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MOORE, William and Margaret Bowes Moore

William Moore and Margaret Bowes were well settled when William Logan, conducted his 1845 Survey of the Upper Ottawa Valley. Their homestead was to the west of Bellows Bay on the south shore of Lower Allumette Lake, a widening in the Ottawa River. Logan noted in his journal:

Saturday 6 September 1845“Sunshine broke out after a few showers & we visited one or two points on the way up, particularly Mr. Moore’s clearing, where there was a report of black lead, there is a little & we got a sample, but it would not be worth working.

“Mr. [William] Moore is a Scotch man, no doubt.  In his house was an old woman & a younger one no doubt his wife & the other one his or her mother. The old woman was reading a newspaper by which I found an attempt has been made to plunder some Chinese traders on the way home & that the Great Britain has got across the Atlantic in 14 days.

“Above Moore’s we touched at one or two more points & then reached the Allumette Rapids.

William and Margaret were “Immigrant Ancestors” of what would become a large extended Perretton, Westmeath Township, family. He came from Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland and she came from Glamis, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Moore Homestead

The Moore Homestead.
The first homestead built by the first Perretton settler family on Lot # 20 N. Front A, Westmeath Township. The Moore double-house, was  comprised of  two log houses, joined through a middle hall. 
Three Generations of Moore Family: L. to R: Charlotte, Martha, Eleanor, William Moore Sr. (seated), Abraham Stewart, John, Martha Bowes Moore, (seated), William Jr., Harriet, Elizabeth, Martha Curry Moore, Margaret, Mary and Alexander.  Photo from Perretton Tweedsmuir Book.

Perretton’s first settler was William Moore Sr. and family, who moved to the Westmeath Front of Upper Canada (North Front A Section) in 1836, and was granted over 1,000 acres of Crown Lands for service in the war of 1812-1814. The name Moore lives on in many descendents and at the wide sands of Moore’s Beach.

In the 1851 Agricultural Census for Westmeath Township the William Moore farm is located on Lot 23, Conc. A, consisting of  75 acres in total; of which 40 acres are under cultivation, 34 under crops, and 6 is pasture. Thirty-five acres are “under wood or wild”, 5 acres are growing wheat producing 50 bushels.

Margaret’s parents:  Father William James Bowes (1763- 1835) born Manchester, Lancashire, England and   Mother Margaret Monteith (1768-  ), born Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Scotland, both came to Upper Canada, settling in Ramsey Township, Lanark County.  Some, but not all, of Margaret’s siblings also emigrated.

There are 19 stones in the Perretton Cemetery erected for this  family – the routes go very deep in the Wesleyan Methodist and later United Church in Perretton.

The story of the Moore Family was set out in some detail by Edna Kenny, a granddaughter of Emily Hamelin Moore and that work has been generously submitted to this entry by Edna’s cousin Terry Kenny and his wife Dudery; Terry being the great-grandson of William Moore Jr. and  grandson of Emily Hamelin Moore.

“William Moore was born in Belfast, Ireland and Margaret’s home was Glasgow, Scotland. It is likely that they emigrated to Canada in their own family groups, then met and married in Canada. William had a sister Jane Moore, who married Brice McNeely in Ireland and cam to Canada with the McNeely family in 1820. They settled in Carleton Place and perhaps William came with them or joined them sometime in the early 1820s. Two sisters Elizabeth (Mrs. Patrick Crawford) and Mary (Mrs. McDowell remained in Ireland. Margaret Bowes came to Canada with one or two brothers and possibly sisters. She was one of a family of seventeen. Her father was a calico printer in Glasgow and quite well to do.

“They met and married, probably about 1826 or 1827 and farmed at Carleton Place, their barn stood on the site of the resent CPR station. In 1828 they had a son William and later two daughters – Margaret and Jessie. Jessie died in childhood. William Moore was a blacksmith and practiced his trade in Carleton Place.blacksmith

“After several years Margaret thought her husband was getting too fond of having a drink at the Carleton Place tavern, and decided the family should move up the Ottawa where settlement was still very light and there was plenty of land. They gathered their belonging together and crossed from Carleton Place to the Ottawa River, probably using the Jock River route. The family then came up the Ottawa River by boat and landed at what is now Chaffey’s Corners in the year 1826. They made camp in the bush with no neighbors for many miles, for the were the first settlers in the Perretton area. William Jr. was eight years old at the time. William Sr. received a grant of 1,000 acres along the river, located in what is now the Township of Westmeath, but was then the District of Bathurst, Upper Canada. The town of Perth served as land office and directed municipal affairs for this district, Eventually William Moore sold most of this 1,000 acres to later settlers, retaining the land along the river for himself.

