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Deacon John Moore

Also Known As: "Jack"
Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: England
Death: September 18, 1677 (70-78)
Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of unknown Moore and unknown Moore
Husband of Dea. John Moore's wife
Father of Hannah Drake; Thomas Moore; Elizabeth Case; Abigail Sanders; Mindwell Bissell and 4 others
Brother of Thomas Moore, of Dorchester & Windsor; Mary Moore; Elizabeth Moore; John Thomas Moore and Hannah Moore

Occupation: Carpenter, housewright, wheelwright, millwright, Deacon
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About Deacon John Moore, of Windsor


Dorchester fenceviewer, 24 May 1634 and 16 January 1636/7 and selectman, 8 November 1637 (Dorch TR). He and Thomas Moore, likely his brother, served as witnesses to the noncuperative will of John Russell in Dorchester in Sept 1633. Frequent deputy from Windsor to Connecticut General Court from 1653 until 1677. By 1640 in Windsor, he had five parcels from town grants.

The records of the second church of Dorchester open with a list of children whose parents are members of the Windsor Church and have been brought back to Dorchester for baptism. The first two names are Elizabeth and Thomas Moore. Since in 1677, Windsor records credit John with three children born in Windsor, it would seem that Elizabeth and Thomas were born in Dorchester.

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ID: I603753056

  • Name: John MOORE
  • Given Name: John
  • Surname: Moore
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1603 based on estimate based on date of marriage
  • Death: 14/18 Sep 1677 in Windsor,Hartford Co.,Connecticut
  • Christening: Dorchester,Suffolk Co.,Masaachusetts (Ben M. Angel notes: This would presume that he was baptized no sooner than 1630.)
  • Burial: 19 Sep 1677 Windsor,Hartford Co.,Connecticut
  • Note: Name Prefix: Deacon


NOTE Anderson in The Great Migration find no evidence of any marriage. He flatly denies that John had a wife named Abigail. "The wife of John Moore is generally given as "Abigail," but in the records maintained by Matthew Grant she is always called "Deacon More's wife." In his listing of the children of Deacon John Moore, Grant at first omitted the daughter Abigail, and then placed her on a line above John Moore's name, which may have led some genealogist in the past to think that this was the name of his wife." [Anderson p 1277][Grant 50].

CHILDREN [listed by Anderson in "The great migration Begins" p 1277]:

  • i HANNAH, b. say 1628; m. Windsor 30 November 1648 John Drake [WiLR 1:55; Grant 32 (day and year lost from record)].
  • ii ELIZABETH, b. say 1635 [ DChR 149]; m. Windsor 24 or 27 November 165[3] Nathaniel Loomis [ CTVR 41, 42; Grant 49].
  • iii THOMAS, b. say 1637 [DChR 149]; no further record.
  • iv ABIGAIL, b. Windsor 14 February 1639[/40] [Grant 50]; m. Windsor 11 October 1655 Thomas Bissell [CTVR 42; Grant 23].
  • v MINDWELL, b. Windsor 10 July 1643 [Grant 50]; m. Windsor 25 September 1662 Nathaniel Bissell [CTVR 9; Grant 24].
  • vi JOHN, b. Windsor 5 December 1645 [Grant 50]; m. (1) Windsor 21 September 1664 Hannah Goffe [Grant 51]; m. (2) 17 December 1701 Martha Farnsworth [ Windsor Hist 501]; m. (3) Mary _____ [ Flagg 279]. *________________________

From the Find A Grave page on Deacon John Moore:

Birth: 1603, England

Death: Sep. 18, 1677 - Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA

  • Born by 1603, based on estimated date of marriage.
  • Came to Massachusetts Bay in 1630. First settled in Dorchester; moved to Winsor in 1638.
  • Died in Windsor 18 Sep 1677.
  • Married ____ ____ by about 1628 (assuming that she was the mother of all his children). (Ben M. Angel notes: This presumption, that John's first wife was the mother of all children, is probably incorrect. She was probably the mother of his first child only. It's uncertain whether she came to the New World.)

John Moore was probably brother of Thomas Moore of Dorchester & Windsor. They appear together as witnesses to the uncupative will of John Russell on 3 Sep 1633. Most of the parcels of land in Windsor granted to John Moore were adjacent to parcels ranted to Thomas Moore.


