PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 

Fall Newsletter - 2007
 from President Dwight "Clint" Moore

 

Dear Moore Cousins,

We're less than 10 days away from our first ever Texas Moore Reunion on Saturday October 27th, and gleeful anticipation is growing of an exciting Texas-size Reunion, with several dozens of Cousins pre-registered to date. 

We'll be meeting on Saturday morning at the Gatesville, Texas Holiday Inn Express, and then set out on a hill country journey of history and fun, with even a stop in the small town of Crawford, the closest place to the western White House of President Bush. Don't miss out on perhaps our most exciting reunion yet! Gatesville is just 45 miles west of Waco, which is just about 90 miles south of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport. You need only fly into DFW, rent a car, drive 90 miles down I-35 to Waco and take TX 84W, 45 miles to the Holiday Inn. It's so easy and convenient, and there are still rooms available at the Holiday Inn Express. I'd love to have you call me and tell me you're coming - call me at 281-651-6266. Just do it!

Since my Spring President's Message, we have some exciting news to report, as a result of some persistent efforts by both me and Joyce Browning. After much discussion and communication with our dear friend Betty Wright that stewards the Moore House in Mt. Airy, NC, I am pleased to report that the handout brochure that the Historical Society uses to showcase and describe the history of the house, has finally been reprinted with the correct information about house founder, William Alfred Moore's lineage. Unfortunately for years, the brochure had incorrectly attributed his lineage to the Matthew Moore Family, also of that area. Only after Joyce and I rewrote the key components of the brochure, were we able to get it reprinted by the society, with a little financial help from us for the 1,000 reprints.

The brochure used to read: "The Moore family was a well established family in the region prior to the establishment of Surry County in 1771 and neighboring Stokes County in 1789. Matthew Moore, William Alfred Moore's grandfather, served as a colonel in the Revolutionary War Militia. He lived in the Sauratown Mountains region of Stokes County and was a large landowner."

It will now read: "William Alfred Moore's  (1830-1909) ancestors were early Surry County pioneers.  His great-grandfather, Rodeham Moore (1744-1811) was a landowner in both Surry County and adjoining Patrick County, Virginia from about 1778-1811.   His grandfather was Major William Moore (1771-1819), who served in the nearby Virginia Militia during the War of 1812.   His father was Samuel Dalton Moore (1804-1865) of Mount Airy, and his mother was Matilda Caroline Franklin (1803-1835), daughter of Jesse Franklin, U.S. Senator and Governor of North Carolina. To view the family tree of William Alfred Moore, you should visit www.RodehamMoore.com." In addition, Gallahue Moore had been incorrectly identified as Samuel Dalton Moore's brother, when he was actually his Uncle, and that William Alfred Moore had 4 children, when he actually had 5. All is correct now, and our work is done.

Don't forget to check out our website - www.RodehamMoore.com. All our Moore Family shirts, caps, cups, cookbooks, are available there (and at the Reunion), as well as our family photo album of reunions, cemeteries, gravestones, and award winners! The website contains great new links to our postings on the worldwide Moore DNA project, along with photos of every new gravestone the Association has established, as part of our gravestone/graveyard project. You'll find our Reunion News centered there, as well as our bylaws, meeting minutes, my past newsletter columns, as well as our pre-1900 Family Tree. For our Rodeham Moore Family, itís the one-stop shop for Rodey information, research, news, and merchandise. What a great way to stay on top of "Rodey's World"!

Well, its almost time to "saddle up", "pack the stove", "roll up the bedroll" and "git along down" to Texas! We'd love to see you at the Reunion, to see such history and listen to the Moore Family stories of the Cleon & Hugh lines. If you can't make it, just be sure you've mailed us your $ 25 dues check, and we'll see you next year, wherever we may travel next. Heeya!

 

Warmest Regards,

Clint