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.