William Moore of Lebanon1

M, #68, b. 1 December 1772, d. 9 May 1841
Last Edited: 5 Apr 2021

Parents:

Father: James Moore of Convoy1,2 b. c 1745/46, d. 23 Feb 1824
Mother: Frances Gray1,2 b. c 1740, d. 21 Feb 1783

Family:

Elizabeth Graff b. 25 Dec 1778, d. 21 Apr 1845

Notes

  • Emigration*: June 1795; from Derry, Ireland
  • Note*: List of notes:
    1 - Family
    2 - Emigration
    3 - Marriage
    4 - Will of father
    5 - Named in History of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties
    6 - Reference to business
    7 - Trustee of William Moore of Reading
    8 - Burial
    9 - Abstract of will
  • Note: 1 - Family
    In this database this William Moore is usually called "William Moore of Lebanon" to distinguish him from the dozen other William Moores.

    William Moore came from Ireland to America in 1795 at about age 22. He followed his brother John who came in 1791 and settled in Philadelphia. And he was followed by his father James Moore and sisters Frances, Lydia and Rosanna and half-sister Ann Gray who all came in 1802 and settled in Womelsdorf. His other half-siblings also came to America: Elizabeth (Gray) Love, Catharine (Gray) Henderson and Robert Gray.

    He resided in the borough of Lebanon by the time of his marriage to Catharine Graff in 1800, and was in the mercantile business firm "Oves & Moore" by 1802. He is described as a merchant in many land deeds. He rose to president of the local bank and was a city official.

    William Moore of Lebanon is important to the story of the other main family of Moors in this database in two ways: as trustee of the bankrupt William Moore of Reading, and as "adoptive" father of Mary Ann Doll, the future wife of Dr. William Moore of Womelsdorf. These two Moore families are not known to be related.

    In 1813 Mary Magdalena Graff, wife of Conrad Doll, died leaving two daughters about ages of two and three. Daughter Mary Ann Doll was raised by her mother's sister Elizabeth Graff wife of this William Moore of Lebanon. Mary Ann later in 1840 married Dr. William Moore of Womelsdorf. The other daughter Catharine Elizabeth Doll was first raised by other aunts, and then also came and lived with William and Catharine. Catharine Elizabeth Doll later married Simeon Guilford, a good friend William Moore of Lebanon.

    In 1822 William Moore of Reading, as an insolvent debtor, assigned all his property to two trustees, who were to sell the lands and pay off his creditors as best possible. William Moore of Lebanon was one of the trustees.

    William Moore of Lebanon wrote his will in 1841, naming around thirty three relatives and friends - a goldmine of genealogical information. William Moore of Lebanon used relationship terms for all his relatives. He did not use relationship terms for Dr. William Moore, helping convince this compiler that their two respective families were not related.
  • Note: 2 - Emigration:

    "William Moore went to Derry in March 1788
    ...
    William Moore sailed for America in the year 1795 and month of June"1
  • Note: 3 - Marriage:

    - William Moore's family bible:

    "William Moore son of James & Frances Moore
    born 1st December 1772,
    Elizabeth Graff daughter of Andrew & Catharine Graff
    born 25th December 1778
    were married at the residence of Andrew Graff
    23rd November 1800"

    - Per the Moravian records, as transcribed from the German by Felker:

    "Nov 9, 1800, Wilhelm Moore, single, of Lebanon, and Elizabeth Graff, single, dau. of Andreas and Catharina Graff, By J.M. Beck, P.L."

    - Note that the year is mistakenly transcribed as 1799 in "Marriages Prior to 1810".2,5,6,7,8
  • Note: 4 - Will of father:

    Will of James Moore of Womelsdorf, alias Middle Town, Berks County, Pennsylvania, dated 6 December 1820, registered 22 April 1824.
    Names his six children including William Moore, who is also one of the executors.9
  • Note: 5 - Named in History of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties:

    - William Moore is mentioned in the context of a Frederick Kelker, who "...at Lebanon. In May, 1801, [Kelker] entered the store of Oves & Moore, and in March, 1805, removed to Harrisburg, where, in partnership with his former employers, he established in that town the first exclusively hardware-store. In 1811 he purchased the interest of his partners and became the sole owner.

    - William Moore is mentioned in the context of a

    - A list of the "Taxable Inhabitants, Lebanon Borough, 1822" includes William Moore.

    - William Moore became the first president of the Lebanon National Bank, chartered in 1831, and held the position until his death in 1841.

