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and the idea was to distinguish a man by the
appellation he bore. For instance, one was
called Mr. Rock because he lived near a rock,
and in this way would come Mr. Moore, inas-
much as he lived on or near the moor, which
means a tract of wild land. The name is
scattered all over the United States, and in
Maine there are several ancestral lines in no
way connected with each other e.xcept by in-
termarriage. The branch with which this
sketch has to do was an industrious, peace-
loving race, strong in the characteristics of
their people, but when soldiers were needed
they quietly sprang to arms in the common
defence of their afflicted country. They are
.one of the families that helped to place the



old Pine Tree State high among the family of
commonwealths. A rigid search of the sources
of information only meagerly assists us to
the truth about the forbears of John Moore,
but discoveries of facts and events uphold us
in the belief that

(I) William Aloore, who came over from
England prior to 1652, and settled in York,
Maine, was the American ancestor of this
line. He submitted to the Massachusetts gov-
ernment in that year when Maine was united
with the Bay State colony. In 1680 he took
the oath of allegiance. His wife was Doro-
thy . He made his will March 31, 1691,

and it was recorded June, 1691, and the in-
ventory returned i6gi, so it is presumable that
he died in that year. His children were:
John, Elizabeth, Robert, William, Eleanor,
Ann, I\Iary and Thomas.

(II) John, eldest son of William and Doro-
thy Moore, married Martha and left

children : John, Samuel and Marcy. His will
was probated July 7, 1713.

(HI) John (2), eldest son of John (i) and

T^Iartha Moore, married Sarah and had

children born in York as follows : Robert
(died young), Jonadab. John, Edward, Rob-
ert, Ebenezer, Elizabeth, Abigail and Mary.
His will was probated April 2, 1736.

(V) John (3), who was a son of one of the
sons of John and Martha Moore, was born in
Old York, Maine, June 25, 1748, died in 1823,
at Parsonsfield. He removed first to Scar-
borough. Maine, and thence to Parsonsfield, of
which he was a pioneer settler. He served in
the army of the revolution with his two
brothers, Abraham and Isaac, both of whom
were killed in the battle of Monmouth. At
the expiration of his term of enlistment he re-
turned and built a log house on his clearing.
It was not until he built a frame house that he
brought home a bride. His brother Eben
purciiased Lot No. 16 in the same range. He
was a very successful farmer and added to
his holdings until he became an extensive
owner of Parsonsfield real estate. He raised
five hundred bushels of corn on burnt land
in a single year. He married, in 1787, Anne
Milliken, a woman of rare ability and great
force of character. Their children were:
I.saac, Sarah, John, Samuel, Jane, Harvey, Ira,
Charles (Joseph, Benjamin and .Asenath, trip-
lets), Benjamin (died young), Mary Ann and
Benjamin.

(\T) Ira, son of John (3) and Anne (Mil-
liken) Moore, was born January 19, 1801, at
Parsonsfield, and died there March 28, 1865.
He received the rudiments of his education in



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the schools of his native town, supplemented
with trainings at Limerick Academy. He
taught school in Parsonsfield. Xewfield and
Durham for several years. He operated a
general store in Lisbon and Durham, then
removed to Freeport, where he bought a farm
and from there returned to Parsonsfield, to the
farm that his fatlier settled and cleared, re-
maining there until his death. He was a Jack-
sonian Democrat, and had served on the school
board of his native town. He married, April
15, 1853. Martha Doe, daughter of Colonel
and Mary (Sanborn) Doe, of Parsonsfiekl.
Their children were : Martha Ann, Mary Au-
gusta. John Fairfield, Charles H., Frank Gil-
bert and Ira Alfred.

(\'II) John Fairfield, eldest son of Ira and
Martha (Doe) Moore, was born November 7,
1840, at Freeport, and removed to Parsons-
field when a small boy with his parents. He
was educated in the schools of Parsonsfield,
and at North Parsonsfield Academy. He has
been a farmer all his life. He went to San
Francisco in 1863, by way of the Isthmus of
Panama, remaining in the Golden State three
years. While there he was engaged in agri-
cultural pursuits, drove a team some in the
city, finally returning by the same route by
which he went to Parsonsfield. He bought
the old homestead owned and occupied by his
father and grandfather and it is still in his
possession. He lived upon it until November,
1905, when he bought a place in Newfield vil-
lage, where he now resides. Otherwise than
farming and real estate business, he is presi-
dent of the Limerick mills. He is of strong
Democratic proclivities. He is a member of
Willow Brook Grange, No. 552, of Newfield.
He married March 11, 1868. Anna F., daugh-
ter of Samuel Merrill, of Parsonsfield. Their
children are: i. Carrie, born December 4,
1868. 2. Ira Howard, whose sketch follows.
3. Maud Sanborn, born September 11, 1882,
whose education is due to the public schools
of Newfield, Limerick Academy. Laselle Sem-
inary and the Boston Conservatory of Music.
She is now a teacher of music in the Parsons-
field Seminary at North Parsonsfield.

