Saturday, January 30, 2016


Another example why it pays to have a geneablog:

Thursday night I blogged about my Stephan Moore and Millie Davis brickwall. Friday morning
when I checked my email I found this comment from Elizabeth Handler about my post:

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.

I took another look at the 1850 Census image I'd posted. Sure enough, I misread the image. I should have had my reading glasses on.

Elizabeth's information that the parents of the Stephen Moor she'd found on Ancestry were named
Abel and Betty Moor was exciting because of the list of Stephen and Millie(Davis)Moor's
children in the History of Waterford:


Abel, m. Sophia Brigham.

Davis, drowned when young; 1817.

Hilton, married in Massachusetts, name not known to us.

Luke, m. Polly Atherton.

Cyrus, m. Hannah Upton.
Rufus, m. Eunice Barker.


-The History of Waterford: Oxford County, Maine   Hoyt, Fogg & Donham, Portland, Me 1879

Two of Stephen's children were named Abel and Betsey (close enough to Betty) who were probably
named after his parents. I believe this is borne out by another son who was named Davis after Millie's
maiden name.

I looked at FamilySearch to see what records I might find.

I searched for Abel Moor and first found a record of the birth of an "Abell Moor" to John and
Susannah Moor on 17 February 1743 in Bolton, Ma. ( Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915). I was unable to find a death record. But there was also a link to a Find A Grave 
memorial by a Diane D. which showed a gravestone in the Old South Burial Ground in Bolton for Abel with a death date of 1 April 1777 and which listed him as a Private in the Continental Line. It also gave his wife's name as Betty Whetcomb, a misspelling of Whitcomb.

And that's as far as I've gotten tonight. Thanks, Elizabeth Pyle Handler for that tip!

To be continued.

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