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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Independence 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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M. M. Moore, grocer at Sulphur Rock, is a son of James F. and Anna G. (Dillingham) Moore, both of whom were born in North Carolina, the former’s birth occurring in Iredell County, and the latter’s in the year 1813. They were married in Independence County, Ark., whither the father came in 1819, and the mother with her parents when a child. They reared their family in this county and here the father was engaged in blacksmithing, carriage-making, farming and stock-raising. In these enterprises he accumulated a large fortune, and died in 1872, at the age of sixty-five years, and his wife when thirty-five years old. He was a Whig in politics, and two of the four children born to himself and wife are now living. The paternal grandfather, John Moore, was born in Scotland and came to the United States, locating in North Carolina, where he married and spent his life, dying at the age of one hundred years. M. M. Moore grew to manhood in Independence County, but owing to the scarcity of schools in his youth, he received a limited early education. Brought up to a knowledge of farm life, he very naturally chose that as his calling at first, but when the war broke out laid down his farm work to enlist in the Confederate army. He participated in the battle of Shiloh, where he was wounded, and, accepting Lincoln’s proclamation, he did not return to service, but came home and resumed farm work, continuing until 1875, when, with keen business foresight and realizing the advantages to be gained in conducting a grocery, he embarked in the business at Sulphur Rock. In connection with this he looks after the interests of his farm, which comprises 240 acres. He is a member of the Methodist Church, and in his political views is a Republican. He was first married when twenty-seven years of age to Miss Fannie Rushing, who died in 1876, having borne the following children: John, who died when six years of age; Mary, wife of Everett Murphy; Daniel, Susie, who died at the age of ten years; Rosa and Enoch. His second wife was Miss Mary Moore, and their two children are named John N. and Fannie. In his younger days Mr. Moore taught school for about ten years in Northern Alabama and some in Independence County, Ark.

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This family biography is one of 158 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Independence County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Independence County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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