(VIII) Ira Floward, only son of John Fair-
field and Anna F. (Merrill) Moore, was born
in Newfield, August 21, 1874. and received
his primary education in the Newfield com-
mon schools, and was graduated from Gray's
Business College at Portland, Maine, in the
class of 1895. After graduation he assisted
his father on the patrimonial farm. He has
recently installed a plant for the manufacture
of lumber and shingles in Newfield Village,



which now engages his whole attention. He
belongs to the Democratic party, and is active
in its councils. He married, October 26, 1898,
Marguerite, daughter of Dr. Frank W. Smith,
of Newfield, and they have one daughter Lu-
cille, born September 23, 1900.



Few names in British history are
MOORE more distinguished than the one
at the head of this article. Sir
John Moore, the celebrated general, was Ixjrn
in Glasgow, and lost his life in Corunna,
Spain, while at the head of the British army;
Thomas Aloore, a native of Ireland, was one
of the most gifted poets of his time ; Edward
Moore, James Moore, and Thomas Moore (of
Stake-Next Guildford) made themselves places
in the field of literature. John Moore, born
in Stirling, Scotland, was a physician and
writer of distinction; John iMoore, born at
Gloucester, England, 1733. became Archbishop
of Canterbury, and Sir Jonas Moore was the
English mathematician and author of scientific
works.

(I) William E. Moore was born in a small
town in the North of Ireland in 1810. When
young he came to America and lived in Free-
port, and later in Portland, Maine, where he
spent the remainder of his life in the tailoring
business, and died in 1842. He married, in
Portland, Agnes A. Mackie, who was born in
Portland in 181 1, daughter of Andrew Mackie,
a Scotch sea captain. They were the parents
of six children : Agnes, Ellen, Mary, Louise,
Edward, Lemuel ; the widow married (second)
William Golding, one child, William Golding;
she died in 1889.

(II) Edward, son of William E. and Agnes
A. (Mackie) Moore, was born in Freeport,
Maine, February 13, 1838, and died in Port-
land, January 27, 1899. He attended the
school from the time he was five until he was
eleven years of age, in Portland, and then
went to sea as a cabin boy. At the age of
fifteen he left the sea and began to learn the
trade of pattern making and followed that
employment two years. From seventeen to
nineteen he followed last-making in St. John,
New Brunswick, and then returned to Port-
land and started a factory for the manufacture
of lasts on his own account, conducting this
enterprise until the summer of 1861, when,
being a patriotic citizen and an able-bodied
young man. he left a profitable business and
responded to his country's call to arms, and
enlisted as a private soldier and assisted in
recruiting men for the Fifth, Thirteenth and
Seventeenth Maine regiments. August 18,



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1862, he was commissioned second lieutenant
of Company H. Seventeenth Maine \'ohinteer
Infantry, and remained continuously with that
regiment until it was mustered out of the ser-
vice in 1865. He was promoted to first lieu-
tenant of Company C, March 3, 1863, a"d
became captain of that company just a week-
later. He was brevetted major, and March
13, 1865, lieutenant-colonel of United States
\'olunteers for gallant and meritorious services
during the war, and was mustered out of
service June 4, 1865. The Seventeenth was
one of the fighting regiments of the civil war
commanded by Colonel Chamberlain for a
long time, and always to be depended on.
Colonel Moore took part in the following
battles: Fredericksburg, Virginia (December
11-15, 1862): The Cedars, \'irginia (May 2,
1863); Chancellorsville, Mrginia ( I\Iay 3-8,
1863); Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (July 2-3,
1863); Funkstown, I\laryland (July 12-15,
1863): Wapping Heights, Virginia (July 22-
23, 1863) ; Auburn and Bristol, Mrginia (Oc-
tober 14, 1863) ; Kelley"s Ford, Virginia (No-
vember 7, 1863) ; Locust Grove, Virginia
(November 27, 1863): Mine Run, Virginia
(November 28-30, 1863) ; Rapidan, Virginia
(February 6-7, 1864) '• Spottsylvania Court
House, \'irginia (May 14-16, 1864); Freder-
icksburg Pike, Virginia (May 19, 1864);
North Anna River, \'irginia (]\Iay 23-26,
1864); Pamunkey River, Virginia (May 26-
28, 1864) ; Tolopatomy, Virginia (May 28 to
June 2, 1864); Cold Harbor, Virginia (June
2-12, 1864) ; Petersburg, Virginia (June 16-
20, 1864) ; and Siege of Petersburg (June 20,
1864, to February 23, 1865). during which he
took part in the battles of Jerusalem Plank
Road (June 22-27), Deep Botton (July 27-
28), Explosion of Mine (July 30), Strawberry
Plains (August 14-18), capture of Confeder-
ate picket line in front of Fort Sedgwick
(September 26). Preble's Farm (October i-
2), Fort Sedgwick (October 10), Boydton
Plank Road (October 27-28), Weldon 'Rail-
road (December 7-11), and Dabney's Mills
(February 5-7, 1865). He also took part
after the surrender of Lee's army in the march
to Washington, and the Grand Review of
November 27,. 1865. While in the service he
participated in thirty-six engagements. His
health was seriously impaired by his cam-
paigning and he did not engage in business
for two years after returning home.

