John Henry Moore1,2,3,4
M, b. 8 June 1838, d. 30 January 1897
John Henry Moore was born on 8 June 1838 at MA; or Rhode Island. He was said to have run away from home. His parents are unknown.5
John H. Moore
On 1 Aug 1861, as a resident of Calhoun County, he enlisted at Battle Creek, MI. with Co. A, 6th Michigan Infantry. The regiment was later renamed 6th Michigan Heavy Artillery, for their performance at the seige of Port Hudson. He was promoted to Sergeant 1 Sep 1863. He re-enlisted 1 Feb 1864. He married while his Regiment was on furlough back to Michigan. He participated in the battles at Baton Rouge, Ponchatoula, Port Hudson, Spanish Fort, and Forts Huger and Tracey. During the seige of Spanish Fort, he injured his knee while unloading cannons. On 20 Aug 1865, he was honorably discharged and returned to Battle Creek Michigan. In 1891, he received a military pension due to his injury to his knee and heart problems.6
He married Celestia A. Burch, daughter of Carolus Horace Burch and Nancy Henrietta Jones, on 1 April 1864 at Marshall, MI..7
In June 1883, he moved his family to the Dakota Territory. He received a homestead due to his military service. He homesteaded on 160 acres, NE 1/4, Section 18, Twp 127, Range 58 W, Marshall Co, South Dakota. He built a wooden house 16' by 32', with 8' posts. In 1884, he grew wheat, corn and oats.8
He died on 30 January 1897 at Britton, SD., at age 58. He was buried at Britton Cemetey, Britton, SD..
In his military records, he said he was born in Boston, MA. In the 1870 Census, he said he was born in Rhode Island. In the 1875 birth record of his son Myron, he was said to be born in MA. In the 1872 and 1880 birth records of his children Franklin and Winnie, he was said to be born in Rhode Island. In the 1880 Census, he said he was born in Rhode Island and his parents were born in MA. and NH.
In a 1975 interview, his daughter Winifred stated she did not know anything of the ancestry of her father. It was believed that her father had run away from home, and he never wanted to talk about his family or where he came from.
In 1922, his son William Moore told of his family ancestry. William said that his "family is of Irish descent and was established at old Lowell, Massachusetts, several generations ago."5
Children of John Henry Moore and Celestia A. Burch
- [S2244] 1870 Calhoun Co, MI. Census, Pennfield Twp.
- [S1895] 1880 Calhoun Co, MI. Census, Pennfield Twp.
- [S2245] 1885 SD Census ,Marshal Co.
- [S1786] 1890 Veterans Schedules ,Miller, Marshall Co, SD.
- [S1815] Interview of Winnifred Cover by Howard Hickman 1975.
- [S2251] Military and Pension Records.
- [S2243] Calhoun Co, MI. Marriage Record.
- [S1940] Homestead Claim and Patent.