[Henry Moore] Diary 1807-1809, MS. 2495

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[Henry Moore] Diary, 1807-1809
Maryland Historical Society
 
 

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[Henry Moore] Diary, 1807-1809
Maryland Historical Society

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Descriptive Summary

REGISTER OF THE [HENRY MOORE?] DIARY

MS. 2495

Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore MD 21201-4674

 


Scope and Content

This collection consists of a diary written between the years 1807 and 1809. It records a merchant's trip from Baltimore, Md. to Knoxville, Tenn. where he establishes a business. The authorship has been attributed to Henry Moore, an early nineteenth century Baltimore merchant who lived in Knoxville during that time period.

Baltimore city directories indicate that Henry Moore, merchant, had two brothers, John and George. All were possibly the sons of George W. Moore, a Baltimore flour inspector. Evidence in the diary bears out the existence of brothers John and George, and also mentions sisters (pp. 31 and 33).

The diary commences with a description of the 29-day trip from Baltimore to Knoxville detailing the terrain, fellow travelers and inns along the way. On April 3, 1807 the diarist purchased a merchant's license. A license for Henry Moore was not recorded in Knoxville until May 8, 1807.

Moore's place of business must have been located near the Tennessee River. Beginning with the entry for March 6, 1807 he records the number of families traveling past his place, some traveling on the river. The implications are that these families are moving. Mention is made of their possessions, including slaves. Moore counted 100 slaves in the possession of the Butler family as they moved past (p.35).

The diarist was an amateur naturalist. There are many descriptions of plants and a number of sketches. He was also interested in caves and visited several in the Knoxville area and on his trips.

Moore kept track of his incoming and outgoing correspondence, as well as the weather and level of the river. Various trips are mentioned. Brother George was out traveling between March 28 and May 26, 1807. Between the 1st and 17th of June, 1807, Moore records his own trip to Nashville and between the 1st and 28th of July records a trip back to Baltimore.

At this point the diary is discontinued until January 1809. The diary ends on February 3, 1809. Indications are that the diarist is still living in Knoxville.

The last two pages consist of some memorandum notes, including people and places he should see on his travels and various helpful facts on the subject of agriculture.

by

Donna Ellis

 


A Chronology of Henry, George W. and John Moore 

1803

Henry Moore, merchant, 135 Baltimore St.

George W. Moore, flour inspector [Baltimore Directory]

1804

Henry Moore, merchant, 135 Baltimore St.

George W. Moore, flour inspector, N.Eutaw near Franklin St. [Baltimore Directory]

1805

Oct. 18. Henry Moore witnessed an insurance claim of Andrew Shonnard (notarized by Samuel Sterett)--shows his signature [MS. 1346]

1807

Henry Moore travels to Knoxville, Tenn. from Baltimore

Henry & George Moore are not listed in Baltimore Directory

April 30. wrote to brother John “advis'd him to sell off and come to this place”

May 8. merchant's license issued in Tenn.

1808

Henry & George Moore listed in same company on Knox County Tax List

Henry & George Moore not listed in Baltimore Directory

1809

Henry & George Moore on Knox County Tax List

May 8. merchant's license renewed in Tenn.

July 29. Henry Moore appears on list of property and debts assigned to Mark Pringle and Samuel Sterett; he owes 52..5..10 in Maryland Currency (MS. 920.1)

1810

Henry & George Moore no longer on Knox County Tax List

Henry & George Moore not listed in Baltimore Directory

1812

George W. Moore, flour inspector, N.Howard St. extention [Baltimore Directory]

1814

Oct. 17. Funeral for George Moore, Jr. of Lancaster, PA from his brother's residence in Great York St. [Barnes. Marriages and Deaths from Baltimore Newspapers, 1796-1816]

John Moor, 65 Great York St. o. t. (old town) [Baltimore Directory] 1814-15]

Henry Moor, merchant, dwelling: 65 Great York St. o. t.

George Moore, inspector of flour, 94 N. Howard St.

1816

Henry Moore, merchant, dwelling: 65 Great York St. [Baltimore Directory]

John Moore, 65 Great York St.

George W. Moore, inspector of flour, Gutaw near LexingtonSt.

April 1. James Armstrong of Baltimore leased to Henry Moore of Baltimore property on Aisquith St. near Holland St. [deed in MS. 1341]

1817

George W. Moore, inspector of flour, N. [UNK] near waggon alley [Balt. Directory, 1817-]

Moore & Smith, merchants, Reisterstown Rd. near Biddle St.

1819

Moore & Smith, grocers, Pennsylvania Ave. near Biddle ST. [Baltimore Directory, 1819]

George W. Moore, flour inspector, N. [UNK] south of Saratoga [Baltimore Directory, 1819]

John Moore, Aisquith St. south of New Orleans, o. t. [Baltimore Directory, 1819]

1822

Henry Moore, merchant, Aisquith St. west side, n. of Hull's Lane [Balt. Dir., 1822-23]

Moore & Smith flour merchants, Penn. Ave., NE side, NW of Morris St. [Balt. Dir., 1822-23]

George W. Moore, flour inspector, Howard St., W side, N of Franklin [Balt. Dir., 1822-23]

John Moore, attorney at law, Aisquith St., west side, n. of Hull's Lane [Balt. Dir., 1822-23]

1824

John Moore, Justice of the Peace, Front St., s of Great York St, dwelling: E side of Aisquith St. o. t. [Baltimore Directory, 1824]

Henry Moore, accountant, Aisquith St., E side, N of Hull's Lane, o. t. [Baltimore Directory, 1824]

1827

John Moore, Justice of the Peace, 31 Water St., E of Frederick St. [Baltimore Dir., 1827

May 30. George Moore of Lancaster, PA died on May 29th in his 88th year, dwelling: Aisquith St. ([Dielman-Hayward File]

1829

Henry Moore, merchant, 58 S. Frederick; dwelling: Aisquith between Holland and Orleans [Baltimore Directory, 1829]

John Moore, Justice of the Peace, Water St. east of Frederick St. [Baltimore Directory, 1829]

1835

Henry Moore, Aisquith St. south of Orleans [Baltimore Directory, 1835-36]

 


Index

Abingdon, Va.

p. 14-17

Bleeding (medical treatment)

p. 12

Caves

p. 3-5,

24-26,

29,

40

Chickasaw Tea Vine

p. 29,

42

Corn prices

p. 38-39

Cotton trade

p. 22

County militia

p. 27

Crop plantings

p. 36

Gallatin, Tenn.

p. 46

Geodes

p. 32

Hillsman's Farm

p. 33

Horse, treatment of sick

p. 46

Indian townhouse

p. 32,

41 (sketch),

45

Knoxville, Tenn.

p. 22

Knoxville Courthouse

p. 27

Knoxville jail

p. 27

Merchant's license obtained by Moores

p. 34

Nashville, Tenn.

p. 47

Plant sketches

p. 29,

31,

34,

35,

39,

40,

41,

42

Plants

p. 29,

30,

34,

38,

39,

40,

41,

42,

43,

45,

50,

51

Salt industry

p. 15

Yellow Lafora Tree

p. 29-30,

39

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