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View Tree for David W. MooreDavid W. Moore (b. 1826, d. 31 Dec 1903)

David W. Moore was born 1826 in Alabama, and died 31 Dec 1903 in Sulligent, Lamar County, AL. He married (1) Louisa E. Chandler on Abt. 1850 in Cherokee County, Alabama, daughter of Wilson N. Chandler and Margarett Tidmore. He married (2) Sophronia Northern on 17 Feb 1863 in Near Gatman, Mississippi.

 Includes NotesNotes for David W. Moore:
David was a farmer.

CSA Record: David was in the 8th (Livingston's) AL Cav: 1st Reg, ALInft. He was captured 9 July 1863 at Port Hudson. Roll of prisonersat Camp Butler, Springfield, IL, captured at island #10 - 8 Apr 1862,ssent to Vicksburg, MS 23 Sept 1862 to be exchanged.
Pension Application of Sophronia Moore, wife of David Moore, Lamar, Alabama
ALGenWeb File Manager - Carolyn Golowka

Submitted by Tricia Kuner-Smith,
November 2000
On 2 Dec 1920, Sophronia applied for a Confederate widow's penison. The
following is a transcript of the document:

Full Name: Sophronia Moore
What is your # on pension roll? 11167
With whom are you now living? son
Where were you born? GA
When were you born? 17 Jun 1839
State the name of your father. John Northern
If dead, where and where he died. about 1890 Cr---- Depot, AL
What was the name of your husband? David Moore
When and where did you marry him? 17 Feb 1863 near Gatman, MS
When and where did he die? 31 Dec 1903 near Sulligent, AL
Were you ever divorced from him? No
Have yo been married more than once? Yes
If so, give name of husband and date and place of marriage. John Ray 27 Sept
Have you been on the pension roll of any other county in the state at any time?
Are you now receiving a pension from any other state? No
Did you ever apply for a pension in this state and had your application
rejected? No
Have you ever lived in any other states? Yes, Georgia, about 5 years
Also state when you moved to AL. about 1844
When and where did your husband enlist in the service of the Confederate States
or State of AL?
1861, Fulton, MS
To what branch of service did he belong? Infantry
What was his rank? Private
Give the number of his regiment. 24
Name his captain. McTurner
Was he wounded? Yes, slightly
State whether he was ever captured. No
Where and when did he quit the service of the CSA and under what circumstances?
At Surrender
Was he paroled? No
Have you his parole? (on furlough at surrender)
Was he ever on the pension roll of this state? Yes
If so, give county in which he drew pension. Lamar
Did he draw a pension from any other state? No
Personal Property - Household Furniture $15.00
Income - What is your yearly income from rents, interests, or other investments?
Pension only

The above statements are true and correct.
Signed this 2 day of December 1920
(signed) Sophronia X (her mark) Moore
(Document was signed in the presence of a Lamar Co Justice of the Peace)

The Family of Sidney Marion Moore & Lydia Emily Metcalf

Sidney Marion Moore, oldest child of David Moore and Louisa Eliza Chandler, was born 9 April 1850 in Cherokee Co, AL. At that time, Etowah Co didn't exist but it is likely that he was born in the area which is now known as Etowah Co. Sidney's tombstone records his year of birth as 1851, but I believe that is an error. Sidney is listed on the 1850 census with his parents as a 2 month old. If the census taker recorded his age correctly (as of Jun 1st), Sidney would have, indeed, been born in April of 1850.
In 1850, the family's neighbors included the family of Mark Smith and Adam Tidmore, Louisa's family.

The 1860 US Census finds the Moore family still living in roughly the same area, Cherokee Co, AL. By this time, the family had grown to include 8 children. Neighbors again included members of the Tidmore family.

The 1860's were a time of many changes, especially in the South. Sidney's father, David, enlisted to fight for the Confederacy during the Civil War. David served in the 8th AL Calvary. He was taken prisoner by the Union Army and was held at Camp Butler, Springfield, IL. At the end of the war, he was sent to Vicksburg, MS to be exchanged and he was discharged there. He didn't return home to Louisa and their children, though. On 17 Feb 1863, he married Sophronia Northern in Gattman, Monroe Co, MS.
David & Sophronia settled in Lamar Co, AL and started a family.

