Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday ~ William Moor, Elder, d. 1789, Bedford, New Hampshire

This double tombstone was photographed at the Old Bedford Cemetery,
established 1737 in Bedford, New Hampshire

My glass is run                      My glass is            
SACRED                       SACRED
To the Memory of                  To the Memory of
William Moor                      Mrs. Mary Moor
Elder,                                  wife of
who departed this life                                               
In the 72d  year                                                    
of his                                                 
   Happy the company that's gone
From cross to crown, from thrall to throne
How should they sing upon the shore,
To which they fail'd in heart before.       

This image is usually carved on the tombstones of
clergymen, deacons and elders in New England

It is interesting that Mrs. Moor's death information is not included, nor is the phrase "My glass is run" completed on her side of this double tombstone. Perhaps she remarried and is buried with husband number two?

William Moor was born about 1717 in Antrim, Northern Ireland and died 17 February 1789 in Bedford, New Hampshire. He was the son of John Moor and Jennett who came from Ulster to Londonderry, New Hampshire in 1724 with their two sons, Samuel and William.  They had two more sons, Robert and Daniel, born in Londonderry.   William and Daniel were two of the petitioners for the incorporation of the town of Bedford on 10 May 1750.   

William Moor married Mary (Molly) Jack, and he was also a Captain during the Revolutionary War.  William and Molly had seven children:  Nancy, b. 1740 in Londonderry; Jenet, b. 1744 in Londonderry; Molly b. Londonderry date unknown; John, b. 1746 in Bedford; Elizabeth, b. 1750 in Bedford; James, b. 1754 in Bedford; William, b. 1760 in Bedford. 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ William Moor, Elder, d. 1789, Bedford, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy,  posted July 21, 2015, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2015/07/tombstone-tuesday-william-moor-elder-d.html : accessed [access date]).