“The home of master contractor – mechanic Jedidiah I. Coulter……”
City Directories and History: Nathan Moore, who resided nearby was a well known artisan, in the Bethesda community, during his lifetime of service. Not only did he own and perhaps
build this dwelling but he was the chief contractor of Bethesda Presbyterian Church. The census has him living next to Dr. John S. Bratton (Historic Brattonsville) and later, another two additional Moore homes, were constructed in the community, which makes researching the houses somewhat confusing. It is believe that Mr. Moore worked extensively with other artisans including; Richard “Ritchie” Strait and Abner Stewart.
It has been “reported” that his son-in-law was Jedidiah Coulter, also a fine home builder, in the region prior to his death in the 1851. Coulter constructed at least five “accredited” plantation homes across Chester, Fairfield and York counties. This includes the original Ebenezer Academy in what became a part of Rock Hill, S.C. Information of Jedidiah Coulter has been painstakingly difficult to find but he seems indeed connected to the Coulter family who owned adjacent lands with the Moores as well as perhaps the large early land grantees along Little Rocky Creek in the Hopewell Church community of Chester County.
Besides building houses he was also employed to build coffins. In 1828 he received $8.00 for the coffin of Jane Beard. Twenty years later he received $5.00 for the coffin for John Adams and $7.00 for that of William Givens in 1846.
R&R NOTE: It is doubtful that Coulter was the son-in-law of Nathan Moore, but rather, his wife Rachel was indeed a kinsman and they may have resided within his household at one time.
Erwin – Moore Family History:
William Erwin. Born in Ireland in 1735. Died May 20,1814. Buried in Bethesda Presbyterian Churchyard, York County, S.C. Married in 1759 to Sarah (“Sally”)Ross, who was born before 1744 to James and Catherine (McCullough) Ross. She was a sister of Major Frank Ross of York. She died at the age of 98 years.
A. Dorcas Erwin. Born in 1756. Died October 22, 1798. Married in 1784 to
Alexander Moore, born in 1756 to James and Rachel (Black) Moore. Died
December 14, 1813. Buried in Bethesda Churchyard.
Moore Family Issue:
1. James Moore. Born December 16, 1784. Died 1849. Married Sophia Springs. *** On May 4, 1850 James Moore’s Estate paid Boyce and Sproul $52.00 for a tombstone and paid some $25.00 to Richard Hare for the stone itself. Furthermore, they paid B.T. Wheeler of York, $3.00 for hauling the tombstone to Bethesda…..
2. Sarah Moore. Born August 3,1786. Died 1848. Married Eggerich Johan Addickes.
3. Jane Moore. Died unmarried before 1798.
4. Mary (“Polly”) Moore. Born 1790. Married Andrew Baxter Springs.
5. William Shakespeare Moore, M.D. Born June 25, 1791. Died December
1, 1861. Married (1) Harriet Baxter Springs, daughter of Captain Richard and
Jean (Baxter) Springs. Married (2) Jane Baxter (Dinkins) Cushman.
6. Alfred Moore. Born March 23,1793. Married Jane (McElhaney) Murphy.
7. Rachel Moore. Married Jedidiah I. Coulter (5/11/1803 – 8/16/1851) (He lived just inside of York County, near current Historic Brattonsville.) Mr. and Mrs. Coulter had a fifteen year old son who died, in 1847 – John M. Coulter, he is buried at Bethesda Cemetery.
8. Maurice Augustus Moore, M.D. Born August 10, 1795. Died in Union, S.C., on August 31,1871. Author of Reminiscences of York. Married (1) Elizabeth Adeline Evalina Allison, (2) Sophon…. Nott.
9. Dorcas A. Moore. Born February 1798. Died in Union, S.C., in 1871. Married in 1821 to John J. Pratt.
This dwelling was destroyed by fire in the 1970’s.
*** Note the house does not show on the 1910 Walker’s map at the cross roads above E. Moore’s dwelling. If it does show it has been impaired by reprint.
Yorkville Enquirer, Thursday, January 23, 1862
Letter of Appreciation to Bethesda Soldier’s Relief Association
M. A. Moore (for the committee) published a letter dated January 14th from Camp Quitman.
A joint meeting of the Palmer and Indian Land Guards adopted a resolution thanking the ladies of the Bethesda Soldiers Relief Association for contributions. The men appreciated “the wearing apparel and bedding material” provided by the Association. The men felt “they would be wanting in a proper appreciation of female patriotism, were they to suffer their kind munificence and generous favors, tendered to the Soldiers from York, to pass unnoticed.”
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