Moore ancestor became first governor of Bermuda Islands

Published 11:59 pm Friday, July 30, 2010

There are several Moore family lines that have resided in Covington County, and many descendants of these families continue to make their home here. One of these, the descendants of Richard Moore, has not been covered in previous columns featuring Moore genealogy, so his family will be the subject of today’s writing.

Richard Moore (1783-1618), a native of Leckhampton, Gloucestershire, England, is the earliest known ancestor of this particular family. Richard was married to Elizabeth Norwood (1588-1632), who was also a native of England. Richard was a ship’s carpenter by vocation, but he was “an able and resolute man.” He was “armed with the subjoined commission from the Virginia Company in 1612 to serve as governor and manage the company’s resources invested in the Islands of Bermuda.” Thus, Richard Moore became the first British Governor of Bermuda. He and his wife along with 50 settlers arrived aboard a ship, The Plough, on July 11, 1612. Their son, Edmund, was born there, but the year listed for his birth, 1640, does not correlate with his father’s death date.

After a few years, Richard moved his family to Virginia where they lived for a time. He and Elizabeth eventually returned to England where they died in Manble, Worcestershire. Edmund was married to Elizabeth Livingston, and among their children was a son, Roger Moore, born in 1680 in Amelia, Va. They remained in Virginia where Edmund died in 1688 in Amelia.

Roger Moore was married to Mary ?, and they had a son named Edmund Moore (1740-1785), who was born and died in North Carolina. He was married to Elizabeth J. Gaskill, and they had a son named Anthony Moore. Anthony was born in 1765 in North Carolina, and he died in 1816 in Darlington, S.C.

The son, Anthony Moore, was married to Keziah (Powell) (1765-1840), a native of North Carolina and the daughter of John Powell (1740-1790). They had the following children: Nathan, b. ca 1786-1840; Edmund, b. 1787; Henry, b. 1788, d. 1809; Isham, b. 1792, d. 1856; and Nancy, b. 1801, d. 1839. All the children were born in the Cheraws District of Darlington, S.C.. The son, Isham, is the member of this Moore family who brought the family to Pike County, Ala., where he died in 1856.

Isham was married in Darlington, S.C., in 1817 to Ann Elizabeth Williamson (1797-1863). They reared the following children who were all born in South Carolina with the exception of the first son who was listed as being born in Georgia: James C., b. 1815; Sarah Jane, b. 1818, d. 1890, m. Micajah Baker Stinson; Mary Margaret, b. 1820, m. Elias D. Stinson; Ann Elizabeth, b. 1822, d. 1901; John Wellington, b. 1824, d. 1862, m. Elvie Jane White; Eugenia Rebecca, b. 1825, d. 1891, m. James Madison Spencer; Daniel, b. 1826; Hannah Patience, b. 1828, d. 1903, m. Joseph Terrell Stinson; Thomas Timmons, b. 1830, d. 1910; m. Mary Alvenia White (1839-1921); Minerva E., b. 1832; Frances Crenshaw, b. 1834, m. ? Darman; Martha Caroline, b. 1838, d. 1920, m. ? Cape; and Joseph Baker, b. 1841, m. Mary Matilda Jackson.

Thomas Timmons Moore was about the middle of five sons in the above family. He and his wife, Mary Alvenia (White), who was a native of Pike County, Ala., resided there and reared the following family: Elvy Ann, b. 1856, d. 1956 at 100 years; Rebecca Temesiah, b. 1857, d. 1890; Marion Ramah, b. 1859, d. 1946, m. 1881 Mary Josephine Shaw (1857-1909); twin, Mary Ruhama, b. 1859, d. 1936; Zemrie Timmons, b. 1861, d. 1919, m. Emma Jane Bell (1863-1936); Laurana Irene, b. 1866, d. 1868; Omar Oscar, b. 1871, d. 1934; Zerah W., b. 1875, d. 1932; and twin, Belah W., b. 1875, d. 1952.

At least three of the above children, Marion Ramah, Zemrie Timmons, and Belah W. moved to the Andalusia area of Covington County. The families of two of these, Marion Ramah and Zemrie Timmons, will be outlined next.