The first enterprise with which he became
connected was the building of the Knox &
Lincoln railroad, in the work of constructing
which he was one of the chief sub-contractors.



and had a great deal to do with its success-
ful completion. After finishing this he per-
formed similar work on the Sugar River rail-
road in New Hampshire. This was in the
year 1868-69. He next turned his attention
to submarine work, for which he developed
great aptitude, and in which he achieved some
notable success. He was engaged in this
business on the Atlantic coast from 1869 to
1874. In i\Iarch, 1875, he visited the Pacific
coast and removed for the United States gov-
ernment the Noonday Rock, thirty feet under
water and situated some twenty miles off Cape
Reese in the Pacific Ocean. In this work
Colonel Moore used for the first time nitro-
glycerine. With one and a half tons of it,
which he manufactured on the coast expressly
for the purpose, a singularly small quantity
for the magnitude of the work, he caused the
rock to disappear in a moment and forever.
It was done with one wire, the water itself
supplying the return current, and is justly
regarded as one of the notable engineering
feats of the time. In January, 1877, he
formed a partnership with Augustus R.
Wright, of Portland, under the firm name of
Moore & Wright, and they did millions of
dollars' worth of work in submarine contract-
ing, dredging and so on, in nearly every harbor
on the coast. They took the contract to build
the famous Louise docks and embankment
(named after Princess Louise) for the Can-
adian government at Quebec, the largest works
of the kind on the continent. This led to a
celebrated lawsuit, but the contractors finally
secured their pay for their part of the work.
From 1877 till a short time before the death
of the senior partner, the firm was continu-
ously engaged upon large contracts for pub-
lic works.

In 1876 Colonel Moore removed to Stev-
ens' Plains, in Deering, where he had a fine
residence and a large farm, both of which he
greatly improved. He gave much attention to
the breeding of fine horses in which he was
successful. His house was finely furnished,
and contained fine works of art and rare old
paintings of which he was passionately fond.
He acquired e.xcellent literary taste and col-
lected a large library of well selected books,
being, at least on military subjects, one of the
most complete in Maine. .At his home it was
his custom to receive with gracious welcome
his numerous friends. No business cares, no
matter how pressing, prevented his giving full
attention to the amenities of life. Refusing
all overtures for political office until 1886, he
finally allowed himself to he elected to the



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state legislature as a representative from Dcer-
ing, by the Republican party, of wliich he had
been a member since attaining his majority.
He was representative in 1887 and 1891, and
senator from Cumberland county the inter-
vening term, during which time he was chair-
man of the committee on railroads, rendering
very efficient service in that field. Faithful
to every duty and enforcing strict discipline
among 'his men, Captain Moore was always
a favorite with both his inferiors and his su-
periors in rank. At the battle of Gettysburg
he was in command of Company C, his cap-
tain, Goldermann, being absent, wounded.
The regiment, excepting the three right com-
panies of which C was one, was sheltered
by a stone wall in the famous "wheatfield."
From this position men fought stubbornly un-
til their ammunition was nearly exhausted,
and were then recalled. While the fighting
was at its highest point Lieutenant Moore,
then commanding Company C, discovered that
the right of the regiment was being exposed
to an enfilading fire and at once reported the
fact to the regimental commander. Lieutenant-
Colonel Merrill, whereupon the three right
companies were refused, to use a military term,
or, to speak more plainly, were swung back
at an angle with the regimental line, so as to
meet the line fire. All this was done, as also
the change of the entire regiment to a new
line, under a heavy fire with as much pre-
cision and with as little confusion as on par-
ade. Such was the discipline of those veter-
ans. The desperation of the fighting can
be judged from the fact that the regiment
went into the battle with twenty officers, three
acting officers and three hundred and fifty
rifles, and in two hours of fighting had one of-
ficer killed, two mortally wounded and five
wounded so as to disable them from duty.
Seventeen enlisted men were killed outright,
and one hundred and five enlisted men
wounded, only two being reported as missing
in action, being a loss of over one-third of
the entire command. The total loss in the
Seventeenth Maine Regiment during the year
by the bullet was two Innidred and eight, and
it seems almost marvelous that Captain Moore
escaped uninjured while participating in so
many actions as he did. Brilliant as was his
career as a business man and close as were his
friendships among business men. Colonel
Moore's strongest friendships existed among
those comrades with whom he served in the
civil war.