    - In 1832 William Moore became the sixth Chief Burgesses of Lebanon borough.10
  • Note: 6 - Reference to business:

    "The corner property where now stands the Lebanon National Bank, is the same where formerly stood a stone building, in which dwelt, in 1830, Mr. William Moore, who was instrumental in establishing the first bank in Lebanon, and became its first president. The lots of the town plot covering Mr. Guilford’s and Mr. Moore’s residences are numbered 66 and 67 respectively. Mr. Moore was a highly honored and leading citizen, filling various offices in the gift of his townspeople. He lies buried in the Old Reformed graveyard, and his grave is marked by a suitable stone. This corner of Ninth and Cumberland was long occupied by a mercantile house, where, I think, Oves & Moore carried on the dry goods business for years. The bank building displaced it about ten or twelve years ago, when it removed hither from where the dining room of Eagle Hotel is now located."11
  • Note: 7 - Trustee of William Moore of Reading:

    William Moore of Lebanon acted as a trustee of William Moore of Reading. In 1822 William Moore of Reading, as an insolvent debtor, following common legal practice, assigned all his assets in trust to two trustees who were to sell his assets and pay of his creditors in an equitable fashion. The two appointed trustees were William Moore of Lebanon and George D. B. Keim of Reading. The trustees combined some of the Reading properties and then subdivided them into smaller lots. About seventeen deeds related to this enterprise were identified, and are listed in this database under William Moore of Reading.12
  • Note: 8 - Burial

    Per William Guilford's data, William and Elizabeth Moore were "Buried in the Tabor (old) German Reformed Graveyard, corner 10th and Walnut Streets, Lebanon Pa." Likewise FindAGrave locates his burial as at First Reformed Church Cemetery, Lebanon (the new name for Tabor First Reformed Church).

    The records of the Lebanon Tabor United Church of Christ contain a document entitled "Inscriptions of graves moved bodies to new location" which lists:

    "#98
    William Moore
    Born Dec 1 1772
    Died 1841
    4 feet [presumably the size of the monument]

    #99
    Elizabeth Moore
    Born Dec 25 1778
    Died April 21 1845
    3 feet 9 inches"

    Klopp's History of Tabor First Reformed Church does not mention the moving of graves.4,13,14
  • Note: 9 - Abstract of will:

    Will of William Moore of Lebanon, written 21 April 1841, recorded 15 May 1841. Abstracted by Jeff Moore.

    To my wife Elizabeth Moore
    - use of my dwelling, House and Lot #67 in the General Plan of the Town of Lebanon
    - use of the stove room on Lot number 66
    - ten thousand and fifty dollars, besides the interest due out of the debts owing to be by Simeon Guilford
    - all furniture in the house
    - ten books of her choice out of my library
    - my carriage and set of harness, and spectacles
    - twelve bushels of wheat and ten cords of wood

    To my sister Frances Moore
    - a bond due by Simeon Guilford, of one thousand dollars, besides the interest on eighty shares of stock in the Harrisburg Bank.

    To my sister Ann Gray
    - twenty shares of stock in the Harrisburg Bank.

    To Polly Moore, the widow of my Brother
    - cash one hundred Dollars

    To my nephew James Moore
    - fifty shares of stock in the Schuylkill Bank
    - fifty two and one sixth shares of stock in the Berks and Dauphine Turnpike
    - forty shares of stock in the Susquehanna Canal Company
    - my horse, Sulky and harness, sleigh and harness
    - my wearing apparel, and two guns, two pistols with the appendages (?)
    - my Library, excepting ten Books given to my wife.

    To my niece Caroline Moore
    - fifty seven shares of stock in the Lancaster Bank
    - sixty shares of stock in the Harrisburg Bank

    To my niece Elizabeth Moore
    - fifty seven shares of stock in the Lancaster Bank
    - sixty shares of stock in the Harrisburg Bank.

    To Christopher Love of Sharpsburg near Pittsburg
    - cash one thousand dollars

    To George Love of Sharpsburg, near Pittsburg, or perhaps in Ohio
    - cash one thousand dollars.

    To William Moore Henderson, of Ohio
    - cash Two thousand Dollars

    To John L(?) Gray of Nanticoke (?) Mills in upper Canada
    - cash two thousand Dollars

    To three sisters of said John L Gray & his Brother's widow
    - cash one thousand Dollars each to be paid to said John L Gray to transmit to them respectively.

    To James Elliot of the Borough of Lebanon
    - twenty shares of stock in the Susquehanna Canal Company.

