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bold design. From the moment that the idea had first dawned
in his mind, Moore wisely contrived by every possible measure to
conciliate the esteem and appreciation of the native Irish ; he had
the qualities most effectual for this purpose, a person remarkably
graceful, an aspect of dignity, a courteous and insinuating
address, a quick discernment of men's characters, and a pliancy
in adapting himself to their sentiments and passions. The old
Irish beheld the gallant representative of one of their distin-
guished families with an extravagance of rapture and affection ;
they regarded him as their glory and their protection. They cele-
brated him in their songs and it became a proverbial expression
that their dependence was 'on God, Our Lady, and Rory

Dr. Drennan has immortalized Roger Moore in his Ulster
Ballad and the sentiment of the Irish people is unmistakably
reflected in the second stanza :

"Do you ask why the beacon and banner of war
On the mountains of Ulster are seen from afar?
'Tis the sign of our rights to regain and secure
Through God and Our Lady and Rory O'Moore."

Writers of Irish History who concur in nothing else agree
in representing Roger Moore as a man of the loftiest motives
and the most passionate patriotism. None of the excesses which


stain the first rising in Ulster are charged against him. On the
contrary, when he joined the Northern Army the excesses ceased,
and strict discipline was established as far as possible among
men frenzied with wrongs and sufferings, and unaccustomed to

Koger O'Moore's pedigree, according to accepted authorities,

is as follows :

Lords of Leix.

LIOSEACH LAXMOR, brother of Irial Glunmhar, who is the
sixty-ninth on the "Guinness" pedigree, was the ancestor of
O'Macilmordha ; anglicised O'Mulmora, O'Morra, O'Moore, Holier
and Mordie.

69. Lioseach Lanmor; son of Conall Cearnach.

TO. Lugha-Laoghseach ; his son.

71. Lugha-Longach ; his son.

72. Baccan ; his son ; a quo Rath-Baccain.

73. Bare; his son.

74. Guaire; his son.

75. Eoghan; (or Owen) ; his son.

76. Lugna; his son.

77. Cuirc ; his son.

78. Corniac; his son.

79. Carthan; his son.

80. Seirbealagh ; his son.

81. Bearrach ; his son.

82. Nadseir; his son.

83. Aongus ; his son.

84. Aongus (2) ; his son.

85. Beannaigh; his son.

86. Bearnach ; his son.

87. Maolaighin; his son.

88. Meisgil ; his son.

89. Eochagan ; his son.

90. Cathal (or Charles) ; his son.

91. Cionaodh; his son.

92. Gaothin Mordha; his son, the first King of Lease (or

Leix), now the "Queen's County."

93. Cinnedeach ; his son.

94. Cearnach ; his son.

95. Maolmordha ("niorclha;" Irish, proud) ; a quo O'Maoil-


96. Cenneth ; his son.

97. Cearnach (2) ; his son.

98. Cenneth (3) ; his son.


99. Faolan ; his son.

100. Amergin ; his son, who is considered the ancestor of


101. Lioseach; his son.

102. Donall; his son.

103. Conor Cucoigcriche ; his son.

104. Lioseach (2) ; his son.

105. Donall (or Daniel) O'Moore; his sou, King of Leix or

Lease; first assumed this surname.

106. Daniel Oge; his son.

107. Lioseach (3) ; his son; the last "King of Lease" built

the monastery of Lease (called De-Lege-Dei) A. D.

108. Mall (or Neal) ; his son.

109. Lioseach (4) ; his son; had a brother named Daniel.

110. David; son of Lioseach.

111. Anthony; his son.

112. Malaghlin ; his son ; died in 1481.

113. Connall ; his son ; died in 1513.

114. Koger Coach ; his son ; was slain by his brother Philip ;

had a brother named Cedagh, who died without
issue; and a younger brother named John, who was
the ancestor of Mulchay.

115. Charles O'Moore, of Ballinea (now Bellyna), Enfield;

son of Roger Caoch; d. 1601; had an elder brother
named Cedagh, who was Page to Queen Elizabeth,
who granted him Ballinea.

