Biography - William Moore

William T. Moore, generally known as Squire Moore, is a leading citizen and farmer of Arcola township, and is a memeber of one of the earliest and most prominent families in Douglas county. He was born in Parke County, Indiana, September 5, 1830, and is a son of Jacob Moore, the pioneer of the family in the county, who was a native of Kentucky.
Squire Moore's grandfather, Abraham Moore, and his wife, natives of Virginia, were early settlers in Shelby county, Kentucky, where they spent the remainder of their lives. Squire Moore removed with his parents from Parke county to what is now known as the Moore neighborhood when he was but four years old. Here he grew to manhood and obtained the advantages of an ordinary school education. In 1856 he was united in marriage to Margaret E. Louthan, who is a daughter of John and Margaret (Carter) Louthan, both of whom were born in Frederick county, Virginia, she being the youngest of twelve children. John Louthan was born December 11, 1779, and died May 7, 1864. He first removed to Edgar county, and in 1844 settled on the Okaw in Bourbon township, where he bought about one thousand acres of land. He was the son of Henry Louthan, who was a native Scotchman. His wife was a daughter of Arthur Carter, who was born in Ireland, and who later emigrated and lived in Virginia.
To Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Moore have been born six children: Sarah M., living at home; Charles A. and Ferdinand, who are prominent farmers in Coles county; Laura, who is the widow of Robert Black (see sketch), and resides in Arcola; Alice B. and Henry. Mr. Moore has for eighteen years filled the office of justice of the peace, has served three terms as township collector, and two terms as assessor. He owns one hundred and ninety acres, and the old homestead and one hundred and twenty acres in Coles county. He has been twenty-five years a Mason and a member of the Arcola lodge and chapter, and is also an Odd Fellow. He is wellknown and popular with all classes of people and is one of the staunch Democrats of the county.

Extracted by Linda Lang from the Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois, pages 189-190.

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