Notice the Name of the Clan Onboard a Shipload of Passengers from Scotland. Wow!About 1775, a shipload of passengers from Scotland, mostly the MacDonald Clan which included the infamous Flora MacDonald (the one who hid bonny Prince Charles from the English). The Scots were escaping political persecution from the king. According to the North Carolina State Papers, they petitioned the Governor to grant them several thousand acres, so that they could settle there. The land grant was in Moore County. Thereafter, the American Revolution began, and the battle of Moore's Bridge was fought against the British, and won! Ironically, the Scots, who had been well-persecuted by the English, choose to fight on the side of Great Britain! Twice they had chosen wrongly. The first, supporting a Scottish king, and second, supporting England in its war against Americans. The result was that after the war the clan returned to their impoverished lands in Scotland! I traced the MacDonalds in Georgia to a boy 16 years of age in Moore County who wooed into service by the American troops, while his father ran off and hid in the woods. Finding North Carolina State Papers (and its boring accounts of official business) provided necessary clues back through the lineage. Thus, it behooves the genealogist to read all of the old correspondence of governors and statesmen in early times. It all matches with the history of the times. Why Antrim Sent so Many Immigrants to America The Trail of the Scotch-Irish into Burke County The Great Wagon Road The Scotch-Irish in Guilford County The Irish Join the Fight for Freedom in America The Tacksmen Immigrants from North Carolina come in Two Directions The Influence of German Immigrants Seven Tory Prisoners Taken The Origins of the Bethabara Colony The Western Migration from Philadelphia to North Carolina Migrants in the New County
From New Hampshire to North CarolinaR. M. Couch, a resident of Southern Pines for eight years, left his home in New Hampshire upon the advice of his physician. " Within five years there have been planted in this immediate section 1500 acres in fruit, and in order that your readers may have the advantage of direct correspondence with any or all the growers of fruit, I will give the names from memory: C. J. Eaglesfield was the pioneer on a small scale; S. N. Whipple, extensive peach, plum, grape and nut farm; Van Lindly Orchard Co., 350 acres peach, pear, plum and blackberry; Niagara Grape Co., 107 acres in grapes; Southern Pines Fruit-Growing Co., eighty acres in grapes; Benjamin Douglas, Jr., of Orange, N. J.; Tarbell & Carlton, H. P. Bilyeu, Dr. C. W. Weaver, C. D. Tarbell, Thomas Carlton, Fred Oberhouserheur, James H. Murray, S. W. Thomas, Charles H. Thompson, Edwin Newton, Doctors Boynton, Stevens and R. M. Couch, Rev. A. A. Newhall, B. Van Herff, J. T. Wilson, Dr. W. P. Swett, H. P. Stebbins, J. A. Morriss, R. S. Marks, L. S. Johnson, C. C. Mitchell, John Huttonhomer, F. J. Folley, Rev. J. W. Johnston, Mrs. L. A. Raymond, Mrs. Louisa Young, P. Pond, Fred Dixon and others. There were shipped from this point last season 150 tons, being the first bearing year of the oldest vineyards of much size. The bearing vineyards and orchards the coming season will more than double the shipments, and in two years all the vineyard trees mentioned will come to bearing. The prices in Washington and New York last July were six and seven cents per pound for black grapes, and thirteen and fourteen cents per pound for Delaware and Niagara, and $3.50 to $4.50 per bushel crate for peaches and plums. The demand was as good at the close of the season as at first. Write to Dr. C. W. Weaver, S. N. Whipple, H. P. Bilyeu, C. D. Tarbell, C. B. Mabore for prices obtained for their own shipments. Dr. Weaver realized from three acres of his best Delaware grapes $150 per acre net. Southern Pines is a town eight years old, in the midst of the turpentine region of North Carolina, sixty-eight miles southwest from Raleigh, on the Raleigh & Augusta Railroad (part of the Seaboard Air Line), fifteen hours from New York, and is six hundred feet above sea level, the highest point in the whole turpentine belt. The soil is a sandy loam and has a perfect drainage. Malaria is unknown. The presence of the long-leafed pine in large quantities causes the generation of ozone to such a degree as to make this locality almost a specific for throat and lung difficulties. Many physicians and a large number of the cured and benefited testify to its wonderful effects. The town is filled mainly with Northern people, and has four hotels, a good school, and church services every Sabbath. There are three stores, and railroad, telegraph and express offices. There are many fine residences and a large hotel 300 feet long and four stories is being built with modern improvements."
Britten Sanders Home in Southern PinesAlthough there are many log cabins in North Carolina, most of those from the colonial period have disappeared. The Britten Sanders log cabin in Southern Pines has survived. The round logs have been somewhat squared-off. The great chimney is of stone. The roof extends far out on the chimney side to protect clay mortar in the chimney from rain. The clay mortar as well as the clay chinking between the logs has now been replaced with cement for permanence. In the restored chimney it may be observed how the cement does not extend flush to the outside surface. Instead, it is kept deep within the stones in imitation of clay mortar which has partially washed away. Source: Colonial Homes in North Carolina by John V. Allcott.
Moore County Wills, Estates, Court Minutes
Moore County was formed in 1785 from Cumberland County. It was named after Alfred Moore, an officer in the American evolutionary War and associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Later, during 1907 parts of Moore County and Chatham County were combined to form Lee County.