  • 1. Hannah Moore Drake (1628 - ____)*
  • 2. Thomas Moore (1637 - ____)*
  • 3. Elizabeth Moore Loomis Case (1638 - 1728)*
  • 4. Abigail Moore Bissell (1639 - ____)*
  • 5. Mindwell Moore Bissell (1643 - ____)*
  • 5. John Moore (1645 - ____)*


  • wife Moore*

Burial: Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA - Plot: Founders Monument

  • Find A Grave Memorial# 34133044
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Deacon Moore came to America (Dorchester, Massachusetts, 1630)on the sailing ship "Mary and John" at the age of 5 yrs with his father, Thomas Moore, and his mother, Abigail. The family moved to Windsor, Connecticut in 1639. Thomas Moore was one of the first Landholders at Windsor. He was ordained Deacon in 1651[source?]


John Moore of Windsor Connecticut had six children, but none of them were named George, and none of his children went to Virginia. He was also not the father of MARY ALLYN.

See Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to N.E. 1620-1633, pp 1276-78


  • 1.0 1.1 Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins Immigrants to New England 1620-1633 (3 Volume Set) Vol 2 pp 1281-1282. (Boston, Massachusetts. New England Historic and Genealogical Society. 1995). link
  • Ernest Flag. Genealogical Notes on the Founding of New England, My Ancestors' Part in that Undertaking p 302 (n.p 1926; rpt. Baltimore, MD. 1973). link
  • Henry Reed Stiles The history and genealogies of ancient Windsor, Connecticut. p 25 (Hartford, Conn., Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard company, 1891-92). link

The Deacon John Moore House is a historic home in Windsor, Connecticut. It is located at 37 Elm Street, Windsor, Connecticut. It was put on the U.S. National Register of Historic Placeson August 29, 1977. NRHP Reference#: 77001416

John Moore was the son of Thomas Moore. Both men were born in England and moved to Windsor. They arrived from England on a ship called the Mary and John and landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630 with two prominent ministers of the time, John Maverick and John Warham. In 1635, part of the group moved to Windsor, Connecticut, but the Moores remained in Dorchester until 1639.

In 1651, John Moore was ordained a deacon. He was made deputy governor of Connecticut under John Winthrop. Moore had one son named John Moore Jr, and four daughters: Elizabeth Moore (married to Nathaniel Loomis); Abagail Moore (married to Thomas Bissell); Mindwell Moore (married to Nathaniel Bissell); and Hannah Moore (married to John Drake Jr.).

In addition to being a deacon, John Moore was also a successful woodworker. He was, and still is, known for using the foliated vine design, which depicts vines and blossoms carved in shallow relief with flat surfaces. There was a network of families in Windsor who dominated the woodworking trade, and John Moore was considered to be at the center.

Posted 11 May 2011 by charleswilson908


Woodworkers of Windsor

Among the immigrant congregation of Windsor was the 21-year-old John Moore (1614-1677), a woodworker from Southwold, Suffolk, in England. Moore became a patriarch of the community as well as a deacon of the church. As a woodworker, he was master of what Lane titles the "Foliated Vine Group." The name refers to furniture decorated with vines and blossoms carved in shallow relief with flat surfaces. The flowering vines curve and twist in an ordered symmetrical fashion with Mannerist taste that was precisely planned out to make full use of the space.

John Moore left behind a sizeable record of his life. Lane writes in the catalog, "Deacon John Moore was at the center of a nexus of woodworking families that extended through four generations to include the Drakes, Bissells, Loomises, Barbers, Griswolds, Stoughtons and others. Together, these families largely controlled the woodworking trade in the region until the mid-Eighteenth Century."

In his will, dated 14 September 1677 and administration granted *cum testamention annexo* 6 December 1677, "Deacon John Moore . . . under present sickness did declare with his own mouth in the presence of his wife, Robert Hayward & John Moore, Nath. Loomys & John Loomys "that he bequeathed to "his dear wife the product and improvement of his whole estate . . . so long as she lives, & ¹50 to her own dispose to her children or at her discretion at her death"; residue to "my son John adouble portion, & my will is my son shall have all my land, he paying what his double portion do not reach to my other children, unto whom, that is, to my four daughters, I do will the remainder of my estate in equal proportion" [Manwaring 1:221].

