The Children of Henderson Moore & Mary Martha Lemonds
Madison Elliot G. Moore and 1) Margaret Ragsdale 2) Mary Hardin
2 Jun 1837: Madison was born in Rockingham County, NC. When he was about 16, the family moved by wagon train to Conway [now Faulkner] County, AR.
5 Sep 1843: Margaret Gertrude Ragsdale was born in Springfield, Conway County, AR, the daughter of Thomas D. and Mary Ann Kilgore Ragsdale. According to Doug Spurlock, her middle name was "Gertrude".
20 Sep 1859: Madison and Margaret were married by [Madison's cousin] N. W. Moore in Springfield, Conway County, AR. In the marriage record, her name is written as "Margaret T. Ragsdale".
According to Mary Fleming, Madison was a Missionary Baptist.
8 May 1860: David O'Neal evidently sold personal property in a trust deed [a mortgage] to Madison.
23 Sep 1862: He purchased property from Thomas E. and M. A. Emerson. While this may have been his brother-in-law and sister, Ary Ann Moore Emerson, it was more likely Thomas Emerson's parents.
3 Apr 1863: He purchased property from Sheriff A. A. Livingston.
23 Sep 1863: He sold three parcels totaling 220 acres in S21 and S16 T7 R13 to Thomas E. and M. A. Emerson.
21 Jan 1864: In Springfield, Madison enlisted in Company L, 3rd Arkansas Cavalry, Federal Troops. He enlisted as a Private, but was also described as a bugler; was promoted to 1st Sergeant on March 8, and [after being discharged and then re-mustered] to 2nd Lieutenant on November 12. Upon enlistment, he was described on the Muster Cards as a farmer, born in Rockingham County, NC, age 27, 5'8" tall, of light complexion and hair, with hazel eyes. His duties were varied as he went on a least one scouting party [to Fort Smith] and served, also at least once, on general court martial duty. A note, written in his hand and signed, attests to his having accounted for all government property upon his discharge at the war's end. His cousins, Nathaniel Moore and James Sidney Moore also served in the same company.
10 May 1865: He purchased property from Margaret A. Emerson.
7 Nov 1865: He bought property from Thomas E. Emerson.
23 Feb 1866: He bought property from T. E. Emerson.
Elliot Moore was among those listed as Superintendents of the Greenbrier Interdenominational Sunday School from 1870 to 1909. Yet how can the latter date be correct when Elliot died in 1895? Another Superintendent was J. R. Donnell. See photo of Madison.
"His living came from a large farm, a flour mill, grist mill, cotton mill, and general store, which he owned in Greenbrier." The first steam-powered flour and grist mill was built in 1882 "by the Moores, replacing the original horse-drawn gin built by Henderson Moore in 1857". According to family tradition, "he brought to the area the first piano and the first buggy".
9 Aug 1870 Census, Union Township, Conway County, AR (Springfield P.O.): Dry goods merchant Elliot Moore, age 33, born NC, with real and personal property worth $2,500 and $1,300 respectively; Margaret age 26, born in AR; Lewis 9; Madison 7; Carah 4; James 2; Dora 7/12, born Dec; and Ellin Ragsdale, black female, age 17, born AR. They were enumerated very close to [Margaret's father and brother] T. D. Ragsdale and L. T. Ragsdale, and next to [Elliot's cousin] N. W. Moore. Ellin Ragsdale was a former slave who had belonged to Thomas D. Ragsdale, Margaret's father. Thomas had purchased her from Phillip Mason of Pope County, and had either deeded her to Margaret or Madison had purchased her at age five, a year which coincided with his marriage to Margaret.[15a]
Madison built one of the largest homes in Greenbrier around 1870 on the site of his father's old home. He cut the white oak timbers near Enders, hauling them to Greenbrier. The structure was built with wrought iron nails and the corners were hand pegged. After Madison's death, his widow Mary used the home as a hotel. It was demolished in the 1960s.
11 Jul 1871: He was involved in a trust deed with George Moore. Who was George Moore? Sampson and Mary Leoms Moore had a son named George W. That family was residing in Lonoke.
15 Feb 1872: M. E. Moore purchased NW¼ of S10 T5 R14W at a public auction for $60.15. The property had been formerly owned by J. R. Berry.
M. E. Moore was appointed the first Treasurer of Faulkner County at its formation in 1873 by Gov. Johnson. Cora Moore Westerfield told a descendant that her father could keep books with a pen in each hand, being ambidextrous.
