William Moore

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WILLIAM MOORE, farmer and stock raiser of Boggs township, Armstrong county, has lived in this county since the spring of 1857 and is one of the most respected citizens of his section. He was born in Ireland in 1836, son of Charles and Jane (Hays) Moore, and grandson of Matthew and Elizabeth (Stewart) Moore, who had seven children, two sons and five daughters.

To Charles and Jane (Hays) Moore were born the following children: Elizabeth, Mrs. Parks; Gracie, Mrs. Moses Park, who remained in Ireland; Matthew, mentioned elsewhere in this work; John; Rebecca; Ann Jane, Mrs. Stien; William; Sarah, Mrs. Mickelwain; Sarah; and Charles; of whom William, Charles and John still (1913) survive. Matthew, Rebecca and Ann Jane were the first of the family to leave Ireland, coming to America and settling in Lancaster county, Pa. In 1851 the rest of the family except Gracie followed. Charles and Jane (Hays) Moore spent their last days in Armstrong county, Pa., with their children, he dying at the great age of ninety-nine years. Mrs. Moore died at the age of seventy. Her parents, John and Gracie (McClure) Hays, lived and died in Ireland; their family consisted of four sons and two daughters.

William Moore came to Armstrong county in the spring of 1857, before his marriage, and for a time followed farming in partnership with his three brothers. He then bought 100 acres of land, the nucleus of the farm he now owns. The land was then in a poor state of cultivation, and the buildings were tumble-down affairs, but Mr. Moore has changed all that. He not only improved his original holding, but added to it, has erected substantial and modern buildings, and has proved himself to be a progressive farmer in his work and management. For the past ten years he has had a good gas well in operation upon his tract, having struck gas at a depth of 2,500 feet. By well-directed industry he has become one of the prosperous agriculturists of his part of the county.

On April 28, 1864, Mr. Moore married Jane Dill, a native of Armstrong county, daughter of William and Nancy Dill, the former a native of Ireland. Mr. and Mrs. Dill were farming people of Armstrong county. Mrs. Moore died in 1906, aged sixty-one years. She was the mother of the following children: Nannie, who is deceased; Robert; Charles, Mary, deceased; Harney, who is engaged in farming on his father's place; Edgar, at home; and Calvin, deceased. Mr. Moore and his family are members of the Presbyterian Church.

Source: Pages 682-683, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by James R Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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