First Families of Orangeburgh District, South Carolina

Moorer (Mūrer, Maurer)

The Peter Moorer Family

First Generation

1. PETER MŪRER (Sr.), was baptized 20 Jan 1684 in Zweisimmen, BE, Switzerland1 and died 21 Dec 1758 in Orangeburgh Township, South Carolina.2 He was the second son of CHRISTEN MŪRER and MADLENA WÄTTERLING. He married MADLENA (Madl) TANNER (Danner) of Oberwil on 24 Oct 1713 in Zweisimmen, BE, Switzerland. She was baptized 15 Jan 1682 in Oberwil, BE, Switzerland, the oldest child of PETER TANNER the Younger and MADLENA BURRET.3

Zweisimmen is a town in the Simmental (Simme Valley) in Canton Bern, Switzerland. It was an administrative center in the mid-eighteenth century.

Hans Tanner, a fellow Orangeburgh immigrant, in his letter of 18 Sep 1735, notes that two of Peter Maurer’s children died on the voyage: ... of those from Sibenthal [Simmental] four children died, two of Peter Maurer's and two of Peter Aegger's.4 [Note – I have not been able to find out if Hans Tanner and Peter Mūrer’s wife Madlena Tanner were related.]

Peter Mooree platted 150 acres of land and town lot #160 on 21 Oct 1735.5

The Giessendanner Record notes that Peter Mūrer, Senior was a native of Canton Bern and almost 75 years old at his death:

89} 1758 Thursday Decembr 21st died after 15 Days Illness and on Friday Decr 22d. was enterred in the Plantation of Peter Murer in Orangeburgh Township, the Body of the said Peter Murer, Senior, a Native of Switzerland Canton Bern; Aged almost 75 years[3]. Note – the words “Canton Bern” are omitted in Salley’s transcription.6

Children of Peter Mūrer and Madlena Tanner are, all recorded in the Zweisimmen parish baptismal records:7

2.i.PETER MŪRER was baptized 4 Nov 1714 in Zweisimmen, BE, Switzerland and died in 1790 in Orangeburgh District, SC.8

3.ii.MADLENA MŪRER was baptized 23 Aug 1716 in Zweisimmen, BE, Switzerland

4.iii.MAGRETH MŪRER was baptized 18 Sep 1718 in Zweisimmen, BE, Switzerland

5.iv.SARAH MŪRER was baptized 12 May 1720 in Zweisimmen, BE, Switzerland

6.v.HANS (JOHN) MŪRER was baptized 1 July 1725 in Zweisimmen, BE, Switzerland and died bef. 1754 in South Carolina.

John Moore platted 50 acres of land on 5 Oct 1737.9 Note – a land claim by a 12 year old was unusual but not unknown. This was probably done to ensure that that John would have some land of his own should something happen to Peter, Sr.

The 29 Jan 1754 petition of Peter Moorer, Jr. for his brother’s 50 acre grant says in part:

The Petition of Peter Moorer humbly shewing That the Petitioner’s Brother had by virtue of a warrant the 7th of May 1737 surveyed for him a Tract of 50 acres of Land ... . The Petitioner’s Brother John Moorer being long since dead and having always lived on the said Land, the Petitioner prays that he may have a grant for the same;10

I certify that John Moorer by a warrant dated May the 7th 1737 had a Tract of 50 acres surveyed in Orangeburg by George Haig, Deputy Surveyor, on the 5th of October 1737, ...[5]

Second Generation

2. PETER MŪRER (Jr.) was baptized 4 Nov 1714 in Zweisimmen, BE, Switzerland[1] and died in 1790 in Orangeburgh District, SC[10,11]. Peter married (1)MARGARET LARRY abt. 1740 in Orangeburgh Township, South Carolina[3,4]. Peter married (2)DOROTHEA WETSTINE on 4 Mar 1749 in Orangeburgh Township, South Carolina[3], she died 24 Feb 1750 and was buried in the Orangeburgh Churchyard (Old Pioneer Graveyard)[3,4]. Peter married (3)MAGDALENE HORGER. on 2 Apr 1751 in Orangeburgh Township, South Carolina[3,4].