Carol Bennett McCuaig in her “Renfrew County People & Places” writes: “Moore’s family, William Moore senior, his wife and several children had arrived from Ireland in 1819 from Raloo, a district of Belfast in County Antrim. They share with the Morphy family the honour of being the founders of Carleton Place, for although it was on Morphy land that the two first developed, the Moores had arrived some months ahead of the other group and their land is part of Carleton Place today. The younger William moved up to Westmeath, where he was granted one thousand acres of land. He and his wife and three youngsters travelled by boat up the Ottawa River to the Lower Allumette Lake. In time, the Moore’s sold part of their acreage because William worked as a blacksmith in addition to farming.”

Edna Kenny’s history continues: “Their first home was a small log cabin or shanty on Lot 24 and the family lived in it for ten years while he cleared the land and sowed the first crops, erected fences and all the usual work of a pioneer. His small energetic wife used to ride to Ottawa on horseback to buy supplies for the winter which they could now grow themselves. She also spun yarn and wove cloth, for she had a loom.

“In 1846 they bought Lot 20 through the Crown Lands Office in Perth. Lot 20 contained 80 acres of land which he bought for 8 shillings per acres, totalling £23. (Grandpa Kenny says this was bought with money left to Margaret by her father, who had died and left each of his children some money).  A new and better house was then built of stone and logs and the little cabin was used as a stable. The new house stood on was is now Norman Moor’s farm, close to the river.  As more settlers arrived William was able to get business as a blacksmith. The old Indian Trail crossed his land. Their son William Moore Jr. married Martha Curry and a log cabin was built for them on what is now Percy Moore’s farm. Father and son farmed side by side, William and Martha had thirteen children, eight girls and five boys, one of whom died in infancy. As the family grew, another log house, vacated by a hired man, was pulled up to the first log house and joined to it by a narrow wooden structure which probably served as a hall between the houses. By this rather unusual arrangement, they doubled their living space.”

William Moore (1798-1881) and Margaret Bowes (1797-1883) children were:

  1. William Jr. (1828-1899) m. Martha Curry (1885-1904)
  2. Margaret (1835-1904) – no record of her family
  3. Jessie (1836-1851) – died at 15 years.

Moore’s School, is discussed in the main part of this website. They were Methodists and were a leading force in the life of the Perretton community. Edna Kenny writes

“My grandmother, Emily H. Moore, the youngest of the family was born in the double-house in 1876. Her oldest spinning woolbrother William was married and had children before she was born. The names of the Moore children were: William, Mary, Charlotte, Abe, Margaret, Ellen, Alec, Martha, Harriett, John, Elizabeth and James (twins) and Emily. When grandma was a little girl, there were many grown-up girls in the family still living at home. She remembers that they used to curl her hair with the curling tongs. The girls and their mother spun and knit from the wool of their own sheep. Money was save up, by spinning the yarn and knitting men’s work socks to sell for tweny-five cents a pair, for a tea set. Martha, one of the girls, went to Pembroke to purchase it, tea plates, cups and saucers in white china with 2 or 3 gold circles near the rim. It was a set of fifteen and a few pieces are still in existence.

