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History of Guernsey County, Ohio
by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet
- Illustrated -
Vols. I & 2.
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  JOHN PERRY MAHAFFEY.  The life of John Perry Mahaffey, one of Cambridge's substantial and well liked citizens, has been replete with success well earned, for he has always been a hard worker and has sought to advance himself by no questionable methods, always striving to live up to the Golden Rule and follow the example set by his ancestors.  He is the son of John and Margaret Mahaffey and was born in Cambridge, Ohio, on Apr. 16, 1845, and practically his entire life ahs been spent in this city.  His father was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, Dec. 31, 1813.  Coming to Cambridge at an early age, he made this community his home until his death, on Mar. 5, 1852.  He was a man who took an interest in teh affairs of his community, and was highly respected for his integrity, and he established a very comfortable home here.  The mother of the subject, known in her maidenhood as Margaret Newman, was born on the isle of Guernsey, Apr. 3, 1817, and there she grew to maturity, emigrating to America in 1834 and locating at Cambridge, Ohio, where she continued to reside until her death, on Jan. 3, 1892.
     John P. Mahaffey, of this review, after receiving a common school education, learned the printer's trade, and that has been his chief occupation ever since, being very proficient in the "art preservative."  He has always been Democrat and an earnest and untiring advocate of the party's principles and prominent in its conventions in the town, county and state.  He served one term as clerk of courts of Guernsey county, from 1879 to 1882, and made a very commendable record.  He was candidate for presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1900, and in 1904 he was the Democratic candidate for clerk of the supreme court of Ohio, but went down in defeat with the balance of the ticket.  In 1905 he was elected state senator from the eighteenth and nineteenth districts, composed of Coshocton, Guernsey, Monroe, Tuscarawas and part of Noble counties, and he made such a commendable record and gained such universal favor that he was re-elected in 1908.  He made his influence felt in that important body and his record has been so praiseworthy i every respect that he won the admiration of all fair minded citizens, irrespective of party alignment.
     During the war of the Rebellion Mr. Mahaffey proved his patriotism and loyalty to the national government by enlisting in the One Hundred and Seventy-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in which he served in a very faithful manner.  Fraternally, he is a member of the Masonic order, the Knights of Pythias, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and he takes a great deal of interest in these lodges.  HE holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal church and is faithful in his support of the same.
     On Mar. 1, 1882, in connection with T. W. Ogier, Mr. Mahaffey purchased the Cambridge Herald, which the firm continued to publish until August 10, 1910, when the plant was sold to other parties, since which time he has been leading a retired life.  He made this paper one of the leading journals of its type in eastern Ohio and it was a success from a financial standpoint under his judicious management, its circulation having gradually increased and its value as a advertising medium was made apparent; its columns teemed with the best and brightest news of the day and with able and convincing editorials, - in short, he rendered it an indispensible molder of public opinion.
     Mr. Mahaffey was married on Mar. 21, 1872, to Sarah F. Scott, daughter of Thomas and Lydia (Langell) Scott, natives of Nova Scotia, who came to Cambridge in early life.  Mrs. Mahaaffey's death occurred on Feb. 9, 1873.  This union resulted in the birth of one son, G. F. Mahaffey.   After graduating from the Cambridge high school the latter became a student at the college at Delaware, Ohio, and he is at present secretary of the state game and fish department.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 498

D. Dillon Marsh

  D. DILLON MARSH.  One of the representative citizens of Byesville, D. Dillon Marsh, has won definite success in life because he has persevered in the pursuit of a worthy purpose, gaining thereby a satisfactory reward.  He has never been found wanting in the support of such measures as were calculated to make for the general good in his locality and he bears a reputation for square dealing among his fellow men.
