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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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Martin Moore, a prominent farmer of the Fourth District, was born April 11, 1819, in Pitt County, N. C., in which State his parents were born, raised and married. His father, William Moore, while a resident of his native State, was a magistrate for a number of years, and a constable until he was forced to sell the household goods of a family. He was of so kind and sympathetic a disposition, that he resigned rather than perform such duties. He married Miss Frances Forrest, of English origin, by whom he had five sons and three daughters. In 1835 he moved his family to Tennessee, locating in the western district, Haywood County. He was a prosperous farmer and Jeffersonian Democrat. His death occurred in 1836, and his wife’s in 1873. Both were Christian people, true and honorable, but never united with any church. The grandfather Forrest was a faithful soldier of the Revolutionary war. Our subject was raised on a farm; his educational advantages were inferior, but by his own efforts and application he has acquired an extensive amount of practical information. At the age of fourteen he began life for himself. After working as a laborer for ten years, he engaged in agriculture on his own responsibility. By hard work, economy and good management he has prospered to such an extent that he now owns 1,700 acres of land. He belongs to no church, but is liberal to all denominations, charitable institutions, and all who are in distress. For forty-three years he has made his home in Hardeman County, where he is well known as a worthy, honest man. He is a stanch Democrat. In 1841 he married Miss Martha E. Sammons, who was born January 20, 1822. Their union resulted in the birth of twelve children, five of whom live. The oldest son, Geo. W., was wounded at Perryville, Ky., from the effects of which he died in prison. Benjamin F. was a professor in the Medical College, at Little Rock, Ark. Mrs. Moore was an earnest member of the Primitive Baptist Church. Her death occurred in 1864. In 1868 Mr. Moore wedded Mrs. Elizabeth E. Brogden, by whom he had one son, deceased. Mrs. Moore is a Cumberland Presbyterian.

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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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