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Below is a family biography included in The History of Switzerland County, Indiana published by Weakley, Harraman & Co. in 1885.  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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JOHN MOORE, farmer and merchant, Allensville, was born in County Antrim, Ireland, in 1816, and educated in the common schools of his native country. His parents, John and Catharine (McQuillin) Moore, were born in Ireland and lived in their native land until called from earth. They were members of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. John Moore came to America in 1839, and located in Philadelphia. In 1840 he moved to Indiana, and, in 1841, to Montgomery, Ala., where he remained until 1843, then returned to Indiana and has lived in the same township ever since, engaged in farming and general merchandising. He has been quite successful in business and has accumulated a competency. He was married, June 1, 1839, to Miss Margaret M. Fadden, who was born in Ireland in 1812, and by this union five children were born: Sarah, December 8, 1844, died November 16, 1862; Maggie, born May 9, 1847; Fannie, born October 1, 1849; James, born September 2, 1853, died June 2, 1863; John, born March 4, 1857. Mrs. Moore passed away June 24, 1879. Mr. Moore was postmaster for about seven years, and is a popular man in his community. He enjoys a good country patronage, as the result of fair dealing through the long period of operations in mercantile business.

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This family biography is one of 215 biographies included in The History of Switzerland County, Indiana published in 1885 by Weakley, Harraman & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Switzerland County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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