12 Apr 1873: He was listed as a taxpayer (formerly from Conway County) for T5N 14W and T7N 4W, Faulkner County. Also listed were N. W., James S., and James B. Moore. The first two were Madison's cousins. James B. was the son of James S.
5 Mar 1875: M. E. and Margaret G. Moore sold 160 acres, SW¼ S10 T5 R14W, to John R. Williams.
23 Sep 1876: He purchased Lots 1-4, Block 6, in Springfield from Jesse E. Martin.
10 Feb 1877: Along with his Margaret, he sold 80 acres described as W½ SW¼ S36 T4 R14W to M. T. Adams.
22 Mar 1878: M. E. Moore and wife sold property to [son-in-law] J. S. Westerfield for $125. There may have also been a second deed to J. S. Westerfield, plus there's some confusion whether the month was Mar or May.
23 Jan 1879: He purchased personal property from F. C. Moore. Who is F. C. Moore?
17 Jul 1879: He petitioned the court for confirmation of the title to NW¼ S10 T5 R14W. This parcel had been purchased on 15 Feb 1872 when the area was still Conway County.
24 Aug 1879: He sold 160 acres described as NW¼ S10 T5 R14W to W. E. Rainbo for $200. Apparently the court had very promptly confirmed the title.
11 Feb 1880: He bought W½ of the NE __ S32 T7 R13W from J. E. Thorn.
9 Mar 1880: He sold part of NW¼ S21 T7 R13W, now owned by J. A. Moore & Son, to S. A. Julian. This was apparently a town lot in Greenbrier. But why was M. E. selling it? Did he have power of attorney from J. A. Moore, or was he administrator of the estate? And who was J. A. Moore?
23 Mar 1880: Along with wife Margaret, he sold a town lot containing the Richardson Drug Store to J. S. Westerfield. Daughter Cora's husband J. S. was a physician.
M. E. Was Postmaster at Greenbrier in April 1880.
2 May 1880: Margaret Ragsdale Moore died, cause of death unknown. She was buried in Old Macedonia Cemetery, also called the "Old Cemetery", in Greenbrier. This much neglected and weed covered cemetery is located on Hwy 225, ½ mile east from the intersection of Hwy 64. Hers is one of only two markers visible there.
1880 Census, Hardin Township, Faulkner County, AR: Widowed dry goods dealer age 43, NC NC NC; Louis H. age 19, clerk in a store, AR NC AR; Thomas M. 17; Cora A. 14; James M. 12; Dora J.10; Martha 8; Flora G. age 4; William Large, farm laborer. They're enumerated next to John and Margaret Dickens, and close to James S. and James B. Moore. Mrs. Dickens was sister Ara Ann Margaret Moore, whose first husband, Thomas Emerson, had died. M. E. had now identified himself as "Dry Goods Dealer" in both the 1870 and 1880 Censuses. As James S. Moore and James B. Moore were also listed as dry goods dealers, it's more than probable that all three were in business together.
At an unspecified date after 1880 M.E. Moore, A. J. and J. J. Dickens purchased the NW of the SE¼ S12 T7 R14W totaling 40 acres from A. Brewer.
4 Feb 1882: He obtained an "overdue tax deed" from J. V. Mitchell on property described as SE¼ S14 T7 R12W.
14 Dec 1882: "M. E. Moore, age 45, of Greenbrier" married "M. E. Hardin, age 20, of Greenbrier". Mary Fleming claims a marriage date of 12 Dec, but the marriage record, as opposed to the license record, has a date of 9 Dec. Let's just say the ceremony occurred in December.
Mary E. Hardin, born 26 Aug 1863 in Walker County, GA, was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin and Ellen R. Graham Hardin. According to Ara Smith, as retold by Mary Fleming: "She married in a calico dress and they went right to his home where Elliot introduced the new wife to his children. His remark was that they could call her Molly or mother, but that they must mind her." Madison then went back to work.
9 Sep 1884: M. E. Moore posted bond as the guardian of Herbie O. and Dovie E. Moore. Whose children were Herbie and Dovie?
17 Jan 1888: M. E. Moore and wife sold 40 acres to T. M. Moore for $400. The tract was described as SE of the SW¼ S20 T7 R13W. T. M. Moore was son Thomas Madison Moore.
22 Nov 1888: He posted bond as executor of the Gilbert and Mary M. Casharago estate. The heir was J. C. Casharago, whose guardian was J. M. Hendrickson.
26 Feb 1889: Along with J. J. Dickens, A. J. Dickens, N. Gunn, and J. M. King, M. E. Moore posted a bond of $3,000 in the estate of T. M. Richardson in Greenbrier.
