The first piece of information that I know about my 9-gr-grandparents came from an article written by Joseph Moore entitled Quaker John Moore that was published in Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol 44, No 1:
James Moore was present in Philadelphia, within two years of the city’s founding by William Penn. James’ lot at the City Center, on which he built a house in 1684, forms the southwest corner of present Dilworth Plaza.
From reading on Wikipedia and other sources found by google searches I know that Philadelphia was founded 27 Oct 1682 by William Penn. Penn purchased the land between the Schuykill and Delaware Rivers from the Lenape Indians of the Delaware Nation. He founded the town to act as the capital of the Pennsylvania Colony.
City Hall is built on the area designated by William Penn as Centre Square. It was a public square from the city's founding in 1682 until the construction of City Hall began upon the site in 1871. It was one of the five original squares laid out on the city grid by Penn. It lay at the geographic heart of the city from 1682 until the Act of Consolidation, 1854 (although it was never the social heart of the city during that long period).
Penn planned for Centre Square to be:
However, the Delaware riverfront would remain the de facto economic and social heart of the city for more than a century.So James and Rose lived smack dab in the middle of "what was happening" in 1684. But as the town grew, the social center of the town was no longer the area that James and Rose had settled on first.
Wikipedia says about the growth of Philadelphia: "Philadelphia grew from a few hundred inhabitants in 1683 to over 2,500 in 1701. The population was mostly English, Welsh, Irish, Germans, Swedes, Finns, Dutch, and African slaves. Before William Penn left Philadelphia for the last time on October 25, 1701 he issued the Charter of 1701. The charter established Philadelphia as a city and gave the mayor, aldermen, and councilmen the authority to issue laws and ordinances and regulate markets and fairs."
From the same article written by Joseph Moore comes the following information:
James Moore was a blacksmith by trade and performed work on Penn’s Mill, for which he was partially paid by a 1692 land grant (which he shortly sold) in Merion township, Philadelphia County, and in 1690 he assembled the leaded glass windows for the Quaker’s Center Meeting House in Philadelphia.
From this site comes the following:
"....in 1681, a group of twelve men in London, England had met to form a stock company (which became known as “the Society of Free Traders”) to erect one or more water powered mills in the new colony. The cost of the venture was to be divided among the investors with the profits to be shared according to the investment each made. Caleb Pusey was selected to be the mill manager and agent for the joint venture. Richard Townsend was a builder and millwright and he directed the assembly and testing of a mill in the London area. This prefabricated mill was disassembled and loaded on the ship “Welcome” and was brought out to Upland with William Penn. Upon arrival, the mill was unloaded and barged up the Chester creek.
The location of the mill was decided upon with the help of Thomas Wade, a prominent Quaker who had lived in the area for 7 years. He was well respected by William Penn and he was asked to help Caleb Pusey scout the best location. The decision was made to locate the mill at the head of tidewater on the Chester creek. This would allow the mill and other materials to be floated up the creek to this point and to enable ease of transport of the milled flour and boards down the creek to Chester and beyond."
We know where this mill would have been located because Caleb Pusey's house still survives.
As you can see from below map this location is a jaunt from James and Rose's home. I will visit this site when I come back with a car.
OK....the leaded glass windows in the meeting house....From the Wikipedia article about Philadelphia City Hall comes the information: "Penn's design of a center square as the hub of his community had to be abandoned. The large Friends meeting house which was built in 1685 at the midpoint between the rivers was dismantled in 1702."
Steve explained the following about the original Meeting house and the windows: "And of course they built the center meeting house which was to be THE meeting house. According to the minutes they spared no expense in so doing. It took several years to build and our James was one of many. But as we know, the center of Philly did not play out as Penn had hoped and the epicenter of activity remained closer to the river. The center house was eventually abandoned, but since they had so much money tied up in it, they made plans to dismantle it and sell the building materials. Unfortunately, with my limited time I did not notate any of this, just bookmarked in my mind so I can go back to it down the road, so I can’t point you to the pages wherein this was all written. Though no mention was made of the windows during their discussions of dismantling, it does stand to reason that they would also be salvaged and sold, or even reused in one of the other meeting houses. I get the feeling that James’ windows lived on."
There is some discussion about my making an effort to see the wax seal on John Moore's will. The next information is my research on this effort: