Thursday, January 7, 2016

{63} Ruvigny Continuation: Descendants of Rev. Charles Thomas Moore (1847-1924)

Rev. Charles Thomas Moore
Returning to the descendants of George Moore of Appleby Hall (1811-1871), we have his younger son, the clergyman Charles Thomas Moore. Known to the community of Appleby Magna, Leicestershire, as Rector Moore -- his older brother the squire of Appleby Hall appointed him to the rectory in 1877 -- Charles cut the figure of a squire far more than that of a parson. "With his fondness for hunting and the country life he was the veritable squarson," is the apt description from historian Richard Dunmore in his online article 'The Moores of Appleby Parva', using a word 'squarson' that I'm filing away for further use. Rev. Moore "was a strong, colourful and, at times, controversial character who played a leading role in the village during his 45 years as rector...Apart from the church, he was very active as a trustee and governor in supporting the struggling school."

Old Rectory House, Appleby Magna, Leicestershire
In his 1982 autobiography A Son of the Rectory, Rev. Moore's youngest son Aubrey describes his father: "He was ordained in Worcester Cathedral and went as Curate to Elmbridge, a village in the same county. Following that, he was Vicar of Breedon-on-the-Hill. He lived at the [Appleby] Hall, there being no vicarage, with one or two of his sisters. He was very friendly with the rector of Lockington, Nathanial Storey. Both enjoyed their hunting together and a bit of cock fighting too...Like his father he was a first class shot, in fact he liked all forms of sport...He never let sport, on which he was so keen, interfere with his duties. A funeral, wedding or other Church function was not popular if fixed for the day of the Grand National, Ascot week, the Varsity or Eton and Harrow cricket matches. He was a staunch Conservative and showed his dislike for the Liberals by not reading the prayer for Parliament when that party was in office. In his early days as rector he had a good old row with the then bishop of Peterborough, Appleby being in the Peterborough diocese at this time, who told him among other things he should not ride in point to point races. From then on he had a marked dislike for bishops."
Rev. Charles and Mabel (Byron) Moore with their two eldest children in 1885

In 1880, two years after taking over the rectory of Appleby Magna, Rev. Moore married Mabel Byron, the 26-year-old eldest daughter of a neighbouring clergyman, Rev. Augustus Byron, rector at Kirkby Mallory only 14 miles away. Mabel quickly became a strong presence in the village. As her son later described, "Father was no doubt a good rector. He ran the church efficiently but left no doubt as to who was boss. Mother was a tower of strength. She did a large amount of the parish work, chose the hymns etc., and conferred with the organist William Riley, the headmaster of the boys’ school and a churchwarden, as to the Church music in general, as father was not musical."

Rev. Moore continued as rector at Appleby until his nephew sold Appleby Hall. Aubrey recounts, "The patronage of the living of Appleby was sold with the Appleby estate by my cousin Charlie after the death of Uncle George. Father was getting a bit tired by then and things would not be the same so he retired in 1922 and went to live at Hill House in Ashby." He died there two years later. His widow Mabel returned to Appleby Magna, where she died two years after her husband, both buried in the church to which they devoted more than forty years of their lives.
Rev. Charles Moore & Children in Ruvigny's 1903 Tudor volume pp. 485-86
Ruvigny lists Rev. Charles Moore and his four surviving children on pp. 485-486 in his 1903 Tudor volume. The account below is an elaboration and continuation of Ruvigny's entries. It is through Rev. Moore that the male line of the Moores of Appleby Hall continues to the present, with four great-grandsons of the reverend, one living in Europe, one in Australia, and the other two in Britain.

