John Moore, Jr. (1620 - 1657)

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Birthplace: Culmstock, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Newtown, Queens, New York, United States
Occupation: Reverend
Managed by: Carol Ann Selis
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About John Moore, Jr.

from http://www.fpcn.org/history/pastors/moore.html :

Rev. Moore was an English immigrant who settled in New England when he was about twenty. In 1644, he moved to Southampton, Long Island. In 1646, he completed his studies at Harvard College, near Boston. In that same year, he obtained a license to preach. Since he was not a regularly ordained minister, Moore was not authorized to administer the sacraments. He moved to Hempstead, preaching the gospel there, as he had done at Southampton.

In 1652, he moved to the newly formed Newtown and became the first minister in the village. In the winter of 1655-56, he returned to England, probably to receive ordination. Moore returned to America in 1657, and died in September of that year.

Moore, described as an educated man and excellent preacher, had descendants who were prominent and influential in the town and church, including two bishops of the Episcopal Church, two presidents of Columbia College, and Clement Clark Moore, the author of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. The Moore family developed the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan. The Moores's ancient home in Newtown was tom down a few decades ago. A park off Broadway marks its location.

Rev. Moore lies in the Town Burying Ground, now in a playground near the Queens Place shopping mall on Queens Blvd. No stone marks his grave; its exact location is unknown.

from http://longislandgenealogy.com/howell/gp134.htm :

(Rev.) Reverend John Moore

Born: 1620 - England

Marr: ABT 1641 - Lynn, Mass.

Died: 13 OCT 1657 - Newtown, Long Island, Queens Co, New York

Wife:

Margaret Howell

Born: ABT 1622 - Of, Hingham, Norfolk, Eng.

Died: 9 MAY 1707 - West Mattituck, Suffolk, Long Island, New York

Father: Edward Howell

Mother: Frances Paxton

Other Spouses: Francis Doughty

Children

1. capt. Gershom Moore

 Marr: - Mary 
 Died: UNKNOWN - 

2. [Captain] Samuel Moore

Born: 1645 - Newtown, Long Island, New York

Marr: - Mary Reed

Died: 25 JUL 1717 - Newtown, Long Island, Queens Co, New York 3. [Captain] Gershom Moore

Born: 1645 - Suffolk, Southhampton, New York

Marr: 1669 - Mary Wright

Died: 1691 - Newton, Long Island, New York

4. Joseph Moore

Born: 1650 - Newton, Long Island, New York

Marr: - Sarah Halsey (other spouses)

Died: 1726 - Southhampton, Long Island, New York

5. Elizabeth Moore

Born: ABT 1645 -

Marr: 1668 - Content Titus

Died: 1730 - Long Island, New York

6. John Moore

Born: 1688 - Newton, Long Island, New York

Marr: 1669 - Hannah Way (other spouses)

Died: 23 DEC 1735 - Chesterfield, Burlington, New Jersey

http://www.gilliland-hasegawa.com/gedcom/individual.php?pid=I70&ged=gillilandhasegawa.ged claims his parentage (Sir John Moore) but this seems extremely doubtful.

The Moore Family and Estates.- Rev. John Moore, the early ancestor of the Newtown family of this name, was supposed to be of English birth, though it is unknown when or whence he emigrated. He was an Independent, and the first minister of the town. Though not authorized to administer sacraments he preached to the people of Newtown until his death, in 1657. In consequence of his interest in the purchase of Newtown from the Indians the town awarded 80 acres of land to his children, thirty years after his decease. One of his sons, Samuel Moore, became a grantee of land in Newtown village in 1662, and afterward bought an adjacent tract, previously owned by his father, which subsequently came into the hands of John J. Moore. In 1684 he bought a farm near the Poor Bowery, to which he removed.

