Susan Moore Teller
.................... Moore Cemetery in Chilton Co. Alabama now designated a National Historic Site by Gov. Bob Riley.
Enoch and Susan Caroline (Hines) Moore went by wagon train to Wise County, Texas in 1895.
Enoch's Great-Grandfather's grave site, the Moore Cemetery, located on Great-Grandfather Obadiah Moore's son John's homeplace farm in (today's) Chilton County,
Alabama was designated a National Historic Site by Alabama Governor Bob Riley on Nov. 12, 2008.
Autauga County Pioneer,
in the American Revolution
by Susan Moore Teller, April 16, 2002, updated June 19, 2009. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This work is dedicated to my father, whose passion was American History.
Susan is a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, National #708639, on the line of Jacob and Adam Peck (1745-1827), Ancestor #A087522, in 1987,Christopher Gayle A043205 in 2008 and that of Obadiah Moore, (1754-1839), Ancestor #A203807 as of Nov. 8, 2006. Susan has been a member of the Jose Maria Amador Chapter, Pleasanton, CA; a founding member of Ohlone Chapter, Fremont, CA. and a charter member and currently Regent 2008-2010 of the Asthon Sosi Chapter of Peoria, AZ. She is the author of Obadiah Moore, Autauga County Pioneer in the American Revolution; A Sketch of Our American Peck Family; The Saxons, Our Germans in North Carolina by 1750; The Teller Family History, to New Amsterdam in 1639, and Some Descendants of Alexander Maddux (1613-1659) Wales to Virginia. Four of her books are currently held in the NS DAR library in Washington, D.C.
Submitted with grateful recognition to the kinfolk whose submissions and correspondence were incorporated into research done over several decades, in particular that of Rev. Cecil Little and Elaine Hall Hendricks, both of Alabama and both now gone from this world, Dean Moore of California, and Stacy Moore Rice of Texas, and Mary Buehler of Alabama, all descendants of Obadiah. Special thanks to my son, Vin Maddux, who escorted me from California to Alabama to pursue research. Without his help none of the documentation produced from court and bible records necessary would have been possible. Obadiah’s life story, told in court under oath by Obadiah himself, tracked his life journey.
Update: In the summer of 2008 the combined work of this writer, Susan Moore Teller, and Mary Buehler, both currently leaders of their own DAR Chapters, with the major effort being accomplished by Kat Reece, of the Chilton County Cemetery Association was successful in naming the Moore Cemetery a National Monument, papers signed by the Governor of Alabama, Bob Riley.
The site was once John Moore’s home plantation and is the site of the Moore Family private graveyard, where the grave of Obadiah Moore and his wife, Winney are buried. They rest there, along with son John Moore and his wife Amanda Maria, who was called Mary, and nicknamed Polly. It has been closed to further burials for many generations: and was always limited to the immediate Moore Family. This land was passed down the Moore family at least three generations, until it reached Curtis Moore, son of William Moore, son of the John Moore buried at this site. This cemetery and the access road to it is owned by the Obadiah Moore Descendants Non-Profit Association, founded by Rev. Cecil Little: current President Mary Wyatt Buehler, Vice-president Susan Moore Teller.
Governor Bob Riley of Alabama authorized the Moore Cemetery on November 12, 2008 as an “Alabama Historic Cemetery Register.” This authorizes the installation of a beautiful engraved marker showing the history of the Moore Cemetery and of those buried there, as the cemetery is now a National Historical Site.
Katherine Reece of the Chilton County Cemetery Association will be replacing Obadiah Moore’s tombstone with one that shows his service in the North Carolina militia correctly. This Revolutionary Patriot's son John’s 3rd G-Granddaughters, this writer Susan Moore Teller and Mary Buehler are currently the Regents of their respective NS DAR Chapters Peter Forney of Montgomery, Alabma and Asthon Sosi of Peoria, Arizona. They will be placing DAR plaques on the tombstone of both Obadiah Moore and his wife, Winney on September 20, 2009, the 170th anniversary of Obadiah Moore’s death. Obadiah Moore was not only a veteran, but fought in the Battle of Charleston under General Benjamin Lincoln, was captured by the British at Charleston’s fall, and was a prisoner of war.
Obadiah Moore (1754-1839)
Pvt., NC Militia:
Autauga County Revolutionary War Veteran of the
Siege of Charleston, South Carolina, which fell in 1780 to the British, and was a Prisoner of War.
He was born Obediah More II on the Chesapeake Bay in Princess Anne County, Virginia, the son of Obediah More I and his wife, Prudence Willoughby. He was styled Obadiah Moore later in life. His father died when he was five and his brother James three, and his mother later married a neighbor, Samuel Elks. Elks moved the family to Pitt County, North Carolina, which is where Obadiah grew to manhood, joined the North Carolina Revolutionary Militia twice, and married Winney Ventis at the close of the war.
The young couple went “west” and are in Columbia County, Georgia by 1793, where Obadiah is listed a member of the county militia. They moved on to Jasper County, Georgia, there by 1810, where son John is active in the Jasper County Courts and is shown in many court records, as is John’s sister Dicey’s father-in-law, Samuel Ray. By 1819 they are in Chestnut Creek, Autauga County, Alabama. Obadiah is buried in the old, private Moore Family Cemetery, on what was --at his burial--his son John’s homeplace plantation, one of five parcels John owned. It is near what is now Coopers, Chilton County, Alabama, but in 1839 was Chestnut Creek, Autauga County.
Obadiah Moore is listed as a patriot by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, ancestor number A 203807, submitted by his 4th Great-Granddaughter, Susan Moore Teller, NS DAR National Number 708639, accepted November 8, 2006, via the line of Obadiah and Winney’s son John Moore, John’s son James, James’ son Enoch, and Enoch’s son Marion, this writer’s grandfather. Today, there are a total of three of Obadiah and Winney’s children in the DAR files: the son John and daughter Laodecia, called Dicey in the census and in the DAR record. The line accepted by the DAR via their daughter, Laodecia, listed in the index as “Dicey” Moore, wife of Allen Ray, was submitted by Jackie Wallace. The line down fObadiah's John via son Moses Moore, listed in the NS DAR Patriot index was submitted by Mary Buehler.
This writer grew up listening to my father tell me about our southern Moore family, which came to Virginia "long before the revolution" and went west as pioneers by wagon train, through the south and on to Arkansas and then further west to Texas. Dad told me how my great-grandfather, Enoch Moore, born in Alabama, at the age of nineteen left his home near Rockport, Hot Spring County, Arkansas during his service in the Civil War, returning to find his entire family vanished. “My Grandpa Moore” my father said, referring to Enoch Moore (1845-1925) “searched till the end of his days in vain for some sign of his family, writing to every Moore he heard of. If he couldn’t find them, you never will!” But I did at last, after many years of searching, thanks to the web site of my 5th cousin once removed, Elaine Hall Hendricks of Dadeville, Alabama. I received an e-mail on Christmas Eve, 1997, about Elaine's Genealogy web page containing the Autauga County Alabama Moore family, and it was an exact match. After a three generation, one hundred and thirty-two year search for hard evidence of the ancestors of our long lost Virginia born, Alabama Moore's who were in Arkansas just before the Civil War, we'd found them! Later, I was to find my great-grandfather, Enoch Moore, age 5, with his parents, grandparents and even great-grandma Winney living nearby in the home of Enoch’s Uncle Allen and Aunt Dicey (Moore) Ray, in Autauga County Alabama’s 1850 Federal census. After locating this correct link to “my” Moore line, I spent more than five years documenting with pubic records Obadiah Moore’s revolutionary service and his descendants on my direct line down to myself. I began by ordering Obadiah’s revolutionary war pension records. They came back incomplete, and another 5th cousin, Dean Moore of Los Angeles, CA, traveled to the nearest Federal Archives and personally copied all papers, then sent me a copy. These complete papers showed my 3rd Great-Grandfather John Moore’s signature more than once, but was missing from the papers I had ordered by mail. Then I documented each of Obadiah and his wife Winney’s children known by descendants today. Next, I documented each birth, marriage and death of every generation down to my own with public records, such as land deeds and records, multiple Federal Census records, cemetery records and photographs, court records, published county histories, bible records, etc.
