Cornelius Moore (1731 - abt. 1800)
Cornelius was born about 1731 in Holland. Family lore has it that he was of Scotch descent, which makes sense considering that Cornelius is not a Dutch name. The years of the late 1600s were years of religious intolerance and social upheaval, and it is entirely possible that his family had fled to Holland to escape religious persecution. One such event, the order to use the Church of England services in the churches of Scotland was especially galling to the Scots. Many refused to attend and were imprisoned; others, likely including the Moore family escaped and fled to Holland.
When Cornelius was a young man of sixteen, and after the religious troubles had abated, he returned to London. There, Cornelius met and married Elizabeth Grandon. Shortly thereafter, the young couple set sail for America seeking their fortune.
They arrived in New York and Cornelius found work clearing land for the expanding village. He then homesteaded on the Delaware River fourteen miles above the city of Trenton in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
With the outbreak of the American Revolution, when the people became divided, the Moore family remained loyal to England. Cornelius' two oldest sons, John and Daniel joined the King's army, the two younger sons not yet being of age.
By then, Cornelius had become an irascible old man, so obnoxious to his rebel neighbors that once he was actually lynched for his tory activities. Tradition has it that the crowd lowered his body from the tree, thinking him dead. But he revived and was allowed to go free. The experience caused him to suffer from epileptic fits thereafter, yet he lived for many years to an advanced age.
As the war progressed, the younger sons, Lawrence and Robert joined the American army. When peace was signed, they returned to New Jersey. By then, however, Cornelius' farm had been confiscated because of his tory leanings and there was nothing left for the Moores.
The family then moved to Berks County, Pennsylvania where they rented a farm on Butternut Flats, along the Susquehannah River. There, the pacifist Quaker and Mennonite neighbors were much more congenial. They had taken no part in the war, hence did not carry any burden of bitterness toward the loyalists. The Moore family lived there until the death of Cornelius in about 1800.
Cornelius and Mary had five known children:
John Moore 1738-1803 m. Dinah ? Daniel Moore 1744-? m. Julianna Slough Lawrence Moore 1759-1840 m. Mary Schliker Robert Moore 1760-? a daughter m. Dr. Morehouse
Lawrence Moore (1756-1840)
Mary Schliker (1773-1843)
After the close of the Revolutionary war, Lawrence's two older brothers, John and Daniel, moved to Canada. John received a grant of land on the lake shore between Hamilton and Toronto, later selling it for better land in Flamborough. Daniel received a grant of land at Beechwoods, now Beaverdams, in Thorold Township. Both brothers raised their families and died at these farms.
Lawrence and Robert remained in Pennsylvania living with or near their father.
After the death of Cornelius near the close of the century, Robert Moore proposed that the two families should move to the Ohio frontier to take up homesteads. At first, Lawrence was agreeable with this, but his eldest son, John, was not.
It seems that before he died, the old man, Cornelius, had extracted a solemn promise from John that when he became a man he would go to Canada to be near his uncles. John, now 23 years old, remembered this promise and flatly declared that while the others could go to Ohio if they wished, he would go to Canada.
Lawrence apparently had no strong leanings either way. So, to keep the family together, they all packed up and headed for Canada in 1796. At that time, John was twenty-seven and the youngest child, Anna, was age seven.
The families located in Pelham Township, about two miles north of Fonthill. Because Lawrence served the American side during the Revolutionary War, he never received Loyalist land grants in Canada. However, his father-in-law, John Schliker and his children were loyalists. In this way, Lawrence indirectly received land.
Lawrence died in 1840, and Mary followed in 1843. They were buried in the Hansler burying ground not far from their homestead. A marker still stands to identify the graves.
Lawrence and Mary Schliker had eight children, the first four born in New Jersey and the last four in Canada:
John Moore 1787-1881 m. Barbara Hansler Catharine Moore 1790-1851 m. Samuel Terryberry Elizabeth Moore 1793-? m. Ebur Rice Daniel Moore 1796-1877 m. Juliana Hansler Lawrence Moore 1797-? m. Catherine Cosby David Moore 1799-1880 m. Elizabeth Hendershot Anna Moore 1803-? m. David Groff Mary Moore 1807-? m. John Misener
Catherine Moore (1790-1851)
(1) Samuel Terryberry (1788-1818)