He came as a Deacon of the Dorchester Church in 1630, (History of Dorchester, p. 68), probably onboard the *Mary and John*. He with Thomas Moore, Rev. John Warham, Roger Williams, Ralph Mousall and others were made Freeman of Massachusetts, May 18, 1631. He went with Warham to Windsor in 1635 or 6. He has been confused with what seems to have been another John Moore, whose name appears on the Dorchester Records in 1638; he was one of the chief men at Windsor; was on the jury of the Particular Court in October, 1642; Representative at the May session of 1661 and many times after; "ordayned Deacon Janu.-r 11,1671," (O. C. R.), and was an excellent and esteemed citizen.

At a session of the General Court, held March 13, 1661-2, he and "Sec-ry Daniel Clark" were granted 400 acres to be divided between them. He dealt largely in real estate; farmed; manufactured pike heads and built a ferry about 1671; was a contributor to the Connecticut fund for the relief of the poor in other colonies. (Col. Rec. of Conn., I,p. 265 et seq. and 2, p. 13 et seq. "Tho. More and John More" were made Freeman by the Court at Hartford, April 9, 1640. (Col. Rec. ofConn., I, p. 46; Private Controversies, State Library, Hartford, I,Doc. 11, May 29, 1661; Stiles' Windsor, 2, p. 501; N. E. Reg., 5, p.229.)

The will of Deacon John Moore shows that he left four daughters and a son John, but as Thomas and Elizabeth Moore are recorded on theDorchester Records as "children" baptized apparently at the same time and as Elizabeth is known to have been the daughter of Deacon John Moore, it seems as if Thomas must have been a son of his. (Records ofFirst Ch., Dorchester, p. 149.) Stiles says the wife of John Moore was Abigail and that he married her June 16, 1639, but in the record of John Moore's family in the old Windsor Church Record, we find: Abigail Moore Feb. 14, 1639. Then follows: Mindwell, dau. of John Moore, b. 10 July 1643. The original looks as if Abigail was interlined after Mindwell had been written. The record says nothing about marriage or wife and the Abigail here recorded was evidently the first child, b.14 Feb. 1639-40. She was the first child born in Windsor.



Founders monument Posted 28 Aug 2011 by charleswilson908 Woodworkers of Windsor May 27th, 2003 An extremely rare example of a Foliated Vine chest attributed to the Moore shop tradition, this piece was probably made by Nathaniel Gaylord (1656-1720), Windsor, Conn., circa 1680, of oak and pine. Gaylord was married to the granddaughter of carpenter and joiner John Moore (1614-1677). Collection Old Sturbridge Village. By Carol Sims

DEERFIELD, MASS. -- Twenty-eight examples of early woodworking installed at Historic Deerfield's Flynt Center of Early New England Life present a new take on furniture of the Connecticut River Valley by highlighting the critical importance of Windsor, Conn., cabinetmakers. "The : A Connecticut Community of Craftsmen and Their World, 1635-1715" carefully unfolds the evolution of style that emanated from Windsor and continued to flourish and evolve into the now better-known Hadley and Wethersfield styles. These wonderful pieces of early American furniture, admirable for their craftsmanship, are testaments to the hardiness and creativity of the early immigrant settlers. They will remain on view through

August 18 before traveling to the Windsor Historical Society in September. Deerfield's Assistant Curator of Furniture Joshua Lane, assisted in his research by Donald White, established that there were 205 individuals who practiced a woodworking trade in Windsor from 1635 to 1715. Among those, there were approximately 16 known workshops. Lane has brought together objects attributed to eight prominent woodworkers who were immigrant masters of shop traditions. While records exist of the other eight shops, there are few if any known surviving objects from those shops.

The forms that have most commonly survived are hardy boxes and chests and a few tables and chairs. The chests were typically used to store linens, which would have been much more costly than the chests used to protect them. Beds, standing presses (similar to an armoire) and other forms have yet to be found and are probably no longer extant, although there are records of their creation. Whereas in politics one might "follow the money," in furniture Joshua Lane has followed the history of the woodworker families who worked in differing shop traditions.

The records of Windsor, Hartford, Hadley, Wethersfield, Hatfield, Springfield and other Connecticut River Valley towns are remarkably intact. Stored in the obscure safety of town halls, records of births, church membership, land grants, marriages, business dealings, probate and other court proceedings shed light on the influence of Windsor upon other Connecticut River Valley styles. The family trees of Windsor's woodworking families are intertwined in a marvelously complex web.

