Thomas Andrew Moore was born in Mississippi during 1842. He was the son of Samuel L. (born during 1805 in Georgia) and Rachel (born during 1810 in North Carolina) Moore of Issaquena County. Samuel L. Moore moved during the 1840s from Hinds County to Issaquena County. The extensive Moore family plantation holdings were along the west side of Deer Creek about 6 miles below Rolling Fork in Issaquena County. Children of Samuel and Rachel Moore, in addition to Thomas Andrew, included Frank W. (born 1831), William S. (born 1833), and Oliver S. (born 1847). The portrait of Thomas Andrew Moore was taken during 1861 at the age of 19.
1840 Hinds County, MS Federal Census
Samuel L. Moore
Males ages 5 to 10: 2
Males ages 15 to 20: 1
Males ages 30 to 40: 1
Females ages 10 to 15: 1
Females 30 to 40: 1
Samuel L. Moore Family: 1850 Issaquena County Federal Census
Rachel Moore and Dr. Frank W. Moore Families: 1860 Issaquena County Federal
1860 Moore Family Slave Schedules: Issaquena County
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1835
Rode twelve miles to Cowan's, on the road to Clinton, where I slept. A Mr. Samuel L. Moore, of Hinds County … also slept there; decent people.
Thursday, Nov. 12, 1835
Started after an early breakfast, in company with Mr. Moore, who I find to be a sensible and moral man. Suspected him to be pious, but not a word dropt from him of cant. He lives five miles from Clinton, and as we rode slowly it was 2 o'clock when we reached his house. Gave me a cordial invitation to "light and take dinner," which, being desirous to see as much as possible of life here, I accepted. Table coarsely and frugally spread, but as he said a very devout and appropriate grace, I ventured to name the subject of religion to him, and he informed me he was a Methodist. The establishment is exceedingly coarse and rough, yet he owns several tracts of land, two of which he wishes to sell. He has four hearty looking children. He is only twenty-nine years old. I took him for forty … One of his tracts in Madison County, ----- acres, he offers at $5, and a quarter section adjoining he says may be entered at $1.25; for a tract adjoining his residence of 320 acres he asks $17 ….
Source: The Diary of William Fairfax Gray, from Virginia to Texas, 1835-1837
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