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William Barclay Moffett
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Birth: Dec. 21, 1840
Fancy Hill
Rockbridge County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jul. 1, 1901
Rockbridge County
Virginia, USA

William Barclay Moffett is the 2nd born son and 4th child of John Moffett and Margaret Gilleland. He was born at Fancy Hill, Rockbridge County, Virginia. He would be their longest surviving child of six. His middle name came from his grandmother, (Mrs.) Margaret Barclay Gilliland.

William is on the 1870 to 1900 VA census (on wife Martha's page) but I haven't found him in 1860, when both of his parents were gone and only his sister Mary and brother John remained.

At age 21, he enlisted in the C.S.A. as a private in the Rockbridge Grays, 20 Apr 1861. His brother John Stuart Moffett, age 19 signed up the same time in this company. The Rockbridge Grays became Company H, 4th Virginia Infantry. Four months later they were at the Battle of Bull Run or First Manassas. He would lose his only remaining sibling, brother John Stuart Moffett in this battle. In the back of the red velvet lined daguerreotype (in military uniform, see photo), I found a folded note, written in pencil. It says: "Gen Beauregard(,) when he returned to the Junction(,) assembled the troops together and offered three cheers for the 4th and 27th regiment of Virginia. Write soon I will write shortly(.)" (on other side of note: "Will send this by Col. Ruff to Lexington." These two companies had served together in the opening battle. William is cousins with JEB Stuart, through his grandmother Mary Stuart Moffett.

He was wounded in action at the Battle of Kernstown, Virginia on 23 Mar 1862. He transferred out on 20 Oct 1862 due to his knee injury. He transferred to Company F, 17th Battalion Cavalry or 11th Virginia Cavalry Regiment on the same date. Later he was discharged for his wounds on 12 Dec. 1862 near Winchester. He enlisted again on 15 Apr 1863 in Company H, 4th VA Infantry. Then on 10 Oct 1864, he would once again enlist with his old company, the 4th VA Infantry. He was at the Appomattox Court House. Shortly afterward, he was discharged at Farmville in April 1865. His military description is 5'10", hazel eye, with dark hair and complexion.

He returned home to Rockbridge County and was a farmer. His parents and all of his five siblings were gone. He had a step sister, Mary Jane P. Moffett, Mrs Charles Beale McClung who was 16 years older.

He married Martha "Mattie" Evelyn McChesney on 22 May 1862, during the war. They had 10 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 5th Aug 1884, he was the 1st Vice President of the Cleveland and Hendricks Club in Brownsburg and Jas. A Strain was the 3rd VP. Staunton Spectator.

Highland Recorder., 30 Jan 1903: The Frances McChesney farm, containing 328 acres of choice land, in the vicinity of Brownsburg, has been sold by the executor of the W.B. Moffett estate (her son in law), F.S. McClure, to J.W. Churchman and T.C. Dikinson, of Augusta county, and J.H. McClure for $6,500.

The Library of VA has a photo of his inherited home, from the Works Progress Administration Survey by James W. McClung, dated 10 June 1936 (called "Old W.B. Moffett Home"). It's on the NW side of Route 726 in Rockbridge Co., VA. It's a 3 story brick home, with gabled roof, exterior brick chimneys at either end (Rockbridge I House), 15 windows (6 up/6 down, double sash), rooms: 8 large & 6 small, two flight stairway: walnut, newel & balusters, 7" pine blanked floor, walnut hand carved mantels, and a small porch. It was formerly the home of James McChesney, his father in law. William Steele sold it to James McChesney on 12 Mar 1834 in deed book T, 185. His daughter Martha E., and her husband, Wm B. Moffett lived there for "some years," His daughter Mrs. E.M. Strain and one time owner S. F. McClure contributed data to his survey. Following Mattie E. McChesney Moffetts' death, it was sold by her executor S.F. McClure to his brother John H. McClure. Following John's death, S.F. inherited it.

