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William C. Moore was born in October, 1838, in Butler County, Alabama. He is probably the M. Moore who was enumerated in the family of T. E. King in 1860, at Danville, Montgomery County. His name is recorded as “M. C. Moore” in some of the Compiled Service Records in his file at the National Archives, and he may have had a nickname beginning with “M.”
According to family sources, William was the son of Isham Moore, born 1812 in Georgia, and Elizabeth Jane Sellers, born 1820 in Montgomery County, Alabama.
William was married to S. A. Horton on 27 June 1861 in Montgomery County. In 1860, Sareptha Amanda Horton was living in the family of T. Chambers, Sr., just four houses from the King home. She was born in September 28, 1839 in Georgia, the daughter of William Horton (died 17 March 1849 in Montgomery County) and his wife Jane H. Crawford. After William Horton's death, Jonathan Collard was appointed her guardian.
On 29 March 1862, William Moore was enrolled in Company B of the Second Texas Lancers (24th Regiment Cavalry) at Danville by John E. George. He gave his age as twenty-three, the value of his horse as $75.00, and his equipment as $20.00.
William reported for training at Camp Carter at Hempstead on 28 April.
However, by the August muster roll, he was absent sick.
William went on sick furlough on June 20th and was reported as being on furlough on each muster roll from that point. We know that there were several men of the regiment who died of measles at about this time, including some in Captain Wooldridge’s company.
A letter written by one of the men of the brigade on July 6th, 1862, was published in the Houston Tri-Texas Weekly, stating There is a great deal of sickness in the brigade, mostly measles.
At this time, the troops were camped in the vicinity of Shreveport, Louisiana, and many were hospitalized there.
It seems certain that William was furloughed because of measles or another serious ailment and that he did not ride on to Arkansas with the other men in his company, nor did he fight in the battle of Arkansas Post nor any of the subsequent battles.
Each muster roll through April, 1864, shows William to be absent, on furlough.
We know that he was serving with the local company of Texas State Troops at home in Danville, because on February 4, 1864, he was listed as being discharged due to illness on a Report of the Board of Surgeons of Montgomery County, by the colonel commanding the 17th Brigade, TST. The notation in the Disease column seems to be Hemephyia [sic].
When William recovered from his illness, he reported to the proper authorities in the Trans-Mississippi Department in Texas and was attached to a detachment of the 25th Regiment in December of 1864.
In that month he was reported to be Absent With Leave.
He then was attached to Company I of the detached 24th, and in January 1865, there is a note that he was recruiting service for [the] regt.
In February and March, 1865, he was Absent Without Leave.
In April 1865, he was stationed at Camp Lubbock (near Houston in Harris County, Texas), and joined the 25th Cavalry, Company F, by transfer from the 24th Cavalry; he was permanently transferred. Shortly after this, the war was over and the men in Texas were surrendered, signed a parole document, and were sent home.
William went back to Montgomery County. He was enumerated there as a farmer on the census of 1870 with his wife, Sareptha, and four children. By 1880, William’s wife was named Mandia, and he had three more children. It appears she is the same person as Sareptha. Family members indicate that Sareptha's nickname was Manda or Mandie. William was still enumerated as a farmer, and he lived near others who had served under Captain Wooldridge in the 24th Regiment.
Sareptha died March 24, 1895, and was buried at the Willis City Cemetery. Her stone reads Our Mother Serreptha A. Wife of W. C. Moore.
The following year, William married Mrs. Lucy A. Fortner. And by the time of the 1900 census enumeration of Willis, Mongtomery County, William had amazingly become a physician! Even though educational standards for physicians were not as stringent in those years, it still would have been highly unusual for a man to have achieved such a profession at what was considered an advanced age at that time.
Living in the family were Lucy's two Fortner sons and Morris C. Moore, age three. Next door were William's son-in-law, his daughter and family, Eugene and Ella Mary (Moore) Malone.
The census enumerator for 1900 was E. D. T. Wooldridge
The couple, with adopted children, were still living in Montgomery County in 1910, and William was again enumerated as a farmer. In February, 1913, William moved to Karnes County. His son, Isham Sellers Moore, was also living in Karnes County.
William applied for a Confederate pension in January, 1914. He gave his age as 75 years, his birth place as Butler County, Alabama, and stated that he had lived in Texas since 1860 and in Runge, Karnes County, for eleven years. He did not own a home and had personal property worth a hundred dollars.
William's Pension Application
Depositions were filed in his behalf by other former soldiers who served under Captain Wooldridge. These included J. S. Hulon of Montgomery County and T. E. King of Madison County.
William and wife, Lucy A., were enumerated in Justice Pct #7 of Karnes County in 1920. Only son Morris was now living with them. William had no occupation listed. A few houses away lived a nephew, Grover Cleveland Jones.
Sadly, in January 1922, nephew G. C. Jones of Saratoga, Hardin County, was granted letters of guardianship of W. C. Moore a Non Compus Mentis. William was committed to the state insane asylum in Terrell, Kaufmann County. He died on March 24th of senile psychosis.
William was buried with his first wife, Sereptha, in Willis Cemetery, Montgomery County. Nothing is known about Lucy's death or place of burial.
Thanks to Bobby and Carol Babin Estes for allowing me to use their grave photo.
The above biography was compiled from county and census records and from William’s Compiled Service Records on file at the National Archives, accessed on microfilm at the Confederate Research Center at Hillsboro and online at Fold3. TST Surgeon Report is on file in Texas State Archives. Thanks also to Bobby and Carol Babin Estes for their family and biographical information on William C. Moore.
For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at frankmjohnson.net or by contacting Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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