ROBERT MOORE, deceased, was formerly a resident of Old Town Township, his home being located on section 12. He was a prosperous farmer and respected as a citizen, and left no dark spot upon any page of the history of his past. His parents were John and Jane (Williamson) Moore, natives of Virginia, where they settled after their marriage, and where they continued to reside until their death. The parental union was blest by the birth of ten children, our subject being the youngest.

Robert Moore was born in West Virginia, Sept. 21, 1813, and spent upward of forty years of his life in that State, engaged the while in agricultural pursuits. In 1853, accompanied by his wife and four children, he came to McLean County, and taking up his residence in Normal Township, made that his home for thirteen years. He then traded the farm which he owned in Normal Township for one located on section 12, Old Town Township, to which he removed in 1866, and where he lived and labored at his chosen calling until his death, which occurred Dec. 4, 1883. At the date of his demise he was the owner of 165 acres of good land, which he left to his family free of all incumbrances.

Mr. Moore was married in what is now West Virginia, May 6, 1840, to Miss Eliza J. Wells. She was the daughter of Charles and Margaret (Munsey) Wells, likewise natives of West Virginia. Her father was a farmer, and followed his calling in the State of his nativity until his death; his good wife also died there. Of the three children born to them Mrs. Moore was the youngest, the date of her birth being Jan. 30, 1822. By her marriage with our subject eight children were born, the record of whom is as follows: Charles W. married Miss Emma Dean, and they are living at Storm Lake, Iowa; Jane is living at home with her mother; Martha is the wife of A. R. Arbuckle, and they reside in Nebraska; John died while in his eleventh year; George lives at home; Taylor departed this life when thirteen years old; Arthur married Miss Alice Craig, and resides in Nebraska, and Edwin L. died when seven years of age.

Mr. Moore was a prominent member of the Christian Church, and a worthy laborer in the cause of the Master. He also held several of the minor offices of his township, and was respected and loved for his straightforward and manly dealings with his fellowmen, as well as for his sterling worth and integrity. Mrs. Moore is also a member of the Christian Church, and has belonged to that denomination for upward of forty years. Her husband was immersed by Alexander Campbell, and during his lifetime was an Elder in a congregation in this county; all of the children now living are members of the same church.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 494. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards


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