Bernard Moore, Sr. (c.1718 - c.1776) MP

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Birthplace: Chelsea, King William, Virginia
Death: Died in Chelsea, King William, Virginia
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About Bernard Moore, Sr.

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA. DAR Ancestor # A079286

Colonel Bernard (Augustine) Moore1 M, b. between 1716 and 1725, d. 1776

Colonel Bernard (Augustine) Moore|b. bt 1716 - 1725\nd. 1776|p37.htm#i2655|Col. Augustine Moore|b. 1685\nd. 28 Jul 1743|p61.htm#i4277 Colonel Bernard (Augustine) Moore lived at Chelsea, King William, VA. He Source Entry from 1907: "Col. John WALKER, of Belvoir; b. 13th February, 1744; confidential Aide-de-camp to Washington; Member of Congress and Senator of United States; m. Elizabeth MOORE, dau. of Bernard MOORE and granddau. of Governor SPOTSWOOD."3 He Look for possible relationship between Bernard Moore and Benjamin Moore, who married Margere: whose children were Nimrod Moore and Isaac Moore, who married Sarah Carrico. He and Anne Catherine Spotswood All children not entered. Colonel Bernard (Augustine) Moore was born between 1716 and 1725 at Chelsea, King William, Va. He was the son of Col. Augustine Moore.2,4,5 Colonel Bernard (Augustine) Moore was Bernard Moore was a Burgess for King William County during the stormy years at the close of the colonial period, and also served as one of the first three Judges of the Admiralty Court of Virginia during the early years of the Revolution. George Washington, a family friend, frequently visited the Moores at Chelsea as documented by his diary. between 1744 and 1758 at Burgess, King William, VA.2,6 He married Anne Catherine Spotswood, daughter of Gov. Alexander Spotswood, in August 1744 at Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, VA; "Anne Catherine, m. Col. Bernard MOORE, of Chelsea, King William Co. From whom is descended Gen. R. E. Lee and the Carters of Shirley." S. 87

Was son of Colonel Augustine Moore, of "Chelsea," King William county, and Elizabeth Todd, his wife. He was a justice and colonel of the militia in King William county, and was burgess for the county from 1744 to 1758 and from 1761 to 1772. He married Anne Catherine Spotswood, daughter of Governor Alexander Spotswood, and was father of Augustine Moore (q. v.).

Colonel Bernard (Augustine) Moore was At the Court House, in Williamsburg, on Thursday, the 31st of October, I purpose to have a Ball for my Scholars: Such Gentlemen and Ladies who are pleased to favour me with their Company, may have Tickets at Half a Pistole each, at Mr. Finnie's, or from Their most obedient humble Servant, Richard Coventon. N.B. - The Doors will open at Six o'Clock.

To be sold, by the Subscriber, in Prince George, The Land and Plantation, on which the Subscriber lives, on the South Side of Appomattox River, about 5 Miles above Bolling's Warehouse; containing about 1100 Acres, of very level Ground, the greatest Part being good for Corn, and with little Manure produces good Tobacco, Part of which is two pieces of low Grounds each about

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30,000 Corn Hills; the Buildings are, a Dwelling House, and Kitchen with Brick Chimnies, also another design'd for a Dwelling House unfinish'd, 32 by 16, likewise several convenient Out Houses, and 2 large fram'd Barnes, Stable, etc., with about 250 young bearing Apple, Peach, Cherry, and other fruit Trees of several Kinds. Within Half a Mile from the said Plantation, on said River are two Water Grist Mills with Cullon Stones, and a Bolting Mill work'd by a Water Wheel, all in one House, and may be attended by one Person; they have constant Water in dryest Summers, and are in no danger of freshets; At said Mill is a Bake House with all Conveniences for baking Biscuit. Near said Plantation, on said Land, is preparation for another Plantation, a new Tobacco House being built, and about 35,000 Corn Hills cleared. Any Person inclinable to purchase may know the Terms, etc., by applying to Mr. Power in Williamsburg; Col. Bernard Moore, or Mr. Hubard, in King William, or to me on the Premises. Also 400 Acres of Land on Mountain Creek, in Amelia, Price 40 L, the Quality and Direction to said Land may be known from Major Watson, of said County. Anthony Walke.

