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Title: Thomas Coke Moore
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In the list of Warren county's successful and highly honored citizens, who have passed from the scene of their life's work, Thomas Coke Moore long occupied a prominent place. In his career there was much that was commendable and his life forcibly illustrated what a man of energy can accomplish when his plans are wisely laid and his actions governed by right principles, noble aims and high ideals. He was a man whom to know was to respect and admire, for he was a genteel, kind-hearted, straightforward man of affairs in all the relations of life, one of those estimable characters who live for others; thus his memory is rightfully revered by the citizens of the locality where he lived. Thomas Coke Moore was born in Warren county, Indiana, on January 25, 1834, and died here on November 25, 1911, in the seventy-eighth year of his age. He was the son of Edward and Katherine (Foster) Moore, both of whom were natives of Ohio. They came to this county in a very early day, entering land in Medina township from the government in 1825, being thus numbered among the real pioneers of this section of the county. He was a successful farmer and was a member of that sterling band of frontiersmen who did so much for the development of this part of the Hoosier state. He and his wife were the parents of the following children: John, James, Enos, one whose name is not known, Sally, Thomas C., Elizabeth, Hester and Seth, the last named being the only member of the family now living.

Thomas C. Moore received his elementary education in the common schools of Warren county and then took a course in the Columbia Academy in Ohio. He devoted all the years of his active life to the tilling of the soil, in which honorable calling he was eminently successful. He was a man of broad ideas, sound judgment and progressive spirit and he exercised good business acumen in all his affairs. His farmstead was a large one, so that at his death each of his children received approximately two hundred and forty acres.

Mr. Moore was an earnest Republican in his political faith and gave active support to his party. He was honored by his fellow citizens, who elected him a member of the board of county commissioners, in which position he rendered faithful and appreciated service to the county. His religious belief was embodied in the creed of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he was a trustee and steward and superintendent of the Sunday school for a number of years.

On November 25, 1858, Mr. Moore was united in marriage with Mary Westfall, the daughter of George W. and Jane (Culbertson) Westfall. These parents were natives of the state of Ohio, who came to Indiana in a very early day and settled in Tippecanoe county on land which they secured from the government. They cleared and improved a farm there, but eventually moved to Warren county, where they spent the remainder of their years. They were the parents of eleven children, namely: Harvey, John, William, Farn, Samuel, Mary, Isabelle, Meribah and two others who died unnamed. Of this family, two are now living, Mrs. Moore and William, of King's Hill, Idaho. To Mr. and Mrs. Moore ten children were born, namely: Jennie, the wife of Philip McKinnis, of Medina township, Warren county; Elmer Grant, who died at the age of thirteen years; Sarah, who became the wife of R. J. Oldham, of Eddyville, Iowa; James W., of Lafayette, Indiana; George E., of Converse, Indiana; Josephine, who married Fremont Goodwin, of Natchez, Mississippi; Ollie died at the age of twenty years; Margaret, the wife of C. C. Stearns, of Rosalia, Kansas; Thomas B., of Medina township, Warren county; Nellie died at the age of thirteen years. The mother of these children is now making her home with her son, Thomas B., of Medina township, and, despite her age, seventy-two years, she enjoys splendid health and is in the full possession of her faculties. She is highly esteemed by her friends because of her fine character and the exemplary life she has led.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00000982
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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