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New Hampshire, locating on Milan Hill. He
was an industrious farmer and took a prom-
inent part in public affairs, serving as one of
the first selectmen and continuing in that ca-
pacity for several years. He died an octo-
genarian, March 24, 1872. September 27,
1812, he married Charlotte Ellis, Ijorn in Sut-
ton, July 30, 1 791, daughter of Abel and Je-
mima Ellis, of that town. Abel Ellis died
March 4, 1843, aged eighty-eight, and Jemima
died February 17, 1844, aged sixty-four years.
Children of Edward and Charlotte (Ellis)
Richardson : Abel Ellis, see next paragraph ;
Asa Forbush, born May i, 1818; Alartha Ma-
ria, born October 4, 1819; Silence Leland,
born September 24, 1821 ; and Pliny Warren,



Lucy Twitchell, Ebenezer Andros and Louise
Cole, the dates of whose birth do not appear
in the records at hand.

(I\') .^bel Ellis Richardson, eldest child of
Edward and Charlotte (Ellis) Richardson,
was born June 23, 1813. His boyhood and
youth were spent in attending the district
school and assisting in carrying on the home-
stead farm, but when a young man he learned
the stone-cutter's trade, which was sub3e-
quently his principal occupation. Although
slightly beyond the usual age of enlistment, he
enrolled himself as a private in Company A,
Fourteenth Regiment Maine Volunteer In-
fantry, for service in the civil war, and while
in the army he contracted fever and ague from
which he never fully recovered. For a num-
ber of years he was a resident of Saco, whence
he removed to Kenncbunk, where he died
July 26, 1878. Politically he acted with the
Republican party. He was a member of the
Methodist Episcopal church at West Kenne-
bunk. He married Ann Evans, of Milan, who
(lied in 1899. Children: Marv: Caroline E. ;
Roswell M.: Charles E. : Isabella M. ; Estelle
C; Asa Atwood, who will be again referred
to: and Sarah E.

(\') Asa Atwood Richardson, third son
and seventh child of Abel E. and Ann
(Evans) Richardson, was born in Saco, No-
vember 12, 1863. He was educated in the
public schools of Kennebunk. Having decided
to take up the study of law, he became a stu-
dent in the office of W. L. Dane, of Kenne-
bunk, and after completing his legal prepara-
tions was admitted to the York county bar in
1896. Opening an office in Kennebunk, he
has ever since conducted a general law busi-
ness in that town, and is now well advanced
in the legal profession. Allying himself with
the Republican party upon attaining his ma-
jority, he has figured quite prominently in
the public affairs of Kenncbunk, having served
as tax collector for five years, as chairman of
the board of selectmen in 1900 and 1901, and
again in 1907. He is a Scottish Rite Mason,
and a past master of York Lodge; affiliates
with Mousam Lodge, Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, and Myrtle Lodge, Knights of
Pythias. He is a member of the Baptist
church.

In 1887 Mr. Richardson married Emma
Garvin, daughter of Sylvester and Mary
(Day) Garvin, of Kennebunk. She died
March 2, 1889, leaving one son, Ira W., born
January 28, 1888, and is now a student at
Colby College, Watervillc, Maine, preparatory
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12, 1891, Mr. Richardson married for his
second wife, Etta A. Currier, daughter of
Cyrus M. and Louise Currier, of Dorchester,
Massachusetts. Of this union there are no
children.



