Sunday, July 02, 2006

"The Darkies" is a section in a Nickell family compilation held by the GHS. This section amounts to two or three typewritten pages the subject of which is the Moore family of Brushy Ridge, Greenbrier County. It appears that some individuals enslaved by the Nickell family (of Nickell's Mill) changed their surname to Moore post-emancipation. Most notably, Samuel Moore (Uncle Sam/Big Sam) changed his name. Sam was married to Emily Peck Patton Moore. He was the brother of John Moore (per History of Brushy Ridge). He appears in th 1870 & 1880 census records. The wedding of Dora Nickell & Samuel Kilbreath took place at his home in 1875. The wedding of George Washington Moore and Martha Jackson took place at his home in 1880. In "the Darkies" it states that Sam "was for all of his life with Dr. Matt Nickell ... " & that he was "one of the best drivers in that part of the country". There is a family historian for this family.

For more information on Sam Moore see:
--Dr. Montgomery's papers at the GHS
--History of Brushy Ridge
--WV Death Certificate # 10222 (death of his daughter Dora Manuel)
--Black Residents of GC, MC, ...

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