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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cole County, Missouri 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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Meredith T. Moore, proprietor of the Jefferson City Ferry Co., was born in Callaway County, Mo., May 25, 1827, he being a son of Samuel T. and Emily (Tarlton) Moore, both of whom were born in the “Blue Grass State.” In 1816 the father had come to Callaway County, and selected a farm, and here made his home until his death. He was the first judge of Callaway County, and was said to be the only man in the county qualified for the position. He was also colonel of a militia regiment which was organized there, and was comparatively a young man at the time of his death. His brother Thomas was in the British and Indian War of 1812, and on being taken captive was obliged to suffer tortures at their hands. The paternal grandfather, William Moore, was born in England, and came to America at an early day. Meredith T. Moore is one of two surviving members of a family of five children, and was reared on a farm and educated in the schools of Callaway County. He served in the Mexican War during 1846 and 1847, and was engaged in farming in his native county until 1883, when he removed to Jefferson City, where he has since made his home. He was sheriff and collector of Callaway County from 1870 to 1874, and was one of its prominent citizens. In 1879 he organized a stock company to run a ferry and transfer line from Cedar City to Jefferson City, and is still engaged in this enterprise. In 1856 he was married to Hannah Ramsey, by whom he became the father of seven children, four of whom are living: Kate, Leulah, William and Hendley. Mr. Moore is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and in his political views is a Democrat. Mrs. Moore’s grandfather, Gen. Jonathan Ramsey, was a brigadier-general in the War of 1812, and was a member of the convention that framed the constitution for the State of Missouri. He was a member of the Legislature of Kentucky (his native State), and after coming to Missouri was also in the Legislature. He was a very prominent man, and spent his declining years in Cole County.

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This family biography is one of 127 biographies included in The History of Cole County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Cole County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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