David's family in North Alabama obviuously thought that David had not survived the war. As the family story goes, his bigamy was discovered at some point when Sidney Moore was driving cattle through Lamar Co, AL. He'd stopped to water the cattle and his horses and met a young boy who just happened to be his half-brother.
Needless to say, Sidney wasn't happy about what his father had done and as the "head" of the family, he refused to allow any contact with David. There is no evidence that Louisa ever brought charges against David or even filed for divorce, though.

At the time of the 1870 US Census, Sidney is recorded at living in New Market, Madison Co, AL in the household of his brother-in-law, Allison Thornburg, and sister, Martha. Also in the household are his mother, Louisa (listed by the name, Eliza), and siblings, Harriett, Annie, and William Frank.


David Moore has always been a person of mystery in my family tree. He first appears on record in 1850 when the US Census recorded him living in Cherokee Co, AL, married to the former Louisa Eliza Chandler, with an infant son. At that time, he was listed as a 26 year old, engaged in agriculture, with $1500 in real estate, and born in Alabama. By 1850's standard, they were a comfortable, middle-class family. There is little doubt that they lived in the Hokes Bluff/Tidmore Bend area of what is now Etowah Co, AL.
They probably married in 1858 or 1859, although I haven't located a marriage record. Louisa, who was listed as age 17 and born in Alabama, was the daughter of Rev. Wilson N. Chandler and Margaret Tidmore. The Chandler family had moved to Cherokee Co by 1840 from Perry Co, AL where Louisa was probably born.

David and Louisa were members of Liberty Baptist Church, located now in Hokes Bluff, Etowah Co, AL. It is now known as First Baptist Church of Hokes Bluff. Louisa's family had been some of the original founders of the church.

By the time of the 1860 census, the family of David and Louisa had grown to include six children. The family was enumerated again in Cherokee Co, AL. David was listed as being 33 years old with $3000 in real estate and $1455 in personal property. No occupation was listed for anyone in the household.
In addition to their children, there are two other people living in the household. They were listed as:

Eliza Moore, age 20, b. AL
William Moore, age 18, b. AL

Could these be siblings of David? Maybe, but I have not been able to find any trace of them beyond this record.

At the beginning of the Civil War, David Moore joined the Confederate Army, serving with the 8th Alabama Calvary. Land records indicate that he sold at least some of his property after he'd enlisted. In one transaction, he sold land in Hokes Bluff to John Wisdom, who became known as the "Paul Revere of the South."
David was captured at least twice by Union forces, but he was released each time.
When the South surrendered in 1865, David did not return to his family. According to the story passed down through the family, his family assumed he'd been killed.
This was not a correct assumption on their part. David had married Sophronia Northern Ray 17 Feb 1863 in Gattman, Monroe Co, MS and they had at least one child together before the end of the war.

Louisa and all but one of her children were enumerated in household of Allison Thornburg who had married David & Louisa's daughter, Martha. The family is shown living in the New Market area of Madison Co, AL.

David's bigamy, again according to the story that was passed down through the family, was discovered when his oldest son, Sidney, was driving cattle threw Lamar Co, AL. When he'd stopped to water the animals, he met a young boy who turned out to be his half-brother.
Needless to say, Sidney was angry with his father, and as the head of the family, refused to allow his siblings to have any contact with their father.

David is listed on the 1870 census in Sanford Co, AL, married to Sophronia, and living in the household of George and Eliza Harrison. At that time, he was listed as age 50 and Sophronia was listed as age 29. The oldest Moore child in the household is listed as 15 year old Louie and he was probably Sophronia's son from her marriage to John Ray.
David, Sophronia & family were enumerated in Lamar Co, AL in 1880, but not because they'd moved. The part of Lamar Co in which they lived had been Sanford Co. originally.
David died in Lamar Co. 31 Dec 1903 and is buried at the Wofford Cemetery in Lamar Co, AL, along with Sophronia.