Moore of Appleby coat of arms
Rev. CHARLES THOMAS MOORE, Rector of Appleby 1877-1922, b. 3 Feb. 1847 Appleby Hall, bap. 15 Apr. 1847 St Michael & All Angels Church, Appleby Magna; d. 21 July 1924 Hill House, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, bur. St Michael & All Angels Church, Appleby Magna; m. 7 Jan. 1880 All Saints Church, Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire, MABEL CHARLOTTE BYRON, b. 20 Apr. 1853 Bryanston Square, London, bap. 16 May 1853 St Paul Knightsbridge, London; d. 19 Dec. 1926 Lavender Cottage, Appleby Magna, bur. St Michael & All Angels Church, Appleby Magna, dau of Hon. and Rev. Augustus Byron of Kirkby Mallory (1828-1907, descended from Edward III) and Frederica McMahon (1829-1903, descended from Edward III), and had issue, four sons and two daughters.
Issue of Rev. Charles and Mabel (Byron) Moore:

Col. Wilfrid Byron (1871-1936)
1) SYLVIA MARY MOORE, b. 18 Oct. 1880 The Rectory, Appleby Magna, bap. 19 Dec. 1880 St Michael & All Angels Church, Appleby Magna; d. 27 Dec. 1952 Hampshire; m. 25 Sept. 1901 St Michael & All Angels Church, Appleby Magna, her first cousin, Col. WILFRID BYRON of South Perth, Western Australia, b. 31 Jan. 1871 Stoke Talmage, Oxfordshire; d. 7 Nov. 1936 South Perth, bur. 9 Nov. 1936 Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth, son of Hon. & Rev. William Byron of Stowlangtoft (1831-1907, descended from Edward III) and his 1st wife Mary Elizabeth Kindersley (1834-1877, descended from Edward III), and had issue, two sons and one daughter.

2) CHARLES FREDERICK KIRKSTEAD 'Tim' MOORE of St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, b. 22 Nov. 1883 The Rectory, Appleby Magna, bap. 3 Feb. 1884 St Michael & All Angels Church, Appleby Magna; d. 28 Sept. 1938 St Leonards-on-Sea; m. 11 Oct. 1922 St Winifreds Catholic Church, Lewisham, London, BELLE ALICE WILSON, b. 28 Dec. 1897 London; d. 20 Dec. 1971 Hastings, Sussex, dau. of Charles Wilson of Islington, mechanical engineer (c.1846-1915) and Elfreda McKilliam (1857-1939), and had issue, one son and one daughter. "My eldest brother, Charles, always known as Tim, also wanted to be in the South African War and joined the Cape Mounted Police. On returning from South Africa he went rubber planting with the Bertam Rubber Company. He died at the comparatively early age of fifty-one" [Aubrey Moore in 1982, A Son of the Rectory].

Issue of Charles Frederick Kirkstead and Belle Alice (Wilson) Moore:

2A) (CHARLES) NOEL KIRKSTEAD MOORE of Matosinhos, Porto, Portugal, b. 28 Sept. 1923 Shropshire; d. 18 Oct. 2014 Matosinhos. Had issue, at least one son. "My Uncle Tim had a son, Noel, and a daughter, Marion. Noel lives in Germany and Portugal and Marion lives in Cyprus. Noel has a son and I have 3 sons but, otherwise, as a family, the Appleby Moores have practically died out in England" [Peter Moore in 2003, 'End of An Era', A Son of the Rectory, 2nd Edition].

2B) MARION ELIZABETH MOORE of Cyprus, b. 1926 Hampshire; m. 25 Nov. 1950 St Mary of the Angels Catholic Church, Paddington, London, SAMUEL PETER MCCORMACK, electrical contractor, b. 3 Oct. 1919; d. 1999 - further history not known.
Three generations of Moores in 1924 [from l. to r., Charles Frederick 'Tim' Moore
holding his son Noel, Rev. Charles T. Moore, Aubrey Moore holding his son Peter]
3) GEORGE AUGUSTUS WILLIAM MOORE, b. 20 Sept. 1889 The Rectory, Appleby Magna, bap. 27 Oct 1889 St Michael & All Angels Church, Appleby Magna; d. unm. 20 Sept. 1911. "My other brother, George, after leaving Cranleigh, had ideas about going into the Church, which would have pleased father but he suddenly changed his mind and went to Moira Colliery, indentured to John Turner, a leading Leicestershire coalowner. Through neglected flu and general awkwardness about eating he developed T.B. and died in 1911 on his twenty-second birthday" [Aubrey Moore in 1982, A Son of the Rectory].

