Burgee Family History










June 1997


Who do you think you are? *

Genealogy *

My Thoughts of Ancestors *

Family Treasures *


Burgee Family History File *

More Thoughts of Ancestors *


Story of Ancestor Felix Tucker being Captured by Indians *

Story of James C. Moore and Panther *

Story of Thomas Francis’ Moores’s Early Death *

Moore Cave *

Murder and The Dual *

Ancestor in the Pentagon *

Facts *

Some Family Members *

Sir Thomas More *

Tucker Family *

Hagen Family *

Brewer Family *

John Drury Brewer *

Henrietta Brewer *

Grandfather Joseph Richard Fenwick *

Clement J. Fenwick *

Ira Nash *


Dad *

Dad’s Lineage *

Uncle Bob *

Aunt Cecelia Moll *

Uncle Albert’s Dad *

Uncle Joe – Joseph Joab Burgee *

Dad’s Maternal Lineage *

Dad’s Paternal Lineage *

Major Joab Waters *


Mom *

Mom’s Lineage *

Mom’s Paternal Lineage *

Thomas Narcissus Nash *

Grandpa James Alexander Nash *

Grandpa James Alexander Nash II *

Mom’s Maternal Lineage *


Maryland Catholics on the Frontier *

The Catholic Church *


The Laytons *

Sister Agnes *

The Honorable Isidore Moore *

Grandma Leah McDaniel *

Nicholas Moore, Jr. *

John Rubin Wiseman Moore *

Grandma Eleanor Moore *



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Who do you think you are?


Genealogy is scientific study of family history.

It is a step back in time. It is umbilical cord to the past. It is a wish to "unbury" ancestors whom genes are still alive in your body. Family history isn’t all past history. It is history in making.


Family History Addiction is when you find yourself in a city far away from home searching for someone you never knew who has been dead 300 years.


The Genealogy Story from "Who do you think you are? By Suzanne Hilton about "Jacob the Hunter"


Jacob was well known around his part of country for his successful hunting trips. Even though he would be gone for weeks at a time, Jacob always returned with enough game to feed his family of eight children and shared some game with neighbors. One time he was gone for seven years. His wife and children were sure he was dead. Then one day he walked in the door, hung his hunting rifle over the fireplace, sat down and said two words "Been Hunting".


It was two hundred years before anyone found out where Jacob had been for those seven years.


The person who found out was one of his descendants. With modern advances in family-hunting had turned up two Jacobs with same last name---- one lived with his family in New York and went hunting. And the other lived for seven years in Vermont, brought land, married and buried his wife. When she died, sold his land, and disappeared from Vermont, at same time that Jacob the Hunter returned to his home in New York State.


Losing one’s identity was very easy in the days before social security numbers. Since there was little communication between frontier and back home where a man was well known. He could live the rest of his life forgetting who he used to be.





This first Census in the United States was completed in 1790. Most people thought Census takers were tax agents or just plain nosy. People lied about their ages and number of persons in a dwelling. In beginning some Census takers couldn’t spell and others did not take their job seriously.


(another note. Poem No Rose Without a Thorn is next page. I need to take it from Mom’s Book)


Genealogy Facts:


Ten generations show 1,023 names in your direct line of descent. When genealogy is put in mathematical terms like this, it becomes sheer nonsense.


But these ancestors gave each of us the coloring of our skin, hair and eyes, our temperament and spirit, perhaps, even shape of our bones. Genealogy becomes intensely personal and real. Each ancestor on chart left some kind of imprint on the genetic scheme that finally produced me as I am. Each of us is a link in the human chain, sharing with our family our physical traits, in born talents, even mannerism and customs. We share genes of our ancestors whether we knew them or not. And will past on new combinations of these traits to our children. Even certain diseases, how long we will live, and what we will eventually die of may be traceable to our genes. On a happier note, we can also inherit a trait such as a musical talent from ancestors.


Genealogy is like working huge crossword puzzle. There are thousands of spaces to be filled in with my people, ancestors, long dead, but they were flesh of my flesh and the bone of my bone. I’m actually a part of the huge genetic puzzle. I remember looking at Grandmother Julie Ann Reddick Nash’s picture on my bedroom wall and feeling that I did resemble her. Mom looked like her mother, and Dad used to tell me how much I looked like Mom. I have always felt a close kinship to this grandmother, who died so very young at age 31 years. Her young life seemed so full of tragedy and grief. She lost four children out of six at very young ages. Grandfather Tom Nash was surely filled with sorrow and grief.


Both Julie Ann and Tom Nash (my grandparents) have emerged from these charts as real live people. I have a glimpse of what happened during their short marriage. My heart ached for them and for Mom and Sister Agnes (Auntie) and I now realize what a sad childhood my Mom had during this time.


I was delighted to find a wedding picture of Henrietta Brewer Nash and Tom Nash. Nancy has this old album that Mom gave me, but too many pictures are unidentified. Grandfather Tom Nash was, indeed, a handsome man with neat moustache. I believe Grandma Henrietta was a good wife and parent. I’m sure Grandfather Tom Nash needed her help with his girls. But, again, their marriage must have been filled with sorrow at losing their first three infants. Uncle Ira Nash was their only surviving child. I know that he loved his mother Henrietta dearly


I also found this table of how direct ancestors increase in 300 year period:

Ten generations:

No. of Individuals No. of years

Parents 2 25

Grandparents 4 50

Great-grandparents 8 75

G-G-grandparents 16 100

G-G-G 32 125

G-G-G-G 64 150

G-G-G-G-G 128 175

G-G-G-G-G-G 256 200

G-G-G-G-G-G-G 512 225

G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G 1024 250

G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G 2048 275

G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G 4096 300

Totals 8190


More about genealogy:


People did not use surnames until 1400’s when English law was passed to have a surname. Before invention of surnames, people were known by single name. Sometime a description was added, such as John, the (Miller), or John, who lives by the (Ford), son of John (Johnson),John son of William (Williamson), John the (Baker). Some used descriptions John who is (Stout)), John who is (Short), John who is (Little).or by location John who lives by waterfalls (Waters). Centuries ago there could have been dozens of people simply called John. Since people were know only by one name, it was more difficult to keep track of them. Surnames were for purpose of collecting tax, so people could be more easily located.


This leads me to believe the Surname Burgee could have been derived from French Huguenots back in 1500’s when they had to flee France after being persecuted by Louis XIV. Since a burgee is a small distinguishing flag displayed by yachts. Also used by ships for signals and identification and is from French word bourgeals, meaning ship owner, originated in Channel Islands in France.(definition taken from The American Heritage Dictionary of English Language). Maybe our ancestors were shipowners. Huguenots were known for there sailmaking.


Following taken from American Historylands, National Geographic Society:

"…….In 1760 already America was showing hospitality to all people. Although dominant stock of colonials remained British, many nationalities were represented in the leading cities. One group in particular influenced the quality of colonial craftsmanship—the Huguenots, driven from France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. Some were printers like Louis Timothee, whom Franklin sent to Charleston to print the SOUTH CAROLINE GAZETTE. Some were silvermiths like the immigrant father of Paul Revere, blacksmiths, gunsmiths, cabinetmakers, joiners, carpenters, sailmakers, weavers ----hardly an honest trade was without Huguenot recruits.

Family originated with this EARLY FAMILIES IN THE BARRENS

ancestor. (See Brewer Family )

Samuel Moore married Mary Brewer, his second cousin, Daughter of Charles Brewer, Sr. born 1767, son of George Brewer born 1744 in St. Mary’s, MD, wife was Mary (?)

Fenwick Family: Margaret (Nash) Burgee’s stepfather, and Cousin Joe Fenwick and Mom had common ancestor, who was Samuel Moore, sixth child of Isidore Moore.(See Fenwick Family )


Manning Family: Married Reddick Family also Moore Family


Tucker Family: Married into all families in "the Barrens". They even intermarried more than once. They were most prolific. (See Tucker Family)


Hagan Family: Married Nashs, Reddicks, Moores, Tuckers (See Hagan Family)


Cissell Family: Married Moores, Uncle Joe Burgee,


Layton Family: So many Layton's they intermarried with every family In "The Barrens".


Drury and Hayden Families. A majority of our ancestors are descendants from on way or another from the Drury and Hayden families of St. Mary’s MD. See resume of their British ancestry starting with Thomas De Heydon of Heydon in South Erpinton, a justice itinerant in Norfolk, 1221, with commission directly from Henry III ca 1185….1250.


(see ancestor Chart 3l John Drury married Susannah Hayden in year 1704 in St. Mary’s Co., Maryland---Susannah was daughter of William Hayden who died 1733 in St. Mary’s, MD and Elizabeth Thomas who died 1761 in St. Mary’s, MD.)

John and Susannah also had three daughters Monica, Francis and Mary. These three daughters all moved to Perry Co. and are our forebears.



A majority of or descendants are descend from one way or another from the DRURY and HAYDEN Families of Maryland.. Here is resume of their British ancestry.

Thomas De Haydon of Heydon in South Erpontin, a justice itinerant in Norfolk, 122l, with Commission directly from Henry III ca 1185 ….1250

William Heydon of Heyden, Esq. Eldest son and heir ca 1220- 1272

William Heydon of Heydon eldest son and heir lived at Heydon, 1271-1307 d ca 1307

Simeon Heydon of Heydon heir

Sir Richard Heydon, second son, d ca 1370 in wars in France

John Heydon of the Grove married Joan possessed in 1400 of that portion of old Roman Manor of Cassionbury know A RHW Grove. It had been a royal domain and was probably

It had been a royal domain and was, probably granted for his father’s services d Mar l, 1408

William Heydon of the Grove, Esq. Rebuilt or restored Chapel of St. Katherine in the church at Walford, Hartfordshire.


………there is a gap here, the child being a grandson of great grandson William Heydon of the Grove, Esq. Married Mrs. Aubury, daughter of Robert Aubury of Dolley, Middlesax. D April 1515. Solomon’s History says he is buried in Westminster Abbey.

William Heydon of the Grove married Alice Newton, daughter of Alexander Newton of Swell, Somersetshire will dated May 8, 1546 d May 21, anno 37 Henry VIII (1547?)

Henry Heydon of the Grove married Anne Twinyho (QV), heiress of Edward Twinyho of Shipton, Gloucestershire ca 1509 – bur 11 Jan 1588

Francis Heydon of The Grove, Esq. Married Francis Langueville (QV) daughter of Arthur Longueville sheriff of Hartsfortshire, 1583 bur July 25, 1606, Watford, Hartfordshire.

Edward Haydon, Esq. Married Francis Burr Nov. 17, 1597 at Warford, Hartfordshire bpt. Dec. 3, 1561, Watford, Hartfordshire.


Edward Hayden, married Eleanor Whitehead Nov. 1, 1627 Watford, Hartfordshire

Francis Hayden married Thomas Butler, (d. 1701, MD) bpt. Aug. 13, 1628, Watford, Hartfordshire.

Immigrated to Maryland 1669 received 200 acres in St. Mary’s Co., MD. In 1678 d. 1694 St. Mary’s Co. MD.

William Hayden, married Elizabeth Thomas and /or Elizabeth Thompson d. 1733, St. Mary’s Co., MD.(see chart 26)

Susannah Hayden married John Drury Dec. 10, 1734 St. Mary’s Co.,MD. They had three daughters (see chart 26)


    1. Frances Drury married Joseph Tucker
    2. Monica Drury married NICHOLAS MOORE,JR.(see chart 26)
    3. Mary Drury married Basil Knott son of Mary Knott and Charles Brewer (see chart 27)


That these Drury girls were sisters is proven from the marriages at Perryville, Mo. of Samuel Moore and Mary Brewer Nov. 23, 1823 with dispensation of third degree of kinship and of Francis M. Hagan and Mary Emily Brewer March 19,1859 with dispensation from fourth degree of kinship





My Thoughts of Ancestors


No ancestor is lost as long as he or she has a descendant who would like to meet him. I would like to meet all of them. There are thousands of direct ancestors in this country since the sixteen hundreds. We have 300 years of ancestors in this country. They have given me a "Sense of Family" and sometimes I wonder what they would think of me. There are many Saints and Sinners among them.


I would like to especially meet Grandmother Julia Ann Reddick Nash and Grandfather Tom Nash, since I used to look at their pictures and wonder about them. I feel close kinship even though I knew only by what Mom told me.


I think Grandfather Joab Waters Burgee, the mule rider would be and interesting one to know. Just believe he was a real pioneer, striking out alone, at age 20, riding his mule through the wilderness. Dad used to talk about this grandfather and tell us of this ancestor. I feel he must have been a man of strong will and character and a survivor.


Of course, I would like to know "The Honorable Isidore Moore" who lived among the Shawnee Indians in 1802 with Leah McDaniels, raising his 19 children and contributing so much to the founding of State of Missouri. He was definitely outstanding.

I would like to have known Kindly Father Lewis Tucker and smile every time I think of tale of his inscription over church entrance.


I find as I am writing about our ancestors, I am always thinking "I wish I could talk to you and hear more about your life".

I feel very fortunate to have known "Auntie" Sister Agnes from whom I am named. She was a most outstanding and dear person. I shall always remember the letters she wrote to me and her visits when we used to play with her rosary I must admit I did not feel the admiration for her that I do now. She was just "Auntie", Mom’s sister and we loved her. I still have many of her letters and now appreciate the fact that she took time out to write "special little letters to me" when I was a very small child. I did write her back and had years of correspondence with her. I still have many of these letters and pictures of "Auntie". She always included little Holy Cards in her letters and special little gifts, book marks, holy metals, rosaries and such. She was very thoughtful.

I am glad that Glenn and I stopped to visit Uncle Joe in Perryville in the 1950’s on one of our trips from Louisville, Ky. to St. Louis. We had only a short visit, but it helped me to know him better. He had a great sense of humor and was quite an interesting old character. He always seemed so jolly and a joy to be around, although he was widowed for years.

I now cherish the visits to Grandma Henrietta’s with Mom in Perryville and recall very clearly many of the things we did and of this being the first funeral I ever attended. I remember "Ole Marrin Joe" Fenwick very well.


I shall always remember the big family reunions we had when I was about 11 years old.

Also, I shall always remember the summer I spend living with Aunt Francis (really Cousin). She was a kind and generous person and treated just as if I was one of her daughters.

Also appreciate Aunt Bertha and Joe letting us "honeymoon" in their farmhouse near Indian Foot Lake in Pevely, Mo.


The summer I stayed wth Aunt Ethel and Uncle Ira, when I was 14 yrs old, and Aunt Ethel took me with her to visit her mother Rose Moore in a retirement home in St. Louis. These visits seemed dull to me as a 14 yr old, but I now look back and am glad that I met this "link" to our early ancestors.

Also the visits with Cousin Zita in Hemitate, Mo. and their grandson, named Joe, that they were raising. Although I did not like this seemingly pesky boy. He took a liking to me. When I was working in St. Louis, shortly after graduating from high school, he phoned me and asked me for a date. I said, "no-way" and I recall he accused me of being "stuck-up". There was no more contact after this phone call.


From Discover Your Ancestors by Hugh Peskett

Following information about immigration for time period 1607-1800:

In 1800 the population of the United States was about four million. These were the descendants of about 750,000 immigrants since the first Jamestown settlement in 1607. The earliest settlers were almost entirely English (or Welsh), followed by about 200,000 "Scotch –Irish" (Presbyterian settlers from the north of Ireland, whose ancestors had settled there from Scotland 100 years earlier). The Scotch-Irish did not start coming over until about 1717, 100 years and more after the first English arrived. They were followed by about 200,000 from Germany, principally the so-called "Palatines" from the Rhineland area of Germany; and there were some smaller groups from other countries, such as the French, mainly Protestant, Huguenots in South Carolina and Catholics in Louisiana. As well as these there were about 750,000 black people of African origin, mostly slaves.


After 1840 the immigration into the United States turned from a trickle into a flood: 95% of all immigration into America has been since 1840.

In terms of the modern population of the United States the earlier settlers have more descendants than the later ones: British settlers have contributed 50% and German settlers 10% of the ancestry of modern Americans; 82% have at least one British and 17% at least one German ancestral line in their pedigrees. The other 40% of American ancestry is contributed by the several other ethnic origins.





Family Treasures


Starting in late 1700’s it became the custom for young couples to receive a Bible for Wedding gift. On the first of blank pages they recorded marriage date, the births of their children, family baptisms, confirmations and deaths. After years of accumulating information the bible grew into an outline of the family history.

James Moore born 1746 had such a bible. He is Thomas Burgee, Sr. (Dad’s maternal lineage) and our g-g-g-g-grandfather. This bible is in Museum of St. Mary’s of Barrens in Perryville, Mo.

There are other Family Treasures connecting us with the past. There is the Silverset sold by Joab's Waters Burgee’s parents (Thomas Burgee, Sr.-Dad’s paternal lineage) g-g-g-g-grandparents, to buy him mule and provisions, so he could ride mule to Perry Co., Mo to join his grandfather Major Joab Waters. Silverset is still in possession of family members. Many diaries and letters are in existence owned by Rita (Hayden) Rola in Brewer, Mo. (year 1969.

Prayer Book owned by Joseph Manning, Sr. who died in 1843 still is in possession of Joseph Moranville in 1969. He is son of g-g-g-g-g-g-grandfather Joseph Manning born 1771 (Margaret Nash –Mom’s maternal lineage) (I’m not sure of how many greats are needed).

Letters written by Father Hilary Tucker born 1808, can be found in Rothensteiner’s History of Diocese of St. Louis. There is an interesting one where he complains of frequency of intermarriages of cousins in his family

Wedding Pants from g-g-g-grandfather Samuel Moore’s 1937 Flax crop for his son Stephen are still in possession family members.

There are other Treasures, I’m sure, including an autograph book of Grandmother Henrietta Brewer (Nash) Fenwick that I have in my possession, given to me by Mom.

Also, I have reprints of Grandmother Julia Ann and Grandfather Tom Nash that Uncle Ira gave to me many years ago.

Also, I have tinplate of George Brewer, Father of Henrietta Brewer. I have (or Nancy has) other papers. Dad’s Baptismal Certificate. And Mom’s 9th grade school diploma.

Many newspaper articles and letters recorded in Missouri History Books about "The Sad Fate of James Layton" who was hanged by uncontrolled mob for murdering his wife Mary Maddocks.

Many papers, diaries, letters are still in possession of Rita (Hayden) Rola in Brewer, Mo.(1969)






Burgee Family History File


The Burgees are said to have originally been French Huguenot Protestants. This was during the Sixteenth Century and the Cardinal forced them to lose all military advantages. They were forced by Louis XIV to embrace Catholic Religion, It was during this time that 400,000 or more Protestants emigrated to England, Prussia, Holland, England and America. In 1630, George Calvert, First Lord Baltimore, a member of the Privy Council of King Charles I, let it be known that he planned to settle a colony in the New World, but he died before the Charter was confirmed by Charles I. It fell to his son, Cecil, who assumed the title of Second Lord Baltimore. But Cecil found that his presence was needed in England. He entrusted the task to his brother, Leonard. On November 22, 1663, with two vessels, The ARK and The DOVE, They set sail carrying three hundred colonists. They landed in Maryland, March 25, 1633, The Feast of The Annunciation. There on shores of the land that they named St. Clements (now Blackstone), the colonists fashioned a cross from timber and celebrated the first Mass by Englishmen in the New World. Lord Baltimore gave all these colonists land grants in Maryland.


Later events ended the dream of Catholics of a land of sanctuary. The Puritans and Anglicans outnumbered them. The Puritans took control of Maryland. In 1692, the Crown sent a royal government to take charge of the Calvert Colony. Catholics were no longer allowed to practice their religion. They were causing a disturbance of his Lordship’s Protestant government. In 1756, they provided a double tax on Catholic landowners. In 1758 two "ignorant persons" (Roman Catholics) were fined one thousand pounds of tobacco, each, for speaking out against the Established Church". Most Catholic landowners went bankrupt. Is it any wonder they migrated to Kentucky? Some went in wagons and horseback. Others took an overland route to Pittsburgh and floated downstream on the Ohio River in flatboats. Little villages sprang up in Kentucky, some populated exclusively by Maryland Pioneers.


The lure of western lands, the desire to see what lay beyond the next hill—call it the prevailing psychology of the day—they began to push onward, westward. Joseph Fenwick, it is recorded, received a large land grant for himself and other Catholics in the Louisiana Territory. He advertised for Catholics to come to The Barrens ( "Perry Co."), but mostly the Moore Clan joined him. Joe Fenwick stopped near St. Genevieve. Isidore Moore took his family into Spanish territory in 1801, but chose to settle in "The Barrens" with the Indians, near Apple Creek. Isidore encouraged more of the Maryland Catholic Pioneers to join him in "The Barrens"

A number of our ancestors suffered greatly from the British invasion of St. Mary’s County, Maryland. The Brewers and the Moores suffered considerable losses of crops, livestock and personal real estate. The confiscation and sale of Calvert properties, left Moores, Brewers, Fenwicks, Cissells, and Haydens without properties. These are all ancestors.

Word soon spread that the land in the Spanish dominions could be had for the asking by American Catholics.


Quite early the name of ‘THE BARRENS’ was given to present site of Perryville, Mo. In frontier terminology "barrens" were grassy areas in the midst of the great primeval forest. It is said that when the first settlers came to "The Barrens" that a man could ride his horse through the tall grass without being seen.


Our ancestor, Isidore Moore, son of Nicholas and Monica Drury, married Eleanor Cooper, in Nelson Co., Ky. He was 23 years old. He and Eleanor Cooper had two sons James and John. This wife died in 1800. He married a second wife, Leah Mc Daniels.

For some reason his second marriage was frowned upon by his family. He took this wife and two sons and headed for "The Barrens" upper Louisiana Territory (Now Perry Co.)

When Isidore Moore finally arrived at The Barrens on February 9, 1801, among the early settler, and he was the one of the first Roman Catholic Families in the area in which he settled. The first Catholic Mass was held in his brother’s ( Bede’s) home. There were only seven families in "The Barrens" except for Indians. The Indians had been invited to settle in this same area as a buffer between the British on the north and the Americans on the east, to protect more valued Spanish settlements in Mexico. In 1797, Thomas Fenwick was granted a tract of 500 arpents in Apple Creek, which he did not occupy, and the Spanish Governor allowed the Shawnees to settle on it. Later, with the permission of the Indians, Isidore Moore settled on the tract and after the Indians left, he acquired a patent to it. Isidore and Leah had 17 children while living among Shawnee Indians. One child died at birth leaving them to raise 18 children. He also owned fifteen slaves. He was elected to Senate in 1820 In 1830 he helped establish St, Mary’s Seminary in Perry Co. (Dad, Thomas Burgee attended this Seminary). He played an active role in formation of territorial government in State of Missouri and Perry Co. His descendants were active in legislature, education and government. His sixth child Samuel is our g-g-g-Grandfather ancestor of Mom’s (Margaret Nash Burgee) This colorful ancestor died in 1842 at age 71 years. Isidore’s burial place is not known for certain (no headstone can be found). His burial record is recorded in the Seminary records at Apple Creek, Mo. It is thought that he might be buried at Mt.Hope Cemetery, west of Perryville, Mo.


New papers indicate at time of his death, he grew flax, part of 1837 crop was used to make wedding pants for his son, Stephen Theodore, that year. This son married Sarah Cissell and they had fifteen children These wedding pants are still in family. They have been passed along from eldest son to eldest son. They are now in the possession of Anne Moore, O’Fallon, Mo. widow of Clarence Joseph Moore.


Prompted by the news that Spain had secretly returned the Louisiana Territory to France, who were selling the territory to United States, the year 1801 saw a growing community. Many lad grants were made only verbally or with incomplete written title. In 1808, a board of commissions was established by Act of Congress. In the end, anyone who could show possession of land by occupation, cultivation or reasonable concession from French or Spanish colonial government given prior to March 10, 1804, the date of formal cession of Louisiana to the United States, was confirmed in possession of his land. Some of these original landowners are our ancestors: Isidore Moore, Peter Tucker, Charles Lee, Manning Family Members, Tucker Family, Fenwick Family members, Layton Family, Cissell Family. There are 42 families listed total in "Maryland Catholics on The Frontier" by Tim O’Rouke.


Of the Moore Family, one of our most prominent ancestors was Isidore Moore see Sketch of Isidore Moore). The Moore Family was one of the largest and most colorful clans But in discussing the remote history of this Moore family, it is necessary to enter the world or realm and legend. The legend is that these descendants that came from England in 1633 descent from Sir Thomas More, martyr (1478-1535) Saint Thomas Moore was beheaded by the king. He was canonized by the Catholic Church in 1935. The award winning movie by name" A Man For All Seasons" depicts his life. Saint Thomas was the son of Sir John More of More Place, Hartsfordshire, England, which was the residence of the Haydens of Maryland, when they came to America. It is generally recognized that the More’s masterpiece "Utopia" was inspirational and started the First Lord Baltimore on his way to the New World. This book was frictional about a place where people could worship as they pleased. He envisioned that freedom of conscience in religion would be respected The great grandson was spiritual advisor to First Lord Baltimore. The Visitation of Yorkshire, a collection of families with coat of arms, recorded that a great-great grandson of Saint Thomas had a grandson Thomas, who in turn had a grandson who descendants were in America. Again, it is within the realm of probability that we are, indeed, related to Lord Baltimore. It is the proper time, proper geographic and historical links. In some of Maryland land records it is spelled Moor.


