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Mr. Moore is an adherent to the doctrines
of ttl Christian Church; is a man of sterling
worth and is recognized as a valuable member
of the community. As will be noticed above,
Mr. Moore was born in Travis county threescore
years ago and was a subject of the
Mexican government while yet a child. Texas
became a republic, and he grew into boyhood
under her constitution. When he was
a youth of thirteen Texas was admitted into
the Union, and he grew to manhood under
the protection of the stars and stripes. In
1861, when Texas cast her lot with the Confederacy,
he espoused her cause, and subsequently,
in 1865, when Texas became again a
part of the United States, he again cast his
suffrage with her. Thus it will be seen that
he has lived under five governments, and
still resides within a few miles of his birthplace!
In the history of Texas it will be
hard to find two families who have contributed
more toward laying the foundation and assisting
in the development than the Moore
and Burleson families, and to-day the members
of these two families figure conspicuously
in the various industries and professions
that make the State a shining star in
the Union.
I HOMAS BIRD (deceased), who was
one of the early settlers of Travis county,
Texas, and for many years a prosperous
farmer of his neighborhood, eight
miles north of Austin, is deeply mourned by
a host of friends, who knew and appreciated
his worth of character. It is safe to say that
the death of but few men have caused as universal
mourning in his vicinity, to the material
and moral advancement of whic he
contributed so much during a long and use

ful life. In his private relations he was hospitable
and kind, beloved of all his neighbors.
He lived in patriarchal simplicity and all
were welcome at his house, the humblest receiving
the same hospitable treatment as the
richest and greatest in the land. In the words
of a friend, benevolence and kindness were
more conspicuous in him than in any other
man he ever knew. He was deeply affectionate
and tender in his family circle, no word
of unkindness ever coming from his lips to
those who were nearest and dearest to him.
His wife, the partner of his bosom in. youth
and in age, in misfortune and prosperity, was
cherished by him with an indescribable fervor
and depth of tenderness and love.
Mr. Bird was born in Washington county,
Illinois, June 15, 1822, and was a son of
John and Tabitha (Taylor) Bird, who was
born, reared and married in South Carolina.
His parents removed in an early day to Tennessee
and afterward to the frontier of Illinois,
where both subsequently died. They
were the parents of thirteen children. The
subject of this sketch was reared to farming,
which pursuit he followed all his life, and by
industry, good management and economy, accumulated
a comfortable income for himself
and family.
He deserves to rank with patriots, for on
the first call for troops for the Mexican war,
he volunteered his services, enlisting in Company
A, of the Second Illinois Volunteers,
and with his regiment went to Mexico. He
participated in all the engagements until the
battle of Buena Vista, at which he was severely
wounded in the right thigh and jaw.
Mr. Bird afterward returned to Illinois,
where he continued to reside until 1866.
Ever since his army experience, he had been
troubled with chronic dysentery, contracted on
the field, and which so greatly impaired his

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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. Chicago. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/. Accessed July 4, 2015.