RICHARD MOORE, farmer, P. O. New Grand Chain, is a native of Lake County, Ohio, born in 1835, a son of Robert and Fannie (Dearborn) Moore, both natives of New Hampshire. The father was a cooper by trade, and he died about 1840. His wife survived him until 1879, when she passed away at the age of seventy-six years. Thirteen children blessed the wedded life of the old folks, five of whom are living — George, Jane, Matilda, Samuel and Richard. When the latter was about four years old, his parents moved to Pulaski County, and here obtained what education the schools of this county afforded, having to go five miles to the schoolhouse, which was a rude, primitive structure. Before the war broke out he was engaged at flat-boating on the Mississippi, doing the piloting most of the time. In August, 1861, he enlisted in the Thirty-first Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Col. John A. Logan. They participated in the siege of Vicksburg, and other engagements in the lower country, and was mustered out at Atlanta, Ga., in 1865. He returned home, and in June, 1866, he was married to Mary J. Hughes. The union was blessed with nine children, eight of whom are living — Fannie, James H., Gibson H., Andrew, Hiram, Robert and Henry (twins), and Flora. In 1866, Mr. Moore purchased eighty acres of land, which subsequent additions have increased to 300 acres. He engages in farming in the various branches. He gives a great deal of attention to stock dealing and raising. He is a member of the A., F. & A. M., Grand Chain Lodge, No. 660, and also K. of H. Politically, he is a Democrat.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 308.