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Brown and Moore Genealogy

Both sides of my mother’s family, the Browns and the Moores, did extensive genealogical research on their respective lineages over the years; however, no one on either side was able to take the next step to organize and compile the information in a way that would make sense to future generations of the family.

In 2012, my mother, Katharine Gauffreau [Brown] decided to finish the task her family had started by organizing the information they had taken so much time and care to research into a book for the current members of our family, as well as future generations. Her additional contribution to the family history was to do the research necessary to place each generation into its historical context.

The Progenitors

The progenitor of the line of Browns from whom I am descended was JOHN BROWN. This particular John Brown was born around 1595 in London, England. He emigrated to New England in 1635. He and his wife Sarah BROWN [WALKER] (1618-1672) moved to Hampton, New Hampshire in 1639, where he died on February 27, 1686.

The progenitor of the line of Moores from whom I am descended was WILLIAM JAMES MOORE, who was born in 1741 in Colraine, Ireland.  He emigrated to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1769 and subsequently bought a farm in Economy, where he died on June 14, 1820. He married REBECCA NICHOLSON (1753-1829) in 1772.

Sources for Brown and Moore Genealogy

My mother meticulously documented all of the sources she consulted when she wrote the history of her ancestors, and I have begun to compile a bibliography. Each source will have its own post with Comments turned on so that others researching the Browns and the Moores will be able to comment on the usefulness of the source for their own research.


I am categorizing each post I write to make it easier for other researchers to find information on this site that may be relevant to them. If I find additional information on a person I’ve written about previously, I can add another post, and the category will allow for all of the posts about that person to be grouped together.

Great Expectations

You can expect to see a new post every week with genealogy, family stories, or whatever ephemera from The Family Archives happens to strike my fancy. I expect to get to my father’s ancestors, the Gauffreaus and the Gustins in due time.