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Re: Hercules Moorer - ???1880-1900/Orangeburg, SC
Posted by: Bob Wilkinson (ID *****8952) Date: March 16, 2008 at 08:54:02
In Reply to: Hercules Moorer - ???1880-1900/Orangeburg, SC by Anita Moorer of 152

My husband's family is from Orangeburg, SC. His grandfather, "Hercules" was born between 1880-1900??? Unfortunately, we do not know his mother's name. She was black. Hercules' father was white, and we are told his father was perhaps in the military.

I'd like to get the information for my children, who were raised in New Jersey.

My daughter, Allison, (who is NOT the country western singer) and my son Bradley (who is NOT the General) are fascinated by the number of Moorers in the South. My husband and I are too. Any info would be appreciated.

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I have not tied all the Moorer family together yet and what follows is mostly speculation, since I can not document all this for you. But this is the story as I know it.

My family of Moorers lived out the Belleville Road where Orangeburg, and Calhoun Counties join. Just past the county line at the next road is Moorer Road which is the road that lead up to a old (1808) home that stands on a hill which was John Henry Moorer’s (1780-1846) home. He had several children including Francis Marion (1825-1864) who was killed at Trevillian’s Station during the War Between the States, Henry Moorer (1815-1894) who was a Confederate Comissioner, and John Moorer (1820-1908) who was a batchelor, who stayed in the area during the war and managed the growing on a number of plantations while the men were at war. (The need for food, animals, and forage for the war effort was necessary as it had been in WWI and WWII). Each of these sons were “plantation” owners with slaves. (I have not seen evidence of buying and selling but “inheriting” family groups from the ones that were obviously “bought” in the 1700’s)

John was a thrifty batchelor who almost married a girl from Selma, Alabama, but she broke his heart and he never married after that. He apparently was a benevolent “master”. Upon his death in 1908, he left nearly his entire “value” in property and money to the families who worked for him as sharecropers even after being ‘emancipated.’ He had the moniker “Captain” because of his local plantation management and after the war he was a magistrate of sort that settled squabbles among the local families.

Rumor was that he had a child by one of these black families. This child may have been the father of Hercules "Herk” Moorer you mention. Herk lived on the Moorer road about 1/8 to ¼ mile north of the intersection of Moorer road and the Belleville Road. The home is no longer there. There is a Black Cemetery near the east end of Moorer road, and a small Black church on Camp road which is at the end of Moorer road where Herk may be buried?

My aunt and another elderly cousin gave me information about this years ago. They said that the Moorer’s and their slaves were most like family until the Reconstruction severed most of these relationships, and many of the Blacks moved away. The few that remained on my grandfather’s side stayed in their family homes and lived out their lives there. My aunt recalled the black families that helped on their farm with the wash, raising my mother, and her three siblings as my grandfather grew crops and my grandmother worked at home and outside of home and nursed the sick.

Our family held a close bond with the former Slave families until the reconstruction and Civil Rights days which caused most of the Black families to separate themselves because of what they were being told.
Bob Wilkinson


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