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Laurence S. Moore


Laurence S. Moore, a prominent young farmer of Perry County, was born on April 21, 1857. His grandfather, Isidore Moore, came to Perry County from Washington County, Ky., near the close of the last century and located about six miles southeast of Perryville, in what is now Cinque Homme township.

Being a man of sterling worth and intelligence, he was a valuable acquisition to the new settlement, and became its leader in both politics and social life. Upon the organization of the State he was sent as the first representative of Perry County to the Legislature. He was twice married and reared a family of twelve sons and seven daughters. He died at the age of eighty-seven, having received from the people of his county all the honor that it was in their power to bestow.

Leo Moore, the father of Lawrence, married Mahala Cissell, and resided during his life upon a farm near Longtown. He died in his sixty-ninth year on August 23, 1880. His widow, now in her seventy-second year, is a resident of St. Louis.

They were the parents of ten children of whom seven are living. They are Lewis F?., Joseph V., Mary A. (a sister of the order of Loretta and mother of the Edina, Missouri Convent), Isabella J., Rosa I. (also a sister of Loretta), Theodore L., and Laurence. Laurence is a bachelor and resides upon a farm in Bois Brule bottom, overlooking the city of Chester.

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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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