This word designated a place
WHITNEY for no one knows how long

before it was adopted as a
personal name. The parish of Whitney, in the
western part of Herefordshire, near the con-
fines of Wales, lies in the valley of the river
Wye, which is there a mountain torrent, sub-
ject to sudden and violent floods. This cir-
cumstance affords a probable e.xplanation of
the name Whitney, which may be derived from
the Anglo-Saxon words Irwit, signifying
"white," and ey, meaning "water," the literal
signification of the term being "white water."
The record of Whitney in Herefordshire is
found in Domesday Book, which was com-
piled between the years 108 1 and 1087. In
the distribution of land among the followers
of William the Conqueror, Whitney, was one
of nine tracts granted to Sir Turstin, com-
monly known as "Turstin the Fleming" and
"Turstin De Wigmore," the son of Rolf. He
married Agnes, daughter of Alured De Merle-
berge, one of the great barons of the realm,
who settled on her, with other land, the Pen-
combe estate. To Sir Turstin and Agnes
were born two sons, Eustace and Turstin, the
elder succeeding to the paternal estates by
primogeniture. Eustace's son. or grandson,
some time between iioo and 1200, Anno Dom-
ini, engaging in the border wars, built a
stronghold and took up his residence at Whit-
ney, and following the custom of the times
took the surname (or addition) De (of) Whit-
ney, as one of his neighbors gained that of De
Clift'ord, and another that of De La Hay. The
first mention of a De Whitney in any record
now extant is that of "Robert De Wytteneye,"
in the "Testa de Xevill." in the year 1242.
There are numerous records relating to Rob-
erts' son, "Sir Eustace De Wytteneye," and
from the latter down an authentic account can
be given of each head of the family in the
long line. In the offices of sherififs of their
county, knights of the shire in parliament and
justices in the commission of the peace, the
name Whitney may be traced in Herefordshire
from the twelfth century, when the name orig-
inated, to the time of George HI, 1799.

(I) Thomas Whitney, a descendant of the
Whitneys of Whitney, from whom the Whit-
neys of this account are descended, is known



to the following e.xtent : On May 10, 1583,
Thomas Whitney obtained from the Dean and
Chapter of Westminster a license to marry
Mary, daughter of John Bray, in which he is
described as "Thomas Whytney of Lambeth
Marsh, gentleman." and on May 12th the
marriage ceremony was performed in St. Mar-
garet's. Lambeth Marsh is a name still ap-
plied to a locality near the Surrey end of
Westminster bridge. In 161 1, as the records
show, Thomas Whitney paid the subsidy tax,
and December 6. 161 5, he was appointed ex-
ecutor of the will of his father-in-law, John
Bray, late deceased. In the record of the lat-
ter, as in the marriage license, he is described
as "gentleman." September 25, i86g, he buried
his wife, and in April. 1637, he died. The
children of Thomas and Mary (Bray) Whit-
ney were: Margaret. Thomas. Henry, Arn-
waye, John, Nowell, Francis. Mary and Rob-
ert.

(II) John, fifth child and fourth son of
Thomas and Mary ( Bray) Whitney, was born
in England in 1589. He received for those
days a good education in the famous West-
minster school, now known as St. Peter's Col-
lege. He was baptized in St. Margaret's, the
parish church, standing in the shadow of the
famous "Abbey." the 20th day of July, 1592.
February 22. 1607, he was apprenticed by his
father to William Pring, of the Old Bailey,
Loudon. The latter was a "freeman" of the
Merchant Tailor's Company, then the most fa-
mous and prosperous of all the great trade
guilds, numbering in its membersliip distin-
guished men of all professions, many of the
nobility and the Prince of Wales. March 13,
1614. John Whitney became a member of this
guild, soon after married and took up his resi-
dence at Islesworth-on-the-Thames, eight miles
from Westminster. Later he lived in Bowe
Lane. In .^pril, 1635, with his wife and sons
John, Richard, Nathaniel. Thomas and Jona-
than, he registered as a passenger in the ship
"Elizabeth and Ann." Roger Cooper, master,
which soon after sailed for America. His ar-
rival in this country is supposed to have oc-
curred in June, 1635. He immediately settled
in Watertown, Massachusetts, where he pur-
chased a homestead of sixteen acres and made
it his permanent place of abode. Before 1642
the town had granted John Whitney nine other
lots of land amounting to one hundred and
ninety-eight acres. He also made several pur-
chases of land, and aided all his sons in their
settlements. He was admitted freeman March
3, 1636; was appointed constable of Water-



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town by the general court, June i, 1641 ; select-
man, 1638 to 1635. inclusive, and town clerk,
1655. He died June i, 1673, aged seventy-
four. He married (first) in England, Elinor,
whose surname does not appear. She was
bom in 1599, and died in Watertown, May 11,
1659. He married (second) in Watertown,
September 29, 1659, Judith Clement. She died
before her husband. His nine children, all by
the fir.=t wife, were : Mary, John, Richard,
Nathaniel, Thomas, Jonathan, Joshua, Caleb,
and Benjamin, whose sketch follows.

