Douglas Moore was born on 12 December 1793, Broad Creek Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware. He was a teenager when the family moved to Pickaway County, Ohio. In February 1814, he volunteered to serve in the Ohio Militia during the War of 1812, as a substitute for his brother Newbold. He became a Private in Capt. Thomas Morgan's Company (stationed at or near Chilicothe, Ross Co., Ohio), serving from 13 February 1814 to 18 March 1814 (mainly guarding prisoners), and he was then honorably discharged. He was 5 feet, 6 inches, tall, weighed about 160 pounds, had light hair, blue eyes, and fair skin. He was a farmer by trade, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and politically he was a Whig.
He was first married on 02 May 1816, Pickaway County, Ohio, to Eva Hibbs, and they had 4 children (Samuel, Isaac, Archibald, and Mary; the latter married John Carter). He appears in the 1820 Census (Deer Creek Township, Pickaway Co., Ohio, page 184A), just one page after the listing for his future father-in-law, Ebenezer Davis. The Circleville newspaper "Olive Branch" on 01 January 1822 gave a list of unclaimed letters at the Circleville Post Office, and Douglas Moore appears on this list (as does Ebenezer Davis). On 13 October 1823, Douglas Moore of Deer Creek was grantee of land (Survey No. 7762; assessed at 55) from William Webb (see Deed Book H, page 92). After Eva died in 1823, Douglas married 2nd, on 29 July 1824, Pickaway County, Ohio (by Charles Cade, J.P.), to Sarah Davis (b. 23 March 1798, Westernport, Maryland), widow of Abraham Crabill (md. 07 March 1816) and a daughter of Ebenezer Davis Jr.
In 1828, Douglas and Sarah deeded land to John Crable. They were living in Monroe Township, Pickaway County, Ohio, during the 1830 Census (page 114). They moved to Illinois in 1834, appear in Vermilion County, Illinois, in the 1840 Census (page 128) and the 1850 Census (page 295). In 1850, Douglas Moore's real estate was valued at 1400. He had settled on land (in section 1, Township 21N - Range 14W) south of Armstrong (about 4 miles west of Marysville) in 1834 (see below). Later he would purchase 3 acres in the town of Marysville (now called Potomac) from a Mr. Marshall, and he built a house on it. Public Lands of Illinois record the follow for Douglas Moore: SW1/4 of SW1/4 of Section 1 (21N, 14W), 40 acres, purchased 11 January 1836 for $50.00 (just west of Partlow Chapel); NW1/4 of SE1/4 of same Section 1, 40 acres on 05 February 1850, also for $50.00; and E1/2 of SW1/4 of Section 35 (22N, 14W), 80 acres (warrant dated 04 December 1852). The first two were owned by John Smith by 1867 and the third was partly owned by John Davis by 1867.
In November 1855, Douglas Moore was granted 160 acres of bounty land in Vermilion County, Illinois (application dated 04 April 1855; and he stated that he was 60 years of age). This was based on his service in the War of 1812, and his application was attested by James Buckman and Joel Wood. It is not yet known what 160 acres this was. However, it probably included a grove of timber land (called the Douglas Moore Timber) along the Middle Fork River near Armstrong (see page 62 of Early Accounts of the Ecology of the Vermilion River Area (John White, 2002) at: https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/bitstream/handle/2142/13882/vermilion5.pdf?sequence=2.
In the 1870 Census of Middlefork Township, Vermilion County, Illinois (p. 256B), Douglas Moore is listed as a retired farmer with real estate valued at $1000 and personal property at $1500. He died on 15/16 March 1876, Marysville (now called Potomac), Vermilion Co., Illinois. He was buried in the Potomac Cemetery (which is just east of town). Petition for Letters of Administration by James H. Duncan on 05 April 1876 says that Douglas had real estate valued at $1000 and personal property valued at $1500.
The "History of Vermilion County" (by H. W. Beckwith), pages 802-803, says that Douglas Moore was "a man of very positive views and strong character. He has a reputation among the neighbors for truthfulness, honorable Christian character, and was a good farmer." In the last months of her life, Sarah received a widow's pension ($8.00 per month), based on her husband's military service (Pension Certificate No. 30347). When she applied on 17 April 1880 for that pension, her application was attested by Elizabeth Duncan and Jesse L. Partlow. Elizabeth Duncan (nee Crabill; daughter of Sarah Davis by her first husband) said that she had been present at the marriage of Sarah Davis and Douglas Moore, when she was a little girl. Sarah appears in the 1880 Census (E.D. 217, Sheet 1) living in Marysville, Middlefork Township, Vermilion County, Illinois. She died at 1:30 A.M., 23 February 1881, Marysville (Potomac), Vermilion County, Illinois. She was buried the next day, next to her husband in Potomac Cemetery (C.A. Jameson, Undertaker).
Source: Research by Kenneth E. Kinman
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