GEORGE W. MOORE, a live-long resident of Morgan County, was born within its limits in 1833, completed his education in Illinois College, from which he was graduated in 1856, and chose the occupation of a farmer, which he has since followed. Upon reaching man's estate, he was married to Miss Nannie, daughter of Col. G.M. Chambers of Jacksonville, and a native of Bourbon County, Ky. The only child born of this union is a daughter - Eleanor I, who has been given an excellent education, graduating from Jacksonville Female Academy with honors in the class of '89, and still lives with her parents. They reside upon a beautiful farm, seven miles east of the city, where Mr. Moore is largely engaged in stock-raising and feeding, which he has prosecuted with marked success.
Our subject is the son of Dr. Edmund Moore, who was born in Roscommon County, Ireland, and came to America with his parents in 1798. During the first few years of his residence in the United States he had the unusual experience of living under three forms of Government - first, the French in Louisiana, under the first Consul, Napoleon Bonaparte; second the Spanish in Florida, under King Charles the Fourth, and, lastly, under the great Republic. He completed his education in the Seminary at Bardstown, Ky., now known as Nazareth, and later took up the study of medicine. In due time he was married to Miss Mary O'Neal, a native of Bardstown, and later removed to Rockport, Ind., where he followed his chosen profession for five years. Then, in 1827, he came to this county, where he operated as a successful practitioner for a period of nearly forty years, and died an honored and respected citizen.
Mrs. Mary (O'Neal) Moore, the mother of our subject, departed this life eleven years prior to the decease of her husband. They were the parents of four children, one of whom, a son Lewis, a retired farmer, is an intelligent and highly respected citizen of Glendora, Cal.; Ellen became the wife of Samuel Tindall, a prosperous farmer of Morgan County; Sylvester L. is a resident of St. Louis, Mo. George W., our subject, completes the list. Two of the sons served in the Union army during the late Civil War, Sylvester being a member of the 101st Illinois Infantry, in which for gallant services he was promoted to the rank of Major. George W., our subject, held a Lieutenant's commission in the 1st Missouri Cavalry, and distinguished himself for his bravery and fidelity to duty.
Mr. Moore is everywhere recognized as a man of superior intelligence, and as the encourager of all measures tending to elevate the people. He is liberal in his religious views, but friendly to all church denominations whose influence will make men wiser and better. Mrs. Moore is a lady of cultivation and refinement, and greatly attached to her beautiful country home. She is an earnest Presbyterian - the church of her ancestors - devoted to her family, kind and obliging to her neighbors, and universally esteemed.