A pension application in the name of Madison E. Moore was made in 1891: "Invalid 1891, Widow, Minor". Did the wording mean that the application was not valid, or that the pensioner was physically an invalid? The National Archives and Records Administration was not able to locate the pension files.
He was apparently a Justice of the Peace in Faulkner County on 3 Aug 1891, his term due to expire on 30 Oct 1892. The signature, however, is "M. E. Moore Jr". A descendant of Cora Ann Moore Westerfield claimed the date was actually 8 Aug 1897, when Madison had already died.
17 Apr 1893: He posted bond as the guardian of Clara, Naomi, Fannie, and Anderson A. Harden. Are these minors Mary's younger brother and sisters?
12 May 1894: He was Secretary of the Greenbrier Masonic Lodge #290 when signed a verification of son-in-law J. S. Westerfield as Master Mason.
21 Aug 1895: M. E. Moore posted bond as administrator of the A. B. Jones estate.
19 Oct 1895: M. E. died in Greenbrier. Unlike first wife Margaret, he was buried in Thorn Cemetery, where Mary Hardin Moore would later be buried. Thorn Cemetery is located just west of Hwy 64, just north of Greenbrier.
Administrator of the estate was son Thomas M. Moore. The heirs named were Lewis H., Thomas M., Gertrude, Amanda, Joseph, Ira [Nancy Ira], Daniel B., Cora Westerfield, Mary M. Mathews, and Arkansas [Ara Ann] Moore.
Mary Hardin Moore reportedly had had the first piano in Greenbrier, the first buggy, and many years later, the first refrigerator. She was only the second person to have electric lights. She ran the very large Moore home in Greenbrier as a hotel after Madison's death in 1895. See photo. A room was $1.50 per night with your horse boarded for an extra $1.00. She also managed the farm and several rental houses.
June 1900 Census, Greenbrier, Faulkner County, AR: Widow Mary Moore 36, born Aug 1863, GA GA GA, mother of five children, all living, a farmer; Joseph 14, born May 1886, AR NC GA; Ira [female] 11, born Oct 1888; Daniel 9, born Jun 1891; Ara 5, born Mar 1895; daughter Amanda Cole 16, born Dec 1883; son-in-law Virgil R. Cole 21, born Jun 1878, KY TN TN, employed as a commercial traveler.
Mary wed Bart C. Sims on 31 August in an unknown year between 1900 and 1905. They divorced, but had a son who was still living in Conway in 1986.
2 Jan 1920 Census, Hardin Township, Faulkner County, AR: Farmer Mary E. Sims 56, GA GA GA, currently divorced; son Jessie B. 15, AR Unk GA; father Benjamin F. Hardin 79, GA GA VA, a widower; grandson Elliot M. Cole 17, AR KY AR, employed in farm labor; granddaughter Mary W. Cole 15, AR KY AR; Joseph E. Moore 34, AR NC GA, employed in farm labor; boarder and widower Frank D. Cantrell 57, GA SC SC, a blacksmith with his own shop; boarder Gordon L. Blythe 22, AR AR GA, a rural letter carrier.
15 Apr 1930 Census, Hardin Township, Faulkner County, AR: Mary Sims 66, GA GA GA, divorced, engaged in general farming; son Joe Moore 44, AR NC GA, employment "none", divorced; servant Anderson Willingham 54, AR MS AR, a widower.
16 Jan 1945: Mary Hardin Moore died in Greenbrier. She was buried in the family plot in Thorn Cemetery.
Children of Madison Elliot and Margaret Ragsdale Moore:
Louis Henderson Moore (3 Nov 1860 - 10 Jun 1916; m. 1st Ida Mae McPherson 2 May 1883, m. 2nd Maud Hunter Forrest 5 Jul 1898)
Thomas Madison Moore (19 Dec 1862 - 1 Feb 1941; m. Julia Mae Clark 9 Nov 1885)
Cora Ann Moore (10 Feb 1866 - 28 Mar 1933; m. Dr. Joseph Stephen Westerfield 28 Dec 1882)
James M. Moore (17 Jan 1868 - 12 Mar 1886)
Dora J. Moore (18 Dec 1870 - 22 Mar 1886)
Mary Margaret Moore (23 Jan 1872 - 7 Oct 1934; m. John Riddick Matthews 6 Mar 1889)
Napoleon B. Moore (30 May 1874 - 22 Apr 1876)
Frances Gertrude Moore (25 Jan 1876 - 30 Jul 1904; m. Frank Burris Sep 1899)
Children of Madison Elliot and Mary Hardin Moore:
Naomi Amanda Moore (13 Dec 1883 - 11 Feb 1910; m. 1st Virgil Cole 14 Jan 1900, m. 2nd Frank Cantrell 15 Feb 1908)
Joseph E. Moore (21 May 1886 - 24 Aug 1940; m. Lula Jones 16 May 1906)
Nancy Ira Moore (21 Oct 1888 - 25 Jul 1929; m. Dan Jordan 5 Jun 1910)
Daniel Boone Moore (3 Jan 1891 - 16 Mar 1970; m. 1st Ada Jordan 26 Jun 1910, m. 2nd Bernice Horn, m. 3rd Addie Stewart)
Ara Ann Moore (28 Mar 1895 - Jul 1992; George Lincoln Smith c. 1915)
