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Margaret Moore (Berringer)

Also Known As: "Yeamans"
Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: Barbados
Death: June 9, 1720 (59)
Brunswick, North Carolina
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Lt. Col. Benjamin Berringer and Margaret Whaley
Wife of Col. James Moore, Colonial Governor
Mother of Col. James Moore, Jr.; Mary Lytle; Maurice Moore; Roger Moore; Nathaniel Moore and 4 others
Sister of John Berringer; Simon Barringer and Jehu Barringer
Half sister of Ann Yeamans; Willoughby Yeamans; Robert Yeamans and George Yeamans

Occupation: wife
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About Margaret Moore

About 1675, James Moore married Lady Yeaman's daughter, Margaret Berringer, posthumous child of Col. Benjamin Berringer (d. Jan. 1660, bur. Church of All Saints, St. Peter's Parish, Barbados). Lady Yeaman's maiden name was Margaret Foster, a dau. of the Rev. John Foster, of Barbados. Shortly after the death of her first husband, Col. Berringer, and after their daughter Margaret was born, she married, as her second husband, Sir John Yeamans, who later d. Aug. 1674 in South Carolina. She married as her third husband, William Walley of Barbados.

James and Margaret (Berringer) Moore had six sons and four daughters. Since the order of birth is not known, we will show them in the order in which they are mentioned in the abstract of his will:

  • 1. James Moore was of age in 1703 when his father's will was made, and so was born 1682 or earlier. He died 3 March 1723/4. His will, dated 16 Apr. 1722, was proved 27 March 1724. He had a wife named Elizabeth.
  • 2. Jehu Moore was a minor in 1703, as noted in his father's will.Family tradition has it that he was killed while still young.
  • 3. Roger Moore, in an old record purported to be copied from an ealry Bible into a later one, gives "Roger Moore, b. 24 Aug. 1694, d. 20 Oct. 1759". He m.1 Mary Rayner, a daughter of Capt. George Rayner. He m.2, in 1721, Katherine Rhett, b. 1705, d. 1745, a daughter of Col. William Rhett.
  • 4. Maurice Moore was a minor when his father made his will in 1703, hence was born between 1682 and 1686. He m.1 Elizabeth Lillington, widow of Samuel Swann.He m.2 Sarah Porter.
  • 5. John Moore, b. ca. 1698. He m. 29 Oct. 1719, Justina Smith, daughter of the Second Landgrave Thomas Smith. She was b. 1701, and d. in Philadelphia in 1743.
  • 6. Nathaniel Moore was a minor when his father made his will in 1703 but was m. to Sarah Grange 13 Apr. 1720, so was b. ca. 1699. He m.2 Elizabeth _____, who later on 22 Nov 1748 married Henry Richardson.
  • 7. Anne Moore, b. ca. 1687. At the time of her father's will, in 1703, she was still a minor, but married to Cap. David Davis, of Goose Creek.
  • 8. Mary Moore was an unmarried minor in 1703, at the time of her father's will. She m.1 Robert Howe, son of Job Howe and Sarah, the widow of Edward Middleton. She m.2 Thomas Clifford.
  • 9. Rebecca Moore, b. post 1691. The family record says that she was a twin to Roger. She m.1 Thomas Barker, and, on 23 May 1720, she m.2 William Dry.
  • 10. Margaret Moore was born ca. 1682. She m. Benjamin Schenkingh, and they had no issue.



In January 1661, Benjamin and Margaret Berringer had a heated argument, compelling Berringer to leave the plantation for Speightstown, a busy seaport located on the West Coast of Barbados.  It is said that Yeamans arranged for a third party to poison his business partner and romantic rival during this visit; Berringer subsequently died in his friend Mr. Dickinson’s house.  Yeamans and Margaret were married in April that year, while Margaret was pregnant with Benjamin's fourth child, a daughter she would also call Margaret.  Upon their marriage the two plantations merged into one property named Yeamans Plantation.


James Moore married Margaret Berringer, daughter of Lady Margaret Yeamans (by a previous marriage).[5] Their daughter, Mary Moore, married Job Howe, another of the "Goose Creek Men".[5] Altogether James and Margaret had ten children, many of whom moved to the Lower Cape Fear region, where they and their descendants became known as "The Family", the most powerful family in the region.[6] Moore was the great-grandfather of American Revolutionary War General Robert Howe.

The Moore family imported over 4,000 slaves into the Carolinas, mostly for its own extensive plantations and farms in and about Cape Fear area of what later became North Carolina.

James Moore also had a Charleston house and a house in the Goose Creek area nearby to Charleston.

Another Moore family descendent of note is Maurice Moore, Justice of US Supreme Court.

Margaret's [SIC: step] father, Sir John Yeamans, 1st Baronet (1611–1674) was an English colonial administrator described in his day as "a pirate ashore".[1] He was an early leader and third colonial Governor of the Province of Carolina. Her mother was Lady Margaret Yeamans.

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Margaret Moore's Timeline

Age 6
Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Age 19
Craven, NC, USA
Age 21
Age 22
Charleston, Berkeley, South Carolina, USA
Age 26
August 24, 1694
Age 33
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Age 38
Charleston, SC