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1668 On 27 February, Samuel More [Moore] of Woodbridge, Middleton Twp, Monmouth County, New Jersey, subscribed an oath of allegiance to the King and fidelity to the proprietors of New Jersey. [1]

1682/83 On 1 March, "At the General Assembly begun and holded at Elizabeth Town, in the Province of East New Jersey, ... that in and throughout this Province, all necessary highways, bridges, passages, landings, and ferries, fit and apt for travelling passages, landing of goods, shall be set, laid out and appointed in and throughout every county within this Province, by the respective persons, herein after mentioned, ' that is to say, in and for the county of Middlesex. ... Samuel Moore" [2]

1683 Samuel Moore, of Woodbridge, was a deputy to the New Jersey Council. [3]

"Samuel Moore was born c. 1630 at Malden, County Essex, England; died at Woodbridge, New Jersey on 27 May 1688. He married first, 3 May 1653 at Newbury, Massachusetts, Hannah Plummer, daughter of Francis Plummer. She died 8 December 1654. He married second, 12 December 1656 at Newbury, Mary Ilsley, daughter of William and Barbara (Stevens) Ilsley of Newbury who died after 3 June 1678 at Woodbridge. He married third, 23 December 1678 Anne Jaques, widow of Henry Jaques, Jr., of Woodbridge. Samuel Moore was a resident of Newbury, Massachusetts, before 1653. About 1666 he removed to Woodbridge, New Jersey, where he filed in Piscataway Township surveys for a number of tracts of land. He was assigned a patent for 70 acres on 27 December 1667 and about 1670 received a patent for 356 acres. Moore served as Town Clerk for 19 years, was sent as Deputy to the General Assembly and returned to that office five times. In 1668 he was chosen a delegate to the first Legislature held in the Province of New Jersey at Elizabeth Town; in 1669 was an aide to the Surveyor General and was also appointed Constable. Between 1670 and 1687 Moore was overseer of the highways, rate-maker and gatherer and assistant justice of the Township Court; President of the Township Court in 1672 and 1674; Marshall of the Province of East Jersey under Governor Carteret 1672-3 and was also Treasurer of the Province. In 1683 he was appointed the first High Sheriff of Middlesex County, at that time a position of great dignity and responsibility. The inventory of 7 June 1688 gave Samuel Moore's personal estate as £132.16.11 and included 1 negro boy of 15 and two negro girls. Thomas Gordon, administrator, leased to Richard Dole and Samuel Moore, Jr., on 22 April 1690, one grist mill, mill house and bakery in Woodbridge belonging to Samuel Moore, deceased." [4]


[1] William A. Whitehead, Documents relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey. Archives Vol. 1. (Administration 1631-1687) (1880), 50, [HathiTrust], [GoogleBooks].

[2] Aaron Leaming and Jacob Spicer, The Grants, Concessions, and original constitutions of the province of New Jersey (1881), 257, 275, 307, [HathiTrust], [InternetArchive].

[3] Celebration of the bi-centennial anniversary of the New Jersey Legislature, 1683-1883 (Trenton, N.J. : Naar, Day & Naar, 1883), 10, [HathiTrust].

[4] Barbara Carver Smith, "Samuel Moore", Founders of New Jersey, Brief Biographies by Descendants (2011), 53, [GoogleBooks].