Friday, January 29, 2016


Two  of my brick walls are my paternal 4x great grandparents Stephen Moore and Millie Davis. I have no information at all about their parents. Here's what I do know:

-They were married in Waterford,  Oxford, Maine on 3Oct 1803. No parents are listed.
( "Maine Marriages, 1771-1907," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 January 2016), Stephen Moor and Milley Davis, 1808; citing Waterford, Oxford, Maine, reference ; FHL microfilm 12,625.)

-They were life long residents of Waterford. I've found Stephen on the Federal Censuses for 1820, 1830, and 1840.  They appear together on the 1850 Census where they list their birthplaces as Maine:
"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 January 2016), Stephen Moor, Denmark, Oxford, Maine, United States; citing family 305, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

-Stephen died on 2Apr 1858. Millie died on 28May 1864. They are both buried in Elm Vale Cemetery in Waterford. According to the image below Stephen was 81 years old, which would put his year of birth around 1776-1777.
"Maine, J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1999," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 January 2016), Stephen Moore, ; citing Waterford, Oxford, Maine, United States, Cemetery Elm Vale, Maine State Library, Augusta; FHL microfilm 2,184,567.

-The History of Waterford: Oxford County, Maine has this to say about Stephen:
Stephen Moore married Mille Davis in 1804. He came from Stow, Mass.; lived on the east side of "Rice Hill," in "Gambo;" a farmer; was remarkable for his height, six feet and six or seven inches.
-page 273

Given that date of birth I wonder if Stephen's father was a Revolutionary War veteran who got a land grant in Maine. Notice that the History says he came from Stow, Ma., so the birthplace on the 1850 census may be incorrect.

I'll keep looking for more about Moore. 

1 comment:

Elizabeth Handler said...

Bill, Look closely at all the birthplaces on this 1850 census page. Me is for Maine and MaSs is for Massachusetts. Stephen and Millie were born in MaSs. (I've had the same question about an ancestral line which is why I'm attuned to this Maine-Mass handwriting issue.)

There is a Stephen Moor born 11 March 1777 in Bolton, Mass. to Abel and Betty Moor ( Mass Town & Vital Records), and Bolton is next to Stow. I look forward to seeing if this helps you break down this brick wall.