The most distinguished Moore was General JOHN MOORE, born in 1759, married 1stly a sister of Governor ADAIR of Kentucky; married 2ndly, Mary, a dau. of Capt. ROBERT ALEXANDER, member of the General Assembly, North Carolina in 1792-1805. He is buried at Old Goshen graveyard, as are many of his generation.
The four sons of John Moore saw service, as stated before, in the Revolution. General John Moore, Capt. Wm. Moore, Private Alexander Moore, Private James Moore. Their sister, Mary Moore, married 1stly, Thomas Campbell, andmarried 2ndly to Wm. RANKIN.
The article is about the Rankin Family Home. It was originaly published in The Gastonia Gazette - Gastonia, NC, May 1955 by Mrs. Kay Dixon: (Mary E. Moore, wife of Oliver Wiley Holland, was a niece to Mary Moore, the wife of William Rankin, son of Samuel. Issac Holland Jr. married Mary C. Rankin, daughter of William.)
"Samuel Rankin and wife, Ellen ALEXANDER, were pioneers who settled in this area in 1765, and obtained a grant to a large tract of land, the majority of which is still in the possession of the Rankin family. Samuel built a house in 1765 on a hill overlooking the 300 acres that he was later to deed to his son William (born 1760 - died 1853, age 93 years). When a boy of 17 William joined the military company of his uncle, Captain ROBERT ALEXANDER; he saw service in the Cherokee uprising, in the battles of Cowpens and Eutaw Springs. When he was 27 years old he married Mary Moore Campbell, sister of General JOHN MOORE. They settled on land Samuel Rankin gave them and built a small log house with a tremendous eight-foot fireplace. Here they lived until the finer, larger house in front of it was completed in 1800."
Would these Moore and Alexander families be related to Robert Adair, M.P. of Baltimore who d.1768 (m. Martha Paca)?