I submitted records for Obadiah Moore on March 8, 2003 and the application was accepted as a supplemental (meaning I was already a member on my mother’s lines) by the NS DAR on November 8, 2006.
This is Obadiah’s story, his own words:
On the 26th day of November, 1832, Obadiah Moore, a resident of the County of Autauga, who had no record of his age but said he was seventy-eight, appeared in the Court of the State of Alabama, County of Autauga, stating:
"I was drafted in the state of North Carolina in the year previous to the siege of Charleston, in Pitt County, and marched to Charleston, South Carolina by way of Wilmington and Monckes Corner under the command of Capt. George Faulkner. After I arrived in Charleston I was placed under the command of General Lincoln and served with General Hodgers Continental regiment. General Linnister commanded the army from North Carolina to Charleston. I was in Charleston during the time of her siege and remained there until after she was taken by the British. After returning, I served under the command of Captain William Brock for about ten days when news arrived for my discharge.
I was born in Princess Anne Co., Virginia; was living in North Carolina when called into service, and since the Revolutionary War lived in the state of Georgia about thirty years, and now live in Alabama." Winney, in her pension statement as Obadiah's widow on April 16, 1857, said "she and Obadiah Moore lived as husband and wife, from the time of their marriage in North Carolina at New Years of 1783, until Obadiah's death in 1839. They resided in the state of Georgia until 1819, when they removed to the state of Alabama and settled in the County of Autauga, where she still lives at this time."
footnote: (Regarding dates of the siege: John Richbourg’s revolutionary pension states; In February 1780 during the siege of Charleston I was there with my company to help defend the city, until it fell to the British in May 1780. John Richbourg is Unity Richbourg Gayle's brother. Christopher Gayle and Unity Richbourg are my maternal 3 GG parents on my mother’s side. Note: Monckes Corner is a town in Berkeley County, SC in the Charleston metro area, the county seat. The community was named for Thomas Monck, plantation owner)
How did men like Obadiah Moore, born a subject of King George III of England, change the colonial world Obadiah and others in his generation were born into? What made it possible for we who live today to be citizens of the United States of America?
This era brings to mind many questions. Why was Obadiah drafted "the year before the siege at Charleston"--about February of 1779, rather than earlier in the war? When did the south become the major focus of the revolution and why did the British, who at that time held New York City, bother to invade the primarily rural south in their efforts to put down the American Colonial rebellion?
Since France, Spain and England all claimed portions of North America and the Caribbean, how was that altered by the Revolutionary War? Why did several European nations choose to be allies of the USA in opposition to Great Britain in the American Revolution? We must return to the times Obadiah lived in to understand what occurred.
The American Revolutionary War raged from April 19, 1775 at Lexington, until Oct. 19, 1781 at Yorktown, where the British signed surrender documents at the Moore House in Yorktown. Brigadier Gen. Charles O'Hara, second in command for Cornwallis, tried to surrender to the French commander, who referred him to General George Washington, who referred him to HIS second in command, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Lincoln.
Lincoln had been forced to surrender to Britain's Maj. Gen. Clinton only a year before at Charleston! Clinton had denied Lincoln the privilege of playing the traditional patriotic tune of their own country when surrendering, to humiliate him. This was also denied the British when they surrendered, and they chose to play instead a popular song of the day "The World Turned Upside Down" as they ground arms, British flag unfurled.
While this was the last major battle, the surrender at Yorktown did not end the war, which dragged on for another five months until the British Minister North was defeated in favor of Rockingham, who promptly negotiated for peace. The final document was signed September 3, 1783, in France. Under the Peace of Versailles at Paris, Britain recognized the independence of the United States of America and was allowed in return to retain Canada and recovered its West Indian territories; France recovered St Lucia, Tobago, Senegal, and Goree; and Spain retained Minorca and recovered Florida.
The American Revolution had gradually become part of a larger war, with most of the great powers active to some extent. In February of 1778 the French saw a chance to strike a blow at their old enemy Britain and made a treaty with the Americans (offensive and defensive) provoking Britain to declare war on France. The Netherlands signed a treaty with the American colonies in September of 1778, then joined in the war against Britain in 1780. Spain declared war June 1779, laying siege to Gibraltar, then allowing New Orleans to be used as a base for privateers acting against British shipping. Catherine II of Russia formed the League of Armed Neutrality March 1780, to assist the American colonies by inhibiting the use of British sea power.
After over four years of war, in December of 1779, the British turned hopefully southward -- even though earlier North Carolina Patriots trounced a body of Loyalists at Moore's Creek Bridge on February 27, 1776, and an attempt to take Charleston, SC that June was unsuccessful. Seeking a resolution to the troublesome rebellion, ministers in London felt a majority of the southern colonies were Loyalists and if they could only recruit them as soldiers the conflict would end. “How else,” they wondered, “could the war be won without bankruptcy?” .The southern colonies began to bear the brunt of the battles of the war. But politics varied by region in the South, particularly in North Carolina. The British underestimated the number of Patriots. The end result was that often southerner fought southerner in what became a bitter, local civil war.
Amerindian Nations sided primarily with the British, who offered encouragement and arms, used mainly for skirmishes at inland frontier regions. For the British Regulars, Charleston, South Carolina was the first target. The siege of Charleston began in earnest on the second attempt by the British to take the city. Major General Henry Clinton occupied New York, while General George Washington held a position at nearby White Plains. The two sides remained in place watching each other for three years, while the real fighting took place in the South.
Clinton and his forces sailed from New York City, and by February 11, 1780 were landing at Edisto Inlet 30 miles south of Charleston. On April 13, British guns opened fire on the American lines. Maj. Gen. Benjamin Lincoln's troops still had one escape route; via Monk's Corners 20 miles to the south, held by an American Calvary force of 500 under Isaac Huger. On April 14, that was taken, and the Americans were surrounded. On May 9, after a brief council of war discussing terms of truce, talks failed and both armies engaged in a furious cannon barrage that broke the spirit of the leaders of Charleston, who begged Lincoln to surrender to spare the city. Lincoln complied on May 12, 1780. All 5,500 Americans, Militia and Continentals, marched out to ground arms, flags furled. To this day, the surrender ranks as the third largest in the history of the United States, behind Bataan in World War II and Harper's Ferry in the Civil War. Obadiah Moore was among those captured, held as prisoner of war for a time, and then paroled.
