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William Erastus Moore

D. P. Moore Family & Home          William Jerome Moore Family

Moore Home at Ashby

William Erastus Moore

Tombstone at Ashby Cemetery
at left

Capt. Wm. E. Moore Dead

With profound sorrow, our people heard on June 5th that Wm. E. Moore had died very suddenly at his home at Ashby, where while after arising for the day his son, Ex. Sheriff Moore, and his daughter, Mrs. Hugh Phillips and his nephew, J. D. Moore, left immediately, taking Rev. C. N. ... and Wm. Walker, undertaking...them. Capt. Moore's brother, D. P. Moore, was just ready...with them, when his wife...alarmingly ill and he had to ... with her. However she was much improved next morning and Mr. Moore went over to the...

Capt. Moore was one of the county's oldest, most useful and beloved citizens, and his death was universally regretted. ...organization of the White Man's Union he was elected the first president and was re-elected till his health compelled him to dec...was a good man, foremost...good works, and we shall never look on his like again. of our dearest friends, ...feel a keen sense of persona...his death and most deeply sympathize with the bereaved... May God comfort them ...

Mr. W. E. Moore died last T... morning at his home at Ashby, Matagorda county, aged about 65 years. Mr. Moore was a prominent and well respected business man. He was one of the directors of the of Port Lavaca, and ...friends in Calhoun county. ...recently bought, or bargained... C. W. Sterry's fine for $3000 intending to ... here with his family. Having at Ashby, it is likely...ily will come to live in Port... The deceased has been suffering from Bright's disease the past few years and this was probably the cause of death.

Newspaper unknown, June 5, 1902  [the right margin of the obituary was missing]

Mary C. Moore
Wife of William E. Moore

Mary E. Moore
In Memoriam.

Died at her home at Ashby Sunday morning about 6 o'clock, after a short illness, Mrs. Mary E. Moore, aged 84 years. Her remains were interred in the Ashby cemetery Monday at 11 o'clock, in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends, who gathered to pay their last respects to one who was universally loved.

Deceased was one of the pioneers of the coast country, coming to Indianola with her husband, Robert Baxter Moore, many years ago from New Jersey , where she was born January 12th, 1812, and from which place she moved to Ashby, this county, shortly after the storm of 1875, in which she lost her husband and where she has since resided with her daughter, Miss Dora Moore, who together with three brothers, Capt. W. E. Moore, of Ashby, H. E. Moore, of Deming's Bridge, and D. P. Moore of Bay City survive her.

Last Christmas day a dinner was given in her honor by her son, Capt. W. E. Moore, at which all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were present and though she had long since passed the allotted time, she was hale and hearty, and none of greater cheer and higher spirit than she. Only a few short months, and those who gathered around her then, folded gently the wrinkled hands, pressed one farewell kiss on the now speechless lips and gently deposited her in the narrow confines of the grave, and there 'neath the whispering grass rests all that is mortal of Grandma Moore.

Though the summons came sudden, without a warning, she was ready, having often spoken of the final call of which she stood not in dread, and peacefully as the slumbers of a babe, she passed the portals of this earthly world into the Heaven of ever lasting peace and happiness, leaving us only the sweet memory of a life, which everyone should try to imitate. A Christian from the time she reached womanhood, she ever attempted to follow the teachings of the lowly Nazarene showing those about her the ways of His footsteps, and the reward awaiting those who faithfully follow them.

Newspaper unknown, April 12, 1896

Ashby Church


Markers of

William E. Moore


Mary C. Moore

Eudora Moore


Grave of Eudora Moore - Ashby Cemetery

Eudora Moore


Eudora Moore was born in Victoria County, Texas, on November 17, 1847. She died in Buda, Texas, November 8,1933, and was buried beside her mother in the Ashby Cemetery, Ashby. Her parents were Robert Baxter and Mary Crowell (Layton) Moore.


When Eudora was one year old her family moved from Victoria County to Indianola in Calhoun County. The family lived there until the September 16, 1875, hurricane destroyed their home with wind and high water. Robert B. Moore drowned, but his wife, Mary C. Moore, was saved by clinging to a salt cedar tree near the house all night.


Eudora was educated in private schools in Indianola, and later while teaching public schools, she attended normal schools held for teachers in Cuero, Port Lavaca, Austin, and Whitesboro.


Eudora's first private school was in 1865. The whole system of education was disrupted during the War Between the States and the most difficult Reconstruction Days that followed. She taught at home in a one-room building her father had erected for his boys, separate from the house. Her pupils were her brother Ed, a Mr. Fromme's son, a drayman's little boy, and Henry, Frank, Willie, and Ben Harrison who lived on the other side of the lake and crossed in a skiff.


After the 1875 storm, the Moore family moved to Matagorda County to make their home. Her next school was for a family at Live Oak Grove on the Tres Palacios River.


Eudora Moore taught public schools at Tres Palacios (staying with the Killingsworth family in 1881) and Ashby. During the 1880's, she also taught at Cook's Island. She taught in the Bay City public school as an assistant to a Mr. Reid from September 13, 1897, until May 20, 1898. In 1903 she went to Kyle, Texas, to teach her niece's children.


Eudora Moore was one of the earliest pioneer teachers in this area, affectionately known as "Miss Dora" to hundreds of school children.


Vivian Harrison Wier, Historic Matagorda County, Volume I, 1986.



Family photos courtesy of Marshal Kuykendall. Ashby cemetery pictures courtesy of Matagorda County Museum.