Moore, Thomas C. (ca. 1816–1897)

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: April 1, 1995

Thomas C. Moore, planter and member of the Secession Convention, was born in Tennessee about 1816. He moved to Alabama with his parents as a child and attended school in La Grange, Kentucky, where he was a classmate and friend of Jefferson Davis. At the age of eighteen he married Martha Hollis of South Carolina; they became the parents of nine children. At some time Moore moved to Mississippi and became a planter on the Tombigbee River near Aberdeen.

He made a visit to Texas about 1846 and in 1851 moved to Bastrop, where he established himself as a planter and merchant. In 1853 he was a trustee of Bastrop Academy. Moore moved from Bastrop to West Point, Fayette County, about 1855 or 1857. By 1860 he had acquired thirty-five slaves and 1,925 acres (575 of them improved). His real property that year was worth $25,000 and his personal property, $40,000. In 1861 he was elected to the Secession Convention, where he voted for secession. In the Civil War he served as captain of the Plum Grove Rifles, a reserve training unit organized on July 8, 1861, as a part of Battalion A, Twenty-second Texas Brigade. An accident he suffered during the war years resulted in blindness. Moore died at West Point in 1897.

La Grange High School, Fayette County: Past and Present (La Grange, Texas, 1976). Memorial and Genealogical Record of Southwest Texas (Chicago: Goodspeed, 1894; rpt., Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978). A. W. Moore (?), "A Reconnoissance in Texas in 1846," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 30 (April 1927). Leonie Rummel Weyand and Houston Wade, An Early History of Fayette County (La Grange, Texas: La Grange Journal, 1936). E. W. Winkler, ed., Journal of the Secession Convention of Texas (Austin, 1912). Ralph A. Wooster, "An Analysis of the Membership of the Texas Secession Convention," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 62 (January 1959).


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April 1, 1995