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Gabriel Moran

Note by Phyllis Brown:  Gabriel Moran was my seventh great-grandfather.   He was born about 1692 in County Clare, Ireland, and moved to Charles County, Maryland, while a young man.  Gabriel married Elizabeth Villett.  They had four sons:  John, Peter, Andrew and William.  Gabriel died about 1735.  He was the son of ? Moran and Ann Gorman.

Charles County Land record Book Z No. 2

Page 228.  At the request of John Moran, Peter Moran, Andrew Moran, and Wm. Moran, the following division of land was recorded on Mar 19, 1747.

By mutual agreement between the 4 sons of Gabriel Moran (to wit) John Moran, Peter Moran, Andrew Moran, and William Moran, heirs to that parcel of land called the Four Brothers, on Jan 12, 1747, the persons above mentioned met on a tract of land called the Four Brothers in order to divide the said land, there being John Edwards, the then Deputy Surveyor, who divided the land.  The oldest 3 brothers received 236 acres, as by the plat, whereas the 4th son of Gabriel, Wm, received 150 acres.  John Moran was the elder brother, Peter Moran was the 2nd son of Gabriel Moran, Andrew was the 3rd son of Gabriel, and William Moran was the 4th son of Gabriel Moran.  Signed – John Moran, Peter Moran, Andrew Moran.  Wit. – none.

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  1. Is William the 4th son of Gabriel Moran, the one that moved to Washington county, Kentucky? The one that is in the Washington county, Ky bicentenial history book he married Rebecka owned land in Loudon co, Va. and has a the division of slaves in the Washington county, will book G page 159?

  2. I believe a few generations have been skipped here. My information is that the William of Loudoun County, Virginia, whose wife was Rebecca (she was Rebecca Barber), was a son of John Moran, oldest son of the original immigrant Gabriel Moran of Charles County, Maryland. My information is that William died in 1824 in Loudoun County, Virginia. But he had several sons, at least two of which later lived in Kentucky.

    These people were collateral to my own line of research, but I believe the information is correct.

    To access more of the information I have on the family, please see the book, “Moran Exodus From Offaly,” which I published in 1995. It is available in several genealogical libraries around the country – and also at the LDS Library in Salt Lake City, where it has also been filmed, making it available via their microfilm loan program at any Mormon Church Family History Center.

    * * *

    And William, the fourth son of Gabriel of Charles County, Maryland, who owned part of “The Four Brothers,” was my ancestor. His full name was William Thomas Moran, and he lived and died after the American Revolution in Halifax County, North Carolina.

    And, while I am offering corrections, I will confess an error in my book too. The wife of William Thomas was definitely named Eleanor, and I had speculated that her maiden name was Lock, based entirely on circumstantial evidence – Lock families lived very near William’s family in more than one place. I have since learned that Eleanor was really Eleanor Higgs, daughter of a Samuel Higgs Jr. That is the reason William Thomas and Eleanor named one of their sons Samuel Higgs Moran.

    I strongly urge interested persons to access my book. It has a lot of additional information about this family and traces it back well into Ireland.

  3. My name is Becky (Morand) Winesburg. I was born in Aurora, In. Our family goes back to Gabriel Moran, the first Moran to immigrate to America in our family. There were 2 families of Moran’s in Aurora, In. At some point between my Great Grandfather and my grandfather, a d was added to the name. I was reading tonight about the Virginia and Kentucky connection of the Moran’s. Quite interesting.

    • For more information about the origin of Gabriel Moran, please go to this link: &query=%2Bauthor%3APatrick%20%2Bauthor%3AEdward%20%2Bauthor%3AMoran&subjectsOpen=208194-50

      Then, click on the book, Moran Exodus From Offaly” that will open a new window for that work alone; then scan down to the Notes and click on the word “here” to see a digital version of the book.

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