Saturday, July 7, 2012

Surname Saturday ~ Mooers of Newbury, Massachusetts

Newbury, Massachusetts in 1640
Captain Edmund Mooers arrived in the New World aboard the Confidence in 1638.  The log book spells the name “Mooers”.  He was probably not the son of Francis Mooers and his wife Katherine Unknown in Kingston Magna, Dorsetshire, England, as reported in many on-line records. 

Jonathan Mooers, son of Edmund, was a soldier, too, and was listed in the Militia of Newbury in 1707.  He was promoted from corporal to cornet it 1689.  He maintained a garrison house at “Wataquo Dock” during the King Phillips War.

 Jonathan wrote a will in 1692, which was submitted to probate in 1693.  According to the Essex Antiquarian, Volume 2, page 131 – 132 “May 12, 1714, Richard Mooer of Lexington and John, George and Daniel Munroe (three brothers who married three sisters) joined in petitioning the court that John Mitchell, their "father-in-law" might administer upon the estate of Lt. Jonathan Mooer "which was not already disposed of."  This action we interpret to mean that the mother, Constance, was then deceased, and that the widow's dower was to be divided among the heirs”

There is one book about the Mooers family, Some Descendants of Edmund Mooers 1614 – 1677 of Newbury, Massachusetts by Amy Mooers William, Detroit, Michigan, 1956.  No major article has been written about the early Mooers in Massachusetts.  There are a few mentions of Mooers in the book History of Newbury, Massachusetts 1635 – 1902 by John J. Currier, 1902, but no genealogical sketches or biographies.  The best places to find information on the Mooers family are the vital records in Essex County.

There is a Mooers Family newsletter.  See the website:


My Mooers genealogy:

Generation 1: Edmund Mooers, born about 1614 in Kingston Magna, Dorsetshire, England, died 19 April 1669 in Newbury, Massachusetts; married to Anne Unknown, she died on 7 June 1676 in Newbury.  Six children.

Generation 2: Jonathan Mooers, born 23 April 1646 in Newbury, died between 1692 and 1693; married on 10 May 1670 in Newbury to Constance Langthorne, daughter of Richard Langthorne and Mary Crosby.  She was born in September 1652 in Rowley, Massachusetts.   Ten children.  Constance was married second to John Mitchell on 1 November 1697.

Generation 3: Sarah Mooers, born 1677 in Newbury, died 4 December 1752 in Lexington, Massachusetts; married to George Munroe, son of William Munroe and Martha George.  Nine children.  Sarah’s sister, Hannah, married John Munroe.  Her sister, Dority, married Daniel Munroe about 1716.  Three Munroe sisters married three Mooers brothers.

Generation 4: Andrew Munroe m. Lucy Mixer
Generation 5: Andrew Munroe m. Ruth Simonds
Generation 6: Luther Simonds Munroe m. Olive Flint
Generation 7: Phebe Cross Munroe m. Robert Wilson Wilkinson
Generation 8: Albert Munroe Wilkinson m. Isabella Lyons Bill
Generation 9: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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