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Family of
William Erastus Moore


Moore Home at Ashby

William Erastus Moore

Tombstone at Ashby Cemetery
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Mary C. Moore
Wife of William E. Moore

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.