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Moore County was founded in 1871. It was named in honor of
Maj. Gen. William Moore. He came from Kentucky to settle in Tennessee in 1808. He commanded a company in the Creek
War, then finished the War of 1812 as a major general. He was a member of the State House of Representatives 1825-1827.
Moore County (formed in 1872 from Lincoln and Franklin): The
first settlements were made probably about 1800. David Crockett was a settler on Mulberry creek for a while. Moses Crawford, who located near the present Lynchburg in 1809, said in a letter to the Lynchburg Falcon in 1885 that after the War of 1812 there was a den of thieve
three or four miles southeast of Lynchburg, and “stealing was a common as going to church." A leader among the thieves was a man named
Woods. The settlers took the law in their own hands, and finally restored order. The first county court met in the house of Tolley & Eaton
in Lynchburg in June. 1873. In July the same year that town was selected as the county seat. Its original site belonged to Thomas Roundtree. The people of the territory which became Moore county were
almost unanimous for secession. Company E. the first company made up (in March, 1861), was commanded by Capt. E. Y. Salmon. During the war the citizens were constantly harrassed by bushwackers and foraging parties.
Present population, 4,800.
A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans: The Leaders and ..., Volume 3
By Will Thomas Hale, Dixon Lanier Merritt