There is some circumstantial evidence which indicate that tradition of descent from this venerable man might be true. Saint Thomas More was the son of Sir John More of More Place in Harsfordshire, England, the same county which was the residence of the Haydens of Maryland and Missouri when they came to America. After Thomas More resigned as Lord Chancellor of England and was subsequently beheaded, not all members of his family continued their allegiance to Roman Catholic Church. One of his grandsons became a minister in the Established Church, but this grandson Thomas More also had a son, who in turn named Thomas More who descendants were in America. A great grandson of Saint Thomas, Cresacre More, also had a son Thomas More, Esq. of Hartfordshire, who married Mary Brooke, daughter of Sir Basil Brooke of Shropshire. A branch of Brookes (see family ancestor chart 29), among whom Basil was common name, settled in Maryland and allied themselves though marriage with the Calverts.(see family ancestor chart 22) The land records of Maryland (Liber l3, folio 121) state that Thomas Moore and Elizabeth, his wife transported themselves to St. Mary’s Co. in 1667 Records are spotty, but a William Moore, the "probable" father of Nicholas Moore (born 1712), could have been the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Moore. (Since there is 42 year gap, maybe, there is a generation between). Among favorite names of immediate descendants of St. Thomas More, were Thomas, Henry, John and Austin. These names are favored by members of St. Inigoes Parish, St. Mary’s, MD, where Moores worshiped. It is noted that these names were also favorites of Perry Co., Mo. Moore Family The name was pronounced More instead of Moore with double o-sound. . Records still exist of family in register of St. Inigoes Parish. John Moore took Oath of Allegiance to revolutionary government 1778. His son Ignatius and Mary Moore were parents of Susan and Elizabeth, twins, bpt. 28, Jan. 1770 at St.Inigo es. Ignatius suffered from confications of British during revolution, so did Benedict and NICHOLAS MOORE, SR. (The spelling Moor is used in Blue Book Vol. 3, Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis). Ignatius lost implements, bedding, meat, clothing, animals, books and boots to value of 19-5-3. William Moore and Elizabeth Moore were parents of Lucy bpt. July 1, 1792. This William Moore seems identical to William Moore who died in Nelson Co., Ky. in 1801. It is noted William’s estate was appraised by NICHOLAS MOORE. Nicholas Moore’s name is found in Nelson Co., Ky. tax list. Ignatius may well have been brother of James and Nicholas, for James was baptismal sponsor for one of the children of Ignatius.


The Moores, led by Isidore Moore, were in the forefront of the establishment of the Catholic settlement, the Barrens, in the Upper Louisiana Territory, now known as Perry Co., Mo.

More descendants of the Moore family have entered the religious life than any other family in that county, and perhaps the whole state. Among them have been two missionaries to China, one Jesuit, the other a Vincentian. Another descendant in the male line was the first American Divine Word Brother to go to India. Others have included a vicar, and a diocesan chancellor, not to mention many parish priests. A large number of female descendants have become Nuns.

The Moore Family played an active role in the formation of territorial government in Missouri. One wonders how active they might have been in their native Maryland had not religious discrimination limited their participation.




More Thoughts of Ancestors


More Thoughts of Ancestors (Like going back into a time warp)

In typing and getting acquainted with these adventuresome, brave, kind hearted people, who contributed so much to a better way of life for those of use who followed makes me proud of these fearsome, hard working pioneers. We appreciate, struggles and achievements of the earlier generations of our family. Looking back at our origins, we are reminded that had we never been born, our families could very well have existed without us. But we could not have come to be without them. So, perhaps, in a way we owe our ancestors these seeming long lost relatives who are a vital part of our family line. Each of us are a link between the past and the future. They have given me some insight of those early days when our country was still young and people were struggling for freedom of religion.


I see that Isidore Moore made friends of the Shawnee Indians, lived among them and became an arbitrator between them and the government. He invited relatives to come join him and share his land and knowledge. He later served in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was a lawyer and signed many legal papers for our ancestors, wills, and other papers.


It is plain that they suffered hardships crossing country in covered wagons, and floating down the Ohio River on flatboats, being shot at by Indians. My great, great grandfather, Joab Waters Burgee rode a Mule from St. Mary’s Co., Maryland to Perry Co. when he was only 20 years old. One ancestor, Felix Tucker, was captured by Indians, kidnapped from wagon train as a child, and lived among them until he was 21 years old, when he escaped and joined relatives in "The Barrens".

So many ancestors served in Civil War. It is hard to keep track of all of them. There were no Civil War engagements in Perryville, but there was lots of bloodshed. The sad part is that some ancestors served on Union side and some on Confederate side. It is believed that most of our ancestors were in sympathy with Union but there are recorded incidents of neighbors killing neighbors. I do recall my father telling me this, when I asked him about ancestors in Civil War. It was, indeed, a sad time for our ancestors in Perry Co., Mo. THE WEEKLY PERRYVILLE UNION NEWSPAPER had recorded a number of incidents. Henry Manning and Ralph Tucker, our ancestors, were arrested as Rebels. Sylvarius Layton was accused of being a "Copperhead" and was lynched and hanged by lawless men. John Baptist Layton recorded in his diary instances their neighbors were killed because they were espousing the cause of " the wrong side". These good Catholics were murdering each other over the Civil War.


Behind each name is a lifetime of experiences, a real person with family to raise. Thank heaven he didn’t give up, or I wouldn’t be here. Many relatives are unique and special. Also a few are weird and outrageous. There are a few outlaws. A few murderers and then there was Lewis Walter Layton, born 1818, who was a counterfeiter. He made bogus coins out of the same material as the corpus (body of Christ) which he made.


Our family stories provide good script material for the soap operas. There is no need to watch "All My Children" anymore. There are heroes and black sheep. They have given me a link between the past and the present. I found a few ancestors in my past on whom I can blame my bad habits. I realize that I am a unique individual, like no other, and yet a composite of all who have come before me. The study of these people is always an intricate weaving of personalities and not just dates and names. They have also given me a desire to learn more about them, to try to walk in their shoes. They have also given me a renewed interest in the early history of our country which they helped to form. Soon after they settled in this country, they became Americans and wish to be independent from Great Britain. They had to fight in the Revolutionary War, and also had to fight off the Indians, then came the War of 1812, and Civil War. Earlier there was the Mexican War. In addition the French were fighting with the British in this country. The Indians did not get along with the French, so the British armed the Indians with guns to fight the French. These guns they used to fire at the early pioneers. I’m sure this pleased the British since this would be less colonists they would have to fight with. These early pioneer ancestors must have struggled to conquer the wilderness, Indians and also fought for their independence and freedom of religion. They fought in all these wars, plus a few personal battles.

In 1880 ships begun to ply the Atlantic on frequent schedules. The sleeping berths on most ships consisted of bunks about three feet high. Toilet and bathing facilities were never adequate. Steerage passengers on all ships had to provide their own towels and bedding as well as a plate, mug, knife, fork, spoon and water can. These ships could only carry a limited amount of fresh water and passengers were only allowed a few quarts a day.


Not only did our ancestors cross the ocean, but unlike immigrants who chose to remain in coastal cities, many struck out for the untamed lands of the interior. Our ancestors landed in Maryland and were later uprooted by British Revolution and headed for Kentucky in Nelson and Washington Counties. Later moved into Louisiana Territory and The Barrens.


Some floated down the rivers on flatboats, being shot at by Indians. Others set off in covered wagons, terrifying journeys, fording rivers, hauling wagons over rugged terrain, There were blizzards, insects, prairie fires, plaques, Indians, wild animals, drenching rains, sicknesses and accidents claiming lives. They survived on monotonous diet of beans, biscuits and dried beef. They buried their dead in lone graves in the wilderness.

Then there was great-great-great-Grandfather Joab Waters Burgee, who rode his mule all the way from Maryland to Missouri at Age of 20 years to join his grandfather Joab Waters. He had to be a brave young man.


The covered wagon era ended in mid 1800’s. People began riding stagecoaches, trains and riverboats.


First Pilgrims arrived on Mayflower in 1620. Our ancestors, Moore Family, arrived only 15 or 20 years later.




Story of Ancestor Felix Tucker being Captured by Indians


Felix Tucker was born 1834 in Monnett, Mo. (He is ancestor of Ethel Tucker, Aunt Ethel married to Uncle Ira Nash). Felix was one of ten children. His grandson tells story about his grandfather. Felix, had Uncle Jim Stewart living in Fort Smith, Ark. And at age 16, he ran away from home to go to this uncle. His uncle was forming up a wagon train to leave for Oregon and Washington. Somewhere along the way, the wagon train was raided by Indians and his grandfather was taken to live with the Indians until he was 21 years old, when he escaped and returned to Perryville, Mo To his family’s delight and surprise, he just came walking out of woods one day. He had learned how the Indians cured their ills with roots and herbs. He soon acquired somewhat of a reputation of a doctor and people came to him for cures. Later he was a stagecoach driver for Old Butterfield Stage Coach Line. It ran through Springfield, Mo. and went Southwest through Purdy and Monett. He built a large barn at Purdy and operated a livery stable for many years




Story of James C. Moore and Panther


(taken from page 719 History of Southeast Missouri-Biographical Appendix)

One evening in the 1800’s this (grandfather ancestor) James Moore and his brother, Richard, were feeding the pigs when a large panther came out of the brush and caught one of the pigs. Richard seized a hatchet and with Spartan courage dealt him a blow while the panther was sucking the pig’s blood. That blow ended forever his partnership. The panther measured nine feet from tip to tip.




Story of Thomas Francis’ Moores’s Early Death


He was born 1859. His death was a result of accident sustained when he was thrown from his horse, some small children put burrs under the saddle to excite his horse. He was 13th child of Samuel Louis Moore (grandfather ancestor)




Moore Cave


Moore Cave (named after Samuel Moore, Mom’s, Margaret Nash Burgee, direct ancestor). Property in Perry County, Mo., is the site of the Moore Cave, generally regarded by experts as Missouri’s largest known cave. It has not been commercially exploited.

Sections which have been explored are known as the Tom Moore Cave and the Brome Cave. The site has been used for conventions and explorations of speleological enthusiasts.

In 1850 census of Perry Co., Mo., SAMUEL MOORE owned 50 acres of improved land and 150 acres of unimproved land.

On May 16, 1856, the county court ordered a change in the read from Perryville to "St. Mary’s Moores Landing" at or near Samuel L. Moores.




Murder and The Dual


MURDER and THE DUAL (Fenwick Family –Mom’s, Margaret Nash Burgee’s stepmother)

Joseph Fenwick, born 1749 in St. Mary’s Co., Maryland, came to Perry Co. "The Barrens" and married Chloe James – daughter of Thomas James and Mary Manning.

Joseph and Chloe had nine children. Walter was their second son. Ezekial was their fourth child. Ezekiel Fenwick was involved in first important trial in Perry Co. when he was indicted for murder of William R. Bellamy, March 29, 1924. Ezekiel owned a store and failed to pay his bills. William R. Bellamy, a constable, was sent to attach his goods. He arrived at the store and Ezekiel had all his goods on a boat and was getting ready to cross the Mississippi River. In an ensuing struggle shots were exchanged. William R. Bellamy was struck by a ball on arm. Because he had bad treatment of the wound he died. Ezekiel escaped to Cape Girardeau Co. He was promised bail and a fair trail. He returned and faced trial and was acquitted. Ezekiel did not have a very good reputation after this. He was having a disagreement with Thomas T. Crittendan, a lawyer. Whatever the cause, Ezekiel sent him a challenge to a dual by the hand of his brother, Walter.

Dr. Walter Fenwick, a worthy citizen, a skillful physician, who had a high position in society, took challenge to Thomas T. Crittendan, the lawyer, who refused to dual with Ezekiel. This, the doctor took as a personal affront offering himself in his brother’s place, which was accepted. The fatal meeting took place on Moreau’s Island, opposite Kaskaskia. General Henry Dodge and John Scott served as seconds. At the first fire, Dr.Walter Fenwick fell mortally wounded and died the next day. Ezekiel died in 1830. Court records show that a Joseph James, Jr. received $5.00 for boarding Ezekeil Fenwick while a prisoner in 1824.




Ancestor in the Pentagon


In 1973 and was VARSITY BASKETBALL PLAYER Charles Eugene Tucker, born Aug. 22, 1932, he was a Military Officer, a Lieutenant Colonel stationed at the Pentagon in 1973. While a student at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX., he was varsity basketball player. After receiving his A.B. degree from St. Mary’s in 1953, he began active military service at Ft. Hood, Tx. He served as military officer in Germany and Korea. From 1962-1965 at University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., where he received M.B. degree in Physical education form 1965 to 1966 he attended the U.S. Army Command and Staff Schools at Ft. Leavenworth, Ks. He was subsequently station in Canal Zone and in Lima, Peru with the U.S. Agency for International Development. From 1972 to 1972 he served as a battalion commander in Vietnam. He attended the U.S. Army War College prior to being assigned to Pentagon in 1973.

LINEAGE; Joseph Tucker and Frances DRURY (sister of Monica DRURY), son James Tucker 1784 born in St. Mary’s Co., Maryland and died in Perry Co. 1896, son Isidore born 1821, son James Robert, son Edward Eugene, son Charles Robert born 1909, son CHARLES EUGENE born Aug. 22, 1932.

Connection: (Monica Drury, sister of Frances, marred NICHOLAS MOORE)

Nicholas Moore, Jr. born 1748 St. Mary’s Co. was son of Nicholas Moore,Sr.and Diana Fennell, he married in 1770 to Monica Drury. She was daughter of John Drury and Susannah Hayden. Nicholas Moore’s son born St. Mary’s Co., Md. Nov. 15, 1771 is our direct descendant. Mom and Dad are twice descendant from Moore Family.




MOORE is one of the most used names in the United States

(I expect Isidore with his 19 children helped make this true)


See Chart l, James Alexander Nash II served in the Civil War, Union Side (See Chart 22) Baker Brooke was descended from Anglican Minister.


See Chart 22 Ann Calvert descended from George Calvert, First Lord Baltimore, founder of Maryland. So is Mrs. ROBERT E. LEE.


IRISH DECENT See chart 26 The Mc Daniels (Leah Mc Daniels) frequently spelled name Mc Donald. From name given to his tracts of land, James Mc Daniel, Jr. is thought to have been from vicinity of Galloway and Isle of Arron, Western Scotland.


See Chart 30 Elizabeth Gardiner’s sister was an ancestor of FRANCES SCOTT KEY

The brother of one of her ancestors drafted the Maryland Act of Toleration of 1649, but it was rescinded in 1692.


DISTILLERY See Chart 30 H. H Within was probably Ann’s father. This family founded Grandad Distillery.


See Chart 30 The ASTRONAUTS Gordon Cooper and Ken Mattingly are both descend from John Barton Miles. The Miles Family traveled down the Ohio River in flatboats and were fired upon by Indians, near Louisville, Ky. One of their slaves was killed and one was wounded. They were in Kentucky with Moores and Trucker Families in early 1800’s. Gordon Cooper is related through Tom and Rebecca Hill Ken Mattingly is related to this same Miles Family..


See Chart 30 ROGER MUDD Newscaster is from same line Mudd Family as our ancestors. Another coincidence, WALTER CRONKITE’S Uncle, Leonard Cronkite, married descendant of ISIDORE MOORE.


WEIRD ANCESTOR One of our weird Ancestors by the name of Hyacisthus Aloysius Layton who served in Co. M. 27th Texas Cavalry, Whitefields Legion. He enlisted in Halletteville, TX. Jan. l 862 and was discharged because he was over age. Hyacithus made the interesting sandstone markers for himself and his wife in Catholic Church cemetery at St. Mary’s, TX. It is said that after his wife died, he used to sleep in his own casket which he himself made.

Lineage: John Layton, Sr. born in England 1730 – son Joseph Layton born 1762 St. Mary’s Co. Maryland – son John Walter Layton born 1786 -- Hyacisthus A. born 1820 Perry Co. died 1888


SAINT THOMAS MOOR It is within the realm of possibility that we are related to SAINT THOMAS MOOR (see Sketch of Saint Thomas Moore)

Also Very possible that we are directly related to Lord Baltimore founder of Maryland


BREWER, MO. named after Brewer ancestors (see Chart 27 Nos. 1-2-3-4)


LYNCHING OF JAMES LAYTON : A sensational affair June 17, 1842 recorded in history books (see story)


DUAL Dr. Walter Fenwick was killed in dual defending his brother (see story)


CAPTURED BY INDIANS Felix Tucker captured from wagon train and lived with them until he was 21 years old (see story)


MEXICAN WAR Clement J. Fenwick fought in Mexican War, but was more famous for sucking tack into his lungs when a child and had to rushed across country for operation


BLACK HAWK WAR VETERAN John Baptist Moranville, married into Manning Family and was a veteran of Black Hawk War, according to Godspeed’s History of Southwestern Missouri.


SEVEN FEET TALL and WEIGHED 300 POUNDS Nexeus was nephew of Mary Manning’s married to Joseph Reddick. Joseph Reddick lived to be 95 years old

105 YEARS OLD Charles Manning (Reddick related) lived to be 105 years old. He retired at 98 years old, but continued to drive. He died in 1945 in Los Angeles in Veteran’s Home. He also fought in Civil War


101 YEARS OLD - Leo Tucker, Trailer Driver (see below)

SPORTSMEN: Francis Conway Tucker was signed by St. Louis Cardinals in 1936. He was a pitcher.

Kevin Michael Carr played for New York Yankees in 1971 for two years in Class A baseball


‘COPPERHEADS’ Silverius Layton was shot in 1864 by Gen. McNeil’s undisciplined soldiers. He was a civilian, but they accused him of being a "Copperhead". He was out plowing his field when Union Soldiers killed him, according to GAZETTEER OF MISSOURI 1874.


DISTILLERY Bede Moore, son of Nicholas and Diana (Chart 26 ) reportedly owned the first distillery in Perry Co. The FIRST COUNTY COURT met at his home. The FIRST CATHOLIC MASS said in Perry Co. was held in home of Bede Moore. Seems Bede cultivated many good customers. Bede was also territorial militia officer. Guess, he covered everything!

AMERICA BURGEE married Peter C. Cissell. She was daughter of JOAB WATERS BURGEE and Elizabeth Burns (I like distinctive name)


William Hayden (Chart 26) thoroughly traced his ancestors (also Hayden and Drury ancestors resume)


BASIL KNOTT (Chart 27) was prominent Maryland Family


INSANE ANCESTOR - Mark Brewer was awarded ten dollars by the Perry Co. Court in 1853 for "his afflicted" son. George was ordered and sent to the state lunatic asylum Feb 19,1853 having been adjudged insane for two years.


WATERS BUILDING in Perry Co. built by Robert Caldwell Waters, son of Major Joab Waters (Thomas Burgee, Sr. Dad Maternal grandfather).


THE BARRENS CHURCH Established by our ancestors in 1821 still stands in Perryville, Mo. The St. Mary’s of The Barrens Church also has a museum and grounds open to the public. It is a prime source of genealogical information about our ancestors. I would love to visit. Letters can be written asking for records, but there is a fee.

Bible of g- g-g-g-Grandfather James Moore born 1746 (Dad’s maternal lineage) is on display with recorded family births.


NATIONAL HISTORIC REGISTER HOUSE The faded red brick house at

901 West St. Joseph Street, Perryville, Mo. was in the possession of Tucker Family from 1889 to 1926, now National Historic Register.


ANOTHER ANCESTOR HOUSE STILL STANDS NEAR BREWER, MO This is house of James Aquilla Hagan born 1775 died 1851 in Perry Co. in late 1800’s his granddaughter, Rebecca who was born before 1800, married JAMES CO. MOORE first son of ISIDORE MOORE and ELEANOR COOPER .(This was Margaret Nash’s –Mom’s, Uncle twice (?) removed. Anyway, an ancestor on Mom’s side of family lineage. There is a picture of this very ordinary farmhouse in Tim O’Rouke’s Book.


GUN FIGHT James Tucker born in Maryland 1786, son of Joseph Tucker and Frances DRURY (Monica Drury’s sister) was killed in a gun fight with his brother-in-law, Bill Stubb SHOT George Pittman born 1884 was accidentally killed by an off duty policeman when he was mistaken for a suspect fleeing by auto from scene of crime. He was husband of Mary Lucretta Moore born 1862 daughter of Thomas Jefferson Moore born 1833.


LIGHTNING AND LOCKJAW Alexius Tucker born 1822 wife was killed when lightning struck outhouse. One of his eight children a son died of Lockjaw. He fought in Confederate Army.


TRAIL DRIVER COWBOY Leo Tucker born Oct. 10, 1851 died Feb 25, 1951 (101 Years old) became a trail driver at age of twelve. Witnessed an Indian Raid on July 24, 1875 in which all stage stands were burned from Kansas to Texas. He did escape. This was his last trip to Kansas. Tucker Street in Yoakum, Texas is named after this ancestor


THREE TUCKER BOYS marry three Hagan Girls 1778, 1785, 1787

(see Hagan Family Story, also Hagen spelling used by some family members)

COUNTERFEITER – Lewis Walter Layton born 1818 was said to have been a counterfeiter and to have escaped from jail (possibly Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary) a time or two. What scandalized people in Lavaca, Co., Texas was that he made bogus coins out of same material as the corpus (body of Christ) on the crucifixes which he made.


JOAB WATERS BURGEE Story of The Silver Set, Thomas Burgee, Sr. (Dad) great, grandfather’s parent’s (Thomas and Ann Waters Burgee) sold a four piece silver set to buy enough equipment to send their son Joab to live with his maternal grandfather Major Joab Waters in Perry Co territory. (This silver set is owned by Ann and James Brown Burgee, Overland, Kansas, 1969. A descendant of Joab’s). Joab rode a Mule from Maryland to Perry Co., Missouri to join his grandfather.


PURPLE HEART awarded to Joseph Gabriel born 1866, son of Ezekhiel Reddick ,Margaret Nash Burgee’s uncle (brother of Julia Ann) during World War I. He later served on editorial staff of Perry County Sun for 35 years.


BRONZE STAR awarded to Henry Nerius Brewer in World War I for five battles, Croix de Gueare Petain, May 21, 1919


DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS and AIR MEDAL --Charles E. Tucker born March 12, 1919, died June 1944 over England during World War II. He was descendant of John DRURY and Susannah HAYDEN (see ancestor chart 27). Charles died at age 25 over England during WWII. He was a Captain in the Army Air Force, died in an air battle over England and is buried in Cambridge, England. An Air Ace, he was credited with downing five German planes in 25 missions and received and air medal with three oak leaf clusters as well as the Distinguished Flaying Cross.


WEDDING PANTS --worn by Stephen Moore made from flax crop grown in 1837 by g-g-g-Grandfather Samuel Moore (Mom’s paternal lineage) are still owned by Anne Moore who lives in O’Fallen, Mo. These have been passed from eldest son to eldest sons through many generations.


PRAYER BOOK owned by Joseph Manning, Sr. who died in 1843 is still in possession of Joseph Moranville in 1969


LETTER WRITTEN BY Father Hilary Tucker born 1808 who was ordained in Rome, Italy. A number of his letters can be found in Rothensteiner’s History of Diocese of St. Louis. At least one of his letters in which he complained of the frequency of intermarriage of cousins in his family, is in possession of Rita (Hayden) Rola of Brewer, Perry Co., Mo. (1969)


DIARY of DOCTOR Ignatius Edmund Layton, in possession of Mrs. Elliott "Rita"(Hayden) Rola. Dr. Layton kept an interesting diary in which he recorded many interesting events of his day, as well as many extreme of the weather. Many old medical recipes for everything from Typhoid Fever to Cancer were recorded in his diary. This diary, as well as other old books belonging to Dr. Layton are in possession of his descendant Rite (Hayden) Rola. She has a collection of old papers and documents of the Brewer and Layton Families (1969)


COMPOSER Joseph C. Layton was composer of "The Great Titanic Wreck" 1912 (a very popular tune in its day), "Girl of Shantyman’s Dream" and "I’ll Slip a Little Shamrock in Your Wedding Bouquet" 1940

Leo Munro died July 17,1914 in Terre Haute, Ind. Electrocuted at age 44 yrs. He was Supt. of Brazil, Ind. Electric Co. grandson of ISIDORE MOORE, JR. and Leah McDaniel.(son of John Pius, their 7th child)


Joseph Layton died Jan 30, 1873 in Perry Co of Meningitis

Matilda Edmund Layton died May 23, 1852 of Dropsey

John B. Layton died April 212, 1866 of Winter Fever at age 71 yrs.

Joseph Rosati Layton born Jan 22, 1843 died July 25, 1863 of Dysentary

Cholera pg 474 aboard riverboat

Alexius Tucker’s wife killed by lightning in mid 1800’s

Alexius Tucker’s son died of Lockjaw

Thomas Francis Moore thrown from horse, kids put burrs under his saddle

WAGONMAKER Augustine Layton who had seventeen children was listed in 1850 census as a Wagonmaker


REDDICK HATCHERY owned by Joseph Gabriel Reddick, brother of grandmother Julia Ann Reddick. Joseph also published newspaper NEW REPUBLICAN ERA, in Perryville, Mo. in 1918 (Uncle ancestor)


NOTIONS PEDDLER – Stephen Moore born 1826 (2nd son of Samuel Moore)

According to Mary Brewer, he married Caroline Moore(?) on Nov. 1, 1853, a girl from the "Old Country" who grew homesick after a few years and begged to return for a visit. Stephen paid her way, put her on a boat and never saw or heard from her again. He always had the idea that he would find her and spent his life searching for her. Mary Margaret (Nash) Burgee said that Stephen did finally marry a wealthy Quaker woman from Pittsburgh, Pa.


HUCKSTER – Meil Burgee born-------in Maryland



Some Family Members


Sir Thomas More


SKETCH OF SIR THOMAS MORE, martyr--- Lord High Chancellor of England

Born Feb. 7, 1478 Canonized 1935 by Catholic Church. There is a persistent family tradition from many different ancestors that he is our ancestor. A great, great, great (however many greats we need) grandson Thomas More came to America and settled in Maryland during the same time period as our ancestors.

Also, for general consensus, this family tradition of descent from Saint Thomas More was in circulation prior to his canonization in 1935. (See Biographical Sketch of The Honorable Isadore Moore by Timothy J. O’Rourke)

Sir Thomas More would not recognize the King of England as head of church. He believed no law parliament could make law that God should not be God

He would not support King Henry VIII divorce from Queen Catherine. He refused to attend Coronation of Ann Boleyn. The King marked him for vengeance.

So on July 7, 1535 his head was chopped off and hung on London Bridge. His daughter eventually retrieved the head and buried it at St. Dunstan’s Canterbury.

