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*I am thankful to my cousin Joseph Henry Hightower Moore of McDonough, Georgia, for much of the early Moore information*
My MOORE family is currently known back to James MOORE, who is thought to have been born in England in about 1650. All that is known about him is that sometime during his life he migrated to the American colonies, since he died in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in about 1704. The name of his wife is unknown at this time. The only child we currenly know of is a son, John MOORE, born in about 1670 in England.

My 8th Great Grandfather, John MOORE (born about 1670 in England) was married to Jane CUERTON, and is reported to have had the following children: Rose, Jane, James, Richard, John, Modecai, Margaret, Mary and Martha MOORE. At this time, we don't have any information regarding John's death, or whether he migrated out of Pennsylvania during his own lifetime.

John's son, Richard MOORE (who was my 7th Great Grandfather), was born on February 20, 1697 or 1698 in Blockley Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Sometime during his lifetime he migrated south to Georgia, as that is the area where he died. He was married in about 1720 to Sarah JENKINS. They had the following children: John, Mary, Prudence, Mordicai, Richard, Abigail, Sarah, Thomas, Jonas and James MOORE. Richard lived a very long life, for the time, and died in 1784 in Wrightsboro Township, Columbia County, Georgia. Wrightsboro (or Wrightsborough) was a Quaker Colony located near present day Thomson, Georgia. Click here for more on this interesting locale.

Richard's son, John MOORE (who was my 6th Great Grandfather), was born about 1730 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. We currently do not know the name of his wife, but have him listed with the following children: John, Sarah, James, Mary, Nancy, Amy and Hiram MOORE. John MOORE died in Wrightsboro Township, Columbia County, Georgia on April 3, 1811.

John's son, John MOORE (who was my 5th Great Grandfather), was born in Wrightsboro Township, St. Paul Parish (or Columbia County) Georgia, in 1775. He was married to Margaret ROSS, and they are listed as having the following children: Hiram, Sarah, Ross, John, Mary, James, Nancy and Elizabeth (Betsy) MOORE. John died in 1839 in Henry County, Georgia.

My 4th Great Grandfather, Hiram Moore, was born in Greene County, Georgia, in 1800. He was a son of John Moore and Margaret Ross, original Henry County settlers in 1822 where their homestead on Towaliga Creek neighbored that of Arthur J. Henderson. Hiram married Elizabeth "Betsy" Henderson in 1821 in Jasper County, Georgia. Hiram and Betsy Moore came to Henry County soon after their marriage and settled on original homstead just north of the plantation and mills of Jesse Johnson on the waters of Towaliga Creek. In 1849 they moved to the place which came to be called Moore's Spring on present State Highway 3 at Amah Lee Road just north of Hampton. It was purchased from Betsy Moore's father Richard Henderson, being land acquired by him in 1836, and includes the Henderson-Moore Graveyard. Portions of this property were later the farm of Richard Henderson Moore, son of Hiram and Betsy Moore, and remained in the family until someti! me after the death of his son, L. DeWitt Moore in 1953, a family ownership of some 120 years. Hiram and Betsy Moore are buried in the Henderson-Moore Graveyard at Moore's Spring. Descendants include the Moores of Towaliga Farm, McDonough and Griffin. (from "First Families of Henry County, Georgia", p. 348.) Hiram and Betsy MOORE had the following children: Jane Caroline, John Crayton, William James, Henry Madison, Thomas Hiram, Sanford Ross and Richard Henderson MOORE. Hiram MOORE died in June of 1870 at Moore's Spring, Henry County, Georgia.

Elizabeth Caroline Peebles, 1838-1906 (Photo ca. 1900,
courtesy of Joseph Henry Hightower Moore.)

My 3rd Great Grandfather, Henry Madison Moore, was born in Hampton, Henry County, Georgia in 1833. In 1858 he was married to Elizabeth Caroline Peebles, daughter of Abram H. J. Peebles and Mary Hunter Moseley. This same year he and his wife settled at Chestnut Mountain Farm in Land Lot 193, 6th District, the property of his father-in-law Abram Peebles. He lived there until 1876, when he moved to a farm in Land Lot 239, 4th District, Clayton County, where he eventually died. During the War for Southern Independence, Henry served 3 months, May to July 1862, in the regular Confederate Army in Virginia in the Weems Guards, Company A, 44th Georgia Regiment, under his brother-in-law, Captain (later Colonel) William H. Peebles. He was given a medical disability discharge at Camp Ripley, Virginia, on 18 July 1862, his discharge paper stating that he was by occupation a planter and that he had been enlisted by Capt. Peebles in McDonough, Georgia, 8 May 1862.

A year after returning home to Henry County he enlisted, in 1863, in the Henry County Guards, often called the Henry County Cavalry, Company B, 10th Regiment, State Guards, under Captain E. S. Fargason. He was discharged from service in Atlanta in 1865, following the end of the war. Mr. Moore later died from illness contracted in the army and was buried in the Henderson-Moore Graveyard at Moore's Spring. Henry and his wife, Elizabeth, had the following children: Mary Ellen, Beulah Elizabeth, John Lafayette, William Sanford, Henry Thomas, Della Lee and Minnie Belle MOORE.

Beulah Elizabeth Moore

My GG Grandmother, Beulah Elizabeth MOORE, was born in 1862 in Henry County, Georgia. She apparently lived her entire life in Henry County. In 1878 she was married to Milton B. STARR, and they had the following children: Wilson Madison, Lula Kate, Annie Martis, Clarence LaFayette, Arthur Roy, Samuel Glenn and Ferrel Andrew STARR. Beulah Elizabeth MOORE died in Hampton, Henry County, Georgia in 1933. She is buried along side her husband in the Berea Cemetery, Hampton, Henry County, Georgia.

My Great Grandfather, Wilson Madison STARR, was born in Henry County, Georgia in 1880. He was married to Edna JONES (1886-1957), daughter of William Harrison JONES and Mary Elizabeth COOPER. They had the following children: James Glenn, Rubye Florence, Opal, Harold, Mary Beulah, Martha, Mildred, William Clarence, Wayne and Evelyn Jeanette "Janie" STARR. Wilson Madison STARR died in Hampton, Henry County, Georgia in 1944. His daughter, Rubye Florence STARR, was my Grandmother. She was born in 1911 and lived a very long life, dying in Spalding County, Georgia in 2004.


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