Calling all Mores or Moores . . . updated

Below is an updated version of an entry from early October.  By accident or providence, we aren’t sure which, significant details of the Joseph Moore and Hannah Sharp story came to light this week.  One of the exciting things about this line of work is discovering new things and figuring out various mysteries.

Joseph Moore or More and Hannah Sharp

Joseph Moore or More and Hannah Sharp

The centerpiece of this entry is a marriage certificate dated 29 September 1835 for the marriage of Joseph Moore (or More) and Hannah Sharp.  Transcription:
New Brunswick
Joseph Moore, Widower, & Hannah Sharp, Spinster, both of the Parish of Hampstead, & County of Queens were married by Licence this twenty ninth day of September, one thousand eight hundred & thirty five, by me,
George P. Farris A.M. Offic. Min.
This marriage was solemnized between us
Joseph Moore
Hannah Sharp
In the presence of
John Sharp
William Polly

Hannah Rebecca Sharp was born 6 September 1797, the daughter of Joseph Sharp (22 July 1762 – 21 June 1855) and Hannah Ogden (10 February 1773/5 – 12 January 1820) and one of thirteen children.  Joseph Sharp first shared a lot on the Kennebeccasis River and then moved to New Jerusalem, Queens County. Hannah Sharp More died in 1879.

Joseph Moore, or More, was born in Ireland about 1805 according to the 1861 Census.  He married Mary Carson, a woman ten years his senior about 1825 and emigrated to New Brunswick that same year.  Mary Carson was the sister of Margaret Carson who married Alexander Machum, the ancestors of the extensive Machum family of New Jerusalem.  Joseph and Mary Moore settled at New Ireland, later called Hibernia, a community about half way between New Jerusalem and Central Hampstead.  There they built a log house on land later owned in the 20th century by Havelock Nickerson; apparently many years later Mr. Nickerson showed visitors the original barn which had Joseph Moore’s name carved on a timber.  Joseph and Mary had three children:  Margaret, born 1827, a second daughter about 1829, and Martha, born 1832.  Mary Carson Moore died some time between 1832 and 1834 and it is suspected she is buried in the Machum Burial Ground with her sister, but there is no marker.

On 29 September 1835, as per the above marriage certificate, Joseph Moore, widower, and Hannah Sharp, spinster, were married.  They had three other children:  Stephen Colin, Hannah and William Henry.  In 1848 Joseph and Hannah moved to New Jerusalem from Hibernia purchasing 100 acres of land from Joseph Wallace.  In 1851 Joseph Moore was baptized and became a member of the New Jerusalem Baptist Church, followed five years later by his wife and daughter.  In 1856 Joseph sold his property to Alexander Machum and purchased land in Hampstead and Johnston parishes.

Joseph and Hannah Moore, or More as they appear in the 1861 Queens County Census, lived in the Parish of Hampstead.  They both signed the marriage certificate indicating they could read and write – not an unusual skill at this time, but significant in a period when many people could not.  In the 1861 census, Joseph is 56, a native of Ireland, and a Baptist farmer.  Hannah is aged 64 and native to New Brunswick.  Two of their children are listed: Hannah age 22, and William H., age 20.  Joseph Moore died 6 December 1864 with his death announced in the New Brunswick Courier 14 January 1865: d. Deacon Joseph MOORE of Hampstead (Queens Co.) age 56, departed this life 6th Dec.

William Henry More appears in the 1871 Queens County Census, age 29, and married to Isabell More, age 26.  William and Isabel Rebecca Parker were married some time before 1871.  At the time of the birth of their daughter, Annie Blanche 24 July 1871, their residence is listed as Hibernia.  By the time of the birth of their daughter, Hannah Mary 2 October 1876, they are living in Saint John.  In 1881, William, occupation teamster, and Isabell appear in Saint John County with four children: Annie age 9, Orland age 8, Hannah age 4, and Bertha age 3 months.  William H. is listed as a Baptist, Isabell and the children as Church of England.  A 1945 letter by Lloyd Machum recounts a visit to Joseph Moore’s granddaughter, Annie Blanche Moore Boyd.

Joseph and Hannah More disappear from most available records after the 1861 Census.  Hannah does not appear in 1871 or 1881 and her death is noted in Donald Alexander Machum’s Alexander Machum, Margaret Carson and their Descendents, as 16 December 1887.  Hannah’s birth date and family information are taken from the Sharp family genealogy in our archival collection.   Donald Alexander Machum, also speculates that Joseph Moore was buried with his first wife in the Machum Burial Ground in an unmarked grave.

The Machum genealogy goes into more detail about the children of Joseph Moore’s first marriage.  Nothing is known of the second daughter, however Martha, the youngest died in 1846 of consumption at age 13 years and 5 months.  Margaret, the eldest, grew up with her cousins at Alexander and Mary Carson Machum’s farm.  On 1 January 1846 Margaret married John Hunter Dugan, a 26 year old Irish immigrant from Petersville Parish, finally settling in Hampstead Parish, near present day Pleasant Villa.  Margaret and John Dugan had several children, including a Thomas who was left one dollar in the will of his grandfather, Joseph Moore!  Margaret died young 20 February 1851 and within a year John Dugan had remarried Rachel Wooden and had eight more children.  Descendents of Margaret and John Dugan remain in New Brunswick with branches also in Massachusetts.

There are at least two other Moore families in the Hampstead/Petersville area at this time with no obvious connections between them.  The spelling of the name is interesting as well.  It’s not unusual to have varying spellings of names, however Moore is usually pretty standard and not that confusing to a census taker – indicates that More might have been the preferred spelling for this family. Although in 1835 Joseph signed his own name as Moore.

Many thanks to Donald Machum’s book, Alexander Machum, Margaret Carson and their Descendents, for the additional information above.  A little piece of paper can yield all kinds of stories.  You never know what you’ll find out next!

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