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Thomas Moorman, Sr

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Green Springs, Louisa, Virginia
Death: November 10, 1767 (62)
Bedford, Virginia
Place of Burial: Chestnut Fork, Bedford County, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Moorman, Sr and Elizabeth Moorman
Husband of Rachel Ballard and Elizabeth Moorman
Father of Mary Johnson / Miller; Zachariah Moorman; Micajah Clark Moorman, jr; Clark Terrell Moorman; Elizabeth Johnson and 12 others
Brother of Andrew Moorman; Judith Douglas; Anne Martin; Achilles Moorman and Charles Moorman, Jr.

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About Thomas Moorman, Sr

Thomas Moorman and Rachel Clark were evidently married in Louisa County, and must have lived there a number of years afterwards, since the births of the first seven of their children are recorded in the register of the "Cedar Creek Meeting (Quaker), Hanover County."

The names of their last children are taken from the will of Thomas Moorman.

Thomas Moorman came with his family to Bedford County only a few years before his death, and bought land in that portion of the county which is now Campbell. They were Quakers, and the records of that denomination show that " Thomas and Rachel Moorman removed from the Monthly Meeting, held at Golansville, Caroline County, March 9, 1767, to the Monthly Meeting, held at South River, in Bedford County. (Taken from "Our Quaker Friends," by J. P. Bell of Lynchburg.)

Thomas Moorman's will, made July 22, 1765, and probated in Bedford County, November 25, 1766, mentions, wife, Rachel; children: Mary Johnson, Pleasant, Charles, Aggothy Johnson, Clark, Terrell, Cilly, Rachel, Andrew, Zachariah and Micajah. (Will Book "A", page 32.)

About 1730 Thomas married Rachel Clark (d.1792), daughter of Christopher Clark, a prosperous tobacco planter and before he joined the Friends, a captain in the colonial army. About 1746 he moved to Caroline County and became a member of the Golansville Meeting, and shortly before he died to Bedford (later Campbell) County, becoming a member of the South River Meeting, near Lynch's Ferry (later Lynchburg). In 1762 he purchased 200 acres in this region on Tomahawk Creek.

Thomas and Rachel had thirteen children, four of whom married into the Johnson family. The Moormans and Johnsons must hold one of the records for intermarriage. Both families were exceedingly large and their young people were greatly restricted in choice of helpmeet's by reason of the Quaker rule of disowning members who married outside of the church. In 1772 Ann Moorman was disowned, in quaint Quaker phrase, "for marrying out from among us by a hireling priest" (paid preacher), and about the same time Zachariah (1732-1789), son of Thomas, suffered the same penalty for the same misdemeanor. Among other families with whom the Moormans intermarried were those of Clark, Lynch, Chiles, Butterworth, Ballard and Douglas. Thomas's daughter Rachel married Stephen Goggin, Jr., and their daughter Parmela, Samuel Clemens; Parmela's son, John M. Clemens, was the father of Samuel L Clemens (Mark Twain). Thomas's granddaughter Rachel, daughter of his son Zachariah married Benjamin Butterworth,

Thomas Moorman and Rachel Moorman Clark were second cousins. Thomas' grandfather Thomas and Rachel's grandmother Sallie Ann were brother and sister.
In 1762 Thomas, Jr., son of Charles, Jr., bought 2OO acres on Tomahawk creek and moved there in 1767 from Golansville, Caroline County, having previously married Rachel Clark; they carried to South River Meeting the following certificate: "Thomas and Rachel Moorman having removed from under our care and within the verge of your Meeting, requested a recommendation to you. After due care we do not find but that he has settled his worldly affairs to satisfaction and they have always been esteemed as orderly persons and held in good unity among us"—signed in behalf of the Meeting by Samuel Hargrave, clerk.

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Thomas Moorman, Sr's Timeline

September 14, 1705
Green Springs, Louisa, Virginia
February 19, 1730
Age 24
Hanover County, Virginia, Colonial America
February 2, 1732
Age 26
Camp Creek, Louisa, VA, USA
August 25, 1735
Age 29
Hanover, VA, USA
September 8, 1735
Age 29
Louisa County, Virginia, United States
April 20, 1738
Age 32
Campbell, Virginia, United States
August 6, 1740
Age 34
Louisa Co., VA
January 23, 1743
Age 37
Hanover, VA, USA
Age 38
Hanover County, Virginia