Charles O'Moore: This Charles had a younger brother
named Eory Oge, who, A. D. 1587, was slain by the

116. Colonel Roger, son of Charles; d. 1646.

Roger: This Colonel Roger O'Moore was the "Rory
O'Moore" of popular tradition in Ireland; to whose
courage and resources was, in a great measure, due
the formidable Irish Insurrection of A. D. 1641.
Descendants of Colonel Roger Moore, the "Rory O'Moore"
of popular tradition in Ireland, are familiar figures in American
History. They are first introduced in the person of James Moore,
the grandson of Colonel Roger Moore, who headed the Irish Re-
bellion. James Moore was appointed Governor of South Carolina
in 1700. Governor James Moore was born in Ireland in 1640 and
emigrated to this country in 1665, settling on his grant of land
in the Goose Creek section of the Colony. A year later he mar-
ried Margaret, daughter of Sir John Yeamans. Ten children
were born of this marriage, of whom was : James 2d, Colonial
Governor 1719-21, died unmarried, November 19, 1740.

Maurice, afterwards Major; prime mover in the settlement


of the Cape Fear. Died November 19, 1740, within an hour of
the death of his brother James.

Nathaniel, member of the Colonial Assembly, 1738-9.

Roger, known as "King Roger.' 7 This cognomen was given
him on account of his kingly bearing and unflinching courage.

As, moreover, he practically drove the Indians from the sur-
rounding country, he merited the well-deserved title, "King-
Roger.' 7 He was for many years a member of Governor Gabriel
Johnston's Council. He was a man of great wealth, possessing
immense tracts of land in the surrounding country. He was a
builder of the historic mansion called "Orton," which is still
standing. His sons, all born at Goose Creek, were men of serious
thought and decisive action, and their children, prominent in
Revolutionary times, were possessed of the same courageous and
resolute spirit.

In 1711, when the Tuscaroras were murdering the colonists
in Albemaiie and threatening to exterminate the white people in
North Carolina, Colonel James Moore 2 , with a body of South
Carolina troops, hastened to the scene and waged a vigorous cam-
paign which restored peace. He was reinforced by troops under
command of his younger brother, Major Maurice Moore, who
remained in Albemarle a year, when he was summoned to South
Carolina with his forces to subdue another serious Indian upris-
ing. He marched along the coast, crossing Cape Fear River near
Sugar Loaf, and was so favorably impressed with these river
lands that he conceived the idea of settling them.

He could not carry out this project until 1725, as the Lords
Proprietors had prohibited a settlement within twenty miles of
the river banks. His brother, Roger Moore, had married a daugh-
ter of Landgrave Smith, who had located a grant of forty-eight
thousand acres on the Cape Fear in 1692, and this may have had
an influence in bringing about the settlement. "King Roger
Moore" came with his hundreds of slaves and built "Orton," one
of the finest examples of pure colonial architecture in America,
and here he lived in princely style.

Maurice Moore selected a bluff site near "Orton," fifteen
miles below the present city of Wilmington, and laid out a town
which he called Brunswick, in honor of the reigning family of

Nathaniel Moore's plantation, known as York, was situated
on a bluff some forty miles from Brunswick.

The year 1719 is memorable in Carolina annals for the over-
throw of the Proprietary form of Government. The Moore fam-
ily was thoroughly in accord with those opposed to a continuance
of British oppression through the Lords Proprietors, and when
the people resolved to have a Governor of their own choosing,
they selected as their leader Colonel James Moore, who had been


Commander-in-Chief of the Militia in the late Indian war, but
who had been removed because of his active opposition to the
authority of the Proprietors. He was elected Governor in 1719,
and subsequently served as Attorney-General and Judge of the
Admiralty Court of South Carolina, and was Speaker of the
Colonial Assembly, 1722-'25.

In 1766, the Moores again became conspicuous as champions
of the rights of the people by presenting to Governor Tryon an
assurance of the spirit of independence then prevailing, which
would sustain the people to the extent of armed resistance to the
enforcement of the odious Stamp Act. On this momentous occa-
sion George Moore was selected to challenge the authority of the
Bang and of the Parliament. The fearless Moore, with a force of
one hundred and fifty armed men, appeared before Governor
Tryon, and his resolute defiance in the face of two British sloops
of war, rendered the Governor powerless.

The noble impulses of these patriots who resolved to main-
tain their rights, foreshadowed the American Revolution, and in
the events leading up to open rebellion, and throughout the
memorable struggle, the Moore family bore an honorable part.

