Monday, January 13, 2014


In January 2014, Amy Johnson Crow  of Ancestry started the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. The premise: write once a week about a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, a research problem — any that focuses on that one ancestor. The next week, write about a different ancestor. In 52 weeks, you’ll have taken a closer look at 52 people in your family tree… and maybe learned a little bit more about them in the process. 

Martha Anderson came to Massachusetts in 1718.  She married William Moore but I don't know if they married in Ireland or in Massachusetts. 

A book by Elliott Moore in 1898 ((Memorial of the Loyalist Families of William Moore, Josiah Hitchings, and Robert Livingstone) does a genealogy of the William Moore family in Moore's Mill, New Brunswick, Canada.  In this listing of families it starts with William Moor/Moore and his wife Martha. They had 7 children, George, Thomas, Allen, William, Jane, Elizabeth, and Mary.  I am the 4th great granddaughter of the son William)

I haven't been able to find anything more on her, she is not mentioned on the tombstone for William Moor but could be buried with him.  I have checked many records in the area they lived, Londonderry, New Hampshire, but have found no mention of her.  That is very common at that time period, women could not own land so would not be mentioned in court records.

Several articles have been written about William Moore and they all believe that his wife's maiden name was Anderson.

She is mentioned just as his wife Martha in his will in 1739. Two men named Allen and Samuel Anderson were the executors of William Moore's will dated 6 November 1739 in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

 In the will of Allen Anderson, Martha Moore is mentioned as his sister.

She was a brave women who left her home in Ireland and made the journey to a new world in the early 1700's and started a wonderful family in New Hampshire.  That family has spread out through the years to Canada and then back to the United States.

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