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Moses Quarles

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: King and Queen County, Virginia, Colonial America
Death: July 26, 1802 (75)
Spartanburg County, South Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Quarles, III and Ann Harrison
Husband of Constance Fisher Quarles and Sarah Quarles
Father of Mary Seymore Trotter; Thomas Quarles; Rev. David Quarles; Hubbard Quarles; John Benjamin Quarles and 2 others
Brother of John Quarles, IV; Henry Quarles; James Gresham Quarles and Betty Quarles
Half brother of Susannah Harrison; William Harrison; Thomas I. Harrison, III; Burr Harrison; Mary Fowke and 3 others

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About Moses Quarles

Moses was born abt 1727 Spotsylvania Co., VA. moved to Brunswick Co., VA. along with his brothers. John and Hubbard QUARLES. They had property there on RED OAK RUN, which Moses QUARLES sold in 1753, when he moved to Granville Co., NC. He bought land there in 1760, which he sold in 1766, when he moved to Mecklenburg Co., NC. His property in Mecklenburg was considered to be South Carolina, when that colony took over land in North Carolina as part of a border dispute. Moses QUARLES was among those petitioners of KING GEORGE III in this controversy. He was a TORY and was arrested by the PATRIOTS in 1779, while living in what was then Craven Co., SC and became Union Co., SC. by 1790, when he was listed in the census with 2 males over 16, 1 male under 16, and 4 females.

He married SARAH TRESVANT, and they had at least 3 SONS: DAVID, THOMAS, and one whose name we found to be HUBBARD who is our ancestor. His (HUBBARD) widow, whose name was ELIZABETH, was living next door to MOSES QUARRELS, her Father-in-law in the 1800 census of Spartanburg Co., SC> (formerly Union Co., SC.) MOSES QUARLES died 1803 and his son DAVID, who had served in the REV. WAR as a Patriot, refused to administer his TORY FATHER's estate and the court just dropped the matter.

Source: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/L6CW-2QT?1=1&spouse=KVGS-S67

Moses was born in Virginia about 1728 to John Quarles and Anne Grayson. Some published genealogies speculate that Moses was the son of Moses Quarles (1695-1734), the brother of John Quarles. Thus far there has been no marriage documented marriage of the elder Moses until his marriage to Seth Linton, which occurred many years after this Moses, was born.

John and Anne were married in October 1722 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. The young couple had at most three children before John died in 1729. Anne married Thomas Harrison about 1732. Moses held the same occupation as Thomas, maintained Loyalist (Tory) inclinations and he named his firstborn son after his stepfather. It is thus assumed that Moses had a fairly strong relationship with Thomas. Moses was a Miller by trade and it is assumed that he learned this occupation from his stepfather. Thomas Harrison owned several Mills on his land in Prince William County, Virginia and Moses probably served as an apprentice to Thomas in these operations. The occupation was well respected in Colonial America. This is attested to by the sheer number teen and pre-teen children sent to serve as apprentices in Mills. There are numerous extant documents from pioneer settlements in early America that detail these indentures. Moses had the good fortune of being raised by an established Miller and avoided the painful separation normally associated with apprenticeship. Moses pursued his profession with relish and spent the majority of his life seeking the "perfect creek" on which to build a mill. Moses was said to have built a mill for his Uncle Roger Quarles (referenced in A History of Caroline County, VA, by T.E.Campbell) in Caroline County. It is also thought that he taught Roger Jr. the Milling trade. This would have occurred around the time he moved to the Southern part of the State with a group of relatives.

He purchased land adjacent to Red Oak Run in Brunswick County, Virginia prior to 1755. When this proved to be less than ideal he acquired land on Nap of Reeds Creek in Granville County, North Carolina (1755 Tax List, Granville Co., North Carolina).

In 1767 he purchased 150 acres in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Moses must have seen some potential in this land because the next year he purchased additional acreage in the same county. Moses along with others would petition King George because they were granted land in North Carolina and a border change resulted in the land being considered part of South Carolina. The idea of being a South Carolinian must have grown on Moses because he established another mill on Kings Creek in the old 96th District (now Cherokee County) of South Carolina. He sold this land in 1773, but remained in South Carolina purchasing land in Craven (now Union) County in 1778 and 1785. This land was on the Broad River and thus viable for milling operations. Moses received much of the land he worked from the King.

His stepfather served as a surveyor and some of his work may have occurred under Royal auspices. Some Harrison Genealogists claim that Thomas was a High Sheriff of Prince William County for a time. It is believed that Thomas engrained a great deal of respect for the Crown in Moses. This is due in no small part to the fact that the family benefited greatly from Royal generosity. When these facts are examined one can see why Moses was a Tory (arrested and held 34 days for sedition in 1799) and why his son, Hubbard, saw fit to serve with Loyalist Militia during the American Revolution. There are some questions about his son, but Moses survived the Revolution and remained in South Carolina. He also maintained at least some of his financial capacity as proven by the 1785 land purchase mentioned earlier.

Moses would appear in Union County in the 1790 and 1800 Federal Census. Moses son David filed a document stating that he refused to be the administrator of Moses? estate in October 1801. This means that Moses must have died between April 1800 and October 1801. This Moses Quarles is sometimes called "Old Moses of South Carolina" because his prodigious descendants used the name Moses liberally in naming children.

Source: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Quarles-258

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Moses Quarles's Timeline

1727
1727
King and Queen County, Virginia, Colonial America
1750
1750
Age 23
Brunswick County, Province of Virginia
1753
1753
Age 26
Province of North Carolina or Province of South Carolina
1755
1755
Age 28
Brunswick County, Province of Virginia
1755
Age 28
Brunswick County, Province of Virginia