“When the oldest son William #3 was married, William #1 and Margaret Bowes were quite old and it was decided to let their grandson William have their house and farm and a log house was built for them (the grandparents),  near their son’s home on the next farm.  The site of this little log house is approximately where Percy Moore’s garage now stands. Here the old couple lived until he died in 1881 and she lived on alone. Their house was called “the wee log house”. This Scottish grandmother lived to a ripe old age and was quite active. Grandma Kenny remembers her well as she lived right beside them. As a little girl, Grandma often played with her brother William’s family on the next farm, for they were about her age. One day, they were playing in the barn and had the baby with them to mind. They were jumping from the loft into a pile of hay outside, and the baby sitting at the opening of the loft was laughing as, one after another, the older children jumped into the hay below. Just as Margaret Bowes Moore on her way over to her grandson’s came in sight, the baby leaned over too far and toppled head first from the mow. Fortunately he landed safely in the hay, but great-grandmother Moore had got such a fright that she gave the children a good scolding about not looking after the baby  properly.

The log and stone house built by William Moore #1 slowly fell apart and William Moore #3 built a log house for his family close to where Norman Moore lives now. (Norman’s home of concrete blocks was built by his father, Jack Moore). In the year 1881, the big brick house now owned by Percy Moore was built. The cellar was dug when William #1 died. The builder was Markus of Pembroke and when it was finished, William and Martha and their family moved in, abandoning the double-log-house which was located behind the present brick one. Having lived in log houses all their lives, I’m sure they were proud of their new brick home. (A brick kitchen was later added by their son John B. Moore, built by George Fensome and Daniel Anderson). William #3 got one half of the double-log-house for a pig pen and the other half was moved near the line fence between Thompson and McDonough places where it served as a school for a short time.

Moore-Bowes stone, Westmeath Union Cemetery.

Moore-Bowes stone, Westmeath Union Cemetery.

William Moore #1 and his wife Margaret Bowes are buried in Westmeath United Cemetery. For many years the closest church was in Westmeath Village and the senior Moores had to drive to Westmeath for church on Sundays. The Perretton church came later. The first cemetery in the Perretton general area was Greenwood and this is where their infant son James was buried. Years later when Perretton cemetery was begun, William #2 went to Greenwood to transfer the baby’s coffin but could find nothing but a splinter of wood. William #2 donated the land for Perretton Cemetery and each of his twelve living children wee to have a plot in it. On February 27, 1899 William Moore died aged seventy-one years and his wife Martha Curry followed on October 17, 1904, aged sixty-nine years. They and all their children, except Martha who died in the west are buried in Perretton Cemetery, as well as many grandchildren.

William Moore Jr. & Martha Curry & Descendants.

William Moore Jr. and his wife Martha Curry would raise a large family of fourteen children.

1. William Curry Moore (1852-1929) m. Nancy McDonough (1852-1929) and farmed what later was his grandson Norman Moore farm all his life. Both are buried in the Perretton United Church Cemetery.

I. Frances “Fanny” Moore (1875-1943) m. Gordon Tate, – see TATE entry. They had eight surviving children:

 i. Lizzie Tate m. Harry Thrasher; – see THRASHER entry – their children: Lyle Thrasher m. Ethel Kinsman; Donald Thrasher m. Margaret Richardson.

ii. Mattie Tate m. Garfield England; – see Garfield England listing below,

iii. Mae Tate m. Randolph Dunlop; their children: Sybil Dunlop m. Thomas White. See WHITE entry.

iv. Eva Tate m. Cleve England – see Cleve England listing below;

v. Wesley Tate m. Iva Snowden. Their children 1) Betty m. Donald Burgess; 2) Velma m, Bruce Smith;  3) Beverley (twin); 4) Billy (twin) m. Caroline Radke. See SNOWDEN entry.

vi. Keith Tate,

vii. Nellis Tate m. Lola Spotswood. Their children 1) Marion Tate m. Merrill Vallengood; 2)Bobby Tate m. Lorraine Gervais; 3) Helen Tate; 4) Brian Tate. See SPOTSWOOD entry.

viii. Nancy Tate m. Johnnie White. See WHITE entry. Their children 1) Marion White m. Craig Robertson; 2) Naida White m. Harold Robinson; 3) Delta White m. Robert Boldt; 4) Edgar White m. Esther Wright.

Several other children died in infancy including twins.

II. William “Bill” McDonaugh Moore, (1876-1943), no spouse

III.  Joseph “Joe” Moore (1881-1920) m. Eliza Kenny (1879-1965); son Jimmie Moore m. Agnes Leng.

i. Jimmie Moore ( -1969) m. Agnes Lenz;

ii.  Tom Moore m. Annie Young;

Elmer Moore

Elmer Moore

iii. Jim Moore m. Laura Goudie; their children: Mildred Moore m. Campbell McLaren; Robert Moore m. Irene Hawthorne

iv. Elmer Moore, died in WW II.

