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Martha Evaline McChesney Moffett
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Birth: Oct. 25, 1836
Rockbridge County
Virginia, USA
Death: Dec. 20, 1900
Rockbridge County
Virginia, USA

Martha Evaline McChesney is the 6th child of Capt. James McChesney and Frances Ann McNutt McChesney. She was only 6 when her father was murdered by a mad man while trying to save the man's wife. Her mother raised and educated all 9 children, excluding the 10th, a stillborn.

She married William Barclay Moffett, on 22 May 1862, during the war and after Bull Run, where William lost his last brother. Before the war was over, they'd lose 2 babies under age 2. Hard years. They had 10 known children:

Fannie Belle Moffett, 19 Apr 1863
(Mrs.Bolivar Baxter Buchanan)
John Stuart Moffett, 24 Nov 1864
William Barclay Moffett, Jr., 24 Nov 1864
Margaret "Maggie" Moffett, 26 Mar 1866
Ileita Moffett, 21 Oct 1867 (Mrs. Jay B. Harris)
Mary "Marie" Stuart Moffett, 4 Dec 1869
(Mrs. Daniel Greenlee Caldwell, M.D.)
James McChesney Moffett, 12 Apr 1872
Lucy Moffett, 14 Jun 1874
Martha Evelyn Moffett, 23 Apr 1876
Male stillborn, 1 Jan 1878

On the Sep 1870 Natural Bridge, Rockbridge Co., VA Census, I found the unemployed William B. Moffett, 29; Martha, 38; Fannie B., 7 and Iletta, 3, all VA born. Mary was not listed for some reason.

On the 1880 Walkers Creek, Rockbridge Co., VA Census, I found farmer W.B. Moffett, 38; wife Martha, 39; daughters Fannie, 18; Ileta, 13; Mary S., 11; son James, 8 and daughter Eveline, 5, all VA born.

On the 1900 Walkers Creek, Rockbridge Co., VA Census, I found farmer William B. Moffett, 60, born Dec 1840, married 38 years to Martha E., 38, Oct 1836, had 10 kids, 4 living and white servant Eva Cash, 24, all VA born.

Martha E. McChesney, age 24 and William Barclay Moffett, the son of John & Margaret G. Moffett, age 22, both single, received a marriage certificate on 21 May 1862 and were married the next day, 22nd at Mrs. (Frances) McChesney's, Rockbridge Co., VA by Rev E. D. Junkin. They had 10 known Moffett children, all below: Fannie Belle, John Stuart, William Barclay, Margaret, Ileita, Mary, James McChesney, Lucy, Martha Evelyn and a still born male. On the 1900 Walker's Creek, Rockbridge Co., VA census, it states she had 10 children and only 4 were living. She lost 3 before 1870. All 10 children are connected below.

I also had her initial engraved size 5, 18 K wedding band, and her braided hair bracelet with a hand painted colored photo of her with her hand engraved initials M.E.M.C. (Martha Evelyn McChesney) on the back (see photo). See photo in colored dress - brings back memories of Carol Burnett, who wore one in her comedy skit with a curtain rod still in and it was even green to boot.

I also have her old handwritten cookbook (she dated 1 Jan 1869), that she gave to her daughter Martha. Included are Spanish Cream, Blanc Mange, Marble Cake, Molasses Pudding "so good," Yeast Dough Nuts & Rusks, Sponge Cake, Baltimore Corn Bread, Mince Meat, Corn Beef, Apple Custard, Lemon Pudding, Baked Apple Dumplings, Ginger Cake, Layer Cake, plus from sis in law:Mrs. Sarah G. Moffett McChesney: White Cake, Mango Pickles and White Fruit Cake.

I have a framed poorly lit photo of her with her daughter, Martha, and her granddaughter, Evelyn, in a white dress. Evelyn was born in 1898 and appears to be about 1 year old. On the back is written Eveline.

In John Moffetts' bible (died 1855), inherited by his son William B. Moffett, Martha's name is written several times as Matha.

Death of Mrs. W. B. Moffett, The funeral of Mrs. W. B. Moffett, of near Brownsburg, took place Saturday, December 22 from New Providence Church, the Rev. Dr. G. A. Wilson, officiating. Mrs. Moffett was the daughter of James and Frances McChesney of near Brownsburg and was about 65 years old. She is survived by her husband and four children: Mrs. B.B. Buchanan, of Brownsburg; Mrs. D.G. Caldwell, of Concord, NC; James McC. Moffett, of Illinois and Mrs. D.E. Strain of Lexingon. The Lexington Gazette, dated 26 Dec 1900.

