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  • ID: I1141
  • Name: Moses Mott
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1740 in Virginia?
  • Burial: 1839 Mault (Wheeler) Cemetery, Madison, Ohio
  • ALIA: Moses Mault
  • Death: 1839 in Madison, Scioto County, Ohio
  • Note:
    Known variously as Moses MOTT, MOTTE, MALT, or MAULT.

    Moses is listed on a deed record of old Amherst County, Virginia in 1767. He was an illiterate man (signing by mark) of not very great means, judging by the dearth of references to him on deeds, wills, etc.

    By 1774, he had moved southwest to Pittsylvania County, Virginia, where he appears in William Witcher's section. And by 1782, he was in Montgomery County, Virginia, continuing on to Surry County, North Carolina by 1784. He left there by 1788, and returned to Montgomery, where in March 1795 he consented for his daughter Mary to marry Turner Branham.

    In Feb 1810, he appears in Floyd County, Kentucky, where he signed a marriage bond for his daughter Viny. He apparently moved on not longer after that, as he is not listed on either the Federal Census or tax list of that year.

    In 1811, he resided in Green, Gallia County, Ohio, where he paid taxes on chattel. On 30 Aug 1811, he was in Gallipolis, Gallia Co, OH, where his daughter Anna married Elias Bellar.

    He filed for congressional lands at the Chillicothe, Ohio land office on 10 Nov 1817, and moved to Madison, Scioto County, Ohio in 1819.

    ****Revolutionary War service?****

    Moses applied for a pension for service in the American Revolution, but the claim was rejected. No record has been found of his military service.

    Moses Mault pension application filed from Scioto County, Ohio, 1821: "File #R6856: State of Ohio, Scioto County. On the ninth day of December in the year of our Lord 1820 personally appeared in open court, being the court of Common Pleas, in and for said County of Scioto, Moses Malt, aged eighty years of age, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declarations in order to obtain the provisions made by the act of Congress of the 18th of March 1818 and May the let 1820, that he, the said Moses Malt, is a citizen of Scioto County in this state. That he served in the Revolutionary war as follows: That at the commencement of the war he enlisted in a company commanded by Captain Armstrong in a Regiment of the Virginia Line commanded by Colonel Leadbetter in the Brigade of General Gates during the war, that during the period of service he was in the Battle of the Brandiwine, of Camden, and with the Army during all its various operations in North and South Carolina, and was at the Battle of Yorktown and was, at the close of the war, duly discharged at Norfolk after having served in the war of the Revolution for near the period of seven years......I do further solemnly swear that my occupation is a farmer, that my wife is living and is aged about fifty years, and one child aged thirteen years, which makes my family- and further deponent saith not. Sworn and declared on the ninth day of December 1820 before the court. Attest John. R. Turner, Clerk. s/ Moses Malt, his mark." Disposition: "rejected" (no further remarks)

    *****Was he of French ancestry?****

    According to one tradition, he was "a descendant of the early French Colonists of South Carolina." However, no record of him having been in South Carolina has so far been found. Another version has: "...they were thought to be French Huguenots who came to North Carolina after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes." However, the earliest evidence for Moses shows him in Virginia, not North or South Carolina.

    If we accept the French ancestry tradition, it seems possible that Moses came instead from the French Huguenot settlement at Manakin Town in what is now Powhatan County, Virginia (note his oldest daughter Mary married Turner Branham of Goochland County, Virginia; Powhatan County was formed from Cumberland, which was formed from Goochland). The surnames Mott, Motte or de la Motte are not listed among the Huguenot refugees who settled there, but there is a Mallet and a Malaut. Another possibility: the surname Mott is also English; perhaps the French ancestry tradition is incorrect, or perhaps it was from the female side?

    Was Moses possibly related to the Mott families of Lancaster, Northumberland, and Norfolk Counties in Virginia?