Marion Ramah and Mary Josephine (Shaw) Moore reared the following four children: Quincy Amos, b. 1884, d. 1960, m. (1) Lavonia Tindal (2) Alice Stokes; Thomas Elbert, b. 1886, d. 1971, m. Lois Naomi Johnson; John Marion “Meddie,” b. 1891, d. 1964, m. Bertha Lee Inabinett; and Eula Mae, b. 1892, d. 1989, m. Hugh Langford.

Zemri Timmons and Emma Jane (Bell) Moore reared the following children: Nerie O., b. 1883; Ira T., b. 1886; Martha R., b. 1888; Wilborn C., b. 1890; Elcie J., b. 1891; Catie B., b. 1893; Elvy A., b. 1895; and Esther B., b. 1897.

Marion Ramah Moore’s second son, Thomas Elbert Moore, and wife, Lois Naomi (Johnson), reared the following children: Carlos Aubrey, b. 1912, d. 1995, m. Ida Florence Cook; William Otis, b. 1914, d. 1968, m. Mae Hammett; Mary Oleta, b. 1917, d.1998, m. Jarvis Eugene Umbarger; Arnold Ramah, b. 1919, d. 1993, m. Mildred Kelley; Annie Loys, b. 1924,d. 2010, m. Leonard Lavern Horton; and Thomas Paul, b. 1933, m. Annie Jo Hammett.

Thomas Elbert lived on a sizable farm in the Five Points community near Rose Hill in Covington County. One of his grandsons, Ben Moore, has in recent years built a brick home on the home place site. Several members of the Moore and Langford families lived in the same community. Thomas Elbert’s sister, Eula Mae, was married to Hugh Langford and they all lived next to each other. An interesting side note was shared by Thomas Elbert’s granddaughter, Betty (Moore) Dewrell. Dr. Dan Campbell, the notable physician of Rose Hill fame, had his first office at the Five Points location. Upon completing medical training, he moved his famiy into a tenant house owned by Marion Ramah Moore. That fall, he built a house next to Lord’s School where he practiced medicine until 1928 when he moved to Rose Hill.

Thomas Elbert’s oldest son, Carlos Aubrey Moore, and his wife, Ida Florence (Cook), reared the following children: James Ramah, b. 1932, m. Robin Crowe; Sarah Martha, b. 1936, m. Raymond Chism; and Joel Elbert, b. 1942, m. Patsy Walker.

The next son, William Otis Moore, and his wife, Mae (Hammett), had two children, Charles Edmond, b. 1934, m. Mary Theresa Bane; and Patsy Ann, b. 1936, m. Donald Keith Davis.

The oldest daughter, Mary Oleta Moore, and her husband, Jarvis Eugene Umbarger, reared three children: Jarvis Eugene Jr., b. 1947, m. Diane Willard; Marion Andrew, b. 1950, m. (1) Judy Turner (2) Sharon Powell; and Jerry Wayne, b. 1935, m. Susie Johnson.

The next son, Arnold Ramah, and his wife, Mildred (Kelley), also reared three children: Bobbie Nell, b. 1937, m. Athan Eiland; Bettie Sue, b. 1942, m. Johnny Dewrell; and Bennie Lomax, b. 1955, m. Neva Hadaway.

The youngest son, Thomas Paul Moore, and his wife, Annie Jo (Hammett), reared four children: Shirley Ann, b. 1955, m. Willie Haywood Smith; Thomas Frank, b. 1957, m. Hannah Dozier; Gary Lavon, b. 1963, m. Vivian Hudson; and Roger Alan, b. 1968, m. Kerrie Piland.

The genealogy of this family is a work in progress. Those researching it would appreciate hearing from anyone who might contribute additional data.

The primary source for this genealogy was the Moore Family website, which is maintained by a Moore descendant, Anita (Horton) Solorzano. Appreciation is expressed to her and her cousin, Mark Dewrell, another Moore descendant, for sharing their family’s genealogy.

Anyone who might have any corrections to the above or additional information on this Moore family is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at 20357 Blake Pruitt Road, Andalusia, AL 36420; 334-222-6467; or Email:



The Covington Rifles Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. (change from 6 p.m.) on Thursday, Aug. 5, in the Dixon Memorial Room of the Andalusia Public Library. Guests are welcome. New Commander Francis McGowin will lead a planning session and present a report on the recent national reunion in Anderson, S.C.

A postage stamp depicting his picture was designed to honor Richard Moore, the first British governor of Bermuda.| Courtesy