October 31, 1751. on 31 October 1751.9 He and Col. Nathaniel West Dandridge were [Broderbund WFT Vol. 11, Ed. 1, Tree #0089, Date of Import: Mar 26, 1998]

VOLUNTARY CAVALRY ASSOCIATION, 1756 Williamsburg, May 28. On Thursday the 20th, several Gentlemen of the Association under Colonel Peyton Randolph, met at Fredericksburg to the number of 130, and at a Council of War held next day the following Gentlemen were chosen officers, viz.:

CAPTAINS Warner Lewis, Richard Eppes, Bernard Moore, Nathaniel West Dandridge, Charles Carter, John Syme

Aides-de-Camp Prestley Thornton, Charles Osborne

VIRGINIA COLONIAL MILITIA; Misc. County Rosters (from Maryland Gazette, Jun 17, 1756) on 20 May 1756. Colonel Bernard (Augustine) Moore was (an unknown value) between 1761 and 1772 at Burgess, King William, VA.6 He was On May 21, 1764 Dr. Thomas Walker, his father, wrote to Bernard Moore, Burgess and done of the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe:

"Dear Sir: My son, Mr. John Walker, having informed me of his intentions to pay his addresses to your daughter, Elizabeth, if he should not be agreeable to yourself, lady and daughter, it may not be amiss to inform you that I feel myself able to afford for their support, in case of a union. My affairs are in an uncertain state, but I will promise 1000 pounds to be paid in 1766, and the further sum of two thousand pounds I promise to give him, but the uncertainty of my present affairs prevents my fixing on a time of payments: the above sums are all to be in money or lands and other effects at the option of my son John Walker.

I am sir, your humble servant, Thomas Walker"

Col. Bernard Moore, Esq. "In King William" Here was the reply:

Dear Sir: Your son, Mr. John Walker, applied to me for leave to make his addresses to my daughter, Elizabeth. I gave him leave, and told him at the same time that my affairs were in such a state that it was not in my power to pay him all the money this year that I intended to give my daughter, provided he succeeded; but would give him five hundred pounds more as soon after as I could raise or get the money; which sums you may depend, I will most punctually pay to him.

I am your obedient servant, Bernard Moore on 21 May 1764.10 He was Virginia Gazette 4 Dec 1766, p.2 col.2:

To be Sold at FREDERICKSBURG, on Thursday the 22d Day of January, if fair, if not the next fair Day,

TWO Tracts of LAND lying in Orange County, one of which consists of 2000 Acres, and known by the Name of Germanna, the other of 500 Acres, lying on Flat Run.

As also 30 choice SLAVES, mostly Virginia born, belonging to the Estate of John Spotswood, Esq; deceased. Credit will be given till the 10th of April, on giving Bond and good Security. Five per Cent. Discount allowed for ready Money.

Also to be sold, at the same Time and Place, a SCHOONER, 5 years old, about 44 Hhds. Burthen.

BERNARD MOORE on 4 December 1766 at Fredericksburg, VA. He was COMMITTED to Caroline county prison the 27th of June, a Negro man, about 5 feet 6 inches high, about 50 years old, cloathed in the common way, says his name is TOM. He formerly belonged to Col. Bernard Moore, and now to one of the Randolphs, on James river, but cannot tell which. His master is desired to pay charges and take him away. FRANCIS COLEMAN. on 2 August 1770.11 He was Notice is hereby given to all concerned, that I propose to deliver up, upon oath, my whole estate, of every kind whatever, to Meff, Carter, Braxton, George Webb, Thomas Walker, Thomas Jefferson, and Jack Power, as trustees, to dispose of it to the benefit of my creditors, in such order as the law directs, according to the dignity of their several demands. If any creditor disapproves of this scheme, he is desired to make his objections known before the last of this month, or it will be considered as generally approved of. Nov. 3, 1770, BERNARD MOORE on 3 November 1770.12 He was Letter from George Washington: "Dear Sir: Your letter of the 12th. Inst. 25 by Mr. Seaton 26 was delivered to me at this place in my way to Dumfries where I am going upon an Arbitration fixd to this day. I am exceeding sorry to hear of your unfortunate Circumstances and wish that the situation of my own Engagements, woud permit me to subscribe more largely to your relief than they will; but having several pretty large Sums of my own to pay in a short time it is utterly out of my power (with any sort of convenience) to advance more than One hundred pounds for the purpose and on the terms you mention; this I am willing to do, and accordingly have wrote to the Trustees informing them thereof. I have no doubt of your putting me upon as good a footing as any of the other Subscribers and therefore do not condition with you for terms or say anything further on that head but again beg that something effectual may be done to secure myself and Brothers from the payment of your Bond to Mr. Lightfoots Estate, as I am sensible it woud be attended with great Inconvenience to some of them to advance this money and be a hardship upon us all. I am Dr. Sir, etc"

