Samuel Moore of Lebanon1
M, #377, b. circa 1748, d. 12 September 1795
- Birth*: circa 1748; Year of birth calculated from reported 'year of life' at death.
- Marriage*: Principal=(?) unknown
- Marriage*: 1 September 1791; Protestant Episcopal Church, Lancaster, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania; Principal=Jane Fulton2,3
- Death*: 12 September 1795; Shippensburg, Cumberland Co., Pennsylvania; "in 46 year of his life"4
- Burial*: God's Acre Cemetery, Shippensburg, Cumberland Co., Pennsylvania4,5,6
Last Edited: 1 Jun 2020
Father: (?) Moore
- Immigration*: year unknown, presumed from Northern Ireland
- Note*: Siblings and cousins:
Samuel Moore of Lebanon was the brother of William Moore of Reading and they had a cousin David Moore of Chester County. In his 1795 will Samuel Moore appoints executors "my brother William Moore and my cousin David Moore of Chester". In the body of the will he conditionally makes a bequest to "my nephew Thomas Moore son of my brother William Moore". In a 1796 deed selling one of Samuel's properties, the executor is further identified as "William Moore of the Borough of Reading in Berks County Merchant and acting Executor of the Will and last Testament of Samuel Moore late of the Town of Lebanon in the County of Dauphin."
In his will Samuel makes another conditional bequest, to "my brothers and sisters", indicating that there are additional siblings yet to be identified. (Only one is known of, Robert Moore of Reading.)
Cousin David Moore was the son of Judge James Moore (1730-1802) of Chester County. William and David Moore were the executors of Judge Moore's will.
In a biographical sketch of Judge James Moore and another son, written in 1888, the author states "At different times eight nephews and one or more nieces were welcomed to his [Judge Moore's] home...One nephew, Samuel Moore, of Lancaster County, was a captain in the Pennsylvania Line, and was grandfather of General John Fulton Reynolds, the hero of Gettysburg, and of Rear-Admiral William Reynolds."
- Note: First wife and child:
Samuel's 1795 will names son Samuel "about nine years old". This child is not mentioned in widow Jane's 1838 pension application, nor in daughter Lydia's 1825 land grant application. So presumably son Samuel was born about 1786 and died before 1825.
Presumably there was a first wife. Her name has not been recovered. The records of St. James Episcopal church at Lancaster, where the 1791 marriage to Jane Fulton was recorded, contains two earlier marriages by someone named Samuel Moore, to Elizabeth Ruddy in 1775, and to Sophia Taylor in 1776. No evidence was found about either of these couples, and the name Samuel Moore was way to common to make assumptions.7
- Note: Revolutionary War Service:
Samuel Moore entered the Third Regiment of the Pennsylvania Line as a Lieutenant in January 1776, and was promoted to Captain 11 Nov 1776, allowed rank from 20 July 1776. He fought in the battles of Brandywine and Germantown in September and October 1777, and was at Valley Forge for the winter of 1777-1778. In about June or July 1778 the Third Regiment was reduced and consolidated with the 12th, and Samuel Moore released. His widow received a pension for his service.8,9
- Note: Judge:
On 8 Dec 1794 Samuel Moore was commissioned an Associate Judge of Dauphin County.10
- Note: Samuel Moore owned two properties in the town of Lebanon, now Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.
On 16 Oct 1784 he purchased for £556 (Penn.) a 4 by 12 perch lot on Market Street. And on 20 May 1789 he purchased for £545 a two story limestone house and lot on the corner of Cumberland and Market Streets.
On 3 May 1795 Samuel Moore and Jane his wife sold to William Moore of Reading storekeeper for £272 a half interest in the house and lot at Market and Cumberland Streets, called lot No. 67. And two weeks later on 19 May 1795 Samuel and his wife sold to William Moore and Thomas Dundas of the Borough of Reading merchants for £370.13.4 a two thirds interest in the lot on Market Street, called lot No. 80.
In the next year, following Samuel's death, the lot on Market Street was sold to a David Krause in two transactions. On 2 April 1796 William Moore and Mary his wife and Thomas Dundas and Hannah his wife sold their two thirds interest for £400. And on 15 July 1796 William Moore as executor of Samuel Moore sold the remaining third for £200.
The deed of sale of the remaining half-interest in the house at Cumberland and Market Streets was not found.11,12,13,14,15,16
- Note: Will abstract:
Will of Samuel Moore of the town of Lebanon in the County of Dauphin
dated 19 May 1795, proved 21 November 1795.
Names wife Jean Moore, son Samuel about nine years old, and daughter Lydia.
Also names "my nephew Thomas Moore son of my brother William Moore".
And appoints executors "my brother William Moore and my cousin David Moore of Chester".
Bequests household goods including windsor chair set, china and silver and one third of personal estate to wife Jean.
Bequests £800 to son Samuel at age 21 or, not surviving, to nephew Thomas Moore.