Note that this is not the John Moore of about the same age who came over on the Mary & John and settled in Windsor, CT.

http://freepages.books.rootsweb.com/~teking/Sackett.txt states :

REV. JOHN MOORE came to Massachusetts from England about the year 1636. He was at the time unmarried and a comparatively young man. He had evidently studied for the ministry in England. On Dec. 8, 1636, he was sworn a freeman and recorded as a resident of Cambridge, Mass., "where in the following year he purchased from Humphrey Vincent a house and garden on the southerly side of Winthrop Street, between Dunster and Brighton Streets, together with sundry lots of land." This property he did not dispose of until during or after the year 1642. The records of Cambridge show that at one period during these years he was a magistrate. He was also associated with and deeply interested in the founding of the school at Cambridge which became Harvard College and is now America's most renowned university. Early in the year 1641 he removed to Long Island, N. Y., and in April of that year was recognized as a resident of Southampton. Previous to changing his place of abode from New England to Long Island, he became engaged in the securing of subscriptions to a fund for the education of divinity students at the Cambridge school, and continued his efforts in that direction after his removal to Long Island. Riker says "he was an independent * * 'having been permittel in New England to preach but not allowed to administer the sacrament.' After this mode he officiated for many years. * * He was reputed to be a good preacher." The early colonial records of New York and Connecticut show that on reaching Long Island he took an active and influential part in secular as well as religious affairs. At a convention held in Hartford, May 30, 1644, looking to a union of Long Island with the New England Colonies, his name appears as that of a delegate from the "Third Ward of Southampton." A little later in the same year he was in attendance at a meeting of the General Court of Massachusetts, evidently on the same business. At about the same period he began preaching regularly to the congregation at Hempstead. About the year 1646 he was married to MARGARET HOWELL, daughter of EDWARD HOWELL, colonist, who came to America from Buckingham, England, in 1637. In 1652 Mr. Moore removed to Newtown, L. I., and there became the first regular minister of that settlement, and continued preaching there until his death in 1657. Some 20 years later the town, in recognition of his valuable services, in negotiations with the Indian owners for the purchase of Newtown plot and in the building of the settlement, awarded 80 acres of land to his surviving children.

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Rev. John Moore Came to Massachusetts from England about the year 1636. He was at the time unmarried and a comparatively young man. He had evidently studied for the ministry in England. On Dec. 8, 1636, he was sworn a freeman and recorded as a resident of Cambridge, Mass., "where in the following year he purchased from Humphrey Vincent a house and garden on the southerly side of Winthrop Street, between Dunster and Brighton Streets, together with sundry lots of land." This property he did not dispose of until during or after the year 1642. The records of Cambridge show that at one period during these years he was a magistrate. He was also associated with and deeply interested in the founding of the school at Cambridge which became Harvard College and is now America's most renowned university. Early in the year 1641 he removed to Long Island, N. Y., and in April of that year was recognized as a resident of Southampton. Previous to changing his place of abode from New England to Long Island, he became engaged in the securing of subscriptions to a fund for the education of divinity students at the Cambridge school, and continued his efforts in that direction after his removal to Long Island. Riker says "he was an independent * * * having been permitted in New England to preach but not allowed to administer the sacrament. After this mode he officiated for many years. * * * He was reputed to be a good preacher." The early colonial records of New York and Connecticut show that on reaching Long Island he took an active and influential part in secular as well as religious affairs. At a convention held in Hartford, May 30, 1644, looking to a union of Long Island with the New England Colonies, his name appears as that of a delegate from the "Third Ward of Southampton." A little later in the same year he was in attendance at a meeting of the General Court of Massachusetts, evidently on the same business. About the same period he began preaching regularly to the congregation to Hempstead. About the year 1646 he was married to Margaret Howell, daughter of Edward Howell, colonist, who came to America from Buckingham, England, in 1637. In 1652 Mr. Moore removed to Newtown, L. I., and there became the first regular minister of that settlement, and continued preaching there until his death in 1657. Some 20 years later the town, in recognition of his valuable services, in negotiations with the Indian owners for the purchase of Newtown plot and in the building of the settlement, awarded 80 acres of land to his surviving children.

