Before migrating to Wayne Co IN by 1820, these Moores lived northwest of Asheboro, NC, near where Johnstonville was. Nearby were Thomas Bulla, several Thornburys, Isaac Julian, Thomas Lytle, Henry & George Yount, Masts, and Andrew Hoover & sons. They left NC after 1807 and It now seems that they may have been in Madison Co. KY at the time of the 1810 census before continuing on to Wayne Co.
Four Moores show in 1790 census Rancolph Co. NC: John, Samuel, Robert & George.
In 1800 census, George, Samuel gone, John oldest, Robert, William & Joseph show. Looks like John may be father of others.
By 1810, only Robert remains in Randolph Co. NC.
However in the 1810 census in Madison Co. KY (Boonesborough is there) Moores ARE found: Samuel, George. Joseph, and William. There is also a John Moore, Revel. listed, which I don't understand, but which may be the older John. Madison Co. KY is "on the way to Indiana", almost directly south of Cincinnatti, OH where they likely crossed the Ohio River. (Others, related to them, had gone this way in both 1802 and 1804.)
I believe William Moore is my ggg gf, with his wife Elizabeth Widdows & family. He was born 1767 NC, she 1770 also NC. The census "fits" them, and the children I know about. Her sister Esther was wife of Thomas Bulla, and a brother Peter Widows with a "family fit" is in same 1810 census in neighboring Clark Co. KY. (He did not go on to Wayne Co. IN.)
By 1820, among many Moores, "my William" is in Wayne Co. IN, where his daughter Frances m. Alexander Hoover in 1826. Son Widdows P. Moore m. 1846 Montgomery Co. Martha Paxton. I believe John Moore 1795 NC who m. Rebecca Wade is his son as well. Also think James Moore 1801 NC, with wife Margaret and William Moore 1803 NC m. Elizabeth (Betsy) Edwards may also be his sons. That leaves a son and a daughter "missing" ... daughter prob b just before 1800, son near same time. (Guessing Sarah or Elizabeth and Isaac as probable names)
I learn from family papers, written by Frances Moore Hoover's son-in-law that the Hoover home was "different from most ...in every item suggestive of refinement and intelligence ... books, papers, pictures, cultural conversation." and "Mother Hoover was the best educated woman of the place, in fact the only one who read to any considerable extent. She received for years (papers from Phil. NY & others listed) and in these she read Bulwers and Dickens novels, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and new poems of Bryant, Longfellow, and Whittier. She was well read in English literature ... and a member of the Thompsonian Medical Siciety." In short, these Moores were well educated, literate folk.
I believe William was likely Methodist. (his daughter Frances & Alexander Hoover were), not Quaker, although he may have Quaker connections. His son Widdows was also Methodist. TheWiddows, Bullas, Hoovers, all connecting families, had both Quakers, and Quaker "dropouts".
Hoping to connect with someone who also has Randolph Co. NC Moore roots.
No idea where my Moores came from before they arrived in Randolph Co. NC ... perhaps PA or eastern NC. Does anyone have a Robert, Samuel, Joseph, John, or William who may be part of my puzzle before 1790 in NC or after in KY or IN?
Any suggestions greatly appreciated.