    To my Cousins, Thomas Moore, James Moore, Lydia Moore and Nancy Moore of Lewistown
    - cash, four hundred dollars each
    - to them severally, a due bill of the Millerstown and Lewistown Turnpike Company for one hundred and thirty five Dollars.

    To John Graff, my brother in law
    - I relinquish my claim to a bond I hold against him

    To William G. Stoy
    - I relinquish all debts and obligations I hold against him

    To Doctor William Moore of Womelsdorf
    - twenty shares of stock in the Susquehanna Canal Company.

    To Mary Anne Moore, the wife of Doctor William Moore
    - one hundred shares of stock in the Harrisburg Bank, to be assigned to her in her own individual right.

    To Simeon Guilford and Doctor William Moore
    - two tracts of land in Indiana County, Pennsylvania
    - any balance owing on a tract of land sold to Solomon Leasure
    - one of the said tracts of land was let on an improving lease; if Meek Kelly, the agent has sold the lands, then said Guilford & Moore shall have the benefit thereof.

    To Catherine Guilford, the wife of Simeon Guilford
    - cash one hundred dollars.

    To William Moore Guilford
    - the house and lot fronting on Market Square, now in the occupancy of Simeon Guilford, #66 in the plan of the Town of Lebanon, leaving the South corner room for the use of the Stove for my wife
    - twenty shares of stock in the Susquehanna Canal Company.

    To Mary Ann Doll Guilford
    - twenty shares of stock in the Susquehanna Canal Company.

    To Robert Emmet Guilford
    - twenty shares of stock in the Susquehanna Canal Company

    Simeon Guilford to be guardian for his children.

    To Rachel Stuart
    - cash one hundred Dollars

    To Frederick Burkhart
    - cash one hundred Dollars

    To Mary Miller
    - cash Fifty Dollars.

    To my nephew James Moore
    - all the residue and remainder of my estate

    In order to carry into effect the foregoing provisions I authorize the executors
    - to make Sale of my three lots of ground, situated north of the Luitasehilla(?) Creek in the Borough of Lebanon; the two lots adjoining said creek, containing together about six acres, to be sold together: on one of (which) is erected a barn
    - they are also to make sale of my farm situated in South Lebanon Township and County of Lebanon, containing about one hundred and fifteen acres


    I appoint executors: my wife Elizabeth Moore, my friend Simeon Guilford and Adam Grittinger, both of the Borough of Lebanon.

    Witnesses: Jb. Goodhart, Henry Dehuff

    Recorded Lebanon County 15 May 1841.15
  • Note: 10 - Lebanon County land records:

    An attempt was made to find all Lebanon County land records to which William Moore of Lebanon was a party. Fifteen were found and are abstracted below. Presumably earlier deeds can be found in Dauphin County records for the period from his immigration around 1795 to 1813 when Lebanon County was formed from Dauphin. Also Berks County deeds for William Moore of Lebanon were not researched beyond those dealing with William Moore of Reading (see in this database under the later).

    On 25 Nov 1817 Georg Trump Junior and his wife Maria granted to William Moore of the Borough of Lebanon merchant, in consideration of $100 money of Pennsylvania, a half lot #120 situated in the Borough of Lebanon on Chestnut Street. Recorded 13 Dec 1817 Lebanon County Deeds Vol. A, p. 516. Viewed on FHL microfilm 21515, image 273.

    On 9 April 1821 the sheriff of Lebanon county granted to William Moore of the Borough of Lebanon, in consideration of the $242, a seventy seven acre tract of land in Jackson Township sold at public auction formerly the land of Christian Ditzier. The sheriff was authorized by the Court of Common Pleas on 12 Aug 1820 to collect on a debt of $98.43 and $1.34 damages owed by Christian Ditzier to William Moore and William Norris executors of the estate of Edward Godwin deceased.

    On 11 Apr 1821 William Moore and William Norris executors of the will of Edward Godwin late of Lebanon County deceased, in consideration of $1430, granted to Philip Greenawalt a tract in the town of Lebanon lot #64. Recorded Lebanon County Deeds, Vol. E, p. 442. Viewed on FHL microfilm 21517, image 257.

    On 10 Jan 1822 William Moore granted to Christian Ditzier junior of Jackson Township in consideration of $370 all the life estate of Christian Ditzier in the tract of land in Jackson Township. Both deeds recorded 12 Jan 1822 Lebanon County Deeds, Vol. B, p. 474. Viewed on FHL microfilm 21515, image 631.

    [So the Godwin estate was even; Moore profited $30; Ditziers got a value of $98 for the cost of $128.]

