Moses B. Dooley

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Moses B. Dooley

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Province of North Carolina
Death: Died in Wayne County, Indiana, United States
Place of Burial: Preble County, Ohio, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Dooley and Martha Dooley
Husband of Mary Dooley
Father of Abner L. Dooley; Rev. Reuben Dooley; George Oliver Dooley; Rufus Thomas Dooley; Silas Dooley and 8 others
Brother of Capt. Thomas Dooley; Abraham Dooley; William Dooley; Samuel Martin Dooley; John Henry Dooley and 6 others

Occupation: Justice of the Peace, soldier, frontiersman, Minister (Preacher) of New Light Church, Farmer and Justice of the Peace
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About Moses B. Dooley

According to the Dooley book the earliest recorded was Moses Dooley Sr.>

born in North Carolina about l750. He married Mary Boyd a girl of Irish descent and Moses was Welsh descent and in l78l the family of five sons migrated from Bedford County, Virginia to Madison County, Kentucky a distance of 500 miles. They walked most of the way, having no other way of traveling except by pack horses. After arriving in Kentucky they had to live in a fort for protection against the Indians. In l805 Moses Dooley with two sons, Moses and Silas, went to Ohio in search of land a distance of 250 miles. They located a farm of l60 acres on Paint Creek , Preble County.

Moses Dooley, Sr. (son of Henry Dooley and Martha Anderson)1312 was born 1748 in NC1313, and died January 12, 1822 in Wayne County, IN1314. He married Mary Boyd on June 17, 1768 in Bedford County, VA1315, daughter of William Boyd and Margaret Mason.

Notes for Moses Dooley, Sr.:

From the book "Dooleys of America," page 51:

A Gravestone was erected for Moses Dooley in recognition of his service in the Revolutionary War. The stone reads:



This Grave Stone was erected by the D.A.R. in Friendship Cemetery, Gasper Township, Preble County, Ohio.

Originally Moses Dooley was one of the Justices of the Peace for Madison County, KY, In Court records of Madison County and in the courthouse at Richmond, KY.

Order Book A 1786-91 Page 53 July 24, 1787:

"At a Court held for Madison County at the Courthouse Tuesday the 24th of July 1787. Present George Adams, John Snoddy, David Gas(?), James Barnett, John Boyles, Archibald Woods, Richard Rodes, gentlemen, Aaron Sears and Moses Dooley, gentlemen, named in the commission of the Peace for the County took oath of Fidility(sic) to the Commonwealth, the oath of a Justice of the Peace and of Oyer and Terminer."

Moses Dooley took an active part in his community in other matters than those related to his Justice of the Peace activities. He signed a petition in 1787, along with many others, requesting the Assembly of Virginia to repeal the Act of Separation. Apparently some people in Kentucky did not look kindly on their being removed from citizenship in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In 1792, Moses Dooley was a Captain in the 7th Regiment, Madison County, Virginia.

Moses died January 12, 1822, in Grant County, Indiana. He was buried beside his wife in Friendship Cemetery, Preble County, Ohio. Buried nearby are his son Reuben, Reuben's son Carey, Silas and Silas' wife as well as other Dooleys and relatives.

From Dooleys in America:

Cornwallis was running out of supplies and sent Tarleton and his cavalry up through Virginia to Charlottesville. One can imagine the excitement and terror created when word reached Bedford and Montvale that British troops were coming. This period brought close to the farmers of Bedford County the dangers of War, a war that had been gradually coming nearer. Most of the news about it had been bad. From Guilford Courthouse in March, through Hobkirk's Hill in April, the Battle of Ninety-Six in June, and Eutaw Springs in September, General Nathaniel Green, Commander of the Continental Forces in the South, had been fighting losing battles. The strategy of inflicting such damage on the enemy that it would be forced to pull back each time paid off in the end. It provided valuable time in which to allow messages to reach the French in the Caribbean; for De Grasse and the French Fleet to elude the British Admiral Rodney; for Washington to march his troops to Virginia from New York; and for Rochambeau and his French Contingent to sail from Rhode Island, where he had been quartered, to Virginia. These possibilities would be largely lost on our Bedford frontier people who reckoned the progress of the War in battles lost (five out of six in the 1781 Southern campaign); men killed (over 400 in the six battles) and wounded (over 1,000). They had deep-seated reason for concern. All that concern vanished with the surrender of Cornwallis on October 19,1781 at Yorktown (eight men killed and 16 wounded was a strange reversal in casualties of the Southern campaign). Until that surrender, no family felt it was safe traveling West because of the tie-up between British troops and the Indians across the mountains. But after the surrender, a general migration set in. That migration included Moses and Mary Boyd Dooley and five small boys, the oldest of which was nine on ten years old and the youngest was a babe in arms.

Sarah Dooley Emerick reported it this way: "In 1781 the family, consisting of five sons, emigrated from Bedford County Virginia to Madison County Kentucky, a distance of 500 miles. They walked most of the way, having no other means of traveling except by packhorses. After arriving in Kentucky, they had to live in a Fort for protection against the Indians, who were fighting desperately to hold their hunting grounds." It might be pointed out that while the place to which this family went later became Part of the State of Kentucky, it was

still claimed by the Commonwealth of Virginia when the migration took place. It would be almost eleven more years before Kentucky would be admitted to the Union. Actually, there was no Union in 1781. The formal peace treaty would not be signed for two more years. Then, the uncertain period of six years under the Articles of Confederation followed. Eventually the Constitution was ratified and a Union was established. The Cumberland Gap through which the Dooleys entered Kentucky became a popular route of migration. It is estimated that between 1775 and 1800 more than 300,000 people followed this trail.

More About Moses Dooley, Sr.:

Burial: Unknown, Friendship Cemetery, Preble County, OH.1316

More About Moses Dooley, Sr. and Mary Boyd:

Marriage: June 17, 1768, Bedford County, VA.1317

Children of Moses Dooley, Sr. and Mary Boyd are:

+Reuben Dooley, b. November 14, 1773, Elk Creek, Bedford County, VA1318, d. April 22, 1822, Eaton, Preble County, OH1319.

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Moses B. Dooley's Timeline

Province of North Carolina
Age 24
Bedford County, Province of Virginia
November 14, 1773
Age 25
Elk Creek, Bedford County, Virginia
Age 28
Bedford, Virginia, United States
Age 28
December 1, 1778
Age 30
Bedford County, VIrginia, United States
Age 32
Bedford, Virginia
January 9, 1784
Age 36
Virginia, United States
Age 38