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James Moore and Mary Rice of Prince Edward and Halifax Counties in Virginia

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James Moore and Mary Rice of Prince Edward and Halifax Counties in Virginia

Posted: 1168212178000
Classification: Query
This is my direct line. My largest frustration is that I cannot, no matter how hard I try, associate him with his family. We do have the DNA from this line, and it is unusual, so if any other Moore lines matches, there will be no doubt. We have already established that he does not share a common ancestor with the James Moore who died in 1772 in Amelia (related to Thomas Moore and Mary Farrar). We desperately need participants from the other major Moore families of the early Piedmont areas in Virginia to test.

If you connect with this line, please let me know!

Bobbi Estes

James Moore and Mary Rice

James Moore, born 1715-1721, wife Mary Rice, first appears in Amelia County in 1745 as an overseer on the Randolph plantation. This area becomes Prince Edward County in 1754. He lived on Saylor's Creek adjacent to both Joseph and Matthew Rice, father or brother of Joseph Rice who dies in 1766. James Moore is mentioned in Joseph's will as his son-in-law.

A William Moore appears on the tax list of 1748 and purchases land on Sandy Creek abutting Mathew Rice in 1752. In 1748, a Peter Moore appears for only a year in this same area. George Moore's land abuts the land of the Randolph's, but the Randolph's are large absentee landowners, so this may not be relevant. In 1767, James Moore is listed with James Jr. as a second tithable, so James Jr. was born about 1746.

In 1756, a dangerous situation developed when a slave of William Womack after having been outlawed, took refuge in quarters of John Stanton and defended himself with broadax and darts. He had tried to kill his master and neighbors had tried to capture him alive. A group of Abraham Womack, Isham Womack, William Barry, James Moore and William Masters fought with the slave and shot him. He died of his wounds.

By 1770 James moved to Halifax County and is conducting business. James never sells all his land, nor is there a will or probate for his death.
James is on both the property and personal tax lists through 1796, but in
1797 he disappears from the personal tax list. James' sons Mackness and Rice left for Tennessee about this time, and he could conceivably have gone with them, although he would have been about 80 years old. However, his land remains on the property tax list through 1814. He did have a son and grandson James, although his son James apparently left Halifax about 1791.
James may have simply conveyed the deed by hand and the subsequent deeds weren't recorded. He was exempt from paying taxes by 1788 (so probably born in 1718).

James lived on the second fork of Birches Creek. His land began at about the corner of Oak Level and Mountain Road and extends west about a quarter mile, and south to Hummingbird Lane. Current owners found initials of JBM in an old well. James sold land to Edmond Henderson and a Henderson cemetery has been located on the southern portion of this land near Hummingbird Lane.

Another large abandoned cemetery is located back in the woods across Mountain Road, directly across from the Irby Cemetery. It has been bulldozed to some extent, but you can still see where the graves are sunken and where lilies, yucca, periwinkle and box elders have been planted by the graves. The Irby land used to be owned by James Moore, then William Moore, his son, so their land could conceivably have extended to the north side of Mountain road. The deeds and survey are unclear. We do know that at one time William did own land across from Mt. Vernon Church on the headwaters of Polecat Creek where the "Moore Meeting House" once stood.

All of James children except William, Lydia and possibly James moved to Grainger Co., Tn.

* James O. born about 1746, owns land in Halifax in 1783, on the tax
lists through 1791, but then gone. We do find a James Moore living in Grainger County, Tn.

* The Reverend William Moore was born about 1750 and married Lucy
about 1772. In 1783 he is shown with 6 "white souls". William died in 1826 and Lucy lived for another several years (see Rev. William Moore section).

* Lydia, born about 1760, probable daughter, married Edmund Henderson,
about 1780. During the Revolutionary War period, very few marriages were recorded.

* Mackness (Mackerness) born 1760-1765, shows on the tax 1788-1794. He
married Sally Thompson in Halifax County in 1789 and died in 1849. It is believed that the name Mackness in early Virginia is associated with the Good family. The Good(e) family is found in close proximity to both the Moore family and the Rice family in Prince Edward County.

April 13, 1761 - Samuel Goode (and wife Susannah) of Prince Edward to Charles Rice of same for 70#, tract of land on the upper side of Saylors Creek, 330 acres which was granted to Samuel Goode by patent dated July 13, 1760, bounded by Joseph Rice, Abraham Womack, old line of Matthew Rice, William Barnes, Noel Waddil. Signed Samuel Goode. Witness Obadiah
Claybrook, Mathew Rice, James (M his mark) Moore.

Note that Abraham and William Womack, Noel Waddell and the Rice's were consistently listed as neighbors of James Moore. James always signed his name with a very unique "M" with crossed bars and little feet.

* Rice born 1769-1765 appears on the tax list in 1788, moves to the
North part of Halifax for a few years before leaving for Tennessee with his brother. In 1786 he marries Elizabeth Madison. Rice was a Methodist Minister and founded Moore's Chapel in Grainger County, Tn., dieing in 1834.

* Thomas Moore is possibly a son. He is found on Birches Creek in
1783, 1792, 1798, 1799 and 1800. We know via DNA testing that Thomas who married Polly Baker in 1798 (and was dead by 1804 leaving orphans Raleigh and William) was related to this family. If he was not the son of James, then he had to be the son of William.

* Sally Moore married Martin Stubblefield in 1788.

* Mary Moore married Richard Thompson in 1789.

In 1783, James is shown with 6 "white souls" in his household. Subtracting the children who have married or are clearly living outside the home by then, we are left with Mackness, Rice, Sally and Mary at home, which makes sense.
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