The gravestone of Thomas Stoughton in East Windsor Hill has beautiful carving reminiscent of the chests decorated by the . Whole congregations followed Puritan ministers to American shores seeking religious freedom. After first arriving in Dorchester, Mass., a group of about 40 Puritans and their families settled with the Rev Warham in 1635 in an area north of Hartford along the banks of the important fur-trade conduit of the time, the Connecticut River.

They named the new settlement "Windsor," after a town in England. The immigrants brought traditional English taste to the New World -- simple straightforward well-proportioned furniture with flat carved decoration that alleviated its sturdy functionality. These English styles followed the highly wrought designs of Renaissance artists from Germany and Italy in the abstract geometric style known as Mannerism, found also in ceramic decoration, embroidery and engravings. Foliated Vine Group

Among the immigrant congregation of Windsor was the 21-year-old John Moore (1614-1677), a woodworker from Southwold, Suffolk, in England. Moore became a patriarch of the community as well as a deacon of the church. As a woodworker, he was master of what Lane titles the "Foliated Vine Group." The name refers to furniture decorated with vines and blossoms carved in shallow relief with flat surfaces. The flowering vines curve and twist in an ordered symmetrical fashion with Mannerist taste that was precisely planned out to make full use of the space.

John Moore left behind a sizeable record of his life. Lane writes in the catalog, "Deacon John Moore was at the center of a nexus of woodworking families that extended through four generations to include the Drakes, Bissells, Loomises, Barbers, Griswolds, Stoughtons and others. Together, these families largely controlled the woodworking trade in the region until the mid-Eighteenth Century." Ogee Molding Group

The most successful woodworkers were those who were closely associated with the church and town. Important town and church construction contracts went to woodworkers with connections. One exception was the resourceful Aaron Cook, who after immigrating to Windsor in 1635, never joined the Windsor church or held public office. He moved to Simsbury, and then to Northampton by 1660 where he finally attained "pillar of the community" status. He built Northampton's meetinghouse, served as captain of its militia (as he had in Windsor) and represented Northampton at the Massachusetts General Court. He left behind records of four marriages, six children and court records of many disputes with his neighbors in Windsor.

The joined chest, circa 1660, attributed to the Hampshire County, Mass., workshop of Aaron Cook, was recently acquired by Historic Deerfield at a Douglas auction. It has a direct line of ownership from Hatfield, Mass., resident Jonathan Morton (1684-1767) and exemplifies the construction, form, ogee (s-shaped) molding and stock preparation of the Cook shop tradition. Lane observes, "Many of the ornamental and structural features of this chest recur throughout late Seventeenth Century Hampshire County joinery, suggesting that woodworkers trained in, or emulating, the Cook shop tradition spread these style features to the region and adapted them to tulip-and-leaf chests." Opposing Gouge Group

Not much is known about the Windsor originators of this group, named for line patterns created by opposing gouges. Three known examples feature complex diamond patterns. The top rail of each chest is decorated with incised lunettes. Lane writes, "...the arcs of the lunettes are laid out with two small opposing compass arcs that are cut freehand with a V-profile parting tool." Other traits include oversized frame member stock, butted and nailed floorboard, and floor rail joint secured by a single pin. Trefoil Group Attributed to the Barber Shop Tradition

Not all the woodworkers who immigrated to Windsor were welcomed with open arms. The Barber family came from Bedford, England, where farming practices and ownership differed from those of the prominent families of Windsor. They granted Thomas Barber, Sr, just 30 acres far from the protection of the palisadoed center of town. After trying to eke out a living with little community support, Barber was invited to settle in Northampton, but both he and his wife died in 1662 before he could move, leaving six children. The youngest, his 9-year-old son Josiah, was indentured to Deacon John Moore, and eventually married Moore's granddaughter, Abigail Loomis.

Two other sons, the 19-year-old Thomas Barber, Jr, and his 14-year-old brother Samuel Barber, inherited woodworking tools from their father and set up their own shop. When no Windsor town construction contracts came their way Thomas Barber, Jr, and his family settled in Massaco (renamed Simsbury in 1672) and built the town's gristmill, saw mill, meetinghouse and minister's house. He ended up a wealthy man and community leader.

