W. B. MOORE, one of the old and honored residents of Bloomington City, in earlier years carried on the granite,
marble and stone business, which is now operated by his son, J. K. Moore, at No. 311 West Washington street. The
subject of this history was born in Perry County, Ohio, near Somerset, Dec. 8, 1832, and is the son of John K.
and Sarah C. (Ballou) Moore, the father a native of Westmoreland County, Pa., born near Greensburg, in April, 1803,
and the mother of Rhode Island, born the same year. They were married in Guernsey County, Ohio, and settled upon
a farm in Perry County, where the father taught school in the winter season.
The grandfather of our subject, Rev. Thomas Moore, was a gentleman of much learning and fine abilities, having been educated at Dartmouth College, N. H., and took the degree of D. D. at Yale. He labored as a Presbyterian minister in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and was a Chaplain in the Revolutionary War, being with Gen. Washington at Valley Forge in 1776. He also considered it his duty to carry a musket, and be ready to fight if it was necessary.
After the independence of the colonies had been established, he located in Pennsylvania, and moved to Ohio in 1811 with his family. His children were four in number—Thomas, James P., Catharine and John K. Of these, only one is living, Catharine, Mrs. Downey, whose home is in White County, Ind.
The maternal grandfather of our subject was Welcome Ballou, a boot and shoe maker by trade, who removed to Ohio prior to the War of 1812, where he purchased land near Chandlersville, where he carried on agriculture and his trade alternately. His family included seven children: Sarah C., Mrs. Moore, now deceased; Aurelius, of Newark, Ohio; Aurelia, and Welcome, M. D., both deceased; Celia A., Mrs. Foster, living in Shirley, Ill.; Lorinda, Mrs. Wartenbee, and Leander, M. D., deceased.
John K. Moore, the father of our subject, in early manhood moved to Fairfield County, Ohio, and engaged in general merchandise. In 1843 he removed to White County, Ind., and there farmed and taught school alternately, finally locating in Monticello, where he departed this life in March, 1845. The mother had died in Warren County, Ind., when about seventy years of age.
Their children were: Thomas, now of Santa Fe, N. M.; Welcome B., in Bloomington; John K., of Sumner County, Kan.; Lorinda B., of Warren County, Ind.; Matilda, who died in Kansas, and James P., of St. Paul, Minn. The parents were members of the Presbyterian Church. In earlier years, John K. Moore commenced studying for the ministry, but was obliged to abandon it on account of his health.
W. B. Moore of our sketch remained at home until twenty-one years old, in the meantime receiving his education principally under his mother's instruction. He was reared to habits of industry, and when sixteen years of age began to chop wood and split rails, and with the money thus earned, secured a small amount of live-stock. Then, in company with his brother John K., he purchased a team, and they began to farm on rented land. They operated thus the following three years, and then our subject went to Covington, Ind., and apprenticed himself to learn the marble business. He soon afterward had the management of a shop, and in 1863 came to Bloomington, where he established the present business.
The marriage of W. B. Moore and Miss Eliza E. Lamb was celebrated in 1855. Mrs. Moore is a native of Fountain County, Ind., and was born near Newtown, being the daughter of William and Lucinda Lamb. Of her marriage with our subject there have been born seven children, one of whom is deceased: Alice A., Mrs. Flanagan, lives in Logansport, Ind.; the others, at home, are John K., William L., Fannie B., Sarah C. and Grace.
Mr. Moore has also operated as a contractor and builder, and has superintended the construction of some of the most important buildings in the city, among them being the Methodist Church, which is a model of architectural beauty. Eight men are employed about the works, and their patrons are among the best business men of the city and county. Mr. Moore is held in the highest respect by his fellow-citizens, and has built up for himself a good reputation for honor, integrity, and straightforward business principles.
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), 429. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.