"While he was a member of the legislature.



largely through his efforts, a bill was passed
establishing the 'Gettysburg Commission,' a
board of ex-officers of Maine regiments and
batteries which participated in the battle of
Gettysburg. The act carried with it an appro-
priation of $15,000, afterward increased to
$30,000, for the purchase of land and the erec-
tion of a monument upon the Gettysburg
battlefield to commemorate the services of each
Maine organization participating in the battle.
This commission finally succeeded in erecting
the monuments provided for, and at the dedi-
cation of the Seventh Maine Regiment's Mon-
ument, October 10, 1888, Colonel Moore de-
livered a very able and interesting address
describing at length the part taken by his regi-
ment in the great battle." Colonel Moore's
"History of the Third Corps," a brief sketch
prepared by him in i8g6, is one of the most
accurate published records of the deeds of
that famous organization. Colonel Moore was
repeatedly honored by his soldier friends. He
was among the first members of the Grand
Army of the Republic and Military Order of
the Loyal Legion, and was a member of the
Knights of Pythias. He was vice-president of
the Army of the Potomac and president of the
Third Corps L'nion, an association formed in
1863 and the oldest military organization
growing out of the civil war. General Sickles,
the gallant commander of the corps, being the
first president of the association. General
Sickles was very near the Seventeenth Maine
when he was wounded at Gettysburg.

During his last illness Colonel Moore's for-
titude and patience were marvelous. Under
advice of physicians, neither he nor they
knowing his real condition, he had decided to
submit to a surgical operation. Even then,
while he had no fears for himself, he long hes-
itated, as he told the writer a few weeks be-
fore his death, because he dreaded to cause
the shock to his dear wife which would be the
natural result of her fears as to the results of
an operation. Fearless for himself, he was
tender of the feelings of others. It is ever
thus:

"The bravest are the tenderest.
The loving are the daring."

The operation was unsuccessful because it re-
vealed a cause of sickness which could not be
removed. He died of cancer of the liver.

Edward Moore married. .April 26. 1867,
Clara A. Webb, of Newcastle, who survives
him. She was the daughter of Xathan and
Eliza C. (.Rundlett) Webb, of Xewca.stle, later
of Portland.



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This name has been known in

MOORE England since the time (io()6)
when WiUiam the Conqueror
came into England, bringing in his retinue
Thomas de ]\Iore. Since that day numerous
families of Moore have appeared in England,
Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, some taking
their name from the Moore on which they
resided, others, perhaps from other sources.

(I) William ^loore resided in Hebron,
Maine, where he was a farmer. He married
Betsey Cobb ; five sons : George, Ellis, Hor-
ace, Pfiram, Charles, next mentioned.

(H) Charles, youngest son of William and
Betsey (Cobb) Moore, was born in Hebron.
He was employed for years in the paper mill
at Mechanic Falls, Maine. He married, at
Mechanic Falls, Maine, Sarah A., died in 1900,
aged sixty-five years, daughter of Luke and
Sarah Dwinell, of Mechanic Falls. Children :
Charles C, married Mary E. Jordan, and is
now in the employ of the Tucker Printing
Company in Portland. Frank L, next men-
tioned.

(Ill) Frank Isaac, second son of Charles
and Sarah /\. (Dwinell) Moore, was born at
Mechanic Falls, January 6. 1859, and was
educated in the public schools of that place
and in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He re-
moved to Portland in 1873. For some years
previous to i8go, I\Ir. IMoore was in the em-
ploy of Webb & Cushing, dealers in shoes.
Subsequently he was connected with Chand-
ler's Band and at one time was leader of
this fatnous organization. He began reading
law in the office of Arden W. Coombs, and
read diligently until 1895, when he passed his
e.xamination and was admitted to the bar.
From that time until the present he has prac-
ticed his profession in Portland. He is a Re-
publican, has been active in politics, was alder-
man from ward four in Portland, 1897-99, a
Democratic ward, was a member of the Re-
publican city committee ten years, and its
chairman in igoo, and he served as president
of the Lincoln Club in 1900. He is a mem-
ber of the Cumberland County Bar Associa-
tion, the board of trade, and is an associate
member of Bosworth Post, Grand Army of
the Republic. Fie and his family attend the
Universalist church. He is a member of Port-
land Lodge, No. I, Free and Accepted Ma-
sons; is a post grand of Maine Lodge, No. i,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows; past
chancellor of Ivanhoe Lodge, No. 25, Knights
of Pythias, and is a member of IMount Vernon
Lodge, New England Order of Protection.

