George Houston Moore Family
Houston Moore was born in 1833 in Crab Creek, Henderson County, NC. He married Mariah Ellen McCrary (1836-1923) in 1857, and they raised their 3 daughters and 6 sons in the mountains of Transylvania County. The wonderful photo below shows the Houston Moore family in the early 1890's. Houston was a Confederate Civil War veteran, and joined Company D (the Henderson Rangers) of the 60th Regiment of the North Carolina Infantry in July 1862. He was captured in January 1863 at the Battle of Stones River, the Second Battle of Murfreesboro, TN. He was Prisoner of War at Camp Morton, IN and sent to City Point, VA in April 1863 to be exchanged for Union prisoners. Houston then returned to the Henderson Rangers.
Date: Early 1890s
Location: Probably George Houston Moore farm on Diamond Creek, Transylvania County, NC.
Front Row of Adults from Left: George Houston Moore, Mariah McCrary Moore, Samantha Moore Owen, Elijah D. Owen, Vera Galloway Moore, Philetus Moore (Lou Jean's Grandfather), Braxton Moore, Maggie McKinnon Moore, Emerson Moore, Hassie Owen Moore, Samuel Foster, Elsie Moore Foster. Back Row from Left: Marcellus Moore, Milford Moore, Sean Moore Warren, Manning Moore. All children currently unidentified. [Courtesy of Marcy Thompson and the Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room, Transylvania County Library]
Houston Moore's Obituary, from the Sylvan Valley News, Brevard, NC, Friday, March 6, 1914, is shown on the left below. [Source: Newspapers.com]
The photo on the right shows Lou Jean's Grandfather, Philetus Clinton Moore (1861-1946), and his second wife, Alice Isabelle "Belle" Owen (1876-1913), with their young son - Lou Jean's Father - Furman Cornelius Moore (1901-1983). Philetus was raised in the mountains near Rosman, and was a very tall, handsome young man. He married three times, with his first two wives dying at an early age. Philetus had twelve children. In 1926, Furman married Olive Nicholson (1905-1988), and they moved from the mountains of Transylvania County to Spartanburg, SC in 1928 to find work. Furman and Olive raised their four children (Helen Frances, Conrad, Lou Jean, and Roy) in Spartanburg. [Photo courtesy of Leota Moore through Linda Anders of the Transylvania Genealogical Society]