The Moffetts of Leggygowan & the Land of Lincoln

The Moffetts of Leggygowan & the Land of Lincoln

The Moffetts of Leggygowan & the Land of Lincoln

The Moffetts of Leggygowan & the Land of Lincoln


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This book, which was twelve years in the making, tells the story of a Scotch Irish family, the Moffetts, who migrated from the Lowlands of Scotland in the late 1600s to County Down, Ireland. They settled in the townland of Leggygowan where they raised a family of nine children on a small farm. In the period 1777-1784, three young brothers sailed for America to seek freedom from British tyranny and the hope for a better life. This family traces its history from its early settlement in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania to the frontier of Kentucky and finally to Macon County, Illinois. There the Moffetts settled across the river from another Kentucky family, the Lincolns. Their son, Abraham, became a family friend and lawyer for the Moffetts. He would later become the 14th President of the United States. The Moffetts were among the first to promote the young back woodsman as a presidential candidate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732213555
Publisher: Legacies & Memories
Publication date: 09/20/2019
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. The Surname Moffett

2. The Story

3. Origins of This Line of Moffetts

4. On to Ireland, The Moffetts Become Ulster Scots

5. The Second Generation Born in Ireland

6. Gone to America

7. Arrival and Settlement

8. Living in the New Young Country

9. The First Generation Born in America - John Bigham Moffett and his Generation

10. Intrigue in the Civil War

11. William Thomas Moffett - A Full, Colorful and Productive Life



Index to Names of Moffett Family Members

General Index

David Moffett's Additional Research, Photos and Exhibits

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