2nd letter from George Washington, to Carter Braxton and Trustees: "Gentn: Colo. Bd. Moore having informd me that he is endeavouring to make up a Sum of Money to purchase Slaves for the immediate Support of his Family I do hereby agree to become answerable to you as his Trustees on this Acct. for the Sum of One hund'd pounds Curr'y payable a year hence. I am Gentn., etc." on 23 January 1771.13 He was Virginia Gazette, 10 Jan 1771: To be sold to the highest bidders, on Thursday the 31st of this instant (January) at the house of Colonel Bernard Moore, in King William, 1800 acres of Land for the Life of Colonel Bernard Moore lying on the Mattapony river, in the said county, being the land whereon Colonel Moore now lives. Also the fee simple estate to 1125 acres of exceeding fine well timbered land, lying in the said county, on Pamunkey river, below Ru__a's ferry, where Colonel Moore formerly lived. The above lands are subject to Mrs. Moore's dower. At the same time will be sold, all the personal estate belonging to Colonel Moore, consisting of a quantity of plate, household and kitchen furniture, horses, hogs, sheep, cattle, corn, fodder, plantation utensils, and 16 house servants. And on Tuesday the 5th of February, being the day after Henrica? court day, will be sold to the highest bidder, at Richmond town, in the said county of Henrica?, the remainder of Colonel Moore's slaves, being neat 100, of which are tradesmen of several sorts. All of the above estate hath been conveyed to the subserib? as is tru___es, for the purpose of paying Colonel Moore's debts. As it is the desire of the trustees to make the most of the estate for the benefit of the creditors, they request that the persons who have mortgages on, or demands against the estate, will attend the sale, to a___t them and see that every thing is conducted to their satisfaction. Twelve months credit will be allowed for the above estate, the purchasers giving bond, with approved security to Carter Braxton George Webb Thomas Walker Thomas Jefferson, and Jack Power Trustees.

on 21 Feb an article appeared stating that Mrs. Moore's dower was satisfied.

on 31 January 1771.14 He was CUMBERLAND county, May 1, 1771. RUN away about the middle of February last, a Negro man named BILLY, and a Negro woman named LUCY; they were drawn in Col. Bernard Moore's lottery, by Capt. John Smith of King and Queen county; they were outlawed at Albemarle last court day; they are supposed to be lurking about Col. Moore's in King William, or about Mr. John Walker's in Albemarle, by whose Negroes they were violently taken away from my overseer. Whoever will deliver the said Negroes to me, or secure them so that I get them again, shall receive FIVE POUNDS reward. JOSEPH CALLAND. on 1 May 1771.11 He died in 1776. Children of Colonel Bernard (Augustine) Moore and Anne Catherine Spotswood ◦John Spottswood Moore+ b. c 1752, d. c 181015,4,16,17,18 ◦Ann Butler Moore+ b. 1756, d. 16 Apr 1809 ◦Col. Alexander Spotswood Moore b. 1763, d. 17992 Citations 1.[S55] Family of Gov. Alexander Spotswood of VA, online http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~hobart/spotswood/index.htm 2.[S122] Chelsea Plantation, online http://www.webcentre.com/usr/chelsea/ 3.[S72] Indiana Marriage Records Indes, 1845-1920. 4.[S257] Unknown compiler. 5.[S128] Interview, Chelsea owner William Richardson, 26 Feb 2003. 6.[S129] Indiana Marriage Records Indes, 1845-1920. 7.[S32] Indiana Marriage Records Indes, 1845-1920. 8.[S138] Alexander Spotswood Papers, online var.. 9.[S126] USGenweb, online http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb 10.[S124] Charleston Daily Mail, online http://www.rootsweb.com/~wvkvgs/newspaper/ffry.html 11.[S125] Virginia Gazette, online http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/costa-browse 12.[S137] Virginia Gazette Index, online http://216.239.39.100/search+%22bernard+moore%22spotswood&hl=en&ie=UTF-8, http://www.pastportal.com/cwdl_new/VA_Gazet/Images/R/1770/… 13.[S151] Univ of VA, online http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-new2 14.[S137] Virginia Gazette Index, online http://216.239.39.100/search+%22bernard+moore%22spotswood&hl=en&ie=UTF-8, http://www.pastportal.com/cwdl_new/VA_Gazet/Images/R/1771/

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U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about Anne Catherine Spotswood

Name: Anne Catherine Spotswood Gender: Female Birth Place: VA Birth Year: 1726 Spouse Name: Bernard Moore Number Pages: 1 Source Citation: Source number: 951.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: DPS.

Source Information:

Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.

