17 June 2011

Moses Poor Killed at Battle of Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill Day is observed on June 17th each year in parts of Massachusetts.  My fifth great grandfather, Moses Poor died at the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775.  He served under Captain Elisha Woodbury's Company in Colonel John Stark's regiment, the 1st New Hampshire.

There is a Bunker Hill Monument that was built to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill.  It can be found in Charlestown, Massachusetts.  Moses Poor's name is inscribed on this monument.

(Source:   Pay Roll of Captain Elisha Woodbury's Company..., Vol. XIV; p.53, August 1775; State Papers; New Hampshire State Papers Volume 1-40; Archives and Record Management, Concord, New Hampshire.)

The payroll of Captain Elisha Woodbury's Company lists Moses Poor and next to his name it says, killed June 17.  Other information provided includes:
  • Rank-Private
  • Time of Entry-April 23
  • Time in Service-2 months
  • Whole Wages-4
  • Number of Miles Travel-36.3
  • Coat and Blanket-1.16
  • Whole Amount-5.19
  • Wages Received-2
  • Coat and Blanket Received-1.16
  • Whole Stopages-3.16
  • Balance Paid by S. Hobart Esq.- (left blank)
Moses Poor was born 10 March 1743 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, the son of Enoch Poor and Bethiah West.  He married Hannah Sinclair (Santclare) on 31 March 1767.  He died at the age of 32.


  1. I am so happy to have found your site. Moses Poor was my 4th great grandfather. His grandson Daniel Poor was my 2nd great grandfather, he move his family from New York to Cass County MI in 1840, his oldest son Charles Poor was already there. Daniel was married to Malinda Ingersol. They had 6 children, Charles, Simon (my great grandfather) Chauncey J Poor/Poore (his story is interesting)he was in the civil war, lived in Plainwell, MI and is buried there at the Hillside Cemetery, Jane,
    Alonzo & Loronzo (they may have been twins). I grew up in Cooper twp, Kalamazoo, MI. Pam

  2. Thank you, Pam for sharing your family information. Maybe we will find more cousins!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing! Moses is my 5th gg, Moses A my 4th, Samuel my 3rd, George B my 2nd, and Vida V. Poor Parker was my g-grandmother. My email is darylmax@me.com. I'd love to share information with cousins.

  4. I am glad to meet you 'cousin' Daryl. Thank you for commenting on my blog. I sent you an email with some of my research. I hope I don't overwhelm you, but I thought it would be the easiest way to see what I have. I look forward to hearing from you.

  5. Hi Brenda,
    I've been doing some family research for my wife, and she is a descendant of Moses Poor. Thanks for the info in this post! Is there anything more on Moses Poor you might be able to share with me? My email is ryan [at] juniperweb.net Thanks!

  6. Hi, Ryan, I guess you could say I am a cousin of your wife's. Moses is my fifth great grandfather. I sent you an email with the research I have in my files. I would love to see if you have any research I don't have. I look forward to hearing from you.

  7. Thanks Brenda, Sorry I'm a year late in responding!

  8. My name is April Muraco and I'm a Social Studies teacher in Salem, New Hampshire. This is kind of a strange story, but I'll relay it to you anyway in hopes that you have any information you would be willing to share!

    Out behind the school I teach at, there is an old "cellar hole" that I always wondered about. Last year, I became curious enough about it that I did quite a bit of research and was excited and surprised to discover that it was the home of Moses and Hannah (Sinkler/Sainclair) Poor from 1770 until Moses' death in the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. The cellar hole is in remarkably good condition with a set of steps (probably side/back steps) still in place and apple trees on either side of the threshold. There's even still a boot-scraper!

    Anyway, many of my students are interested in the site as well, especially since we're making some great discoveries on the site. I've learned a little bit about Moses Poor, but I'd love any more information you have. So far, all I know is that he was born in Newbury, MA in 1742, married Hannah in Hampstead, NH in 1767, had three sons (one named George was born, I'm assuming in the "cellar hole" house since he was born in 1773 in Salem, NH), and died in the Battle of Bunker Hill. I also recently discovered that he was a "surveyor of lumber" for the town of Atkinson, NH upon its incorporation in 1767.

    I hope that you will respond (or better yet, email me at april.lisette@gmail.com) with any more information you have about Moses or his family. Thanks so much in advance!

    April Muraco

  9. Moses Poor was the ultimate bad A$$. What he did when he did it? An absolute GREAT AMERICAN! We should celebrate his LIFE.
    God Bless his ancestors for you all have an incredible stroy to tell.

  10. Yes, he was! He gave his life for our country before we were even a country.