    1) Davis, Bailey Fulton, "The Deeds of Amherst County, Virginia, 1761-1807 and Albemarle County, Virginia 1748-1763" Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, c1979: pg 272: "21 Sep 1767 Thos. Philips, Amherst County, to Henry Key, Amherst County, for 30 pounds, 273 acres both sides Cubb Creek. Lines: John Maclacklin. Sarah Philips, wife, consents. Wit.: Wm. Walton, Elias Smith (X), Moses Mott (X), Grantors signed with (X)."
    -- 1a) Alexander Brown Papers, Special Collections Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA: "Mott Moses b. au." ("" = "Of those who came to Old Amherst or became of age between 1761 and 1776; Autographs prior to 1800") - note: this refers to the deed record of 1767 (above)
    2) 1774 Pittsylvania Co, VA tax list: William Witcher's List: Moses Mault, 1 white male over 16
    3) 1775 Pittsylvania Co, VA tax list: William Witcher's List: Moses Malt, 1 white male over 16
    4) 1782 Montgomery Co, VA Tax List: 1 poll, 0 slaves
    5) North Carolina State Census: 1784, Surry Co: 2 male, 4 female children.
    6) North Carolina State Census: Feb 1786 Capt. Krouses District, Surry: Moses Mott: 1 M 21-60 yrs, 2 M <21 or >60 yrs, 4 F
    7) Dr. A.B. Pruitt, "Abstracts of Land Entries: Surry Co., NC 1784-1795" (1988), pg. 16, entry #223. 223. W issd. Feb 10, 1787 John Keiser enters 200 ac in Surry Co on waters of Town Fork on both sides of road to surry Court House: includes place that formerly belonged to Moses Mott.
    8) 1788, 1789, 1790 Montgomery Co, VA Tax Lists: Moses Mott
    9) Jan-Michael Poff, Editor, The Colonial Records Project (North Carolina Historical Review, Historical Publication Section, Raleigh, NC), Vol. 68 [1991], 214-236 - Women Artisans in Backcountry North Carollina, 1753-1790, by Johanna Miller Lewis. "In eighteenth-century North Carolina the county court placed orphans who had little or no estate to supervise, along with poor children and illegitimate offspring, in the custody of an established local citizen to learn a trade. With the exception of mulatto children, who served until age 31, males served as apprentices until age 21, while females remained apprenticed until they reached age 18 or married. Indentures usually called for the education (literacy and vacational) and maintenance (food, shelter, and clothing) of apprentices."
    "Between 1753 and 1795, approximately 279 children were apprenticed out in Rowan County proper: one quarter of those children were female.
    (List of female apprentices follow)...Master - Alexander Moore, Apprentice - Mary Motts, Trade - Spinner/Seamstress, County - Surry, 1792."
    10) Mary B. Kegley, Early Adventures on the Western Waters: Volume II, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days 1745-1800 (Green Publishers, Inc., Orange, Virginia), p 131. 1795 March 16, TURNER BRANHAM and MARY MOTT, daughter of Moses Mott, sur. David Branham and Zachariah Mott; consent of father Moses Mott for daughter Polly. (Montgomery Co, VA)
    11) Charles C. Wells, "Annals of Floyd County, Kentucky 1800-1826" (Baltimore, 1983), pp 124, 295 (listed as MALT and MAULT) "Bond dated 5, Feb. 1810 by Jacob Cobourn and Ezekiel Morris for a marriage shortly to be had between Jacob Cobourn and Viney Mault..February the 1st, 1810. This is to certify that Moses Malt and his wife Mary Malt is willing for Jacob Cobourn and viny Malt to marry. (s) Moses Malt"
    12) Henrietta C. Evans, Gallia County 1812 Tax Duplicate (Gallia Conty Genalogical Society, O.G.S. Chapter, PO Box 295, Gallipolis OH, Aug 1994), Green
    Township. McDaniell, Caleb McDaniel, Henry Motte, Moses Syms, James.
    13) Marie Taylor Clark, C.G., 1589 Rozelle Creek Road, Chilicothe, Ohio 45601, Chillicothe Land Office records (June 1984. Entries encompassing the lands of
    Congress Lands, Refugee Tract, United States Military District and French Grants. Contains maps and histories of land areas. 1800-1829). (M Mott 20 NE west - Range 19 Twp 5)