Thomas More was twice married. His first wife died. He had three children by first wife only. Margaret was his oldest. She married William Roper in 1787. William Roper wrote "Life of Sir Thomas Moore" Sir Thomas had another daughter and a son, John. John married an heiress Ann Cresacre and his grandson Cresacre Moore wrote "Sir Thomas Moore’s Biography" Name of his youngest daughter cannot be found.

"Utopia" was written in late 1516 by Thomas More. It was a frictional book where he

envisioned that freedom of conscience in religion would be respected. This inspirational masterpiece started the First Lord Baltimore on his way to New World. Sir Thomas More’s great grandson was spiritual advisor to First Lord Baltimore in 1600’s.

Anne Manning, ancestor Family name wrote "The Household of Sir Thomas More in 1851 (before he was canonized) satire on government. This was reprinted in Kings Novels 1905. James Hurdis Moore made Sir Thomas More the subject of play in 1792 (before canonized) called "The Life and Death of Sir Thomas More, Lord High Chancellor of England.

Later in about 1960 Hollywood made an award winning, motion picture "A Man For All Seasons". (We viewed this video, Dec. 1996 while visiting in LA with Nancy, Susan and Barry. It is a thought provoking movie.)

Philosopher friend of Thomas More wrote "Thomas More…whose soul was more pure than any snow, whose genius was such as England never had—yes, and never shall have again, mother of good wits though England be." (From Thomas More by E.E. Reynolds)

From Pope Pius XI: "The perfect balanced man".

A more worthy man, ancestor or , we could not choose to emulate.

(All of the above taken from Maryland Catholics on the Frontier by Timothy J. O’Rouke, our cousin)


Tucker Family


Tuckers were one of first families to arrive in "The Barrens." They consisted of two large families Peter and Joseph. Joseph had nine sons and located in west of Perryville. All of Joseph’s sons were tall men. Their settlement became known as the ‘LONG TUCKER SETTLEMENT’ in contradistinction to the other Peter Tucker family who were short of stature. They became so numerous that the settlement in The Barrens was frequently referred to as "Tucker Settlement". Although, they produced many Priests and Nuns, they also left thousands of descendants, who have many interesting stories told by ancestors. I believe many Tuckers members married Moore Family, Layton Family, Brewer Family and Hagan Family. All of these ancestor names are familiar from hearing my mother talk about them.

The faded red brick house at 901 West St Joseph St, Perryville, Mo. was the possession of the Tucker Family from 1889 to 1926, now National Historic Register.

Aunt Ethel’s lineage is directly back to Peter Tucker, who was the recipient of 640 acres of land from the Spanish Grant. Most other members of Tucker family followed him

Joseph Tucker was born maybe mid 1740’s (?) died 1816 married Francis Drury, daughter of John Drury and Susannah Hayden(see chart 26). His second wife was Jane Pearce, widow of John Layton, Sr. (See Chart 29). Not many records could be found on Joseph Tucker in Maryland. There was recorded a Mary Tucker member of Family Parish in St. Mary’s Co., MD (Ignitos, check spelling)



FRANCIS TUCKER, born in Kentucky 1790, died in Perry Co., April 12, 1865, married Sarah Dunn on Feb 19, 1811 (she was daughter of William Dunn and Elizabeth DRURY)

/a biographical sketch of Francis Marion Tucker in Goodspeed History of Southeastern Missouri (1888) states that the family of the subject could be traced back to the time of Lord Baltimore. He worked at farming, saw-milling and on the Mt. Carbon railroad.

NICHOLAS TUCKER born in Maryland 1762 died Perry Co. Oct 13, 1819 was son of Joseph Tucker and Francis Drury He had eleven children.

Tenth child Cecilia Joanne born July 25, 1825 , died June 21, 1870 Perry Co., Co. married Ignatious Moore, son of JAMES MOORE and LUCY WELLMORE (Who are Grandparent Ancestors of Thomas Burgee, Sr.) .


First child Lewis born Feb 11, 1806, and Fourth child Hillary born 1808, both became Priests.

Father Hillary Tucker born 1808 Ordained in Rome, Italy. He began a life of missionary work. He labored at Carondelet and Gravis, now parts of the metropolitan St. Louis. He later transferred to Boston Archdiocese, where he died. He was buried at St. Augustine’s Chapel in South Boston, Mass. A number of his letters can be found in Rothensteiner’s History of the Diocese of Saint Louis. At least one of his letters, in which he complained or the frequency of intermarriage of cousins in his family is in the possession of Rita Hayden Rola of Brewer, Perry Co., Mo.


Joseph Leander, ninth child born 1821 died Dec 14, 1870 Perry Co. married May, daughter of James B. Mary and Mariah MOORE . He was said to have been a veteran of the Indian War.


Charles Tucker, born 1811 married Theresa MANNING, daughter of Stephen MANNING and Elizabeth BREWER.

Charles may have studied for Priesthood, but had six children, instead. In letter from Rome, cited by Rothensteiner, Father Hillary Tucker said following a discussion of the prospects of obtaining sufficient vocations in America. "I am sorry that Charles should be the first to dishonor my family by relinquishing so sublime a calling; however, I know not his motive for doing so".



First child of Nicholas Tucker, Born Feb. 11, 1806. Chronicles of an Old Missouri Parish, a history of St. Michael’s at Fredericktown, gives Father Tucker information about Father Tucker. .For many years Father Tucker made regular pastoral visits to Pilot Knob, Iron mountain, Valle Forge and New Tennessee Settlement, Mine Lamotte and Marquand. During the construction of Iron Mountain Railroad, he visited the various camps up and down the line. All these trips were made on horseback and with every possible inconvenience. In the early days when priests were few and far between, Father Tucker would now and then journey o St. Louis, for the purpose of making his confession. On one of these journeys it happened that the horse showed signs of lameness. At Carondelet, 90 miles from home the kind-hearted priest took the horse by the bridle and led it along, trudging on and on the many weary miles until he reached Fredericktown

He was of a retiring disposition, a great reader, proficient in English and French controversial literature and not adverse to entering friendly discussion on the grounds of his Faith and merits of his Church. Father Tucker had a fine singing voice and a good delivery in preaching, though his sermons were liable to be rather long.

Father Tucker had ordered a marble slab to be placed above St. Michael’s Church door bearing the inscription of Matthew 21:;3, "My house shall be called the house of prayer" The sculptor, on opening the bible to the place indicated, read the entire verse---"but you have made it into the den of thieve." And so he chiseled it all in stone. Father Tucker was surprised, perhaps a little indignant, but realizing the man meant no harm, his kind heart would not allow him to send back the obnoxious inscription as he was urged to do so. Covering the offensive part with putty, he placed the slab in its proper place above the portal. But, alas, in the course of months, the marble grew darker and the putty whiter, and after some time the somewhat blurred legend "my house shall be called a house of prayer" was read with even greater attention, because it was followed by the refrain in snow white letters, "but you have made it in to a den of thieves."


This anecdote in some manner found its way into Harper’s Weekly and many a soul had a hearty laugh at the simplicity of Father Tucker with knowing what kindly motive inspired this singular performance. The celebrated inscription was removed by Father B.V. Tannreth and can now be seen beneath the old spreading hickory tree near the church.


Many years ago, Archbishop Ryan of Philadelphia, in a letter about Father Tucker, his dear friend, in which he bore eloquent testimony to the holiness of his life, stated that if Father Tucker’s beautiful character could be made known, he might be worthy of beautification.


In addition to Father Lewis Tucker and Father Hilary Tucker, Joseph Tucker’s daughter Elizabeth born April 6, 1811 entered Sisters of Loretta. She died at Florissant, Mo. Dec 14, 1871 and was buried at Perry Co., Mo.


JOSEPH TUCKER, born Maryland 1784 , son of Joseph Tucker and Frances Drury (Monica Drury’s sister).

James Tucker was killed in a gun fight with his brother-in-law, Bill Stubb


ALEXIUS TUCKER, born Oct 11, 1822 son of James Tucker and Theresa Hagen, moved his family to Yoakum, Texas. He had eight children, three died very young, and one died at ten years of age from Lockjaw. His wife died when an outhouse was struck by lightning. In Civil War he enlisted as private August 18, 1863 with Co. A Cavalry, 24th brigade, Texas State Troops, which was transferred to Confederate States Army Service. His horse was valued at $325, horse equipment $75 and arms at $60.


MARTIN TUCKER, born Oct 29,1814 died May 27, 1888 son of John Tucker and Eleanor MILES. He had eighteen children. His fifth child William Nerius Tucker who was born Jan 12, 1846 was known as "Gypsy Bill" because as a deputy sheriff he killed a gypsy resisting arrest. He was arrested, but never went to trial. He served in Civil War Co. L 5th Missouri Cavalry.


JOSEPH SIMSON TUCKER, born Feb 17, 1825 son of James Tucker and Theresa Hagan (brother of Alexius above) had four children and decided to take a boat down the Mississippi to Texas. Cholera broke out aboard ship. Both died enroute. Alexius Tucker (above) came overland. He leaned the sad story and found his two nieces were being cared for by strangers, since others had died of Cholera. He brought them home and their grandmother took the two children. The baby did not live long, but Mary Matilda born March 12, 1848 lived. When grandmother Burtle was widowed, Alex took Matilda to live with him. When the Civil War came, Mary Matilda helped in the fields. The women knitted sox and Matilda rode her horse in Fredericktown to sell the articles for the use of the army. In this way they managed to eke out a living until the men returned. Mary Matilda did marry and had nine children


LEO TUCKER, born Oct 10, 1851 died Feb 25, 1951 with his parents, Leo Tucker made the journey down the Mississippi River from Perry Co. about 1855 by riverboat to New Orleans where they boarded a boat for Indianola, Texas. With his father in the overland freight business, Leo Tucker became a member of the Trail Drivers’ Crew at age of Twelve. He made several trips over the trails and later became a well-known cattle dealer about Yoakum, Tx. In 1874, he made his hardest and most eventful trip with John May and Joel Bennett, leaving the present day vicinity of Yoakum in February with 3000 head of cattle and driving them to Nebraska in a heavy blizzard. On his last trip to Kansas in 1875 he witnessed an Indian Raid on July 24 in which all stage stands were burned from Kansas to Texas. He and his companions crossed a river, just in time to save their lives. After his marriage he settled at a spot in the wilderness which is now corner of Tucker and Fink streets, Yoakum, Texas. Tucker Street is named for him.


EMMETT TUCKER, born Oct 14, 1889 died April 4, 1966 Was a construction engineer and served in World War I (Aunt Ethel told me that she had relatives and a brother in World War I, but I haven’t been able to connect him directly to her )


JOSEPH TUCKER JR. born Aug 29, 1846 Perry Co. died Jan 17, 1933 in Perry Co. 87 yrs. Served in Civil War enlisting in 1864 Missouri Infantry. He was discharged March 29,1865


NERIUS APPOLLONERIUS TUCKER, born June 4, 1845 Perry Co., son of Joseph III wondered about that name Appollonerius!) ?? He was called "Apoa"(descendant of Joseph Tucker and Frances DRURY)


AUNT ETHEL TUCKER NASH, (married to Uncle Ira Nash)

Aunt Ethel was born about 1900 (no positive birth date) She was 8th child of Rose Moore, who was daughter of Thomas Jefferson Moore and Theresa Ann Hagan.

(Note of interest here--- I remember meeting Rose Moore, Aunt Ethel’s mother when I spent summer babysitting for Aunt Ethel and Uncle Ira She was in a retirement home and we used to go visit her. My memories are vague, because I only recall that she seemed very old and ancient sitting in rocking chair and not talking very much. I was probably about 14 years old and did not enjoy these visits that much.

Aunt Ethel’s lineage:


    1. Joseph Tucker born in 1740’s and died 1816 married Francis Drury in Maryland. (Francis Drury was daughter of John Drury and Susannah Hayden.(see chart 27) His second wife was Jane Pearce widow of John Layton, Sr. (see chart 29).
    2. Their first son Peter Tucker born 1769 in Virginia married Christina Hagan. (This may indicate that Joseph may have been from Virginia Colony)
    3. Their Son Peter Tucker born 1803
    4. Had son George Thomas born 1833 married Julie Anne Moore, daughter of Isidore Moore, Jr. and Mary Hagan
    5. Had son Thomas Tucker born 1865 married Rose Moore daughter of Thomas Jefferson Moore born 1833, (son of James J. Moore born 1808) and Theresa Ann Hagan.(Note James J. is Grandfather of Thomas Burgee, Sr., Dad)
    6. Their 8th child was Aunt Ethel Tucker Nash.



Thomas Jefferson tucker, born 1833 always referred to himself as a farmer and pedagogue. He was brother of Grandmother Theresa Emaline Moore born 1852 8th child of Grandfather James J. Moore born 1808. This seems to connect Aunt Ethel Tucker Nash with Thomas Burgee, Sr., and Dad. They shared same relatives. Thomas Jefferson Moore was appointed justice of peace during Civil War to fill unexpired term, after which he was elected to same position. He served as director of the public schools of his district and township for fifteen consecutive years. I find that Aunt Ethel brother’s Joseph Leonard born 1895 was the brother that she always told me was in World War I.

I also find that her oldest brother Arthur G. born 1887 was a physician, M.D. in 1915, American Medical School, St. Louis, Mo. He divorced in 1912 and resided in Seattle, Washington. He had only one child, a son, Chalmer F. born 1907 whose occupation was listed as metal finisher.


Aunt Ethel’s sister Blanche Edith was a Nun and got her degree in Education at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo. Daughter’s of Charity.

Aunt Ethel’s Grandfather George Thomas Tucker born 1833 had 12 children. Thomas, Aunt Ethel’s father, was their 5th child.

Grandfather George Tucker’s 6th child Mary Chridstina Tucker (sister of Thomas) married Joseph Michael Moore son of Samuel Moore and Mary Brewer. Who are Grandparents of Margaret Nash Burgee, Mom paternal lineage) Since Aunt Ethel’s Aunt Mary married son of Mom’s grandfather---- this seems to connect them –some relationships here—maybe not directly, but connected relatives.


Grandfather James J. Moore born 1808

Had son Thomas Jefferson Moore born 1833

Had daughter Rose Moore born 1865 who married Thomas Tucker born 1865


George Tucker born 1833 married Julia Ann Moore dau of Isidore Moore, Jr. and Mary Hagan

Had son Thomas Tucker born 1865 married Rose Moore born 1865

Had daughter Ethel born 1900, married Uncle Ira Nash (half brother to Margaret Nash Burgee, Mom)


(Aunt Ethel seemed to have shared relatives of both Mom and Dad Burgee)




Hagen Family


Thomas Hagan came to Maryland in 1670 as a single young man. He may have been one of many Irishmen caught up in the religious and political struggles in that country who found themselves transported in servitude to the New World. He married and had seven children. A descendant of Richard and Sarah (Hagan) Edelen is Roger MUDD television newscaster. Many of Thomas Hagan’s descendants married in Nelson Co, Ky. This was about the same time and place when Isidore Moore, our descendant, married his first wife Eleanor Cooper. Hagans started marrying Tuckers in Nelson Co, Ky. Joseph Hagan born in Maryland and had ten children of these three of his daughters married sons of Joseph Tucker and Frances Drury. Who have about two hundred descendants documented (1969) in this country.

Christine born 1778 married Pete TUCKER

Susannah born 1785 married Thomas TUCKER

Theresa born 1787 married James TUCKER


THREE Hagan Sisters married THREE Tucker Brothers and did indeed enlarge Tucker Clan. They all had big families. Mom (Margaret Nash Burgee) used to mention the Hagan Family.


The surname is associated principally with province of ULSTER in Northern Ireland. The family seat was located in Tullahague in County Tyrone, where the head of the family held the hereditary right of inaugurating each O’Neill as king or overlord of ULSTER.

The first authenticated ancestor of the direct line of Hagans found in this country was Thomas Hagan, who came to Maryland as a single young man" in service"(Liber 12, folio 594, Maryland land records)


He may have been one of the many Irishmen caught up in the religious and political struggles in that country and who found themselves transported in servitude to the New



That he prospered in the years following his humble arrival in the Province of Maryland is evident from his last well in 1714 in which he devised one thousand four hundred ninety acres to his wife and heirs.


His descendants were most numerous and were among the earliest adherents to cause of the American Revolution, as evidenced by many who gave actual service and those who took Oath of Allegiance to the revolutionary government.

Following the Revolution, the Hagans wee always in the vanguard of the settlements by Marylanders of the pioneer regions of Kentucky, Missouri and Texas.

Thomas Hagan born in Ireland had eight children and died in Maryland in 1716.

His grandson Joseph Hagan inherited 150 acres of land of the Tract called Good Intent and he leased it to his cousin Benjamin Hagan for ten years and finally sold it to him in 1774 with intention of moving.


REVOLUTIONARY SERVICE; Although Joseph Hagan is not known to have rendered military service in the American Revolution, his descendants are eligible for membership in patriotic societies by virtues of the fact that in March 1778, before a Magistrate of Charles Co., Md. He swore an Oath of Allegiance to the revolutionary government styling himself Joseph Hagan of Ignatius. Other Hagans swearing were Henry, Joseph, John, Joseph of William, Benjamin, William, Nathaniel and another Joseph.



His grant of 640 acres lies today in T35N RlOE in Perry Co., Mo. and is listed as survey 852 in plot books. Apparently, there was some difficulty among the heirs in deciding upon an equitable distribution with the result that taxes on land were delinquent. Michael Hagan, son of Joseph, obtained much of the tract at auctions for very small amounts. In 1828, Michael Hagan was listed as the owner of 253 A. of the tract, 100 A having been sold to John May, and 215 A listed as belonging to Alexius Hagan, Thomas Hagan and the heirs of Benjamin (sic) Price.


There are hundreds of Hagan descendants. A few that are most likely own ancestors are:

Bendict T. Hagan died 1843 was married to Theresa Layton, daughter of Joseph Layton and Mary Miles.


James Aguilla HagaN, born 1775 died 1851 in Perry Co., son of Joseph Hagan, married Nelson Co. Ky. Feb 27,1797 to Mary Tucker, daughter of Joseph Tucker and Frances DRURY (His home still stands near Brewer, Mo.)

Their children were:

    1. Rebecca born before 1800 Nelson Co. Ky. married JAMES C. MOORE (First son of ISIDORE MOORE and ELEANOR COOPER)
    2. Ann born Jan. 28, 1800 married John Brewer, son of CHARLES BREWER and MARY KNOTT (see Chart 27)
    3. Elizabeth born Sept. 9, 1802, married John Baptist Layton son of Joseph Layton.
    4. James Aquilla 1804
    5. John 1806 married First marriage 1827 to Sara Ann Layton, daughter of Zachariah Layton and Mary Riney Second 1836 to Elizabeth Tucker daughter of Peter Tucker and Christian Hagan

James Hagan, 1838 (not sure who he was son of) but his second marriage Sept. 1874 to Mary Philomena Tucker, daughter of Benjamin Reed and Mitilda Tucker, widow of Felix E. Tucker-------- (They had to get dispensation from third degree of consanguinity)


Leo Severeus Hagan, (Margaret Nash’s Uncle) born Sept. 20, 1861 and died 1946, son of Leo T. Hagan and Jane Francis Caho, married Oct 6, 1884 to MARY CAROLINA NASH, daughter of JAMES ALEXANDER and ELEANOR F. MOORE and had 7 children.


William Celesten Hagan born Oct 15, 1846 son of Vincent Hagan and Mary Ann Tucker married Jan 10,1876 to Teresa A. Layton, daughter of Martin Linsay Layton and Mary Marcellite Tucker had four children:


    1. Rosetta born 1877
    2. Mary Emma born 1881
    3. John Lawrence 1884 married Josephine Mary Moore, daughter of Thomas Francis Moore and MARY ELIZABETH REDDICK. He was a carpenter and farmer. They had eight children

Cora (lives in St. Louis no birth date




Brewer Family


(see chart No. 1 for Mary Brewer, Charles Brewer, Sr., George Brewer and John Brewer)

This is one of the Pioneer families that I feel most connected to, because I have tinplate of George Brewer, Henrietta’s father (Grandmother Henrietta who married Joe Fenwick. She was a typical little old granny, with bobbed hair, long dress, wrinkled and smiley. I have inherited her autograph book from back in 1800’s. The handwriting is almost calligraphy, written with straight pen and beautifully written. Many names are familiar names of our ancestors. I am keeping this autograph book, with Mom’s poetry book. I know that Mom did not take well to Henrietta when her father married her. Mom was 5 years old and still missed Julia Ann Reddick (her natural mother who died at 3l years old). Mom and Dad were married about ten years when Henrietta married Joe Fenwick—"Old Marrin’ Joe Fenwick." Mom always spoke scornfully of him.

I remember from our visits to Grandma Henrietta that Mom and her stepmother used to sit and talk in grandma’s kitchen and have a good time. Old Joe used to sit in living room rocking chair swatting flies. My only memory of him is vision of him in rocking chair. I do remember Grandmother Henrietta very well. I especially remember her funeral, when I was ten years old.

Mom did honor grandmother (her stepmother) by naming first daughter after her. Henrietta is my sister who died at age 5 years old of diphtheria.

There are 850 Brewer ancestors in book of ancestors by Tim O’Rouke. Most of them are ancestors, some more directly then others descent from George Brewer born 1744 in St Mary’s Co. Maryland who is Mom’s (Margaret Nash) and our direct ancestor and is also a direct ancestor of Henrietta Brewer (Nash Fenwick) I’m sure if this is researched it will be found that Mom and Henrietta were related in other ways than stepmother of Mom.

The founders of the Brewer line in America from which the Brewers of Perry Co. derive appear to have been George Brewer and his wife Ann, who were transported into Maryland in 1658 as indentured servants by Colonel John Jarbo. A tradition among Brewer descendants that these ancestors came from Low countries (Belgium and Holland) may be true. Many English Catholics moved to Belgian cities where they could freely educate their children. Land patents in Maryland Hall of Records give the information that "George Brewer" demands land for himself and his wife transported about nine years and served their time with Lt. Col. Jarbo. The rights proved usuell from this six of May (1667) before me Philip Calvert". A further notation reads: "Warrant issued in name of George Brewer for 100 acres of land due him for the consideration as foread". The land selected and patented by George Brewer was a tract of one hundred acres, which lay in Chaptico Hundred in St. Mary’s Co., which he named Prattlewell. He was possible deceased prior to 1704, for the Calvert rent roll of that year shows Prattlewell in the possession of George Brewer, Jr. George Brewer, Jr., tenant of Prattlewell tract in 1764, may be the George Brewer whose estate was inventory filed in St. Mary’s County Aug. 17,1794. Christian Brewer (female) swore to the inventory. One space where "relations" had the name John Brewer recorded. It was thought that George Brewer, Jr. was childless, so we have a question mark here. John may have been a relative, but not his child. So it is thought John Brewer is grandson of George and Ann Brewer, Sr. John Brewer was born in St. Mary’s Co. 1715 died summer of 1790 at 75 years old.

REVOLUTIONARY SERVICE: Two John Brewers are listed in the Oath of Allegiance to the revolutionary government sworn before magistrates in St. Mary’s Co. in 1778. These may have been John Brewer and his son. Zachariah, son of John Brewer also took 1778 Oath of Allegiance to the revolutionary government.

The will of John Brewer, written July 16, 1790, was probated and he directed that his slaves Peter and Pat be sold for seventy pounds sterling, but that they should be free to choose their own master. Thomas Brewer his son was bequeathed a slave, Nell. His granddaughter Alley Tomkins was bequeathed a slave, Nell’s son, Peter. The remainder of estate was left to George Brewer, John and Ann Cissell. Witness to his will was James Moore. An assumption could be made that James Moore is probably brother of Nicholas Moore, Father of Isidore Moore.


John Brewer Born 1773 in St. Mary’s Co. married in Nelson Co. in 1797 and had son George (no birth date). Charles Brewer, brother of John had son George W. born 1791 in St. Mary’s Co.

George Brewer born Sept. 13, 1632 was son of Thomas Brewer and Mary Knott. (see chart 27 No 1) Thomas married Mary Tucker in 1824. Mary Tucker was daughter of Peter Tucker and Christine Hagan.

Peter Tucker was one of the very first families to arrive in "The Barrens". Aunt Ethel relates back to this ancestor. (Aunt Ethel’s mother was Rose Moore, son of Thomas Moore, son of James Moore, Dad’s (Thomas Burgee) direct ancestor) Rose Moore married Tucker Family.

OTHER REVOLUTIONARY SERVICE: George Brewer is listed in the enumeration of citizens that took the Oath of Allegiance to revolutionary government in 1778.

The Hall of Records in Annapolis, Md. Contains two pages of documents, approximately 6 ½ x 15 ½ inches which list losses by George Brewer when the British plundered his plantation in St. Mary’s County. Those who suffered were to be compensated for property seized from supporters of the Crown. There is no record that compensation was ever made. A few of items listed are: 13 hogs, 31 geese, 4500 lbs. tobacco, 1 fiddle, 3 pair sheep shears, set of shoemaker tools, 1 walnut desk, 2 candle sticks and snuffer, 3 grindstones, 500 eight penny nails. The ARCHIVES OF MARYLAND, Vol. 65, pg. 421 mentions a court judgement against the first George Brewer, who lost a case in 1674 a debt of 4,400 pounds of tobacco that he owed to John Quigley of Virginia.



John Drury Brewer


Was a Kentucky Volunteer in War of 1812 and served under Colonel Slaughter and General Jackson from Oct. 1814 to May 1815. He took part in Battle of New Orleans, January 1815 John Brewer descended from George and Ann Brewer who arrived in Maryland in 1770’s..

Joseph Manning and Mary Layton married in Washington Co., Ky. and moved to "The Barrens" in 1803. Joseph Manning appears to have claimed 1188 arpents and 84 percher on the Mississippi River as his settlement right, but the 640 A. in which he was successfully confirmed after the American occupation of the Louisiana Territory lay northwest of what is now Perryville, Mo., adjoining land grants of John Layton, Sr. and Ignatius Layton, his wife’s father and brother (Ref. American State Papers, III pub. 1934).

