1. James m. Mary Todd their children were William, Robert and James
2. John m. dau of Andrew Jack d. 1778 in battle
3. Henry d. unmarried 1801
4. Charles m. Molly Whittier
5. Polly (probably Mary)
6. Peggy (probably Margaret)
This was all well and good until today when I randomly found the wills of two men named John Moore who died in 1741 and 1747. I have written a brief synopsis of each will that includes the name of the wife and children and other persons named in the wills.
1741 Will of John Moore of Londonderry, New Hampshire
Date of Will: 19 June 1741
Children named in Will:
mentioned in the will: his "honored father" William Cochran, cousin Hugh Wilson, my "brother" Andrew Todd
Proved: August 26, 1741
1747 Will of John Moore of Chester, New Hampshire
Date of Will: 22 June 1747
Children named in Will:
Note: none of the daughters are married, none of the sons are over 21
The John who was the father of my ancestor Charles seems to be #2 who was married not to Jane but to Mary. And why does the John married to Jane call William Cochran his "honored father"?This of course has set me off on an internet chase for details about the two Johns. Here goes:
|Charter John Moor includes the family legend|
John emigrated with his parents, Samuel and Mary and other families to Londonderry, New Hampshire in 1720 and died there in 1741 at the age of 49. John married Jean (Jane) Cochran, daughter of William and Agnes Cochran, also from Ireland. John and Jean (Jane) were married by the Rev. James McGregor on 2 April, 1723. John's sister Beatrix was married to Andrew Todd. John and Jean had eight children, the seven mentioned in his will, and Euphemia who died at an early age. This is the John Moore in the 1741 will.
2. John Moore lived in both Londonderry and Chester. He also leased in Feb. 1736 a house in Boston from John Wheelwright of Boston. His wife was named Mary, there is no record of their marriage. He and Mary had seven children, all named in his will dated 1747. This is my ancestor, the father of Charles Moore and the writer of will number two.
This story had led me to a Capt. John Moore who also lived in New Hampshire about the same time as these two Johns. He was born May 6th 1723 in Ireland. He married three times to Mary Ann Clendennin, Mary Cochran and Naomi McFarland. He had the following children: William, Andrew, John, Abraham, James, Samuel and Mary.
There was also a John Moore, married to Janet who lived "in the English range of lots". He died Jan. 24, 1774. They had the following children: William, Elizabeth, Robert and Daniel.
I could not find a John Moore married to a Jane Morrison. There was however a Hugh Moore who married Janet Morrison.
So, now I'm off to ancestry.com to amend my family tree.
Benjamin Chase, History of Old Chester 1719 to 1869, Auburn N.H., 1869
State of New Hampshire. Town Charters, Vol 33
Genealogy of the Moore Family of Londonderry and Peterborough, New Hampshire, 1648-1924
Ezra Sterns, The Moore Families of Londonderry, New Hampshire, New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol 51.