Friday, August 21, 2009

Moore County

Two counties in one week….

Moore County was formed in 1784 and named for Alfred Moore, a Revolutionary War officer and later justice on the United States Supreme Court. The county seat is Carthage.

According to the 1860 census, Moore County had a population of 11,427, which included 2,513 slaves and 184 free persons of color. During the 1860 presidential election, Moore County men cast 588 votes for Bell, 299 for Breckinridge, and 179 for Douglas. When the vote for the call for a convention came in early 1861, Moore County men cast 1,257 against with 135 for calling the convention. Representing Moore County in May 1861 was Dr. Hector Turner. He was a native of Scotland and came to America in 1820. He studied medicine at the University of New York. During the war, he became a surgeon in the 20th North Carolina Troops, surrendering at Appomattox. He later served in the state legislature. Turner was born in 1816 and died in 1896.

Men from Moore County served in Company H, 26th NCT; Company H, 30th NCT; Company C, 35th NCT; Company H, 46th NCT; Company D, 48th NCT; Company D, 49th NCT; Company F, 50th NCT; and, Company E, 56th NCT. You can find a list here.

Just like with Person County, I could not find a lot of information in books or on the web about Moore County and the War.

There is a Confederate Monument in Moore County, but information about the monument is scarce.


Caswell County Historical Association said...


Good work.

We will be interested in any research done with respect to Caswell County, North Carolina.

Best regards,

Rick Frederick
Archivist and Webmaster
Caswell County Historical Association

County Coordinator and Webmaster
Caswell County NC GenWeb

zg said...

My father in Moore county has an extensive site on H26th Moore County independents at
if you view the alphabetical listings of the Names it is loaded with a bunch of original docs & info.

Glenn Land said...

Hi Michael,

Being from North Carolina you may already be aware of this Veteran of Company C 35th NC Infantry. His mother was a slave. His father was her white master :

William T. Jones : Born in Moore County, NC. A 27 year-old Mechanic. Enlisted on 9/12/1861 at Moore County, NC as a 3rd Lieut. On 11/6/1861 he was commissioned into "C" Co. NC 35th Infantry. Sick 10/15/1862 (place not stated) (Estimated day). 1st Lieut 5/24/1864. POW 6/17/1864 Near Petersburg, VA. Confined 6/17/1864 Fort Delaware, DE (Estimated day). Transferred 8/20/1864 Hilton Head, SC. Confined 10/20/1864 Fort Pulaski, GA. Transferred 11/15/1864 Hilton Head, SC (Estimated day). Transferred 3/12/1865 Fort Delaware, DE (Estimated day). Oath of Allegiance 6/16/1865 Fort Delaware, DE. William died in Moore County, NC November 10,1910.

Here's his page at "Find-A-Grave", with his photo and more details of his remarkable story. Both his wives were white. His 2nd wife was the daughter of Oliver Hart Dockery. She applied forr a Confederate widows pension in 1935. I believe he resigned his Colonelcy in the Confederate Army, came home and opposed the war ? In every census record I've found, William is listed as "white". However his death certificate reportedly lists him as "mulatto", but I've not been able to locate that. It was an exciting find, I thought I'd share. Maybe you could dig his death record.