(HI) Benjamin, ninth child and eighth son
of John and Elinor Whitney, born in Water-
town, June 16, 1643, died in 1723, aged eighty.
He appears first in York, Maine, as a wit-
ness to an agreement by John Doves. He
was at Cocheco, Maine, near Dover, in 1667-
68. April 13, 1674, the selectmen of York
laid out to Benjamin Whitney ten acres of
land. In 1685 ticnjamin Wiiitney, of York,
sold "a certain tract and parcel of land which
I have improved, possessed, and have builded
a small tenement upon planted and lived upon
these several years," which was granted by
the town of York in 1680, and ten acres
granted by the town of York. 1674, as above
stated. April 5, 1670, John Whitney deeded
to his son Benjamin his homestead of seven-
teen acres and appurtenances thereto, in con-
sideration of the said Benjamin's taking care
of him during the remainder of his life. ^larch
9, 167 1, with the consent of his father, he
sold this property to his brother Joshua for
£40. After his second marriage, 1695. Ben-
jamin lived on land belonging to Harvard Col-
lege, which he leased of Governor Danforth, in
Sherburn, Massachusetts. He married, prob-
ably at York, Maine (first), Jane, who died
November 14, 1690. He married (second)
April II, 1695. Mary Poor, of Marlboro. The
children by the first wife were : Jane, Timothy,
John, Nathaniel, Jonathan, Benjamin and
Joshua; and by the second wife: Mark and
Isaac.

(IV) Nathaniel, fourth child and third
son of Benjamin and Jane Whitney, born in
York, Maine, April 14, 1680. died in Gorham,
Maine. He probably resided in the place of
his nativity until after his marriage, when
he removed to Gorham. In 1703 he was a
member of the military company of York,
commanded by Captain Preble, for defence
against the Indians. In 1708 Nathaniel Whit-
ney, weaver, of Kittery, bought of Johnson
Harmon and Mary, his wife, a certain piece
of salt marsh and thatch ground in York, com-



monly known as the Sunken Marsh. Novem-
ber, 1715, Nathaniel Whitney, of York, weav-
er, and wife Sarah, sell for four score pounds
to Joseph Harris one-half the tract of land
known as the sunken marsh, having sold the
other half to John Stagpole. In 1717 Na-
thaniel Whitney purchased twenty acres of
land of John Racklift and a small orchard
on the southeast side of York river, for £20.
He married, in York, Maine, Sarah Ford, born
in York. Their children were: Lydia (died
young), Lydia, Nahum. Nathaniel, Abel,
Sarah, Isaac, Amos and Joanna.

(V) Isaac, son of Nathaniel and Sarah
(Ford) Whitney, was born in York, Maine,
March 9, 1720. He lived in York till 1752,
and then bought a house and lot in Saco. He
resided in Bu.xton in 1775, but died at the
house of his son Henry in Freeport, in 1800,
aged eighty. He married (first) February
25, 1743. Sarah, daughter of Dr. Crosby. He
was married twice afterward, but the name
of neither wife is now known. His children
were: Lucy, Phinehas, Isaac, Haimah, Steph-
en, Jonathan, Timothy, Barnabas, James, Mary
and Henry.

(\"I) Stephen, fifth child and third son of
Isaac Whitney, was born in Saco, Maine,
March 19. 1755. The date of his death is not
known. He was in the revolutionary army,
serving in the Rhode Island line, and was
granted a pension April 18, 1818. He resided
in Gorham and Bridgton, Maine. He married
Martha (Patty) Irish, born August 28, 1761,
died in 1836. aged seventy-five. She was the
daughter of Colonel James and Mary Gorham
(Phinney) Irish, and sister of General James
Irish. They had one child Stephen, the sub-
ject of the next paragraph.

(\TI) Stephen (2), son of Stephen (i) and
Martha (Irish) Whitney, born in Gorham,
Maine, May 5, 1799, died in Auburn, Maine,
December 25, 1885, aged eighty-six. He re-
sided at Mechanic's Falls, and the latter part
of his life resided in Auburn. He married
(first) Abigail Mayberry, who died .-Xpril 18,
1837; (second) Catherine Cloudman, who died
Januarj' 8, 1887. His children by first wife
were: Lewis, \\'illiam, Ablion, Mary Anne,
Charles, Joseph, Sarah.