Peter Maurer served as Township Commissioner from Mar. 16, 1768 to the time of his death, about 1790. In his old age, he owned and operated the Orangeburg Inn, in the Town of Orangeburg. His body lies in "The old burying ground" in Orangeburg.11

Peter Moorer Jr. acquired at least ten land grants as his family grew.12

Children of Peter Mūrer and (1)Margaret Larry are:

7.i. Jacob Moorer was born in about 1746 and was the oldest son of Peter Moorer, Jr. He married Barbara ? He died before the first census in 1790.13

8.ii.Peter Moorer (III) was born before 1750.14 Lieutenant Peter Moorer, serving in Capt. Daniel Linder’s Company of the Orangeburgh Militia, was killed in 1781 and his wife, Ann Moorer, signed a receipt for his £15 pay on 5 Jan 1782.15

Children of Peter Mūrer and (3)Magdalena Horger are:

9.i.JOHN MŪRER was born 4 Aug 1754, baptized 26 Oct 1754 in Orangeburgh Township, SC16 and died 1806-1810 in St. George, SC.17

10.ii.JOHN HENRY MŪRER was born 26 Dec 1756, baptized 9 Mar 1757 in Orangeburgh Township,18 SC and died aft 1800 in Orangeburgh District, SC.19

11.iii.FREDERICK MŪRER was born 5 Apr 1759, baptized 4 Jun 1759 in Orangeburgh Township, SC.20 He may have died young. He is not the Frederick Peter Moorer sometimes identified as ancestor of Alabama Moorers.2122

12.iv.SAMUEL MŪRER was born in about 1758 and died between 1810 and 1820.23

13.v.DAVID MŪRER was born in about 1768 and so was the youngest son of Peter Moorer, Jr. He married Anna Catherine Bowman.24

Research Notes

a.       Some sources say Peter Mūrer, Sr. was baptized 4 Mar 1670 in Buchs, Zurich, Switzerland, the son of JACOB MAURER and ELSBETH STAHLMANN[10,11], but this assertion does not match the known facts about Peter Mūrer, Sr. of Orangeburgh Township, as presented here. According to his burial record, Andrew left a wife and three children but Maria (Mary) is the only child who appears in the records.

b.       Some sources say that Peter Mūrer, Jr.’s brother John Murer married Elizabeth Ulmer and had four children between 1746 and 1768, but Peter declared that his brother John was “long since dead” in 1754 and petitioned for John’s 50 acres of land. Peter would not have been able to petition for the land if his brother had left a wife or children.

Other references to this surname are found in OGSGS Newsletters: Vol. 1 #3 p.16; Vol. #4 pp. 22, 28; Vol. 1 #12 pp. 57, 58; Vol. 1 #13 p.  62; Vol. 16-18 pp. 73, 83; Vol. 1, #19 pp. 85-88, 94, 95; Vol. 1 #20 p. 97; Vol. # 22 p.128; Vol 4 #2 p. 13; Vol. 4 #3 p. 19; Vol. 5 #2 pp. 28-30; Vol. 6 #5 p. 85.; Vol. 14 #7 pp. 91-99; Vol. 14 #8 pp. 108-115; Vol. 15 #1 pp. 5-13.

Information provided by Jim Rickenbacker 3/9/05 and Lynn Shuler Teague on 6/8/12.

 


1 Evangelische-Reformierte Kirch Zweisimmen (Berne), "Kirchenbuch, 1580-1795", FHL INTL Films 2005904 and 2005905.

2 Joop Giesendanner, "The Book of Record, Orangeburgh, SC". http://www.xs4all.nl/~sail/.

 A. S. Salley, The History of Orangeburg County, South Carolina, pp 96, 164, 207, 215.

3 Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirche Oberwil im Simmental (Bern). "Kirchenbuch, 1580-1766". FHL INTL Film 20059627.

4 Leo Schelbert, America Experienced; Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Accounts of Swiss Immigrants to the United States, Account of Hans Danner, pp. 32,33.

5 Peter Mooree plat, 21 Oct 1735, Colonial Plat Books (Copy Series), 1731–1775, Vol. 18 Pg. 516 Item. 02, Surveyor General’s Office Series S213184; South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia.

6 A. S. Salley, The History of Orangeburg County, South Carolina, pp 96, 164, 207, 215.

7 Evangelische-Reformierte Kirch Zweisimmen (Berne), "Kirchenbuch, 1580-1795", FHL INTL Films 2005904 and 2005905.

8 Ernest Samuel Moorer, “The Moorers”, The Orangeburg Observer”, c.a. 1943.

 Monroe Black, The Murray, Connor, and Moorer Families of South Carolina, Higginson Book Company, 1997.

9 John Mooror plat, 5 Oct 1737, Colonial Plat Books (Copy Series), 1731–1775, Vol. 4, Pg. 152 Item 02, S213184; digital image, South Carolina Department of Archives and History. http://archivesindex.sc.gov; accessed 5 Nov 2011.

10 Brent Holcomb, Petitions for land from the South Carolina Council Journals, Volume IV :1754-1756, 1998.

11 Ernest Samuel Moorer, “The Moorers”, The Orangeburg Observer”, c.a. 1943.

12 South Carolina, “Township Grants,” database, South Carolina Department of Archives and History (www.archivesindex.sc.gov/:  accessed 15 Oct 2011), entry for Peter Mourer, 11 Feb 1756, citing series S213016, v.2F, p. 138.

