PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 

Spring Newsletter 2006
 from President Dwight "Clint" Moore

 

Mooresburg in full colors! How beautiful it was, with a cloudless, sunny sky, and the fall colors gently turning many shades of yellow, red, and orange. Certainly, the 2005 Reunion was blessed with the nicest weather of all five we've ever had in Mooresburg.

 Great applause must go to our Mooresburg superstar, VP Priscilla Rogers, who planned and seemingly effortlessly hosted us to such a grand time, with delicious catering from the Davis sisters - Glenda & Linda. Our "Hostess with the Mostess", deserves our heartfelt gratitude once again, for opening her beloved B&B "The Homeplace" to our reunion weekend festivities. Thank you, Pris!

Under such wonderful conditions, the reunion fun began Saturday morning with our first gathering at the Moore-Dickson Cemetery nearby. As your President, I had moved forward with the Board's desire to finish our Moore Family Gravestone Restoration Project, and commissioned the purchase, engraving, and installation of a beautiful new Georgia granite gravestone, just like all the others, for Rodey & Liz's 7th child, Elizabeth Moore Yoe. After an invocation from Jay Moore, yours truly told the story of Elizabeth and her life, as recounted in writings by one of our expert family historians, Ross Cameron.

It was Ross, with Merle, and Jay Moore, that had traveled south just a few miles over the lake and mountain ridge to Russellville back in 2002, and found the Yoe plantation's land where Elizabeth had lived most of her married life with husband Peregrine Yoe. Elizabeth had married Perregrine in Mooresburg, in January 1816, and had their first child there in 1818, but soon after, they moved just a few miles to that farmland just 3 miles west of Russelville, and proceeded to have 10 more children, all but one being boys, and only two being twins. All were born between 1818 and 1837 - that's 19 years and 11 kids - you do the math! Apparently, our 2002 research team determined from an elder in the area, that both Peregrine and Elizabeth, who died in 1861 and 1865 respectively, were buried in unmarked graves on the farm. No hint of a cemetery exists, and most of the children are buried in a Russelville town cemetery. As a result of this expert research, your Board decided that we would put one of our beautiful granite memorial gravestones for her in the Moore-Dickson cemetery in Mooresburg, right next to the one we erected last year for her brother John, and the one erected by Merle's original "gleaners" in 1997, for matriarch Elizabeth Gallahue Moore.

 As a result of the placement of this new gravestone, we now have erected these beautiful Georgia granite gravestones, at a cost of $500-600 a piece, at 7 of the 10 gravesites of Rodey, Liz, and their 8 children. That's 7 nice new markers for: Rodey, Liz, William, John, Galehew, Ewell, and Elizabeth, with major restoration of existing gravestones for Hugh, Cleon, and Sally. In addition, we continue to try and protect Rodey & Liz's original stones adjacent to the new stones, realizing that Mother Nature will eventually claim them back to dust, unless removed and stored, which none of us seem comfortable doing at this time. You can view all of this grand work on the website at www.RodehamMoore.com, click on the "Past Reunions" button, and then the "Reunion Photos" tab, and finally the "Gravestones" tab. You can see photos of them all there. In addition, we've talked about placing small granite foot stones with just a name and date near the 3 restored stones, but I'll have to get a cost estimate and see if it makes sense. 

 After dedicating Elizabeth's stone and telling a little of her life story, we took advantage of the beautiful dry weather day, and went on back to the Williams-Livingston Cemetery up the hill on the Oscar Dalton farm. Sally Moore Williams's tall obelisk monument continues to weather the elements well, high above the surrounding farm land, and a great time was had by several participants riding in the backbed of Jay Moore's big 4x4 pickup truck.

 Lunch was catered by the delightful Davis ladies back at Pris's Home Place, with several interesting lectures to follow. Don Farquar, with the Hawkins County Archive Project, told us of the wonderful effort underway to preserve and index all the historical court documents from the early 1800's, that help describe a rich history of the town and area. A wonderful map of Mooresburg in that early era has been found in the boxes, much of it laid out by town founder and cousin to us all, Hugh G. Moore, which we intend to post on our website soon.

