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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Hardeman County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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James A. Moore, Esq., one of the leading farmers of the Fourth District, was born August 8, 1837, in Hardeman County. His parents were William A. and Mary A. (Coates) Moore, both born in Halifax County, Va., the former in 1808 and the latter in 1810. They were married in their native State, residing there until 1836, when they moved to Hardeman County. To their union four sons and four daughters were born, only one surviving. Mr. Moore was an old school Whig, and after the war a Democrat. He never aspired to office of public trust, but preferred the quiet life of a farmer, in which occupation he was prosperous. In 1884 he died, a consistent member of the Missionary Baptist Church, to which his wife also belongs. Mrs. Moore makes her home with her only child, our subject. The grandfather Moore was a major in the war of 1812. J. A. Moore, Esq., was raised on a farm, and educated in the common schools. In 1861 he volunteered in Company E, Seventh Tennessee Cavalry. After a year’s service, and while home on a furlough, he was elected first lieutenant of Company F, Fourteenth Tennessee Cavalry, Confederate Army, holding that rank until the close of the war. During his active and gallant service, he was neither wounded nor taken prisoner. After the restoration of peace he returned to the farm. In 1865 he married Miss Margaret A. Mitchell, who was born January 17, 1843. Their marriage resulted in the birth of seven children—two sons and five daughters. Squire Moore and his estimable wife are active and respected members of the Missionary Baptist Church. Squire Moore is a stanch Democrat. In 1882 he was elected magistrate, which office he still fills. As an agriculturist he has been very successful. He owns about 580 acres of good land. He is well known throughout the entire county, and universally esteemed.

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This family biography is one of 101 biographies included in the book,  The History of Hardeman County, Tennessee published in 1887 by Goodspeed.  The History of Hardeman County was included within The History of Fayette and Hardeman Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Fayette and Hardeman Counties, Tennessee

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