In 1774 James and George Moore represented New Hanover
County as delegates to a Convention, and Maurice Moore was a
member of the committee organized to draw up an address to the
people of Great Britain, setting forth the wrongs of the Colonies
in North America. His brother James was Colonel of the First
North Carolina troops and was in command during the battle at
Moore's Creek Bridge in February, 1776. He was appointed
Brigadier-General ; was made Commander-in-Chief of the Depart-
ment of the South, and received the thanks of Congress for his

Passing on to the period of the War between the States, the
courage and valor of the Moore family is again exemplified in the
heroic services to the cause of the Confederacy by Roger Moore,
Colonel of the Third Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry. The
greatest achievements of this Regiment were accomplished while
it was under the command of Colonel Roger Moore, and won for
him the praise and sincere thanks of General Lee. The Third
Regiment was originally under command of Colonel Baker, who
was captured at the Davis farm. His command then devolved on
Colonel Waddell, who very soon resigned on account of ill health,
and was succeeded by Colonel Moore. In the unpublished manu-
script of Sloan's History, Colonel Moore's activities are summed
up in these words :

"Lieutenant-Colonel Waddell is quite favorably mentioned in
the official reports of this date. But it was under his successor,
Lieutenant-Colonel Roger Moore, that the Regiment won its
highest honors. This gentleman was no trained soldier, but by


mere force of character, unflinching courage and capital good
sense he accomplished the best results in every kind of service.
Under him two of the most brilliant dashes were made: that of
Captain McClamrny at White Oak Swamp, in August, 1864, when
he charged into the Federal lines and brought out prisoners under
short range of musketry; and that of Sergeant Johnston of Cap-
tain Hatchett's Company, who entered the Federal Camp on the
Warren Ketreat, from Bellfield, in December, 1864, and made its
whole circuit with a mounted squad of ten men. Half of these
daring and gallant fellows were literally chopped to pieces with
axes by the Pioneer Corps, but the survivors went ahead all the

Colonel Koger Moore was not only conspicuous as a brave
soldier in the Confederate Army but he did valient service for his
section as Chief of the Division of the Ku Klux Klan, in Wil-
mington, North Carolina. It is not violating the secrets of this
organization to state that Colonel Koger Moore, after taking the
secret oath at Raleigh in 1868, organized and commanded a Ku
Klux Klan at Wilmington, which was made up of the best blood
of the South. Many members of this Klan were loyal and devoted
soldiers who had served under Colonel Roger Moore. It is now
generally known that it was owing to the conditions in the South
at the close of the War that the Ku Klux Klan was organized
under the direction of General Nathan Bedford Forrest, in
'67-8, to protect the Southern people from the ravages and depre-
dations of the spoilers who came South immediately after the
War. A member of the Ku Klux Klan in an adjoining neighbor-
hood, in speaking of the debt the citizens of Wilmington owed
this brave soldier, said: "Colonel Roger Moore did his duty in
this matter and never allowed his Klan to commit an act that
was not justified and endorsed by our superiors. He was in every
sense a gallant and chivalrous gentleman. The people of Wil-
mington had every cause to thank him and the Klan for the good
order that followed. But, of course, none but the members of the
Klan knew its leaders, as it was one of the closest hide-bound
secret orders ever known."

Among other offices of trust held by Colonel Roger Moore
during his life-long residence in Wilmington was that of Com-
mander of the General Organization of white citizens to protect
the lives and homes from the possible negro ravages during the
race war of 1898.

This Race War occurred November 10, 1898, and so thor-
oughly were the demoralized negroes controlled by the white men,
under the leadership of Colonel Roger Moore, that the unpleasant
conditions were immediately changed in a way which meant per-
manent good for all concerned.

Colonel Moore was born in New Hanover County, North


Carolina, July 19, 1838, son of Koger and Ann Sophia (Toomer)
Moore. His business career was primarily that of a commission
merchant trading in turpentine and allied products. He subse-
quently engaged in the manufacture of brick and dealt extensively
in building materials, achieving an unusual degree of success.
He was the founder of the business house of Koger Moore, Sons
and Company, and was prominently identified with every move-
ment conducive to the advancement of Wilmington.

Always an upright and honorable Christian gentleman, Colo-
nel Moore in 1888 became imbued with profound religious
convictions, and his spiritual zeal continued unabated to the time
of his death in 1900. His affiliation was with the Methodist Epis-
copal Church, of which he was a steward and trustee.

Colonel Moore married first, Rebecca Scott Smith, daughter
of Thomas and Mary Frink Smith of Wilmington. A son, Roger,
w r as born and died in his fifteenth year.