(VIII) Mary Anne, fourth child and first
daughter of Stephen and Abigail (Mayberry)
Whitney, was born in Raymond, Maine, March
9. 1827. died in Portland, Maine, March 4,
iqo8. She married, in Lewiston, Maine, .-Kpril
^o, 1846. Micah Higgins, of Cape Elizabeth.
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(For preceding generations see Richard Higgins I.)

(V) Reuben (2), son of Reu-

HIGGIXS ben (i) Higgins, was born
January 24, 1739, and resided
in Truro. He married Mercy, whose surname
is unknown, and who died January 6, 1784.
Their children were: Hannah, Reuben, Syl-
vanus, Eleazcr, Alicah and five daughters.

(\"I) Micali, youngest son of Reuben (2)
and Mercy Higgins, born in Truro, Massa-
chusetts, July 16, 1775, died in Cape Eliza-
beth, Maine, July 9, 1838. He married Mary
Grey Blair, born in Stroudwater, near Port-
land. December 18, 1779, died in Cape Eliza-
beth, January 6, 1874, aged ninety-five years.
She was the daughter of John and Jane (Mil-
ler) Blair. John Blair was a native of Aber-
foyle, Scotland, and came to the vicinity of
Portland. The children of IMicah and Alary
G., all born in Cape Elizabeth, were : Jane M.,
Mary G., John, Jefferson, Reuben, Elizabeth
H., Arthur M., Emerson and Micah. Each of
the first five and the youngest of these lived
to be upward of seventy-four years of age.

(\'n) Micah (2), youngest child of Micah
(I) and Mary G. (Blair) Higgins, born in
Cape Elizabeth. Alaine, January 22, 1822, died
April 18, 1901, aged seventy-nine years. At
fifteen years of age he went to Bangor and
there learned the art of making edge tools.
When he was twenty-one years old he re-
turned to Portland and conducted a business
for himself for twelve years in partnership
with a Air. Libby, under the firm name of
Higgins & Libby, gaining a reputation as a
maker of edge tools. Poor health compelled
him to give up this business, and in 1857 he
became a purser in the employ of the Portland
Steamship Company, and filled that position
until 1894. a period of thirty-seven years. He
married, in Lewiston, Maine, April 30, "1846,
Mary Anna Whitney, born in Raymond,
Alaine, March 9, 1827, died in Portland,
Maine, March 4, 1908. She was the daugh-
ter of Stephen and Abigail (Mayberry) Whit-
ney. The children of this union were : Sam-
uel C. S., Mary Elizabeth, Edwin Roscoe, Ada
Almena, William Weeks, Jennie May and
Frederick Augustus.

(VHI) Jennie J\lay, sixth child of Micah
(2) and Mary A. (Whitney) Higgins, born in
Portland, ]\iaine. married, June 7, 1893,
Charles Augustus Strout. (See Strout fam-
ily.) — o-

John Moore, immigrant ancestor
MOORE of most of the families of this
name in Middlesex and Worces-
ter counties, Massachusetts, was born in Eng-



land. He settled first at Sudbury, Massa-
chusetts, where he bought in 1649, of Ed-
mund Rice, a house and land in what is now
Wayland. He married Elizabeth, daughter
of Philemon Whale, of Sudbury. He took
the oath of fidelity July 9, 1645. He died
January 6, 1673-74, His will, dated August
25, 1668. proved April 7, 1874, bequeathed to
wife Elizabeth: children: John Moore, of
Lancaster ; William ; Jacob ; Joseph ; to whom
he left the homestead ; Benjamin ; Elizabeth,
wife of Henry Rice; Mary, wife of Daniel
Stone ; and Lydia, wife of James Cutler. His
wife was executrix of his estate; she died De-
cember 14, 1690. Children, all born in Sud-
bury: I. Elizabeth (perhaps in England),
married Henry Rice. 2. John. 3. William,
born about 1640; bought land in 1664 in Sud-
bury. 4. Mary, born September 8, 1641 ; mar-
ried (first) Richard Ward; (second) Deacon
Stone. 5. Lydia, born June 24, 1643; married

in Alay 3, 1684, ; and (second) June

15, 1665, James Cutler. 6. Jacob, born April
28, 1645; married Elizabeth Loker. 7. Jo-
seph, born October 21, 1647; died January 2,
1725-26. 8. Benjamin.