After this victory, the British leaders told all Carolinians they could not continue to be neutral and must choose sides, suffering severe penalties if they did not support the British cause. Britain's South Carolina based Major Patrick Ferguson told frontier settlers attacks on the British and Tories must cease, or he would "march over the mountains and lay waste with fire and sword all who opposed him." This statement, meant to terrify American Colonials into surrender, caused cold fury in the tough Over- The- Mountain Men, who helped to win the first major victory over the British in the south by charging up the steep "impregnable" King's Mountain to the figure eight shaped flat plateau at the top, taking the field and putting over a dozen balls in the British Commander, Major Ferguson. Only 600 Tories survived the battle. I ask a local historian at King's Mountain in 1987 how Patriots prevailed on such steep terrain and against such odds. “Accuracy.” History Professor Deal, who was a historic advisor in the summer, replied. “With every single shot fired an enemy fell.” American Patriots in their buckskins from Catawba and Lincoln Counties, NC joined this battle, fighting with their women behind them for fear they would be slaughtered by hostile attacks at home in their men's absence. During the American Revolution the Cherokee, as well as the Creek and Choctaw, supported the British, attacking forts and settlements on the frontier. The Patriot women re-loaded the long Kentucky rifles for their men, some grabbed the rifle from their fallen men and kept on firing, with babes slung in shawls on their backs and older children behind them, according to local historians. Witnesses said Daniel Whitener put the first ball in Ferguson to take him down, with the same long rifle his father, Henry Whitener, my 5th great-grandfather, carried to North Carolina when he came in 1750, a pioneer of the Catawba region. Daniel's brother, Abram, died in that battle on October 7, 1780. This victory heartened the revolutionaries, strengthened vital French support, and increased opposition to the war in the British homeland, and ultimately the United States of American became a sovereign nation. But we would not be citizens of the USA today if men like these had not been willing to sacrifice their lives, if necessary, to create the nation we live in.
Obadiah was, according to his father's estate papers, born about 1759 in Princess Anne Co, Virginia, one of the (at least) three children of Obediah Moore I, (1730-1764) who left "monies" to one Samuel Elks of Princess Anne County for the "care and keep of his orphans, Obediah, five, and James, three" in 1764. Samuel Elks is later shown receiving his wife, Prudence’s “widows share” of 1/3 of the estate of the deceased Obadiah More I. An older son, Willoughby, born about 1750 filed in 1772 for a share of his father, Obediah More (I)'s estate, but died, never having received it, leaving only a daughter Elizabeth More, of whom there is no further record.
By the time of the revolutionary war, Obadiah, born in Princess Anne Co., VA, child of Obediah Moore I (1730-1764) was living in Pitt Co., North Carolina. The 1790 NC census of Pitt Co. lists among others Obadiah Moore, Samuel Elks and James Moore. There, his name was written "Obadiah" most often, but not by himself, as he never learned to read or write, common in those days, especially for an fatherless child never sent to school. There is also another older and much more prosperous Obadiah Moore, shown in both 1790 and 1800 census, who remains in Pitt Co., NC after our Obadiah says in his pension he removed to Georgia, and is proven to be there by the Columbia Co. Georgia militia record of 1793.
Immediately after the close of the war, Obadiah Moore married Winney. I believe her surname is Ventis/Ventes or Venters-the name varied in spelling from document to document, common in that era. In my research I found Patience Ventis in the 1790 census of Pitt County North Carolina living near both “our” Obadiah and Samuel Elks. Patience is the proven widow of Daniel Ventis or Venters. Son Benjamin Ventis lives nearby.
In the Bertie County NC land records is found Daniel Venters (listed as Ventass), who bought a parcel of about 200 acres from John Sowell on 18 March 1760, lying in Saint John Neck, on the south-west side of the Chowan River. About eight years later, Daniel Venters sold this same land to Captain John Freeman. In the Bertie County Minutes, Daniel Venters records his cattle mark, 22 September 1761: "A crop and Slitt in the Right Ear, and a Crop in the Left Ear. There is a record of sale on 24 January 1761 by "Daniel Ventras and Patience his wife," of about 150 acres to William Keal for 20 pounds in proclamation money. This "plantation tract" was located on the east side of Cashie road. Both Daniel and Patience made their marks, signed and sealed in the presence of John Sawkill and Benjamin Warren. In May 1764, the Bertie Court assigned to Daniel Venters an orphan, John Fanny, age 7, as an apprentice to learn the trade of cooper. In September 1767, John Fanney was transferred by the Court to the care of Matthew Hubbard. This action, and the December 1767 sale of the land purchased in 1760, may indicate that Daniel Venters left Bertie County about the same time, although he is still listed as paying taxes in Bertie County in 1769.
Military records in the National Archives show that Daniel Venters enlisted on 1 September 1777 for three years as a private in Stevenson's Company (…of North Carolina…). A year later on 9 September 1778, he was in White Plains, New York on the roll of Colonel John Patton's Company in the 2nd North Carolina Battalion. It is quite possible that he was in the North Carolina contingent commanded by Major Hardy Murfree in the Battle of Stony Point, 16 July 1779. In that battle, it was the contingent under Major Murfree that attacked on the center, allowing the other American troops to move in from the sides and thus enter the British-held Stony Point. Whether Daniel Venters died in this battle is not known, but it is quite likely that he perished in the Revolution. The State of North Carolina in 1785, issued a land warrant for 640 acres of land to the "heirs of Daniel Venters." These 1785 land warrants were for land in the area west of the mountains which eventually became the State of Tennessee. In this case, Patience Venters, widow of Daniel, was allowed to purchase, for a fee of 10 pounds for 100 acres, grant land in the Clayroot Swamp area of Craven County. The court records in New Bern show her making two purchases on North Carolina grant land: 300 acres on 9 August 1787, in an area east of Clayroot Swamp, and 150 acres on 10 July 1788, in an area north of Swift Creek and north of Creeping Swamp. The first grant was signed by Governor Richard Caswell at Kinston. The second was signed by Governor Samuel Johnston at Fairfield. the two plots were next to each other, and adjacent to land of John Pollard and Stephen Gatlin. In 1787, this part of Craven County was annexed to Pitt County. the Pitt County land records in Greenville show that Patience Venters conveyed 150 acres each to three sons: 3 April 1788 to Daniel Venters Jr., and Benjamin Venters, and 5 August 1788 to Joseph Venters. (It names no daughters). Patience Venters and Benjamin Venters are listed in the Pitt County 1790 Census. Since the name of Patience Venters does not appear in subsequent Census years, it may be assumed that she died between 1790 and 1800
Winney’s surname came to me initially from A. Deason Smith's records, which he obtained from a direct descendant. Later, my own research of the 1790 Pitts Co. NC census showed a Patience Ventis, living near both Samuel Elks and the Obadiah Moore, who is our Obadiah. Still later research found a history of the Venters or Ventis family in several sources. There is no public record I have found that documents that Winney is the daughter of Daniel and Patience Ventis. I arrived at that conclusion by analysis, as her last name was known by direct descendants in South Carolina to be Ventis or Ventera or Venters. Patience, Daniel Venters proven widow, is living near “our” Obadiah Moore in Pitt County, so it seems reasonable to conclude that Winney, daughter of Patience, married Obadiah, who lived close by. There are no other similar names nearby.
