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James Draden Moore

Age at death: 66 years, 3 months, and 4 days.

Though faded significantly, the headstone inscription reads:

Memory of
James D. Moore, Esq.
who departed this life
January 16th, 1840
in the 67th year of
his age.

Kind Angels watch this sleeping dust
Till Jesus comes to raise the just
Then may he wake with sweet surprise
And in his Savior's image rise."

The second son of James and Ann Kerby Moore, James Draden Moore was christened at the upper chapel, St. John's, Broad Creek at Ft. Washington, Prince George's County.

When James left Prince Georges Co. to move to Washington Co., he must have done so in the company of a few members of the Lowe family, who were also from Prince Georges Co. Sometime after 1796, after James' marriage to Ann Lowe (3 Feb 1796), the J.D. Moore family moved along with one or two of his brothers and at least the family of Nicholas Lowe, Ann's brother, to western Maryland. They may have first settled in Alleghany County, before moving east into Washington Co., Md.

1811 - birth of daughter, Maria Moore.

4/26/1812 - birth of son, Hamilton Alexander Moore.

James was a supervisor of roads in Washington County for several years. In 1814 for the road from Kershner's Ford (on the Conococheague Creek) to Jacques Furnace, being paid 200 pounds per year. That same year, James was appointed Justice of the Peace in Washington Co. He continued in this post, as a justice of the peace, for many years (at least through 1831). James D. Moore was also a register of wills in Washington County, beginning in 1814, and running through 1818.

In 1815 he continued his work as a roads supervisor; this time with his brother-in-law, Mr. George Lowe. In 1817 he supervised the same road with Mr. Jacob Myers.


Sheriff’s Sale.

Will be sold, at public sale, on Saturday the 3d day of October next, at the Big Spring –
One Negro Man, one Boy, one Woman and two Girls:

Seized and taken as the property of James D. Moore, Esq. to satisfy a Fifa from Washington county Court to me directed, John M’Pherson vs. James D. Moore and George Lowe, Executors of Nicholas Lowe, dec’d, Denton Jacques and Arthur Jacques. Sale to commence at 11 o’clock on said day.

Daniel Schnebly, Sheriff.
Sheriff’s Office,
September 12, 1818

In 1820 he was again with Mr. Lowe in supervising the road from Four Locks to Spring Furnace.

ca. 1819 - death of wife, Ann Lowe Moore.

In 1820 he is also shown as supervising the road from Henry ford to Jacques Furnace with Solomon Steintze? In 1821 he was again with George Lowe in supervising the road from Jacques Furnace to the Turnpike Road near Licking Creek. In 1822 the same bond was listed.

On Tuesday, March 14, 1820, Moore remarried. The following is from the March 21, 1820 edition of the Maryland Herald and Hagerstown Weekly Advertiser:

"Tues 14th inst, by Rev. J[ehu].C[urtis]. Clay, James D. Moore, Esq., to Miss Mary Francis Sanders, all of this co."

The wedding announcement also appeared in the Torch Light and Public Advertiser, in its March 21, 1820 edition.

In 1820 the census shows J.D. Moore to own one male slave between 14-26 years of age. Also seven female slaves and one free male. Two years later he sold Mary (15), Hannah, and Patty(11).

1/12/1821 - birth of daughter, Elizabeth Margaret Moore.

2/6/1821 (The Torch Light & Public Advertiser, Hagerstown) – listed for appt as a justice of the peace

3/5/1822 (The Torch Light & Public Advertiser, Hagerstown) – listed for appt as a justice of the peace

4/13/1822 - birth of son, Joseph Saunders Moore.

9/30/1823 - birth of daughter, Emily Ann Moore.

