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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Union County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  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. Jesse B. Moore, lawyer, El Dorado. Ark. Mr. Moore is a man who is steadily and surely making his way to the front in the profession of law, and as a prominent and useful citizen. Of thorough education, a close student of and well versed in law, he has at the same time, to a more than ordinary degree, the natural attributes essential to a successful career at the bar and in public. He was born in Union County, Ark., in December, 1848, and was the son of William G. and Susan (Brown) Moore, natives of North Carolina and Alabama, respectively. The father followed agricultural pursuits in Alabama until 1848, after which he came to Arkansas, and settled in Union County, where he at once purchased 400 acres of land. To this he added rapidly much more until his farm embraced 1,000 acres of cleared land, and he owned altogether about 3,000 acres. He was one of Union County’s largest planters for many years, was a member of the Baptist Church, and was a generous and liberal contributor to all worthy enterprises. The mother died in 1867. They had two sons in the Confederate army, George W. and James A, The paternal grandfather of our subject was of Irish descent and the maternal grandfather of Scotch. Jesse B. Moore became thoroughly familiar with the duties of the farm in youth, attended the school at home and after the war, by his own exertions, he earned the money to pay his way through the Southern University, at Greensboro, Ala. He left school in 1873, returned to Union County and taught, school until the summer of 1874, when he was elected as one of the representatives from Union County, when only twenty-four years of age. During the recess of this session he entered the law school at Lebanon, Tenn., and in the spring of 1876 was admitted to the bar at El Dorado, where he has been in practice ever since. During 1876 and 1877 he served as county examiner of this county and probate judge. He has since applied himself studiously to his profession, and is a leading practitioner of this county. His prominent characteristics are an acute sense of honor, unquestioned integrity, and singular fairness and liberality, a mind just and liberal, and generous of heart and character. At the administrator’s sale of his father’s estate, Mr. Moore purchased 3,300 acres of the estate, and this he has since rented and from time to time sold off portions until at present he owns about 1,100 acres, 300 of which are under cultivation, the balance being in good timber. In 1878 Mr. Moore was married to Miss Lizzie Miles, daughter of Benjamin F. Miles, who was a very wealthy man and who died in Texas during the war. One of his sons, Albert B. Miles, was surgeon in charge of Charity Hospital, New Orleans. To Mr. and Mrs. Moore were born four children, all of whom are living: Albert B., Lillie B., Jesse W., and William Franklin. The family are members of the Baptist Church. In 1888 Mr. Moore bought one half block of property in Little Rock, and in 1887 he made quite extensive investments in both Fort Smith and Haggard.

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This family biography is one of 84 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Union County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Union County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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