Lewellen Moore

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Contributed by Mary Love Berryman – 16 June 2003


History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties, Chicago, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1893.

L. Moore, a successful farmer and pioneer citizen of Williamson county, Texas, is a son of L. and Priscilla (Thornton) Moore. The grandfather of our subject, Joseph Moore, was a native of Ireland, but when a young man came to the Colonies. He raised a large family in North Carolina, and was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. The father of our subject subsequently moved to South Carolina: in 1818 went to Tuscaloosa county, Alabama, and four years later to Fayette county, that State, where he died in 1851. Mr. and Mrs. Moore reared a family of eleven children, three now living: Catherine, who married a Mr. Harkins, now deceased: Elijah, of Coryell county, Texas; and L., our subject. The mother died one month previous to the father’s death. The latter was a minister in the Primitive Baptist Church for about forty years.

L. Moore, the subject of this sketch, was born May 16, 1824, six miles west of Fayette courthouse, Fayette county, Alabama, where he grew to manhood. In 1848 he came to Texas, spending the first four years in Bastrop county, and during one year of that time was a member of the State rangers. In 1852 he returned to Alabama, but in 1854 came again to Texas, settling where he now lives, two miles north of Florence, Williamson county. Mr. Moore now owns 500 acres of land, 130 acres of which is under a fine state of cultivation. In 1862 he enlisted for service in the late war in a cavalry company commanded by Captain Peace. In the spring of 1863 he entered Company G, Seventeenth Texas Infantry, as a private, took part in the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, was taken prisoner at the later place, but was soon afterward exchanged.

Mr. Moore was married in Fayette county Alabama, January 9, 1853, to Eppie H. Thornton. They have had nine children, viz.: Alice, wife of Robert Triple, of Salado, Texas; William E. and John D., of Young county, this State; Susan, who with another lady was killed by falling lamps while attending church; Jefferson D., of Indian Territory; Gaines H. and Battie, at home; Mark, of Young county, Texas; and Murray, who was killed by a runaway mule in 1892. Politically, Mr. Moore votes with the Democratic Party, and socially is a member of the Grange and the Sons of Temperance. He is a Deacon in the Missionary Baptist Church.

Lewellen Morre is buried in Florence Cemetery in Florence, Williamson County, Texas.