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Below is a family biography included in The History of Madison 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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Hon. Hiram M. Moore, the present representative of Madison County, Ark., and a resident of Kings River Township, was born in Overton County, Tenn., April 10, 1829, and is the son of George and Mary (Chapin) Moore, and the grandson of Charles Moore, who was a Revolutionary soldier. George Moore was born in North Carolina in 1783, and when young moved with his parents to Tennessee, where he was married to Miss Mary Chapin, a native of North Carolina, born in 1797, and the daughter of Paul Stillman Chapin, who was also a soldier in the Revolutionary War. In 1843 Mr. and Mrs. Moore moved to Arkansas and located in Johnson County, where they remained until 1849, after which they moved to Madison County, of the same State. Here the father died in 1859, and the mother in 1863. Both were worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church for many years, and took a great interest in all church affairs. Mr. Moore was a Democrat in politics. Their marriage resulted in the birth of seven children, Hon. Hiram M. being the sixth child, and he and an elder sister (Mrs. Clarissa Nunley, widow of Joseph Nunley) are the only ones of the family now living. At the age of nineteen Hiram M. Moore left home, and began working for himself on a farm. This pursuit he has ever since continued. December 23, 1847, he married Miss Cynthia A. Smith, daughter of Henry B. and Priscilla Smith, and a native of Tennessee, born in 1829. She died in Madison County, Ark., January 16, 1859, leaving four children, two now living: Christopher W., now living in Carroll County, Ark., and Priscilla M., wife of Franklin P. Bunch, a farmer of Carroll County, Ark. Those deceased were names John S. and Thomas S. April 22, 1863, Mr. Moore married Miss Arty M. Brashears, a native of Pope County, Ark., born in 1835, and the daughter of Isaac and Mary Brashears. She died in 1867, without issue. April 8, 1868, Mr. Moore took for his third wife Mrs. Emeline Smith, daughter of Stephen and Mary Jackson, and widow of Rufus C. Smith. She was born in Carroll County, Ark., September 8, 1843, and by her last marriage became the mother of eight children, all now living: Clarissa S., Stillman A., Jesse L., Nancy B., Martha V., Cora May, Lou Effie and Joel C. In 1868 Mr. Moore moved to Carroll County, Ark., and there resided fifteen years, when he returned to Madison County, and located on his present property. In August, 1862, he organized Company F, of the Third Arkansas Infantry, Confederate army, and served about twelve months, when he resigned. In 1866 he was elected justice of the peace in Kings River Township, which office he held until going to Carroll County. In 1874 he was elected to represent the last named county in the Legislature and served two years. After coming to Madison County, in 1886, he was elected to represent that county in the Legislature. Mr. Moore is a member of the Masonic fraternity at Kingston, was S. W. and afterward Master of the lodge. He is Democratic in his political views, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, of which he was steward until recently. He is one of the highly respected citizens of the county.

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This family biography is one of 99 biographies included in The History of Madison County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Madison County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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