    14) The 1820 Census, Madison, Scioto, Ohio: Mott, Moses M: 1 >45, F: 1<10, 1 10-16, 1>45. Listed next to Aaron & Jesse Mott and Anne Biller (Bellar)
    15) The 1830 Census, Madison, Scioto, Ohio: Mott, Moses M: 2 0-5, 1 5-10, 1 15-20, 1 >90, F: 1 30-40, 1 60-70
    16) Ohio Genealogical Society, Ohio Marriages Recorded in county Courts Through 1820: An Index (1996), p 746.
    17) History of the Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio 1884: "As the mouth of the Little Scioto was the site of the first permanent settlement in the county, it was perfectly natural that the valley should be explored up as far as Maditon Township at a very early day. ... Settlements were made here as early as 1797. Between this date and 1820 the following are some of the settlers who made their homes in this township: ... Moses Mault, George Dever, Wm. Dever"
    18) Northumberland Co, VA records (various): Mosely Mott - this is the "Moses Mott" listed as a Virginia Rev War vet from Northumberland Co
    19) "Moses Mault (Malt, Mott)" esMa ult.htm
    20) Nelson W. Evans, A History of Scioto County, Ohio, Together with a Pioneer Record of Southern Ohio (Portsmouth, Ohio, Nelson W. Evans, 1903), pg 1068: "George Washington Mault is the great-grandson of Moses Mault, a descendant of the early French Colonists of South Carolina, who came to Scioto county and located in Madison township in 1819. His son Aaron Mault was the father of Moses Mault, who is the father of our subject. Aaron Mault, the grandfather of George Mault, was born in South Carolina in 1796. His father, Moses Mault, was born on Brushy Fork, in Madison Township, May 27, 1820. Here on the farm on Brushy Fork, in the east end of Madison Township, on September 20, 1850, George Mault was born. His maternal grandfather was James Darling, whose daughter Melissa Darling married Moses Mault in 1844. George spent his boyhood and youth on the farm and attended the district school. He has worked at the furnaces. He has always had a wonderful liking for the study and practice of the law. He has read low until he is well informed in its theories. He practices in cases before magistrates and has been fairly successful. He married Harriet Sophia Titus, August 17, 1876. She is the daugher of Arthur and Harriet (Bennett) Titus. Her father came from New York, in 1824. Her mother was the dughter of John Bennett, who came from Virginia, in 1810, and located in Madison township. Goerge Mault is a republican and a member of the Free Will Baptist church. He has seven children now living: Harriet, the wife of Ellsworth Lyons, Frank L., Roscoe C., Stella, Bessie, Rena and Waldo. Three of his children Laura, Kendall and Bont died of diphtheria inside of three weeks. George Mault is a man of sturdy character. He will not undertake what he cannot accomplish and he accomplishes what he undertakes. He has clear perceptions and cannot be imposed on. He is a close and analytical thinker and is able to express clearly and forcably on every subject he studies. He is a good counsellor in business matters."
    21) ***Virginia marriage record for further research: MAR 20 1753 Manuel Mott to Mary Wright; Norfolk County; Surety George Felton
    22) English Duplicates of Lost Virginia Records: List of French Refugees at Manican Town, March 6th 1701/2: ...Mallet...Malaut...
    23) Research of Kathie Christensen, e-mail correspondence Sep 2006, Feb 2007

    Marriage 1 ?
    • Married: BEF 1765 in Virginia?
    1. Has Children Mary Mott b: AFT 1774 in Virginia?
    2. Has No Children Zachariah Mott b: BEF 1775 in Pittsylvania County?, Virginia

    Marriage 2 Mary Bellau? b: ABT 1770
    • Married: BEF 1790
    1. Has No Children John Mott
    2. Has No Children Jesse Mott b: 1790
    3. Has No Children Aaron Mott b: ABT 1795
    4. Has No Children Lavina Mott b: 1795
    5. Has No Children Anna Mott b: 1797
    6. Has No Children Chloe Belleau Mott b: 1805

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