Watermen's Memorial



Isaac L. Moore
December 15, 1873

Summary
Oysterman/waterman

Isaac was my GGGrandfather via his youngest son James. He was the son of Hamilton Moore and Ann
(Lore) Moore. The family lived primarily in Dividing Creek but he docked his boat in Port Norris. He is listed
as an oysterman/waterman in census records.

He served as a sergeant in Co F 24th NJ during the civil war participating in the battles of Fredericksburg
and Chancellorsville.

I believe he was captain of the "Sly". She was a 36 foot Sloop with a 10 foot beam, gross tonnage of 7.82,
built in 1871 in Fulton TX. Her ID number was 23710 and her sail number was 233. Confusion develops
about the Sly because Isaacs son, Isaac Moore Jr, was also an oyster boat captain. His license/sail number
in 1912 records is 233- the same as the sail number of the Sly. The Sly may have passed to Isaac Jr upon
his fathers death and was renamed though I can find no records of it..

Isaac died on his oyster boat docked at Port Norris of a violent hemorrhage. Knowing how newspapers of
the day always printed the gory details, if he had bled to death of an accident it would have been noted. I
suspect his hemorrhage was due to TB contracted during his time spent in the military. There is no death
cert available. The archives told me there are no records from that year probably because that was the year
Commercial twp was formed and no records were reported or were lost.

 

Born 1824 Death: Dec 15, 1873
Birthplace: Downe twp
Spouse's name: Harriet Coulter
Children's names/years of birth: William 1845; Anna 1850; Harriet 1851; Mary 1854; Isaac Jr 1855;
Martha 1858; William S 1861; Sarah 1862; Bell 1865

Baptist. Buried in Dividing Creek Baptist Cemetery