Augustus Moore Family Papers, ca. 1791-1919, undated

Manuscript Collection #1216

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Augustus Moore Family Papers
Creator: Augustus Moore Family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Collection (ca. 1791-1919) consists of items related to the Augustus Moore (June 8, 1803-March 23, 1851) family of Chowan and Halifax Cos., N.C., his children Augustus Minton Moore, William Armistead Moore, Henrietta Moore Sutton, Susan Augustus Moore Righton, Mary Elizabeth Moore, Alfred Moore and John Armistead Moore, and the descendants of John Armistead Moore. Included are account books, legal records, land transactions, estate records, correspondence, clippings, and autograph books (1855, 1865) belonging to family members who attended Miss Willard’s Female Seminary in Troy, N.Y., and Patapsco Female Institute in Ellicott City, Maryland. Also included are identified photographs (cartes de visite, tintypes, cased pictures, albums) of the Moore, Gilliam, Skinner, and Hall families, religious books such as Roman Catholic Missals, Episcopal Books of Common Prayer and Bibles, UNC-Chapel Hill diplomas (1824), and items related to the 1878 Exposition in Paris, France.
Extent: 4.5 Cubic feet, 17 archival boxes, consisting of account books, legal records, land records, estate records, correspondence, clippings, autograph books, photographs, photograph albums, Bibles, Books of Common Prayer, Catholic Missals, diplomas, and ephemera

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

March 11, 2014, (unprocessed) 4.5 cubic feet; Collection (ca. 1791-1919) consists of items related to the Augustus Moore (June 8, 1803-March 23, 1851) family of Chowan and Halifax Cos., N.C., his children Augustus Minton Moore, William Armistead Moore, Henrietta Moore Sutton, Susan Augustus Moore Righton, Mary Elizabeth Moore, Alfred Moore and John Armistead Moore, and the descendants of John Armistead Moore. Included are account books, legal records, land transactions, estate records, correspondence, clippings, and autograph books (1855, 1865) belonging to family members who attended Miss Willard’s Female Seminary in Troy, N.Y., and Patapsco Female Institute in Ellicott City, Maryland. Also included are identified photographs (cartes de visite, tintypes, cased pictures, albums) of the Moore, Gilliam, Skinner, and Hall families, religious books such as Roman Catholic Missals, Episcopal Books of Common Prayer and Bibles, UNC-Chapel Hill diplomas (1824), and items related to the 1878 Exposition in Paris, France. All of these materials were in the home of Elizabeth Vann Moore (February 3, 1912-January 1, 2010) of Edenton, N.C. Gift of Carter R. Rowe, Jr.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Augustus Moore Family Papers (#1216), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Carter R. Rowe, Jr.

Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Augustus Moore (1803-1851) and his wife Susan Maria Jordan Armistead Moore (1812-1884) were the progenitors of the Moore family of Chowan and Halifax Cos., North Carolina. Their children were William Armistead Moore, Susan Augustus Moore Righton, Henrietta Moore Sutton, Augustus Minton Moore, Mary Elizabeth Moore, John Armistead Moore, and Alfred Moore. Their great granddaughter was Elizabeth Vann Moore (1912-2010) who was a well-respected local historian and genealogist in Edenton, Chowan County, N.C.