(II) Benjamin, son of John Moore, was
born in Sudbury, December 13, 1648. He was
a farmer in Sudbury. He divided his land
between his sons \\'illiam, Edward, Hezekiah,
L'riah and Peter, in 1726. He married, No-
vember II, 1686, Dorothy Wright, who died
October 20, 1717. Children, born in Sudbury :
I. Dorothy, September 18, 1687. 2. Abigail,
December 2, 1688. 3. Prudence, July 14, 1690;
died young. 4. William. 5. Peter. 6. Ed-
ward, mentioned below. 7. Hezekiah, Sep-
tember 13. 1696. 8. Uriah. 9. Comfort, Feb-
ruary 8, 1703; her brothers William. Edward,
Hezekiah and L'riah deeded land to Caleb
Johnson for care of her. 10. Prudence, July
22, 1704; married December 18, 1732, Mark
Vose. II. Benjamin (?), married Zerviah
Moore.

(III) Edward, son of Benjamin Moore, was
born in Sudbury; married there, February 19,
1722-23, Keziah Goodnow. Children, born in
Sudbury- : i. Nathan, May 25. 1725; men-
tioned below. 2. Sarah, June 23, 1728; died
May 28, 1733. 3- Persis, September 25, 1732;
married, November 16, 1752, cousin Ashbell
Moore. 4. Elijah, August 6, 1735. 5. John,
June I, 1738. 6. Sarah, February 17, 1741.
7. Dorothy, June 17. 1743; married, Septem-
ber 16, 1762. Ebenezer Woodis.

(IV) is^athan, son of Edward Moore, was
born in Sudbury, May 25, 1725. He married
(first) July 23, 1744, Agnes Bolton; (second)



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Abigail Parmeiitcr. His estate was admin-
istered in 1776, and the heirs mentioned were
John, loseph, Abigail, Jonathan, Thomas
(Middlesex probate 10, 944)- Children, born
at Sudbury: i. John, June 6, 1745. 2. Jo-
seph, August I. 1747: mentioned below. 3.
Sarah, September 2, 1750: died before 1776.
4. Luther, June, 1753. 5. Nathan, March 6,
1762. 6. Jonathan, April 14, 1764; died Sep-
tember 19, 1841. 7. Sarah, September 10,
1766. 8. Abigail, July 9, 1768. 9. Aaron,
April I, 1770. 10. Thomas.

(V) Joseph, son of Nathan Moore, was
born in Sudbury, August i, 1747. He was
sergeant in the revolution, in Captain Moses
Stone's company, Lieutenant Colonel Ezekiel
Howe's regiment, on the Lexington alarm,
April 19, 1775: perhaps the same Joseph
Moore who was in Captain Ebenezer Buck's
company. Colonel Josiah Brewer's regiment,
in 1779, in the Penobscot expedition. After
the revolution he settled at Madison, Maine,
and died there in 1804. He was a prominent
citizen, and a major in the militia. He mar-
ried Martha . Children, born in Sud-
bury: 1. Anna, February 9, 1768. 2. Lydia,
born October 3, 1770. 3. Joseph, September
2, 1775; mentioned below. 4. Lydia, January
26, 1777. 5. Patty, January i, 1779. b.
Thomas, October 13, 1780.

(VI) Joseph (2), son of Joseph (i) Moore,
was born in Sudbury, September 2, 1775. He
went to Maine with his father, and settled at
Madison. He married Rachel Brown. Chil-
dren: Sally, Polly, Luther, John B., Joseph
and Aaron.

(VH) Luther, son of Major Joseph (2)
Moore, was born at Madison, Maine. He
removed to Bingham. Maine, and died there.
He was a shoemaker by trade, and operated a
private shop in Bingham and Moscow, Maine.
The greater part of his life was passed in
Bingham. He was a Whig in politics in early
life, a Republican in his later years. Children :
I. Sarah Baker, born June 24, 1811. 2. Abi-
gail French, March 17, 1813. 3. William, Au-
gust 14, 1816. 4. Nathan, May 30. 1818. 5.
Esther Clark, May 7, 1820. 6. Naomi Moore,
]\lay 16, 1822. 7. Cyrus, July i, 1824. 8.
Lucinda Benjamin. September 11, 1826. 9.
Lvithcr L., July iq. 1828. 10. David W., April
22, 1830. 11. Hannah, May 21, 1832. 12.
Hiram, April 5, 1835. 13. Benjamin F., No-
vember 30, 1836.

