Winnabow in Brunswick County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Colonel Maurice Moore
Brunswick was for a time the seat of Royal Government in the Province of North Carolina, and the residence of the colonial governors Johnstone, Dobbs and Tryon. It was the scene of the first armed resistance to the Stamp Act in any American colony, when citizen soldiers under the leadership of Hugh Wadell and John Ashe defied the power of Great Britain and prevented the landing of the stamps from her ships of war, Nov. 28, 1765.
This Tablet is the gift of Ida N. Moore and Selina M. Harvey, descendants of Colonel Maurice Moore and is erected under the auspices of the North Carolina Society of the Colonial Dames of America. A.D. 1902.
For there are deeds that should not pass away, And names that must not wither.
Erected 1902 by the North Carolina Society of the Colonial Dames of America.
Marker series. National Society of Colonial Dames of America marker series.
Location. 34° 2.36′ N, 77° 56.805′ W. Marker is in Winnabow, North Carolina, in Brunswick County. Marker can be reached from St. Philips Road. Touch for map. It is in the Brunswick Town Historic Site inside the church ruins. Marker is in this post office area: Winnabow NC 28479, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Anderson (here, next to this marker); John LaPierre (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Anderson (within shouting distance of this marker); Brunswick Town State Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Russelborough (approx. 0.4 miles away); Russellborough (approx. 0.4 miles away); Orton Plantation (approx. 1.7 miles away); St. Philips Church (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winnabow.
More about this marker. Tablet was affixed to the inside wall of the St. Philips Church ruins. All four walls of the church are standing and in good repair, but there are no roof, windows or doors.
Regarding Colonel Maurice Moore. “When [George] Burrington came over as governor, in January, 1724, he
“Colonel Moore was a strong man, and being a brother-in-law of Edward Moseley and stepfather of Sam Swann and of John Baptista Ashe, he was a directing influence in the affairs of the province. He was speaker of the Assembly of 1725, and was always a member of that body, and was in entire co-operation with those who controlled popular action among the people and gave direction to public affairs, and in all the controversies, from the purchase of the province by the Crown until his death in 1743, he was a moving spirit in securing the constitutional rights of the people.
“While Colonel Moore was largely interested on the lower Cape Fear, his principal plantation was at Rocky Point, where he resided toward the close of his life and was buried.” —Taken from the 1905 book Biographical History of North Carolina from Colonial Times to the Present by Samuel A’Court Ashe.
1. ...And Names That Must Not Wither...
The closing verses on this marker are taken from the third canto of the epic poem “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage” by George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788–1824). Stanza 640 reads,
But these are deeds which should not pass away,
And names that must not wither, though the earth
Forgets her empires with a just decay,
The enslavers and the enslaved, their death and birth;
The high, the mountain-majesty of worth
Should be, and shall, survivor of its woe,
And from its immortality look forth
In the sun’s face, like yonder Alpine snow,
Imperishably pure beyond all things below.
— Submitted March 23, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
Categories. • Colonial Era • War, US Revolutionary •
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