Thomas J. Moore, the oldest son of James J. and Cecelia (Manning) Moore, was born in Perry County on August 3, 1833, and from his early manhood has been a prominent personage of the county. He was educated in the schools of the county, and in early boyhood acquired a taste for farming.
On October 25, 1853, he was united in marriage with Theresa Hagan, a daughter of James and Lucretia (Riney) Hagan. [Both the Moore and Hagan families were early and prominent settlers in the county and a history of them is given in another part of this work.] After his marriage Mr. Moore located on his present fine farm near Perryville, which he almost within sight of his birthplace.
During the Civil War he was appointed justice of the peace by the court to fill an unexpired term, after which he was elected to the same position.
He has served his district as a director of the public schools and township clerk for fifteen consecutive years. During the early years of this service there were but two school districts in this township, and Joab Burgee, so well known in the county, was the other director. Mr. Moore’s usefulness in the organization and supported schools and churches and the general prosperity of the county is inestimable.
To him and wife have been born fourteen children. They are Chrysanthus (who married Susan Miles, and is now a ... of St. Mary’s), Richard (who married Mary Miles, a sister of Susan), Vincent (deceased), James E. (who wedded Norah Sanders), Mary (deceased wife of Victor Miles a brother of both Susan and Mary), Lucretia (wife of George Pitman), Rosa (wife of Thomas Tucker), Thomas W. (deceased), Cecelia M., Annie, Mary E., Thomas V., William V., and Francis Albert.
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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