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Ignatius Moore


Ignatius Moore (deceased) was born in Central Township, Perry Co., Mo., within sight of the home of his widow, Mrs. Helen Moore, and children. He was a son of James and Lucy (Wetmore) Moore, early settlers of Perry County, who died when Ignatius was a mere lad. They were the parents of seven children, none of whom are living.

About 1852, Ignatius Moore was married to Helen Tucker, and began housekeeping in a little log cabin, the ruins of which still stand near the massive stone residence which they erected after they became prosperous, and in which Mr. Moore died in September, 1873. His widow and eight children, four sons and four daughters, still survive.

Mrs. Moore is a daughter of John and Ellen (Miles) Tucker, one of the early and prominent families of Perry County. She was born in Central Township, Perry County, on February 7, 1824. Her children are Josiah C., Richard R., Romanus I., John A., Emily (Mrs. Ferd Miles), Frances E., Lucy A. (Mrs. Joseph Brenco), and Anastasia. Josiah C., Richard R., Frances E., and Anastatia are at the old homestead with their mother. Romanus I. married Ellen Dean, and John A. is studying for the priesthood at St. Mary’s Seminary.

The family have always been highly respected and are counted among the most worthy of Perry County’s citizens. All are devout Catholics, and both the Tucker and Moore families aided in establishing the church in this county.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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