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from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa

Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, p. 374


Civil War Flags.jpg John D[ingeldein]. MOORE was born in Greene County, Indiana, June 10, 1844, a son of Jacob and Rebecca (SPARKS) MOORE, natives of Virginia and Ohio respectively, the father going to Indiana when about four years of age. The parents left Indiana for Cedar County, Iowa, when he was about ten years old, where the father followed farming till he retired from active life. The mother is still living in Cedar County. Of the five children born to the parents only two are now living - John D., and Sarah, wife of M. S. GADDORD (sic), now living in Clinton County.

John D. MOORE, our subject, was the eldest child in his father's family. He received good educational advantages, attending the district schools, and later entered Oskaloosa College, where he pursued his studies for one year.

On leaving school he entered the Union Army, enlisting [from Inland Township of Cedar County, Iowa, on March 23, 1864 as a Private] in Company E, Eleventh Iowa Infantry, and was a member of the Army of The Tennessee, Seventeenth Army Corps, under Command of General BLAIR. He participated in the battles of Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta campaign, and at Bentonville, North Carolina, being in the service eighteen months. He was honorably discharged, and was mustered out in July [15], 1865 [at Louisville, Kentucky]. After the war he returned to Cedar County, and engaged in agricultural pursuits.

He was married in [February 21] 1867 [in Greene County, Indiana] to Miss Elizabeth C[elestus]. GOODWIN, of Greene County, Indiana, a daughter of Abner GOODWIN. They have seven children - Jacob H., William H., Lillie B., Frank M., John A., Sadie E. and Paul R. Mr. and Mrs. MOORE began married life on a farm in Cedar County, Iowa, where they lived till 1874. They then came with their family to Ringgold County, and lived on a farm south of Tingley for four years. They then returned to Cedar County, coming again to Ringgold County in the fall of 1884, when they settled on section 10, Tingley Township, their farm containing 320 acres of improved land, all under fence and seeded down to grass.

He is one of the successful farmers of his township, where he is also engaged in the manufacture of cheese. He milks thirty cows, and sends out about 400 pounds of cheese a week.

He and his wife are active members of the Christian church, of which he is an elder. He was licensed as an evangelist eight years ago, and has since been engaged in the ministry, his church being at Tingley, of which he was one of the organizers.

NOTE: John MOORE was born in 1800 and married on December 16, 1817, Rockbridge County, Virginia, to Anna Elizabetha DINGELDEIN, born January 14, 1797, Unter-Ostern, Germany, the daughter of Johann Balthasar DINGELDEIN (1800-1864) and Philippine (RIESER) DINGELDEIN. Anna Elizabetha was married first to George Adam SARVER (1787-1862) and had a son, Henry Harrison SARVER (1839-1902). John MOORE died in 1835, and Anna Elizabetha died June 25, 1879, both in Greene County, Indiana.

Jacob MOORE, son of John and Anna Elizabetha (DINGELDEIN) MOORE, was born December 10, 1819, Roanoke County, Virginia. The MOORES moved to Washington County in 1824 and after two years moved on to Greene County, Indiana, and then to Cedar County, Iowa, in May of 1855. Jacob married on December 8, 1842 to Rebecca SPARKS, born in Ohio on February 21, 1825, the daughter of Andrew Sinnockson SPARKS (1790-1854) and Jane (TEMPLETON) SPARK (ca. 1792-?). Jacob owned 260 acres of land valued at $13,000 [in 1878] of which he farmed. The family's post office was at Inland, Cedar County, Iowa. Jacob died May 8, 1900; Rebecca died on December 29, 1906, both at Inland Township of Cedar County, Iowa. Jacob and Rebecca were the parents of five children:
1) John D. MOORE, born June 10, 1844, Greene Co. IN
2) Catherine "Kate" J. MOORE, born October 27, 1846, Greene Co. IN; died 1906
3) Sarah E. MOORE, born July 23, 1849, Greene Co. IN; married J. M. GODDARD
4) Susan MOORE, born July 22, 1852, Greene Co. IN; died October 10, 1860, Greene Co. IN
5) Andrew G. MOORE, born January 12, 1859, Green Co. IN; died February 12, 1860, Green Co. IN

John Dingeldein MOORE, son of Jacob and Rebecca (SPARKS) MOORE, was born June 10, 1844, Richland Township of Greene County, Illinois, and died on January 31, 1930, Walla Walla, Walla Walla County, Washington. Elizabeth Celestus (GOODWIN) MOORE was born June 9, 1848, Highland Township of Greene County, Indiana, the daughter of Abner GOODWIN (1804-1874) and D. Arthulia Ann (PADGET) GOODWIN (1821-1896). Elizabeth died on December 26, 1925, Walla Walla, Washington. Johnn D. and Elizabeth C. MOORE were the parents of seven children:
1) Jacob Howard MOORE, born 29 Nov 1867, Cedar Co. IA: died 27 May 1950, Elgin OR
    married 1892 Laura Belle SMITH (1973-1953)
    Children: Helen, born 1893, OR; and Verner, born 1895, OR
2) William Abner MOORE, born 20 Jan 1869, Cedar Co. IA; died 1965
    married Nov 1899 Agnes May CROSSLAND (1880-1957
    Children: Raymond Arthur, Evertt Leland, Lydia Fay, Esther May, William Wayne, Margaret Ellen
3) Lillie Belle MOORE, born 03 Sep 1871, Cedar Co. IA; died 04 Feb 1955, Waitsburg WA
    married 1st Braxton TODD, born 16 Dec 1844
    Children: Robert and Dolph TODD
    married 2nd John WALLACE
4) Francis Marion MOORE, born 24 May 1875, Tingley IA; died 11 Dec 1898, Waitsburg WA
5) John Dingeldein MOORE, born 03 Oct 1876, Tingley IA; died 07 Nov 1938, Toppenish WA
    married 16 Jan 1901 Cora Walker BABCOCK (1880-1964)
    Children: Charles M., Dorothy Dee, Martha Celeste, John Marion
6) Sarah Ellen MOORE, born 02 Feb 1878, Tingley IA; died 14 Sep 1957, Waitsburg WA
    married Clyde C. MASON
7) Paul Ralph MOORE, born 02 Sep 1879, Cedar Co. IA; died 20 Jan 1966, Lane OR
    married 25 Dec 1901 OR to Ethel B. EDDLMAN (1882-1965)
    Children: Donald W. and Pauline B.

Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, p. 374, 1887.

American Civil War Soldiers Database,

The History of Cedar County, Iowa Western Historical Co. Chicago. p. 684. 1878.

WPA Graves Survey

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2009

Biographical Sketches Pages Index: A - F,   G - L,   M - R,  S - Z

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