Abram Moore

Annals of Newberry, by John A. Chapman, page 596-97

On the 6th day of June, 1880, at a little over the age of ninety three years, died Abram Moore, having been born on the 18th day of March, 1796. He was a native of this county, and nearly the whole of his long life was passed in a quiet home-life on his farm near Prosperity. When a young man he spent two years with an elder brother in Fairfield.

Of Seceder stock, he was brought up in the admonition and fear of the Lord, and at an early age united with the Church. At the age of twenty-six he was made an Elder, and held that dignified position to the end of his life, sixty-seven years. His attendance at church was so prompt and regular that whenever he was absent people and pastor always thought there was something the matter to prevent his attendance.

On the 21st of January, 1822, he was happily married to Elizabeth Brown. Eight children were born to them, four of
whom died before the death of their parents. They lived together in happy wedlock over sixty years. Mrs. Moore died first, about six years before he was called. His memory ran back to the time when small grain was cut with reap hooks, then with the scythe and cradle, and he lived to see the great reaping machines now in use. He could tell how tobacco, once a staple article in Newberry, used to be hauled to Charleston in a hogshead, and the hogshead itself was the wagon. And when he was a boy the first negroes were brought to that part of Newberry, and their appearance so startled and frightened him that he ran from them as he would from a bear. He remembered when there were no houses at Prosperity, when it was indeed Frog Level, with deep clear ponds of water surrounded by thick woods, and many deer coming down to the ponds to drink. He remembered the war of 1812, and the embargo, and when wagons sometimes went overland to Philadelphia and to bring goods back from that city. So many changes have taken place since his boyhood that to sit and hear him talk was almost like listening to one who lived before the flood. He died as he had lived, at peace with all men and at peace with God.