When Joseph Manning, Sr. died in 1843, he had twelve children. All were in his will, except Joseph Jr., he gave him only one dollar. (This son is more direct lineage in our ancestors, married Bede Moore’s daughter Ann Moore (Bede was Isidore’s brother and our direct ancestor) He had listed 41 cotton gin saws, 60 pounds of tobacco, one prayer book, a lot of books, a mansion and 165 acres of land from his original Spanish Land Grant. (Joseph Moranville, a grandson has possession of his prayer book).

John Baptist Moranville that married into Manning Family was a veteran of the Black Hawk War, according to Godspeed'’ History of Southwestern Mo. Interesting character, emigrated from France August 12, 1823 at age 18, lived with his uncle who was a priest in Maryland, John Francis Moranville. He is buried in Perryville, Mo., died April 23,1850 at age 54.


Note of Interest: Susan Manning daughter of Joseph Manning, married John Baptist Moranville. Their children married into Miles Family. Two of their children married members of Miles Family (who are ancestors of GORDON COOPER, Astronaut) Manning Family are connected with Reddicks on Mom’s, Margaret Nash Burgee’s side of family.


GEORGE BREWER (Believe this is the one I have tinplate picture of, He is father of Mary Henrietta Brewer (Nash) Fenwick- He was born in Perry Co. Sept 13, 1832 and died Jan. 25,1889 at age 57 years. He had ten children. He married Nov. 10,1857 in Perry Co. to Theresa Ann Layton, daughter of John Baptist Layton and Elizabeth Layton Their daughter Mary Henrietta born Aug. 11, 1861 and d*ied Nov. 5, 1935, was Mom’s stepmother.

His ten children married Laytons, Tuckers, Moores, Molls, Miles (all ancestors of ours)

Henrietta’s nephew, Henry Nerius Brewer (born July 20, 1895) was awarded Bronze Star

He was in Army in World War I for five battles, Croix de Gueare from Petain, May 21, 1919.


Henrietta’s niece Mary Alice was a Nun entered Ursuline Nune in 1919 had her A.B in Education and taught in Clayton, Mo, DeSoto, Kirkwood, Festus, and Arnold, Mo. (Known as Sister M.Eugenia). She was born Feb. 3, 1898 and was still alive in 1969 when Tim O’Rouke contacted her. Mary Alice was 8th child of Herius Philip Brewer, Henrietta’s nephew




Henrietta Brewer


SKETCH OF HENRIETTA BREWER born Aug. 11, 1861 – died Nov. 5, 1935

She was one of ten children born to George Brewer and Teresa Ann Layton, daughter of John Baptist Layton.

After Julia Ann Reddick died, who was mother of Margaret Nash Burgee (my Mother), leaving Tom Nash with two small girls to raise, Mom, who was 5 years old and Mary Alpha, Sister Agnes. Tom Nash remarried about ten months later on October 29, 1894 to Mary Henrietta Brewer. Tom Nash was a handsome man, dapper moustache, tall and slender .I know about this from Mom, Margaret Nash Burgee. She said that she did not like her stepmother. She was jealous feeling that her daddy was neglecting her and giving all his attention to Henrietta. It is sad that Tom and Henrietta lost three infants in a row when they died at birth. This leads me to believe that Henrietta did not have much time, or did not feel well enough, to dote on two small girls, Mary Margaret and Mary Alpha. Finally, Tom and Henrietta had a healthy baby boy and named him Joseph Ira (Uncle Ira). According to Mom, she raised her half-brother. She said he was always more like a son then a brother. Uncle Ira did visit us often and it was apparent that he loved Mom and she loved him dearly. Mom always spoke affectionately of her father. I’m sure he was a good parent to both his girls and new son by Henrietta. Mom and Dad were married about ten years, when Henrietta (after Tom Nash died), married "Ole Marrin Joe Fenwick". Mom always spoke scornfully of Joe Fenwick, who was her cousin. Joe Fenwick and Mom had common ancestor who was Samuel Moore. Mom used to take me with her to visit "Grandma Henrietta" She was a typical little old grandma with hair bun on back of her head, long dress, wrinkles and smiley. Years had passed and Mom and Grandma used to sit in old fashion kitchen, talking, laughing and having a good time. They had grown to love each other. Mom did honor her stepmother by naming their first daughter, Henrietta, after her. Henrietta died from diphtheria at 5 years old .I shall never forget Grandma Henrietta’s funeral in 1935. They had a long wake for her, about three da ys. They had her casket in living of house, which was just across road from church grounds. Grandma was a kind person and enjoyed living next door to Catholic church.. She baked for parish priests and had them in for meals. They all knew her well. On day of funeral pall bears just walked her casket out front door into church. It was saddest funeral I ever attended in my life, and first funeral. I remember the priest crying from altar Uncle Ira was inconsolable and Mom was so upset. Grandma Henrietta was missed by many.


Grandfather Joseph Richard Fenwick


(know as "Marrin Joe")

Born Feb. 26,1853 – died Feb. 5, 1937 at age 84 Son of Clement J. Fenwick and Candace Moore.

I remember this grandfather very well. Mom used to take me on visits to grandma and grandpa Fenwick. However, Mom never liked him. She always spoke of he disdainfully. She called him "Old Joe Fenwick". He married her stepmother, Henrietta, in 1924. This was about fourteen years after Mom married Dad, so she never considered him as a stepfather.

One of the interesting things I have found in genealogy is that Joe Fenwick and Mom were related. Samuel Louis Moore was Mom’s great-great grandfather and Joe Fenwick’s great grandfather. They were cousins!

Old Joe had eleven children by his five wives and approx. three stepchildren. I used to find him funny and entertaining. I would watch him napping in rocking chair and swatting flies. I am still surprised that he remarried after Grandma Henrietta died. First wife was Clotide Dean daughter of Peter Dean and Sarah Tucker Second wife was Sarah Ann Dean daughter of Anthony Dean and Elizabeth Mattingly. She was widow of William Martin Layton and Cousin of Clotida Dean

Third wife Arpy (Layton) Manning, daughter of Felix Layton and Malissa Layton Fourth wife Henrietta Brewer (Nash) Widow of THOMAS NACISSUS NASH This was Mom’s father (Margaret Nash) and my (June Burgee Hewett) grandfather

Fifth wife Mary Arene (Tucker) Hagan and Taylor, daughter of Henry Timon Tucker and Sarah Jane Reed. Widow of Ambrose Hagan and -----Taylor




Clement J. Fenwick


CLEMENT J. FENWICK Mexican War Ancestor

Father of Joseph Fenwick born May 20,1825 married Candace Cecelia Moore on April 16, 1849.

Candace born July 4, 1833 was daughter of SAMUEL MOORE and Mary Brewer

Clement Fenwick was remember as ancestor who sucked tack into his lung and was rushed across country for surgery when he was a small child. Cecelia Candace Moore was 16 years old when they married and had twelve children. .

Clement J. Fenwick served in MEXICAN WAR AND CIVIL WAR. In Mexican War he served in Co. I, 3rd Regiment, Missouri Mounted Volunteers and participated in Battle of Santa Cruz March 16, 1848. He remained in Mexico until July and returned to Independence, Mo, where he mustered out in Oct. 1848 and married Cecelia Candace Moore six months later.



Another connection------JAMES ALEXANDER NASH (grandfather of Margaret Nash), married Eleanor Moore on May 14, 1848, sister of Candace Moore (see No 1 Chart person 13) James Alexander is grand father of Mary Margaret( Nash) and great grandfather of June Loretta Burgee Hewett.


Clement J. Fenwick was father of "Marrin Joe" Fenwick. Mary Margaret Nash Burgee's stepfather who married Henrietta Brewer Nash Fenwick.



Ira Nash

SKETCH OF IRA NASH no birth date about 1893 son of Henrietta and Tom Nash

Married Aunt Ethel Tucker born about 1900 – Daughter of Thomas Tucker and Rose Moore

Uncle Ira and Aunt Ethel visited often when I was a small child. Uncle Ira was an accountant. Aunt Ethel worked also. They were childless for many years. Sister Agnes assisted them in adopting Shirley Jean, who was part Indian. When Shirley Jean was about 8 years old, and Aunt Ethel was 42 years old, they had a son Tommy, and were delighted. I was about 14 years old. Tommy about 18 months, when I spent summer with them taking care of Tommy and Shirley while Aunt Ethel worked.

They lived at 5922 Nagel Street, St. Louis, Mo. When they were childless they always wanted to take me home with them. They were a devoted couple and had a nice house but I got a little upset because I did not want to "live" with them.

Aunt Ethel was descendant of Peter Tucker who was born 1803. Peter was son of the early settlers of "The Barrens". He had son Thomas Tucker born 1833—son of Thomas born 1865. Her father called himself a farm pedagogue. He was one of twelve children.

Aunt Ethel was 8th child of ten children. Her older sister was a Nun for Daughter of Charity, Sister Blanche. She, Sister Blanche, was stationed in New Orleans, St. Louis and Mayaguez, Purto Rico. She had B.S. in Education from Loyola University, New Orleans 1946, M.S. Education St. Louis University 1951.


Interesting that Uncle Ira had Sister Agnes and Aunt Ethel had Sister Blanche. Aunt Ethel relates to both Tuckers and Moores, Pioneers who settled "The Barrens".


I do remember that Aunt Ethel’s mother, Rose Moore, was in a Retirement Home near

where Aunt Ethel lived. We used to go visit her and sit for awhile in her room and chat.

I have not discovered who this Rose Moore’s father was., but I am sure she relates back to Nicholas Moore (one of them).


















Born Feb. 7, 1877 – died April 8, 1969

He was born in Perry Co., Mo., son of Thomas Burgee and Theresa Emaline (Moore) Burgee, who were married in 1870. He was youngest of five children. I just discovered in genealogy that his mother died in 1880. Dad was only 3 years old. She was only 32 years old at death. I guess this is why I don’t remember him ever speaking of his mother. The first child Nina Augusta died as an infant. This left his two brothers Bob and Joe, and sister Cecelia. I believe he had stepmother, but can’t find any records.

These five children were:

Nina Augusta Born Dec 3 1871 (died as infant)

Robert Agar 1873

Cecelia Elizabeth 1874

Joseph Joab 1875

Thomas (Charles) 1877



Dad’s Lineage


I wish that I had encouraged him to talk more about his life. Dad was a quiet man and a good listener, but didn't talk much. Some things I know are that he went to St. Mary’s Seminary at a young age to become a priest, but changed his mind when he met Mother.

He was an intelligent man. He apparently got a good education in Seminary. He was well learned in Latin and always was glad to translate Latin for friends.

Dad was raised on large farm in Perry County and grew many crops. One day he told me how he and his older brother, Joe, hung tobacco to dry. He said they both smoked pipes at an early age. Dad always preferred "Granger Twist" tobacco. He would pull off a few leaves and crush them into his pipe. Most of time his pipe was unlit. We teased him about smoking matches, because he was always striking matches to light pipe. I still have one of his favorite pipes, which I treasure.

Both Mom and Dad’s families were fairly well off. I base this on the newspaper clipping of their wedding. They had a large Catholic Church wedding in 1909. It seemed like a big social affair. Thomas Burgee married, young schoolteacher, Margaret Nash.

Uncle Joe, Dad’s older brother, did come to our family reunions and he and Dad kept in close touch., Dad and Uncle Joe were very different personalities. Uncle Joe, his older brother liked gambling and wild women, a very jovial character. Dad, several years younger, was more serious and much quieter. Dad never did swear or drink. Uncle Joe did both and used to tell us stories of gambling on riverboats. He would say, "don’t tell Tom that I did these things". Uncle Bob looked just like Dad. He was also older than Dad. He and his family visited occasionally, but I can’t remember much about him. I do remember going to his funeral and being shocked seeing him in casket and looking so much like Dad. Aunt Cecelia, we used to visit her and Uncle Albert Moll on a large farm in Perryville. She had been bitten by a snake on her ankle and limped.

Dad had a good sense of humor and was a kind and gentle man. I can’t remember him ever showing any temper or getting angry at anyone .He was a devoutly religious man. He always attended Mass on Sunday. He loved God and his fellowman. This deep faith was always apparent. He and used to say, "The worst never happens" and "Count your blessing". If he had a problem, he prayed about it. He lived his life quietly and enjoyed gardening and planting flowers. He always brought Mom flowers to plant in their gardens. In the fall, when flowers started seeding, he would carry the extra seeds from larkspurs, bachelor buttons. poppies and other flowers with him as he walked to work along the railroad track. He planted them on the hills above the tracks for people to enjoy as they rode pass on the train. He spread beauty wherever he went.

He always very considerate and kind to Mom and I recall him giving her affectionate "pats on her behind". Mom did "fuss" at him a lot, but he just put on his straw hat and headed to the far end of the garden.

Dad was such a dear, kind and saintly man. He was not judgmental and was always willing to listen to people’s troubles. He was a dear man and shall remain in my heart forever.

Dad died in his own bed on April 8, 1969 at age 92 years. He just drifted off to heaven. It looked as if he were smiling in his casket. I’m sure God welcomed him into heaven

This poem make me think of Dad:





My dad was great, he was the best!

But he was tired and God said, rest.

Our loving family wanted him to stay.

So we could love him another day.

But our hearts told us it was time to say goodbye.

So the angels took him and off they did fly.

We are sad he had to leave.

But we try not to grieve.

Because we now he’s, "up above".

Looking down on us with love!












Uncle Bob


(ROBERT AGAR), lived in Festus. He had a stroke and died when I was about nine years old. He married Amelia Denizert. I can’t remember much about her. They had three children as follows:


FIRST son Henry who was born Jan 20, 1897:


    1. Robert James born April 7, 1921 (Twin)
    2. Roland Henry born April 7, 1921 (Twin)
    3. Cecelia Mary born 1922
    4. Beverly Darlene born 1936


SECOND child, Lloyd born 1902 and married Estella Boyer in 1921 They have been married 76 years and are still alive in 1997. They have four children:


    1. Clifford James born 1922
    2. Eugenia Rose born 1924
    3. Loyole Ann born 1926
    4. Henriette born 1934


THIRD child, Ella, married Robert Henry Porter and they live in St. Louis. They have three children:

    1. Robert born 1922
    2. Roy born 1923
    3. William born 1929



Aunt Cecelia Moll


We used to visit Aunt Cecelia and Uncle Albert Moll in Perry Co. They had a big farm with lots of animals. They had a big kitchen and dining room. Aunt Cecelia limped because she had been bitten by a snake when younger.

We were taught to call their four children Aunts and Uncles because they were all much older than us. (This has always caused confusion for me to understand who were Dad's sisters and brothers and which ones were his nieces and nephews) They had six children:


FRANCES married Martin Kutz, but separated because he was a drunk and mean man.

They had four children: Hubert who was very handsome and married a pretty red head girl named Mae, She was a professional model. Hubert was a prominent businessman I think steel business. Anyway, he made front page news in St.Louis Post Dispatch for evading income tax about 1940. Second child was Rosemary, who was always crying on the phone when talking to her husband, who was in Army. Third child, Raymond was mean, like his father and abused his wife. Fourth child Virginia was very pretty and was engaged when I lived with them. I remember her boyfriend being there often.

I lived with "Aunt Francis" between my Junior and Senior year high school. I worked at Missouri Pacific Hospital that summer. I earned money for school clothes.(I left the suitcase on a Greyhound bus and it was never returned to me). She did not charge me any board. This was in repayment for the time she used to escape from her husband and come to Sulphur Springs and stay with us. I think her mean and drunken husband, Martin, may have died before I stayed with them in summer of 1940. She was a very sweet person and treated me like a mother. She had a serious skin condition on her face. It was all scarred and peeling. She was always being treated for this condition, but it never really cleared up. She had to wear big brimmed hats to keep sun off her face. She hired out as domestic help. She lived on Learman in South St. Louis, just a block off Grand Blvd. That was an interesting summer for me and I shall always feel indebted to her.


ALBERT second child, married Aunt Pearl and I think he owned a drugstore in South St. Louis, but loss it during big depression of 1929. They came to Sulphur Springs to hide from creditors. They had several children, but I only remember their son was a hefty one and so was daughter. (I think this was Aunt Pearl and believe their last name was Hoffman.)


JOSEPHINE Third child who married Tony Schnott. What I remember most about them is when Uncle Tony got drunk at our family reunions and did not want to leave. They used to come early and camp in woods by Saxton Springs. They would hang hammocks between trees, cook over campfire and drink water from spring. They were a fun group They had three children Lillian, Roger and Roy.


FRANK Fourth child. Who married Aunt Bertha, a redhead, pretty lady. He was her second husband. They had two children Frank, Jr. (married in military service WWII and lives in England) and their second child, Jackie committed suicide by sleeping pills when she was about 17(?) years old. (Jackie had been raped when she was about 8 years old. Some man grabbed her in the alley behind their house and dragged her into a garage) She always seemed whinny and strange acting to me. Also, they sent her to private all girl school, so she could avoid the boys) I do remember staying for short periods with Aunt Betha and Uncle Frank to be a champion to Jackie. We were friends, but didn’t connect too well. I remember once Jackie set their house on fire with a candle in a pumpkin on Halloween. I think I was very young during the summer I stayed with them for visit, because I have only vague memories of Aunt Betha hovering around watching us all the time and telling us to stay close to home and not to play with certain kids in neighbor. I always felt like they pampered Jackie by sending her to private school. They were well off and brought her lots of nice clothes, toys, etc.

I remember them during family reunions. I always thought Aunt Bertha and Uncle Frank a most ideal couple. Uncle Frank was a successful businessman in St. Louis. I believe it was a business where they installed furnaces, gutters, etc. During World War II he went to Hawaii to work. Earlier, brother Henry worked for Uncle Frank in his business, before World War II. During the time he worked in Hawaii, Aunt Bertha hired a carpenter to remodeled their big beautiful home in Holly Hills area of South St. Louis. She wound up marrying Joe, the carpenter. Uncle Frank was broken hearted. Their son, Frank, Jr. would not speak to his mother after this. Jackie stayed living with Aunt Bertha and Joe for awhile, but went to boarding school or college. Everyone (all other Aunts and Uncles) stopped communicating with Aunt Bertha, except for Mom. Glenn and I visited Joe and Aunt Bertha in South St. Louis in a very modest apartment. This was before Glenn and I married. We honeymooned at Aunt Bertha and Joe’s farmhouse in Pevely, Mo., close to Indian Foot Lake. It was an interesting old house with a "springhouse" where we kept our milk and food cool. Joe was digging a new cistern and suggested that Glenn might dig it out some more while we honeymooned there, if he got bored. Glenn did not do any digging in cistern during our honeymoon. Joe had four children to support by his first wife. Joe was a jovial guy and Aunt Bertha said she enjoyed him because he made he laugh. He was not at all like serious sober Uncle Frank. I did see Uncle Frank in 1948.

He never remarried that I know of. I remember him being very sad the day I talked with him. I think he may have lived with Aunt Frances for awhile

I believe that Joe’s wife died and he and Aunt Bertha did enjoy his four children later in their lives.




Uncle Albert’s Dad


Following taken from History of Southeast Missouri.

Francis X. Moll, (father of Uncle Albert Moll) a farmer and large landowner of Cirque Homme Township, Perry Co. is son Egbert Moll, who born in the Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany in 1800. After receiving his education Egbert Moll entered the German army when twenty-one years of age, and passed through many battles. He drew a pension from the German Government at the time of his death. He did not, however, serve the required time, but bought himself out at the expiration of two years. He married Agnes Lireby, also a native of Baden, and had eight children when he sailed for America in 1832. His son Egdiy was owner of a lead mine in Missouri. The family landed in N.Y. from whence they went to Buffalo, N.Y. coming to Missouri in 1836. Mr. Moll entered eighty acres of land in Perry County, and established a home for himself and family, where he passed the remainder of his life. Francis X. received his education in Perry County and learned the cooper’s trade, at which he worked eight to ten years. ----------He has a well improved farm, on which are indications of lead deposits of good quality, which when fully developed will make him a small fortune. In 1848 he married Frances Wingler, a native of the county, and to them have been born fourteen children. The family belonged to Catholic Church. In politics Mr. Moll is a Democrat.




Uncle Joe – Joseph Joab Burgee


He was bpt. Joab Vincent and married Eleanor Cissell, daughter of Isidore Cissell

Born 1843 married Elizabeth Moore daughter of Isidore and Leah McDaniel (Isidore was son of Joseph Cissell born 1818 in Ky.& Anna Marie Mattingly) I don’t remember Eleanor. She died years before Uncle Joe. They had only one foster child, Valle Burgee. He was orphaned and they raised him as their son. This son, Valle Burgee, was at Jefferson Barracks in Army. He is the first soldier I ever saw in about 1934. Mom never liked his visits because he was always drunk and she always tried to get rid of him as quickly as possible. I don’t believe Valle married and think he may have died young. Uncle Joe has always remained a real fun guy in my memory. He always came to our family reunions and kept them lively. He teased the girls and was very jolly. Glenn and I stopped to visit him on our trip home from Louisville in 1953. He was 76 years old and living in his house in Perryville alone. He had pictures of relatives, mostly nieces and nephews everywhere in his house. I remember the first question he asked Glenn and I was "how long have you been married? We told him five years and he replied "you ought to have five kids by now". He was as jovial as ever and he showed us his big garden and all the things he canned. I believe he lived to 98 years old.



Dad’s Maternal Lineage


    1. Nicholas Moore, Sr. born 1712 and Diana Fennell
    2. James Moore born 1746 and Ann Dorsey
    3. James Moore born 1779 and Lucy Wellmore
    4. James J. Moore born 1808 and Mary Cecelia Manning
    5. Theresa Emaline Moore born 1852
    6. Thomas Burgee born 1877 and Margaret Nash
    7. June L. Burgee born 1925 and Glenn Hewett
    8. Hal, Nancy, Donald and Susan born 1950-60’s


NOTE: It appears to me that Nicholas Moore, Sr. 1712 was son of William Moore, who was son of Thomas and Elizabeth Moore (descendants of St. Thomas Moor) who came to the New World in mid 1600’s (This would make more generations) and may be our link to St. Thomas More.


Nicholas Moore, Sr.(born 17l2) and Diana Fennell married 1769 St. Inigoes Parish in St. Mary’s, MD (recorded as Nicholas MORE and DIAN MORE FENEL). Nicholas was probably son of Moore, William

They had five children:


    1. JAMES 1746 (This is Dad’s, Thomas Burgee’s ancestor-grandfather)
    2. Nicholas 1748
    3. Benedict 1750
    4. Mary 1754
    5. Elizabeth 1764 married Charles Lee and they suffered from confiscation’s by British raiders in St. Mary’s Co. during the Revolution, recorded in Blue Book, vol. 3, in Maryland Hall of Records. They went to "The Barrens’ and obtained a Spanish Land Grant. Later they returned to Ky. and Charles Lee’s real estate was assigned to Bede Moore.(who was brother of Nicholas.) Charles Lee’s descendants later was a Kentucky legislator and wealthy planter, and distinguished themselves in the Confederate Army and in Kentucky politics.(Believe Charles Lee was brother of General Robert E. Lee).


FIRST. Son of Nicholas----- JAMES MOORE born July 14, 1746 married Ann Dorsey at St. Inigoes Parish, St. Mary’s Co., MD. On March 4, 1776 and had seven children:


    1. Barbara 1775 Richard 1777
    2. JAMES 1779 (Grandfather ancestor)
    3. Jane 1781
    4. Elizabeth 1784
    5. Mary Magdalene 1786
    6. Thomas 1791


James Moore remained longer in Maryland than did most of his family. A lot #15 called MOOR TOWN was sold in 1790 by a James MOOR.

According to Houck’s history of Missouri James Moore came to Saline Creek in Missouri from Kaskaskia, Ill. being fired upon by Indians, who pursued him for several miles. He arrived in time to secure a grant of 640 acres of land from the Spanish government.

An excellent set of records of the descendants of James Moore is contained in his family bible. This bible has been given to St. Mary’s of the Barren Seminary and is in museum.

Second Son: JAMES MOORE, JR. born Jan. 19, 1779 (Grandfather ancestor) (son of James Moore and Ann Dorsey) married Feb. 2, 1802 by Father Badin in Nelson Co., Ky. to Lucy Wellmore. They had seven children:


    1. Matilda 1803
    2. Mariah 1804
    3. Thomas 1805
    4. Sabina 1807
    5. JAMES 1808 (Grandfather Ancestor Dad’s maternal lineage)
    6. Ann 1809
    7. William 1811


Sabina Moore born 1807, 4th child (above) married James Rice in 1824 and they had twelve children:


    1. Mary Jane born 1825 (became a nun)
    2. Lawrence. Born 1827 (his son John established newspaper in 1875 called THE FORUM in Perry Co.
    3. Thomas born 1828
    4. MARGARET born May 2l, 1831 married Robert Caldwell Waters in Perryville, Mo. on Oct. 8, 1850 Robert Waters, son of (JOAB WATERS, SR. married to Polly Ann, this is great great grandfather, The Mule Rider) and they had five children a. Sabina 1851 .b. Mary Ann Elizabeth 1852 c. Margaret Cora 1854 d. James Joab 1855 e. Robert Caldwell 1856 (he was a doctor) . Robert Caldwell Waters owned 11 slaves in 1860, and rented four others. After death of Margaret Rice, he married Ann E. Morganin 1863. Robert Caldwell Waters, Jr. built the Waters Building in Perryville, Mo. His children were:

(NOTE; James, Jr. born 1779 (Thomas Burgee, Sr.-Dad's paternal grandfather) has daughter Sabina born 1807 whose daughter Margaret born 1831 married Robert Waters (son of Major Joab Waters who is Thomas Burgee, Sr. Dad’s Maternal grandfather ancestor) Margaret and Robert’s children below:

Interesting Lineage.

