Carroll County Biographies


Salem Township

Robert Moore, an extensive farmer residing in Salem Township, is closely identified with the agricultural interests of Carroll and Whiteside counties, owning and profitably managing large farms in both. He comes of good Celtic stock, which originated in Ireland. His parents, John and Jane (Ross) Moore, were both born in that country, and wer married there, and spent the early years of their wedded life in County Monaghan. In 1846 they emigrated to America and coming to Jo Daviess County, this state, settled near Galena, becoming pioneers of that part of the country, and there spent their remaining days. To those worthy, respected people were born eight children - William, Robert, Charles, Samuel, George, Thomas, James and Josiah. Charles, George, Thomas, Samuel and Josiah wee in the Union Army. George, a Lieutenant in the 96th IL, was wounded at the battle of Lookout Mountain.

Our subject, who was the second child of the family, was born in County Monaghan Ireland, AUg. 8, 1830, and the first sixteen years of his life were passed amid the pleasant scenes of his native land. He then, accompanied his parents to their new home in Jo Daviess County, and there grew to a strong, intelligent manhood. In 1852, a young man of 22 years, full of hopes and ambitions of youth, with health and a light heart, and the world all before him, a strong desire to seek for gold in the mining regions of California led him to undertake the long and tedious journey across the desolate plains and over the mountains to that state. He was actively and profitably engaged in mining there until the winter of 1857. Tiring of the wild, rough life that obtained in that part of the country at that time, our subject then retraced his steps to his old home in Jo Daviess, where he lived until 1862, giving his attention wholly to farming.

In the meantime he had wooed and won Miss Anna M. Mackay, to whom he was united in marriage Aug. 28, 1861. She is a native of Salem Twp., born Nov. 12, 1841, and the eldest child in the family of the Hon. Duncan and Jessie Mackay. After marrige Mr.a nd Mrs. Moore established their home in Salem Twp. where they have since resided, and he has given his entire attention to agriculture. And in the years of labor that have followed, Mr. Moore has accumulated a valuable property, with the cheerful and capable co-operation of his good wife. He owns 470 acres of as productive and finely cultivated land as is to be found in this part of Illinois, 310 acres being pleasantly situated on Section 22, Salem Twp, and the remaining 160 acres in Whiteside COunty. In May 1886, Mr. Moore met with considerable pecuniary loss by the destruction of a house and barn on one of his Salem farm by a cyclone that swept everything before it.

Mr. and Mrs. Moore's wedded life has been one of mutual happiness, each sustaining and strengthenin the other in their united labors, and it has been blessed to them by the birth of eight children, as follows; Jennie R., the wife of Edgar D. Rankin of Briggsville, Henderson Co IL; Nettie B; Robert M. a graduate of the DIxon Business College; Charles M, a student in the Davenport Civil College; Alice M a graduate of the Mt. Carroll High School; Duncan J; Walter J. who died when a year old; & Rettie A. Mr. and Mrs. Moore and their daughters Alice and Nettie were formerly members of the Presbyterian Church, but they are now identified iwth the Methodist Episcopal Church at Mt. carroll. The family are intelligent, refined people, and the parents have taken a great interest in educational matters, and have given their children superior advantages for securing liberal educations.

Mr. Moore is a man of enlightened and progressive views, is well read and well informed, and is in all respects a thoroughly good man and desirable citizen. In politics he puts his faith in the Republican party. He does not care to mingle much in public life, his private interests demanding so much of his attendion, but he has served in some of the minor local offices. By his enterprise andpublic spirit Mr. Moore has given an increased impetus to the growth and financial prosperity of his adopted township, and always warmly advocates all schemes for its improvement.

Portrait & Biographical Pg 835

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