IV. Martha Moore (1882-1906) m. George Sparling. She died in childbirth.

V. John Andrew “Jack” Moore (1884-1964) m. Susie Burgess (1886-1955); son Gordon Moore m. Kathleen McPherson; Norman Moore m. Lulu Griese.

VI. Mary Jane Moore (1888-  ) m. Hugh Wilson; son of Hugh Wilson and Lily Patterson. See WILSON entry. Their children:  i. Melville Wilson m. Viola Krouse;  ii. Viola Wilson m. Rev. Wm. Brown; iii. Basil Wilson m. Anna Court; iv. Charles Wilson m. Loretta McGuire.

2.   Mary Moore (1854-1936) m. Henry Cowdroy (1855-1929), (pronounced Cowder)  from Ross Township, Renfrew Co. Mary is buried at Perretton. They lived in a large brick house in Lowertown, Pembroke after a short time in Quyon, Quebec. They had no children but for several years fostered  three Murdock girls whose parents had died: Gertie Murdock, Maggie Murdock and Mary Murdock .

3.   Charlotte Moore (1856-1945) m. John Murchison “Jack” Cameron (1834-  .) They lived in Lowertown, Pembroke, Ont.

I. Mary Eleanor “Ellen” Cameron (1882-1929) , never married.

II. Charlotte “Lottie” Cameron (1886-1891) – died 5 years of age.

III. Jeanette “Janet” M. Cameron (1890-1957) m. Billy Rosar, an American, no family.

IV. John “Jack” Murdock Cameron (1892-1983) m. Mina Cavanagh

V. William “Billie” Cameron (1897-  ) m. Rose ___.

4.  Abraham “Abe” Moore (1858-1944) m.  Christina Horricks (1864- ) a sister of Alec’s wife Lizzie.

Abe & Christina first lived in the wee log house where William #1 had lived. Unfortunately it was burned while they were living in it, due to a smudge lit to drive away mosquitoes starting a fire in the bedroom. Their third child May was only eight weeks old when the house burned, and she was rescued by Grandma Kenny. Their oldest child Sandy when about seven years old was killed in an accident involving a team of horses, on his way home from school. Little Sandy was talked of and mourned for many, many years. They had two more children Abe and Ruth who died in infancy; and six living children – May, George, Henry, Leonard, Isaac and Corina. After the wee log house burned, they lived for a long time in a log house where Keith Severins later lived. In 1914 they moved to Stansted, Quebec, where they farmed. Some of that family are still living there and have visited Ontario occasionally.

I. Alexander Ellis “Sandy” Moore (1890-1897) – died six years

II. Abraham “Abie” Moore (1891-1892) – died one year

III. Christina “May” Moore (1893- ) m. George Coffin.

IV. George Moore (1895-1969) never married

V. Henry G. Moore (1897-

VI. Leonard Moore (1899- ) Mamie Snider; children:  Ronald Moore and Barbara Moore (Sister Mary Leonard).

VII. John “Isaac”  Moore (1901- ) m. Iva Hitchcock; daughter Colleen Moore m. Vernon Wilkens.

VIII. Ruth Moore (1902-1902) – died within year

IX.  Corina Moore (1906- – never married

5.  Margaret Moore (1861-1946) m. William England (1864-1975) and they lived and farmed where Mrs. Jean Roach later lived. Sadly four children died in infancy. The living children of William and Margaret were:

I.  William “Garfield” England (1899-1979) England, Garfield 1899 Birth m. (1) Martha “Mattie” Dixie Tate (1902-1947) – see TATE entry; their children: Kenneth England m. Lulu St. Cyr; Keith England m. Earla McLaughlin (see MCLAUGHLIN entry);  and Welland England m. Dareta Price. Garfield married  (2) Alice Schimmens and they had no children.

II. John Cleveland “Cleve” England (1900-1964) England, John Cleveland  m. Stella Eva Tate (1904- ). See TATE entry. They had no children.

