Moore Brick Company
Isaac was a leader of causes and men, a "take charge"
and "move to the front " type of person. His interests
and energy were immense and he involved himself in a variety of
leadership tasks within in the Township of Brighton, in the growing
city of Rochester, County of Monroe and in the State of New York.
He was a businessman, land owner, political party leader and community
leader. A listing of his involvement reads as follows; member and
leader of the county Political Whig Party, Operator of a Brighton
Nursery Business, Farmer, Director of three Brighton Brickyards,Owned
& Operated a Canal Boat, Executive on Monroe County Committee
for the Temperance Society, Vice President of N. Y. S. Agricultural
Society, owner and operator of the Eagle Tavern in Rochester,Owned
& Operated a Lime Kiln, Superintendent of Erie Canal (Pittsford
to Medina), founder of the Clover Street Seminary, President of
the six mile, Rochester & Pittsford Plank Road Company, and
for relaxation he enjoyed and excelled in the game of Whist which
he played often, and well with his East Avenue companions.
You will notice from the listing above that Isaac was always at
the leadership role of any organization he joined, a testimony to
his capacity to identify community needs early and provide the wisdom
and energy to direct others in accomplishing their goals plus the
acceptance of his leadership.
Operation & Location:
rapid growth of Rochester which began in the early 1830s,
demanded great quantities of brick and lime, the raw materials for
which Brighton had in abundance. Isaac Moore in 1823, was making
brick on a farm just west of the Rock and Elm on East
Avenue. a few years later he was established on Clover Street where
he carried on business several years, and then located on the State
Road west of the Twelve Corners having a partner Edgar
Wilson. By the way, after he left the first named yards, Robert
Irwin carried them for several years. There was a brick yard on
the Romanta Hart farm just west of his home, but when and by whom
operated, I do not know. The Bucklands, Amos and Abner, and possibly
Leonard, were brick makers on the road running south of the 12
Corners. As wood became too scarce and valuable for brick
burning, coal came into use and the Rochester Brick and Tile Co.
on the State Road East of Cobbs Hill began operations about
1857 on a large scale, using coal. Jason Baker was the Manager or
President of the Company.....page 4
above record was found @ The Rochester Historical Society on East
Avenue, Thursday, September 25, 2003, Records of Bloss/Estate
contained in Box 86.31.51a, within folder #6, titled Brighton
History, The Reminiscences of Joseph H. Cogswell..
Chapter 4...The Manufactories of Brighton
Moore (1787 - 1857) was an Uncle of Joseph H. Cogswell (1828-1916)
above written history account places the Isaac Moore Brick Company
@ three locations:
in 1820's on East Avenue across from Stone Tolan House, on a farm
just west of the Rock and Elm 2nd in 1830's on east
side of Clover Street, starting at East Avenue, next the Brick Pond
and then the Brick Yard, 3rd in 1840's @ Twelve Corners possibly
where Brighton High School is today and where the German Brick &
Tile Company operated, on land facing Monroe Avenue East of Brighton
School Buildings. This can be defended by the land purchases of
Isaac in that area, which are documented in the purchase of lands
in Lot #14 and 100 acres in Lot #22.
other possibility of location would be to locate the yard on the
west side of Monroe Avenue. Edwin Wilson is shown to have a Brickyard
@ this location, shown on an 1852 map, James Cogswell states that
Edgar Wilson was a partner with Isaac Moore. Land records show that
Edwin Wilson sold, in 1852, 17 acres in Lot #29 to Abner Buckland.
Did Abner Buckland buy this land for his brother Leonard and was
Isaac Moore a party to this sale?
The record of Isaac Moore and Edgar Wilson being partners in the
Brick Business would establish the last date of the Isaac Moore
Brick yards as existing from 1823-1853. Isaac Moore arrived in 1823
and Edwin E. Wilson sold to the Rochester Brick & Tile Company
in 1853. This partnership may also say that the location of the
Moore/Wilson Brick Yard was next to Gideon Cobb's Yard on Monroe
Ave. I have no record that Isaac Moore was connected with the Brickyards
purchase in 1853 of the three major brick makers on Monroe Avenue,
Cobb, Burton & Wilson which resulted in the birth of The Rochester
Brick & Tile Company.
red dots on the 1822 Monroe County Map of Brighton indicate the
Isaac Moore's Brickyards.
I have viewed two adds placed in the local paper, one in 1828 and
the other in 1834, both adds document the existence of the Isaac
Moore Brickyard. The first add of 1828 reads as follows:
The following add was published in Rochester
Daily Telegraph June 28, 1828:
First quality BRICK, at the brick
yard of the subscriber in the town of Brighton.
March 27, 1828...........ISAAC MOORE
above advertisement gives proof to the existence and operation of
a Brighton Brickyard owned and operated by Isaac Moore. The date
of 1828 places him in operation about the same time period that
the Buckland family was starting on their brick industry. The quantity
of 700,000 is consistent with what a "Clamp Kiln" could
produce at the time, and the date on which the add was placed, March
27, indicates that Isaac was selling last years production, for
brick production could not get started till late April in the Rochester
area, due to cold weather conditions.
second add of 1834 reads as follows:
following add was published in "Rochester
Daily Democrat" March 4, 1834:
SOFT BRICK REWARD !
Ran away from the subscriber on the night of the 5th last, PELEG
KOSS, an indented apprentice in the Brick making business, aged
20 years. All persons are forbid harboring or trusting him on my
MOORE, Brighton, Feb. 8, 1834