On this day, 20 November 1864, George Moore, my 4th great-grandfather, passed away.
Born in Scotland circa 1811, nothing is known of George Moore’s childhood or his parentage, unfortunately.
What is known is that in 1831, at the age of 19, George Moore, a farmer, immigrated to the United States. Departing from London, England, he sailed aboard the ship Adison and arrived in New York, New York on 3 September 1831.
George Moore eventually crossed the border into New Jersey, making his way to Monmouth County. We know this because on 14 November 1837, he married Hannah Chamberlin in Toms River, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Hannah was the daughter of James Woodmansee Chamberlin and Rebecca Rulon.
The next year, 1838, the couple welcomed their first child, Elwood W. Moore, who was born in Dover Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey.
On 12 July 1839, George Moore filed an insolvent debtors’ request in Freehold, Monmouth County, New Jersey. The debt was remanded.
In 1840, the Moore family was residing in Dover Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Living in the household was one free white male under five years (Elwood), one free white male age 20 to 30 (George), and one free white female age 20 to 30 (Hannah).
Daughter Rebecca Ann Moore (my 3rd great-grandmother) was born in 1841, in Waretown, New Jersey.
In 1843, son George W. Moore was welcomed to the family.
Another son, James Chamberlin Moore, was born on 26 March 1844.
Four years later, on 14 July 1848, tragedy struck the Moore family, when George’s wife Hannah (Chamberlin) Moore died in Waretown, New Jersey. She was buried at the Old Waretown Presbyterian Cemetery.
Left with young four children to raise alone, George Moore decided that he needed to marry again. On 2 October 1849, George Moore wed Lucy Ann Hilliard, the widow of Joseph Grover, in Toms River, New Jersey. With this marriage, George became stepfather to Lucy Ann’s teenage son, James Grover.
On 9 February 1850, George Moore purchased 8/10 of a cedar swamp and upland (approximately 60 acres) in Union Township from his late wife’s siblings. This land had been willed to the heirs of James Woodmansee Chamberlin, Hannah’s father, who had died in April 1840. George Moore paid $105 for the acreage.
Then, on 15 February 1850, Ocean County was formed from a portion of Monmouth County. The area in which the Moore Family resided was now part of Ocean County.
A few months later, on 3-4 September 1850, the Moore family was residing in Dover Township, Ocean County, New Jersey. Living in the household were George Moore (age 39), Lucy Ann Moore (age 37), James Grover (age 16), Elwood W. Moore (age 12), Rebecca A. Moore (age 12), George W. Moore (age 8), and James C. Moore (age 6). George Moore’s occupation was listed as charcoal, while James Grover was working as a laborer. The real estate owned by George Moore was valued at $1,000.
On 16 March 1852, a land transaction was recorded between George Moore and the Estate of David Hilliard, Lucy Ann’s father.
On 7 July 1860, the Moore family was living in Waretown, Ocean County, New Jersey. Residing in the household were George Moore (age 48), Lucy Ann Moore (age 47), Elwood Moore (age 21), Rebecca Moore (age 19), George Moore (age 17), and James Moore (age 15). George was a farmer, while Elwood was a fisherman. The real estate owned by George Moore was valued at $800.
On 12 April 1861, 700 miles from the Moore family, Confederate shore batteries under the command of General P.G.T. Beauregard opened fire on Union-held Fort Sumter in Charleston Bay, South Carolina. During the next 34 hours, 50 Confederate guns and mortars launched more than 4,000 rounds at the fort. The next day, Major Robert Anderson surrendered the fort. Then, on 15 April 1861, Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for 75,000 volunteer soldiers to quell the Southern “insurrection.”
George Moore’s son, Elwood W. Moore, answered the call, joining the 2nd Regiment, New Jersey Infantry for a three-month stint in 1861. Two years later on 22 October 1863, Elwood married Mary E. Tantum in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
The next year, son James Chamberlin Moore enlisted in the Union Army, joining Company A, 38th Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers, on 19 September 1864. Son George W. Moore also joined the military, enlisting in Company F, 13th New Jersey Volunteers. (Date of enlistment is unknown.)
Two months later, tragedy struck. On 20 November 1864, George Moore, age 53, died in Manchester, Ocean County, New Jersey. The cause of death is unknown. He was buried beside his first wife, Hannah, in Old Waretown Presbyterian Cemetery, Waretown, Ocean County, New Jersey.