     Mr. Marsh was born on Aug. 31, 1850, on the farm of Daniel Bichard, four miles north of Cambridge, Ohio.  He is the son of Abraham and Mary A. V. (Bichard) Marsh; the father, it is believed, was born in Belmont count, Ohio, and the marriage of these parents occurred on May 13, 1847.  Abraham Marsh was the son of Jonathan and Lavina (Jones) Marsh.  The later was of Welsh descent, while the Marshes are of Irish descent, the father of Jonathan Marsh having come to America from near Dublin, Ireland.  His father, Jonathan's grandfather, was an extensive land owner near Dublin.  He had a large number of men working for him, one of whom imposed on him and in the melee Marsh injured him so severely that the bully was apparently dead.  Fearing so, Mr. Marsh fled to America to escape answering to the charge of murder; though the man recovered.  Mr. Marsh re4mained in America.  Dillon Marsh, an uncle of the subject, died in 1909 at Logansport, Indiana, and it was for him that the subject was named.  Abraham Marsh was a farmer and shoemaker and he won quite a reputation as a skilled maker of boots and shoes.  In 1860 he moved to Cambridge, where he followed his trade until his death, on Mar. 26, 1893.  The death of his wife occurred on Feb. 25, 1910, at the advanced age of eighty years; she had been making her home with her daughter, Maggie, wife of George Sarchet, at Byesville.  Mary A. V. Bichard was the daughter of Daniel and Mary (Ferbrache) Bichard.  The father was born in the isle of Guernsey, in1798, was left an orphan and when about six years of age was brought to this country by the Sarchet family.  Mary Ferbrache was four years old at that time and she was brought over on the same ship on which sailed her future husband, having accompanied her parents to the United States.  She was the daughter of Daniel and Judith (Sarchet) Ferbrache, and was one of five children, born on the isle of Guernsey in the English channel.  The family came to America about 1806; they were of French Huguenot descent and natives of the isle of Guernsey.  Three children were born to them after they came to America, one of whom was Dr. David Ferbache.
     Daniel Birchard grew to maturity in the Sarchet family and his one hundred and sixty acres of land four miles north of Cambridge was bought from the government at one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre.  He was a justice of the peace for a number of years, and he farmed on the place mentioned above until his death, on May 4, 1872, at the age of seventy-four years; his wife died on Feb. 9, 1879, when seventy-six years old.  Mary A. V. Birchard grew to maturity on her father's farm and lived there until after her marriage.  Grandfather Birchard was a very religious man, a class leader in the Methodist church.  His wife, who was known as a splendid cook and a good woman, delighted in waiting on the subject when he was a boy and he spent much of his time at the home of his grandparents.  The subject's parents were members of the Methodist Protestant church, the father being a trustee in the same.
     With the exception of two or three years Dillon Marsh has lived in Guernsey county all his life.  He attended high school at Cambridge.  In 1874 he was married to Matilda Randles, of Jackson township, and his union resulted in the birth of two children, William A. and Rosa L.; the former resides in Cambridge, and the latter, who married Joseph Creighton, deceased, is also living in Cambridge, and has one son, Byron.  Mr. Marsh was again married to Emma A. Bonnell, of Adams township, this county who died without issue about two years after her marriage.  The third marriage of Mr. Marsh was to Mrs. Maranda J. (Dugan) Dawson, of Wheeling township, in July, 889.  She was the daughter of William and Hannah Dugan.  Her grandfather, Francis Dugan, was a pioneer in this county, as was also her mother's father, David Wolgamott.  Francis and Nancy Dugan were natives of Ireland and there they were married, emigrating to America in an early day and taking up government land on Bird's Run, this county.  David Wolgamott was born in Germany and he came to Wheeling township, where he entered land and had a good farm.  Mrs. Marsh's first husband was Thomas D. Dawson, whose death occurred about 1887, leaving three daughters: Sarah, wife of Roy Dallas, of Cambridge; Emma, wife of Oscar Wigfield, lives in Tuscarawas county; Bertha E. is the wife of George Hilderbrand and lives in Byesville.
     While a young man Mr. Marsh worked on the railroad at civil engineering under Charles Gould and later under William Carlisle.  While working in the engineering corps he took up the study of civil engineering and followed the railroad branch of it.  Later he took up the study of civil engineering and followed the railroad branch of it.  Later he took up the study of mine engineering for the coal miles near Byesville and for fifteen years was with the Cambridge Fuel Company, also their successors, the Wills Creek Coal Company, and he also worked for a number of other coal companies, continuing with much success in that line of endeavor until 1907 when failing heath compelled him to retire.  He has also done a great deal of surveying, especially laying off towns and additions to cities.  He has surveyed a very large portion of the additions of Byesville.