Some histories state the Venters came from NC and were dealers in turpentine. They worked the pine trees, distilled the resin and bought and sold and shipped turpentine and pitch from Georgetown down the Mingo Creek via the Black River into Winyah Bay where it was sold to boats from all over the world.
The Venters (Venturs, Ventures, Ventris, Ventis) were from Alsace, Lorraine Germany to France to England to NC to SC. Alsace Lorraine, on the border of Germany and France, is now in France, once was in Germany. It is the area known to be the location of many folks involved in the Protestant Reformation . These people named Ventis or Venter left, like most to escape religious persecution probably, going first to France and then to England. Many such families, among them the Venters, eventually migrated to the Colonies seeking land and religious freedom. Most were originally Calvinists or Mennonites, many later became Baptists or Methodists.
After his discharge, Obadiah and Winney were married on New Years as 1783 came in, the year that the peace treaty was signed with the British, in what was now officially the new United States of America, after eight long years of war. They were still in North Carolina on September 5, of 1792 at the birth of their eldest known child, John Moore, my 3rd great-grandfather. Family members said Obadiah Moore and his family lived in Columbia and Washington Counties, Georgia. By 1793, Obadiah is found on the muster roll of Columbia County, where the first Baptist Church was founded by the famous Dr. Marshall who came into Columbia from Richmond County. By 1819, they were in Autauga County, Alabama. In 1820 Alabama's population was 125,000, in 1830 there were 300,000 residents. Cotton grown on the plantations of the Black Belt, named for the black soil, was the principle money crop. A major depression, called a "panic" hit in 1819. Hardest hit were southern and south western states, worst of these Mississippi and Alabama. Land dropped from $150 per acre to $10; people lost farms, businesses, it was a terrible time for them. Cotton prices dropped to less than the price to raise the crop. Many people relocated. 1819 was the same year that Alabama Territory, formed in 1817 from Mississippi Territory, claimed by Georgia after the revolution, became the twenty-second state of the union December 14.
All of Obadiah and Winney's five known children, John, Fannie, Laodecia or "Dicy," Jesse and Levi, along with the John's growing family, went to Alabama in the latter half of 1819. Obadiah was over sixty, and son John in late twenties, the father of two children with another to be born in spring of 1820. Dicy was about twenty-four, Fannie twenty-three, Jesse eighteen and Levi perhaps twelve.
Life in early Alabama was life on the frontier in every way. It was full of hardships and dangers; with few comforts and many risks. E. A. Powell (1817-1892) wrote about the early days in the Tuscaloosa Gazette. "My first entrance in Tuscaloosa County was the last of February, 1830, the end of the long wagon journey from South Carolina. We came down the old Huntsville road from Elyton, the first town I ever saw in Alabama. On the 9th day of March, we passed about twenty miles north of Selma. That year [was] a prosperous one. But never will I forget the complete break down of Mother, when we drove up to the very poor apology for a cabin which we were to live in that year. She had been used to the comforts of life, and being in feeble health the contrast seemed more than she could bear: to use a common phrase, she just let go. But the kind old gentlemen from whom father had rented some land came to the cabin, at once took in the situation and spoke words of kindness and encouragement to mother; told her there was a better time coming and for her not to give way. The old gentlemen's cropper soon came with what was then considered a full outfit of carpenter's tools for a farm: a hand saw, auger and draw knife. He told mother he would show her how to make an Alabama bedstead. A few heart pine rails, and some old boards filled the timber bill, and shortly he improvised a bedstead standing on one leg in each corner of the back of the cabin, and mother put up her beds. By this time, the genuine kindness and pleasant remarks of the man had produced a happy change in mother's feelings, and I don't think that I ever saw her come so near giving up again."
"Most housing in early Alabama consisted of simple log cabins, constructed in sets of two separated by a veranda, over a common roof and floor, which was open at each end, to catch every breeze," according to the History of Alabama. "Vines of wisteria, scarlet trumpet and honey suckle covered the cabins, completely hiding the rough materials from which they were made. Floors were simply planks, unattached. Cracks were present in places in the floor, walls, and roof. Rains caused cascades of water to leak to the interior from the roof, which had cracks wide enough to allow sun to peek through in places, unless covered by vines, which did not keep out the rain. Such were the houses of even the prosperous." Mansions with two story Greek column entries and glass windows were rare for many years.
Middle class life is described by an English visitor to Alabama in 1839. "At meals, etiquette is manifested in waiting for the ladies, who are always placed at the head of the table; the gentlemen stand behind [the ladies] chairs; no one seats himself, however long he may be kept waiting, until the ladies appear to take their seats first. In leaving the table, however, they rise as soon as finished, which [may] be ten minutes or less, retiring from the table chewing his last mouthful as he goes, and hastens to the forepart of the structure to light his cigar, an accompaniment of every meal. At the meal, all persons convey their food to the mouth on the point of the knife, which attracts no notice except from the stranger. The knife has a broad blade and expanded round point, to take up a good knife full of food. Silver forks are rarely seen, except at the best private tables, the steel ones used have two prongs. Knives and forks are set in large, rough, handles of buck horn, so irregular in shape that it is difficult for any but a practiced hand to manage them. Dishes of food are carved on a sideboard, the plates loaded with a great quantity of everything asked for. At breakfast and supper (the evening meal at seven) coffee is more frequently used than tea; green tea almost the only kind seen. High, large cups of thick white earthenware are chiefly used; many with handles knocked off; but neither this, nor cracks, though sufficient to make cups and saucers leaky is disqualification for service.
Food was lavish, including pickles, preserves, ice cream and many kinds of pie. Champagne, Claret, Ale and Porter were served." However, the Chestnut Creek Baptist Church forbade all liquor consumption, so I think not all hosts offered it to their guests!
Obadiah became disabled at some point, and Winney was blinded by a genetic eye disorder that grew worse with time. They lived in the home of either son John Moore and his wife, "Polly" or daughter Dicy and her husband Allen Ray in their later years. John and Dicy were neighbors at the Chestnut Creek area until the end of their lives. Obadiah is buried at the private Moore Family Cemetery on his son John Moore's old homeplace at Chestnut Creek, once Autauga, but now Chilton County Alabama near Clanton. John Moore purchased this land July 10, 1826; the land patent is signed by President John Quincy Adams. Descendants under the non-profit Moore Family Association purchased the area where the small family graveyard is located, along with access rights. Preserved as a historical area, it is limited to the few early family members originally buried there. Near Obadiah is his wife Winney, son John Moore, and John's wife Amanda Maria or "Polly." Obadiah's simple grave was marked with a marble tombstone reading "Obadiah Moore, Pvt. ALA Militia, 1754-1839" from the Federal Dept. of Veterans Affairs. (Papers were submitted by Rev. Cecil Little on June 21, 1996, re-ordering a corrected tombstone to read "Obadiah Moore, Pvt., NC Militia, 1754-1839" which was denied because the veteran died in Alabama, despite Little's reminder that Alabama did not become a state until 1819).