6.  Eleanor “Ellen” Moore (1862-1932) m. Thomas Brougham (1860-1949). they went to live in Brockville, Ont. and later moved to Montreal where they lived for many years. They had three children – Martha Brougham, Percy Brougham and Pearl Brougham. Sisters Martha and Pearl went to the United States and married there.

7. Alexander “Alec” Moore (1866-  )  m.  (1) Esther Costello (2) Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Horricks (1871-1940), one of two Horricks  sisters who came from Perth.  There were so many Lizzie’s in the connection that Alec’s wife was known as Aunt Lizzie Alec. Alec and Lizzie lived on a farm where Francis Cook later lived and later moved to the farm where son Graham lived. They had a family of :

I. William S. Moore (1894-

II. John “Caleb” Moore (1895- ) m. Laura Hawthorne

III. Ira Moore (1895-1918) – died age 23.

IV. Alexander “Graham”  Moore (1897- ) m. Hazel Robinson. See ROBINSON entry. Their children are:

i. June Moore m. Leonard Kidder

ii. Everett Moore died in infancy.

iii. Joyce Moore m. R.D. Campbell; their children: Robert Campbell, Fay Campbell, Judy Campbell.  Campbell, Robert D.

iv.  Jean Moore m. George Roach; their children:  Dennis Roach, Carol Roach, Wendy Roach, Joe Roach, Bonnie Roach.

v.  Glenn Moore m. Helen Buske; their children: Henry Moore, Linda Moore, Leonard Moore, Susan Moore, Willis Moore, Peter Moore, Catherine Moore, Mary Moore, Patricia Moore, Jerry Moore.

vi.  Betty Moore m. (1) Bob Broome d. 1964, (2) Billy Phanenhour

vii.  Marilyn Moore m. Clinton Desjardins. See DESJARDINS entry.

viii.  Diane Moore m. Max Mau

V. Mary “Edith” Moore (1899-1989) m. Dawson Elliott

VI. Isaac Moore (1901-

VII. George Moore (1902-

VIII. Violet Moore (1905- ) m. Edward Brunet, no children.

IX. Leonard “Gerald” Moore (1912-1965) m. Madeleine Robinson; their children: Lloyd Moore, Grace Moore, Barbara Moore, Mary Moore.

Gerald Moore was a school trustee for S.S. No. 9, Greenwood School.

Gerald Moore was a school trustee for S.S. No. 9, Greenwood School.

8.  Martha Moore (1864-   ) m. William Montgomery (1866- ) moved in the expansion days of the Canadian West. They lived at Emerson, Manitoba,  and had no children. They are buried in Emerson, Man. 

9.  John Bowes Moore  (1868-1954) m. Mary Shaw (1871-1933), daughter of Dave Shaw and Jane Pounder, and lived in the home place; the brick home on Westmeath Road where his son Percy Moore and grandson Howard Moore have lived to this day. John was called “John B.” to distinguish him from other Johns. See SHAW-Pounder entry.

I. William Percival “Percy” Moore (1898-1965) and his wife Pearl Jackson and lived on the Moore family heritage farm on the Ottawa River.  See JACKSON entry. Children of Percy and Pearl  Moore are: daughter Eileen Moore m. Gerald Parsons;  and  son Howard Moore and wife Margaret Loucks  – they have kept this Moore homestead on the Westmeath Road just west of the Moore Beach Road in  immaculate condition with many modernizations. At one time the creek which flows beside the house was damned to have a small hydro generation plant installed. The farm has been owned by the Moore family from 1836 to present day 2014 – 178 years.

II. Edna J. Moore (1900-1963) m. Sam S. Robinson (1892- ); son Delmar Robinson m. Olga Buchwalt; Howard Robinson m. Patsy Carnegie; Eileen Robinson m. Murray Faught; Earl Robinson m. Freida Condie; Douglas Robinson m. Evelyn (Budd) Farrell.

