va moved to Burke Co NC m Elizabeth Wakefield.
Virginia Groups that need DNA Testing:
• William Moore of Halifax Co died 1786. Had son William and grandson James who lived in Pittsylvania County. James is believed to have had son Hill Moore who went to Georgia. There were at least 4 separate Moore lines in Pittsylvania County, all living in the same area. We need any male from Pittsylvania County Moore lines.
• Samuel Moore of Charlotte County, born before 1785, married in 1805 to Sally Howard, descendants stayed in Charlotte County. Possible son of a John and probably associated with the Cubb Creek Presbyterian Group.
• Daniel Moore born 1740-1750 in Chesterfield County, moved to Halifax Co Va and had probable sons Philip, John, Daniel, William and Thomas (who married Elizabeth Bates in 1811). Either William or Thomas was living in Hardeman Co Tn.
• Elijah Moore who lived in Halifax County from 1784 to about 1800. He married Nancy Simpson whose father John was from Prince William County where Elijah may have been from. Shadrack Moore may be his brother, son, or both. The entire family moved to Henry County then on to Grainger Co., Tn. about 1800
• George Moore of Prince Edward and Lunenburg Counties in Va who was born in 1720 or earlier and who died in Prince Edward in 1798. His second wife was Mary Evans, but she was not the mother of his children. His land appeared to abut the land of deceased Joseph Moore (d 1791), the son of John Moore who died in 1776. He may have been a brother or otherwise related to that John Moore. He has only one son mentioned in his will, Thomas, who married Nancy, the daughter of George Walton in 1774 and moved to Georgia. Thomas had 5 sons, George, Jesse, Thomas, John and William.
• George Moore of Charlotte and Halifax Counties who married Elizabeth Logan before 1751. He is later found on Elkhorn Creek in Halifax county, then is dead by 1791. His wife Elizabeth relinquishes her dower from Mercer Co. Ky in 1805. He leaves to George Moore the youngest son of Thomas, my brother, the plantation we live on and 2 negroes, the rest divided between George Moore and Mary Womack. Thomas Moore and William Womack executors. His son, George Moore marries Rosanna Lansdown and then Sally Hendrick and lives in Pittsylvania County. He has one son, James.
• Reuben Moore b abt 1761 married Ann Terrell and Chloe Irby. Lived in Halifax, moving there about 1784 from Orange County, Va. Sons Francis, Robert, Bernard, Alexander, Reuben, Harrison, Hudson, Anthony Irby and William. He was the son of Francis Moore of Rappahannock Co. who had sons Francis and Bernard and who died in Orange Co., Va. His father was Francis Moore who died in 1718 in Essex County with one other son, Harbin Moore.
• Thomas Moore died 1816 in Pittsylvania County. His wife’s name was Nancy, reportedly Nancy Whaley (born about 1757) of Loudon County. I have also seen his wife recorded as Nancy Fletcher. Nancy, his widow, died in 1844 in Pike County, Missouri where most of the family migrated. Thomas is supposed to be the son of John Moore and his wife Sarah Bean, although given the connection with the Cub Creek Moores, I question whether this is accurate. Two family groups from Pittsylvania County Virginia moved to Pike County Missouri and both had a descendant named Mastin. We need any Pike County Missouri Moore.
• Thomas Moore b 1750-1760 who lived in Bedford Co., Va but died in 1813 in Madison County, Alabama. His son William b 1770-1780 lived in Halifax County on Catawba Creek. Son William dies in 1834 and leaves sons Barnett B., William G., Thomas P., and John W. Moore. William’s daughter Harriett married a Thomas E. Moore. Thomas of this group moved to Charlotte and Mecklenburg County and Barnett moved to Greenbrier, West Virginia.
If you descend from a different Virginia family who isn't here and hasn't been tested, then your family needs to be included as well.
I hope this has proven helpful and that it will encourage all of us Moore researchers to find people to test so we can continue to unravel those mysterious Moore lines.