    On 16 Aug 1828 in settlement of a dispute William Moore of the Borough of Lebanon merchant leased, for three years at one cent per year, to Daniel Keller also a merchant of Lebanon, the right to use a footpath across Moore's lot #67 leading to Keller's lot #66. Witnessed by Jacob B. Weiderman and George W Kline. Recorded 30 Dec 1829 Lebanon Deeds, Vol. D, p. 543. Viewed on FHL microfilm 21516, image 543.

    On 20 Mar 1830 Ferdinand Ringel of Lebanon and Ann his wife, unable to pay his creditors, granted to William Moore and Jacob B. Weiderman all of their estate real and personal and any debts owed to them and any profits arising out of building the Big Dam on Swatart Creek in trust that William Moore and Jacob B. Weiderman shall collect outstanding debts and dispose of all property and shall payoff in full a list of debts owed by Ringel. The debts, amounting to $2250, had all been underwritten by William Moore. Recorded 30 Mar 1830 Lebanon Deeds, Vol. D, p. 326. Viewed on FHL microfilm 21516, image 600.

    On 3 Apr 1830 John B Heister and Adam Heilman, trustees for the creditors of Daniel Keller, in consideration of $130, granted to William Moore a lot situated in the Borough of Lebanon on Chestnut Street, (half of?) lot #120. On the same day William Moore and Elizabeth his wife sold the lot for $130 to George Koemph. Recorded Lebanon Deeds, Vol. D, p. 573. Viewed on FHL microfilm 21516, image 724.

    On 13 Apr 1830 John B Heister and Adam Heilman, trustees for the creditors of Daniel Keller, in consideration of $2530,
    granted to William Moore a two story house and lot of ground on Market Street in the Borough of Lebanon, lot #66. Recorded 19 Apr 1830 Lebanon Deeds, Vol. D, p. 420. Viewed on FHL microfilm 21516, image 649.

    On 6 Oct 1832 William Moore of the Borough of Lebanon and Elizabeth his wife, in consideration of $300, granted to George Reinoehl senior, Jacob Bucher, George Foght and John Entress trustees of the Lutheran Congregation settled in the Borough and Township of Lebanon for the use only of that congregation a lot of ground in the Borough of Lebanon on Walnut Street adjoining the land of William Moore containing one acre. (It being part of land purchased by William Moore from George M. Graff and Elizabeth his wife on 9 Feb 1832.) Recorded 30 Nov 1832 Lebanon County Deeds, Vol. E. p. 442. Viewed on FHL microfilm 21517, image 258.

    On 4 Mar 1834 William Moore and Jacob B. Weidman assignees in trust for the creditors
    of Ferdinand Ringel, in consideration of $1330, granted to Samuel Bowman two contiguous lots of ground in the town of Mount Union in Annville township, one of four acres and 126 perches the other being lot #4. Recorded 4 Nar 1834 Lebanon County Deeds, Vol. E. p. 820. Viewed on FHL microfilm 21517, image 454.

    On 16 Apr 1834 John Krause and Elizabeth his wife, in consideration of $2776, granted to William Moore of Lebanon a tract in Lebanon Township containing 34 acres and 112 perches. Also John Krause bound himself in the amount of $2000 to keep William Moore harmless from a claim on the property that might arise from Jacob Greenawalt in right of his wife. Recorded April 1834 Lebanon County Deeds, Vol. F, p. 88 & 92. Viewed on FHL microfilm 21518, image 74.

    On 4 Dec 1840 Abraham Hamilton and Abraham Graff, in consideration of $566.66 with interest, granted to William Moore of the Borough of Lebanon all their interest in the estate of George M. Graff of Lebanon. That interest included, after the death of the widow Elizabeth, $333.33 and two thirds interest in a house and lot in Lebanon. George M. Graff of Lebanon in his will written 1832 and probated 1835 had left bequests to the two children of his brother John Graff, daughter May C., married to Abraham Hamilton, and son Abraham Graff. William Moore was the executor, and had become co-obligator with Abraham Hamilton and Abraham Graff for notes for $566.66 which he William Moore had paid. Note that George M. Graff was William Moore's brother-in-law. Recorded Lebanon County Deeds, Vol. G. p. 686. Viewed on FHL microfilm 21519, image 389.

    On 25 June 1842 Elizabeth Moore, Simeon Guilford and Adam Grettinger executors of William Moore Esquire late of the Borough of Lebanon, in consideration of $9153, granted to Samuel Miesse and Jacob Miesse a tract of land located in South Lebanon Township containing 116 acres and ninety seven perches. William Moore's will had ordered his executors to sell this tract. Recorded Lebanon County Deeds, Vol. H. p. 286. Viewed on FHL microfilm 21519, image 180.