    1. Robert DeLessus 1880
    2. Mary Elma Sabina
    3. Leon William 1885
    4. Bernard Cyrille 1887
    5. MARY ZITA 1890 (This is one of interesting relatives I found during gathering genealogy. This is Mom’s Cousin Zita. I remember her well. Mom used to take me visiting with her when she went to visit this cousin in Hematite, Mo. Also, she used to come and stay for visits with Mom. Her husband ran a tavern and they were raising a grandson)


5. Francis 1832

6. Ellen C. 1834

7. Marie 1836

8. Robert E. 1837

9. James 1838

10. Teresa 1841 became a Nun

11. Sabina 1842 died at birth

12. Sabina 1847


IV. JAMES J. MOORE born Aug. 6, 1808, (g-g-g-Grandfather ancestor Dad’s maternal lineage) son of James Moore and Lucy Wellmore Married In Perryville , Mo. May 12, 1812 to Mary Cecilia Manning , daughter of Mark Manning and Margaret Heard and had twelve children:


    1. Thomas Jefferson born Aug 2, 1833—married Theresa Ann Hagan
    2. Martin V. born Mar. 3, 1837—Physician, graduated from medical school 1869 practiced in Perryville, Mo.
    3. William V. born July 26, 1839—Priest
    4. James Joseph born Dec. 21, 1841---married Charlotte Duvall
    5. John Basil born May 26, 1844—married EMILY BURGEE, daughter of Joab Waters Burgee and Elizabeth Burns
    6. Hillary born Feb. 12, 1847—married Mary Matilda Layton
    7. Alphonse Cornelius born Oct. 5, 1849—died 1951
    8. TERESA EMALINE born May 5, 1852 –married son of JOAB WATERS BURGEE and Elizabeth Burns (grandmother of Thomas Burgee, Sr.)
    9. Mary Elizabeth born Oct. 14, 1854—married Lucius John Hughey
    10. Alphonaus Marie de Liquori born May 28, 1857—became Nun after her husband (Albert Miles) died Daughters of Charity and became known as Sister Fidelis St. Vincent Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
    11. Mary Matilda born Sept. 30, 1861 Nun
    12. H. (male- full name lacking) born Mar. 4, 1836

(NOTE that Theresa and John Basil both married BURGEE Family—brothers and sisters married)


  1. child, Thomas Jefferson had Fourteen children. He was appointed Justice of Peace and served as director of public schools of his district for 15 years. (Aunt Ethel’s grandfather)
  2. child Martin V. was a doctor and practiced in Perryville in 1869.
  3. child William V. Moore was a Priest of the Congregation of the Mission in 1876.
  4. child Joseph Joab born August 26, 1891 married Charlotta Duvall
  5. child John Basil had twelve children, ten boys and two girls. Three of his sons became priests and one daughter became a Nun. (See Sketch of John Basil on following pages)
  6. child Hilliary married Henry Layton son of Julie Ann Brewer
  7. child Alphonse Cornelius born 1849 and died 1851
  8. child TERESA EMALINE born 1852 married THOMAS BURGEE
  9. child Mary Elizabeth born 1854
  10. child Alphonsus Marie de Liquori born 1857—married Gertrude Seemes
  11. child Mary Matilda born 1861 entered Daughters of Charity, April 16, 1885, as Sister Fedelia. (This was after death of her husband Albert Miles) Her last assignment was at St. Vincent’s Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
  12. child H. (male) full name lacking born 1836


UNCLE JOHN BASIL MOORE Born May 26, 1844 Perry Co., Mo. died Feb. 2, 1911 (Uncle of Thomas Burgee, Sr, who is Dad of June Hewett) married Emily ("Emma") Burgee Born Dec. 17, 1854.daughter of JOAB WATERS BURGEE and Elizabeth Burns. Their children are:


  1. Martin Van Buren born 1876 died 1954, St. Louis 78 yrs. He taught Civil Engineering and high mathematics at De Paul University, Chicago, Ill. 1905-1920. President of St. Vincent College, Cape Girardeau, Mo. until 1946. Chaplain at St. Vincent Hospital, Los Angeles, Ca 1946 until 1954 (Priest)
  2. Basil Burgee born 1877 died 1964 in Overland, Mo. married Lillie Margarette Moore dau of Ambrose J. Moore and Mary Ambrosia Tucker
  3. Leonides Vincent born July l5, 1879 died Sept 24, 1956 He taught 35 years at Cape Girardeau, Mo., preparatory seminaries Kansas City and Los Angeles. He was Ordained by John Glennon, St. Louis in 1907. He was serving as Chaplin at orphanage at time of his death in San Gabriel, Ca. He took his training at St. Mary’s of The Barrens, Perryville, Mo. (Priest)
  4. Henry Clay born Aug. 13, 1881 died July 15, 1967, Kansas City, Mo. was also a Priest. He taught Mathematics. Took his training at St. Mary’s of The Barrens, Perryville, Mo. He was ordained by Archbishop John Glennon, St. Louis (Priest)
  5. James Francis born 1883 died 1965 Ste. Genevieve, Mo. married 1st Bertha Tucker dau of Henry Timon Tucker and Mary Matttingly 2nd Ann Layton dau of William Martin Layton and Sarah Ann Dean
  6. Lucius Joseph born 1885 died 1966 St. Louis married Agnes Smith dau of Lawrence Smith and Adelia Miles (This member of the family achieved notoriety when at a young age, he sucked a tack into his lungs and had to be rushed halfway across the country to a specialst for operation.)
  7. Mary Marcella born May 7, 1887 -- died Dec. 18, 1959
  8. Alphonse James born July 23, 1889, married Edna Sutterer and lived in Overland, Mo. ( His 3rd child Kathleen was killed April 21, 1941 at 17 years old when her car was hit by a train in Maryland Heights, Mo)
  9. James Joab born Sept 2, 1891 married St. Louis, Mo on July 3, 1937 to CARRIE REGELSPERGER, daughter of Henry M. Regelsperger and ---Brown. He listed his occupation as a farmer. Route 3, Perryville , Mo.
  10. Loretta born July 12, 1893 died Sept 20, 1948 Webster Groves, Mo. She was Sister Mary Sebasstian RSM. She taught elementary and high school at Springfield, Mo. and Gillespie, Ill.
  11. Thomas Elliot born Oct. 8, 1895 died April 18, 1896 (Infant)
  12. Thomas Newman born Aug. 31, 1898 and died May 4, 1901 (Infant)


(Grandparents ancestors)

They had five children, Nina, Robert, Cecelia, Joseph and Thomas (DAD).

See earlier writings about Dad’s brothers and sisters (Theresa is sister of John Basil Moore, who married Emily Burgee, daughter of JOAB WATERS BURGEE and Elizabeth Burns). (John Basil----- was Uncle of Thomas Burgee, Sr. who is father of June Burgee Hewett) (Sister and brother Moore Family married sister and brother of Burgee Family)



THOMAS BURGEE, born Feb. 7, 1877 Married MARY MARGARET NASH ("Maggie") born April 12, 1889. They were married May 24, 1909 and had eight children:


  1. Thomas LeRoy born May 3, 1910 – Lithium, Mo. died Nov. 15, 1948, New Orleans Aboard Merchant Marine Ship
  2. Francis Henry born Dec. 28, 1912 – Brewer,Mo. married Hattie Shelton on Sept. 24, 1940.They had two children:Francis Henry born Dec 28, 1912 – Brewer, Mo. married Hattie Shelton on Sept. 24, 1940. They had two children: a. Donald born---- and Charles LeRoy born Sept. 10, 1941, Tulsa, Okla.
  3. Henriette Agnes born Nov. 8, 1914—McBride, Mo died 5 yrs of age and was buried at Puxico, Mo. (diphtheria epidemic)
  4. Alvin Joseph born May 30, 1914—Brewer, Mo. died Oct. 7, 1943. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks Military Cemetery
  5. Thomas Robert born May 17, 1918—Puxico, Mo. (Heart Attack) a. Infant died at birth June 25, 1946 b. Sandra Lynn born Dec. 21, 1950 c. Bonnie Joe born Sept. 23, 1953
  6. Margaret Cecelia born Jan. 4, 1923 – Fetus, Mo. married Oct. 4, 1941 to James stevens Roth, son of Perry J. Roth and Martha Chowder

They had five children:

    1. Mary Ann born Nov. 12, 1944
    2. Carol Sue born Oct. 18, 1946—died Oct. 21, 1946
    3. James Alvin born Dec. 31, 1947
    4. Pamela Marie born Oct 29, 1956
    5. Lynn Margaret born Aug. 19, 1959


7. Marie born Feb 9, 1924 married Sept 20, 19421 to Albert Eugene Price, son of Albert Price and Evangeline Hohn. They have eleven children:

    1. June Lee born Oct 16, 1944
    2. Rolla Eugene born Sept 23, 1948
    3. Carol Ann Jan 22, 1951
    4. Thomas Wayne June 3, 1955
    5. Debbie Marie Sept 24, 1956
    6. Mary Lynn Dec 12, 1957
    7. Donna Jean Dec 4, 1958
    8. Linda Kay Jan 1, 1960
    9. Gary James Jan 17, 1961
    10. Michael Alvin Dec 31, 1963
    11. Joseph David Dec 12, 1965


8. June Agnes Loretta born Jan 12, 1925 married June 26, 1948 to Glenn Warren Hewett, son of Amelia Marie (Fischer) and William Elmer Hewett

Four children:

    1. Harold (Hal) Warren born Dec 12, 1956 Louisville, Ky.
    2. Nancy Ann July 7, 1958 White Plains, NY
    3. Donald Glenn Dec 12, 1960 Pittsfield, Mass.
    4. Susan Marie Dec 21, 196l Pittsfield, Mass.


Both Margaret Nash (Mom) and Thomas Burgee (Dad) are descent from Nicholas Moore born 1712 and Diana Fennell. They have this common ancestor and are cousins, twice removed.





Dad’s Paternal Lineage



Paternal Lineage

    1. Major Joab WATERS(born 1764) and Margaret Griffith
    2. Thomas and Ann (Waters) BURGEE Maryland
    3. Joah Waters BURGEE married Elizabeth Burns married
    4. Thomas and Theresa (Moore) BURGEE
    5. Thomas BURGEE, Sr. (Dad) and Mary Margaret (Nash) Burgee (Mom)
    6. Agnes Loretta June( Burgee) HEWETT (Me) and Glenn Warren Hewett
    7. Hal, Nancy, Don, Susan Hewett


(NOTE; There is some repetition below –until I can figure out which Burgee Branch Thomas Burgee descended from. I am confused by so many Miel’s. I HAVE NOT WANTED TO DELETE ANY INFORMATION UNTIL I UNDERSTAND RELATIONSHIPS BETTER)


Seven generations starting with Major Joab Waters who was born 1764 (I have not found out when he arrived in Maryland----son of ?)) He died 1831 in Perry Co., Mo. His first marriage to Margaret Griffith, daughter of Joel and Ruth Griffith They had seven children:

    1. Ann Waters born July 6, 1789 died 1852 married THOMAS H, BURGEE born Dec. 13, 1779----married in Federick Co. Maryland on May 25, 1805 and had eight children JOAB WATERS BURGEE great grandfather was oldest of these children:
    1. Joab Waters born Aug. 25, 1806 (g-grandfather of Thomas Burgee, Sr "the mule rider")
    2. Thomas H. Burgee born March 18, 1808
    3. Grafton Liston born Feb. 18, 1874
    4. Elizabeth Ruth born Jan. 25, 1817
    5. Polly Ann born April 4, 1819
    6. Emily born Sept. 10, 1821
    7. Elizanna born Jan. 10, 1825
    8. Clayton born Dec. 30, 1830

2. Eleanor Waters married MEIL BURGEE (probably son of Eli Thomas Burgee who arrived from Philadelphia in 1782) Dec 10, 1805 and had three children:

    1. Miel born Nov 14, 1818 always said his father was a descendant of French Huguenots.
    2. Eli
    3. Lizzie


Meil Burgee born in (?) died young and Eleanor Waters married 2nd husband Ephriam Davis and had three more children.


After Margaret’s death Maj. Joab Waters journeyed to Ste. Genevieve County area for 6 years in about 1804. There he married Polly Anne Elizabeth Caldwell who was the daughter of John and Rosanne Caldwell. Joab and Polly Ann had seven children:


    1. Robert C. Waters born April 1820 married Oct 8, 1850 Margaret Rice who was born May 1831 died Sept 7, 1859, daughter of Sabine Moore born 1842 (Sabine was daughter of JAMES MOORE and LUCY WELLMORE –son of James Moore 1746, son of NICHOLAS MOORE 1712 and DIANA FENNELL) and Robert and Margaret had five children: (a) .Sabina born 1851, (b) Mary Ann born 1852, (c) Margaret Cora born 1854, (d) James Joab born 1855, (e) Robert Caldwell born 1856.
    2. James L. Waters
    3. Julia Waters married Charles Ellis
    4. William C. Waters
    5. James Waters
    6. John L. Waters
    7. David Waters married Catherine Matthews Aug. 4, 1835


ROBERT CALDWELL WATERS born 1820 owned 11 slaves, and rented 4 others, After the death of Margaret Rice, he married Anne E. Morgan at Perryville, Mo. May 19, 1863.

Leon DeLassue, the father-in-law of Robert C. Waters, was grandson of Charles Dehault DeLassue, the last Royal lieutenant governor of Upper Louisiana. During the French Revolution, a large number of the aristocracy was forced to flee France and some of these unfortunates reached St. Genevieve, Mo



Major Joab Waters


Grandfather Major Joab Waters born 1764 died Sept. 1831 in Perry Co., Mo. He married Margaret Griffith who died in Federick Co., Md. Her parents were Joel and Ruth Griffith. Joab and Margaret had 7 children (see above). After Margaret’s death, Major Joab Waters journeyed to Ste. Genevieve County, Mo in about 1804. There he married Polly Ann Elizabeth Caldwell who was daughter of John and Rosanna Caldwell. Joab and Polly Ann Waters had seven children (see above) He had 14 children by his two wives.

After living in Ste. Genevieve County area for 6 years Major Joab Waters acquired land in Bois Brule township of Perry Co. Mo. and moved there. He was appointed judge of the County Court May 12, 1823 to Aug. 1831. He was referred to in Goodspeeds history of Southeast Mo. as a Major. He must have attained this rank in service during the Revolutionary War. In his will he asked to be given a Christian like burial.

His grandson, JOAB WATERS BURGEE, son of Ann Waters and THOMAS BURGEE, at age 20, decided to join his grandfather in Missouri (Missouri had only been a state five years). His parents sold a English made silver set to buy the mule and supplies for their oldest son for his trip to Missouri. He arrived safely and after being in Missouri for 5 years, he bought land in Bois Bule township in 1831. And on May 24, 1832, age 25, married Elizabeth Burns, age 16. They had twelve children.(see above) Thomas Burgee, Sr. (Dad) used to tell us the story of his grandfather riding a mule for Maryland to Missouri. Also of interested is that silver set is still owned by descendants of Joab Waters Burgee.



(How does this Miel Burgee relate to Thomas Burgee born Dec. 13, 1779 married to Ann Waters?) I believe they are brothers.?

MIEL BURGEE born Nov. 14, 1823 (son of Eli Thomas Burgee who moved to Maryland in 1782 from Pennsylvania ) died Jan. 1, 1903 at age 85.

His father was also a native of Frederick County and was descended from an early settled family of French Huguenots. The following taken from "The History of Frederick County, Maryland", volume 2, page 1475-----

Miel Burgee (born ?) was a native of Urbana District, Frederick County. Miel Burgee devoted his entire life to the occupation of farming, and by his honesty and industry, which he instilled into his children, made it a success. Being a man of sterling character, he was well known and highly respected in the community in which he lived. In politics, he was a firm believer in the principles of the Democratic party, and in religion he was by profession and practice, an old time Methodist. He was twice married. His first wife was Ellen Linthieum, by whom he had three children:


    1. Frederick – deceased
    2. Miel E. – (born 1823) a prominent farmer near Mt. Airy, Frederick Co.
    3. Rebecca, widow of the late Eli Price of Washington, D.C.


His second wife was Clara Elisabeth Lawson who was sister of William P.N. Lawson, one of the best known and most prominent and influential citizens of Urbana District. By this marriage he was the father of six children


    1. Amon – Principal of Boy’s High School, of Federick, and prominent as an educator form April 16, 1865
    2. Leathe Ellen – residing on the old Lawson homestead
    3. William Keefer, a farmer near the old homestead
    4. Osio D – deceased wife of C. H. Linthieum of Fountain Mills
    5. E. McSherry – a farmer on the Burgee homestead
    6. Gabriel I – farming the old Lawson homestead


Professor Amon Burgee, the subject of our sketch, was born and reared on the old Burgee homestead, and until manhood remained upon the farm. His elementary education was obtained at the local public school. Almost from the first day he showed a fondness and aptitude for study. Such was his love for school that neither the elements nor three miles of muddy road were sufficient to cause a single day'’ absence during his eight years' attendance. This won the confidence and admiration of his teacher who urged him to continue his studies. In the fall of 1881 he entered the Glenellyn Academy at Ijamaville, conducted by Professor Wm. J. Thompson, a learned Englishman. Completing the course here, in one year he entered Western Maryland College, Westminster, Maryland, Oct. 1882, and made a most enviable record in Class of 1886. (follows a detailed description of his career). Dec. 23, 1890, he married Miss Mary Elizabeth Engleman, of Union Bridge. They have five children:


    1. Leslie Ray
    2. Clyde Elmore
    3. Amon, Jr.
    4. Grace Elizabeth
    5. Catherine Eliza


They live at their suburban home, "Park Hall" Mr. Burgee is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

ELI MC SHERRY BURGEE, a younger brother of William K. Burgee, was born Aug. 30, 1878. He is engaged in farming in Green Valley, Urbana District. When he was 20 years old he spent one year in the Frederick High School under his brother, Prof. Amen Burgee. After his father’s death, he, with his brother Gabriel, bought the home and has farmed it since. The house was built at two different times. It was first a little log house that lay in a small clearing in the woods, and it was later remodeled. About 1876 the barn was erected by his father, its dimensions being 30 x 60 feet. The place contains 187 ¼ acres and is nearly all under cultivation. Mr. Burgee was married Dec. 24, 1901, to Nettie Jane Day, daughter of the late Luther Day, of Damasous District, Montgomery County, Maryland, and his wife Ann Eliza Lewis, and a granddaughter of Jefferson and Mary (Warfield) Day, and a great-granddaughter of James Day, who settled in Montgomery County. He was a farmer and local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church. They are the parents of five children:


    1. Ralph Mc Sherry 1903
    2. Miel Day 1904
    3. Nellis Pauline 1905
    4. Maud Esther 1907
    5. Madge (no birth date)

WILLIAM KEEFER BURGEE born 1873 son of Miel and Clara E. (Lawson) Burgee - one of the enterprising and active young farmers of Urbana District, lives on a farm of 125 acres at Price’s Distillery.


MIEL BURGEE –(born 1818) died as a young man (Son of Elinor Waters, second daughter of Maj. Joab Waters Ann’s sister who married Thomas Burgee)) Was the grandfather of William(BORN 1843 ?). He was a farmer and lived and died on what is now a part of the Charles Price estate in Urbana District. He had three brothers, namely (CONFUSION HERE who’s brothers, see below)


    1. Singleton – a well known distiller (birth date ?)
    2. THOMAS – was a farmer (grandfather ancestor married to Ann Waters)(What is his birthdate ?need date Dec. 13, 1779)Father of JOAB WATERS BURGEE (MULE RIDER)
    3. Eli – was a trainer and jockey and race horse man


This Miel Burgee was married to Elinor Waters, second daughter of Joel and Ruth (Griffith)(Sister of Ann Waters married to Thomas Burgee). They were the parents of three children (Different Branch from Thomas Burgee, Sr.)


    1. Miel
    2. Eli – was a jockey and died young
    3. Lizzie – became the wife of Richard Browning and settled at Kemptown, Frederick County, where she died. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Burgee was married to Ephraim Davis, by who she had three children (Mrs, Davis died 1856)
    1. Joah W. married Elvira Kindley, and located on a farm near Urbana, where his wife died.
    2. James Milton, married Lavinia Wolfe, and settled at Fountain Mills, but later went to Goehen, Maryland, where his death occurred.
    3. Annie, married a Mr. O"Brien.



MIEL BURGEE, son of Miel and Elinor (Waters) Burgee, was born (1818) (see above) on what is now the Charles Price estate Dec. 16, 1823, He took up farming and located on a farm near Price’s Distillery in his native district, but soon engaged in huckstering in Washington, D.C. He was thus occupied during the Civil War. He was a Methodist and a Democrat. Mr. Burgee died on his farm in Jan. 1903, and his wife died about 1890, aged 45 years.

(Much confusion here Miel born 1818 son of Elinor Waters and Miel Burgee died young, but believe he had one son William born 1843)(Miel born 1823 lived to age 85 years old---son of Eli Thomas Burgee from Pennsylvania


Which Miel is related to Thomas Burgee and Ann Waters?


WILLIAM BURGEE – born 18--) was a teacher before he became a farmer. He married June 15, 1896, to Sadie E. Davis, daughter of Samuel B. and Rebecca M. (Ebert) Davis. They are the parents of four children:


    1. Mayme E born 1899
    2. Hilda E. born 1904
    3. Sidney Lanier and his twin below)
    4. Orville Norris no birth date for these twins)


(They had one son William Keefer Burgee born 1843----CONFUSION—WHO HAD ONE SON? Miel who died young, I think). His three brothers were:

(CONFUSION HERE – Miel Burgee see above had same three brothers)


    1. Singleton (distiller)
    2. Thomas (a farmer) married to Ann Waters, father of Joab Waters Burgee
    3. Eli (a race horse trainer Believe it is this Eli Thomas Burgee that with his wife and four sons arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1782. Here they learned about the free land available from one of the Lord Baltimore’s in Maryland. Being able to meet the requirements as reputable and dependable immigrants, they secured land just for moving upon it and tilling it. In addition to living on the land.
    4. Miel Burgee born 1823 died 1903 was huckster peddling his farm produce to inhabitants of villages in Maryland.


See above where Eleanor Waters,(was sister of Ann Waters who married Thomas Burgee?) second daughter of Joab Waters, married Meil Burgee in

1805 and had three children. There first child Meil Burgee born 1818, married Clara Lawson and had son William Keefer Burgee. born 1843 (I do not have any children listed for William Keefer Burgee) Also seems like they were long time married to have first child.


Following the Information from The Burgee Book Compiled by Thomas Burgee Sanders in 1976 (which I received from Pam Kelly, St. Louis, who is researching Burgee Family)


Information from Burgee Families in Frederick and Federick County, Maryland. The original Family in this country by that name came from France. They were said to be from French Huguenots, who left their native land because of religious oppression and their desire to worship as they pleased.

Eli Thomas Burgee, with his wife and four sons, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1782. Here they learned about the free land available in Maryland. Being able to meet his requirements as reputable and dependable immigrants, they secured land just for moving upon it and tilling it. In addition to living on the land, the word has been handed down the early Burgee settlers plied other trades. Singleton operated a distillery. Meil was a huckster peddling his farm produce to the inhabitants of the villages. Eli was a jockey and followed horse racing while Thomas plied the occupation of farming.

As will be noted from the Burgee family tree assembled in Maryland in 1971 by Mrs. William Burgee, the four sons of Eli Thomas Burgee were Eli, Meil, Thomas, and Singleton. This Thomas was the father of Joab Waters Burgee whose wife was Anna Waters.


(Need birth dates on four brothers)

I have only gotten this far:

Eli Thomas Burgee 1792 moved from Pennsylvania to Maryland and had four sons:

    1. Eli
    2. Miel (born 1823) died 1903 at age 85
    3. Thomas born 1779
    4. Singleton


Thomas born Dec 12, 1779 was father of Joab Waters Burgee born 1806 in MD


In Book Goodspeed of Southeast Mo. R977.89. Will fine Joab W. Burgee Page 690. Also James Burgee his oldest son which says Joab Burgee was born of Scotch-Irish Parentage in Frederick City, MD in 1806.

In GoodSpeeds, the Settlements of Perry Co. lst Immigrants were Burgee’s from Pennsylvania and Kentucky. The former located mostly in Bois Brule Bottom Page 253


Taken for History of Southeast Missouri:


Joab Waters Burgee, born 1806, (grandfather ancestor) was of Scotch-Irish parentage, was educated in Maryland. Married Elizabeth Burns in 1832. She was 16 years old and daughter of James Burns and Nancy Tucker. Joab took active interest in educational matters, and for 15 years was director and clerk of his school district. In same year he was appointed judge. He united with the Baptist Church and remained a consistent member until his death. He died Dec. 12, 1881. His wife died earlier in Feb. 1870 They were parents of eleven children. His daughter Emily (was Mrs. Basil Moore).



Grandmother Elizabeth Burns (born 1832)

Henry T. Burns (Dad’s paternal grandfather ancestor) born 1817 in Kentucky, father of James Burns (grandfather) who was father of Elizabeth Burns (grandmother ancestor).

Henry T. Burns born 1817 in Kentucky was SCOTCH extraction. He married Nancy A. Evans in 1838. She died in 1870 (age 32). Her father Perry Evans was Pioneer settler of Perry Co.. He was a farmer and county clerk. He and Nancy had nine children

Nancy’s father Perry Evans (grandfather ancestor) was a pioneer settler of Perry Co. and he was a farmer. . Henry T. was a salesman and shipping clerk. After Nancy died her married four more times to Henrietta widow of Joseph, Jennie wife of Frank Freeman, Annie wife of Oz Richards, Emma wife of Fred Klein. There are no children mentioned from these last four wives. In 1882 he was elected to the office of clerk of county court, and re-elected in 1886, the first time by 213 and last time by a majority of 500. He proved to be an able and efficient officer. In 1881 he was delegate to State convention , and in 1886 a delegate to the congressional convention of St. Louis of which he was made assistant secretary. Mr. Burns was a Royal Arch Mason and a member of the A.O.U. W. (page 691 Biographical Appendix of History of Southeast Missouri)

Lineage: to above grandparent ancestors, Joab and Elizabeth, daughter of James who was

son of Henry T. Burns and Nancy Evans who was daughter of Perry Evans. Perry Evans was born in Perry Co.

