It's a D. Moore Patent Revolver.- (Patent Sept .18, 1860)- a seven shot, .32 rim-fire single-action belt pistol - serial # 2072. It was made in Brooklyn N.Y., some time between 1861 and 1863, when the D. Moore company lost a patent dispute with Smith and Wesson concerning the use of the "bored through cylinder". The D. Moore Company became National Firearms in 1865. Colt purchased National Firearms in 1870.
It was carried in battle during the Civil War by Mary C. Bailey's grandfather, Lieutenant Marvin H. Williams of West Henrietta, NY .
Lt. Williams served in Company "H" of the 108th New York Volunteers, under the command of Col. Oliver Palmer.
He was Appointed Adjutant on Jannuary 2, 1863.
His service in the Union Army was from February 20, 1863 to July 17, 1863, when he received a medical discharge and returned home to West Henrietta, NY.
Lt. Williams and Company "H" of the New York 108th Volunteers fought in the Civil War battles at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Falling Waters, and Sharpsburg.
(All of this information was found in "A Complete Military History and Record of the 108th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers- from 1862- 1894", by Private George H. Washburn , Company D, Rochester, NY, E.R. Andrews Press , 1894, and this book is contained in the archive:
D. Moore Patent, Sept 18, 1860; a .32 rim-fire belt pistol; serial # 2072 was made in Brooklyn N.Y. between 1861- 1863.
It was carried in battle in the American Civil War by Lieutenant Marvin Williams of W. Henrietta, NY .
The silver plated brass frame is factory engraved and personalized for the customer, Lieut. M. Williams of W. Henrietta, New York.
Lt. Williams and the New York 108th Volunteers fought in the Civil War battles at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Falling Waters and Sharpsville.
Portrait of Marvin H.Williams, circa 1863
SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
1- "A Complete Military History and Record of the 108th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers- from 1862- 1894", by Private George H. Washburn ,Company D, Rochester, NY, E.R. Andrews Press, 1894. (Contained inthe Marvin Williams Archives, BELOW)
2- "The Descendants of Veach Williams, of Lebanon, CT", by Alexander Hamilton Wright, Tuttle, Moorehouse & Taylor, Printers, New Haven, CT. 1887- (Contained in the Marvin Williams Archives, SHOWN BELOW)
3-"It Began With a Will", the History of Williams College
Marvin H. Williams, Merchant and then, Farmer, (Contained in the Marvin Williams Archives, SHOWN BELOW)
Marvin H. Williams: First Lieutenant, Company H, 108th, NY Volunteers - *(Page 114)
Born: May 9, 1838, West Henrietta, NY
Appointed Adjutant, Jan. 2, 1863 - *(Page 15)
Presented a sword by his Community- 1863 - *(Page 9)
Purchased the Moore Pistol before his Service dates- Feb. 20, 1863 to July 17, 1863
Attended the Reunion of 108th Regiment, Avon Springs- 1879 - *(Page 434 )
Elected Vice-President, Officers of the 108th Regiment- 1880 - *(Page 357)
Elected President, Officers of the 108th Regiment- 1882 - *(Page 359)
HISTORY: Marvin Williams' activity during the Civil War:
Marvin Williams and Company H of the 108th Regiment fought in these Civil War battles:
Chancellorsville- May 1- 3 1863 - *(Page 148 ),
Gettysburg July 1- 3 1863 - 16 of the Company were killed here- *(Page124 )
Falling Waters July 14, 1863 *(Page 125)
NOTE: The source of this information is:
*"A Complete Military History and Record of the 108th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers- from 1862- 1894" by Private George H. Washburn Co.D Rochester, NY, 1894 E.R. Andrews Press
Personal Information: Marvin H. Williams
His grandfather was: Nathan Williams - Born April 1, 1772, Died 1833 at Stafford, NY.
His father was: Alexander Williams- Born Feb. 28, 1802, Lebanon, CT
Wife: Gertrude I.(Diver) Williams, Born Circa 1851 Died Feb. 22, 1891
Children: Jenny Mary Williams, Born Dec. 24, 1877, Henrietta, NY , and Lois Dimmick
Grandchildren: Betty (Pence)Thompson, Born 1916, Mary (Pence). Bailey, Born 1918
Great Grandchild, Clayton G. Bailey, Born 1939
Marvin Williams' Relation to Williams College:
Marvin Williams was a descendant of Ebeneezer Williams, who was the son of Captain Isaac Williams of Newton, MA, who was a step-brother of Ephriam Williams, Sr. of Cambridge Village, MA.
Ephriam Williams Jr. 1715-1755, gave the land on which Williams College was built, so Ephriam Jr. was a distant nephew of Marvin H.Williams.
SOURCE OF THIS INFORMATION:
2- "The Descendants of Veach Williams, of Lebanon, CT", by Alexander Hamilton Wright, Tuttle, Moorehouse & Taylor, Printers, New Haven, CT. 1887- (A copy of this book is contained in the Marvin Williams Archives, SHOWN BELOW)
Pictures below show the "Marvin Williams Archives", as of March 2010.
"The Marvin Williams Archives", consisting of a Pistol, theWilliams Genealogy, 108th Regimental Reunion Book- 1894, Photograph of Marvin Williams, and photograph of his father, Ebeneezer Williams.
This Genealogy , published in 1887, follows the Williams family tree from the early 1600s into the 20th Century.
Please contact me if you have additional information about the Daniel Moore Firearms Company, or about Lt. Marvin H. Williams. Thank you. Clayton G. Bailey