|Title:||William Moore Family Papers|
|Repository:||ECU Manuscript Collection|
|Abstract:||Papers (1782-2001) including grants, deeds, promissory notes, plats, slave records, estate inventory, receipts, newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs and genealogical research relating to various members of the William Moore family.|
|Extent:||3.3 Cubic feet, 4 boxes and 1 oversize folder, consisting of land records, promissory notes, slave records, and an estate inventory and settlement records.|
June 23, 1990, 52 items; Papers (1782-1856) of the William Moore family of Pitt County, N.C., including grants, deeds, promissory notes, plats, slave records, estate inventory, receipts, and miscellany. Donor: Mr. Glenn Brooks, Montgomery, Alabama, and Mrs. Rachel Hord, Crescent City, Florida.
August 13, 2002, (addition 1), 33 items, 0.013 cubic feet; Papers (1795-2002) relating to the William Moore family of Greene County and Pitt County, NC, and their business dealings, lands, and estates. Donor: Mrs. Rachel B. Hord.
October 27, 2003, (addition 2), 51 items, 0.02 cubic feet; Papers (1818-1902, undated) relating to the William Moore family of Greene County and Pitt County, NC, and their business dealings, lands, and estates. Donor: Mrs. Rachel Brooks Hord.
March 22, 2007, (addition 3), 260 items, 0.50 cubic feet; Collection (1983-2004, undated) of genealogical research materials, including transcripts, reproductions and photocopies of documents, with research notes by the donor, etc. relating to the William Moore family of Greene County and Pitt County, NC, and the related Brooks, Culpepper, Grimes, Hardee, Llewellyn, Mayo, and Mooring families. Donor: Mrs. Rachel Brooks Hord.
April 6, 2009, (addition 4), 499 items, 1.00 cubic feet; Papers (1773-2001, undated) pertaining to the family of William Moore and related Brooks, Cannon, Hardee, Moore, and Moye families of Greenville and Pitt County, NC; Memphis and Shelby County, TN; and Waco, Jefferson, and Wheelock, TX, including correspondence, financial records, legal papers, and genealogical files. Donor: Mrs. Rachel B. Hord.
March 23, 2012, (unprocessed addition 5), 0.05 cubic feet; Most of the material (1838-1919, 1989, undated) relates to the Moore family including a Nov. 1865 document dealing with debts owed by the J & M Moore, merchants in Greenville, N.C., and 3 accounts owed to them for 1860 and 1861, receipts and promissory notes (1869-1919), photocopy of notes made about the 1918 sale of John Moore’s land, family photographs, birth and death records, a document (undated) stating that John Moore (17th Reg. N.C. Militia) is an owner of over 20 slaves and is discharged from military service, 1871 insurance policy, information on Civil War service, and photocopies of Bank of Washington (N.C.) money dated 1858 and post WWII Japanese occupation money. Material related to the Brooks family includes an 1869 indenture, typescript of an 1838 letter from H. Brooks of Big Creek (Tennessee) recounting his recent 2 month trip to Arkansas and Texas, information (from 1820s through 1840s) on the Brooks and Hardee families found in the Red Banks Primitive Baptist Church (Pitt Co., N.C.) minutes, promissory notes (1902-1919), death records for Brooks and Tucker families and genealogical notes. Donor: Mrs. Rachel Brooks Hord.
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
William Moore Family Papers (#596), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Processed by C. Crews, March 1991 Amanda Keeny November 2010
Encoded by Apex Data Services
William Moore (circa 1754-July 19, 1828) was living in Pitt County by 1797 when he was granted 200 acres on Grindall Creek. He married Annis Llewellyn (d. October 12, 1837), daughter of John Llewellyn of Martin County, before 1790. William and Annis had ten children named Rickey, John, Mary, Whitmill (April 5, 1798-circa 1832), Marina, Susannah, Lucinda and Alfred (November 29, 1809-circa 1838), William and Annis. Rickey Moore (December 11, 1790-circa 1834) married Mary Grimes on March 5, 1829. Mary Moore (b. June 7, 1796) married Henry Forrest around 1814. Marina Moore (October 19, 1800- July 20, 1858) married Allen Hardee around 1821. Susannah Moore (b. December 15, 1803) married Alexander Brinkley around 1823. Lucinda Moore (December 18, 1806-November 5, 1874) married Joseph W. Godley around 1833. William Moore (November 11, 1811-July 17, 1886) married Arcena Powell on January 6, 1833. Annis Moore (December 23, 1813-October 25, 1834) married James Nelson on December 17, 1832. John Moore (March 29, 1794-March 4, 1859) married Penelope Hardee on December 2, 1819. Prior to the Civil War, John and his cousin, Marcellus Moore, owned a store in Greenville, NC called the J. & M. Moore Store. John later owned a store on 5th and Cotanche Streets. John and Penelope had 16 children, one of whom was named Martha. Martha married Edwin Brooks, the great-grandson of James Brooks.
James Brooks’ (1720-1806) son William Brooks (ca.1751-1816) married Sarah Hardee. They both lived in Pitt County, NC. William and Sarah had sons named Southey, Francis, and twins Wilkes and Joseph. Southey Brooks (ca. 1779-pre-1860) married Livinia Moye. He moved to Shelby County, TN and later to Arkansas. Francis Brooks (1786-1874) married Elizabeth Hardee. He later married Mary Mills. (See related Francis Brooks Papers #370.1-370.2.) Francis and Elizabeth had a son named Edwin (1820-1863) who married Martha Moore, daughter of John and Penelope Hardee Moore. Edwin and Martha’s son, John Wilkes Brooks (1856-1921) married Susan Elizabeth Fields in 1884. They had six sons and four daughters. One of their sons, Francis Edwin (b. 1885) married Bessie Wootton in 1911. They had children named Francis Edwin Brooks, Glenn Wootton Brooks (donor of papers), William Gray Brooks, Paul Brooks, Blanche Brooks and Rachel Brooks (donor of papers).
Regarding Willam and Sarah’s twins (b.1785), Wilkes moved to Memphis, TN and died in 1849. Joseph married Jemima Cannon and moved to Shelby County, TN. He died in 1835. Joseph and Jemima had sons named William, Belvidere, and Joseph Wilkes Brooks. Belvidere Brooks (1825-1862) moved from Pitt County, NC to Shelby County, TN and then to Wheelock, TX. Joseph Wilkes Brooks (1829-1916) married Josephine Smith (1835-1885). Born in Pitt County, NC, he moved to Shelby, TN, and then to Waco, TX. William Brooks (1818-1868) married Matilda Hughes. He moved from Pitt County, NC to Shelby County, TN and then to Jefferson, TX. William and Matilda had three children named Martha, Robert J. and William.
The papers consist of materials relating to the William Moore Family of Greene and Pitt Counties in North Carolina, as well as other families that are related to the Moores by marriage. Included in this collection are financial and legal documents (1782-1902, undated) associated with the Moore Family. These include bills of sale, receipts, land plats, promissory notes, indentures, deeds, surveys, and estate inventories. Of interest are Smith family deeds (1818) that exemplify the sale of land by a guardian of infant heirs, sale of multiple tracts, and sale of dower lands in the estate of a deceased husband. Also included is a record of a sale by a minor (1824). Much of the remainder is concerned with the settlement of the estate of William Moore (1830-1835), including an inventory, which lists twenty-six slaves by name. A marriage license (1832) for James Nelson and Annice Moore also has genealogical notes on the Llewellyn family on the back. Records of sales of slaves (1797-1818), promissory notes and notes receivable (1818-1823), and legal papers concerning amounts of money owed William Moore and his estate are also included.
The papers also include financial documents relating to the J. & M. Moore Store (1859-1890). These receipts, transactions, and correspondence show the names of many Greenville citizens, as well as what people ordered, how much it cost, and where merchants purchased their merchandise.