(Vni) Hiram, son of Luther Moore, was
born at Bingham, Somerset county, Maine,
April 5, 1835. He received his early educa-
tion in the district schools of his native town.



He left home at the age of eight years, how-
ever, and since then has been dependent upon
his own labor and resources. During his boy-
hood and youth he worked during the sum-
mers on various farms, and at lumbering in
the winters. For a period of seventeen years
he was in the employ of Joseph Clark at
Moscow, Carrituck and Bingham, and during
ten years was manager of his employer's farm-
ing interests. From i860 to 1864 he had a
farm of his own at Fork's Plantation, Somer-
set county, Maine. In October, 1865, he re-
moved to Madison, and took up a farm, and
lived there until April, 1903, when he removed
to his present home in the village of Madison.
Notwithstanding his age, Mr. Moore is vigor-
ous and strong, enjoying good health. He
retains his interests in extensive agricultural
and lumber districts in northern Maine, hav-
ing an interest in about eighty thousand acres.
He is the manager of the lumber interests on
the Kennebec river, of the Great Northern
Paper Company, which has mills at Madison,
as well as at ^lillinocket, Maine. Mr. Moore
has been prominent in public affairs. During
the eighties he was for six years a county
commissioner of Somerset county. He was
for two years chairman of the board of select-
men of Madison, and is a director of the First
National Bank. He is a typical self-made
man. By his own efforts chiefly he secured
his education outside of the schoolroom, and
by industry and frugality in early life he se-
cured the nucleus of the wealth he has accu-
mulated by shrewd investment and careful
management in later years. He possesses a
full share of the pluck, energy, courage and
self-reliance demanded of a lumberman in his
hazardous enterprises. Mr. Moore commands
the confidence and respect of all his towns-
men aiid business associates. He attends the
Universalist church, and is a member of Eu-
clid Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Ma-
sons.

Mr. Moore married. -August, 1857, Laverna
B. Chase, born at Solon, Maine, daughter of
George and Laverna ( Bosworth ) Chase, of
Carrituck. Children: i. Fred L. 2. Nellie
M., married Elmer E. Town, son of Don W.
Town. 3. Arthur E., married Lena Jacobs, of
Madison.



This name came into England
MOORE with William the Conqueror in

1066. Thomas de More was
among the survivors of the battle of Hastings,
October 11 of that year, and was a recipient
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invader. All the antiquarians of Scotland and
the authorities on genealogy are agreed that
the name of Dennis-toun, of Dennis-toun,
ranks with the most eminent and ancient in the
realms of the United Kingdom. It certainly
dates back to 1016, and probably earlier, and
Joanna or Janet, daughter of Sir Hugh de
Dangieltown, married Sir Adam More, of
Rowallan, and became the mother of Elizabeth
More, who in 1347 married King Robert II of
Scotland, from whom sprang the long line of
Stuart monarchs. Another Janet, about 1400,
married her cousin, Sir Adam More, of Ro-
wallan. This motto has been preserved by
the Dennis-touns : "Kings come of us; not we
of kings." The name of Moore has been nu-
merously borne in England, Scotland and later
in Ireland, representatives of this family hav-
ing tilled distinguished positions in the United
Kingdom, and several of them occupied seats
as members of parliament. They have also
been eminent in military affairs. Richard
Moore came in the "Mayflower" to Scituate,
Massachusetts, and the name is common in
the records of Plymouth, Newbury and Salem,
the earliest settlements in the state. In the
time of James I the Moores of Scotland were
strict Non-conformists, consequently their re-
moval in great numbers from Scotland to Ire-
land in 1612 is easily accounted for. They
belonged to the sect of Friends, and this ex-
plains their predominance in the colony of
William Penn. Bearing on its roll of mem-
bership such men as Sir John Moore and Tom
^loore, the poet, it has just reason to be proud
of its lineage. Somebody has said that in
hunting out a pedigree one is as likely to find
a scaffold as a crown. Not so in the case of
the Moores, the record that is revealed to the
patient delver after genealogical data is an
honorable one indeed. Surnames originated
some centuries after the Norman Conquest,



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