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Below is a family biography included in The History of Morgan 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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John Moore has been a resident of Morgan County, Mo., since 1837, and is one of its leading farmers. He was born in Hardy County, Va., in 1825, and is a son of Thomas and Sarah (Doren) Moore, who also came to Morgan County, and resided here until their respective deaths. John Moore was married, in 1847, to Matilda Campbell, a native of Kentucky, and to their union six children were born: James M. (a farmer of Morgan County, Mo.), Mary F., J. D. (also a farmer of the county), W. W. (a tiller of the soil in Morgan County), Lucy (wife of Max Biersach, of Milwaukee, Wis.), and Elizabeth (wife of S. P. Hunter, Jr., a Morgan County farmer). The mother of these children died in 1863, at the age of thirty-six years, having been an earnest church member for many years. In 1834 Mr. Moore was married to a young lady, Miss Matilda Huff, and the following are their children: John Q. (who died at the age of nineteen years), Nettie (wife of Alfred Burns), Ida, Tilla and Emma. Mr. and Mrs. Moore have long been members of the Baptist Church, and he has been remarkably successful as a farmer and business man. He began the battle of life with but little means, at quite an early age, and when a young man came to Morgan County, Mo., with little or no capital, but by hard work and good management has been very successful, and now ranks second to none in Morgan County. His first purchase of land was quite small, but he now owns 1,400 acres, and has his home farm of 700 acres finely improved. Besides this he has been very liberal with his children, and has given them all good homes near him, and is happy in the knowledge that all are honorable and intelligent men and women, of whom any parent might well be proud. Mr. Moore is well known and universally respected by the citizens of Morgan County, and has ever been public spirited, the patron of education, and a liberal supporter of worthy enterprises.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in The History of Morgan County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Morgan County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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