|Birth: ||Apr. 4, 1785|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 1, 1824|
North Carolina, USA
Moses was the eldest son of Jacob and Judith "Myers" Mordecai. He was the son of a scholarly Orthodox Jew who had left New York for Richmond and then Warrenton, NC where he established a well-known academy for girls. Taught by his parents and sisters and self-educated in the law, Moses became a respected circuit-riding lawyer in Eastern North Carolina. He also was an excellent farmer, expanding the plantation. He was a prominet attorney and judge in Raleigh, NC, and owner of The MORDECAI HOUSE [built in 1785 by Joel Lane for his son Henry]. Moses married two of Henry Lanes' daughters: (1) Margaret "Peggy" Lane, the daughter of Henry Lane and Mary "Polly" Hinton on December 09, 1817. Peggy died December 11, 1821. They were the parents of three children, Henry Lane, Judith ELLEN, and Jacob "Jac".
After the death of Peggy, Moses married her younger sister, (2) Ann Willis "Nancy" Lane on Jan 6, 1824. They had one child, a daughter, Margaret Lane, who was born one month after her father's death.
Moses had remained in the Jewish faith all of his life. After his death in 1824, Nancy and three of his children were baptized in Christ Episcopal Church in 1833. His brother, George Washington Mordecai, who took care of Moses' family after his death, converted to Christianity after their father, Jacob's death in 1838, becoming a benefactor and deacon of Christ Church.
Moses died of maleria in Sweet Springs, VA in 1824. He left in his will, enough money to enlarge the house. His widow, Nancy, hired William Nichols, State Architect at the time, and with the addition of the four new rooms in 1826, the Mordecai House was transformed into a Greek Revival mansion. The house remained in the family until 1967, when the city of Raleigh bought it for an Historic Park.
Jacob Mordecai (1762 - 1838)
Judith Myers Mordecai (1762 - 1796)
Margaret Lane Mordecai (1787 - 1821)*
Anne Willis "Nancy" Lane Mordecai (1794 - 1854)*
Henry Lane Mordecai (1819 - 1875)*
Judith Ellen Mordecai Mordecai (1820 - 1916)*
Jacob "Jac" Mordecai (1821 - 1867)*
Margaret Lane Mordecai Devereux (1825 - 1910)*
Moses Mordecai (1785 - 1824)
Samuel Mordecai (1786 - 1865)*
Rachel Mordecai Lazarus (1788 - 1838)*
Ellen Mordecai (1790 - 1884)*
Solomon Mordecai (1792 - 1869)*
Julia Judith Mordecai (1799 - 1852)**
George Washington Mordecai (1801 - 1871)**
Alfred Mordecai (1804 - 1887)**
Augustus Mordecai (1806 - 1847)**
Elizabeth Kennon Mordecai Myers (1809 - 1861)**
Emma Mordecai (1812 - 1906)**
Laura Mordecai (1818 - 1839)**
North Carolina, USA
Plot: Mordecai Lot 7, Plot 13
Created by: Ruby Mordecai
Record added: Dec 25, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32397064