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Below is a family biography included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  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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MOORE, F. T., son of F. C. Moore, was born at Quincy, April 7, 1838; about the age of sixteen he was apprenticed to Hayes, Woodruff & Co., carriage manufacturers, where he worked about four years. In 1858 he went to St. Joseph, Mo., as the agent of the above firm, and also to engage in business on his own account. The business not proving profitable, on account of the approaching war and unsettled condition of the country, he returned to Quincy, and in July, 1861, enlisted in Captain Delano’s company of the 2d Ill. Cav. Vols. On the 15th of Nov., 1861, he was elected 2d Lieutenant, vice Jos. L. Sawyer resigned. On the 6th of May, 1862, he was elected Captain, vice Delano, deceased. He remained in command of the company until the 15th day of June, 1865, when he was honorably discharged by reason of expiration of term of service. He participated with his company in the battles of Belmont, Madrid Bend, Hatchee river, Amite river, Coldwater river, Okalona, Jackson, Grierson, Mississippi raid, and numerous skirmishes in Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and Louisiana, from St. Louis, Mo., to Pensacola, Florida. Returning home, he went again to St. Joseph, Mo., where he remained about a year. He was here married to Miss Henrietta V. Gyles. In 1870 he removed with his family to Omaha, Neb., and from there to Beloit, Kansas, where he engaged in farming, returning again to Quincy in 1874. His wife dying soon after their return to Quincy, he was married, on the 22d of April, 1878, to Miss Mary E. Bywater. He is at this date (1878) manager of the Quincy Opera House. He has had four children; two only, Francis and Susan, are living.

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This family biography is one of 1444 biographies included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Adams County, Illinois

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