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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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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Wilburn Denton Moore, farmer and stock dealer, was born at Cane Hill, Washington Co., Ark., October 30, 1854, and is a son of David Milton and Pauline Jane (Reagan) Moore. The grandparents, John D. and his wife, who was formerly a Miss Patrick, moved from Kentucky shortly after the birth of our subject’s father, and settled in Tennessee. In 1830 they removed to Cane Hill, Ark., where they now reside. They reared eight children to maturity and buried four children in early youth. One son, Thomas David, died while on duty in the Confederate service. David Milton Moore was for many years associated with his father in the mercantile business at Cane Hill, their store being one of the first in that place. After the death of his father he, for many years, was extensively engaged in farming and stock dealing. His son, Napoleon C., is a merchant at Siloam Springs; Edward is a merchant at Witcherville; John R. is now a partner of his father in agricultural pursuits and the nursery business; James O. is a prominent farmer near Cincinnati, Ark., and Robert Lee is engaged in farming at Prairie Grove. He has two daughters, Cynthia Alice and Mary Pauline, the latter of whom is the wife of Dr. Edward Davenport of Witcherville [see sketch]. Pauline Jane (Reagan) Moore was a daughter of John Reagan, a native of Tennessee, who located at Cane Hill in 1829 [see sketch]. Wilburn Denton Moore grew to manhood in this county, and is now a substantial farmer and stock dealer. He married Mary J., eldest daughter of the Hon. Hosea M. Maguire [see sketch]. Mr. Moore has two sons living: Hosea David Clyde and Horace Duke. Two children died when young, Mallory and Hugh Oscar. Mrs. Moore died December 4, 1885, and is buried beside her two children in Valley Grove Cemetery, Richland. She was a faithful member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and her loss was greatly mourned by her friends and acquaintances.

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