Theodore Moses (1766 - 1862)

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Birthplace: Portsmouth, NH, USA
Death: Died in Newmarket, NH, USA
Managed by: Thomas H. McDonald
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About Theodore Moses

Moved to Exeter where he became prominent, founding a successful business, which was greatly enlarged and extended to other cities by his sons and grandsons. From a periwig maker and barber, they became hatters and extensive wool merchants.

Theodore Moses, a brother of Samuel 2d, and grandson of Dr. Moses, is now living in Exeter, in his ninety-third year, and in the full possession of his faculties. He was the oldest "Son of Portsmouth" who returned to the gathering of July 4, 1853. He recently addressed to the Portsmouth Journal a letter, which shows he yet feels a deep interest in Portsmouth.

EXETER, Nov. 8, 1858. Mr. Brewster,--Dear Sir:

I have read many of the "Rambles" in your papers, some of which have occurred since 1770 to 1779. You refer to the South School House over the lower mill-dam, where I first went to school to Capt. Osborn. They were then building a new school house lower down,--then he moved his school to his own house [No.19 South street,] a short distance below the new school house. When the school-house was finished, he moved his school there. Mr. Osborn was very excitable. One day he stayed in school and wrote a list of rules, and pasted them up in the room, which had a good effect upon the scholars. He kept school till the Revolutionary war broke out, then he went out in an armed ship with Capt. Thompson, Lieut. Shores, and Lieut. Manning. 'Twas said they discovered a ship in sight in their cruise, held a counsel and concluded not to put away for her,--and they made a song about it in Portsmouth. The school was next taken by a Mr. Holbrook.

You speak of Mr. Clarkson in your "Rambles," who lived down further south. I met him one warm day coming home from school, on Pleasant street, with his hat in his hand--he was quite a large man. Capt. Thomas Pickering, who went in the ship Hampden, I saw frequently at Mr. Tilton's Tavern. Some of the Portsmouth boys went out with him, and he was killed in an engagement. The ship came in under the command of Captain Mead, and anchored in the lower harbor. Capt. Mead came up to town in a barge. I and some other boys asked liberty of him to go down to the ship, and he let us go. When we came up she fired minute guns. The colors were half mast high.

I left my native town the first day of September, 1779. I lived eight years in New Market, then came to Exeter, lived in Exeter and New Market two years longer. Made bricks eighteen years in the summer and hats in the fall, winter and spring. Went into trade in December, 1811, came out 1847. I have lived sixty-six years in one house, on Back street near the Railroad crossing. From a Portsmouth boy in his ninety-third year.

Your humble servant, THEODORE MOSES. (Source: Brewsters Rambles About Portsmouth as reprinted on SeacoastNH.com, http://www.seacoastnh.com/brewster/37.html)

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Theodore Moses's Timeline

1766
September 20, 1766
Portsmouth, NH, USA
1789
November, 1789
Age 23
Stratham, NH, USA
1790
November 15, 1790
Age 24
1792
September 10, 1792
Age 25
Exeter, NH, USA
1794
August 27, 1794
Age 27
1798
January 20, 1798
Age 31
1800
January 7, 1800
Age 33
1802
May 17, 1802
Age 35
Newmarket, NH, USA
1804
August 9, 1804
Age 37
1807
October 2, 1807
Age 41