III. Martha “Ethel”  Moore (1905-1963)

IV. Evelyn A. Moore (1910-1988) m. Carl Price (1907-  ). Their children: Lindsey Price m. Dorothy Huff; Irene Price m. Donald Risto; Raymond Price m. Pearl McLaughlin; Earl Price m. Eva Grieves; Carolyn Price m. Bill Burnett; Donald Price m. Edra Carnegie.  Evelyn Moore Price was a noted musician and local historian and her histories are used extensively as reference material on this website. She taught Royal Conservatory music classes throughout her adult life and was the organist for Perretton United Church. Evelyn Moore Price

10.  Harriett “Hattie” Maria Moore (1869-   )   Moore, Hattie  Hatie never married. For many years she lived with her sister Emily (Mr. Joe Kenny). She was a seamstress and went to homes which wanted sewing done, staying for a few days or a couple of weeks. When the Kenny children were grown-up, she went to keep house for a Mr. George Rothwell in Eastview. After her sister Lizzie died, Hattie kept house for her brother-in-law, John Mayhew. She died in August 1959, aged 89 years,

11. James Otterson Moore (1872-1872) died in infancy. A twin to Lizzie.

12.  Elizabeth “Lizzie” Moore (1872-1933) m. John C.  Mayhew (1872-1933), daughter Pearl Mayhew (1907-1907) died in infancy.

The Ottawa Journal, Tuesday, April 4, 1933

The Ottawa Journal, Tuesday, April 4, 1933

Edna Kenny writes: Lizzie always called John, “Charlie” and they lived near Noack’s store in Shady Nook, not far from Pembroke. It was while they lived there that they had their only child a baby girl Pearl who died at birth. On a visit our west, Uncle Johnny bought land near Dauphin, Manitoba and they moved out. Some years later they returned to the Perretton area and bought a farm at Chaffey’s Corners. (Intersection of Beachburg and Westmeath Roads). Aunt Lizzie died of cancer when she was 66. Her sister Hattie then came to keep house for Johnnie. Uncle Johnnie was Superintendent of the Sunday School for years as well as an elder of the church at Perretton. Aunt Hattie was also active in church affairs, teaching a bible class. Uncle Johnnie was one of the last in this part of the country to drive  a horse and buggy. He never switched to a car, and it used to be a great treat when Uncle Johnnie came to Beachburg with a grist, to get a ride in his horse and buggy.”

13.  Emily Hamelin Moore  Kenny, Emily Moore (1876-1965) m. Joseph “Joe” Kenny (1871-1952). He was the son of another local Perretton family. See KENNY entry. They married at her parent’s house June 25, 1902. They went to live with her husband’s family for a while and then got started farming on their own. Emily was Edna Kenney Grandmother and contributed a lot of information to her research and writings. Emily died in July 1965 as the only surviving member of her family; once supposed to have had the highest aggregate age of any family in Canada. Every member of the Moore family; but Lizzie, lived to a rip old age, mist reaching well up in the 80’s and one living to the age of 89.

I. Charles Garnet Kenny (1903-1987) m. Margaret Mabel Gillie (1904-1981). Their children: Norma Agnes Kenny m. Archie Jackson; John Kenny m. Eleanse McLaren.

II. Veldon Kenny (1905-1959) m. Ethel Griese. Their children: Terry Kenny m. Dudrey Meilke; Florence Kenny m. Larry Behnke; Ann Kenny m. Arlin Raabe; Ricky Kenny m. Sheila Kidd; Bart Kenny; Linda Kenny; Philip Kenny; Peggy Kenny m. Tom Currie.

III. Buelah Kenny (1907- ) m. Delmar Cotnam. Their children: Lorna Cotnam m. Eric Stevenson; Kenny Cotnam m. Darlene Waite.

IV. William John Dyer Kenny (1909-1995) m. Geneva Ethier (1908-1984). Their children: Sheila Kenny m. Aurele Gervais; Bryan m. June Howard; Marilyn Kenny m. Clifford Robilliard; Catherine Kenny m. Joseph Omanique.

V. Pearl Kenny m. Milton Kidd. Their children: Verdon Kidd m. Therese Berrigan; Holly Kidd m. Ken Edwards; Averil Kid m. Joy O’Meara; Ralph; Bronwen Kidd m. Bill Coburn; Gurlio Kidd m. Randy Ritchie.