(Also note Elizabeth was SCOTCH and married SCOTCH-IRISH Joab)













(Mom) was born Mary Margaret Nash April 12, 1889 in Perry Co., Mo. Died July 24, 1973 at Sulphur Springs, Mo. daughter of Thomas Narcissus Nash born Oct 28, 1859 died April 21, 1921 and was married to Matilda Julia Ann Reddick born Dec 10, 1862 died 1893


Julia Ann was married to Tom Nash, Engineer and Miller for eleven years and had six children. Only two girls Mary Margaret (Mom) and Mary Alpha survived to adulthood. I think it was diphtheria was the cause of deaths of two girls who died so close together. A couple days apart. (Mom once told me that she had a close call with death as a child when she had diphtheria.) Mom was only 5 years old when her mother died at age 29 years. The children born to Julia Ann and Tom were:


    1. Mary Cecelia born Sept 2, 1883 Perry Co died April 20, 1889
    2. William Ezckiel born Oct 15, 1884 Perry Co died July 18, 1895
    3. Mary Ellen born March 7, 1886 Perry Co. died April 21, 1890
    4. Mary Burdella born March 9, 1888 Perry Co. died April 30, 1890
    5. Mary Margaret born April 12, 1889 Perry Co. died July 24, 1973
    6. Mary Alpha born Nov. 1, 1891 Perry Co. died


Mary Alpha born Nov 1, 1891, Brewer, Mo. entered the Order of Sisters of St. Francis of Maryville, Mo on May 7 as Sister Mary Agnes. She received her R.N. from St. Francis School of Nursing of Maryville in 1915. On July 1962 a plaque was placed in St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City commemorating Sister Agnes forty years of service at hospital. She was Superintendent and Hospital Administrator for years. She received many awards during these years. A few were Recipient of Distinguished Service Award., Oklahoma Hospital Association 1959. Woman of The Year Sooner Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television 1959. One of the Ten most Outstanding Women selected by the Theta Sigma Phi, National Honorary Group 1959,. Member of Royal Society of Health, England.


Sister Agnes was always continuing her education and improving herself. The list of awards is much longer, probably would fill another page. She was unique personality, indeed, a nice lady with great sense of humor and she would let us play with her rosary beads, until we almost had the holy cross yanked off. She never removed her habit or head covering when she traveled and visited with her partner, Sister Loretta. They would be leaving and Uncle Ira would always say teasing her, "come on Sis, put your hat on and let’s go"! This joke was always good for a laugh Incidentally, I (Agnes Loretta June Burgee Hewett, was named for Sister Agnes and her traveling companion Sister Loretta. (See write up about Sister Agnes by Advisory Board Luncheon, July 11, 1962—near end of this book)


Mary Margaret (Mother) earned her Missouri State Teaching Certificate and taught elementary school in Perry Co. She did have many stories to tell of her teaching days in country school. She was a very short person 4 ft. 11 inches and did not weigh much over a hundred pounds. She said most of her country farm boy students were bigger than her. She was a determined and spirited person and had little fear of anything. During her teaching career, she went to local dance and saw a tall blond handsome young man. She said she asked to be formally introduced to this 6 ft. 3 inches tall, blond, blue eyed man. Apparently, she did not know he was her cousin. She decided this is my man and she "set her cap for him". I never heard Dad’s story of this meeting, but once Mom made up her determined mine, he was a "goner". This despite the fact that he was very close to being ordained as a Catholic Priest.


Mom did good to choose him for our Father, although, he was several years older than her. Dad always remained a devoted Catholic and gentle, kind, morally sound man. I do believe he is one of the kindest men ever born. He never stopped bringing Mom flowers, which they both loved to grow. He would bring bulbs and starts of flower plants and seeds from the flower gardens he took care of at Pflagers and McCormacks. They used to sit in yard and discuss their flowers. Wherever Mom and Dad lived there were flowers everywhere in beds, along fences, under trees, everywhere. They had all kinds of beautiful flowers in the yard. Roses and honeysuckle’s on fences, as well as roses climbing up trellises and fences, lilac bushes, fields of Shirley poppies, larkspurs, bachelor buttons, tulips, etc. I could not begin t name all the flowers they grew.

I used to visit with Mom at Grandma Henrietta’s in Perryville, Mo. And do remember going to grandmother’s funeral in 1934. Uncle Ira and Aunt Ethel drove us with them to graveyard. I was only 10 years old. They had grandmother’s casket in living room and had a long wake in their home. I was put to bed, but it seemed like everyone stayed up all night, in kitchen talking and eating and waiting for morning. The church was just across the street, so they carried her casket out the front door and across the church grounds to church. Grandmother had always enjoyed the priests and she cooked and baked for them and treated them like her sons.


As they were closing the casket Uncle Ira became hysterical and he kept saying "let me kiss her". They kinda dragged him out of her casket that he seemed to be trying to crawl into with her. Then at the church service, the priest was crying. Mom was crying and Uncle Ira was sobbing loudly and I was frightened. This was the first funeral that I had ever attended and it upset me. But after we returned to house from cemetery everyone seemed to calm down. I remember driving down country lane to cemetery




Mom’s Lineage


MARY MARGARET Nash Born 1889 (Mother) lineage back to Nicholas Moore


    1. Nicholas Moore , Sr. born 1712 and Diana Fennell
    2. Son Nicholas Moore born 1748 and Monica Drury
    3. Son Isidore Moore born 1771
    4. Son Samuel Louis Moore born 1803
    5. Daughter Eleanor Moore born Aug 22, 1827 married James A. Nash
    6. Mary Margaret Nash born 1889 married Thomas Burgee
    7. Agnes Loretta (June) Burgee Hewett born 1925
    1. Harold Warren Hewett born 1958
    2. Nancy Ann born 1958
    3. Donald Glenn Born 1960
    4. Susan Marie Born 1961


Both Mom and Dad are descendants of Nicholas Moore, Sr. and Diana Fennell. They are cousins twice removed


Mom’s Paternal Lineage



Born April 12,1889 – Died July 24, 1973 daughter of Thomas Narcissus Nash born Oct 1859, died April 21, 1921 and Matilda Julia Ann Reddick born Dec 10, 1862 died Dec. 27, 1891.




Thomas Narcissus Nash


THOMAS NARCISSUS NASH born 1859, son of James Alexander Nash born 1821,


First marriage Nov. 1881 to Julia Matilda Reddick daughter of Ezkiel Reddick and Cecelia Ann Layton (Julie Ann died at 31 years of age)


    1. Mary Cecelia born 1883 died April 20, 1890
    2. William Ezekiel born 1884 died July 18, 1895
    3. Mary Ellen born 1886 died April 21, 1890
    4. Mary Burdella born 1888 died April 30, 1890
    5. MARY MARGARET (Mom) born 1889
    6. Mary Alpha born 1891


Note that Mary Cecelia and Mary Burdella died one day apart from diphtheria epidemic. Mom told me she also had diphtheria when she was 4 years old.


Second marriage Oct 29, 1894 to Mary Henrietta Brewer daughter of George Brewer and Theresa (Layton.) They had four children:


    1. infant died at birth
    2. infant died at birth
    3. infant died at birth
    4. Ira Joseph Nash no birth date, but he married Aunt Ethel Tucker 1921.


Grandpa James Alexander Nash


JAMES ALEXANDER NASH born May 10,1821 Perry Co, Mo. died Dec 26,1874, who was son of James A. Nash and Elizaberth Beckenbough, First marriage was to Mary A. Coty, who died April 5, 1845. Second , he Married Eleanor daughter of SAMUEL MOORE and Mary Brewer May l4, 1848 at Apple Creek, Mo They had ten children:


    1. Laura Elizabeth born 1849
    2. Mary Cora 1850
    3. Lawrence (blacksmith) 1852
    4. Adolph Louis (musician) 1856
    5. Mary Elizabeth 1857
    6. THOMAS NARCISSUS 1859 (engineer, miller)
    7. James Stephen (blacksmith) 1862
    8. Mary Cecelia 1864
    9. Mary Caroline 1867
    10. Charles (no birth date) died 1880


Note: Mary Cora (Nash) married Joseph Charles Parres (farmer) Feb 11, 1879 and had eight children. Their third child Simon Joseph born Jan 1883 married Julia Philoman MOORE, daughter of Thomas Francis MOORE and Elizabeth REDDICK. Simon and Julia (REDDICK) had twelve children.

Mary Cora’s Fifth child Zita Marie was one of Mom’s favorites and they used to visit each other often. (I believe I remember Mom, Margaret Nash Burgee, speak of Aunt Cora)

(Note Nash-Moore Family married Reddick Family— closely related—haven’t figured it out yet)




Grandpa James Alexander Nash II


JAMES ALEXANDER NASH II born May 10, 1821 Perry Co. died Dec 26, 1874 near Silver Lake, Mo. (Age 53) He was son of James A. Nash and Elizabeth Beckenbough (also cited as Bakebook) Married Eleanor F. MOORE (third child of Samuel Louis MOORE and Mary BREWER) They married May 14, 1848 at Apple Creek, Mo. and had ten children:

James A. Nash first married Mary A. Coty, who died April 5, 1845 in Perry Co. at age 20 years. James A. Nash served in Civil War in Co. 4, Missouri State Militia Cavalry and as Captain and quartermaster of the 64th regiment of Enrolled Missouri Militia. Eleanor Moore was educated by Sisters of Loretta.

The baptismal record of James Alexander listed his father as also, being James Alexander Nash, instead of William Nash as listed in the marriage record.


    1. Laura Elizabeth born Feb 12, 1849 died Jan 21, 1929 at 80 yrs. Married Louis Gabriel Duvall, son of Fidelis Duvall and Verlinda LAYTON
    2. Mary Cora born Sept 3, 1850 Married James Joseph Parres a farmer. They had ten children:
    1. James
    2. Mary Helena
    3. Simeon Joseph, who married Julia Philomen Moore, daughter of Thomas Francis Moore and Mary Elizabeth REDDICK Simeon and Julia had seven children.
    4. Steven Charles
    5. Zita Marie with no birth date married Robert Lee Rhine in 1905
    6. Second marriage was to William Hylton. They lived in Hematite, Mo.
    7. Infant
    8. Lawrence Anthony
    9. Joseph


Cousin Zita used to come and visit often with Mom. I remember several visits when Mom took me with her to stay for several days at a lime at Zita’s in Hematite. I believe they owned a tavern, and were raising one of their grandchildren. Zita was very thin and did not seem to be in good health, but Zita and Mom always enjoyed these prolong visits. Their grand son was a small redhead boy, several years younger than myself. I think I was about 11 years old during these frequent visits. I did not get along well with their grandson. I felt he was a spoiled brat.

3. Lawrence B. (blacksmith) born 1852 His first marriage was March 28, 1875 to Mary Elizabeth MILES, daughter of Thomas MILES and Elizabeth LAYTON Second marriage June 12, 1876 to Elizabeth Christina MILES, daughter of Francis Xavier MILES and Mary Anna LAYTON (He liked those MILES girls) Miles and Layton families well mixed up here. Mary Ann Layton relates back directly to JAMES C. MOORE born 1794. James C. was First son of ISIDORE MOORE and Eleanor Cooper. Eleanor Cooper was Isidore Moore’s first wife that he married in Nelson Co., Ky.



4. Adolph Louis born 1856 was a farmer and musician and had seven children They all lived in Brewer. Their Fourth child Sophia Mary Elizabeth married William R. LAYTON, son of Ferdinand LAYTON and Matilda MILES.


    1. Mary Elizabeth born 1857 died young
    2. THOMAS NARCISSUS NASH born Oct 28, 1859 and died April 21 (stroke) (Mary Margaret’s father) was an engineer and miller by trade. He was a prominent citizen in Perry Co.
    3. James Stephen born 1862 (blacksmith)
    4. Mary Cecelia born 1864
    5. Mary Caroline born 1867
    6. Charles (no birth date) Died 1880


Mom’s Maternal Lineage




    1. JAMES REDDICK and Anna Marie Graham, born in Ireland.
    2. JAMES born 1797 and MARY born 1809 (Manning) REDDICK
    3. EZECHIEL REDDICK born 1830 and Cecelia Ann (Layton) born 1830
    4. MATILDA JULIE ANN (Reddick) NASH born 1862
    5. MARY MARGARET "Maggie" (Nash) BURGEE
    6. AGNES LORETTA "June" (Burgee) HEWETT


Joseph Manning born 1769 in St. Mary’s Co. Maryland father of Mary (grandfather ancestor)


(Married Mary LAYTON, daughter of John Layton and Jane Pearce in 1792) They moved to Missouri in 1802 and had eleven children.: Their tenth child Mary Manning born 1809 married JAMES REDDICK born 1797 in Ireland

(Note James Reddick was son of James Reddick and Anna Marie Graham born in Ireland)

(Grandmother ancestor) Mary Manning’s Nephew (by her brother Pius) had son Charles Manning who served with the Fifth Missouri Cavalry in the Civil War. He retired at age 98 years old, but continued to drive. He celebrated his 105 birthday at Veteran’s hospital in West Los Angeles in 1945


Mary Manning’s (grandmother ancestor) had Nephew (by her sister Susan) Nexeus who it was stated in THE PERRY COUNTY REPUBLICAN, on Jan. 25, 1900, that Nexeus Manning born Nov 22, 1869 was seven feet tall.


(Grandfather ancestor) EZECHIEL REDDICK Born Oct 8, 1830 died Dec 8, 1885, son of Mary Manning Reddick, Married Feb. 19, 1854, Perryville, Cecilia Anne LAYTON, daughter of Hillary Layton and Elizabeth MOORE.(Elizabeth was daughter of BEDE MOORE, brother of NICHOLAS MOORE).(Moore’s and Reddick’s marriage, closely related). They had Seven children:


    1. Mary Elizabeth born 1855
    2. Vincent born 1856
    3. James born 1857
    4. MATILDA JULIA born 1862 bpt. Julia Ann (grandmother ancestor)

      Born during Civil War, Julia Ann (mother of Margaret Nash Burgee –Mom) married Thomas Narcissus NASH, son of James Alexander NASH and Eleanor MOORE. James Alexander served in Civil War 4th Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Mom’s grandfather)


    6. Josephine born March 1865 died April 1865
    7. Joseph Gabriel born 1866
    8. John Fredrick born 1871


Joseph Gabriel lived to age 95 yrs. Died 1961. He was a carpenter and teacher, later owned REDDICK HATCHERY at Perryville, Mo. In fall of 1908, he was appointed by Governor Folk of Missouri to be a delegate to the International Congress of Tuberculosis in Washington, D.C. As a Republican, he served as a Perry Co. School Commissioner from 1906 to 1915. He published a newspaper, NEW REPUBLICAN ERA, at Perryville, Mo. 1918-1919.




Maryland Catholics on the Frontier



by Tim O’Rouke

Tim O’Rouke's mother is Loretta Moore lineage back to Samuel Louis Moore, Sixth son of Isidore Moore, Sr. Mary Margaret (Nash) Burgee, my mother, is also descended from Samuel Moore, son of Isidore Moore, Sr. Samuel Moore is Mom’s great-great grandfather. This is Maternal side of Mom’s lineage. Samuel Moore is Grandfather of Joseph Fenwick, Mother stepfather (so he is also Mom’s cousin).


Tim O’Rouke, Mary Margaret Nash Burgee (Mom) and Thomas Burgee (Dad) are all descendants of Moore Family.


Thomas Burgee, Sr. (Dad) is descendant of James, of Nicholas and Diana Fennell. Margaret Nash Burgee (Mom) is descendant of Samuel, of Nicholas and Diana Fennell.

But Tim’s lineage branched off, i.e., his grandmother, Grace (Moore) Carr, was my mother’s second cousin. John Ruben Moore, was younger brother of Eleanor (Moore) NASH, and was Grace Moore’s grandfather.


He has not done in depth research on Burgee or Nash Families, or Reddick’s unless they are related to him.


However, he has many stories about original families. There were only seven families living in "The Barrens" when Isidore took his second wife and sons and moved to Louisiana Territory in 1861. Our ancestors all intermarried with the original pioneer families.


Since there were only dirt roads and horses were only means of transportation, they tended to not go far afield and often married in their own circle of friends and relatives. I remember Mom and Dad used to tell of courting days in horse and buggy.

Also, I remember Mom mentioning many of these early family names, most of them are ancestors. I also notice most of these early families were very prolific, ten or more children was average, but many had 18 or 19 children.


I recently found the following excerpt in "The Great Ancestor Hunt" by Lila Perl:

" In earlier times, people seldom traveled far from their own village. So, many marriages took place between fairly close relatives, such as first or second cousins was not uncommon. This means that a married couples who shared certain family members through blood and marriage and their children would have fewer forebears. (Such as Thomas Burgee, Sr. and Margaret Nash Burgee—Mom and Dad).


Among the royalty of ancient Egypt, even brothers and sisters were known to marry each other in order to keep wealth and power in the family. As a result their children had only one set of grandparents instead of usual two.

So if you can trace family back ten generations, you might find that you didn’t have quite as many ancestors as the mathematical tables say.


About Tim O’Rouke, he was History Major at Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Mo. 1966. I believe this is when he first started researching early Perry Co. pioneers, whose ancestors had come to this country in 1633-34 with Lord Baltimore, founder of Maryland, our ancestors.


When this large and very heavy volume was published by Brefney Press 1973 Edition, he was graduate student of Kansas State College, Pittsburgh, Kansas, completing work on the Master of Arts in History. He was employed as staff assistant with Student Services at KSCP. He was also teaching English and Spanish at St. Patrick High School, Parsons, KA. He was still living in Parsons, KA. Tim O’Rouke was born July 7, 1947.


He had been working on this book for seven years when I first was contacted by him. He had done a very thorough job of finding journals, diaries, and bible records, letters, etc. that are still in possession of descendants. Also, he found the Silver Set that Dad’s great-great-great- grandparents, Thomas and Anne (Waters) Burgee St. Mary’s Co., Maryland, sold to buy a mule and supplies for their oldest 21 year old son Joab Waters Burgee, so he could ride a mule down from Maryland to Perry Co., where he joined his grandfather Major Joab Waters, This silver set is now owned by Ann and James Brown Burgee, Overland Park, Kansas. He also found the wedding pants worn by Stephen Theodore Moore, which were made from Isidore’s crop of flax in 1837. Stephen was Isidore’s thirteen child, after he wore the pants they have since been passed from eldest son to eldest son and are now in the possession of Anna Moore, O’Fallen, Mo., Widow of Clarence Joseph Moore. There is a picture of these pants in this book.


Tim has everything well documented, his sources being court house records, old newspapers. Several of our ancestors owned newspapers. Perry County Sun is one of them, but there are several more. He has taken time to travel around, interviewing many of oldsters. He quotes, Mary Margaret Nash Burgee, several times in this book




The Catholic Church


THE CATHOLIC CHURCH in Perry Co., Missouri


The most treasured possession which the pioneers took with them on their move westward was their religious faith. In Maryland they had been under spiritual guidance of Jesuit priests. In Kentucky they were served for many years by Stephen Theodore Badin, the first priest ordained in the United States, the only priest in Kentucky for long periods of time.


Upon their arrival in Louisiana Territory, the pioneers found the closest priest was in the Ste. Genevieve twenty miles distant.

Families occasionally journeyed there for marriage ceremonies. While almost all baptisms and burials were performed privately. They did have visiting clergy.

Father Marie Dunand, the Trappist occasionally visited "The Barrens", has left us an account in his diary of the early settlement. In his account he mentions Joseph Tucker referring to him as Monsieur Tucker and alludes to Ignatius Layton.


"On one of my journeys I encountered all kinds of difficulties and dangers from robbers and from crocodiles, of which there are great numbers in this county and which have mouths big enough to swallow a man whole, since they are about twenty-five feet long and can seize in their mouth an ox by the middle of its body.

I arrived at the home of M. Joseph Tucker, a good Catholic, who has eight sons and one daughter. All except the youngest married and settled in good homes. We traveled a long time on this marshy ground in fear every minute of sinking with our horses, and surrounded on all sides by wildbeasts and enormous serpents.


But we were well repaid for all our trouble by the warm reception of our excellent Catholic and his family. I asked how they passed their Sundays and holy days without Mass. They answered that on these days all the families of the district assembled …..they recited the beads and sang hymns.


…….I could not help admiring this beautiful arrangement which the Holy Spirit who is the spirit of righteousness and simplicity, has established among these pious planters, the concord reigning amongst them. I advised them to build a church.


"….God, for his part, will bless you abundantly and when you are all assembled in his name, He will be pleased to be in your midst". I added as a last motive for their encouragement that if they followed this advice, I would return from time to time to visit them and celebrate for them the Holy Sacrifice. I bade them goodbye and continued on my journey.


"…I felt for these people a feeling of affection that attracted me towards them. Nevertheless, difficulties and dangers of travel caused a kind of repugnance. It was necessary to cross several rivers which were very dangerous and high.

However, I overcame all these difficulties. I did not wish to show less courage than the good old man whom these obstacles had not hindered him from coming to seek me. The voyage was laborious, but their joy at seeing me in their midst rewarded me abundantly and induced me to return there several times.


I was so pleased with these good people that I have since returned there four times a year, although they are forty leagues from my parish. The good Monsieur Tucker received me in his home. One day on arriving I found him ill. I administered the last Sacraments to him and soon after he ended his days full of merit before God. He left some valuable donations to the church in his will".


The seminary founded by these earlier settlers was named St. Mary’s of the Barrens. The priests who came to teach resided in a house which Mrs. Sarah Hayden, a widow, put at their disposal. Some of the first students were Clement Layton and Thomas Layton. This venerable institution founded in the first American Catholic settlement west of the Mississippi in Louisiana Territory, and the first college founded west of the Mississippi.

Later it was the first college incorporated by State of Missouri (1822) and the first empowered by the State Legislature to grant collegiate degrees (1830)

For almost two years the priests, seminarians and students of the lay college had to make use of the hospitality of the people of the neighborhood. By 1820, two log cabins-— church and a residence hall---had been completed.


It soon became apparent that the church would not suffice for the rapidly growing congregation. In 1826, it was decided to build a new one and plans were drawn up on a scale extraordinary for a frontier settlement. By 1830, the building was advanced enough in construction to be used and services have been held in it uninterrupted ever since. The Church of Saint Mary’s of the Barrens was the first noncathedral church west of the Mississippi to be consecrated. The oldest extant building on the premises, popularly known as Rosati’s cabin, was actually used as a sacristy during the first years of the seminary’s operation.


Vincentian Missionaries were active up and down the river in Missouri, Illinois and Louisiana. Among them educational foundation are St. John’s University, Brooklyn, N.Y. , DePaul University, Chicago., Ill., and Niagara University in New York.

The priests of the seminary did not neglect the outlying areas of the county and one of the first foundations was the church at Apple Creek, Mo., St. Joseph’s in 1828 with Father John Odin, C.M. as pastor. A number of the Moores and Laytons resided in the area. It was an unplastered log building with a confessional and a tabernacle in which the Blessed Sacrament was kept owing to the presence of Sisters of Loretto in a house adjacent to the church. There was high Mass three or four times a year. Catechim instruction was on Sunday. A register of baptism’s , marriages and deaths was kept, but most of the notices were also entered in the registers of the seminary.


Two congregations of religious women soon drew the attention of the people of the Barrens. One of these was congregations of the Sisters of Loretto, the first religious order of American women founded in Kentucky in 1812 by Father Charles Merincks. Sister Johanna Miles left the mother house with several others sisters and established an order at The Barrens. The ship which carried them there was thrice thought to be sinking and eventually did after the sisters disembarked. The sisters lodged in the home of Mrs. Sarah Hayden, whose daughter Susannah was sister Mechitildes in the same order. Twenty-three days later their convent , one room built of logs and lacking both chimney and stove was ready. Inspired by their poverty, they called the foundation Bethlehem. The location was on land consisting of a few acres and a spring donated by Joseph Manning, near the parish church. For four months the sisters cooked in an improvised kitchen composed of forked stakes driven in the ground and covered with bushes. The summer proved dry and unhealthful, and the poor sisters were prostrated with fever and ague.


By September 1823, they had a room suitable for a school, another for a chapel and begin their teaching duties with six pupils. Two years later the number of students had increased and the sisters were able to improve the convent and build a new chapel. Before the fact was accomplished, an arsonist set fire to the lumber destroying it and the house which had been built after the visit of Father Merincks in 1824, for reception for Indian girls.

By 1826, the sisters had recovered enough to advertise for students in the MISSOURI GAZETTE in Saint Louis, Mo.


A second foundation, with the approval of Bishop Rosati was made in Apple Creek, Missouri which Father Timon regularly visited. The bishop was concerned, however, because the sisters could not receive the sacrament as frequently as he wished.

Later in the year, the bishop granted the sisters the privilege of keeping the Blessed Sacrament in their chapel and sought to dissuade them from travelling to The Barrens to hear Mass. The sisters were withdrawn from Apple Creek to the Barrens in 1832.

In 1836, the Bethlehem convent was again visited by fire, and the sisters were tided over by contributions from the parishioners and subscriptions raised in Saint Louis by Father Timon.





The Laytons



The Layton Family were very prolific, as were the Moore Family. Seems like more families had anywhere from ten to fifteen or more children. Some had seventeen or eighteen children. They have produced thousands of descendants.

Because they multiplied early in 1800, they are related to almost every one of the early pioneer families. Very many intermarried with Moores, Brewers, Tuckers, even found Layton family members marrying Layton relatives.

Mom used to always talk about Old Dr. Layton. I find that the Layton Family produced many doctors.

They are one of the pioneer families with most interesting history. One reason they seemed to have kept better records and accurate accounts, in bibles, diaries, other papers.

Many of them served in Civil War. John Baptist, who had fifteen children, had three sons in Civil War.

They produced many Priests, Nuns, Legislatures, and owned much land…helping the formation of Perry Co. One of the Layton Clan, Bernard Layton donated land and is known as the Founder of Perryville, Mo.

I recall that when Mom and I went to visit Grandma Henrietta Fenwick, we used to go visit a Layton Family that lived nearby.

And, then, there is JAMES LAYTON, who murdered his wife and was Lynched in Missouri by a mob.




HENRY Simeon Layton, born Oct. 1, 1821 was third son of John Baptist and had fifteen children.


