JOHN S. MOORE.
A citizen of Jasper county, Missouri, entitled to honor as a pioneer, as a soldier of our Civil war and as an upright
progressive man, is John S. Moore, who is now living in retirement, in the deeclining years of a busy and useful
life, at Villa Heights, two miles east of Joplin.
Mr. Moore was born in Ross county, Ohio, a son of Elijah and Catherine (Dreisbach) Moore. His father was reared,
in Ross county, Ohio, and his grandfather, in the paternal line, who served his country in the war of 1812, was
an early settler in that county. Mr. Moore's mother, Catherine Dreisbach, was born in Ohio, removed thence to Illinois
and afterward to Kansas, where she died. Mr. Moore remained in his native county in Ohio until he was eighteen
years old, then, in 1854, went to Piatt county, Illinois. In 1861 he married Miss Leah R. Dorris, a native of Ross
county, Ohio, whose father had died in 1854 and whose mother went to Jasper county, Missouri, in 1869, and died
there at the age of sixty five.
In 1862 Mr. Moore enlisted in the One Hundred and Seventh Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, at Monticello,
Piatt county, Illinois, and served with that organization three years, during which time it formed a part of the
Second Brigade, Second Division, Twenty third Army Corps, under General Schofield. In campaigns in Kentucky and
West Virginia he was in General Ambrose E. Burnside's command, later he was in the command of General George H.
Thomas, and followed the leadership of General W. T. Sherman to Atlanta, whence he returned to Springfield, Illinois,
where he was honorably discharged from the service.
In 1869 Mr. Moore came to the vicinity of the present site of Joplin, where at that time no town had been established.
Carthage was then a small village. He engaged in farming and in other enterprises in Galena township, where he
remained until 188o, giving his attention partially to mining, in which he was successful. He is a strong Republican,
devoted heart and soul to the principles of his party; and in the year 1900 held the office of judge of election.
His son, James Austin Moore, of Villa Heights, is a mining operator. His son, George W., is a farmer in Colorado.
His daughter, Oreno, married Elmer Weyman, of Rhymer, Cass county, Missouri. His daughter, Mary Alice, is a member
of her father's household. His son, Warren, is in the grocery trade at Villa Heights.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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