|Patrick Moore, our emigrant
ancestor, according to records, was born January 30, 1830
in Hacketstown, county Carlow, Ireland. His parents were
Lawrence Moore and Ann Sweeney. His father was born in
1795 in Rathnagrew, County Carlow, Ireland, and his
mother in 1796 in Rathshanmore, County Carlow.
speculation as to the exact year Patrick came to the US
and many discrepancies in the information we have on him.
In 1858 he received his "Final" papers for
Naturalization to become a citizen in St. Croix County,
WI. A copy of his application is also filed with this
document and was issued from Hartford, Connecticut,
stating he applied on April 4, 1853. However, no record
of the application has been found in Hartford, CT or of
Patrick being in Connecticut. On the 1900 Federal Census
Patrick stated he came to the US in 1850. His wife Norah
states she came in 1844 and that they were married for 53
years. These dates do not add up. This would mean they
were married in 1847 and supposedly Patrick wasn't in the
US until 1850. There are lots of errors on the Census
records, and their marriage record has never been found,
so none of the above information can be documented.
We do know Patrick was in Hudson as
early as 1855. He purchased property there on December
15, 1855, and additional property on April 1, 1857. His
brothers John, Peter, Lawrence, Christopher, and Joseph
also came to the Hudson area. One brother, Thomas,
probably came over at the same time, but made his home in
Auburn, NY and died there in the 1870's. There are still
descendants of Thomas Moore living in Syracuse NY.
Another brother, Dennis, and a sister Elisa, remained in
Ireland and descendants of Dennis Moore have been
contacted. (see the Surname Index for information on the
brothers and sister of Patrick Moore).
In 1867 Patrick and Norah moved to
Stillwater, Minnesota. On the 1870 Federal Census Patrick
was listed as the proprietor of a grocery store. From a
local history of the town it states he was in business
with Patrick Kinsella under the name of "Moore &
Kinsella". Several references were found of Patrick
Moore being involved in activities in Stillwater. A
"P. Moore" was listed as being a part of the
first fire dept. established in Stillwater in the 1860's.
Patrick's grocery store was located on south Main Street
By 1876 John Ireland, St.
Paul's first arch bishop, had already established Irish
settlements in several counties in Minnesota. He had
hoped to better the lives of the Irish immigrants and to
help them obtain farms. He formed the Catholic
Colonization Bureau in St. Paul and began soliciting
immigrants from all over. About 75,000 acres of land in
Swift County, Minnesota were set aside for railroad and
farm land. These were quickly taken up by immigrants in
1876. Patrick and Norah were a part of this settlement.
They moved from Stillwater, possibly around 1875, and
were found on the 1880 Federal Census in the town of
Kildare, Swift county MN. Patrick's occupation was listed
as "farmer". From the "History of Swift
County Minnesota" A Patrick Moore is mentioned in
the minutes of a town meeting, dated January 1875, as one
of the board members petitioning to create a new town
called Moransville. Patrick was appointed treasurer for
the year 1876. He is also listed as treasurer in Kildare
twp. for the year 1881. The following article appeared in
the Benson Times, a local newspaper in Swift county,
Minnesota on May 23, 1879 and may or may not be our
By 1900 Patrick and Norah
were living with their widowed son, Joseph W. Moore and
his children, Lester and Susie Moore at 236 Victoria
Street in St. Paul. Norah died June 4, 1901 and Patrick
died two years later on May 11, 1903. Both are buried at
Calvary Cemetery in St. Paul.
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