Frank Isaac Moore married, in Rochester,



New Hampshire, June 22, 1882, Lillian D.,
born at Lock's Mills, Oxford county, Maine,
May 6, 1859. daughter of Alonzo B. and
Betsy J. (Lapham) Swan. They have one
child, Ileene, born February 15, 1893, who
graduated from the Portland high school with
the class of 1908.



\'ery early in the settlement of
COBB Plymouth Colony an immigrant
named Cobb came to these shores
and founded a family, among whose members
are found distinguished lawyers, politicians,
writers, doctors and merchants, and many
other less distinguished but useful citizens in
the humbler walks of life.

( I ) Deacon Henry Cobb appeared in
Plymouth, Massachusetts, in Scituatc, 1633,
and afterwards in Barnstable, where he was
one of the first settlers. He was one of the
founders of the church in Scituatc, January 8,
1635. of which he was that year chosen dea-
con. He probably came from Kent, England,^
but sailed from London. He was representa-
tive in 1645, and the si.x years following, and
died in 1679. He married, 1631, Patience,
daughter of James Hurst, of Plymouth, and
had born in Plymouth : John, Edward, and
James ; and in Scituate : ^lary and Hannah ;
and in Barnstable : Patience, Gershom and
Eleanor. He married ( second) 1649, Sarah,
daughter of Samuel Ilinkley, and had Me-
hitable (died young), Samuel, Sarah (died
young), Jonathan, Sarah, Henry, Mehitable
and Experience.

(II) John, eldest child of Henry and Pa-
tience (Hurst) Cobb, was born in Plymouth.
June 17, 1632, and married, August 28, 1658,
Martha, daughter of William Nelson, and had
John (died young), Samuel, Elizabeth. Is-
rael, Patience, Ebenezer, Elisha and James.

(III) Ebenezer, fourth son of John and
Martha (Nelson) Cobb, was born August 9,
1671. He married, 1693, Alercy Holmes, and
had Ebenezer, ]Mercy (died young), Na-
thaniel, Hannah, Sarah, Mercy, Nathan, John,
Mary, Elizabeth, Job and Roland.

(IV) Nathan, third .son of Ebenezer and
]Mercy (Holmes) Cobb, was born January 14,
1707, and married, March 19, 1733, Joanna
Bennett, of Middleboro. and had William,
Elizabeth, Deborah, Timothy, Nathan, Joseph,
Benjamin and Nehemiah.

(V) William, eldest son of Nathan and Jo-
anna (Bennett) Cobb, was born February 8,
1735, and married, December 4, 1761, Mary
Pynchon. Their children were: Augusta,
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(VI) William (2). eldest son of William
(i> and Mary ( Pynchon) Cobb, was born Au-
gust 15, 1764, and married Betsey Myrick.

(VII) Betsev. daughter of William and Bet-
sey (Myrick) Cobb, was born August 2, 1793,
and married William Moore, of Hebron,
Maine. (See Moore.)

This name, undoubtedly of
BICKMORE English origin, is also spelled
on early records in this
country: Bigmore and Beckmore. Through
incidents of correspondence and travel about
twenty-five years ago, an interesting interview
was brought about between Professor A. S.
Bickmore. of New York City, and Rev. Dr.
W. F. Bickmore, of Kidderminster, county
Gloucester, England, which revealed the fact
that a large number bearing this name in Eng-
land have become prominent as clergymen in
the Episcopal church. Several of the sons of
the family in Kidderminster were graduates
of Oxford, and a nephew of Rev. Dr. Bick-
more was a fellow of New College in that
university. The name is also known in Sus-
sex and Essex counties, and is also the name
of a street in London. The late Mr. H. G.
Somerby, in a communication to the New
England Historical and Genealogical Register
(vol. ii., p. 399), gave the following item:
"1635 — Tho : Bigmore, aged thirty-four, dwell-
ing in New England, Fether Seller, to pass to
Amsterdam on his afifairs." This is the earliest
record of the Bickmore family in America,
and the name being uncommon, there seems
to be no doubt of the connection of the above



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