The ancestry of Augustine Moore and the details of his early life are uncertain. It is not known who his parents were, or the year and place of his birth. It is possible that he was born into the large and confusing Moore family of Virginia. The given name, Augustine, was very commonly used by this family. However it has also been suggested that he was born in England about 1685.
He was a highly successful tobacco entrepreneur and well connected both socially and politically by the early years of the eighteenth century. While he chose to not hold any position in the colonial government of Virginia other than vestryman and militia colonel he saw to it that his son, Bernard, married Anne Catherine Spotswood, the daughter of Lt. Gov. Alexander Spotswood of Virginia, and that his daughter, Lucy, married Speaker John Robinson of the Virginia House of Burgesses and Treasurer of the Colony.
He established his home plantation, Chelsea, on the banks of the Mattaponi River, King William County, VA near present day West Point before 1715 and built a fine two-story brick house there before his death in 1743.
Among the many descendants of Augustine Moore and his second wife, Elizabeth Todd Seaton Moore, are Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA, and Helen Keller.
There is no tombstone at his grave at this time; but it is known to have been in existence until the late 1800s. The location of what is probably his grave beside that of his first wife, Mary, has been identified.