 South Carolina, “Colonial Land Grants (Copy Series),” database, South Carolina Department of Archives and History (www.archivesindex.sc.gov/: accessed 15 Oct 2011), entry for Peter Moorer, 8 Jul 1762, citing series S213019, v.10, p.239.

 South Carolina, “Colonial Land Grants (Copy Series),” database, South Carolina Department of Archives and History (www.archivesindex.sc.gov/: accessed 15 Oct 2011), entry for Peter Moorer, 17 Feb 1767, citing series S213019, v.14, p.231.

 South Carolina, “Colonial Land Grants (Copy Series),” database, South Carolina Department of Archives and History (www.archivesindex.sc.gov/: accessed 15 Oct 2011), entry for Peter Moorer, 17 Feb 1767, citing series S213019, v. 14, p.258.

 South Carolina, “Colonial Land Grants (Copy Series),” database, South Carolina Department of Archives and History (www.archivesindex.sc.gov/: accessed 15 Oct 2011), entry for Peter Moorer, 17 Feb 1767, citing series S213019, v. 14, p.275.

 South Carolina, “Colonial Land Grants (Copy Series),” database, South Carolina Department of Archives and History (www.archivesindex.sc.gov/: accessed 15 Oct 2011), entry for Peter Moorer, 10 May 1768, citing series S213019, v.16, p.414.

 South Carolina, “Colonial Land Grants (Copy Series),” database, South Carolina Department of Archives and History (www.archivesindex.sc.gov/: accessed 15 Oct 2011), entry for Peter Moorer, 4 Oct 1768, citing series S213019, v.17, p.2.

 South Carolina, “Colonial Land Grants (Copy Series),” database, South Carolina Department of Archives and History (www.archivesindex.sc.gov/: accessed 15 Oct 2011), entry for Peter Moorer, 23 Jan 1769, citing series S213019, v.8, p.329, Item 3.

 South Carolina, “Colonial Land Grants (Copy Series),” database, South Carolina Department of Archives and History (www.archivesindex.sc.gov/: accessed 15 Oct 2011), entry for Peter Moorer, 25 Jun 1771, citing series S213019, v.23, p.664.

 South Carolina, “Colonial Land Grants (Copy Series),” database, South Carolina Department of Archives and History (www.archivesindex.sc.gov/: accessed 15 Oct 2011), entry for Peter Moorer, 4 Dec 1771, citing series S213019, v.24, p.484.

 South Carolina, “Colonial Land Grants (Copy Series),” database, South Carolina Department of Archives and History (www.archivesindex.sc.gov/: accessed 15 Oct 2011), entry for Peter Moorer, 26 Sep 1772, citing series S213019, v.26, p.589.

13 Lynn Shuler Teague, The Early Moorers: Part I. Orangeburgh German-Swiss Newsletter, Fall 2011. Vol. 14 No. 7 pp. 94-95.

14 Lynn Shuler Teague, The Early Moorers: Part I. Orangeburgh German-Swiss Newsletter, Fall 2011. Vol. 14 No. 7 pp. 96-97.

15 Murtie June Clark, Loyalists in the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War, pp. 208, 209.

16 Joop Giesendanner, "The Book of Record, Orangeburgh, SC". http://www.xs4all.nl/~sail/.

 A. S. Salley, The History of Orangeburg County, South Carolina, pp 96, 164, 207, 215.

17 John Ulmer and Samuel Moorer. Petition for Estate of John Moorer. 1819 Petitions. No. 41. South Carolina Department of Archives and History.

18 Joop Giesendanner, "The Book of Record, Orangeburgh, SC". http://www.xs4all.nl/~sail/.

 A. S. Salley, The History of Orangeburg County, South Carolina, pp 96, 164, 207, 215.

19 1800 U.S. census, Orangeburgh District, South Carolina, Orange County, p. 549 [stamped], line 3, Henery Moorer; NARA microfilm publication M32, roll 49.

20 Joop Giesendanner, "The Book of Record, Orangeburgh, SC". http://www.xs4all.nl/~sail/.

 A. S. Salley, The History of Orangeburg County, South Carolina, pp 96, 164, 207, 215.

21 Robert E. L. Key, “The Moorer Family of Lowndes,” Orangeburgh German-Swiss Newsletter Vol. I (Summer 1984): 57-58.

22 Lynn Shuler Teague, The Early Moorers: Part II. Orangeburgh German-Swiss Newsletter, Winter 2011. Vol. 14 No. 7 pp. 114-115.

23 Lynn Shuler Teague, The Early Moorers: Part I. Orangeburgh German-Swiss Newsletter, Fall 2011. Vol. 14 No. 7 p.98.

24 Monroe Black. Echoes in Time: The Murray, Connor, and Moorer Families of South Carolina. (Atlanta: Monroe Black, 1997), pp.363-364.