Spring Newsletter 2006
from President Dwight "Clint" Moore
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
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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!
continue to bless you in the year ahead, and all of Our Great American Family!