Thomas F. Moore, a stock-dealer, P.O. Tilford, was born in
McMinn County, Tenn., April 10, 1839, and is a son of Alexander Moore, of
Pendleton Township, who brought his family to Jefferson County in 1840.
Our subject spent his boyhood days on his father's farm, and received a
limited education. As a business man, Mr. Moore has been eminently successful,
although at first everything seemed dark. At the age of nineteen years, he
engaged in the mercantile business at Lynchburg, in this county, but soon afterward
failed; and when he was married he "was not worth anything". He then began to
raise stock, which suited his disposition. He has since been prospered beyond
his most sanguine expectations, until at present he owns about 2,500 acres of
land, besides a large general store in Bluford. He also deals very extensively
in poultry and produce as well as in stock. Mr. Moore owns also a first-class
flouring mill at Opdyke, in this county. But few men in Southern Illinois handle
as much money as does Mr. Moore.
He was married, February 7, 1863, to Catherine, daughter of William Scrivner.
They have had ten children, eight living - William N., Mollie, Margaret, Thomas F.,
Lydia, Alexander, Oliver R. and Cora.
Mr. Moore held the office of Collector two terms, and is the present Supervisor of
Webber Township. He is a stockholder in the Jefferson County Agricultural Society,
a member of the Masonic fraternity, and of the Baptist Church.
Source: The History of Jefferson County, Illinois
By William Henry Perrin
Published by Globe Publishing Co in 1883
Biographies from Webber Township
Submitted by Sandy Bauer