- Edward Moss was the first Moss to emigrate to America. His name was firstrecorded in the York County, Virginia Court in 1625. However, otherreferences give a much later date of 1644 for is residence in YorkCounty, Virginia. The most logical explanation for the difference indates is that Edward Moss, being only 15 when first coming to America,may have returned to the colony of Virginia during the English Civil War(1642-1649), where he lived only a short time before his death. Littleelse is known about Edward Moss except that he was a member of theAnglican church.
The exact number of children born to Edward and Ann (Belt) Moss isuncertain.
On 20 November 1654, the sons of Edward, the immigrant, -- William,Thomas, and Robert - were given a grant of 800 acres in Old RappahonnockCounty (now Lancaster), Virginia, for transporting 16 persons to theVirginia County.
Source: RootsL, Scott A. McElfresh, 1994.
"Edward Moss came to America in about 1644, he was about 33 years. Thiswas 103 years before their was an USA. Remember that all the people thatcame to the new American Colnies were subjects of the King George ofEngland. Also all the land belonged to King George III. Edward with hiswife and four children settled in York County, Virginia. His will wassigned by his brother Robert Moss.
1685, York Co. Va, York, Virginia"
Source: Gary Lewis Family Tree
The first of the Moss family to come to America was an Edward Moss, bornin Lancaster, Lancashire County, England, before 1610. (He was the firstof our line of Moss', there were others of the same name and it seemsprobable of the same family, since some were from the same area inEngland, who came as early as 1610). He married Ann Belt in England, andit seems probable that his three sons were born in England before theycame to America in 1644 and settled in York County, VA. Edward died in1695.
From the reports of Laurel Moss Brown
From notes of Ray Ellis
Edward Moss cames to Jamestwon, VA in 1642, later he moved to YorkCounty, VA in 1644, he was about 33 years old. This was over 100 plusyears before there was a country called America. Remember that all thepeople that came to the new American Colonies were subjects of KingGeorge of England. Also all the land belonged to the King. Edward, withhis wife and four children settled in York County, VA. His will wassigned by his brother Robert Moss. ** marriage location may have beenLancaster, Lancashire, England.
1610-He was born in Landcaster, Landshire, England.
1625-His name was first recorded in the York Co, VA Court, being only 15when first coming to America. He was a member of the Anglican church. Hemay have returned to England before settling in Jamestown then York, VA.He may have served in the English civil war.
1630-He married Jane Ann BELTENCHOURT in Westminster Abby, London,England
He was the first Moss in this line to emigrate to America.
People who came to the New Americas were subjects to King George ofEngland and all lands belonged to King George III.
1642-Came to Old Rappahannock Co, VA, he was about 33 years.
1644-Settled in York Co, VA.
Nov 20, 1654-Sons of Edward, William, Thomas, and Robert, were given agrant of 800 acres in Old Rappahonnock Co, now Lancaster, VA, fortransporting 16 persons to the VA County.
July 1, 1685-He died in Yorktown, York Co, VA.
1685-Will was signed by his brother, Robert Moss, York, York Co, VA.
Note: Edward Moss was a boatwright and early resident of York Co, VA. Heexecuted a deed to a son, Edward, 21 May 1657, whose mother was Eleanor.His issue were named in a deed and in his will: Benjamin, William, John,Elizabeth who m. 1) Henry Howard, d. 1711, 2) Thomas tabb; Anne who m.1)Charles Mennis and 2) --- Phillips; Rebecca who m. William Armistead ofElizabeth City Co, VA, and was the mother of Col. Robert Armistead ofthat county
(Genealogies of Virginia Families, Vol II, Moss, p. 717).