William B. Moffett Died Monday: Mr. William Barclay Moffett, a well known Citizen of the lower end of the county, died Monday morning at 7 o'clock at his home near Brownsburg. He had been ill only a short time. The immediate cause of his death was heart disease. Mr. Moffett was 60 years of age. He was a son of John Moffett and was born and reared in Fancy Hill neighborhood. Before he reached manhood he entered the Confederate army as a member of the Rockbridge Grays, the company raised in his neighborhood, and saw hard service during the war as a soldier in the Fourth Virginia regiment, Stonewall Bridgade. Mr. Moffett married Miss Martha McChesney, a daughter of James McChesney, dec'd, of the vicinity of Brownsburg and not long after the war he removed to that neighborhood which has since been his home. During Mr. Cleveland's second administration, he held a government position in Washington. Mrs. Moffett died in December past. Four children survive them - Mrs. Fanny Bell Buchanan, wife of Bolivar B. Buchanan of Hays Creek; Mrs Mary Stuart Caldwell of Concord, N.C.; James McC. Moffett of Kankakee, Ill.; Mrs. Evelyn Strain, wife of David E Strain, Jr., of Lexington. Mr. Moffett took a great interest in public affairs and for a long time was one of the most active Democratic leaders in the county. He was buried Tues morning at New Providence, Rev. Dr. G. A. Wilson officiating at the services.

Another obit in The Times (Richmond), on 2 Jul 1901 reads: William B. Moffett. (Special Dispatch to The Times.) Lexington, VA, July 1 - William B. Moffett, aged sixty, died this morning at his home, near Brownsburg. He was prominently connected in Rockbridge, and was a gallant member of Rockbridge Grays. Company H. Fourth Virginia Regiment. Four children survive. He will be buried tomorrow at New Providence.

The Frances McChesney farm, containing 328 acres of choice land, in the vicinity of Brownsburg, has been sold by the executor of the W.B. Moffett estate, F.S. McClure, to J.W. Churchman and T.C. Dikinson, of Augusta county, and J.H. McClure for $6,500. Highland Recorder (VA) 30 Jan 1903.

I inherited from his youngest daughter: a civil war brass powder horn, an old Moffett bible, many photos (2 albums: carte de visite and cabinet card) and daguerreotypes, a quill pen, old original deeds, hand written debts for whiskey, 1848 newspaper, a braided hair bracelet with a painted photo and initials, books, family records, etc. IF you are connected this family, there may be photos of your kin in my 2 albums, that you could identify.

On the right, I've added photos of 3 encased daguerreotypes in my collection:
William standing, in Rockbridge Grays, civil war uniform with an unidentified man (sitting) plus two of William alone, of similar age (both deteriorated).

Also note photo I added on his brother John Stuart Moffett's site from my family collection. He has similar features of Williams' and a full beard. They both served in the same unit at Bull Run, where John died, leaving William the only surviving child of their parents.

According to, the ivy leaves stand for friendship. Neat site.

The Frances McChesney farm, containing 328 acres of choice land, in the vicinity of Brownsburg, has been sold by the executor of the W. B. MOFFETT estate, F. S. McClure, to J. W. Churchman and T.C. Dikinson, of Augusta county, and J. H. McClure for $6,500.00. Highland Recorder, 30 Jan 1903.

Researched and written by LSP. Do not reproduce photos or bio herein. 
Family links: 
  John Moffett (1791 - 1855)
  Margaret Gilleland Moffett (1799 - 1857)
  Martha Evaline McChesney Moffett (1836 - 1900)
  Infants 3 Moffett*
  Fannie Belle Moffett Buchanan (1863 - 1905)*
  John Stuart Moffett (1864 - 1864)*
  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)*
  Mary Jane P. Moffett McClung (1824 - 1894)**
  Male Stillborn Moffett (1836 - 1836)*
  John G. Moffett (1837 - 1837)*
  Margaret Elizabeth Moffett (1839 - 1843)*
  William Barclay Moffett (1840 - 1901)
  John Stuart Moffett (1842 - 1861)*
  Rachel Louisa Moffett (1844 - 1847)*
*Calculated relationship
New Providence Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Rockbridge County
Virginia, USA
Plot: C-5, 12
Created by: LSP
Record added: Nov 08, 2007
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William Barclay Moffett
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William Barclay Moffett
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William Barclay Moffett
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Remembering and Honoring a True Southern Hero, a Confederate Soldier. Deo Vindice.
- Tony Smith SCV Camp 38, North Charleston S.C.
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