Moore & Martha Adair Hooten
James Madison Moore and Martha Adair Hooten have always
been shrouded in some mystery. When beginning to research
our family, I ran up on every sort of wall, but by being
very persistent, we have been able to trace them, to a point.
We are still looking for actual death dates and absolute
proof of their burial sites.
father, Joshua Moore, came from Delaware into Georgia, coming
from Greene Co., Jasper and into Henry County.
Adair Hooten's family came from South Carolina into Henry
County, GA in the early 1800s where they owned sizable acreage.
In 1838, her father, James Hooten, deeded to the Presbyterian
Church of Ola, a plot of land for the sum of $1 for the
purpose of a cemetery. This cemetery is known as Hooten/Rock
and is located just off State Highway 81, just east of the
settlement of Ola, which is east of McDonough, GA. It is
situated on a private farm, the owner of which, Mr. Lawrence
J. Montgomery, sees that the cemetery is maintained in top
form. He's a very nice man
of 1849, James and Martha married in Henry County, GA. Their
first child, Gamaliel Washington Moore, was born October
9, 1850 in Henry County. The 1850 census shows Joshua, at
age 61, living with James M., aged 21 and Martha, aged 16.
between 1850 and 1854, when their second child, Mary Palastine,
was born they had moved to Randolph County, AL. The other
three children, James Rufus, Coleman Allen and Josephus
H. were all born in Randolph County.
Madison was a farmer and tried very hard to earn a living
for his family. Times were very hard. Along came the Civil
War, and we have a record that he served a short time in
the Confederate army, but we cannot find evidence of him
after this time. Martha was left to eke a living for her
are giving stories on their families, and I will hereby
attempt to give a story on the life and descendancy of James
Rufus Moore, the third child of James M. and Martha. He
was born in 1858.
early on, James Rufus Moore was in love with Nancy Adeline
Collier, daughter of Esquire Thomas and Nancy Blair Collier.
Esquire was a Baptist minister. The Collier family moved
to Marshall Co., AL near Albertville. James Rufus followed
them there and he and Nancy were married in 1878. He continued
to farm in that area. He and Nancy had 9 children. After
Nancy died, he married Florence Smith and raised two more
aside, I would like to point out that each of the children
of James M. and Martha named their children with the same
first names. In looking over our genealogy, please check
out dates, etc. to make sure we have the same person in
mind. James Rufus' brother Coleman Allen, named his son
James Rufus, as an example
Rufus' first son, James Albert Franklin Moore was a farmer
in Marshall Co., AL. He was born in 1879 and died in 1930.
He and his wife, Annie Horton, reared the following children,
Wade, Joe L., Ollie J., Marie and Paul. Joe L. has a son
in Huntsville, AL, and daughter in Gadsden. Wade has a son
in Hokes Bluff, AL, and Marie has two sons in Gadsden, A,
one of whom is with the Gadsden Police Dept.
three children died young and unmarried. They are William
Oscar, Cora Lee and Joseph Coleman. They are buried along
with their mother and others of her family in the Pre-Civil
War cemetery in Albertville, AL. Their grandfather, Esquire
Thomas Collier is buried in the Funston Cemetery in Funston,
Clevland Moore, son of James Rufus, was a very tall and
heavily built man. He was very soft spoken and deliberate
in his actions. He worked as a salesman. He and his wife,
Dora Kilpatrick, had one son, Oscar, who died young but
left one daughter.
was Jasper, who married Lillian Panola Kirkland, and moved
to Memphis, TN where he was a machinist for the Illinois
Central Railroad. His three children are John Thomas, who
is retired Lt. Col. in the Marine Air Corps and is still
in the real estate business in Fallbrook, CA.; Mary Addie
Moore was born in Memphis and has two living children, Mark
Bradley, in real estate in Memphis, and Kathleen Louis Bright,
whose husband in sales and they and their two children live
in Nashville, TN.; Robert Jasper is the last child of Jasper.
He is retired from Kraft Foods and is now an all breeds
dog show judge. He and his wife, Gene Wankel, live in Decatur,
GA. Their two sons are Thomas Richard, who has three children
and live in Suwanee, GA. Tom is Chielf Financial Officer
of SunTrust Services, Div. of SunTrust Banks. Other son,
Andrew Kenneth is a DeKalb Co., GA Deputy Sheriff. He and
his wife and two children live in Conyers, GA.
son is Luther, who married Inez Holcomb. Luther worked for
years as a farmer, salesman, and other forms of work. In
his later years he moved to Phoenix, Arizona for his health.
He and Inez had one adopted son, Bobby.
son is Alonzo, who married Alice Carter. Three sons were
Earl D. who was with the Gadsden police department and had
4 beautiful daughters, Peggy, Diane, Helen Earl, and Becky.
His next son was J.C. who was a very bright young man and
was killed during World War II. Last of the sons is Edward
Ralph who is retired from Goodyear in Gadsden. He and his
wife have a son, Eddie and daughter, Allison.
son is Floyd, who married Ruby Sanders. Floyd worked as
a machinist for the Illinois Central Railroad in Paducah,
KY until the branch was closed, and they came back to Gadsden,
where he worked at the Steel Mill. They had two daughters,
Dorothy Jean who was married to H. P. Rains, and had 3 sons,
Pat, Kim and Rex. Dorothy is secretary for the Baptist church
in her neighborhood. The other daughter is Pamela Gay, who
is married to Robert Lovely. They have three children, Scott,
Karen and Jason. Scott lives in Oregon and has two children.
Karen lives in Mesa, AZ and has two children. Jason lives
in Sierra Vista, AZ, where he teaches school and he has
The son of
James Rufus and Florence Smith was Rufus Benajamin, who
was married to Ora Belle Claborn. Rufus worked at the Steel
mill in Gadsden and was active in politics of Walnut Grove,
AL. Ora Belle was a high school principal. They had two
children, James Boyd, Sr. and Doris Jean. James B., Sr.
is retired from TVA and works as a consultant in engineering.
He and his wife have one son and one daughter and 4 beautiful
grandaughters. Doris Jean Moore married Ronald Wissler,
who worked at Goodyear in Gadsden. They have 3 sons and
one daughter, and they live in Southside, AL.
Mae Moore, daughter of James Rufus and Florence Smith, married
C. J. Johnson, who worked at Anniston Army Depot and had
worked as a Gadsden Policeman. Their son, Charles is a Contracting
Officer of the Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone
Arsenal at Huntsville, AL.
of the descendants of James Rufus have been religious people,
but come from several different religions, mostly protestant.
James Rufus is buried in the Walnut Grove cemetery. The
epithet on his tombstone reads "He died as he lived
- A Christian".
who remembers him tells me that this is the absolute truth.
He was a very poor man who had high principles and loved
his family. I remember him. As a small child, my father
took us to visit with him at least once a year. We would
sit in the front yard, and he would whittle while he and
my dad talked. I remember him as being very soft spoken
and a real "Southern Gentleman", although he was
who reads this has definite proof of death dates and burial
places of James Madison and Martha Adair Hooten, we would
love to have it. They were pretty well lost from their families
for years, because of their having moved from GA to AL at
young ages and because of duplications of names. BUT THIS
IS OUR FAMILY!
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