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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Grant 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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J. Fletcher Moore, of whom honorable mention should be made, was born in Guilford County, N. C., November 29, 1825, and is the son of Alpha P. and Anna D. (Guinn) Moore, both natives of North Carolina. The senior Moore was a teacher and planter, residing in Guilford County up to 1834, when he located in Henry County, Tenn., and moved to Mississippi in 1843, settling in Chickasaw County, and afterward in Calhoun County. He died in the Confederate service, at Columbus, Ky., and his wife survived him until 1885, dying at Grant County, Ark. Fletcher Moore grew to maturity in Tennessee, remaining with his father until about twenty-four years old. In 1853 he moved to Arkansas, locating in what is now Grant County, and on the same section of land where he now resides. That he has made a success of farming, is clearly demonstrated by the fine condition his place is now in. He has 300 acres in one tract, and about seventy-five under a high state of cultivation. Good stables, sheds, etc., and a nice comfortable house, are among the conveniences. An excellent orchard of peaches and apples have shown by their returns what care and cultivation can do. Mr. Moore was first married, in Mississippi, January 30, 1850, to Martha C. Clements, a native of Alabama, and a daughter of John Clements. In 1876 she died, leaving five children to the care of their father. Two years later Mr. Moore again married, this time Mrs. McElroy (nee Holland), of Independence County, Ark. Five children have blessed this union. Mr. and Mrs. Moore are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in which he is steward. He has served four consecutive terms as justice of his township, and is also an influential member of the school board. Although Mr. Moore has a large family of his own, he has reared and educated six orphans, giving them all the advantages that his own children received, and while he fain would hide his good acts under a bushel, it would be impossible to do so, as there are many acts of charity and benevolence that may never reach the ears of the outside world; howbeit they are thoroughly appreciated by those on whom they are conferred.

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