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Moore, Thomas Jefferson (1847–1911)

Jimmy M. Skaggs Biography Entry

Thomas Jefferson Moore, cattleman and banker, son of Jefferson and Susan (Jeffreys) Moore, was born on March 31, 1847, in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. In 1855 the family moved to a farm near Seguin, Texas. After serving as an enlisted man in the Thirty-second Texas Cavalry from 1863 to 1865, Moore joined his father in a freight company serving the Seguin area. In the early 1870s he began buying Texas cattle and trailing them to northern railheads for sale. In the late 1870s he established a ranch near Llano, continued his trailing operations, and began experimenting with stock breeding. Besides extensive holdings in Llano and Webb counties, in 1889 he, John Thomas Lytle, John Rufus Blocker, and W. H. Jennings, purchased the half-million-acre Piedra Blanca Ranch in Coahuila, Mexico, which Moore directed from Llano. In the late 1890s he became the president of the Llano County Bank (now Moore State Bank) of Llano. Moore married Carrie Roberts on August 10, 1875, and they had one child. He was a lifelong Baptist. He died at Llano on May 31, 1911, and was buried in that city.

J. Marvin Hunter, Trail Drivers of Texas (2 vols., San Antonio: Jackson Printing, 1920, 1923; 4th ed., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1985). Jimmy M. Skaggs, "John Thomas Lytle," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 71 (July 1967).


  • Ranching and Cowboys
  • Ranchers and Cattlemen

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Jimmy M. Skaggs, “Moore, Thomas Jefferson,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 26, 2020,

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