4) VERA IRENE MOORE, b. 26 Nov. The Rectory, Appleby Magna, bap. there 27 Nov. 1890; d. there 28 Nov. 1890, bur. same day St Michael & All Angels Church, Appleby Magna.

5) ESMÉ JOHN MOORE, b. 6 May 1892 The Rectory, Appleby Magna; d. there 7 May 1892, bur. 9 May 1892 St Michael & All Angels Church, Appleby Magna.
Capt. Aubrey Moore

6) Capt. AUBREY GORDON de APPLEBY MOORE of Bloxham, Oxfordshire, b. 30 Aug. 1893 The Rectory, Appleby Magna, bap. 15 Oct 1893 St Michael & All Angels Church, Appleby Magna; d. 9 Apr. 1992 Bloxham, served with the Leicestershire Regiment during the First World War and was awarded a Military Cross, author of A Son of the Rectory (1982), an autobiographical account of village life in Appleby Magna in the early 20th-century; m. 1 Sept. 1917 All Saints Church, Isley Walton, Derbyshire, LOUISE MAY SHIELDS, b. 29 May 1892 Manor House, Isley Walton; d. Feb. 1992 Bloxham, dau. of John Gillies Shields of Donington Park (1857-1943) and Ellen Craig Alexander (1858-1939), and had issue, one son and one daughter.

Issue of Aubrey Gordon de Appleby and Louise May (Shields) Moore:

6A) ROSAMUND HELEN de APPLEBY MOORE, b. 24 Feb. 1920 Grammar School House, Appleby Magna "Rosamond was also the last Moore to be born in Appleby" [Aubrey Moore in 1982, A Son of the Rectory]; d. 1999 Oxfordshire; m. Mar. 1941 St Helen Church, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire (divorce), as his 1st wife, Col. JOHN GEORGE ERNEST SCOTT, O.B.E., of Ashby de la Zouch, owned a successful textile company and served on the board of Courtaulds, b. 20 June 1911 Walker, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Northumberland; d. 1999 Leicestershire, son of George Johnson Scott of Walker (b. 1885) and Annie Jane Adams (b. 1888), and had issue, two sons (John C.R. Scott, b. 1942 and Rupert Peter James Scott, b. 28 June 1949, d. Dec. 2012) and one daughter.

Peter John de Appleby Moore
6B) PETER JOHN de APPLEBY MOORE of Snelston, Leicestershire, b. 16 Dec. 1921 Bullring House, Much Wenlock, Shropshire; d. 23 July 2013 Rose Cottage, Snelston, served in World War II with 25th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, awarded a Military Cross, "After the war he went up to Magdalene College, Cambridge, to read Agricultural Science, and won a blue for Rugby. He became a dairy farmer on what is now the Donington Park race circuit until 1968, when an injury to his back forced him to give up...chairman of the trustees of the Grade One-listed Sir John Moore School at Appleby Magna...He held the post for 50 years, continuing an unbroken line of family trustees since the school was founded, guiding what he fondly described as the grandest village school in the country from semi-dereliction to thorough refurbishment. He was also for many years a Tax Commissioner and regional representative for the National Trust" [Obituary in The Telegraph]; m. 1957, CYNTHIA MARY MASON, b. 1933 Birmingham, and had issue, three sons:

Issue of Peter John de Appleby and Cynthia Mary (Mason) Moore:


6B2) (RICHARD) BROUGH de APPLEBY MOORE, b. 1961 Derbyshire

6B3) (PETER) RUFUS de APPLEBY MOORE, b. 1966 Derbyshire

The next few blogposts will explore the ancestry of Rev. Charles Moore's wife, Mabel Byron.

Cheers,                            ----Brad

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