Saturday, August 20, 2011

Surname Saturday: MOORE: Thomas Jefferson Moore, born August 20, 1852

Breathless' maternal great-grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Moore, was born on this day 159 years ago, in Salem, Russell County, Alabama.  He was the only son of Milton Jonathan Moore (1830-1912) and his first (of three) wives, Rutha Jane Lawson.

He married Angeline/Evangeline Elizabeth "Lizzie" Peach (1859–1924) on December 18, 1876, in Lee County, Alabama.  In 1880, they were living with their oldest son, Tandy Clayton Moore (1878-1964) near Auburn, Lee County, Alabama, where Thomas was a farmer.

In October 1883, Thomas and his family (a second child had been born), his father and stepmother, four of his five younger half-brothers and two of his three younger half-sisters, sold almost everything they owned and bought train tickets for Lewisville, Texas.

Thomas purchased 90 acres seven miles west of Lewisville (near today's Flower Mound) for $5 an acre, with a house, some outbuildings, and a well already on it. Six more children were born in Texas.  The family posed for a photograph outside their home sometime in late 1900 or early 1901.

Thomas Jefferson Moore died of pneumonia at the age of 51, on March 24, 1904, at home near Flower Mound in Denton County, Texas.  He is buried at the Shiloh Cemetery in Flower Mound.

[Some of the information in this profile came from Heroic Lives of Ordinary People, an unpublished family history by Thomas Clayton Moore, Breathless' first cousin.]

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