Ara Ann Margaret Moore and 1) Thomas Emerson 2) John Dickens
2 May 1839: Ara Ann Margaret Moore was born in Rockingham County, NC.
c. 1853: The Moore family moved from NC to Conway [now Faulkner] County, AR in a wagon train. Margaret would have turned 14 during the trip.
c. 1856: Margaret married Thomas E. Emerson married in Conway County.
Jun 1860 Census, Hardin Township, Conway County, AR: Martha G. Moore 53, born NC, with real and personal property estimated at $2,500 and $1,200 respectively; Madison G. age 22, born NC; Margaret G. age 16, born AR; carpenter Thomas Emerson 24, born NC; Ary Ann Emerson 21, born NC; son Elora age 4; James H. age 1; William O'Neal age 20, born NC. They were enumerated next to [cousin] James S. and Sarah Lemonds Moore. Father Henderson had died the previous year.
Thomas may have died in the Civil War. Certainly he seems to have died before 1868,the year Margaret is believed to have married John J. Dickens.
During the war, John J. Dickens served in Company L, 3rd AR Cavalry as Command Sergeant.
1870 Census, Hardin Township, Conway County, AR (Greenbrier P.O.): Farmer J. J. Dickens 32, born TN, with real and personal property valued at $300 and $400; Margaret 32, born NC; Homer 1; Lurah "1/3". Presumably the "1/3" means 4 months of age.
1875: John Dickens was postmaster of Greenbriar.
25 Jun 1880 Census, Hardin Township, Faulkner County, AR: John J. Dickens 42, TN NC NC, a miller of corn; Margaret 41, NC NC NC; Homer 11, AR TN NC; Lura 10; Mattie 8; Joseph H. 6; Mattie 4; Luther 2; Virgil 10/12; farm laborer James H. Butter 26, AL NC NC; black servant Annie Morton 16, TN Unk Unk. The family was enumerated next to [brother] Madison E. Moore.
5 Jun 1900 Census, Hardin Township, Faulkner County, AR: Farmer John J. Dickens 62, born Jan 1838, TN NC NC, married for 32 years; Margaret 61, born May 1839, NC NC NC, mother of 11 children, 7 living; granddaughter Sarah 17, born Sep 1882, AR AR AR; grandson John Emerson 14, born Mar 1886; granddaughter Julia 12, born Aug 1887; granddaughter Annie 10, born Jul 1889. Granddaughter Sarah has the surname Emerson, but with a line through it. I'm assuming that line was actually drawn because the census taker assumed her surname was Dickens, then had to write Emerson over it.
1908: John Dickens died. The widowed Margaret moved from Greenbrier to Conway c. 1910, then eventually to Morrillton.
15 Apr 1910 Census, Hardin Township, Faulkner County, AR: Widow Ara M. Dickens 73, NC NC NC, mother of 11 children, 6 living, living on "own income"; daughter Maggie Garrett 34, AR TN NC, divorced stenographer, mother of 2 children, both living; granddaughter Frances M. Garrett 9, AR AR AR; grandson James B. Garrett 7; "grand" nephew Carl E. Moore 23, AR AR AR, a dry goods salesman.
Ara Ann Margaret Moore Emerson Dickens died in the autumn of 1913. She is buried beside second husband John Dickens in Greenbrier, but the cemetery's unknown.
Children of Ara Ann Margaret Moore and Thomas E. Emerson:
Eleora Emerson (male, c. 1856 - )
James H. Emerson (c. 1859 - )
Children of Ara Ann Margaret Moore and John J. Dickens:
Homer Dickens (10 Nov 1868 - 1 Oct 1903; m. Mary Alice Kane 12 Feb 1895)
Lurah Dickens (c. 1870 - )
Mattie Dickens (c. 1872 - ; m. Andrew J. Stephens 12 Oct 1892)
Joseph H. Dickens (c. 1874 - )
Maggie Dickens (c. 1876 - ; m. _______ Garrett)
Luther Dickens (c. 1878 - )
Virgil Dickens (c. 1879 - )
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Any information is only as reliable as its source. Evaluate the following accordingly.
