Notes for George W Moore (1820-1898) m Matilda Porter

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Note added Tue Dec 18 19:47:06 2012

Received in email from Mary Cooley, Dec 2012.

Biograhy from the DeWitt GenWeb Project:

The Biographical Record of DeWitt County, Illinois, Illustrated.
Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1901.

Submitted by Judy Simpson

GEORGE W. MOORE. (Volume 1, Page 202)

George W. Moore, now deceased, was one of the leading men of Wilson township, Dewitt county, Illinois, and during his later days he resided on section thirty. He was born in Casey county, Kentucky, in February, 1820, and he was a son of Henry and Elizabeth (Cooley) Moore.

His education was received in the common schools of Kentucky, and although the advantages were few, he managed to secure a good foundation for it, to which he added during his life by reading. In 1830 he removed with his parents to Sangamon county, Illinois, but later moved back to Kentucky, and in 1843 was there married to Miss Matilda Porter, who was born in Casey county, Kentucky. She was a daughter of Isaac and Margaret (Grammer) Porter, both of whom were natives of Virginia, and who were married in their native state and moved to Kentucky, where they lived and died. Mr. Porter was a well-to-do farmer, and he and his wife were the parents of nine children, namely: Isaac; Samuel, deceased; John, deceased; Mrs. Moore; Jefferson, who died in infancy; Abigail, who resides in Casey county, Kentucky; Lucinda, who married James Mitchell and they reside in Washington county, Illinois; James; and Delia, deceased.

After marriage our subject remained in Kentucky for about two years, then returned to Sangamon county, Illinois, where he remained until he removed to Dewitt county just a few days prior to the assassination of President Lincoln. Mr. Moore settled upon eighty acres of land which was partly improved in Wilson township, and there he spent the remainder of his life. His days were peacefully spent in farming and he brought his land into a fine state of cultivation. The buildings upon the place he erected, and he took great pride in keeping the entire farm in excellent condition. The fences were all kept in good order; the hedges neatly trimmed, while his barn and buildings were never allowed to get out of repair. Not far from the house he planted a fine orchard, as well as some shade trees, and his widow, who resides upon this model farm, can see the result of his careful management on every side. Later, Mr. Moore added forty acres to his eighty acres and the farm now consists of one hundred and twenty acres. In addition, he also owned sixty-five acres of timber land in Wapella township, which he partly cleared. From this fine strip of timber land Mr. Moore hauled the last load of wood the President ever used and he was an intimate friend of Mr. Lincoln and never tired of relating entertaining incidents of the great man?�?s kindly life. No man was too humble for his notice, and in his sad death Mr. Moore always claimed the country received a blow from which it could never recover.

A brother of Mr. Moore [this must have read Mrs. Moore - not Mr. Moore, as it was a Porter that married Sarah Foster] married a Miss Sarah Foster, who was a daughter of Abner and Ellender (Moore) Foster, both of whom were natives of Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Foster were married in Kentucky and lived there a few years, then removed to Kansas in the early fifties and there they died, he in 1887 at the age of sixty-five, and she in 1897 at the age of seventy-three years. To the brother of our subject and his wife were born the following family. Elvira married Thomas Highfield and they reside in Kansas. Ellen married Henry Hickman, and they have two children: Rosa Nellie, who married L. H. Longbrake, and they have one child, George Wilbur; and Katie. Mr. Longbrake rents the farm of Mrs. Moore, and they make their home together. Mary E. resides in Kansas. Margaret, John and Abner are deceased. Delia married William Goff, who resides in Kansas. One child was born to Mr. and Mrs. Moore, John Hamilton, but he died in childhood.

Mr. Moore was a Republican in politics, but would never accept public office, believing that he could serve his township better as a private citizen and also being absorbed in his duties pertaining to his farming life. Both he and his excellent wife early joined the Methodist church and he always took an active part in its work. The example of a good life well spent is great and no better heritage can be left than an untarnished name. Mr. Moore was a man whose whole life was without blemish. Hard-working and frugal he labored earnestly to provide for his beloved wife and leave her in comfortable circumstances. To his neighbors he was always a kind friend, and no one in need ever appealed to him in vain. His life was above reproach and he died as he had lived, a truly Christian man. In the township, among the church members, and more especially at his own fireside, is this good man missed, and his place can never be filled.