Bequests remainder of estate to daughter Lydia or, she and any posthumous child not surviving, then to "my brothers and sisters".
Recorded Dauphin County Wills, Vol. 1A, p. 317. Viewed on FamilySearch.org, image 173.1
- Note: Other Samuel:
This Samuel Moore of Lebanon (1748-1795) is not to be confused with Samuel Moore of Stouchsburg (1786-1848). Samuel Moore of Lebanon and William Moore of Reading (1747-1823) were brothers. Samuel Moore of Stouchsburg and William Moore of Reading were business partners and are not known to be related.
Also note that the town of Lebanon was in the portion of Dauphin County formed into Lebanon County in 1813.
- [S172] Pennsylvania Probate Records, 1683-1994. Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. County courthouses, Pennsylvania. URL: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1999196, Will of Samuel Moore. Dauphin Co., "Wills 1785-1814 vol 1A-1C", Vol. 1A, p. 317, image 173.
- [S67] Egle, William Henry, Notes and queries, historical and genealogical, chiefly relating to interior Pennsylvania., Annual Volume 1897, p. 42, "Marriages, VII, St. James Church at Lancaster, 1791."
- [S77] Fold3, Revolutionary War Pensions. NARA M804. W. 3,107; B.L.Wt. 1148-300. Application of widow Jane Moore; husband Capt. Samuel Moore, 3rd Regiment Penn., p. 5, url: www.fold3.com/image/27213948; Church register, quoted in deposition by rector in 1838.
- [S41] Burkhart, Bill. Cumberland Valley Chronicles : a Bicentennial History. publ. 1976, Shippensburg Historical Society, Pa., p. 342.
- [S173] Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives. url: http://usgwarchives.net/pa/pafiles.htm., Cumberland, Cemetery Records, cvc0001.txt.
- [S74] FindAGrave.com, Samuel Moore, Shippensburg. Gravestone photo, dates illegible.
- [S67] Egle, William Henry, Notes and queries, historical and genealogical, chiefly relating to interior Pennsylvania., Annual Volume 1897, p. 27 & 28, "Marriages, V St. James Church at Lancaster."
- [S77] Fold3, Revolutionary War Pensions. NARA M804. W. 3,107; B.L.Wt. 1148-300. Application of widow Jane Moore; husband Capt. Samuel Moore, 3rd Regiment Penn., https://www.fold3.com/image/27213919
- [S229] Website:, Valley Forge Muster Roll Project, Captain Samuel Moore, url: http://valleyforgemusterroll.org/muster.asp?id=PA04549
- [S68] Egle, William Henry. History of the Counties of Dauphin and Lebanon: In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ; Biographical and Genealogical. publ. 298883, Phil. Everts & Peck. Viewed on Google books., p. 262.
- [S113] Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania, Recorder of Deeds; Deeds, 1729-1867 ; Index, 1729-1894. FHL microfilm series. Images on FamilySearch.org., Marsteller to Moore, 16 Oct 1784. Recorded 7 June 1786, Vol. EE, p. 379. image 525.
- [S58] Dauphin Co., Recorder of Deeds; Deeds, 1785-1850 ; Index to Deeds, 1785-1917. FHL microfilm series. Images on FamilySearch.org., Clunie to Moore, 20 May 1789. Recorded 13 Dec 1797 Dauphin County Deeds, Vol K1, p. 163. Viewed on FamilySearch.org, image 98.
- [S58] Dauphin Co., Recorder of Deeds; Deeds, 1785-1850 ; Index to Deeds, 1785-1917. FHL microfilm series. Images on FamilySearch.org., Moore to Moore, 3 May 1795. Recorded 31 May 1803 Dauphin County Deeds, Vol. M, p. 359. Viewed on Family Search, image 198.
- [S58] Dauphin Co., Recorder of Deeds; Deeds, 1785-1850 ; Index to Deeds, 1785-1917. FHL microfilm series. Images on FamilySearch.org., Moore to Moore & Dundas, 19 May 1795. Recorded 19 April 1797 Dauphin County Deeds vol. 1I, p. 411. Viewed on FamilySearch.org, image 700.
- [S58] Dauphin Co., Recorder of Deeds; Deeds, 1785-1850 ; Index to Deeds, 1785-1917. FHL microfilm series. Images on FamilySearch.org., Moore & Dundas to Krause, 2 April 1796. Recorded 19 April 1797 Dauphin County Deeds, Vol. 1I, p. 413. Viewed on FamilySearch.org, image 701.
- [S58] Dauphin Co., Recorder of Deeds; Deeds, 1785-1850 ; Index to Deeds, 1785-1917. FHL microfilm series. Images on FamilySearch.org., Moore to Krause, 15 July 1796. Recorded 19 April 1797 Dauphin County Deeds, Vol. 1I, p. 414. Viewed on FamilySearch.org, image 701.