Colonel Moore married secondly, May 3, 1871, Eugenie Berry,
widow of George Atkins, and daughter of Benjamin W. and Ann
Eliza Berry. Nine children were born of the second marriage,
five of whom are living, namely :

ANNE, educated at St. Mary's School, Raleigh, North Caro-
lina, graduated with the highest average ever attained in the
school. From Vassar College she received the degrees A.B., A.M.,
class honors, a graduate scholarship, a fellowship and two suc-
cessive appointments to the Marine Biological Laboratory at
Wood's Hall. From the University of Chicago she received a
fellowship, and Ph.D. degree. For four years she was head of the
Department of Physiology and Biology at the State Normal
School, San Diego, California ; afterwards Investigator of Social
Conditions in New York.

As an authoress, she wrote "The Feeble-minded in New
York," published by New York State Charities Aid Association,
1911, and used as a basis of appeal to the New York State Legis-
lature for improved commitment laws and increased appropria-
tions; "The Financial Standing of Patients in Fifteen
Dispensaries," published in New York County Medical Record,
February, 1914; "Physiology of Man and other Animals," pub-
lished by Henry Holt and Company, 1909 ; various scientific
articles published in American Journal of Physiology; as well
as popular articles, stories, etc.

PARKER QUINCE, the present Mayor of Wilmington, now
serving the people for the second time in that office. He was
educated at Captain Bell's Military School in Rutherfordton,
North Carolina. He married Willie Mav Hardin.

t.' 1

ROGER,, now at the head of the firm of Roger Moore, Sons
Company, attended the schools of Wilmington and was instructed
by private tutors. His business training was acquired at a com-


mercial college in Baltimore, Maryland. He married Alice

Louis TOOMER,, a former student at the University of North
Carolina, and now member of Davis Moore Paint Company.

MARY ELLA,, attended St. Mary's School, Kaleigh, married
Arthur L. Mills, Greenville, South Carolina.

The limits of this sketch merely serve to briefly illustrate
the character of this patriotic American family. For generations
its members have been contributing to the moral growth of the
country and, notwithstanding the more complex conditions which
now obtain, the younger generation are exhibiting the same
virile characteristics of their ancestors.


IN no phase of life's activities do ability, intelligence, energy,
and unswerving attention to duty count for more or bring
more certain advancement than in the industrial world.

Here a man is measured by results, and there is room at the
top only for those who produce them. To such, the highway of
success is an open thoroughfare, and years of unceasing applica-
tion and patient toil are inevitably marked by steady progress.
That this is true is well illustrated in the career of Andrew Milton
Kistler of Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina, who in
1888 entered the Boston office of the wholesale leather establish-
ment of Kistler, Lesh and Company, and has steadily risen in its
service. In 1892 he became junior partner, and to-day is the
senior member of the great industrial enterprise the Burke
Tannery at Morganton, which ranks among the important indus-
tries of the South.

Andrew M. Kistler was born at Sciota, Monroe County,
Pennsylvania, September 21, 1871, a son of Charles E. and Ann
Elizabeth (Woodling) Kistler. On the paternal side, Mr. Kist-
ler's ancestry has been traced through five generations to George
Kistler, who was a member of that sturdy group of Swiss or
Palatine settlers who arrived in Pennsylvania in the early colo-
nial period.

Pennsylvania was settled largely by the Germans, French
and Swiss ; this State being the central point of location of these
emigrants from 1682 to 1776. In the State records of this time
thousands of names of these people may be found. They are
described as having been hard-working men who w r ere burghers
or farmers in the old country, and who came to this new land
hoping and striving by diligence and thrift to improve their
condition. The new country could not fail to benefit by the labor
and skill of these patient toilers. When determination and
industry go hand in hand with ingenuity and skill, satisfactory
results invariably follow.

About the year 1672, such was the persecution to which they
were subjected, a large body of Swiss fled from the Cantons of
Zurich, Berne and Schaffhausen and settled for a time in Alsace
above Strasburg. In 1708 they went to London and thence came
to America, settling in Pennsylvania.

The Palatinate (German, Pfalz) was a portion of the old
German Empire. It was divided into two parts ; these being dis-



tingnished as the I'pper I'alat 'male and the lower or Rhenish
Palatinate. The latter w;is lorated on both sides of the Rhine
and included the to\\-ns of Heidelhnrg and Mannheim.

After the Peace of Westphalia, in HJ4S, the two I'alatinates
were separated ; Havana receiving 1he rpper and 1he Lower
becoming a separate electorate of the Empire, and afterwards
known as the Palatinate. After several changes, what is now
the Palatinate belongs to a portion of Bavaria west of the Rhine,
and the Upper Palatinate is another part of Bavaria. This
country is said to be "as fair a land as all Europe can show."