JOSEPH LAYTON -- Seventh child of John Baptist was born Oct 22, 1829. He had eleven children. Joseph’s first son Lawrence born Feb 16, 1853 -- Lawrence had nine children -------his son Joseph Clyde born Dec 12, 1893 in Wayne Co. Mo. was ninth child, married Kathleen Wylle in Everett, Wash.


Joseph Clyde Layton was composer of ‘"The Great Titanic Wreck" 1912 (a very popular tun in its day) also "Girl of Shantyman’s Dream" and "I’ll Slip a Little Shamrock in Your Wedding Bouquet 1940.


JOSEPH LAYTON, Seventh child of John Baptist served as a second lieutenant, Co. C., 8th Provisional Enrolled Missouri Militia Infantry enlisting June 1863. He died Jan 30, 1873 Perry Co. of Meningitis.



BERNARD LAYTON -- Born St. Mary’s Co., Maryland 1769 – died Perry Co. 1848 son of John Layton. Bernard arrived in Missouri early enough to secure a Spanish Land Grant. He parted with a portion of his land which became the site of Perryville. By virtue of his conation he maybe considered the Founder of Perryville, Mo.


At the time the town lots were marked off in 1822, he received 95 cents for his services as chain carrier. In 1823 county court awarded him seven dollars as a constable in bringing vagrants before justice. In 1828, he owned slaves valued at $300 and a town lot of three acres in Perryville, valued at $25.


SILVERIUS LAYTON – Born Aug 1819 Perry Co, Mo. died Sept 5, 1864 Son of Ignatius Layton and Elizabeth Miles

According to GAZETTEER OF MISSOURI by Robert A. Campbell, 1894 "During the Civil War four men Frank Tucker, Stephen Wimsatt, Barnabsas Burns and Sylvarius Layton, peaceful citizens, charged with being "copperheads", were shot by some undisciplined soldiers of Gen. McNeil’s Command". (A Northern who sympathized with the South)


DOCTOR JOHN BAPTIST LAYTON -- arrived in Perry Co. in 1808 from Kentucky and had fifteen children.

AUGUSTINE LAYTON -- had seventeen children – in 1850 he was listed as wagonmaker.

And was first son of John Baptist Layton. Augustines’s Fifth child, a daughter, Mary Ann married son of ISIDORE MOORE, JR. and MARY HAGAN


FELIX LAYTON - had seventeen children also. He served in Civil War Co. C 47th Infantry, Second Lieutenant. He later served on Staff of Gen. James R. McCormack with rank of Major. In May 1863, Gen. McCormack detached Major Layton from his staff and placed him in command of 400 men in southeastern Missouri. He was mustered out on March 29, 1865. In 1880 Major Felix Layton was elected to a term in the Felix was eighth child of John Baptist Layton. Felix married SARAH MOORE.


DOCTOR IGNATIUS EDMUND LAYTON born 1846 Brother of Felix (above) fifteenth child of John Baptist Layton. He served in Civil War in Co. G 30th Missouri Infantry as a private. His pension files indicate that he was 5’10'’tall. He graduated in medicine in 1878 from college in Keokuk, Iowa. On a visit to Texas looking for missing relatives, he entered into partnership with a cousin Dr. Lewis Ferdiand. His personal papers, in possession of Rite (Hayden) Rola of Brewer, Mo. reveal a most interesting man. He crusaded against the use of common drinking cup in public places, and wrote pamphlets on various medical problems, which were much in demand. He also found time to edit a collection of verse and short stories entitled HOME SWEET HOME. He carefully preserved family records. In a sketch entitled '‘MY ANCESTORS and BROTHERS and SISTERS’ He cites the dates and birth and death of his father’s first wife. His sister Matilida Layton is recorded to have died May 23, 1852 of Dropsey. John Baptist, brother, departed this life from a severe case of winter fever April 21, 1886 at 71 years of age.

Lineage: Ignatius Edmund Layton, born Aug. 31, 1846 – married Ella Jane BURGEE on Feb. 14, 1893 daughter of James BURGEE and America Clarke. They had only one child, a son, born dead on Aug. 18, 1894


DOCTOR JOHN BAPTIST LAYTON also kept an interesting diary in which he recorded may interesting events of his day, as well as many extreme of the weather. Many old medical recipes for everything from Typhoid Fever to Can were recorded in his diary. This diary, as well as other old books belonging to Dr. Layton, are in possession Rita (Hayden) Role., Brewer, Mo.



WILLIAM FRANCIS LAYTON born Jan. 9, 1882 was son of Henry Simson Layton and Julia BREWER William’s obituary noted that William Francis Layton weighed in Excess of 300 pounds.


THOMAS HENRY LAYTON born May 28, 1844 Fourteenth child of John Baptist served in Civil War Co. B. Enrolled Missouri Militia. Most of his time was spent as hospital steward. He had been educated at St. Mary’s Seminary and taught at a rural school. After the Civil War he was appointed Postmaster of Layton Post Office (identical with the present site in Brewer, Mo. July 27, 1868. Around 1912, Father Thomas Shaw, attempted to preserve the recollections of some of the older residents of Perry Co., Mo. interviewed Thomas H. Layton, who answers were considered more precise since he had served as county surveyor. (MONITOR, Perryville, Mo. Dec. 18, 1969 and subsequent issues).


HENRY PIUS LAYTON born 1841 son of ------------------ Served as a private in Co. C. 47th Missouri Infantry, enlisting Aug. 15, 1864 He was discharged March 20, 1865


JOSEPH ROSATI LAYTON born Jan. 22, 1843 Son of Joseph Ignatius Layton Served in Civil War Co. B 10th Infantry. He died of dysentery. Buried July 25, 1863 in Vicksburg, Miss.


JOHN IGNATIUS LAYTON born Dec. 28, 1851 son of Vincent Layton and Elizabeth BREWER was a carpenter, farmer, and he studied law as an apprentice, but his father forbade him to take the bar exam


JOHN LAYTON Born Feb. 9, 1777 in St. Mary’s Co, Maryland son of John Layton, Sr. and Jane Pearson. He received a Spanish Land Grant in the amount of 640A., survey #843. He owned at least one slave, for BK. A Deeds, Perry Co., Mo. record the sale by Cornelius Rhodes to John Layton of a Negro slave, Rachael, for $150, with the condition that she not be rented out until all the sale price was paid in full. In 18212, it is recorded, that John Layton II received $5.00 for helping to locate the permanent seat of Justice of Perry Co., Mo. On one occasion Feb. 4, 1821 the county court allowed him $5.35 for his services as a Coroner. In August 1831, he repaired the county jail for $39.50. An active Democrat, he was elected as a Representative to Missouri Legislature in 1836. In Nov. 1837 laid out a road from St. Joseph Street in Perryville west past "the Seminary and the new Catholic graveyard" which passed through his land. They offered him $125, but he relinquished this amount and accepted $30. A slight fork in the road was allowed to bypass his garden. (This fork is still evident in driving west on St. Joseph St. on way to St. Mary’s Seminary)

A considerable number of his descendants moved to Texas and he may have joined them. The circumstances surrounding the death of his son James may have induced hi, to leave Perry Co.

His son James Layton murdered his wife. A sensational affair, a most atrocious crime. On the 17th of June 1842 James was taken from jail and lynched by a mob of about 300 people in Farmington, Mo. There are several account of this lynching, one in history books, Western Missouri Manuscripts Collection, Columbia, Mo. has some original letters written by John Layton concerning facts surrounding this son’s case. He wrote to Thomas Reynolds, Governor of State of Missouri to save his son. He did get a reprieve—but too late, James was taken from jail and hanged by mob. A more sensational and long account appeared about 1903 in St. Louis Republic Newspaper and was reprinted in the Perry County Sun.




Almost one hundred and fifty four years have passed since the unfortunate James Layton murdered his wife Mary. Two published accounts, one in a history book, the other in a newspaper have circulated this story. The Western Missouri Manuscript Collection, Columbia, Mo. has some original letters written by John Layton concerning facts about his son’s case. The more balanced account of James Layton’s crime was published in GOODSPEED’S HISTORY OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI (1888). A more sensational account appeared in the ST. LOUIS REPUBLIC and was reprinted in the PERRY COUNTY REPUBLICAN. This account is copied below (misspellings uncorrected):


On the 17th of June 1843, a little less than 60 years ago, the first and so far as I have been able to learn, the only lynching that St. Francois County ever indulged in occurred in Farmington. The event that led an outraged public to take the execution of the law into their own hands on this occasion may be briefly stated as follows------


On the night of 10th of January 1841, James Layton, a desolate, worthless, character, living in Perry County, came home drunk and drove his wife and little son out into the winter night and storm. Mrs. Layton, who was Layton’s second wife, was at the time, about to become a mother, and her little stepson attempted to make their way through the darkness to a neighbors. But she was persued by the drunk maddened demon, who overtook her and the child as they were crouching over and trying to warm themselves by the embers, where some laborers had been burning brush in a clearing during the day. Seizing one of the green sticks that had been burned to a sharp point, at the first blow he struck down his helpless and unresisting victim and continued to beat her until life was extinct. Then, with brutality from which an ordinary savage would have turned from in horror, he thrust the pointed club through her body and thus literally pinned to the earth his wife and unborn child. Layton fled, leaving his little boy, who had been a witness of the whole horrible affair, alone with his dead stepmother the child made his way to a neighbor’s house and related the tragic story. The next morning the neighbors flocked to the scene of the tragedy and were horrified at what they saw. Though at that time the telegraph was unknown and newspapers were few and far between, the news spread quickly over Perry Co. and all the adjoining counties. It was, nevertheless, nearly a year before Layton was arrested. He was found hiding in Wayne County and brought back to Perry Co. where he was pout on trial, charged with murder in first degree. His own son, the little 9-year-old boy who fled with his mother on the fatal night was the only witness put on the stand. But so clear and convincing was his story no cross-questioning of the lawyers could confuse or shake it, and upon the conclusion of the trial the jury was scarcely 10 minutes in bringing unanimous verdict of guilty.


The interest in the case instead of dying out, had increased, and now that sentence had been passed on the wretch, the whole country breathed easier in the belief that justice at last was about to be meted out to the wife murdered. But on an appeal which Layton’s lawyer took to the supreme court the judgement of the trial court was set aside and the case remanded for a new trial. Then followed another tedious delay, during which the case was brought to a change of venue to St. Francois county. At this May term of court, 1843, the case came up for trial the second time, and as before Layton’s little son was the only witness called, but on his testimony the father was again convicted and sentenced to death on the 17th of June following. Owing to the peculiarly atrocious features of the murder and the long delay that had already followed its perpetration, the deepest interest was felt in the approaching execution. By 10 O’clock on morning of the 17th, fully 300 people, many of whom had come 20 or 30 miles, were assembled in and about the public square in the little village of Farmington, all eager to witness the execution.

The jail in which the prisoner was confined was a two story log structure, the first story being built with triple walls.


Access to this "dungeon" as it was called, from which the entrance was made by a trap-door near the middle of the floor. Through this the jailer descended by means of a movable ladder, which was drawn up after being used, and the heavy trap-door shut and securely locked.

Around this dingy little building the people crowded, each morbidly eager to see the culprit when he should be brought to his death.


At a few minutes after 11:00 o’clock the sheriff with considerable effort crowded his way through the dense mass of humanity to the foot of the stairway that led to the jail. As he ascended the stairs it was observed that he held a paper in his hand and it was taken for granted that this was the death warrant and as soon as sit was read to the prisoner he would be brought out and execution would at once take place. On reaching the top of the stairs, he paused, breathless silence, he announced to the crowd that the paper he held in his hand and which he had but a few minutes ago received from the governor, contained an order for a stay of execution for 10 days. The effect of this announcement was keen disappoint. At first there was only a murmur of dissatisfaction that swelled into a roar of indignation that would be satisfied with nothing short of life. No one knew how or by what process of determination was reached, but in a few minutes, it was universally understood that the jail was to be forced and the prisoner handed out without delay.


A few of more conservative citizens pleaded with the mob to allow the law to take it’s course. A vote was ordered and all in favor of hanging were requested to take one side of the square while those opposed were to take the other side. It was found that an overwhelming majority was in favor of hanging.


In a few minutes rush was made for the jail and with heavy iron bars and sledgehammers the door was soon beaten down. The trapdoor to the "dungeon" was pried up and a half dozen lynchers descended, and having tied the prisoner’s hands behind his back they tied a rope around his neck and carried the trembling wretch up the ladder to the second floor and out on a platform at the head of the stairs. An open, buggy, from which the horses had been unhitched, and was backed to the foot of the stairs, and in this, the victim of the mob’s vengeance was placed and willing hands took hold of the shafts and rapidly drew the vehicle under the rude gallows tree improvised for the occasion. At this junction the culprit was given opportunity to speak out but on his declining to avail himself of it the rope was thrown over the beam and secured and the buggy was quickly drawn from under. The body swung back and forth for several minutes and then was still. The brutal murder of Mary Layton was avenged.


The crowd quickly dispersed, the body cut down and buried, and during 70 years that have elapsed since then St. Francois Country has not felt again called upon to usurp the prerogative of constituted authority, and it is safe to say that but for law’s delay this lynching would not have been charged to her account.



Of vital interest are the letters of John Layton, which follow below:


Written May 25, 1843:


Hi Excellency, Thomas Reynolds, Governor of the State of Missouri

Very dear Sir,

It should be the duty of the father of the unfortunate James Layton to go and throw himself at the feet of your Excellency, to present to you his own prayers with those of your humble petitioners. But unable to travel on account of the infirmities of my old age and especially of the grief which has broken my heart and destroyed the rest of my strength, I can but send you our earnest supplication with the hope it will be sufficient to move to an act of mercy, for an old father, a father’s heart.


I have raised ten children, nine of who are living. I have sons-in-laws, four daughters-in-laws, thirty-three grand children and a great number of relatives, all reputed to be honest, respectable, and good citizens of the Commonwealth which your Excellency has been chose to govern. I will not mention, very dear, sir, of my being honored several times with the votes of the people for public office and of my being still a justice of the peace, but I will bet to remark that of our large family none has ever been accused or guilty of any thing repressed by law before this lamentable affair of my wretched son. No.., sir, I had to come to my sixty-eighth before being dishonored and all my hairs were to be gray before being stained with disgrace and infamy. Oh! Mercy not to the perpetrator of an action that we all condemn, that we all regret, that we all would recall with what we possess on earth, but mercy to his father, mother, brothers, sisters and relations. Spare my old age and our respectable name the horrid fate of an execution on the gallows. I insist not upon the state of complete intoxication in which the deed was perpetrated, nor upon the provocation of the unfortunate victim, which both facts were proved and admitted at court and made us hope for a mitigated verdict. I respect the law of my country even when it strikes my son, but it seems to me as to all your petitioners that it would be satisfied as well if not better by mutation of the pain of death to confinement in the penitentiary for a number of years you will think proper. Should it be for life your Excellency would still confer on us an immense favor and gain for every our warmest gratitude.


Should you see, dear sir, the misery in which this plunges our numerous family and friends, the bloody tears of an old mother, the woeful mourning of brothers and sisters, the heart rending position of five unhappy children, the whole hope of whom is to be only miserable orphans. I am very sure, sir, you would and could not resist to your paternal feelings, and that you would use the best prerogative of your authority, that of doing good to your fellow citizens.


We beseech you by all that is sacred and tender hear our prayer and grant to our tears our humble request, the God of Mercy will reward you and bless your children.

I am with respect and hope of your Excellency the most humble and obedient servant. John Layton, sen.


Governor Reynolds did act, but his efforts were in vain, as John Layton reported back

Perry County, June 26th, 1843:


His excellency Thomas Reynolds

Governor of the State of Missouri


Sir I take the liberty of addressing you for the purpose of tendering to you my sincere thanks for your friendly interposition of the executive Clemency in the order to suspend the execution of my son James Layton convicted of a capital offense at the recent term of the St. Francois Circuit Court until his case could have been heard by the highest judicial tribunal in the land, to which tribunal his counsel advised an appeal.


It is with sentiments of unfeigned regret that I have like to inform your excellency your interposition has from circumstances certainly beyond control proved entirely useless.


On the day appointed for the execution by the Circuit Court (17 June)and infuriated mob estimated from two to six hundred maddened by intoxication, in lawless defiance of the laws of their country, broke into the jail of that County headed by self appointed officers and commanders, dragged their unfortunate victim into the streets and in a cruel and wanton and barbarous manner amidst horrid blasphemy, insults and jeers, tortured him to death by hanging, and left his remains exposed in the street unintended during the remainder of that day and night, neither myself or any of the members of my family attended at Farmington that day having relied on the obedience to the laws of our country which was reasonably to be expected but the foregoing facts touching the circumstances of the case have been communicated to me by persons in whose veracity I have the utmost confidence and who were present when the said scene was enacted. I have endeavored to ascertain the names of the ringleaders in this hellish scene but as yet without success. It is but justice to the citizens of St. Francois County to say (as I am informed) that although invited and urged repeatedly by the mob that but comparatively few of them joined in the act.


I have considered it my duty to offer your excellency my grateful acknowledgements for the friendly act of clemency which you thought proper to interpose in behalf of my unfortunate son, the benefit of which has been thus denied him by an act unworthy of a Christian community. And remain your obliged and grateful humble servant,

John Layton, Senior.

The moving testimony of a saddened father certainly adds another perspective to the story. A careful reading of John Layton and notes compiled by Lanny Layton will cause the reader to note variations with the published accounts. James Layton was thus not a fugitive for a year. His wife may have provoked him. While he definitely clubbed her to death no mention is made of an unborn child. The burial record of May Layton, Jan. 31, 1841 contains no information beyond her name. The conduct of the mob is somewhat different in the accounts and they good reputation of St. Francois county appears to have bee maligned in the article in the St. Louis paper. The thought might arise that the mob consisted of Perry countians, instigated by the Maddocks, kinsmen of Mary Layton, to avenge her death. However, the witness who related the facts to John Layton would surely have mentioned the fact that Mary (Maddock) Layton was daughter of Richard Maddock and Elizabeth O’Conner Bpth her father Richard Maddock and brother Richard Maddock , Jr. were said to have helped instigate lynching.

After lynching John Layton II and his wife Monica moved to Texas. The circumstances surrounded death of son James may have induced them to leave Missouri.

On Oct. 15, 1841, James Layton’s son, James Layton, Jr., age eight, was in the custody of Richard Maddock, Jr.


JoHn Layton, Sr. born 1730 in England and married Jane Pearce (see ancestor chart #29)

And had eight children:


    1. Joseph born 1762
    2. Zacharied 1765
    3. Ignatius 1768 died 1774
    4. Susanna
    5. Bernard 1769
    6. Ignatius 1774
    7. MARY 1775 - married JOSEPH MANNING son of JOHN MANNING and SUSAN WIMSATT (Chart 22)
    8. John born 1777 (see story of his son’s lynching)


JOHN LAYTON II, born 1777 married ---------------, son of John Sr. born 1730 and Jane Pearce and had ten children


    1. Susannah
    2. JANE born 1801 married LOUIS MOORE son of BEDE MOORE who is brother of NICHOLAS MOORE
    3. James 1802 married Mary Maddock, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth O’Connor (Murdered his wife and was Lynched)
    4. John born 1805 married Marcella Maddock , daughter of Richard Maddock and Elizabeth O’Conner –(Sisters)
    5. Ann 1805
    6. Louis 1812
    7. Matilda 1813
    8. Augustine 1814
    9. Mary


Sister Agnes


The following speech was made about SISTER AGNES at Advisory Luncheon , July 11, 1962 in Marion Hall at St. Anthony’s Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Those assembled here are familiar with the contribution that has been made to our people and our city by the Sisters of St. Francis through their labors in the operation of St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City. The hospital is now in the 64th year of serving the needs of our people. The Sisters of St. Francis are dedicated to the service of God through the relief of pain and suffering. They recognize neither wealth nor poverty, creed or color, and serve solely on the basis of need. They have operated the hospital on that basis.


Over 450,000 patients have been served by St. Anthony Hospital. It is only natural that when service has continued for so long a period, and so many have been served, that some should stand out from the many who have participated in that service. Today we honor one whose service to St.. Anthony extended over a period of more than 40 years. It was during that period That St. Anthony saw its greatest growth and greatest service. It was during that period and under her leadership that St. Anthony became the great hospital that it is today. I refer of course to Sister Agnes, and may I for a moment tell you of the career of this person whom we all love. She was educated in the public schools at Perryville, Missouri, and entered the Mount Alverno Convent of the Sisters of St. Francis at Maryville, Missouri. She became a Registered Nurse at the St. Francis School of Nursing at Maryville, Missouri. And while serving St. Anthony received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Catholic College of Oklahoma at Guthrie, and also a Certificate in Hospital Administration from St. Louis University at St. Louis, Missouri.


In her chosen field she served the Railroad Hospital at Decatur, Illinois, as Surgical Supervisor from 1915 until 1920. She came to St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City in charge of the Business Office and Admissions in 1920. She carried that responsibility from 1920 until 1940, but from 1929 until 1940 she also carried the responsibility of Secretary to the Administrative Board. From 1943 until 1949 she was Assistant Hospital Administrator of St. Anthony from 1949 until 1961. She has been President of the Sisters’ Governing Board since 1949, and she has been a Trustee and Secretary-Treasurer of the Corporate Administrative Board since 1952.

Although Sister Agnes has served St. Anthony with the utmost of efficiency and devotion, she has found time to apply herself to the service of many professional associations. She has been President and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma Hospital Association. She has served as President of the Oklahoma Conference of Catholic Hospitals. She has been a member of the Executive Board of the Catholic Hospital Association of the United States and Canada. She has served on the Advisory Board of The Association of University Hospitals. She has been a Fellow and served on the Regional Council of the American College of Hospital Administrators, and has been a member of the American Nurses’ Association, the Oklahoma Nurses’ Association, the National League of Nursing Education, and the Oklahoma City Council of Hospital Administrators.


The counsel that she has given and the service that she has performed in conjunction with St. Anthony Hospital and the many organizations that I have just named have not gone unrecognized, for she has brought great credit to herself and her community. In 1959 the Oklahoma Sooner Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television named Sister Agnes as "Woman of the Year" for her outstanding contributions in the field of hospital administration. That same year the Oklahoma City Alumnae Chapter of Theta Sigma Phi, the national honorary journalism fraternity, named Sister Agnes as one of the "Ten Outstanding Women in Oklahoma," and in 1959 the Oklahoma Hospital Association presented to Sister Agnes its "Distinguished Service Award."


Knowing that such recognition has been awarded to Sister Agnes, it is only natural that we should examine the traits of character that she possessed and her underlying philosophy of life. Without a feeling of absolute devotion, Sister Agnes would never have entered a convent. Without a desire to render unselfish service, Sister Agnes would not have finished St. Francis’ School of Nursing.


Sister Agnes has set an example for us all to follow. She has looked upon human beings as opportunities for kindness. She has recognized that anything done for another is done for ones self. She has taught us that we give but little when we give of our possessions—it is only when we give of ourselves that we truly give. Often when a man dies, those who survive him ask what property has he left behind—but the Angel of God who stands over the dying man only asks what good deeds has he sent before him.


Sister Agnes’ life has been one of unselfishness. Her philosophy has been one of service. She well illustrates the truth of the words of George Elliot, who said, "Good deeds travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are."


However, Sister Agnes’ life has not been without its problems. The responsibility of administering a hospital the size of St. Anthony calls for the highest executive ability. Rules and regulations must be adopted and enforced. Personnel must be provided and dealt with as efficiency requires. Public relations must be handled. Standards of service must be met and financial integrity must be maintained. In short, all of the headaches of business must be reckoned with, Sister Agnes has met these problems. She has met them without compromising her devotion to God and her dedication to the unselfish service of His children.

John Lord, in the "Beacon Lights of History," said that the test of Greatness was whether a person’s influence continued after his power was gone. An Administrator of St. Anthony, Sister Agnes had great power. While exercising that power she became respected and loved by those who worked with her, and indeed by the entire community. Through her, others caught the spark of responsibility and dedication. The lives of all who have come in contact with her have been enriched. Though she is no longer the Administrator of the hospital, her influences still lives and she will always be remembered as one of the great people of our community.




The Honorable Isidore Moore



By Timothy J. O’Rourke

Kansas City, Missouri, October 31, 1966


Perhaps one reason why the modern American male may at times feel frustrated is that, unlike the man of a century ago or less, he cannot head in a westwardly direction and brave the perils of nature to become pioneer. Has the contemporary individual ever stopped to reflect upon the character of the early American pioneer? Let us consider the life of one such pioneer, Isidore Moore.


On November 15, 177l, in the reign of George III, Isidore Moore was born in Saint Mary’s county, Maryland, probably near Newtown, the son of Nicholas Moore, Jr., who was born in 1748, and Monica Drury, who was born in February 1751. His paternal grandparents, Nicholas Moore, Sr., born 1712, and Diana Fennell, as well as his maternal grandparents, John Drury and Sarah (possibly Susannah) Hayden, were all residents of Saint Mary’s county. The diary of Father Walton, S.J., pastor of the Roman Catholic congregation at Newtown, Maryland, in the 1760's, lists these persons as members of his parish, the Moores under the spelling of More.

There is a persistent family tradition, related to me by several persons, that this family of Moores is descended from St. Thomas More, Knight, Lord Chancellor of England in the reign of Henry VIII, and Roman Catholic martyr. He is also the patron of Rockhurst College, Kansas City, Missouri, a Jesuit institution. I am inclined to give credence to this story for several reasons. The Moore family settled in Saint Mary’s county under the Lords Baltimore, proprietors of the palatinate of Maryland.


The spiritual adviser of George Calvert, first Lord Baltimore, was the Rev. Henry More, S.J., English provincial of the Society of Jesus, and great-grandson of the Saint. It would not, therefore, seem too surprising if some of the family came to America. However, the files of the Jesuits in Maryland and in England contain no mention of any members of the family having come to the New World. On the other hand, an extended pedigree of the Visitation of Yorkshire, recording the lineage of bearers of coats of arms, mentions that some of the male Mores of the same generation as Father Henry More, emigrated from England to America. From general consensus, the family tradition of descent from Thomas More was in circulation prior to his canonization.