Mrs. William B. Moffett Died, Mrs. Martha Evaline Moffett, wife of Mr. William B. Moffett, died at her home near Brownsburg at 5:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon. The cause of her death was consumption. She had long been in poor health and her death was expected. Mrs. Moffett was a daughter of James McChesney and Mrs. Frances McNutt McChesney, his wife, and was born 64 years ago on the farm on which she died. She is survived by four children, Mrs. Fanny Bell Buchanan, wife of B.B. Buchanan of Brownsburg; Mrs. Mary Stuart Caldwell, wife of Dr. D. G. Caldwell of Concord, N.C.; James McC. Moffett of Kankakee, Ill., and Mrs.Martha Evaline Strain, wife of D.E. Strain, Jr., of Lexington. The interment was made in New Providence churchyard at noon Saturday. Funeral services were held at the church at 11 o'clock, the Rev. Dr. Wilson, the pastor, officiating. The Rockbridge County News, 27 Dec 1900.

I have several pages of her final estate papers in Rockbridge Co., VA, including Mrs. M.E. Moffett's: Exor. Bond to S.F. McClure, p 223, 7 Jan 1901; Recording of MEM's will, p 224, 7 Jan 1901; Appraisement, p 58-60 and p 272-274; Exor Settlement, p 94 - 97; Exor. Settl(ment), Will Book 32, p 179-183, 4 May 1903; Exor. Copy of Order of County Court, p 200; Exor. Settlement, p 391-93, 15 Apr 1904. Her recorded wills says: of Sound mind and memory....; I appoint Executor S.F. McClure... to take full charge of every thing both real and personal and use his best judgement as to the best time to sell the personal property and the land and to sell to best advantage when he thinks best and pay all lawful and just debts and to provide well for my Husband William Moffett his life time and at his death, divide what is left equally with my four children and my granddaughter Lula Harris or their heirs. I also instruct him to collect 200$ now in the hands of Dr. D.G. Caldwell and invest it in Tombstones for my self and four deceased children(,) three buried at Falling Spring Church and one at New Providence. I also instruct my Executor to let the personal property in the House go to my children as I have directed them without taking any account of it. Dated 20 Dec 1900. She signs with her mark. It was signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of the 3 men who witnessed it: Henry Sweet, James H. Lucas and S.F. McClure. Recorded 7 Jan 1901.

Based on her will above, the 3 infants (1864-1866) were buried at Falling Spring Cemetery. She lived closer to Falling Spring at the time and through 1870, residing south of Lexington in the Natural Bridge Twp. Then in 1880 onward, she resided north of Lexington in the Walker's Creek Twp., closer to the New Providence Cemetery. It appears the 3 infants were listed as a cenotaph at New Providence Church Cemetery, Wm Barclay, Jr., 1864-1865;
John Stuart, 1864-1864 and Margaret, 1866-1866, though were actually buried at Falling Spring Cemetery. 
Family links: 
  James McChesney (1795 - 1842)
  Frances Ann McNutt McChesney (1806 - 1877)
  William Barclay Moffett (1840 - 1901)*
  Fannie Belle Moffett Buchanan (1863 - 1905)*
  John Stuart Moffett (1864 - 1864)*
  Infants 3 Moffett (1864 - 1866)*
  William Barclay Moffett (1864 - 1865)*
  Margaret "Maggie" Moffett (1866 - 1866)*
  Ileita Moffett Harris (1867 - 1892)*
  Mary Stuart Moffett Caldwell (1869 - 1905)*
  James McChesney Moffett (1872 - 1936)*
  Lucy Moffett (1874 - 1876)*
  Martha Evelyn Moffett Strain (1876 - 1941)*
  Male Stillborn Moffett (1878 - 1878)*
  Elizabeth Johnston McChesney Echols (1826 - 1853)*
  Robert T. McChesney (1828 - 1828)*
  Alexander Gallatin McChesney (1829 - 1877)*
  Robert A. McChesney (1832 - 1861)*
  Rachel Grigsby McChesney Crawford (1834 - 1901)*
  Martha Evaline McChesney Moffett (1836 - 1900)
  Frances Ann Louisa McChesney Lewis (1838 - 1865)*
  Mary Margaret A. McChesney Lewis (1841 - 1915)*
  James Zechariah McChesney (1843 - 1922)*
*Calculated relationship
New Providence Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Rockbridge County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Row 30
Created by: LSP
Record added: Nov 08, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22773298
Martha Evaline <i>McChesney</i> Moffett
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Martha Evaline <i>McChesney</i> Moffett
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Martha Evaline <i>McChesney</i> Moffett
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