According to his Death Certificate, David Davis Amos was born in 1841 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. He was the son of John Amos and Annie Jones. He died of 'old age' near Greer in 1938. His wife's name was Carrie.
In 1930, David Amos was living in Beech Springs, Spartanburg County with his wife Carrie, his daughter Marrie Caldwell (b. 1898) and his granddaughter Geneba/Geneva (b. 1915). In 1920 Geneva Cal(d)well was living in the household of Dora Morris (b. 1871), a widow, in Reidville, Spartanburg County. Other members of the household included Dewitt Morris, Dora's son and Dora's cousins, Glover Calwell, Lynda Anderson and Bramley Anderson.
David Amos 1930, Beech Springs, Spartanburg County
Geneva Caldwell 1920, Reidville, Spartanburg County
The 1910 Census recorded David Amos living with his first wife Annie (1857-1919), daughter Lovenia (b. 1890) and sons Levachal (b. 1893) and Siemon (b. 1895). David & Annie had been married for 43 years and Annie was the mother of 11 children all still living in 1910.
Mrs Annie Amos was buried at Upper Shady Grove Baptist Church which was established by her community in the 1870s.
Louvenia Amos married Eddie Moore and gave birth to a son Andrew about 1915. Andrew was a widower by the time of his death by drowning in 1952. Louvenia Moore died at 100 Stoke Street, Greer in 1964. Her father was recorded as David Amos but her mother was recorded as Lucenda Cannon. The informant was her husband Eddie Moore.
Dave (David) Amos 1910, Beech Springs, Spartanburg County
Death Certificate 1919, Annie Amos, Reidville, Spartanburg County
Andrew Moore 1940, household of Eddie Moore, Beech Springs Township, Spartanburg County
Death Certificate 1952 Andrew Moore
Death Certificate 1964 Louvenia Amos Moore
The newspaper article of 1938 records David Amos place of enslavement as the plantation of the late Dr. Alfred Moore. Dr. Alfred Moore (1899-1937) was the son of Samuel Moore (1853-1919) and the grandson of Alfred L Moore (1823-1900). In 1860 Alfred Love Moore enslaved thirteen people ranging in age from 1 to 36 years. Neighbouring slaveholders were John E Moore, A B Flemming, E A Flemming, John C Orland, John H Hadden, Jane Snoddy, J R Frey and Amanda Hawkins.
Alred Love Moore (1823-1900) was also a physician. He was married to Martha Evins (1832-1884). In 1860, their children were recorded as; Thomas b. 1852, Samuel b.1854, Florence b. 1856 and Mary b. 1860. Also present in his household was John Moore b. 1820, a labourer and John Smith b. 1835, the Overseer.
1860 Slave Schedule, Southern Division, Spartanburg County
Alfred Love Moore (name transcribed as A S Moore) 1860 Southern Division, Spartanburg County
Memorial 1900 Dr. Alfred Love Moore
Mrs Fannie Moore was born in 1849 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. She was the daughter of Steven and Rachel Moore. Her paternal grandmother was born in Africa. Steven was a blacksmith and Rachel worked in the fields during the day and pieced quilts at night. Steven taught himself to read by stealing a book and taking it out to the fields to learn in secret. Rachel gave birth to twelve children in spite of working in the fields so she must have been a very strong woman.
Mrs Moore's recollection of her life was recorded in 1937 in Asheville, North Carolina by Marjorie Jones. Her memory was clear as she recalled many names and events in her life as an enslaved person. Her account is significant also because it shows how deeply entwined the lives of enslavers and enslaved people were. For example when Hill, the overseer, was displeased with Cheney's behaviour he told 'old granny Moore' and she whipped Cheney. Cheney had two children by Hill, the overseer. Fannie's mother Rachel was also whipped by 'granny Moore'. Fannie described 'old granny Moore' as a 'rip jack'.
In 1880, Fannie is recorded as living with her father and mother in Reidsville, Spartanburg. Her age is recorded as 18 which gives her a birth year of 1862. She and her sister Joanna are recorded as farm labourers. Also living in the household are Steven's granddaughters, Josephine, Carrie and Tosie and grandson Centennial. Two men are also in the household, Berry Miller and Laurence Barry. In 1870, there was ten children and young people recorded in Steven's household. By 1900, Steven and Rachel are getting on in years and living in Fair Forest Township, Spartanburg with their grandchildren Johnson and Ella Alexander aged 17 and 16. It is possible that these Alexander young people are the children of Mrs Fannie Moore. A 1967 Death Certificate for Josie Alexander (born in Spartanburg County, SC 1886) identifies her mother as Fannie Moore.
Sadly, six of Steven and Rachel's twelve children have died by this time. Steven died some time between 1900-1910, Rachel is recorded as a widow living next door to her son Benjamin in Walnut Grove, Spartanburg County in 1910.
By 1937, both Steven and Rachel have died and Fannie no-longer knew where her siblings were living. But researching death records we were able to find two of them, Benjamin and Jonas. Steven and Rachel's son Benjamin died in 1945, in Walnut Grove Township, Spartanburg County. Another son Jonas (dec. wife Luann) died in 1937 in Gastonia, Gaston, North Carolina.
Mrs Fannie Moore left us so much information that it is continued at www.enslavement-to-citizenship.com/irish-descendant-slaveholders/moore-spartanburg-county-south-carolina
Sources: (accessed 12 July 2021)
Fannie Moore 1937 northcarolinaslavenarratives.wordpress.com/north-carolina-slave-narratives-2/moore-fannie/
Fannie Moore & her family 1880 www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6SB-W8D
Steven Moore & family 1870 www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8RY-C4T
Steven Moore 1900 www.familysearch.org/search/ark:/61903/1:1:M3TL-8XM
Benjamin Moore, Death Certificate 1945 (wife's name Sally) www.familysearch.org/search/ark:/61903/1:1:FPM2-SVK
Jonas Moor, Death Cert. 1937 www.familysearch.org/search/ark:/61903/1:1:H4KL-DVN2
Josie Alexander Death Certificate 1967 www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C9P2-1W17-2
Rachel Moore 1910 www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M5DV-QS9
Valley Street where Mrs Moore was interviewed www.ashevillenc.gov/news/neighborhood-profile-east-end-valley-street/