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Below is a family biography included in The History of Webster 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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Capt. Friley Washington Moore, another prominent citizen of the county, was born in Jamesville, Martin Co., N. C., February 22, 1820, being the only living representative to the marriage relation of William B. and Sarah J. (Cooper) Moore, and is of Irish-English extraction. His father was born at Jamesville, N. C., about 1798, and died in his native town about 1834. He was a carpenter and book-keeper by occupation. The mother of Mr. Moore was also a native of Martin County, N. C., and died at Jamesville in the thirty-sixth year of her age. The paternal grandfather of Mr. Moore was Mathias Moore, a native of the “Emerald Isle,” and who came to the United States at a very early date. He settled in North Carolina, was an inn-keeper for some time, and died in 1824, at a good old age. Humphrey Cooper, the maternal grandfather of our subject, was a native of England, and died in North Carolina. Capt. Friley W. Moore obtained a common-school education, and at an early age began clerking in a store at Jamesville. In January, 1841, he went to Williamston, N. C., where he clerked in the store of Rev. C. B. Hassell, at a salary of $125 per annum, with board and washing, and with the understanding that his wages were to be increased at the rate of $50 per year if mutually satisfied. He continued here for four years, and in 1844 bought out his employer. His marriage occurred February 17, 1846, to Miss Martha Ann Clomon, of Rainbow Banks, N. C. She died in Marshfield, Mo., June 22, 1876, and was a most estimable woman, and for many years was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. In 1848 Mr. Moore sold his store to his old employer, and then engaged in the saw-mill and lumber business, selling his manufactures in New York City, Philadelphia and Boston. After three years he sold his business to a Virginia company, and in 1856 was elected president of the Roanoke Steamboat Navigation Company, becoming commander of the steamer “John Styles.” In 1861 he sold the steamer to the State of North Carolina for use in the Confederate service, and her name was changed to the “Albemarle” of the Confederate States, Mr. Moorebeing commissioned her captain by Gov. Ellis, of North Carolina. Capt. Moore resigned his position in June, 1862. The “Albemarle” was captured by the Federals a short time after his resignation, and the same year she sank in Pamlico River. The same year Capt. Moore was appointed salt commissioner and collector of internal revenue for the Second District of North Carolina under William K. Lane, serving in this position until the close of the war. He then again entered mercantile pursuits, and in 1867 came to St. Louis, where he carried on business for one year. In February, 1868, he came to Marshfield, and here he has since resided. When first coming here he engaged in the tanning business, which occupied his attention for two years, after which, for one year, he was engaged in the real estate business. He then resumed merchandising, which he now continues, and at which he has been unusually successful. In politics the Captain is an uncompromising Democrat, and is a leading politician of that party. He was made an Odd Fellow in 1847, at Philanx Lodge No. 10, in North Carolina, and is now a member of Webster Lodge No. 163. Capt. Moore has one son by his marriage, William J.

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