Capt. Samuel Moore, son of Rev. John Moore and his wife Margaret Howell, was married to Mary Reed, 1651-1738, daughter of Capt. Thomas Reed. Capt. Moore served his town as Constable, Assessor, Commissioner of Town Court, Supervisor, and on several important commissions. He served also in the ranks, as Lieutenant, and as Captain of the Newtown militia.

The Rev. John Moore came from the

county of Kent, England, in company with Mr.

Stephens in the "Defence," which vessel arrived

at Boston, 1635. He settled at Cambridge. He

attended meeting at general court, Massachusetts ;

also 1644 was representative at Hartford,

Connecticut ; deputy to negotiate union with the

New England colonies ; was appointed to collect

subscriptions for Harvard College. He was the

first minister at Newtown, Long Island, and died

there 1657.

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U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 about Reverend John Moore Name: Reverend John Moore SAR Membership: 80791 Birth Date: 1620 Birth Place: Kent, England Death Date: 17 Sep 1657 Death Place: Newtown, Li Spouse: Margaret Howell Children: Samuel Moore

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Rev John Moore Memorial Photos Flowers Edit Share Learn about removing the ads from this memorial... Birth: 1620, England Death: Sep. 17, 1657 Newtown Suffolk County New York, USA

"Rev. John Moore, the founder of this branch of the family, was of English birth, and was probably born about 1620. John Moore was in Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1641. The same year he appeared as grantee of land at Southampton, Long Island. He married Margaret Howell, the daughter of Howard Howell, of Boston and Lynn, who was the leader of the colony which established the new town of Southampton on Long Island. It is conjectured that the marriage took place about 1641. He died at Newtown, Long Island, September 17, 1657, and was buried in the ancient town burial ground. His widow married Francis Doughty, the son of Rev. Francis Doughty.'

Ref: "Rev. John Moore of Newton, Long Island, and Som of His Descendants." Compiled by James W. Moore, Lafayette College, MCMIII.

Married MARGARET HOWELL 1622 – 1670; parents of:

John MOORE Jr 1642 – Lydia MOORE 1643 – 1723 Gershom (Capt.) MOORE 1644 – 1691 SAMUEL MOORE SR 1645 – 1717 Joseph MOORE 1647 – 1726 Elizabeth MOORE 1655 – 1711

Regarding this cemetery: "Some people buried in the [Presbyterian] church's original cemetery were moved there in 1901 from the old town burial ground (now the playground across from Newtown Athletic Field). These included three of our early ministers, Rev. Samuel Pumroy, (died 1744, responsible for making this a Presbyterian church), Rev. Simon Horton (died 1786), and Rev. Peter Fish (died 1810), also one of the first three Elders, Content Titus (died 1730) and the founder of the Deacons Fund, Philippe Duvineer, (died 1745). They were re-interred in one grave. Among others in the graveyard were Rev. Nathan Woodhull (died 1810), Rev. John Goldsmith (died 1854) and U.S. Congressman James Lent, (died 1833). It is unknown whether all were removed to Evergreens."

ref: The First Presbyterian Church of Newtown


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Spouse:
 Margaret Howell Moore Doughty (1622 - 1670)

Children:
 Samuel Moore (1645 - 1717)*
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Note: Buried in the ancient town burial ground


Burial: Ancient Burial Ground Newtown Suffolk County New York, USA



      
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Rev. John Moore's Timeline

1620
1620
Culmstock, Devon, England, United Kingdom
1640
1640
Age 20
1641
1641
Age 21
Southampton, Suffolk, New York, United States
1645
1645
Age 25
Southampton, Suffolk, New York, United States
1645
Age 25
New York, Queens, New York, United States
1654
1654
Age 34
West Mattituck, Long Island, Ny
1657
September 17, 1657
Age 37
Newtown, Queens, New York, United States
1661
June 1, 1661
Age 37
New York, United States
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Newtown, Suffolk County, New York, United States