We know for sure that there have been several deaths in the home -- but all were from natural causes. "This was common in the old days," said Site Manager Shereen Sampson. "There were no hospitals in the area, and family members died in their own beds. Once they had passed, the body would be laid out for viewing in the parlor, and then brought to the cemetery. This tradition did not change until well into the 20th century."
Rumors have circulated that one of John Moore's daughters haunts the house after a tragic death during childbirth. However, both of Moore's daughters lived to a ripe old age, so those rumors are definitely not true.
On the other hand, there IS a story that has been verified as true by several reliable sources:
A four-year-old child came to tour the house with her mother. When the Museum docent brought them in to the front entryway, the little girl’s attention was drawn to the front bedroom. She interrupted the docent by telling her mother to look at the man in the rocking chair, as she was pointing to the chair in the corner of the room. Then she said, “Oh, he’s coming to see us!” Her mother and the docent both looked at each other, and then back at the empty room. The docent then shuttled them quickly into another area of the house, and the little girl never mentioned him again. It was the room that John Moore Jr. died in.
Funding has been provided to the Fort Bend History Association from Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.
Fort Bend Museum Staff