It is interesting to note that the names Henry and Thomas have been common among the Moore clan in America. Both Thomas More and Isidore Moore had sons named John, while Thomas had a grandson named Austin More, and Isidore as son named Austin Moore.


The Roman Catholic families which came to Maryland in the middle 1600’s were for the most part of the middle and the upper classes, for only they could afford to practice their religion in England for as long as they did. It would seem reasonable, therefore, that these persons were aware of their past background. One interesting fact is that while the majority of Moores have always told me their ancestors came to this country from England, and all available information bears this out, there is another strong tradition that the family is of Irish descent. At the time of the birth of Thomas More, his father wrote that his ancestors had moved to England from Ireland.


The orthographic difference between Moore and More may be dismissed, for the name spelled both ways on different occasions by both families. It must also be borne in mind that spelling had not become stabilized in those days.


Isidore Moore, however, was a gentleman of sterling character, no matter who his ancestors were.


Beginning about 1785 there was considerable migration of Catholics, who for the most part were related to one another, from Saint Mary’s county to central Kentucky. It is believed that they traveled down the Ohio River by some kind of boat to Maysville, Kentucky, or they may have come though the Cumberland Gap. British depredations during the American revolution had ruined many of the planters, whose principal crop was tobacco, their sons had been killed in battle their unworked fields had grown up, their slaves and stock were gone, and their homes and farm buildings had been destroyed. For these reasons, some members of the Moore family left their beloved Maryland., By 1792, Nicholas Moore, Jr., who is known to have been a small slave-holder, was to found in the tax lists of Nelson county, Kentucky, the cradle of Catholicism on the old frontier. His elder brother James, who had married Ann Dorsey in 1776, later joined him in Kentucky.

Isidore Moore first appears in the Kentucky records when he and Eleanor Cooper, who was twenty-five or twenty-six years of age, and seems to have been a Protestant widow, received a marriage bond in Nelson county, March 22, 1794. The surety, Daniel Ferry , wrote that Eleanor’s father, who lived on Brashear’s Creek in Shelby county, Kentucky was agreeable to the marriage, which was duly witnessed by Thomas Ward, and was most likely solemnized by the Rev. Stephen Theodore Badin, pioneer priest of Kentucky, and the first priest ordained in the United States. It is of interest to note that Isidore named his thirteenth child Stephen Theodore. From the union of Isidore Moore and Eleanor Cooper there were three sons: John C., John, and Martin Isaac. His first wife, Eleanor Cooper, apparently died early in 1799.


On November 11, 1799, Isidore Moore took a marriage bond with Leah McDaniel, who was born about 1782, the daughter of John and Mary McDaniel, natives of Frederick county, Maryland, who seem to have been of the Catholic faith. Caleb Howell served as surety for the second marriage, the witnesses being Eli Adams, brother-in-law of Leah, and Richard Moore, who was first cousin of Isidore.


Isidore Moore is found next in the 1800 federal census of Washington county, Kentucky, where he apparently moved quite soon after his marriage. After this he is no longer to be found in Kentucky records, for according to his will, in the fall of 1800 he migrated to that part of the District of Sainte Genevieve which is now Perry county, Missouri, about eighty miles south of St. Louis. His father, Nicholas Moore, Jr., was in Kentucky as late as May 7, 1801, when he served as an appraiser of the estate of William Moore in Nelson county.

Why did the family move to Missouri? In his will, Isidore stated that he had been poor in Kentucky, that his second marriage had been opposed by friends on both sides, and that he was determined to live under the frowns of no one. And so, in the hope of bettering his lot, he moved for New Spain, which during his lifetime as also called New France, Upper Louisiana and Missouri. Born a British subject, Isidore Moore became an American with the Revolution, and by his move to Missouri, he came under the jurisdiction of the Spanish and the French governments, Eventually, with the Louisiana Purchase, he once again became an American, and died a citizen of the United States. Interestingly enough, some of his descendants later intermarried with those of Louis deHault de Lassus de Luziere, the last royal governor of Upper Louisiana.


Isidore Moore was the recipient of a Spanish land grant of 510.42 acres and he began the development of this land, which lay along the Cinque Hommes Creek. his family was the eighth American and the first Catholic family in the area. It would not be stretching the truth to say that the Moores were probably one of the first American Catholic families in the entire State of Missouri. His friend, Joseph Tucker, who journeyed back to Bardstown, Kentucky in later years to bring Bishop Rosati to Missouri, settled near him in 1802. Joseph Tucker’s wife Frances Drury, was either a sister or a cousin to Isidore's mother.


With the transfer of power from Spain to France and then, to the united States, Isidore Moore’s condition improved. The new governor was quick to recognize his abilities, and appointed him a captain of the militia of the District of Sainte Genevieve, Territory of Upper Louisiana, in 1806.


Our ancestor was respected by all who knew him, and led the community in both its political and its social life. He was a friend of the Shawnee and the Delaware Indians, who often appealed to him to settle disputes among themselves. The Indian tribes had a camping ground and a burial site on his land, which was situated about six miles southeast of the present site of Perryville, Missouri.


Isidore Moore’s first political experience was his appointment to the bench in 1806 as judge of the Sainte Genevieve District. On April 1, 1813, he was appointed short tem as common pleas judge of the District. He served in the first State legislature of Saint Charles, representing Sainte Genevieve, at the second session of the General Assembly in January 1815, and later at the fourth General Assembly in January 1818. A unique honor which befell him was serving as President Pro-tem of the Missouri State Senate in 1821. He served a total of sixteen years in the Missouri legislature, two or three terms being in the House of Representatives, and the remainder of them in the Senate. One of the Moore descendants in Saint Louis possesses a number of receipts from the early 1820’s, which Isidore Moore signed for his pay.


Early editions of newspapers of Jackson, Missouri, from 1819 to 1823, tell us among other things that Isidore Moore captured a stray mare appraised at sixty dollars, near Apple Creek, and that he was the administrator of the estate of his son Felix Moore, and of Lucy Moore, widow of his first cousin, James Moore, Jr.


From an original letter in the archives of the Archdioceses of Saint Louis, we have Isidore Moore’s testimony concerning the growth of the Catholic Church in Perry county, Missouri. "The old church was built in 1812. The Rev. James Maxwell, Vicar General, blessed it, and said the first Mass in it . He served us the year 1813, but how often I cannot recollect (sic). That reverend gentleman had some years previously said Mass a few times in the dwelling house of old Mr. (Joseph) Tucker. Perhaps, it was in the years 1806 or 1807."


Isidore and Leah Moore were the parents of sixteen children. In addition to his other children, their household contained twenty-one persons, not counting slaves and other relatives, such as Isidore’s parents, who may have resided there.


Judge Moore, as he was often called, (his last judicial term, as a judge of the county court, was from 1831-1832), had some insightful comments about children in his will: "My three first children, that are living, James C., John, and Martin Isaac, having contributed very little by their exertions, toward this acquisition of the property I now possess, and each of them having received land of me, which they have parted with; and some personal property at the time of their respective marriages, they have no right to expect much now, except as I may herein after direct."


And again: "My children are numerous; some have rendered more service than others; some have been more expense and occasioned more trouble of body and mind than others." The latter pare of this statement may refer to some family gossip which has come down over the years, which says that his son Samuel Louis Moore fathered a child by his Negro slave Lucindy. The offspring was know as "nigger John Moore", as distinguished from a half-brother John Ruben Moore, who moved to Kansas. Nigger John was the only one of his race ever allowed to live within Perryville, Missouri. He died a number of years ago, never having married.


The will of Isidore Moore, herein cited, is a very interesting document of ten pages in longhand. He was meticulous in the disposal of his six slaves; they were to be sold to Catholics! If his wife’s slaves were to die, his daughters’ slaves were to serve Mrs. Moore, who was also entitled to the lower room in the east end of the house, and to the support of her part of the plantation. The whole settlement was to be kept out of the county court. Perhaps he was mindful of the way in which the estate of his cousin, Richard Moore, had been dissipated by legal haggling.


It is not known just what crops were grown on the family plantation, but it is certain that one of them was flax. From the crop of 1837, were made the wedding pants of his son Stephen. They have passed from eldest son to eldest son since that time and are now in the possession of Lloyd Moore of Florissant, Missouri.


If the story of "nigger John" is true, we need not be ashamed of our ancestor, for it in no way bears upon his character. This episode may account for his comment that he detested the effects of slavery and that it was dangerous for eternity. No doubt in his will he desired to give a final reprimand to some of his children.


This remarkable man died in 1842, and was buried in the cemetery adjoining the Seminary of Saint Mary of the Barrens, at Perryville, May 7, 1842. His descendants, numbering several thousand, are scattered throughout the world . It is evident that heredity has transmitted to many of them the characteristics of this fine man, for many have attained prominence in many fields, most notably in religious, where one became president of the University of San Francisco and the first American Jesuit to go to China; another was the first American Divine Word Brother r to go to India; and another is presently Vicar General of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa.


And so we now take leave of Isidore Moore, as we, his descendants, continue on……


His first three sons were born in Kentucky: the remainder of the children were born in what is now Perry county, Missouri.


    1. James C. Moore (late 1794?---died by 1 March 1849) married Rebecca Hagan, 11 February 1817 Of James Aquilla Hagan, Sr. and Mary Tucker.
    2. John Moore (1796-----living in 1870) married Sarah
    3. Martin Isaac Moore (1798------29 February 1848) married Ann Riney
    4. Felix Moore (1800----17 March 1823)
    5. Mary Moore (22 September 180l---living in 1850) married Alexius Manning
    6. Samuel Louis Moore (1 January 1803----2 March 1862) married (l) Mary Brewer, 23 November 1823, his second cousin of Charles Brewer, Sr. and Mary Knott (Chart 27) married (2) Mrs. Ann (Hagan) Riney, 12 April 1858 of Michael Hagan and Jane Layton
    7. Sarah Moore (1805---25 April 1844) married Martin Layton, 24 June 1823 of Zachariah Layton and Mary Riney
    8. Ann Moore (August 1807----4 June 1844) married Cornelius Manning, 11 October 1825 of Mark Manning and Margaret Heard (Chart 22)
    9. Austin Moore (August 1809—2 April 1858) married (l) Eulalia Manning, 27 April 1830 of Mark Manning and Margaret Heard (Chart 22) married (2) Barbara Ellen Powers, 16 May 1853 of Jeffery Powers and Elizabeth Hutchins
    10. Leo Moore (20 July 1811---23 August 1880) married Ann Mahala Cissell, 16 April 1833 of Louis Cissell and Mary Mattingly
    11. Eulalia Moore (27 February 1813—died between 1860 and 1863) married James B. Mattingly, 23 November 1845 of Joseph Mattingly and Sarah Brewer
    12. Isidore Moore, Jr. (6 February 1815—February 1871) married Catherine Cissell, 2 March 1835 of Clement Cissell and Ann Layton married Mary Hagan, 19 January 1836 of Michael Hagan and Jane Layton married Elizabeth McAtee, 18 April 1853 of Henry McAtee and Mary Manning
    13. Stephen Theodore Moore (1816---13 June 1890) married Sarah Cissell, 7 November 1837of Louis Cissell and Mary Mattingly
    14. Elizabeth Moore (18l8—living 1850) married Joseph Cissell, 11 September 1838 of Louis Cissell and Mary Mattingly
    15. Louis William Moore (1820—living in 1850) married Theresa machete, 21 May 1844 of Henry machete and Mary Manning
    16. Christina Moore (20 May 1822—died between 1850 and 1860) married Cornelia Hormel, 20 October 1845 of Bernard Horrell and Mary Gouch
    17. Martina Moore (6 September 1824—died in 1850’s?)
    18. Cecilia Moore (1825?---2 August 1835)
    19. Infant son?



Parish records, Church of the Assumption, at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Perryville, Missouri, 1822----.

Visitation of Yorkshire, Saint Louis Public Library.

The Jesuit Missions of St. Mary’s County by Edwin E. Beitzell, 1960, State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas.

Tax Lists and marriage records of Nelson County, Kentucky, State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas.

Will of Isidore Moore, Sr., Probate Court Records, Perryville, Missouri.

Territorial Papers of the U.S.–Upper Louisiana, SHS, Topeka, Kansas.

Goodspeed’s History of Southeast Missouri, 1888, SHS, Topeka, Kansas.

History of the Archdicese of Saint Louis, by Rothensteiner, Rockhurst Library, Kansas City, Missouri.




Grandma Leah McDaniel


SKETCH OF LEAH MC DANIEL (Grandmother Ancestor)


LEAH MC DANIEL Second wife of Isidore Moore (Grandmother ancestor)Mother of Samuel Moore thirteenth child of Isidore (Margaret Burgee Paternal line)

Leah McDaniel second wife’s family line in America probably begins with her grandfather, James McDaniel.


On June 10, 1747, he acquired a land warrant for 259 A. from John Howard , 175 A. which were surveyed four days later as the Galloway tract in Prince Georges Co. MD. On Jan 7, 1748 Frederick Co. having been farmed from a part of Prince Georges, James McDaniel patented 50 A. bordering Galloway which he called Tales of Arron. A further warrant bearing the date of 12 Aug 1748 by renewment for 100 A became McDonald Chance, surveyed 2 Jan 1749, to be held as Connigocheige Manor.


Judging by the names of Galloway and Isle of Arron, there is strong suspicion that James McDaniel was from the vicinity of those adjacent areas of Western Scotland. It is quit common for individuals to name their tracts of land after familiar geographic locations in their home countries. There is quite a bit of confusion in both Kentucky and Maryland records over the spelling of the family’s name. The spelling McDonald occasionally, appears in land and marriage records in Nelson Co., Ky. when the tax lists contain only McDaniels.


James McDaniel made his will 28 April 1774 in Federick Co., MD in his will he referred to one tract as McDaniels Chance, and was quite generous with all his children: His children were:


    1. William
    2. James
    3. Redmon
    4. John
    5. Joseph
    6. Rebecca Wright
    7. Mary Sparks
    8. Elizabeth Becraft


His estate was valued at 207-18-3, and he owned three indentured servants. His widow survived him several years. The value of her estate was 24-1-11. The spellings in her estate papers indicate the variety found in the family: John McDonald, Administration, John McDaniel, Witness, and Redmon McDaniel, Witness.

At the time of the Revolution, the Council of Safety of Frederick County, 1775-76 included two Alexander McDonalds, two John McDonalds and one Joseph McDaniel. On 5 March 1778 the oath of allegiance to the revolutionary government was taken in Frederick Co. by Joseph, John, Redmund and Francis McDaniel. Individuals possibly allied by marriage to the McDaniel family who also took the oath were Abram, Benjamin, George Jr., Peter Jr. and Peter Becraft Sr.


The variations of Redman, Redmund, Redmon, etc. suggest the possibility that the maiden name of Rebecca McDaniel might have been Redmond.

Several of the McDaniels migrated to Nelson Co., Ky. including John and Redmon. A Redmon McDonald purchased 176 A. on Cox’s Creek from William and Mary May 11 April 1791.


A John McDonald purchased 168 A in Nelson Co. Ky. 2 May 1799, for five shillings from Nathan Davis of Carter Co., Tenn.


John McDaniel, father of Leah, made his will in Nelson Co., Ky. He left money and real estate to his wife Mary (300 A.) and to his children: Joseph, George, Solomon, Elias, James, Leah, Rebecca, Alexander and William.


Provisions were made for the education of youngest sons, Alexander and William. Leah, of course, moved to Missouri with her husband, Isidore Moore, but other members of the family soon spread in many directions.


By 1811, the Ohio Co., Ky. tax book listed two Georges, James, Solomon, Elias and Joseph under the McDaniel spelling. By 1819, William, George, James, Solomon, and John McDaniel were involved in court cases in Daviess Co., Ky. where most of the family members were still residing after the Civil War. It was probably young son of the late John McDaniel, who was the Alexander McDaniel, poor child, bound as an apprentice to William Pool, blacksmith of Nelson Co., Ky., about 1808 Rebecca McDaniel, daughter of John, married Eli Adams, probably a brother of Verlinda Adams, wife of Bede Moore.

A later Eli Adams, possibly a relative, joined Edward Lloyd Adams as a settler in Perry Co., Mo.



Nearly all of the information on the MOORE ancestors has been taken from

Maryland Catholics on The Frontier by Timothy J. O’Rouke

Donna Burgee sent some charts and information from History of Southeast Missouri

Pam Kelly sent me information on Dad’s maternal lineage (Major Joab Waters)

Also I used information from "Writing Family Histories and Memoirs" by Kirk Polking

The Early Settlers of Maryland by Gust Skordas (Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Co. 1968).




Nicholas Moore, Jr.

NICHOLAS MOORE, JR. born 1748 died 1823 (son of Nicholas Moore, Sr. born 1712 and Diana Fennell---who was probable son of William Moore who arrived in Maryland in mid 1600’s)

Nicholas Jr. married Monica Drury in St. Mary’s Co, MD. Feb. 1751) daughter of John Drury and Susannah Hayden, married 1724 (Chart 27)

Migrations: Nick More, Jr. was listed as a member of the congregation of St. Inigoes in St. Mary’s Co., Md. In 1769. By 1788 he had moved to what is now Kentucky, for on Jan. 1788 he purchased fifty acres in Nelson Co. from Richard Connor of that place. On Sept 8, 1789 he purchased an additional 50 A. from the same individual in Nelson Co, Ky. In 1795, he owned 13 cattle, 4 horses and 89 A. on Cox’s creek. The actual purchase of the new tract of land was not recorded until June 14, 1796, Richard Connor conveying 81 ½ A and 28 perches on the headwaters of Cox’s and Simpson resident of Nelson Co., Ky. in the 1801 tax list, as well as serving as the appraiser of the estate of a William Moore in Washington Co., Ky. May 7, 1801.

THE AMERICAN STATE PAPERS record that Clement Hayden applied to Commandant Deluzier (De Lassue) for Nicholas Moore to settle in the Barrens. He appears not to have settled in time to obtain a Spanish or French land grant. Peter Tucker stated in THE AMERICAN STATE PAPERS that Nicholas Moore raised a crop at the Barrens settlement in 1805. He did return to Kentucky for on Sept. 2, 1808 he and his wife Monica disposed of their 81 ½ A tract "lying on the dividing ridge between Cox’s and Simpson Creeks bounding the lands of Richard Wright Redmon McDaniel and Richard Connor for $400. Nicholas Moore was listed, as a parishioner of St. Mary’s of The Barrens Oct. 11, 1823.

Real Estate: At his death, Nicholas Moore held a patent to 199.83 A of NW frac. ¼ sec. 15, twp 35 N range 10 E, as well as 40.05 A. the SW fac. ¼ of the same section and 39.22 A adjoining the above, for a total of 139.01 A.

Personal Property: The personal property of Nicholas Moore, signed by Isidore Moore was disposed of at a sale and the receipts were taken care of by his son Isidore, administrator of the estate. Total value, including cash on hand, was 457.75 A. Notation was made that Nicholas and Monica Moore had loaned $8 to Lewis Moore, son of Bede, which Lewis would not acknowledge and no proof was at hand.

The homestead of Nicholas Moore was 22 acres of cleared land and several cabins on his tract, situated on the south fork of the Saline Creek, below the Bishop’s mill and the bottom subject to inundation

Nicholas Moore appears to have been a slaveholder. The parish records indicate that Henry Thompson 44, servant of Nicholas, died in 1827.


Samuel Moore married his second cousin Mary Brewer. This is Margaret (Nash) Burgee’s (Mom) great-great-grandfather had thirteen children and they married, Tuckers, Fenwicks, Laytons, Nashs, Cissells, Hagans, and Haydens. This can also be said of Isidore Moore, who had nineteen children. Since there were not many families in Louisiana Territory in the wilderness and roads were few and their only means of travel was by walking or horseback, it is understandable that they stayed in area and married within their own circle. It has been noted that there are several dispensations required where cousins married cousins. (Mom and Dad were third cousins, twice removed in Moore Family, with common ancestor of Nicholas Moore and Diana Fennell)


Samuel Moore born 1803 was (grandfather ancestor on Margaret Nash Burgee paternal side, James Alexander Nash married Samuel’s daughter Eleanor) In 1850 census of Perry Co. Moore had 50 acres of improved land and 150 unimproved land. His crops included wheat, corn and oats. In 1860 he owned one slave. On May 16, 1856, the county Court ordered a change in the road from Perryville to St. Mary’s Landing "at or near Samuel L. Moore’s"

In Sketch of Isidore Moore by Time O"Rouke it is noted that family gossip that has come down through the years, says that Samuel Louis Moore fathered a child by his Negro

Slave Lucindy. The offspring was known as "nigger John Moore". Nigger John was the only one of his race ever allowed to live within Perryville, Missouri .




John Rubin Wiseman Moore



(Uncle ancestor) born Feb. 27, 1840, son of Samuel Louis Moore and Mary

Brewer was editor, rural mail carrier and farmer. His First wife he married in 1856 Elizabeth Theresa Layton, daughter of Bede Henry Layton and Mary Hagan

Second wife married 1900 to Mary Clark, who was 47 years old, widow of John Clark. John Rubin was 60 years old.


He had eleven children all by his first wife. At age of 21 he was described as having a light complexion, dark eyes and dark hair, 5’ 7". John Rubin enlisted May 5, 1862 at Ironton, Mo. for service in the Civil War. He had been married 6 years and had two children. On March 1, 1864 he was promoted from sergeant to first lieutenant, receiving his commission March 20, 1864. He mustered out of service March 24, 18656. Two more children were born during time he was in army.


John Rubin was very specific in listing his residence and occupations for government pension forms. There were many. He was a farmer when he entered army and grew wheat in 1865 when he was discharged. From 1866 to 1868, he was assessor of Perry Co., Mo. From March 1879 to Oct. 1882 he was a newspaperman and a farmer. From July 1882 through spring of 1885 he was a postal clerk, after which he again followed news trade through 1891.


A collection of clippings from the JOURNAL, Osage Mission, Kansas, stated on March 1, 1885 that "J.R. Moore, one of the editors of the JOURNAL has taken a position as mail agent on the Missouri Pacific Railroad". He had taken charge of the JOURNAL office in July 1884, according to JOURNAL files. The JOURNAL noted May 21, 1885 that "J. R. Moore, formerly with this paper is now connected with the GALESBURG JOURNAL. It was later sold and moved to Thayer, Kansas. In July 1885, the JOURNAL noted that J. R. and J. E. Moore had purchased the DEMOCRAT in Osage Mission.

John Rubin Wiseman Moore was named for Dr. Reuben Shelby, his Godfather and for Father Wiseman, a pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Apple Creek, Mo. When he lived in Perryville, he published THE POST CLARION. One of the last issues, volume 2, number 37, of March 30, 1871, carries an appeal to delinquent subscribers to bring the wood long promised, as "we do not relish the idea of being frozen out".


In 1900 John R. Moore was secretary of the Old Soldiers Wichita Reunion Association.

He wrote an interesting letter to his son Henry Louis in November 1914 which contains references to Woodrow Wilson’s policies, the Progressive party, the persecution of the Church in Mexico, World War I and relief for Belgium. He lamented having a name as common as J. R. Moore, a couple of individuals of that name having gotten into trouble in Wichita and persons believing it was him. He also commented (three months before his death) that he thought he had finally found a doctor who could help him. (he died at age 71)





Grandma Eleanor Moore


Eleanor Moore born 1827 married James Alexander NASH and their second child Mary Cora married Joseph C. Parres and their child Simon Joseph born 1883 married Julia Philomen Moore, daughter of Thomas Frances Moore and Mary Elizabeth REDDICK.

(Note : Nash marries Reddick again).


Mary Cora’s husband was married to son of Valorian Parres on Feb. l1, 1879

Anthony Parres (originally Perez) was born about 1801 a native of Majorca, Spain, a physician, son of Joseph and Antonette Morants. On Jan.1826 he married Mary Smith daughter of Ann DRURY. Before the county court of Perry Co., Mo. on Nov. 9, 1836, Anthony Parres declared his intention to renounce the King and Queen of Spain (He may have been brother of Valorian


Brother of Mary Cora was (grandfather ancestor) Thomas Narcissus Nash born Oct. 28, 1853 married Julia Ann Reddick, daughter of Ezekial Reddick and Cecelia Ann Layton.






Some unanswered questions regarding ancestors? I wonder which country the Eli Burgee family that immigrated to Philadelphia came from? Did they flee France under Louis XIV and to which country?


Little information known on following grandparent ancestors:

Diana Fennell (or Dian Fenel) who married common ancestor of Mom and Dad, Nicholas Moore Sr. born in 1712.


Dad’s maternal ancestor grandmother Ann Dorsey, wife of James Moore 1716.


Dad’s maternal ancestor grandmother Lucy Wellmore, wife of James Moore 1779.


Dad’s paternal grandmother Margaret Griffith, first wife of Joab Waters 1789.


Second wife Polly Ann Caldwell grandmother?


Dad’s paternal grandmother Ann Waters, married to Thomas Burgee 1779. (know Major Joab Waters was her father, but who were his parents?


Have found Elizabeth Burn’s father James Burns married to Nancy Tucker (also James’s father Henry T. and Nancy A. Evans, and Nancy’s father Perry Evans)


It would be interesting to know which Tucker ‘s are her parents

Long Tuckers or Short Tuckers?


Mom’s paternal grandmother Elizabeth Beckenbough, married to James A. Nash (I know only that she died Aug 17, 1832 at age 25)


I would like to know more about Grandmother Julia Ann Reddick who died at age 29, married to Thomas N. Nash Her father was Ezekiel Reddick born 1830 died at age 24, married Cecelia A. Layton. His parents were James Reddick and Mary Manning

(I believe this was Joseph Reddick who was born in Ireland)


Addresses and notes that I want to keep:

Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors by Betram H. Groene

National Archive building in Washington D.C.

American Origins by Pine

The Genealogical Society , 50 E. North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150

Huguenots Who Came to America


If you go back to 1625, you will discover 16,000 people directly related to you.

England ancestors are easiest to trace.