Genealogy Records available to members of North Carolina Pioneers
- August 1782
- November 1784
- February 1785
- May 1785
- August, 1785
- November, 1785
- May, 1786
- August, 1786
- February, 1787
- May, 1787
Images of Moore County Wills and Estates, Volume A, 1783 to 1818Alston, Phillip | Andrew, Adam | Barker, John | Barrett, William | Bettis, Elisha | Blue, Duncan | Brits, Benjamin | Bruce, Alexander | Buchanan, Susannah | Buice, Daniel | Cagle, Henry | Cagle, John | Cameron, Donald | Cameron, John | Campbell, Charles | Coles, James | Coles, Joseph | Coles, Martha | Coles, Thomas | Davis, Ralph | Davis, William | Dunn, Ruth | Dye, Nancy | Frazer, Josiah | Gilbert, Joseph | Gilchrist, Malcolm | Graham, Donald | Gunter, John | Hancock, Robert | Hancock, William | Harris, Joshua | Huckabee, John | Jackson, Christian Jackson, John | Johnson, Robert | Kannedy, Ellender | Kellen, Adam | Kellen, Sarah | Kelly, Hugh | Kennys, John | Lawfers, John | Lawrence, Patrick | Maples, Sarah | McCallum, Duncan | McDonald, Angus | McDonald, Daniel | McDonalds, John | McDugald, Donald | McGee, Joseph | McIntosh, Alexander | McIntosh, Duncan | MacKinnons, Charles | McLeod, Alexander | McLeod, Donald | McLeod, Nancy | McMillans, Alexander | McMillin, Angus | Merret, James | Moore, Edward | Morgan, John | Newton, Nicholas | Northington, John | Patterson, Daniel | Patterson, John | Patterson, Richard | Patterson, William | Pegram, William | Person, Samuel | Peters, John | Peterson, Duncan | Peterson, Malcolm | Phillip, John | Rammage, Darius | Ray, James | Reynolds, Thomas | Richardson, William | Riddle, James | Robeson, Elizabeth | Russell, Michael | Sexton, Peter | Shields, Benjamin | Shilling, John | Smith, Neil | Spink, Lewis | Street, Richard | Thomas, Leo | Thomas, Leonard | Tyson, Aaron | Tyson, Cornelius | Tyson, James | Tyson, Thomas | Watson, William | Wickers, Benjamin | Wickers, David | Williams, George | Williamson, John
Images of Moore County Wills and Estates, Volume B, 1818 to 1852Arnold, Solomon | Baker, John | Bethune Allen Black, Archibald | Black, Daniel | Blue, Angus | Blacks, Hugh | Black, John | Brown, Mary Cameron, John | Carroll, John | Cheek, Joab | Cheek, Richard | Clark, Archibald | Cox, Henry | Curry, Archibald | Curry, Lachlin | Dalrympels, James | Dalrympels, John | Denson, Sarah | Drakes, Benten | Ducksworth, Hallah | Ferguson, Murdock | Fry, Thomas | Glascock Julius | Hancock, William | Harden, Abigail | Harrington, Thomas | Hight, Jonathan | James, Samuel | Johnson, Samuel | Judd, William | Kelly, Hugh | Kelly, James | Kidd, Moses | Lashley, Howell Lett, John | Love, Daniel | MacPherson, Martin | Maples, Thomas | Martin, John | Martin, Martin | Martin, William | McCaskill, Kinneth McCauley, William | McCollum, Duncan | McDonald, Archibald | McDonald, Daniel | McDonald, Donald | McDugald, Archibald | McIntosh, Alexander | McIvers, Daniel | McKenzie, Murdoch | McLeod, Duncan | McLeod, Neil | McLeod, Sarah | McMillan, Malcolm | McNabb, Robert | McNeil, Hector | McNeil, John | McNeil, Malcolm | Morgan, Nathan | Munchison, Kenneth | Paterson, John | Patterson, Ann | Person, M. B. | Porter, John | Ramsey, James | Ray, Margaret | Reaves, Edal | Roberts, Isaac | Roberts, Wiley | Robertson, Alexander | Rowan, Thomas | Shaw, Malcom | Shaw, William | Shields, Archibald | Shields, Benjamin | Sinclair, Peter | Smith, James | Smith, William | Teagues, Isaac | Thomas, John | Thomas, Nancy | Tyson, John | Tyson, William | Wadsworth, John | Walker, Sarah | Wall, Nicholas | Watson, John | Williams, William | Wright, William
Images of Moore County Wills and Estates, Volume C, 1853 to 1881Arnold, Henry | Bergman, William | Bruce, J. C. | Bruce, Margaret | Campbell, Mary | Chalmers, Charlotte | Chalmers, John | Cheeks, James | Chisolm, Daniel | Cole, Rachel | Cox, Thomas | Douglass, Archibald | Dunlaps, B. | Ferguson, Norman | Fry, Lockhart | Fry, Thomas | Graham, Andrew | Graham, Ann | Hogshead, William | Kelly, Christian | Matthews, Jacob | McDonald, Angus | McDonald Mary | McFadyeon, Finley | McIntosh, Kenneth | McIntosh, Nancy | McKeithans, Daniel | McKinnon, Norman | McLean, Nancy | McLeod, John | McLeod, Neil | McNeil, Daniel | Monk, James | Morris, Locky | Morris, Nancy | Munchinson, Duncan | Muse, James | Paisley, John | Patterson, Daniel | Phillips, Isaiah | Phillips, Sophia | Sanders, James | Scoggin, John | Shields, Benjamin | Sinclair, Peter | Stewart, Joseph | Stone Lemuel | Street, Ann | Stutts, Abraham | Tyson, Cornelius | Watson, William | Wilcox, George | Worthy, James