There are old family stories about where Obadiah Moore's family came from. The Rev. Cecil Little, a life long historian of Alabama and 3rd Great Grandson of Obadiah and Winney said his Grandmother told him the family was English, originally from an area near London, England. Rev. Little was introduced to my son, Vin Maddux and I, by Elaine Hendricks while guests of the Hendricks in Alabama, on my first trip to that beautiful state in August, 1998. My son and I journeyed from the San Francisco Bay Area of California, met with Elaine at her home on Lake Martin, in Dadeville, Alabama and on to the center of the state, where we met with Rev. Cecil Little in Clanton, Chilton County on Sunday, August 16, 1998. Rev. Little gave us a wonderful tour of the private Moore Family Cemetery on the old John Moore homeplace, today near Cooper, Chilton County. He also took us to two other public graveyards where Moore kin were buried as well, afterwards inviting us to his home to share his marvelous history of the Moore family and the Chestnut Creek area. Rev. Little (76 in August of 1998) attended college in preparation for his life's calling, and did his first major thesis on the Baptist Chestnut Creek Church, founded in 1818. At that time he had access to the old minutes, now vanished. Rev. Little was to continue that interest throughout his life, compiling local and family history records and becoming the author of three books concerning local vital records.
Rev. Little told us about life in the Chestnut Creek area in his youth. “On Sunday,” he said, his blue-gray eyes so common in the Moore's sparkling with the joy of a good story, “if you were not planning on being embalmed that day, you went to Church services in the morning and again for the evening service. After morning services, everyone gathered for Sunday dinner. You were given ample portions of all that was served, and if you acted like something wasn't your very favorite dish, you got an extra large helping, and finished it all before you were excused. For one hour each Sunday after dinner, my Grandmother, Obadiah's descendant by way of John Moore's daughter, Sarah, wife of Rueben Popwell, required me to memorize family history. By the time I was grown, I could call off anybody in my entire family back to the earliest ancestor, giving their dates for birth, death and life story by heart. Still can!”
Obadiah (II) Moore's kinfolk are traced in old records as coming from England to the Bermuda's, then to "Lower Norfolk or Princess Anne" Parish of Colonial Virginia, where Obadiah II was born, although Rev. Cecil Little's grandmother thought Obediah I and his family came directly from England.
Another record tells of the Lower Norfolk (Bermuda) Moore's, who were all said to be descendants of Richard Moore, first Governor of the Bermudas. Richard Moore's son, Edmund and his son-in-law Henry Woodhouse, (also the son of a Governor of the Bermudas) settled at Lynnhaven Parish in early lower Norfolk County (later Princess Anne County).
Lower Norfolk Moore's spelled the name MORE for a time, but later adopted the usual spelling of MOORE. Princess Anne County faces the Atlantic Ocean to the east side, the mouth of the James River to the north. The nearest major city is Norfolk, Virginia, to the west of old Princess Anne County, today Virginia Beach County. A major feature is Lynnhaven Bay, site of an important naval battle during the revolutionary war between the pro-Revolutionary French Navy and the British Navy. King George III was crowned in 1760, the last King to rule America. Obadiah Moore grew up his subject as a resident of a British Colony, Virginia and later, North Carolina after his stepfather, Samuel Elks, took the family there.
According to old records in Virginia, the Virginia Tidewater Moore's and the Lower Norfolk (or Bermuda) Moore's are descended from Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII's Chancellor, who was executed for disagreeing with Henry about the legality of his divorce from Catherine of Aragon, his first wife, to marry Anne Boleyn. John More, who came to Elizabeth City, VA, in 1622 (across the bay from Princess Anne) in the Bona Nova, joined by wife Elizabeth in 1624, was said to be one of Sir Thomas More's descendants. As for Princess Anne County records: Willoughby an older brother of Obadiah (II), filed on his deceased father, Obediah More's (I) estate in Princess Anne Co., VA, for a share of the estate on May 7, 1772.
Willoughby was apprenticed to William Moore to become a cooper on March 17, 1761. This William had been apprenticed at age 12 to James Condon on Feb. 5, 1729, to become a carpenter, (a related trade) and listed as the son of the (deceased) Cason Moore, of Princess Anne Co., Va. The names Cason Moore (Jr. and Sr.) are also found in Pitt Co. NC 1790 census. Looks like folks who were kin or friends migrated together, naming children for older family members.
Obadiah and Winney are the ancestors of many Americans living today, descendants of the children listed here. Obadiah and Winney’s children were:
I) JOHN, born Sept. 5, 1792 in North Carolina, married Amanda Maria, “Polly” born about 1798 in Georgia. When John, at 26, and Polly became the father of James, born August 6, 1819, they were still in Georgia. At 27, when “Penna” was born May 19, 1820, they were in Alabama.
John Moore was a Justice of the Peace and is recorded as the JP marrying many couples in the Chestnut Creek area, and carried the title of John Moore Esq. as a result of this office. He was a Deacon in the Chestnut Creek Baptist Church, founded in 1818. He lived in Autauga Co., Alabama until the end of his life, purchasing land parcels there that eventually came to 208 acres. John’s 1828 Moore Bible lists all his children. In 1951 Rev. Cecil Little viewed this bible and copied it. I have a typed abstract he signed and dated August, 16, 1998, witnessed by Elaine Hendricks when we were at his home. A newspaper clipping from the Union Banner, Clanton, AL of June 1, 1944 reads:
“An Old Slate 150 Years Old
There has been left with The Union Banner by Mr. Henley Moore an old school slate, which was used by his grandfather, John Moore, almost 150 years ago. John Moore, born in 1792, came to this country from Georgia well over a hundred years ago. A son of his, William Moore, father of Curtis Moore, spent his lifetime on what is now the old Curtis Moore place near Cordrey's Old Mill. There is an old cemetery on the place, and the original John Moore was most likely buried* in that burying ground. One of John Moore's daughters married Ruben Popwell, grandfather of Fate, Walter Popwell and Robert Popwell. The old slate, on display at The Banner office, has passed through some interesting history, good times and trying times, but it is in fine shape, just as good as it ever was. It is a treasured possession of Mr. Henley Moore.”
(*public records show Obadiah is buried on John Moore’s Homeplace, which apparently passed from John to son William and grandson Curtis Moore, one of several parcels near each other John Moore purchased, per Rev. Cecil Little).
John and Polly’s eleven children were:
1)Sarah (1815-bef. 1880) married Rueben Popwell: sixteen children, Mary Ann (1832-1913), Martha (1834.-?), William (1835-1855), Sarah Jane (1838-1929), Catherine (1840-1888), Madison (1842-1933), Alfred H. (1844-1931), Sarah (1846-1912), John (1847-1892), James (1849-1917), Elizabeth (1851-1925), Moses (1852-1928), Amanda H. (1854-?), L. Joseph (1856-1924), Loney (1858-?) and Benjamin (1861-?).
2) James (1819 GA– aft. Apr. 1864 AR), my 2nd great-grandfather, married Mary Ann Miller (1823 AL-aft. Apr. 1864 AR) on July 12, 1839 and had five children, William (1841-?), Sarah Elizabeth (1843-1930) Enoch (March 5, 1845 Shelby Co. AL-Feb. 8, 1925, Wise Co. TX), Lena (1847-?) and Christina (1849-?). More on their family in Pioneers Westward, below.
