An American Family History


The Moore Family

  Also spelled More and Moor  
The first European settlements in Maryland were made in 1634 when English settlers created a permanent colony.

Riley Moore was born on February 8, 1702 in Prince Georges County, Maryland.

He married married Sarah Holland.

Riley and Sarah's children included:
William Moore (1727, married Mary Ann McCann),
James Moore (abt 1730, married Martha Denton)
Dorcas Moore (1731, probably married David Robinson),
Thomas Moore (1732 married Phoebe Harrison),
Jacob Moore (1734),
John Moore, and
Reuben Moore (1740, maried Ann Davison).

Reiley Moore settled in Orange County, Virginia by January 26, 1735.

Before September 24, 1742 he appeared in the Orange County Virginia Court for eight days, testifying for William Linvell against Nathaniel Chapman.

Reiley Moore died by July 1, 1760 when his will (dated February 15, 1760) was proved in Frederick County, Virginia.

He willed half of his 175 acre plantation and the moveable estate to his wife, Sarah. After Sarah's death, her half would go to their son, James Moore.

He left the other half to his son Reuben Moore.

He mentioned other children but did not name them. The witnesses to the will were Evan Jones, Amos Lewis and Susan Lewis.

The first European settlement in Orange County, Virginia was in 1714 and the county was officialy formed in 1734 with no western border. In 1738 the western part became Augusta County.

East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.

Dr. James Moore (1730) married Martha Denton. He could be the son of Riley Moore. A Riley Moore of Frederick County, Virginia's will was probated on July 1, 1760. It mentioned sons James and Reuben.

James and Martha's children probably included:

Phebe Moore Tipton (1760, married William Tipton, her step-brother),
Martha Moore Denton (about 1760, married Samuel Denton),
Reuben Moore (1764, married Mary Bird),
Mary Moore (1766, married John Denton b. 1769),
Samuel Moore (1770), and
Jesse Moore ( 1775, married Margaret Denton, 1782).

After James died, Martha married Colonel John Tipton in 1777.

In 1777 a John Moore was selected for the grand jury in what would become Washington County, Tennessee.

On May 23, 1794 Reuben Moore witnessed a land transaction between Caleb Odellland Charles Reno/Reneau.

Washington County, Tennessee,was established in 1777 as Washington County, North Carolina. From 1784 to 1788,it was part of the State of Franklin.


In the 1780 Washington County court records:

Ord. that the inventory of the estate of William Moore now be given in to the Clerk by Jacob Brown, Jonathan Tipton and John Woods assessors, should be received, and that the Clerk shall give instructions to the Sheriff to collect to the amount of the sum that shall be found to be Due on the same and no more.

  In 1814 Daniel Moore was a member of the Carter County court which decided to buy salt to resell with the state lottery proceeds.  



Moore, Arthur
01 May 1798
40 acres
Warrant No. 9826
dated 12 Dec 1781
assignee of Samuel Gardner
waters of Beaver Creek a north branch of the Holston River [SFHR]
adj: Curree [Curry], Keller, John Alleson [Alison]
Assistant Washington County Surveyor: Elijah Gillenwaters


The Holston River in northeast Tennessee has given its name to Holston Mountain and the Holston Valley.

Washington Co, Virginia Surveys, Page 471 -
Richard Moor - 166 ac - treasury warrant #4413
dated March 29, 1780 - on the waters of Abrams Creek, a south branch of the north fork of Holstein River -
corner to Lewis Pitts land and on a spur of Walkers Mountain -
corner to Bayleys survey -
crossing a branch of Abram's creek -
corner to Smiths survey by an old rotten cabbin a former claim of Poll Cornets
- May 18, 1795

Richard Moore, assignee of John Robinson...250 ac...Commissioners Certificate...on both sides of Abrams Creek, south branch of the north fork of Holston River...Beginning corner to Thomas Brights land...corner to Thomas Sprouls land that he now lives on...December 16, 1782


Carter County, Tennessee was organized from Washington County on April 9, 1796. Elizabethton is the county seat.

from Washington County, VA Survey Records Abstracts 1781-1797, submitted to the USGenWeb archives by Rhonda Robertson

Page 324
James Moore, assignee of John Huston
210 ac
treasury warrant #19218 dated September 8, 1783
on the head of Indian Creek and the head of Cedar Creek, the waters of Clinch River
corner to Adam Lash by a large cave
survey of Patrick Kindrick
April 25, 1786

Page 334
James Moore
176 ac
treasury warrant #1968 dated December 20, 1781
in Ray's Valley on the Sinking waters, the waters of the north fork of Clinch River by a sinking branch corner to Joseph Ray near a sinking branch
April 20, 1786

Page 338
James Moore & John Pickens
180 ac
treasury warrant #16519
dated May 19, 1783
on the waters of the Middle Fork of Holstein River joining said Pickens & Andrew Smothers corner to Smothers land Pickens linin the gap of a ridge

page 350
Richard Moore
100 ac
treasury warrant #9058
November 21, 1781
on the waters of ClinchMountain beginning on the south side of the knobs


Washington County Marriages

Moore, Marey — McCray, Henry – 19 Sep 1796
More, Moses — David, Elizabeth – 20 Jul 1782
Moor, James–Mary Clark, 12 Aug 1806 by Othniel Sands
Moore, Elizabeth–Reuben Bayless, 27 Jun 1808 by Daniel Bayless
Moore, Elizabeth–Rhuben Bayless, 30 Jun 1808 by William Bayles J.P.

MOOR, Elizabeth married VANCE, Solmon Jr on 20-MAY-1823
MOORE, Abraham married MORGAN, Polly on 20-SEP-1815
MOORE, Bayless married STROUD, Sarah on 16-DEC-1832
MOORE, Claibourne married MORGAN, Sally on 17-APR-1823
MOORE, David married BALL, Mary on 05-JUL-1835
MOORE, Elizabeth married BAYLES, Reuben on 27 June 1808
MOORE, James married CLARKE, Mary on 12 August 1806
MOORE, James married MITCHELL, Sarah on 28-JUL-1829
MOORE, James married SCALF, Mahaley on 08-MAR-1827
MOORE, Jesse married GOOD, Margaret on 13-FEB-1838
MOORE, Jesse married TUCKER, Elizabeth on 21-FEB-1832
MOORE, John married NELSON, Sarah on 13-MAR-1821
MOORE, John married TUCKER, Margaret on 07-MAY-1831
MOORE, John W married NORTHINGTON, Nancy on 05 June 1836
MOORE, L married BRIGGS, M A on 13-FEB-1840
MOORE, Moses married CUMMINGS, Susan on 10 August 1832
MOORE, Moses married DAVIS, Elizabeth on 20-JUL-1782
MOORE, Polly married MCDONALD, Anguish on 08-MAR-1824
MOORE, Rachel married SHELTON, Roderick on 06 August 1820
MOORE, Sally married DAVIS, Thomas on 11-OCT-1817
MOORE, Samuel married METCALF, Sarah on 12-OCT-1829
MOORE, Sarah married BALL, Andrew E on 10 January 1824
MOORE, Stephen married HOLSINGER, Catharine on 09-FEB-1836
MOORE, Sterling married HOLLAND, Elizabeth on 05-MAR-1825
MOORE, Thomas married HAMPTON, I A on 01-NOV-1840
MOORE, Vilett married HARTSELL, Morris on 08-OCT-1832
MORE, Marey married MCCRAY, Henry on 19-SEP-1796