3/2/1824 (The Torch Light & Public Advertiser, Hagerstown) – listed for appt as a justice of the peace

10/12/1824 (The Torch Light & Public Advertiser, Hagerstown) – List of Letters Remaining in the Post Office, Hagerstown, Md., 1st Oct. 1824

1/4/1825, 1/11/1825, 1/25/1825 (The Torch Light & Public Advertiser, Hagerstown) – Late Sheriff's Sale –

"By virtue of a writ of fieri facias in my hands, issued out of Washington County Court, against James D. Moore, at the suit of Samuel Miller, &c. I will sell, for cash, at the house of said Moore, on Saturday the 29th inst, A Negro man, Michael, 1 Negro do. (man), Joseph. Sales to commence at 11 o'clock. J.V. Swearingen, Late Sheriff"

In 1825 he sold Joseph (age 50), Margaret (age 47), Harriet (age 15), and Rachel (age 11) to Robert Thompson of Louisiana for $900.

2/22/1825 (The Torch Light & Public Advertiser, Hagerstown) – listed for appt as a justice of the peace

9/16/1825 - birth of daughter, Virginia Cowan Moore.

3/14/1826 (The Torch Light & Public Advertiser, Hagerstown) – listed for appt as a justice of the peace

3/15/1827 (The Torch Light & Public Advertiser, Hagerstown) – listed for appt as a justice of the peace

10/15/1827 - birth of daughter, Mary H. Moore.

11/21/1829 - birth of last child, Cyrus Sanders Moore.

In 1830 there were six male slaves and two female slaves.

2/10/1831 (The Torch Light & Public Advertiser, Hagerstown) – listed for appt as a justice of the peace

2/22/1833 - From the Hagers Town Mail:


The subscribers having been appointed Examiners by the Commissioners of Washington county, to examine & enquire whether the convenience of the neighborhood would be greatly promoted by locating a road from a point on the Pennsylvania line at or near the division line between David Cushwa and David Angle, and to pass at or near a pyramid of stones raised around a locust post at the end of the fifty-ninth line of a tract of land called ‘Mont Pelier', it being a corner stone between Abraham Ditto's heirs and Abraham Barnes, then across the turnpike road in the nearest and most practicable route to Williamsport – hereby give notice to all persons concerned, that they will meet at David Cushwa's, on Tuesday, the 26th of February next, (if fair, if not fair the next fair day) and proceed from thence to execute the said commission.

Jan. 25 – 4 w Examiners."

11/15/1833 - From the Hagers Town Mail:

"By virtue of a writ of fiery facias on attachment issued out of Washington county Court, at the suit of James D. Moore, against the goods and chattels, lands and tenements of George Moore, and to me directed, I have seized and taken in execution all the estate, right, title, interest, property, claim and demand at law and in equity of the said George Moore, in and to one Negro Man named Benjamin, I do named Lewis, 1 do. Named William, 1 Negro Woman named Phoebe, 1 do. Named Julia Ann, 1 do. Named Charlotte, and 1 do. Named Julia Ann, and also in and to a tract of Land adjoining the lands of Lowe, McCoy, and others – And I hereby give notice that on Thursday the 5th of December next, at the house of Frederick Bryan, four miles from Clear Spring, I will offer for sale the said property so seized and taken in execution by public auction to the highest bidder for cash. W.H. FITZHUGH, Sh'ff. November 15"

6/27/1834, Hagerstown Mail - same as 11/15/1833

7/04/1834, Hagerstown Mail - same as 11/15/1833

3/8/1839, Hagerstown Mail - listed as an appointed Justice of the Peace.

In 1840 there were four male slaves and one female slave.

1/16/1840 - death of James Draden Moore; age: 66, 3 mos., 4 days.

The Will of J.D. Moore listed the following:

Son, Joseph Saunders Moore received a young roan mare saddle and bridle (estimated value $45), long shot gun ($12), and silver watch ($25); daughter, Mary H. Moore $50; son, Cyrus Saunders Moore $50; son, Hamilton Alexander Moore: one featherbed set and bedding; daughter, Elizabeth Moore: one bureau. Also that none of his slaves be sold outside the county or state.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 42227656
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