    On 7 Nov 1843 Simeon Guilford of the Borough of Lebanon yeoman and Catharine his wife granted to Elizabeth Moore widow and relict of William Moore of the same place gentlewoman, in consideration of $1110 money of the U.S.A, three tracts of land in South Lebanon Township of five acres, four acres and ten perches, and one acre and forty four perches. The bounds and deed histories are given.

    On 11 Nov 1843 Elizabeth Moore, in consideration of the natural love and affection which she has and bears unto William Moore Guilford, Robert Emmet Guilford and Simeon Hayden Guilford three sons of Simeon Guilford and in consideration of one dollar, granted the above three tracts of land to Simeon Guilford in trust for the use of William Moore Guilford, Robert Emmet Guilford and Simeon Hayden Guilford until the youngest survivor attains the age twenty one years, and then to them in fee simple. Recorded 7 May 1845 Lebanon County Deeds Vol. I, pp. 176 & 178. Viewed on FHL microfilm 21520, image 544.16

Citations

  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. [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.
  3. [S114] Moravian Church, Lancaster, Penn. Baptisms and marriages. Originals. Has table of contents. Entitled 'Evangelical Brethren Church Record' Has pages 1* & 2*. FHL Microfilm 1029744, Item 6.
  4. [S66] Guilford, Billy. 'The Genealogy of the Graff Family'. A six page, legal size, typed manuscript, with a few penned corrections and additions, in family possession. Found with Rev. Robert Pilgram's 1921 letter. Possibly the manuscript was typed by Pilgram. Pilgram's letter quotes a portion of the manuscript. Pilgram says he has had the data for 15 years - so the data was created circa 1906., sheet 6.
  5. [S114] Moravian Church, Lancaster, Penn. Baptisms and marriages. Originals. Has table of contents. Entitled 'Evangelical Brethren Church Record' Has pages 1* & 2*. FHL Microfilm 1029744, Item 6., #114, image 1249.
  6. [S89] Lancaster Moravian Church, Lancaster. Baptisms, confirmations, marriages, burials. Translated & indexed by Felker, 1944. FHL Microfilm #383,298, Item 3., #114, image 462.
  7. [S115] Moravian Church, Lancaster, Penn. Baptismal & marriage records. Typed manuscript. Translated & typed by Mrs. L. Luther Heisey 1941. FHL Microfilm #20371, FHL Item 9, TOC Item 6., Marriages p. 6, #114, image 184.
  8. [S146] Record of Pennsylvania marriages, Prior to 1810. no named author/compiler. Genealogical Publ. Co. 1968 Baltimore. Reprinted from Pensylvania Archives, series 2, vols. VIII and IX, 1880., Vol. IX, Marriage Register of the Moravian Church, Litiz. 1743-1800. p. 145.
  9. [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.
  10. [S51] 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. And viewed on archive.org url: https://archive.org/details/cu31924028852675/page/n11., p. 511, 135; 150, 272; 137.
  11. [S40] Croll, P.C. "Ancient and historic landmarks in the Lebanon Valley" Phila., Lutheran Publication Society, 1895., p. 260.
  12. [S10] Berks Co., Pennsylvania, Recorder of Deeds; Deeds, 1734-1866; Index, 1752-1926. FHL microfilm series. Images on FamilySearch.org., Vol. 32, pp. 157-159; FS image 460.
  13. [S99] Lebanon, Pa., Church records, 1851-1938. Film item title: 'Tabor United Church of Christ'. Catalog author: 'Tabor First Reformed Church'. FHL microfilm 1432888. Item 3, Deaths. Item 4, Inscriptions of graves of Moved Bodies to new location.
  14. [S56] FindAGrave.com, Memorial ID 199772679.
  15. [S98] Lebanon County, Pa. Will of William Moore of Lebanon, 1841. Recorded 15 May 1841 Lebanon Co., Pa., Vol B, p. 588-591. Photocopy obtained from Cordier Antiques, who sold the item at auction held 13 August 13 2005 as part of lot #29. Copy also available on FHL microfilm 21506, and on FamilySearch.org Pennsylvania Probate Records, 1683-1994, Lebanon, Wills, image 648.
  16. [S95] Lebanon Co., Pa., Recorder of Deeds; Deeds, 1813-1850 ; Index to Grantees and Grantors, 1813-1932. FHL microfilm series. Images on FamilySearch.org.