The distinctive tri-foliate decorations on the Barber chests inspired Lane to categorize them as the trefoil group. The oldest piece attributed to the Barber shop tradition is the Nicholas Hoyt chest of 1655, which was probably made by Thomas Barber, Sr (1614-1662). It was owned by Windsor immigrant Nicholas Hoyt (1662-1655) and then by his son David (1651-1704) who brought the chest to Hadley in 1678 and then to Deerfield in 1682.

Lane observed that Barber Sr's plane leaned to the right causing a distinctive but subtle curve in his carving. When his son inherited the plane, his carving would have had the same distinction. Two of the Barber chests have these curved plane strokes in their carved decoration. A third chest was more crudely carved than the other two and was possibly made by the younger, lesser-trained Samuel Barber. Peak Molding Group

This style, named for the angled, convex, "peaked" moldings about one-inch wide that appear in its examples, is attributed to the Rockwell family that came to Windsor in 1635. One representative piece in the show is a joined chest with very little decoration, making it the simplest in the exhibition. It carries traces of old paint that would have once been a vibrant colorful design. The milk-based paint that was commonly used to embellish furniture of the period was prone to oxidation and has all but disappeared. Identifying features include mortise and tenon joints secured with two pins, "except the joint between the unusually narrow side muntins and top and floor rails, which are secured with a single pin."

The Guilloche Group Commissioned to build the pews, pulpit and window casements for Windsor's First Church, William Buell (1614-1681) had a reputation for good finish work that led him to other commissions, such as doing finish work for the Springfield, Mass., meetinghouse. Lane chose "guilloche" to refer to the carved intermeshed rosettes that decorate Buell's rather large boxes. The Calligraphic Group Attributed to the Drake shop tradition, this box is part of the Calligraphic Group, possibly by Jacob Drake, Windsor, Conn., circa 1680. Collection of J. Peter Spang.

The colorful blue and peach paint on the box used to illustrate this group make it a standout. Although not original, the choice of color is probably accurate said Lane. He notes that it is carved in a style characteristic of England's South West Country. The box belonged to Elizabeth Bissell and the initials EB are prominently carved in a flowing calligraphic style with asymmetrical flourishes, leaves and flowers. It is attributed to the Drake family, quite likely by Jacob Drake, Elizabeth's uncle, on the occasion of her marriage in 1682. Lane writes, "Some of the principle carved elements of the 'EB' box may prefigure ornamentation characteristic of Hampshire County joinery." Serrated Foliate Group

The Stoughton family was very active in the Massachusetts Bay Colony before Thomas Stoughton, Jr, moved to Windsor in 1635. His grandson, Thomas Stoughton IV (1662-1748), helped establish a second church on the east side of the river in what was to become East Windsor. The Stoughtons "provided expensively carved case furniture to some of the region's wealthiest families," writes Lane in the catalog. He continues, "The products of the Stoughton joinery shops would serve as the prototype for the so-called 'sunflower' group of case furniture traditionally attributed to Wethersfield worker Peter Blin."

Symposium "New England Joined Furniture and Its English Context" a $75 daylong public symposium highlighting Historic Deerfield's collection of early American furniture, will be offered on Saturday, June 14, at Historic Deerfield featuring "English and Continental Context of Seventeenth Century Joined Furniture" lecture by Robert Trent; "Chests of Central and Coastal Connecticut" lecture by Martha Willoughby; "The : A Connecticut Community of Craftsmen and Their World, 1635-1715," gallery talk by Joshua Lane, assistant curator of furniture, Historic Deerfield, and Donald White, research associate, Historic Deerfield; and a demonstration, "Wet-wood Joinery Methods, Tools and Technique" by Robert Tarule, Goddard College. For information about the symposium, call Joan Morel 413-775-7201. While modest in size, "" provides an opportunity to see these magnificent artifacts of early American culture in an intimate and intelligent presentation. The Flynt Center is also exhibiting "Telltale Textiles: Quilts From The Historic Deerfield Collection."

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Deacon John Moore, of Windsor's Timeline

May 2, 1613
Age 10
Age 11
Of, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
Age 11
Of Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
Age 11
Of Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
December 29, 1627
Age 24
Southwold, Suffolk, England
Age 34
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
July 23, 1638
Age 35
Windsor, Hartford Coounty, Connecticut, American Colonies
February 4, 1640
Age 37
Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, Colonial America