Following Don's talk, yours truly gave two brief talks, one on the Moore DNA Project and the other on the so-far elusive hunt to find a living male descendant of Galehew Moore, the 4th son of Rodey & Liz. Sadly, after a year of joint research by Cousin Ross Cameron and myself, we have tentatively concluded that the last one died in 1951, leaving no male heirs. Without a living male Moore-surnamed descendant, we cannot obtain the necessary saliva-based DNA test to confirm Galehew Moore's line of descendancy from Rodey, and give us one more confirming 25-marker test. Sadly, Galehew's line may never prove to be confirmable, but we will continue to chase down his family tree in the hopes of finding a previously unknown male child somewhere on his tree, that has male Moore descendants yet living today.

 Perhaps as we develop contact with some of his known female-line descendants, something will change in the tree we've assembled for him. Lord willing, we'll rewrite the history as we know it today. We truly need to develop Association members from his family line, as well as more members from Elizabeth Moore Yoe's line, which are the smallest membership lines in our Association.

 After all the "lecturing" was complete, it was off on another exciting field trip - starting with our blessed trek up to the Cleon Cemetery on the wonderful Killian home place, overlooking Cherokee Lake. We then proceeded down the old Red Bridge Road to the lake edge, but alas, Red Bridge was underwater, as usual. By the way, it was the 1998 Reunion when the lake level was so low, that we could walk across Red Bridge, and see the old Tavern foundation stones still in the mud. Rodey2 has photos in it of these two historic sites, and they are also contained on the website, as well.

 If that wasn't enough excitement for one day, our last field trip of the day was an exciting, acceleration drive up the steep, sandy road to the top of the Sand Mountain sand mine.  With a steep slope on a wide, but very sandy road, we weren't certain of making it up several steep sections, but with good compaction and a steady throttle, we were rewarded at the top with a magnificent sunny, cloudless view from the top, photos of which are also on the website.

 Back to Pris's we drove, hungry for our wonderful catered Davis dinner, and our traditionally fun presentation of our Annual Family Awards.  This year, Presidents Awards were bestowed on dedicated Association members Jay Moore, Joyce Browning, and Ted Malos Jr., with our prestigious Distinguished Service Award bestowed upon dedicated Secretary Louise Murphy, for a year of intense effort and great accomplishment, as well as to Ross Cameron, whose expert research has produced incredibly interesting and helpful results.

 After an extra hour of sleep, with the return to standard time overnight, your Board met Sunday morning to plan future reunion locations and format, discuss future gravestone ideas, pay the various bills, identify articles for publishing in the next journal, as well as discuss a design and plans for several Association logo products like baseball caps, polo & T-shirts, and drinking cups, all to be adorned with our family rosette and the words "Rodeham Moore" and Descendants Association" attractively wrapped above and below the rosette. We'll offer navy or white shirts with navy or white logos, for your purchasing.

 In addition, you can immediately own one of our exclusive "Mooresburg Springs" photo T-shirts for $12 (postage included), which you can see on our website under "Merchandise" behind the "Past Reunion" tab.  Contact Pris directly for your order.

Lastly, I want tell you of the exciting news that will soon be printed and mailed to you. Yes, Joyce Browning has finished her long awaited treatise containing her research and interpretation of Rodey's ancestry, which will soon be published in our latest Journal. I penned my forward to this monumental work at the end of the year, and I hope you will read it as you begin a good long read of this epic story. Thanks again to Charlie Moore for his generous publishing of our family history.

 This fall of 2006 will mark our 10th reunion since we started these annual gatherings, and we're planning special events for your excitement and enjoyment. Saturday October 28th, 2006 will be our annual reunion date this year, as we return to Mt. Airy, North Carolina, and the gravesites of  Rodey, William, and their descendants.

In closing, let me just plead for your prompt attention to your renewal of your annual dues, and urge you to plan to attend our Mt. Airy Reunion again this fall. It will be a wonderful Reunion of  Fun & Family!

May God continue to bless you in the year ahead, and all of Our Great American Family!

Warmest Regards,

Clint