3) Penelope or “Penna” (1820 -?), John and Polly Moore’s third child, married James W. M. Wilson (1819-1911): ten children, Amanda (1847-?), Martha A. (1848-1928), John Gilbert (1850-1873), George Washington (1851-1938), William M. (1854-1910), Andrew Jackson (1857-1942), Mary (1858-1934), Thomas W. (1859-1936), Enoch Newton (1860-1941), and Payton D. (1862-1937).
4) Moses (1824-1910), married first, Sarah Jane Wyatt, Born: 1827 in Chambers, Alabama, died 1860 in Chilton, Alabama, married May 1849 in Autauga, Alabama, their nine children were: Mary J Moore, born 13 Jan 1850, Autauga, AL, Julius William Moore born 13 Feb 1851 in Autauga Co., Maritania Moore, born 26 Dec 1852 in AL, William R Moore born Nov 1861 in Autauga Co. , Alabama, John J Moore, born 11 Dec 1861 in Chambers Co., Alabama, Sarah Lucinda Moore, born 6 Apr 1866 in Chilton Co., Alabama,Virginia E Moore, born 22 Aug 1868 in Autauga Co., Alabama, Mary Ellen Moore born 1872 in Alabama, Ann Rebecca Moore born 1873 in Chambers Co., Alabama,. Moses married second, Martha Jane Kelly, born 13 Feb 1836 in Talladega, Alabama, died 29 Apr 1915 in Autauga, Alabama, married 16 Feb 1859 in Coosa, Alabama. Their six children were: William R Moore, born Nov 1861 in Autauga, Alabama, John J Moore born 11 Dec 1861 in Chambers, Alabama, Sarah Lucinda Moore born 6 Apr 1866 in Chilton, Alabama, Virginia E Moore born 22 Aug 1868 in Autauga, AL, Mary Ellen Moore born 1872 in AL, Ann Rebecca Moore born 1873 in Chambers, AL.
5) Mary (1825-?) married Daniel Cincler Jones on Apr. 3, 1844: five children, Sarah (1845-1919), James Steely (~1846-1939), Levina Louisa (~1847 -?), Argent (1849-1906), and Angeline (1856-1938).
6) Nancy (1827 -?), married Hansford D. Chitty (1829-1911) on Dec. 19, 1858 in Prattville, Autauga County: five children, Hansford D., Henry, William (1861 -?), Sarah Jane (1864-1942), and Rosalin L. (1871-1961).
7) John Jr. (1829-1917) married first Tabitha Amanda Gray (1835-1880) on Nov. 5, 1850 in Autauga Co.: eleven children, Nancy (1852 -?), Mary (1855 -?), Martha (1856-1925), James M. (1861-1935), John H. (1862-1936), Joseph (1866 -?), William M. (1867-1968), David (1869 -?), Peyton (1871 -?), Sarah (1873 -?) and Jane (1874-1956). He married second, Tabitha Dennis (1849-1930 on June 19: two children, Jackson (1886 -?) and Dora (1889-1982).
8) Julius (1831 -?) rode a horse to Tennessee, was said to have married there, and never returned.
9) William M. (1834 -?) married first Phady Mahaley Dupree (1839-?) on Jan. 23, 1859: five children, Johnny L. (1861-1898), Curtis (1867 -? ), William (1870-1891), Iticia (1872-1894) and Sarah (~1880-1918). He married second after 1880, Mary E. Webb, (born abt. 1855-?):three children, F. Haley (1891-1982), William L. (1893 -? ), and Henley Harrison (1894-?).
10) Lunsford (1836-1916) married Oct. 16, 1856 in Autauga County, AL Elizabeth May Askins (1842-1937): ten children, Cavenia J. (1858-1954), William Joseph (1861 -?), Judge Watts (1865-1965), Amanda J. (1866 -?), Mary Savilla (1869 -?), Zoa Etta (1873 -?), George L. (1877-1954), John Hanlin (1880 -?), Lula Judy (1883 -?) and Amanda (1841-1905).
11) Amanda (1841-1905) married January 31, 1867 Elias Minor (1841-1908): six children, Louvenia (~1870-1916), Anna (1873-1944), George Sinkler (1875-1936), William (1875 -?), Rosa (1880 -?) and Jesse (1889-1961).
II) FANNIE, Obadiah and Winney’s second child, born about 1795, married Isaac Deason, (1788-?): one child, Benjamin Franklin Deason (1822-1876). He married first, Louisa T. Ray, (~1829-~1864) on Feb. 19, 1846 in Autauga Co.: eleven children, Josiah W. (1847-1853), Samuel A. (1848 -?), Mary E. (1849-1888), M. D. (1851-1852), William Alfonso (1852 -?), I. G. (1854-1955), Sarah Ann Frances (1856-1890), Isaac Monroe (1857-1934), Thomas Jefferson (1859-1890), Jefferson Davis (1860-1947), and Tillman Jackson (1862-1933). He married second Louisa Dallas Perryman and had three children, Elijah Benjamin (1872-1935), SeLemmie Dicie (1873-1914), and Franklin LaFayette (1876-?).
III) LAODECIA, “Dicy” (pronounced DEEsee by the Moore’s, per Cecil Little), Obadiah and Winney’s third child, born in 1796 and died in May of 1880, married Allen Ray (1798-1870), son of Samuel Ray. Dicy and her brother John lived near each other all their life, and alternatively cared for their parents, Obadiah and Winney in their homes. Dicy and Allen Ray and had four children,
1) Sarah E. (1821-1894), married James L. Webb: ten children, Elizabeth (1844 -? ), Eliza (1845-? ), Martha Tabitha (1847-1934), George W (1850-1925), Andrew J (1852-1927), Louisa (1853-?), Mary E. (~1855-?), James Monroe (1856-1929), Nancy (1859 -?), Dicey Adeline (1861-1946).
2) Rebecca (1825-?) married John Miller (1819-?): ten children, Darcus Mary Elizabeth (1842-?), Sarah (1843-?), Adeline (1845-?), George (1847 -?), Zachariah (1850), Joseph Jasper (1851-?) Cordelia (1858-?), Amanda (1860-?), Josephine (1862 and Rebecca (1867-?)
3) Louisa T. (~1829-~1864) married Benjamin Franklin Deason. (1822-1876) son of Fannie Moore and Isaac Deason. See above for children.
4) George Wesley (1831-1869). Born in Autauga County, AL, d. 1869 in Cooper, Chilton County, AL Pvt Co E 59 ALA INF CSA, married Mary Ann Popwell (1832-1913) August 13, 1851 in Autauga County, AL: six children, Mary Jane (1852-1924), Sarah Ann (1854-1916), Martha Ann (1858-?), Anna Eliza (1860-?), Joseph LaFayette (1861-1896, William (1867-1919).
IV) JESSE, Obadiah and Winney’s fourth child, born about 1801, went to Tennessee with brother Levi. Both men later left about the same time, Jesse to a farm about two miles south of Fourney, in Kaufman Co., Texas. He had four known children, William, Richard, Jesse Jr. and John- no information on their children.