_______________________________________________ A Spotswood Connection Colonel Bernard Moore of Chelsea Plantation (circa 1716-1775) Contributed by Todd Long, SFD Historian One of many connections to the Spotswood family is the kinship of Colonel Bernard Moore of Chelsea Plantation in King William County, Virginia. Bernard Moore was miles of the town of West Point. The connection between the Spotswood and Moore families began well before Bernard Moore’s marriage to Governor Alexander Spotswood’s daughter, Anne Catherine. In 1716 when Governor Spotswood conducted his famous Knights of the Golden Horseshoe expedition across the Blue Ridge Mountains, the first stop of the Knights was at Chelsea Plantation. The only account of this visit was written in a journal by John Fontaine, a friend and confidant of Governor Spotswood. In the August 20, 1716 journal entry, Fontaine states, “at 6 [in the evening] we came to Mr. Austin [Augustine] Moors house upon Mattapony River in King William County. Here we lay all night well entertained.” There was a belief that Bernard Moore accompanied the Knights which is impossible since he was either an infant or not yet born. It is from the association between Governor Spotswood and Augustine Moore, that Bernard became acquainted with Anne Catherine Spotswood, the Governor’s daughter. Bernard married Anne Catherine in about 1741 or 1742, probably in Spotsylvania County. This is the likely the time period of the marriage as Augustine Moore’s will, dated 20 January 1742, makes mention of his daughter-in-law Anne Moore. After his marriage to Anne Catherine, Bernard settled his family at Romancoke Plantation in King William County. After Bernard’s mother died, he inherited Chelsea Plantation and moved his family to the ancestral home. Bernard was active in the political arena of the colony and in the militia. As many prominent men of his time, Bernard held a commission as a colonel in the King William County militia. He served as a vestryman in St. John’s Parish in King William County. Between 1744 and 1771, Bernard served the county as a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses. Bernard was a well-connected man, associating with the likes of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Jefferson frequently visited Chelsea, gave advice to one of Bernard’s sons in the study of law and obtained garden items from Bernard, as Jefferson was interested in horticulture. It is believed that Jefferson was in love with Bernard’s daughter, Elizabeth, who married Dr. John Walker, a close friend of Jefferson’s. George Washington also visited Chelsea on several occasions as noted in his diaries and was involved in a lottery of Bernard’s land when the family hit financial troubles. It would appear that Bernard and his family were living the good life. Bernard had inherited a large landed estate from his father and he had acquired other lands as well. He was a well-established politician serving in the House of Burgesses and as a church vestryman. But he had borrowed large sums of money to acquire some of his lands and he had invested heavily in ill-fated attempts to make money. He borrowed £1,200 sterling from the estate of Daniel Parke Custis; he also borrowed at least £8,500 from his brother-in-law, John Robinson, speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses, to purchase Romancoke Plantation. He invested large sums of money in indigo and an iron forge and timber to provide fuel for the forge. His borrowing and unsuccessful investments led him to bankruptcy. When John Robinson died in 1776, the administrators of his estate sought repayment of loans he had made. Bernard owed the estate one of the largest debts, £8,500. Since Bernard was bankrupt, he had to find other means to pay this debt. In a letter to George Washington dated 29 December 1766, Bernard stated his intent to sell about 3,500 acres of land to obtain funds to pay his creditors and also expressed his desire that Washington would help him to promote the sale of his land. To sell Bernard’s land, a lottery was organized withGeorge Washington serving as manager. The lottery was held 14 December 1769. Most of Bernard’s land was sold in the lottery, with the exception of the family home at Chelsea Plantation. A man named William Black purchased some of the land in the lottery. George Washington also bought some of the land in the lottery for his stepson, Jacky Custis, to add to the Custis estate; Romancoke Plantation was included in this purchase. After the sale of Bernard’s land, the family had difficulty making ends meet. It was through the support of friends and family that Bernard was able to sustain his family. He was able to acquire some free land on which to live and received money from friends, including George Washington, who provided £100 for Bernard to purchase slaves to work the land. Colonel Bernard Moore spent the remainder of his life at Chelsea where he died 15 April 1775. It is unknown where he is buried but it is believed he is buried somewhere on the property. After his death, his widow, Anne Catherine, inherited Chelsea Plantation where she remained until her death in 1802. Chelsea Plantation would remain in the hands of the Moore family and their descendants until 1874, when the family sold the house and what remained of the family’s land. Chelsea Plantation is currently owned by William W. Richardson, III and is one of the oldest colonial homes in Virginia still open for tours.

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Bernard Moore, Sr.'s Timeline

1718
1718
Chelsea, King William, Virginia
1745
1745
Age 27
Prince William, Virginia
1750
1750
Age 32
Westmoreland County, Virginia
1752
1752
Age 34
King William, Virginia
1763
1763
Age 45
Chelsea, Goochland, Virginia, United States
1776
1776
Age 58
Chelsea, King William, Virginia
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