The bulk of the papers consist of genealogical research material relating to the William Moore family and the James Brooks family. These materials include notes and correspondence between the donor and her contacts, newspaper clippings, photocopies of research documents and published material, photographic prints, and photocopies of photographic prints. In the folder of genealogical materials relating to William and Annis Lewellyn Moore (#596.1.a) is a handwritten document (undated) entitled “A few lines to the drunkard hopeing (sic) he will see his Error and turn from his bad habbit (sic) and be wise. Simptoms (sic) etc. of drunkard”. Also included in the Moore family genealogical materials is a bound, typescript copy (2003) of “Some Moore Kin: Descendants of William and Annis Llewellyn Moore of Pitt and Greene Counties North Carolina,” composed and compiled by Rachel Brooks Hord, the donor of the collection. The document contains Mrs. Hord’s interpretations of the genealogical research material that she compiled about the Moore family.
The genealogical research material related to the Brooks family contains several items written by, to, or about the individual whose folder they are placed in. In the Francis Brooks Family folder (#596.3.e) are two letters (June 30, 1907, July 28, 1907) written by Francis (“Frank”) Brooks. Included in the Edwin Brooks Family folder (#596.3.f) is a bill of sale (1859) in which Edwin Brooks paid Frances Brooks, $4,000 for five family slaves named John, Viney, Nancy, Joseph, and Mahly. In this same folder are three letters (1896, undated) written by Edwin’s daughter, Melissa, to Elder P. D. Gold, one of which is an obituary for her mother, Martha Moore Brooks. The John Wilkes Brooks Family folder (#596.3.g) contains three Pitt County deeds (1885, 1891, 1963), a letter (1886) from M. Fields to his sister, Elizabeth Fields Brooks (wife of John Wilkes Brooks), a County of Pitt-North Carolina Taxpayer’s Notice for 1934 Taxes, a copy (1977) of “Zion’s Landmark: Published Monthly by Primitive or Old School Baptist,” and several other letters written to Mr. or Mrs. John Wilkes Brooks or family members.
Also included in the genealogical research materials of this collection are the Culpepper, Lewellyn, Mooring, Mayo, Grimes, Hardee and Moye families.
The oversized material in this collection consists of deeds and indentures acquired by the Moore family (1784-1879). There is also a Confederate States of America $100 bond (1863).
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.
William Moore (ca. 1754-1828) & Annis Llewellyn Genealogy (1990) including transcripts, reproductions & photocopies of documents with notes by the donor. 27 items. 53 p. Notes: Annis (ca. 1770-1837) was the daughter of John Llewellyn, a Tory, from Martin County, NC.
Moore Daughters: Marina, Susannah, Lucinda & Annis Genealogy (1994-2003) including transcripts, reproductions & photocopies of documents with notes by the donor, etc. 28 items. 55 p. Notes: Daughters of William Moore & Annis Llewellyn: Marina (1800-1937), Lucinda (1806-1874), Susannah (1803-1870s), Annis (1813-1837.
John Moore, Jr. Genealogy (n.d.) including transcripts, reproductions & photocopies of documents with notes by the donor, etc. 42 items. 57 p. Notes: John Moore, Jr. (1828-1888) was the son of John & Penelope Hardee Moore.
George Richard Marcellus Moore Genealogy (2001-2003) including transcripts, reproductions & photocopies of documents with notes by the donor, etc. 43 items. 71 p. Notes: George Richard Marcellus Moore (1835-1888) was the son of William Moore, Jr. & Arcena Powell. Most of this material was provided by Lawrence Watts, a descendant.
Moore Family Name General Information (1987-2004) including transcripts, reproductions & photocopies of documents with notes by the donor, etc. 21 items. 61 p.
Culpepper - Llewellyn - Mooring - Mayo - Grimes Family Genealogy (1987-2002) including transcripts, reproductions & photocopies of documents with notes by the donor, etc. 39 items. 96 p. Notes: Families related to Annis Llewellyn & Moore families.
Hardee Family Genealogy (1983-1997) including transcripts, reproductions & photocopies of documents with notes by the donor, etc. 59 items. 214 p. Notes: Related to Brooks & Moore families.
Some Moore Kin: Descendants of William and Annis Llewellyn Moore of Pitt and Greene Counties, North Carolina . . . Composed and compiled by Rachel Brooks Hord, Crescent City, FL 2003. Photocopy typescript. Loose-leaf bound. 1 item. 53 p.
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