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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, FRANCIS C., the youngest child of Col. John Moore, was born at Hempstead, Queen’s county, Long Island, State of New York, on the 9th day of July, 1796. He attended school until about fourteen years of age, when he entered the service of Abraham H. VanVleeck & Co. About the first of Sept. 1814, being then a little over eighteen years old, he was drafted into Captain Richard Carman’s company of the 100th Regt. Queen’s County Militia, David Bedell, Colonel commanding (the war of 1812 with England). The regiment was stationed at Fort Green, on Brooklyn Heights. He served with his company until Jan. 1, 1815, when peace was declared. The pay of a soldier at that time was six dollars per month. He was married on the 13th of April, 1819, to Julia Ann Munn, eldest daughter of Stephen B. Munn, of New York City. He was engaged in the retail grocery business until the 1st of April, 1823, when he sold out and entered the service of his father-in-law, conducting his extensive real estate business for over ten years. In October, 1833, he entered into partnership with John Tillson, Jun., in the real estate business, at Hillsboro, Montgomery county, Ill., under the firm name of Tillson, Moore & Co. On the 1st of March, 1834, the business was removed to Quincy. The firm — Moore, Morton & Co. — located their office at what is now the northwest corner of 24th and Chestnut streets, where they remained several years, when they moved into town. Mr. Moore continued in the same business until his death, which occurred on the 8th day of Feb., 1874, at the age of 78 years.

In the spring of 1835 he built a residence, then two miles from Quincy, on what has ever since been known as “Moore’s Mound” (now Highland), where he resided until the spring of 1872. His wife dying soon after her arrival at Quincy, he was again married, on Easter Sunday, March 26, 1837, to Miss Mary Grant, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Grant, of Chatteras, Cambridgeshire, England. His last wife survived him two years. Mr. Moore was well known to the early settlers in this part of the county. For many years before there were any railroads in this part of the State he traveled on horseback or in a sulky, examining lands in nearly every township in the “military tract.” He left eight children, all of whom are at the present date (1879) living. They are: John L. Moore, Mrs. J. T. Baker, Mrs. S. G. Rowland and F. T. Moore, Quincy; Mrs. E. D. Jaggar, Burlington, Iowa; Mrs. Dr. Platt, China; Mrs. F. C. Sherman and Dr. R. C. Moore, Omaha, Nebraska.

He was one of the founders of St. John’s Church (now cathedral), then a small frame building on 6th street between Hampshire and Vermont, and from the day of its organization, March 26, 1837, to the day of his death, he was senior warden and otherwise connected with the government of the church.

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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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