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James Moon

Generation# 2

James Moon b: 1699, Bristol, Avon, England; d: April 6, 1755, Falls Township, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania; son of James and Joan Jane (Burgess) Moon; m: #1) Mary Wilsford February 2, 1697 Falls Townsghip, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania; b: June 5, 1671, Nether Brouton, England; d: April 26, 1713, Falls Township, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania; m: #2) Agnes Priestly, September 3, 1714, Falls Township, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania; b: 1688, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania; d: October 1730;

John Moon

b: April 12, 1698

Simon Moon

b: June 11, 1700, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania; d: February 1749, Frederick Co., Virginia; m: Lauretha Humphrey September 27, 1721, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; d: Frederick Co., Virginia

Thomas Moon

b: June 4, 1701

#2) Agnes Priestly

John Moon

b: August 4, 1717, Randolph Co.,Ohio; d: 1795; Coleridge Randolph Co., North Carolina; m: Mary Farmer 1735, Randolph Co., North Carolina; b: October 27, 1723, Randolph Co., North Carolina; d: 1795 Randolph Co., North Carolina


Milton Moon, Silver Spring, MD, wrote this sketch.

JAMES MOON Jr., the eldest son of James Moon and Joan Burgess was born in England about 1669.  His parents came to this country and into Bucks County, PA in 1682 and it is to be assumed that he accompanied him at that time.  His father's will names him as his eldest son and suggests, by the ordering of the children, that he was probably the second child.  We know from a property deed that he purchased land jointly with his father in Bucks County, PA in 1688.

He married first to Mary Wilsford on February 2, 1697.  The marriage was recorded in the minutes of the Falls MM, but no information on the parentage of Mary is given.  The record states that James Jr. was granted a certificate to marry Mary Wilsford, and this would normally mean that, as a Quaker, she was not a member of the same meeting.  Three children were born to this marriage; namely John Moon, April 12, 1698, Simon Moon, April 11, 1700, and Thomas Moon, June 4, 1701.  These births were not recorded in the Falls MM records, which may indicate that the children were not born there.  Mary (Wilsford) Moon died prior to 1712 as indicated by the remarriage of James Jr. in 1714.

Of the children we have the following information:  John, the oldest, does not appear again in any record available to me.  Simon, who married Lauretha Humphrey, later moved to VA and was the forebearer of a large family of Moons who pioneered into North Carolina and later to states west and south.  Thomas was in Philadelphia in 1726 at the time his children were christened.

After the death of Mary (Wilsford) Moon, James Jr. married Agnes Priestly, daughter of John Priestly Sr. and his wife Agnes Priestly, on September 3, 1714.  This marriage was also noted in the Falls MM minutes with the statement that James Moon was reported to have married Agnes Priestly.  This indicates that James Jr. was still a member of the Falls MM but that the marriage did not occur there.  Here again, Agnes must have been a Quaker since he was not disowned.  To this marriage one son was born.  He was named John Moon, leading one to suspect that the John Moon of the earlier marriage may have died in childhood.  This birth, on August 4, 1717, was recorded in the Falls MM birth records.

I have very little information on the life of James Moon Jr.  Jourdon states that he lived his life in Bucks County, and that he was deputy sheriff in 1714.  Data available to me indicates that he died in 1755 at which time he would have been eighty-six years of age.