Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Moore and Flight families of Guernsey

The Harbour at St Peter Port.
Image from the album of Guernsey Pictures belonging to George Bartley

One of the functions of this Archive is to connect family members across time and space.
Tim, a Newfoundland researcher has expressed interest in the connection between the FLIGHT and MOORE families. In particular he is tracing the link between James Flight of Newfoundland ( b abt 1760) and the Channel Islands.

The bulk of our information on these families has been contributed by VINCOMBE and MISKIN descendants in the USA and Australasia. If anyone is able to add depth to our knowledge of these families please feel free to comment, or to email the archivist directly.

Our MOORE connection begins in Northumberland, England with John Moore born in 1745. His son Stephen (b 1761 St Alex parish Northumberland) married Elizabeth FLIGHT 28 Jan 1797 at St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands.(source IGI) We have no record of his death. The Elizabeth Moore and William Moore mentioned in the parish records may have been Stephen's siblings.
William Moore married Marie LE RETILLEY 11 March 1800 at St Peter Port (IGI 7215723 99)

We can positively affirm then, Moores had settled at St Peter Port by 1796.
Elisabeth Flight, daughter of Thomas Flight and Anne ROBERT was born 9 June 1767 at St Peter Port. She married Stephen Moore 28 Jan 1797 at the Town Church there. They had four children:

Thomas- born 12 Jan 1798 St Peter Port. He married Elizabeth RENOUF and died 1867.
James- born 19 March 1801 St Peter Port, who died 29 April 1804 St Peter Port.
Elizabeth- born 11 March 1805 St Peter Port. She married William VINECOMBE 25 December 1827 at St Peter Port. This couple emigrated to Australia. Elizabeth died 4 November 1880 at St Arnaud, Victoria, Australia.
Richard- a sea captain, was born 4 September 1807 St Peter Port,  married Sophia HENRY on 28 January 1841 possibly at St John, Stafford, KS,USA. He died there 30 July 1888. Sophia was from St Sampson, Guernsey. Her children were born there. She died at home in St Sampson 16 May 1852.
Scenic view of St Peter Port
Image from the album of Guernsey Pictures belonging to George Bartley