James Moore of Convoy1

M, #67, b. circa 1745/46, d. 23 February 1824
Last Edited: 4 Apr 2021

Family 1:


Family 2:

Frances Gray b. c 1740, d. 21 Feb 1783


William Moore of Lebanon1,7 b. 1 Dec 1772, d. 9 May 1841
John Moore of Philadelphia+1 b. 3 Dec 1774, d. 1830
Frances Moore1 b. 1 Jan 1777, d. 18 Aug 1858
Lydia Moore1 b. 2 Apr 1779, d. 29 Jan 1839
Rosanna Moore1 b. 1 Jan 1781, d. 10 Jul 1829
Esabella Moore1 b. 13 Feb 1783, d. 17 Feb 1783
Jean Moore1 b. 13 Feb 1783, d. 17 Feb 1783


  • Residence: before 1785; Convoy, County Donegal, Ireland1
  • Residence: November 1785; Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland1
  • Immigration*: 1802; from Ireland1
  • Residence*: April 1803; Womelsdorf, Berks Co., Pennsylvania1
  • Note*: James Moore of Convoy and his children were closely allied to the family of William Moore of Reading, the direct line of Moores traced in this database. Both families immigrated around the 1790s and early 1800s, locating in nearby towns, with common land investment interests, and numerous cross-family bequests in wills. The origins of this alliance are unknown to this database compiler. There may have been a clan relationship from their Scots-Irish origins; there may have been an earlier tie by marriage - perhaps Francis Gray was of William Moore's family. These explanations are purely speculation, with no shred of evidence known to this compiler.

    The James Moore family is documented in this database due to that close alliance, and simply to help untangle the many Moores around Berks county.
  • Note: Document entitled "Deed of Settlement on the Intermarriage of James Moore and Frances Gray Dated the 12 day of febry 1772".

    Indenture between parties:
    - First, James Moore of Convoy in the County of Dongall, merchant.
    - Second, Frances Gray of Convoy, widow.
    - Third, William Moore of the City of Londonderry, merchant, and Andrew Sawyers of Convoy, merchant.
    - James Moore and Frances Gray are about to marry.
    - Frances has minor children: Elizabeth, Cathrine, Ann & Robert.
    - The children are entitled to 120 lb. sterling.
    - James Moore has executed his bond payable for 120 lb. sterling to William Moore and Andrew Sawyer as trustees for the children.
    Now it is agreed:
    - James Moore acknowledges receipt of five Shillings sterling from William Moore & Andrew Sawyer in consideration of the intended marriage.
    - James Moore will provide for the children until they reach age 21.
    - When the children reach age 21, William Moore and Andrew Sawyer will give the children 120 pounds sterling, dividing it in proportion as they see fit.
    - In case of deaths....
    Signed by:
    - Andw. Sayer
    - and by witnesses: John Moore, Robt. Moore

    Abstracted by Jeff Moore.3
  • Note: The bible of James Moore states:
    "James Moore of Convoy was
    married the 12th Day of February
    in the year of our Lord
    1772. Aged 26 years"1
  • Note: The bible of James Moore contains the following statements. Presumably the named William and John are his sons. The then living three daughters would have been Frances, Lydia and Rosanna. The bible is silent regarding the immigration dates of his wife's Gray children.

    "William Moore went to Derry in March 1788

    John Moore sailed for America on the 26th June 1791

    James Moore came to live in Letterkenny in November 1785

    William Moore sailed for America in the year 1795 and month of June

    James Moore set sail for America with his three Daughters
    in the year 1802 and settled in Womelsdorf the April of 1803
    where he continued to reside untill his decease"1
  • Note: Berks County Pa. Court of Common Pleas Naturalization of James Moore 5 Nov 1813. Original is in family possession.4
  • Note: Gravestone photo:
    In the Memory of
    James Moore
    who Departed this Life
    February 23 in the Year of our Lord 1824
    in the 79th Year of his Age"5
  • Note: Will of James Moore of Womelsdorf, alias Middle Town, Berks County, Pennsylvania, dated 6 December 1820, registered 22 April 1824.
    Bequeaths to his three daughters Frances Moore, Lydia Moore and Rosanna Moore his house and lot in the town of Womelsdorf and furniture;
    and to his sons William Moore, John Moore and Charles Moore each two hundred dollars;
    and to Nancy Gray daughter of his late wife by her former husband one hundred dollars.
    These cash bequests to be paid out of the his personal property which consists in cash, store goods and debts due the store.
    Residual to sons William and John, and daughters Frances, Lyddia and Rosanna.
    Executors son William and daughter Frances.
    Signed, not marked.
    Witnesses William Moore, John Moore and David Moore, who all appeared 22 April 1824.

    Photocopy obtained from Berks County Pa., Register of Wills. Also viewed on Family Search Berks County Estates, image 1450. Abstracted by Jeff Moore.6


  1. [S78] James Moore's Family Bible: Family record pages, presumably cut from a bible, starting with the 1772 marriage of James Moore of Convoy, and documenting his children's events. Consists of three loose pieces of paper, six sides, kept inserted into the Dr. Wm Moore Family Bible.
  2. [S155] Sensenig, Pearl E., and Wanda M. Gartner. Records of Zion Lutheran and Reformed Cemetery Burials, Womelsdorf, Berks County, Pennsylvania. Womelsdorf, Pa., Tulpehocken Settlement Historical Society, 1990., p. 44.
  3. [S42] Deed of Settlement on the Intermarriage of James Moore and Frances Gray, dated 1772. Two page manuscript in family possession.
  4. [S13] Berks Co., Pennsylvania,Court of Common Pleas. Naturalization of James Moore 5 Nov 1813. In family possession.
  5. [S56] FindAGrave.com.
  6. [S19] Berks County, Pennsylvania. Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans' Court. Copy obtained from county. Also FHL microfilm series titled 'Estate files, 1752-1915'. File: Moore, James, WD, 1824. FHL microfilm 1818883. FamSrch Image 1450.
  7. [S173] William Moore of Lebanon Family Bible. Published Philadelphia, M. Carey, 1814. In possession of descendants of Dr. Wm Moore; sold in 'Seyler Auction', lot #66. Title page inscribed 'Willm Moore Lebanon'. The 'Family Record' page records: the marriage of William Moore & Elizabeth Groffn 23 Nov 1800, and their deaths, and the marriage of their nephew W. Moore Guilford & Ann Mary Elder, 10 July 1834. Pasted in a front leaf are obituaries of sisters Catharine Elizabeth (Doll) Guilford and Mary Ann (Doll) Moore.