|James B. Moore
From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 278-279, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
James B. Moore, a soldier in the late war, was born in Newark,
Delaware, November 26, 1819. His father, John, was born in the same
place, October 9, 1791, and his grandfather, Archibald, was a native of
Jamestown, Virginia. The great-grandfather of our subject was born in
Ireland, of Scotch ancestry, and came to America and settled in
Virginia, where he spent his last years. Archibald moved from Virginia
to Newark, Delaware, bought land from Joseph Eagle, and there spent his
last years as a farmer. The farm is still owned by his descendants. The
name of his wife was probably McDonald, and as far as known, she spent
her entire life in Newcastle county. John always followed agricultural
pursuits, and the house where he was born was his home throughout his
entire life. His wife was Mary Webb Temple of Chester county,
Pennsylvania, whose father, Samuel, was born in the same locality, and
whose grandfather, Caleb, was also a native of Pennsylvania. He was a
Magistrate for several years under King James. He was an extensive land
owner, owning the land, including Chad's Ford and Burningham in Chester
county, where the battle of Brandywine was fought. He spent his last
years in Chester county, was a Quaker, and reared his family in the
same faith. The grandfather of our subject was an extensive farmer and
stock raiser, and spent his last days in Chester county. His wife was
Elizabeth Clements. The mother of James died near Newark, Delaware,
October 1883, aged eighty-three.
James was reared and educated in Newark, attending school quite
steadily until twenty years of age, when he engaged in farming for five
years. He then became a merchant for one year, but sold out and turned
his attention to the study of law in the office of John M. Clayton, and
in 1848 was admitted to the bar, and the same year came to Mt.
Sterling. He practiced here until his enlistment, July 15, 1861, in
Company G, Third Illinois Cavalry, and served eight months. He was
honorably discharged on account of disability incurred in the service.
He then accepted the position of Provost Marshal of the Ninth Illinois
District, and served in that capacity two and one-half years. On
account of failing eyesight, he resigned and returned home. Although
not totally blind, he is so nearly so as to incapacitate him for the
practice of his profession, and he lives retired in his pleasant home
he has built in Mr. Sterling.
He married Cordelia Merritt on September 8, 1851. She was born
in Naples, Illinois. Her father, Joseph, was born in Sussex county,
Delaware, July 16, 1803. When he was eight years old his parents went
to Ohio. The removal was made with two horses attached to a cart. They
located in Pickaway county, where they lived until 1828, and then moved
to Illinois, and were among the first settlers of Morgan county. Later
they bought land in Pea Ridge township, lived there until 1850, when
they came to Mt. Sterling, where the continued to reside for the
remainder of their days. Mr. Merritt died in 1890. His wife died in Mt.
Sterling in 1875. She was Rebecca Drew and was born in Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. Moore have had ten children: Joseph, James B.,
Kate, Will, Eugene, Annie, Sladie, Lottie, Jennie and George. Mr. Moore
has been a member of the Republican party since its formation. Mr. and
Mrs. Moore are among the best people of Pea Ridge and are greatly
respected by all who know them.
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