About 1735, the George Kistler, before mentioned, removed
from Falkner Swamp and Goshenhoppen (now Montgomery
Bounty, Pennsylvania) to Lynn Township, Lehigh County, mak-
ing his home near what is now Jerusalem Church. He became a
member of this church and was an elder therein from about 17.")."*
to 17C.S. His children were: George, Jacob, John, Samuel, Philip,
Michael, Barbara, Dorotea and Elizabeth.

Jacob Kistler. second son of George, lived in the old home-
stead and had a family of eight children. Of these, Michael
learned the tanner's trade and conducted his business for many
years in Kistler Valley, Lehigh County. Here he and his wife
Maria lived and reared their children, and here was born their
son Stephen, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, who also
engaged in the tanning industry and subsequently moved to
Tannersville, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. Increasing his
knowledge of the treatment and manufacture of leather, he
became very proficient and a leader in the industry. He owned
tanneries at different points, managing them with marked ability,
and established a headquarters in New York City. His wife died
April 8, 1877, after great and long suffering, and three years later,
on March 16, he, himself passed away at Stroudsburg, Pennsyl-
vania. His children were: Charles E. (father of Andrew Milton
Kistler), Rufus (married Mary J. Edinger), Angeline, Almira,
Alfred, Wilson (married Henrietta Stauffer), Mary (married
John H. Lesh), Milo (married Alice Clator), and Michael D.
(married Menena M. Seibert). Almira and Alfred both died at
an early age.

The first of these children, Charles E., born January 24, 1S30,
when fourteen years of age entered the tannery at Tannersville.
He had the advantage of being trained by a father whose profi-
ciency in his business made of him an able teacher. The boy an
apt pupil, under this influence soon obtained a thorough knowl-
edge of the business, and developed initiative and judgment
which, joined to his natural energy and ability, made him a suc-
cessful man. He was only twenty-one when he became a partner
at Tannersville.

Having purchased a tannery at Sciota, he wished to give this


his personal attention and supervision, and so retired from the
partnership in 1867. He afterwards made his home in Sciota.
The original name of Sciota was Fennersville, and the village was
laid out by Henry Fenner about 1845. The tannery was built by
Mr. Joseph Fenner, and sold by him to Messrs. Betz and Bossard,
from whom Mr. Kistler purchased it.

He, associated with his brother Wilson, established in 1869
a factory at Lock Haven. Kistler energy and skill insured suc-
cess, and in a short time branches were established at five differ-
ent points. These were located at Sciota, Lock Haven, St. Mary's,
Eolf and in Huntington County. Charles E. Kistler was a man
of sterling character and inherent ability. Capable in the man-
agement of his business affairs, energetic beyond the ordinary, a
man of true worth, his influence extended far. He could easily
have obtained political honors had he coveted them ; but his heart
was with his family and all of his energy was devoted to the
advancement of his business interests, so that no leisure remained
which could be devoted to other pursuits.

He married on March 18, 1861, Miss Anne Elizabeth Wood-
ling. To them were born seven children : Emma Jane, Catherine,
Caroline, Edwin Oscar, Mary, Andrew Milton, and an infant
unnamed. Andrew Milton, the subject of this sketch, and Mary
were the only ones of these who lived to reach maturity. Mr.
Kistler was a Lutheran ; an inheritance, no doubt, from his Pala-
tine ancestor, and was a deacon in the Tannersville Lutheran
Church for many years. He was a Director of the Stroudsburg
Bank, and a most respected citizen. He died suddenly, March 22,
1880, when only forty-one years old ; his death causing much grief
in his community. Mrs. Kistler, his widow, in 1884, built a
handsome home in Sciota.

Andrew Milton Kistler, born in Sciota, Pennsylvania, Sep-
tember 21, 1871, had the advantage of a liberal education in the
Pennsylvania State Normal School. While attending this school
he made his home with his Uncle Wilson Kistler, who was the
executor of his father's estate, and who then had the management
of the entire business. Mr. J. Woodliug, Mrs. Kistler's brother,
was superintendent of the Sciota branch. It was quite natural
that Mr. Kistler should decide early in life to acquire a thorough
knowledge of the leather business in which his father, ^rand-

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father and great-grandfather had achieved such signal success.
The progressive son of an energetic family, his ultimate promo-
tion to the presidency of this widely known firm, Kistler, Lesh
and Company, is a just recognition of his eminent qualifications.
In 1904, Mr. Kistler was chosen President of the First Na-

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