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' 26SHISTORY OF TEXAS.
rington's company and Colonel Ford's regi,
ment. He participated in several skirmishes
on the Rio Grande river, and his engagements
were almost entirely confined to
the Texas department. When at last peace
was declared, he was at home on a furlough.
He has been one of the leading spirits in the
development of the resources of this State,
and is numbered among the most progressive
agriculturists of this section.
5T wW. MOORE.-Among the original
pioneers who became well known in
this territory, was the father of our subject,
T. A. Moore. It is concluded from
the best authority that he came to Texas about
1821. He was born in Tennessee, January
10, 1808, a son of Nathaniel Moore, who
was born March 13, 1780, and was united
in marriage, July 2, 1801, with Rebecca
Adams. She was born May 12, 1788, and
became the mother of the following named
children: Nancy, born October 16, 1802;
Sarah, horn November 1, 1804; Diana, born
November 28, 1805; T. A., the father of
T. W., whose name heads this notice; Elizabeth,
born April 12, 1810; and Nathaniel,
born December 24, 1812.
Upon coming to this new and thinly settled
country, T. A. Moore located in southern
Texas, on Cana river, where he resided about
twelve years. The settlers were frequently
attacked by the Indians, and were often
forced to flee from the dreaded tomahawk.
They provided themselves with a simply
constructed two-wheeled cart that moved
almost noiselessly, and in this vehicle made
their escape from the ferocious ed man.
When he came to Travis county, Ir. Moore
found the conditions the same with regard
to the Indians; he was ever on the alert for
the treacherous savages, and was ever ready
to join expeditions against them, on which
he had the most thrilling experiences. He
accumulated a handsome estate, leaving at
his death several thousands of acres in Williamson
county and property in Travis county.
He was exceedingly fond of fast horses, and'
kept a number of valuable animals. In
1849 he won a purse of $2,000, his son,
Robert J., being the rider.
Returning to the family record: Diana
married James Gilliland, deceased, and is
now a resident of Austin; Nancy married
Zebulon Edminson; her second husband was /
John B. Robinson, and her third marriage
was to Mr. Strong. T. A. Moore married
Mary Williams, and they became the parents
of the following children: Robert J., born
September 23, 1833; Rebecca Ann, August
10, 1835; Nancy E., February 23, 1838, and
married Ezekiel Warren; Mary L., July 2,
1840, is the wife of A. H. Meeks; N. J.,
born in 1842, married Rebecca' Burleson;
Thomas W., the subject of this sketch, was
born November 10, 1844; Sarah Jane, born
November 21, 1845; Maggie S., born August
26. 1851, married John S. Hill, a native of
Tennessee, who died January 12, 1874, aged
T. W. Moore was reared to the life of a
farmer on the southwestern frontier. The
schools of that day being inferior, he gained
only an ordinary education; but as experience
is a thorough teacher, time made up for the
lack of opportunity in his youth. He has
always devoted his energies to. agriculture,
and has raised live-stock. He resided in
Travis county, where he was born, until 1874,
and then came to Williamson county, locating
on the Moore league, which was the head
RISTOY OF EXAS
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