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Thomas Moore

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Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
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Son of unknown Moore and unknown Moore
Brother of Deacon John Moore, I

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About Thomas Moore, of Dorchester & Windsor

Disambiguation

Please don't confuse him with Thomas Moore, of Salem

Biography

Thomas Moore was born about 1610 and died in Windsor, Connecticut in 1645. He first appears in Dorchester, MA when he was made a freeman on 18 May 1631 with his brother John Moore. [1] Anderson says that his origins are unknown and that there is no evidence that he ever married or had children.[1] Fagg originally thought he might have been the father of John Moore of Windsor.[2]

Historical Background

A party of Plymouth settlers under the leadership of William Holmes sailed upriver past the Dutch fort in Hartford, arriving on September 26, 1633 to establish a trading post just south of where the Farmington River joins the Connecticut. [3] Within the next two years, two other groups of settlers would arrive, the first from Dorchester Massachusetts and the second, a group that had just migrated from England under the auspices of Lord Saltonstall.

By 1635, English groups had established plantations or towns at Dorchester (renamed Windsor), Newtowne (renamed Hartford) and Watertowne (renamed Wethersfield). In April of 1636, representatives from the three towns held a court in Hartford, an alliance that would evolve into the Colony of Connecticut. One year later, that same court authorized an “offensive warr” against the Pequot under the command of Captain John Mason of Windsor. In Windsor, a palisade was hastily erected for protection. Settlers within the palisaded area temporarily gave up their home lots to accommodate families moving in from outside the Palisado. The quick and brutal engagement between the River Town and Pequot forces under the command of Windsor’s Captain John Mason resulted in decimation of the Pequot peoples. Windsor’s palisade was gone by 1640 although reference to it remains to this day in Windsor’s Palisado Green.

The early town of Windsor was distinguished from neighboring towns by its size. The first land distribution in Windsor was 16,000 acres distributed to 92 settling families.

Sources

  • 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).
  • 2 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

  • 3 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
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Thomas Moore, of Dorchester & Windsor's Timeline

1610
1610
England
1645
December 18, 1645
Age 35
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
1645
Age 35