V) LEVI, Obadiah and Winney’s fifth child (pronounced LEEvee by the Moore’s per Cecil Little) born February 25, 1802. His birth year is 1807 in other sources, per Dean Moore, direct descendant, of Anaheim, CA, i.e., 1850 Leake Co. MS census, but 1802 on his tombstone. Levi went to Tennessee with brother Jesse, then back to Alabama living near Selma, across the Alabama River from Autauga. Levi and Martha left Alabama for Leake Co., Mississippi, where Martha was unhappy, moved back to Alabama until 1844, then Mississippi to stay by 1846. Levi married first, Martha Johnson (1807- aft. 1846) in Alabama, Dan Johnson’s daughter: thirteen children, 1) Woodward M. (1827-1877); 2) Obediah (1828-1903);3) Lewis (1831-?) had son Curtis. 4) Nathaniel (1832-1891) married Mary Elizabeth Vinson/Vincent (1836-1887): 5 children, Solomon Monroe (1853-1919); William Henry (1855-1922); Martha Elizabeth, (1859-1906) married Andrew Jackson Knowles; Mary Katherine (1862-1923) married 1st Jim McPhail and 2nd Tommy King; John L. Lewis (1865-1918); Eli Nathan (1868-1953). 5) R. Edwin (1834-1897) married Melvin Elviney Vinson/Vincent.6) Winney Elizabeth (1835-1905) married Andrew Jackson Townsend: one son Thomas Norris ( 1852-1930). 7) Henry (1837-1895) married Susan Dyer (1840-1920); 8) Louisa Jane (1838-?) married Francis Marion Townsend; 9) Sarah “Sallie” (1840-?) married 1st Thomas Norris Townsend and 2nd Ike Wilkerson; 10) Harriet (1841-?) married Bill Washam; 11) Eli W. (1843-1870) married Pernetha Necie Townsend: one daughter, Martha Jane; 12) John Andrew (1845-?) married 1st Margaret Ann Scarborough and 2nd Miss Wilcher; 13) Cynthia Jane (1846-1919) married William P. Tingle.
Levi Moore married second, Mary Elizabeth Wilkerson (1836-?), William and Carolina Summers (Hall) Wilkerson’s daughter: eight children. 14) Levi (1856-?); 15) Mary (1858-?) married John Allen; 16) Abigale (1860-?) married E. S. “Pink” Moore; 17) Nancy (1864-?) married Frank Moore; 18) William (1865-?) married Miss Kelly; 19) Isaac Jefferson (1867-?) married Nancy Ann Ellenberg; 20) Morris (1869-?); and 21) James Carter (1874-?) married Mattie Bryan. The six charter members of the Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church, organized September 16, 1865 included Levi Moore and Mary Elizabeth (Wilkerson) Moore. Levi was buried at Ebenezer Cemetery in Leake Co., MS
The Pioneers Westward
Between 1730 and today, my Moore ancestors pioneered this nation from Virginia, through North Carolina and Georgia, on to Old Autauga County, just as Alabama became the 22nd of the United States of America. Then my line went on through Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma to California. Obadiah Moore’s grandson, James, his wife Mary Ann and their children, including 5 year old Enoch, my great-grandfather, were living on Chestnut Creek Beat, Autauga County, Alabama in 1850. Living nearby were Enoch’s grandparents, John and Polly Moore, and his Aunt Dicy and Uncle Allen Ray, with great-grandma Winney, Obadiah’s widow, living in the Ray home.
James “Jim” Moore (1819-aft. 1864), his wife Mary Ann Miller and their five children, William, Elizabeth, Enoch, Lena and Christina, left Chestnut Creek in Alabama and went west. The family was in Autauga County at the 1850 census; later they moved and were in Arkansas by 1860. Enoch had known D. L. McIntosh, Franklin County, Arkansas for thirty-five years in 1895 – since 1860, when Enoch was fifteen. In April of 1864, Enoch, who turned nineteen on March 5, bid his family farewell before induction at Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, leaving to serve in the Civil War. His home mail address at enlistment was Rockport, Hot Spring County.
The American Civil War had been rampaging through the south since 1861. The Union forces invaded the seceding state of Arkansas, occupying Little Rock in September of 1863. Shortly afterwards a law was passed requiring all able bodied men 18 through 35 to register for the draft, penalty for evasion execution by firing squad. Just before that deadline, eighteen year old Enoch enlisted with the Union Calvary, on December 5, 1863. We who are his descendants don’t know if he joined the Union forces because he didn’t wish to see the United States of America divided, because he did not believe in slavery, or because he wished to avoid being shot for evading the draft, preferring the Calvary to the Infantry, or all three. Later, he expressed opposition to a divided country, pointing out that his forefathers fought to found the United States of America, but whether that conviction (which he reminded his grandson was shared initially by General Robert E. Lee) was cause or effect we don’t know for sure.
Enoch Moore mustered in on April 12, 1864, in Little Rock, Arkansas, for a term of three years. He was 5 ft. 8 inches tall, fair skin, dark hair and blue-gray eyes. He was in General Steele’s Division, Warner's Company F, 4th Regiment, Arkansas Calvary, USA. He furnished his own gear and horse, serving as a private under Adjutant General F. C. Ainsworth and Lt. Whitten. He was a scout and telegraph line repairman, learning to read and write while in the service. During his service his horse was shot out from under him and he was injured, his ankle badly crushed when his horse rolled over on top of him, disabling him for life. He was honorably discharged on June 30, 1865, after 14 months of service, in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas. When he returned home to Rockport in Hot Spring County he found his family had vanished. Later, he was to ever find only one sister, Sarah Elizabeth, who as the wife of Elisha Robertson was a witness to his marriage to Susan Caroline Hines at the close of the civil war.
Enoch Moore and Susan Caroline Hines (1849-1934), John and Mary (Goodman) Hines’ daughter, were married by Baptist Minister Rev. Gorum Frost Sept. 16, 1866 in Rockport, Hot Spring Co., Arkansas. Sarah Elizabeth and Elisha Robertson, residents of Hon, Scott County, Arkansas in May, 1925, were present at the wedding.
Enoch carried a document when he left home in 1864, upon it was written his parents names, birth dates, date of marriage; names and birth dates of their children. He later placed that paper in his wife’s bible, purchased by her North Carolina born father, inscribed: “ John Hines, this August 24the, 1855, Hot Spring County, Arkansas, When this you see, remember me, Though many miles apart we be. As part of my research, I also sent for Enoch’s death certificate, which showed his place of birth, his father’s Christian name and his mother’s surname at birth, which was Miller.
Arkansas suffered some of the worst internecine conflict of any state during the war. Neighbor fought neighbor, and those criminally inclined took advantage of the war to plunder, rob and kill at will, according to local historians I talked with in 1987. There was no government much of the time, and anarchy reigned. ” Arkansas and Her Duty states, “Stock was nearly all run out of the county; furniture demolished and sometimes carried off; many fences torn down and buildings burned; probably not a house within the limits of the county but was at some period of the war rifled. The Unionists' homes were rifled by the Confederates and the Southern homes wrecked by the Federals, and often no distinctions were made. The books of the city show page after page of flour orders to the destitute, so lately in affluence. The forests and fields again became the homes of deer and other wild animals; no schools, churches, courts, mails, newspapers; nothing but stern hardihood, fear and anxiety, and scarcely the bare necessaries of life.”
Enoch and Susie were in Donald, Franklin County, Arkansas in 1880. In 1895, at fifty, Enoch filed for a partial disability pension. Shortly after, they went by wagon train to Texas, where Enoch bought a farm on the outskirts of Paradise, which was later cut in half by the Rock Island Railroad when it came through.