 Moore Family Bible, copy provided by Mary Fleming; Faulkner County Historical Society, Faulkner County, Arkansas Census of Cemeteries, p. 86; Jo Kilduff
 Moore Family Bible, copy provided by Mary Fleming
 Moore Family Bible; Tindall, Conway County, Arkansas Marriages, from original in Book 1, p. 196; Goodner, Conway County, Arkansas Marriages: Books A & B, p. 22, from Book A, p. 136.
 Deed Index, original located in Book I, p. 146
 Deed Index, original located in Book J, p. 129
 Deed Index, original located in Book J, p. 189
 Deed Index, original located in Book J, p. 199
 National Archives and Records Administration, Muster Cards/Service File of Madison E. Moore
 Deed Index, original located in Book J, p. 259
 Deed Index, original located in Book J, p. 299
 Deed Index, original located in Book L, p. 622
 Faulkner Facts and Fiddlings, v. 34, n. 1-2, p. 45, Spring-Summer 1997, from Greenbrier Sunday School Times, 28 Mar 1909
 Faulkner County: Its Land and People, p. 299
 Faulkner Facts and Fiddlings, v. 21, n. 1 & 2, p. 8
 The Log Cabin Democrat, 16 Apr 1973, copy provided by Mary Fleming; Faulkner County: Its Land and People, p. 393, 299; see photo
 Deed Index, original located in Book L, p. 55
 Mary Fleming, from Book D, p. 710
 Gatewood, Faulkner County, Arkansas 1778-1964, p. 43; Faulkner County: Its Land and People, p. 15
 Goss, Earliest Taxpayers of Faulkner County, Arkansas, 12 Apr 1873, p. 20
 Mary Fleming, from Book B, p. 431
 Deed Index, original located in Book P, p. 118
 Mary Fleming, from Book C, p. 485
 Mary Fleming, from Book E, p. 509 & 510
 Mary Fleming, from Book D, p. 266
 Mary Fleming, from Book D, p. 711
 Mary Fleming, from Book D, p. 712
 Mary Fleming, from Book E, p. 296
 Mary Fleming, from Book E, p. 413
 Mary Fleming, from Book E, p. 510
 Faulkner County: Its Land and People, p. 424
 Jo Kilduff; Moore Family Bible, copy provided by Mary Fleming; Faulkner Facts and Fiddlings, v. 21, n. 1 & 2, p. 4
 Faulkner County 1880 Census, p. 36
 Mary Fleming, from Book 9, p. 81
 Mary Fleming, from Book 9, p. 441
 Moore Family Bible
 Faulkner Facts and Fiddlings, v. 21, n. 1 & 2, p. 9, from Marriage Record #15
 Moore Family Bible, copy provided by Mary Fleming; Faulkner County, Arkansas Census of Cemeteries, p. 86
 Allen and Trent, Guide to Faulkner County, Arkansas Loose Probate Packets 1873-1917, p. 31
 Mary Fleming, from Book 12, p. 93
 Allen and Trent, p. 9
 Administrative Bonds Book 3, p. 154
 Copy provided by Mary Fleming
 Allen and Trent, p. 18
 Copy provided by Mary Fleming
 Allen and Trent, p. 24
 Moore Family Bible; Faulkner County: Its Land and People, p. 393; Allen and Trent; Faulkner County, Arkansas Census of Cemeteries, p. 86; Faulkner Facts and Fiddlings, v. 21, n. 1 & 2, p. 4
 Allen and Trent
 The Log Cabin Democrat, 16 Apr 1973, copy provided by Mary Fleming; Faulkner County: Its Land and People, p. 393
 Faulkner County 1900 Census, ED 31, Sheet 3A
 Faulkner County: Its Land and People, p. 393
 Faulkner County 1920 Census, ED 36, Sheet 1B
 Faulkner County 1930 Census, ED 23-20, Sheet 10A
 Moore Family Bible, copy provided by Mary Fleming; Faulkner County, Arkansas Census of Cemeteries, p. 86
 Conway County 1860 Census, p. 50/491
 Conway County 1870 Census, p. 14
 Faulkner County: Its Land and People, p. 424
 Faulkner County 1880 Census, p. 36/686
 Faulkner County 1900 Census, ED 31, Sheet 2B
 Faulkner County 1910 Census, ED 32, Sheet 1A
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