Wednesday, September 28, 2016


My 5x  great grandfather Abel Moore is one of my "mystery man" ancestors.  He's not listed in Ethel Stanwood Bolton's article SOME DESCENDANTS OF JOHN MOORE OF SUDBURY, MASS, as one of John Moore IV and Susannah (Willard) Moore's children. Luckily there is a record of his birth to them in the Bolton, Ma. vital records on the Early Vital Records of Massachusetts website,

So what I do know is this:Abel Moore was born in Bolton, Ma. on 17 Feb 1743 and was the youngest child in his family. He married Betty Whitcomb, likewise in Bolton, on 11 Jan 1764. I found records for three children all born in Bolton:
Abel 11Jan 1768.
Eunice 6Apr 1772
Stephen 11Mar 1777

Stephen, the youngest, is my 4x great grandfather.

Abel Moore died on 1 Apr 1777, which prompted me to check to see if he had died during the Revolutionary War.I found this entry in the ebook edition of Massachusetts soldiers and sailors of the revolutionary war. A compilation from the archives (Volume 10) online:

Moor, Abel, Bolton (also given Lancaster). Private, Capt. Benjamin Hastings's co.,
Col. Asa Whitcomb's regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; enlisted April 27,
1775; service, 3 mos. 12 days; also, company return dated Oct. 6, 1775; also,
return of men raised to serve in the Continental Army from Capt. Jonathan
Houghton's CO., as returned to Col. Josiah Whetney ; residence, Bolton; engaged
for town of Bolton; joined Capt. King's co.. Col. Marshal's regt.; term, 3 years;
also. Private, 1st co.. Col. Thomas Marshall's regt. ; Continental Army pay
accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1777, to April 1, 1777; residence, Lancaster;
reported died April 1, 1777; also, Capt. Samuel King's (2d) co.. Col. Marshall's
regt. ; subsistence allowed from date of enlistment, Dec. 26, 1776, to Feb. 21,
1777 ; credited with 57 days allowance ; subsistence also allowed for 11 days travel
on march from Boston to Bennington.-p140

He left no probate file. I'd thought there would at least be a document regarding guardianship of his three young children but I haven't found one as yet.

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