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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Robert C. Moore, farmer and dairyman of Joachim Township, was born on the Isle of Man, in 1849, the son of Robert and Ann (Carine) Moore, natives of the same place, where they lived until about 1855, at which date they came to New Orleans. The father was born February 13, 1820, and died January 15, 1886. The mother was born March 14, 1817, and died May 2, 1885. They were married about 1845, and after staying in New Orleans for a short time came to St. Louis, where they remained for about one year. They then moved to Jefferson County, lived in Plattin Township for fourteen months, and then returned to St. Louis; but in August, 1861, again came to Jefferson County, located two miles from Selma, and in 1872 settled just north of Festus, where they spent the balance of their days. Before coming to the United States Mr. Moore followed the sea, and for some years worked various mines in Missouri; but the later years of his life were spent engaged in agricultural pursuits. During the war he was assistant steward of the Good Samaritan Hospital, at St. Louis. Both parents were Methodists for many years, but the latter part of his life Mr. Moore was a Presbyterian. They were the parents of six children, only two now living: Annie, wife of William Kerruish, foreman and carpenter at Crystal City Plate Glass Works, and Robert C. The latter was educated in the common schools, and by his own efforts graduated from the Jones’ Commercial College, at St. Louis. He began life as a farmer, but afterward clerked for about eighteen months at Crystal City. The latter business did not agree with him, and he was obliged to abandon it and take a trip through Colorado for his health, which was greatly benefited by the change. March 20, 1884, he married Miss Hattie Morton, a native of Orange County, N. Y., born in 1856, and the daughter of Harvey R. and Margaret Morton, natives also of New York. Mr. Morton was then engaged in business in Indiana, whither the family came about 1857, and where they lived until 1872. They then removed to Iron County, Mo., and the next year to Jefferson County, where they still live, in Joachim Township. Mr. Morton followed whale fishing from the age of fifteen to the age of thirty, but since coming to Jefferson County he has engaged in agricultural pursuits. The result of Mr. Moore’s marriage was the birth of two children: Robert Harvey and Eveylin. Since his marriage Mr. Moore has lived on the old farm, which consists of sixty-eight acres. Since November, 1886, he has been engaged in the dairy business, and has met with success. In 1886 he was Republican candidate for county clerk, but was defeated by only twenty-one votes, owing to a heavy Democratic majority in the county for years. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and American Legion of Honor, and is a charter member of the Crystal City Council. He and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church and are worthy and esteemed citizens of the county.

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