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Below is a family biography from the book,  The History of Crawford County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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D. W. Moore. Among the early settlers of Crawford Count, Ark., should be mentioned the Moore family. Grandfather Benjamin Moore, a native of Virginia, came here with his family at an early day, and settled on the Sebastian County side of the Arkansas River, at what is known as Moore’s Rock. His son Benjamin L., was also born in Virginia, and came to this State with his parents. Upon arriving at man’s estate he married Mary Walker, sister of Judge C. W. Walker, and soon after settled in Crawford County, where he farmed for a time, and merchandised in Van Buren. The mother was a Methodist, and died when her only child, David W., was an infant. The father afterward married Emily H. Erwin, who became the mother of Benjamin L. Moore. The father was a Whig in politics. His death occurred when our subject was ten years old. David W. was born October 2, 1839, at Fayetteville, where his mother was visiting. He received as good an education as the times afforded during his younger days, his first teacher being Rev. Townsend, an Episcopal clergyman of culture, and his second the Rev. C. K. Marshall, a Presbyterian minister who taught in Van Buren. After his father’s death he went to live with the family of Judge David Walker, of Fayetteville, remaining with them for ten years. At the age of sixteen, having nearly completed the course of the Arkansas College, he entered Princeton College, New Jersey, but left eighteen months on account of ill health, returning to Fayetteville, and living upon his uncle’s farm. In May 1861, he enlisted in Capt. Brown’s company of Van Buren Frontier Guards for three months, and was appointed sergeant-major of Col. Gratiot’s regiment. He was present during the fight at Wilson’s Creek, and at the expiration of his service re-enlisted in Company G, of King’s regiment of infantry, Confederate army, remaining until the close of the war. He participated in the engagement at Helena, and several others of minor importance. In 1863 he was adjutant of Stirman’s battalion four months. He also served as quartermaster-sergeant. His command was disbanded at Marshall, Tex., and he then went to Little Rock from Shreveport on horseback. Arriving there he was made clerk of the quartermaster’s office for nine months, and then for eight months held the clerkship on the steamer Argus, under Capt. Ed Noland. Then for a number of years he farmed in Crawford County, and subsequently secured an interest in the business of D. C. Williams, for whom he had kept books two years. Later the business was conducted by H. H. Shibley, George Wood and himself, under the firm name of Shibley, Moore & Co. Ill health, however, caused his return to farm life, which has since been his chief occupation. He is a stanch Democrat, and in 1872 was the Democratic nominee for representative of Franklin, Crawford and Sebastian Counties. May 27, 1875, he married Emma T. Johnson, a native of this county, and the mother of four children: David W., Thomas J., Benjamin L. and Mary W. Mrs. Moore is a member of the Episcopal Church. Mr. Moore owns 1,000 acres of land, and is a director of the Crawford County Bank.

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This family biography is one of 222 biographies included in The History of Crawford County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Crawford County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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