Porter and Susan Mae (Summerour) Wininger owned a farm in nearby Montague County, in the Red River Valley region bordering Oklahoma. Three of their four daughters married sons of Enoch and Susan.
By 1895, Enoch and Susan were living near Park Springs, Wise County Texas, founded in 1893. In pension statements and the article below, we find they knew Park Springs postmaster James M. James and resident J.M. Mitchum for twenty years; grocery store owner Severon R. Musgrove, thirty years. They knew M. F. Dorsey, of Montague County twenty years, since 1905, the year John Robert Moore married Cora Mae Wininger. In 1925, Susan files as widow, in 1934 dropped with the death March 19 of Susan Caroline (Hines) Moore, widow of Enoch Moore. A newspaper clipping sent by Stacy Moore reads in part: “What a difference 100 years can make! Ten decades ago  Park Springs was a five year old town just beginning to prosper. The nation had just won "the Splendid Little War*" against Spain and military men from the North and the South once again fought shoulder to shoulder for the USA. The economy was growing and everyone looked forward to a new century with pride and confidence [but] the Boll Weevil turned out to be a big problem, causing the closing of two Park Springs cotton gins and a great emigration. [Residents] never foresaw two great world wars, the economic and social changes that would cause a great exodus from their hometown. The great fire of 1906 destroyed old Park Springs, which was located west of the railroad tracks and depot [and] rebuilt east of the railroad. A part of the building used for the Post Office and drugstore by James M. James is still standing. Severon Musgrove's old grocery building, used for selling groceries for many years after his passing, finally closed in the early 1960's and the tin covered building converted into a residence, inhabited until the 1980's. Vacant, it still stands across from the old town pump. The concrete ice storage bunker from Jude Chadwick's old grocery store is still visible at the south end of James Street and a wild plum thicket now covers the old lumber yard lots. The trains still run through, but the Rock Island is no more. The Union Pacific now glides across the rails through Park Springs.” *(“The splendid little war” - quote from Theodore Roosevelt about 1898 war between USA and Spain: Philippines, Guam, Puerto Rico ceded to the USA; Cuba became independent.)
When fever over Black Gold heated up in the middle of the roaring twenties with new discoveries in Oklahoma and a “boom” hit, many Texans moved to Stephens County, Oklahoma. In “booms” many people rushed to an area, and there wasn’t enough housing available. Tent houses, with wood floors, cloth sides and roofs, and in towns, wooden sidewalks, were put up till permanent houses could be built, and continued to be used for temporary housing in the area. Jack Moore remembers his family living for a time in such a tent house, a year or so before he started school about 1932, located on a creek bottom in Tillman County, Oklahoma, moving later to a house on a farm they leased.
Enoch and Susan (Hines) Moore had eight children: 1) William Newton (1868-?) married first Sarah Tabitha Glass, second Clementine Wininger. Children by both. 2) Mary Alice, died young. 3) James Alexander, born March 7, 1873, died Oct. 6, 1962, married Willie Leona Bright (1880-1955), twelve children. 4) Isaac Andrew born Dec. 27, 1875 in Arkansas, died in Nacogdoches Co. TX on June 21, 1934, married Elizabeth Martha Appling (1872-1902). Resided Park Springs, Texas until 1925. two children. 5) Amanda Clementine (1878- ?) married Jan. 25, 1894, Milton Wagoner, no surviving descendants. 6) John Robert, (1880-1966) married 1905 Cora Mae Wininger: six children. 7) Marion Lee, born July 23, 1882, Charleston, Franklin Co. Arkansas, died June 21, 1960 in Vallejo, Solano Co., California. Married Sept. 22, 1907 in Park Springs, Wise Co., TX by Baptist Rev. Bill Nichols to sister-in-law, Lela Elizabeth Wininger, who was born August 24, 1889 Montague Co., TX, and died Nov. 5, 1982, Vallejo, Solano Co., CA. Ten children. 8) Oscar Elisha, born Oct. 27, 1885, died Jan. 7, 1935 in Wichita Falls, Texas, carnival roustabout, married first LuCinda Lawyer, July 31, 1905: two children. He married second, Opal Dudley in 1917, no known children.
Marion Lee Moore, my grandfather, 7th child of Enoch and Susan (Hines) Moore, worked for the Rock Island Railroad in Texas from the age of eighteen. He lived in Paradise on his father's farm, cut in half by the Rock Island Railroad when it came through. Marion was a railroad foreman at 25, when he married Lela Elizabeth Wininger, in 1907, considered a very good job, until 1918, "about the time I was ten," according to their eldest son. While Rock Island’s employee, Marion invented a rail tong, a lever device to lift a rail weighing a couple of hundred pounds by only two men, saving labor costs. This railway declined in profitability. There was a reorganization in 1917 of the Rock Island Railroad (Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company) which involved reduction of the work force by more than half and was felt most heavily in the south and southwest, where Marion worked. The railway claimed and used the design Marion invented, but he lost his job anyway! In 1987, we traveled to the farm Enoch Moore owned. It truly was like its name, Paradise, when we were there; flowers rampant, green fields, a lovely place of rolling hills and beautiful farmland.
Marion and Lela lived in Stephens Co., then in Snomac, Seminole County, then moved westward to Tillman, Tipton County to farm about 1934, and were caught in the drought on the edge of the “dust bowl” on the sandy plains of south western Oklahoma. Dust storms swirled around the farm, darkening the sky. Sand went under doors, through tiny cracks in window sills, was everywhere in the house! Their daughter, Roberta died at 16 after suffering a burst appendix in October, 1934, in Tipton, Tillman County. In the summer of 1942, Marion, 60, and Lela, 53, sold all their household belongings. With those funds, $100, they paid two men driving to California in a ’36 Ford Six Passenger Sedan $50 ($25 down, $25 on delivery) to take them and their two youngest sons to Planada in Merced County. The remaining $50 was traveling money for four and stake to start a new life in California, where they joined a daughter and son-in-law. Marion and his family found work; hard work and low pay in the fruit orchards and canning sheds, but work. Within a year, Marion got a job as a pipefitter at Mare Island Naval Yard in Vallejo, Solano County, California, where he worked four years.
Six of their seven living children would live in Solano County during WW II. Later, Marion and Lela ran a small “pick-up” food store. Then they retired, just working the two-acre plot of vegetables, fruit trees and garden on which sat their modest home. It was always neat as a pin, and the gardens were beautiful.
Marion and Lela celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in that house. There, while gardening, Marion collapsed and died of a heart attack at 77. On my last visit with her Lela said ‘I think one husband is enough for anybody, don’t you?’ Then, knowing death was near, tried to give me some of her jewelry, then bowed her head, asking me to pray with her, and said, ‘Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.’ She died at 93. Marion and Lela (Wininger) Moore are buried in the Skylawn Cemetery of the Good Shepherd in Vallejo, Solano County, California, not far from their eldest and youngest sons.
I have always been fascinated with the history of people. Early in life it became my ambition to find about our own family lines during the years before and after the United States of America was founded, about the lives and times of those who pioneered the new country and those who met them at the shore, as did some of my ancestors. It took almost a lifetime, but the results were fascinating beyond my dreams when I began, at the age of nine.
While creating a new nation, many made their fortunes, nothing of which remained by the time of my generation except the gift of a life in a free country: a priceless inheritance.