ELISHA MOORE (deceased) was a native of Virginia, born near Winchester in 1797. His father, John Moore, was
also a native of the "Old Dominion," and came to Ohio about 1811. He located in Ross County, and a year
later came to Madison County, settling on 300 acres of land belonging to the Littler family, in Union Township.
He was a farmer by occupation, a quiet and unobtrusive citizen, and a great lover of fun. He was a "Jackson
Democrat" until 1840, then joined the Whig party and remained that way till his death. He was twice married.
His first wife was a Miss Smith, who bore him two children, both now deceased. His second wife was Sarah Littler.
They were the parents of nine children, probably two now living. Our subject was about fifteen years of age when
he accompanied his parents to this county. He farmed two or three years in early life, in Ross County, raising
wheat and floating it down to New Orleans to market, on a flatboat. He then located on his father's land, in Union
Township, and resided there till 1840. He then removed his family to Noble County, Indiana, and there departed
this life in 1861. He was also twice married. His first wife was Annie Cooms, a native of Virginia or Maryland,
and daughter of Jacob Cooms. They had four children, three living. Mrs. Moore died in the fall of 1836, and Mr.
Moore married for his second wife Nancy Scott, a native of Madison or Clark County, and daughter of Robert Scott.
No children were born to this union. Mrs. Moore is still living, and resides at Pearson, Kosciusko Co., Ind. Politically,
Mr. Moore was a Whig, a "Know Nothing," and subsequently a Republican. Robert Moore, a carpenter of London,
and the only member of the family now residing in this county, was born on the old home farm, in Union Township,
April 17, 1828. When twelve years of age, he went to Noble County, Ind., with his parents, and assisted in "clearing
up" a large "patch of timber" which then covered the farm. Wild beasts and Indians were very plentiful
then, and Mr. Moore remembers a day when his father killed three deer and brought them home. Wolves and wild turkeys
were numerous, and the former were so bold as to steal close to the log cabin, attack and kill the dog which stood
on guard. Mr. Moore's father was in rather poor health after going to Indiana, and his two sons were engaged in
doing all the work of the farm. At twenty two years of age, Robert Moore left the old fireside, and that summer
assisted on another farm in the same county. The following winter he came to this county, and the next summer worked
in a saw mill. He was then employed to drive 100 head of cattle from London over the mountains to Philadelphia.
He returned to London, and then to his father's. He rented the home farm, remained there two years, and then returned
to London again. He was then engaged in different occupations, visiting both the East and the West, for some time,
but was principally employed in working at his trade in. London and Madison County. Failing health has caused a
cessation of active labor for the past seven or eight years. Mr. Moore united with the Masonic fraternity in 1855
or 1856, and is a member or Chandler Lodge, No. 138, of London. He is a stanch Republican, bat has never been an
office holder. He was married in the last week of 1863 to Thoressa Lohr, a native of London, and daughter of John
Lohr. Of their five children, three are living - Annie, Mary and Clara. Mrs. Moore is a member of the First Presbyterian
Church of London, and Mr. Moore is a regular attendant on its services.
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Company
Madison County, Ohio Biographies
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