William Gore Senior
William Gore, Senior was born March 27, 1753. He was the son of Joshua Gore who first settled in old New Hanover County, North Carolina. His birth place was inthe area that later came Duplin County, North Carolina.
In 1774 he married Mary Simmonds, born October 8, 1758, daughter of Isaac Simmonds, Senior. It is believed William and his wife moved to Columbus County, North Carolina befor the Revolutionary War. He later moved his family to Brunswick County, North Carolina, where he was a leading figure in the early settlement there. He later moved to LIttle River, South Carolina where he lived at the time of his death, October 30, 1828. He was large landowner and a business man with holdings of more than four thousand acres of land, which he deeded to his children in his will dated May 30, 1825.
William Gore was a member of the North Carolina Militia and served in the Revolutionary War, as noted in the Revolutionary War records at Raliegh, North Carolina.
William and Mary Simmonds Gore were the parents of eight children listed below:
***Rebecca Gore, born February 26, 1771.
Married to Thomas Frink.
***John Gore, born January 23, 1779.
Married (1) Rhoda Reeves, (2)Sussana Gore, (3) Elizabeth Victoria Stevens.
***William Gore, Jr. born January 25, 1783.
Married Dorcas Ann Conner.
***Mary Ann Gore, born March 3, 1787.
Married John Bessent in 1805.
***James William Gore, born June 5, 1790.
Married Lydia Ann Bessent.
***Cathrine Gore, born January 2, 1793.
Married Daniel Thomas.
***Jonathan Isaac Gore, born December 14, 1795. Married (1) Mary Elizabeth Hemmingway, (2) Elizabeth Bessent, (3) Sarah Pearce.
***Anner J. Gore, born March 17, 1799.
Married Thomas T. Cleady, January 20, 1815.