I have been unable to locate Louisa on the 1800 census. All of her children had married by then and except for Harriett, who had moved to Mississippi, they were living in the Phillips (Southside) area of Etowah Co. I was told that in 1893 when William Frank Moore and other family members went to Fannin Co, TX, Louisa went to Texas with them and that she died there abt 1899. I have not been able to locate a place of burial if that's the case. All the others that went to TX and died there have marked burial sites.


1) Sidney Marion Moore, b. 9 Apr 1850, Cherokee Co, AL, d. 9 Jul 1918, Etowah Co, AL. Md Lydia Emily Metcalf, daughter of Samuel E. Metcalf & Fannie Phillips, 19 Jan 1871, Etowah Co, AL. Lydia was born in May 1848, AL and died 9 Mar 1917, Etowah Co, AL. Sidney and Lydia are buried at Pilgrams Rest Bapt Cemetery, Southside, Etowah Co, AL.

2) Martha Emma Moore, b. 11 May 1853, Cherokee Co, AL, d. 23 Dec 1938, Shelby Co, AL. Martha md Allison Templeton Thornburg abt 1870. Allison was born abt 1847 in Tennessee and died in 1913. Martha is buried at Mt Pleasant Cemetery, St Clair Co, AL.

3) Margaret Moore, b. 25 Dec 1853, Cherokee Co, AL, d. 16 Jan 1916, Etowah Co, AL. Md James Mattison Metcalf, Sr abt 1969. James, son of Samuel E. Metcalf & Fannie Phillips, was born 15 Jan 1844, AL and died 4 Jun 1927, Etowah Co, AL. Margaret & James are buried at Old Harmony Bapt Cemetery, Rainbow City, Etowah Co, AL.

4) Harriett C. Moore, b. abt 1856, Cherokee Co, AL, d. abt 1890, Pontotoc Co, MS. Md George Phillip Fuhrman aft 1870. George was born abt 1838, Germany and died abt 1885 in MS. The children of Harriett & George returned to Etowah Co, AL after the deaths of their parents.

5) Annie Moore, b. abt 1858, Cherokee Co, AL. Listed as a 2 year old on the 1860 census and 13 year old on the 1870 census. No further record beyond that date.

6) William Frank Moore, b. 17 Jun 1859, Cherokee Co, AL (although it's more likely that he was born in May, 1860, per the 1860 census), d. 28 Jul 1928, Fannin Co, TX. Frank md 1) Ann Lister 13 Mar 1880, Etowah Co, AL. Ann was born abt 1862 in AL. She apparently died sometime after 1886. Frank md 2) Mary Anna Easterwood, daughter of John Robert Easterwood, Sr & Mary Susan Brown, 5 Sept 1891, Etowah Co, AL. Mary Anna was born 9 Mar 1871 in Etowah Co, AL and died 1 Mar 1944 in Bonham, Fannin Co, TX. Frank and Mary Anna are buried at Forrest Grove Cemetery in Fannin Co, TX.

More About David W. Moore and Louisa E. Chandler:
Marriage: Abt. 1850, Cherokee County, Alabama.

More About David W. Moore and Sophronia Northern:
Marriage: 17 Feb 1863, Near Gatman, Mississippi.

Children of David W. Moore and Louisa E. Chandler are:
  1. +Sidney Marion Moore, b. 09 Apr 1851, Etowah (previously Cherokee) County, Alabama, d. 10 Jan 1919, Etowah Co., Alabama - Pilgrims Rest Cemetery.
  2. Martha Moore, b. 1851, d. date unknown.
  3. Margaret Moore, b. 1852, d. date unknown.
  4. +Harriett Chandler Moore, b. 1854, Etowah (previously Cherokee) County, Alabama, d. 1890, Troy, Pontotoc County, Mississippi.
  5. Annie Moore, b. 1857, d. date unknown.
  6. William Frank Moore, b. 1858, d. date unknown.
  7. Eliza Moore, d. date unknown.
  8. William Moore, d. date unknown.
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