Preliminary Inventory Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

Box 1#1216.1
Material (1805-1885) related to Augustus Moore (1803-1851), his wife Susan Maria Jordan Armistead Moore (1812-1884), and their son William Armistead Moore (1831-1884) includes correspondence, court records, land records, clippings, broadsides, newspapers, speeches, and a letterpress book. Also material related to earlier family members William Armistead and Charles Moore Jr. & Sr. includes a 1791 estate sale, and genealogy notes.
Box 2#1216.2
Material (1859-1909) related to the children and grandchildren of Augustus Moore and Susan Maria Jordan Armistead Moore including land records, reminiscence of the life of Sue Armistead Righton (1862-1866), correspondence, clippings, account books, publications, land records, certificates, and also records relating to the settlement of the estate of Euphemia Matthew in New Zealand. Additionally there is a folder of records (1854-1906, undated) removed from Elizabeth Vann Moore's papers that don't appear to relate to the Augustus Moore family.
Box 3#1216.3
Material (1858-1927) related to Mary Elizabeth Moore (1844-1927), daughter of Augustus Moore and Susan Maria Jordan Armistead Moore, including land records, correspondence, estate records, clippings, postcards, her Missal and her Pocket Manual of Prayers.
Box 4#1216.4
Material (1841-1912) related to John Armistead Moore (1846-1888), son of Augustus Moore and Susan Maria Jordan Armistead Moore, and his wife Mary Frances Skinner Moore (1850-1928). Includes insurance policies, clippings, correspondence, financial records, memorabilia, legal records, land records, an 1866 student's drawing book (Patapsco Female Institute, Maryland) and an 1865 autograph book, receipts, and 2 Episcopal Books of Common Prayer (1 is a gift inscribed for 1866) and a Bible belonging Mary Skinner Moore. Many of these materials were found in Mary S. Moore's lap desk.
Box 5#1216.5
Material (1891-1968) related to Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Moore (1882-1968), daughter of John Armistead Moore and Mary Frances Skinner Moore, including correspondence, estate records, clippings, an 1891 autograph book, a 1920 Episcopal hymnal, and her Bible (received in 1899).
Box 6#1216.6
Material (1882-1967) related to Carrie Helen Moore (1885-1958), daughter of John Armistead Moore and Mary Frances Skinner Moore, including 2 Bibles (1 received in 1899), 1913 and 1923 editions of publications regarding the history of the Stars and Bars CSA flag, a 1913 cookbook put out by Holy Innocents Church in Henderson, N.C., estate papers, correspondence, clippings and articles related to the history of St. Alban's Episcopal Church and Littleton, N.C., UDC and school certificates, school papers, her 1904 high school annual The Muse from St. Mary's School in Raleigh, N.C., Book of Common Prayer and Hymnal received in 1913, a 1920 Hymnal, and an 1882 autograph book.
Box 7#1216.7
Material (1935-1982) related to John Augustus Moore, Jr. (1917-1982), brother of Elizabeth Vann Moore, including correspondence, schoolwork, UNC-Chapel Hill related printed material (1935-1939), his thesis (1941) from the University of Pennsylvania, paperwork and printed material regarding his military service (1941-1946, and in the Air Force Reserves 1951-1953), and records related to his death.
Box 8#1216.8
Material (1917-2010) related to Elizabeth Vann Moore (1912-2010), daughter of John Augustus Moore, Sr., and Mabel Vann Moore, including correspondence (1923-2010), photographs, 2 Bibles, funeral programs and register book and obituaries, and clippings. Also includes a third Bible that was inscribed to John Augustus Moore III ( 1956-1986) who was Elizabeth Vann Moore's nephew.
Box 9#1216.9
Photographs of Augustus Minton Moore, John Armistead Moore, John Augustus Moore, Jr., Mary A. Moore, Mary E. Moore, Mary Skinner Moore, Susan A. Moore, and other Moore family members. Also includes 3 cased pictures. Ca. 1860s-early 1900s.
Box 10#1216.10
Photographs of Moore family relatives and friends. 1901, 1905, 1959, undated.
Box 11#1216.11
Photographs (1903-1964, undated) of homes in Edenton and Henderson, N.C., St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Littleton, N.C., a piano teacher at St. Mary's School in Raleigh, N.C., and school class photographs. Also includes a daguerreotype of a cemetery monument.
  • Box 12#1216.12 Icon to indicate that there are digitized materials available
    Photograph Album belonging to Mrs. M. S. Moore of Littleton, N.C., containing tintypes and cartes de visite depicting members of the Gilliam family (including probably Jule Gilliam and Judge Henry A. Gilliam in Confederate uniform), the Skinner family, and friends and relatives of Edenton, Halifax, and Louisburg, N.C. Ca. late 1860s through ca. 1900.
  • Box 13#1216.13 Icon to indicate that there are digitized materials available
    Postcards (1906-1917) including greeting cards, holiday cards, humorous cards, scenic shots and cards depicting, Edinburgh in Scotland, Cuba, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and Philadelphia, Pa., Baltimore, Md., N.Y., Va., N.C., and Fla., among other states.
Box 14#1216.14
Ephemera concerning Judge William Armistead Moore including an item identified his soldier's canteen from 1861, a commemorative medal presented to him honoring his services rendered as an honorary commissioner for the 1878 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris, France, and pamphlets listing the saloon passengers on the Royal Mail Steamers "City of Berlin" sailing from New York to Liverpool (1878) and the "City of Brussels" sailing from Liverpool to New York (1879).
Box 15#1216.15
Ephemera concerning Susan M. J. Armistead Moore, Mary Augustus Moore Matthew, Mary A. Moore Righton, and Henrietta Moore including an Apocrypha, a Handbook of The Brotherhood of Saint Andrew in the United States (1901), St. Vincent's Manual (first 34 pages are missing), an 1855 autograph book from Miss Willard's Female Seminary in Troy, N.Y., a tortoiseshell double picture frame (shaped like a compact), and a rosary.
Box 16#1216.16
This box contains oversize items including a 1766 land indenture between Benjamin Scarbrough and Joshua Skinner, both of Perquimans County, N.C., documents related to William Armistead Moore's tenure as a U.S. Commissioner for the Universal Exposition of 1878 at Paris, an 1871 document certifying William A. Moore's appointment by the governor of N.C. as a judge of the Superior Court for the Second District, documents (1852, 1853) certifying that William A. Moore is approved to practice as an Attorney in the County Courts and the Superior Courts in N.C., the September 22, 1882, issue of The Albemarle Enquirer of Edenton, N.C., and a letter (1873) from Augustus Moore in Edenton to his wife Susan A. Moore at Nags Head, N.C. The remaining items are photocopies of remnants of letters that were severely damaged by melted plastic and dampness causing extreme fading of the ink used and disintegration of the letters into pieces.

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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