John Moore


JOHN MOORE, of Wells township, formerly sheriff of Jefferson county, was born in this county, June 6, 1822. His father, William Moore, was born in Ireland, and was brought to this country at the age of three weeks, by his parents, who settled in Washington county, Penn. He married Elizabeth Wylie, a native of that county, who died in 1832, aged about thirty-eight years. The father died in 1865, aged seventy-eight years. They had eight children: Jane, wife of George Day; Martha, deceased, wife of Samuel Welch; Marie, wife of James Welday; Sarah, deceased; Elizabeth, deceased, wife of Mr. McConnell; John; Robert, deceased, who was a merchant in Iowa, and Wylie W., of Des Moines, Iowa. John was reared on a farm and at twenty years began his own maintenance, engaging in farming, also in flat-boating and steamboating, at which he continued until 1859, when he was elected sheriff of Jefferson county, He was re-elected in 1861 and held the office four years from January 1, 1860 to January 1, 1864 serving the people with notable fidelity and efficiency,. Subsequently, he engaged in farming, which has been his occupation since. His home, between New Alexandria and Smithfield, is one of the most finely located and happiest homes in the county and he is everywhere highly regarded. He is a member of the Masonic order-a Knight Templar, and he and his wife are members of the Episcopal church. His politics is republican. Mr. Moore was married January 24, 1843, to Mary, daughter of Jacob Welday and eleven children have been born to them: Elizabeth D., deceased; George W., bridge carpenter on the railroad; Caroline W., deceased; William L., who married Delia Allison, and lives in Texas; Maria A., deceased; Oscar, who married Jenny Gassaway and lives at Smithfield; Anderson J., of same place, who married Sarah E. Rickey; Harry E., deceased; Ross C., Jessie B., and Vernie B., at home.

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