     In his younger days, Mr. Marsh was an ardent Republican, but in late years he is more inclined to be independent.  He was mayor of Byesville for two years years and gave the city a most praiseworthy administration.  Since becoming a mining engineer he has accumulated considerable property in Byesville, business and residence, also coal lands.  Fraternally, he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and he and his wife belong to the Methodist Protestant church, as do his daughters, Sadie and Bertha.  He has served as superintendent of the Sunday school.  He takes an abiding interest in the material, moral, educational and religious progress of the community and county and lends his aid to all worthy movements.  He is quiet, unassuming, but friendly and generous, so is well liked by all who know him.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 640
  JUDGE EDWARD W. MATHEWS, SR.  One of the notable men of his day and generation in Guernsey county is Judge Edward W. Mathews, Sr., a man who, through a long and eminently commendable career in public and private life, has won state-wide recognition and who stands today an avowed leader of his fellowmen; a man who has done much to mould public opinion in his locality and foster those movements that make for ultimate success and advancement.  He is a man of the people in all the term implies, broad-minded, of keen discernment and unswerving integrity.  By a life consistent in motive and action and because of his fine personal qualities, he has earned the sincere regard of all who know him, his ideas and ideals having always been high and his influence salutary; so that his career might well be profitably studied by the youth whose fortunes are yet to be determined in the precarious vicissitudes of the coming years, for therein may be found many a lesson.
     Judge Mathews was born Feb. 7, 1832, at St. Peters Port, on the isle of Guernsey and is the son of Edward W. and Margaret (Blampied) Mathews.  The father was a victim of the cholera epidemic that visited that country in 1832 and the following year the mother, in company with relatives, came to America and to Cambridge, then a small village of about six hundred people.  Here the subject of this sketch spent his childhood and youth and here he has held his residence ever since.  He was educated in the schools of Cambridge and also attended two different academies of the county.  His home for a time was with his brother-in-law, John Mahaffey, who was a shoemaker, and while making his home here young Mathews worked at the shoemaking trade for three or four years.  In 1850, when he was eighteen years of age, he went with a company of good seekers to California by the overland route and experienced the hardships and adventures of such a trip in those early days.  Shortly after reaching "the diggings" he was taken with typhoid fever and lay sick for several weeks.  When able to go to work, he began labor in the mines for gold, and continued this for about two and a half years and was successful in accumulating considerable precious metal.  He returned to Cambridge by the Isthmus rout, landing in New York thence by railroad and state to Cambridge.  Soon after returning to Cambridge he bought an interest in the drug business with E. R. Nyce, in Cambridge.  The partners also bought a drug store in Cumberland, Guernsey county, of which Mr. Matthews took charge and conducted for two years.  E. R. Nyce was also postmaster at Cambridge, and after this business partnership had continued several years Mr. Mathews also took charge of the postoffice, in connection with the drug store, and continued to manage the same until 1859.  Having an ambition to enter the law, he had for two years been reading in the office of Mathew Gaston, at that time a prominent attorney of the county.  On leaving the postoffice and drug store, he entered the Cincinnati Law School and graduated from that institution in 1860, returning then to Cambridge where he began the practice of his former preceptor Mathew Gaston.
Since that time he has been a member of the bar of Guernsey county and southern Ohio.  For some years he was associated with Hon. J. W. White, who, during this association was elected to Congress.  Later he was associated with W. S. Heade in the practice of law, the partnership of Mathews & Heade continuing for about a quarter of a century; and in 1898 his son, Edward W. Mathews, Jr., became a member of the firm, the firm name then being Mathews, Heade & Mathews.  In 1894 Mr. Heade retired from the firm, and since that time father and son have continued in the practice of law, the firm name being Mathews & Mathews.  Judge Mathews has engaged in a large practice in all the county and state courts and is an attorney of recognized ability.
     In 1884 Mr. Mathews was appointed by Governor Hoadley, of Ohio, to fill the unexpired term of Judge Frazier, of the common pleas court.  He was recognized as a judge of marked ability, but, being a Democrat in politics and the judicial district four thousand Republican, Judge Mathews was defeated for an election following this term, though by a very greatly reduced Republican majority.  He is a Democrat of the old school and always loyal as a party supporter.  He has served as mayor of Cambridge and also as a member of the school board for two terms.  He was a delegate to the Democratic national convention which met in St. Louis and nominated Grover Cleveland for President in 1888, and has been prominent in the party councils of the state.
     Judge Mathews has been very active in public affairs.  He was active with Gen. A. J. Warner in promoting, building and operating the Cleveland & Marietta railroad.  From the organization of the company he was its attorney and continued in this capacity with the original company and its successors until 1909, when he severed his connection.
     He has also had extensive real estate interests and has been enterprising and active in the improvements of the city of Cambridge, in erecting substantial business blocks and residence properties.  At the organization of the Central National Bank, some years ago, he became a member of the board of directors and upon the death of Mr. Hutchinson he succeeded to the presidency of the bank, which position he still holds.
     Judge Mathews has been twice married, first in May, 1862, to Amelia Haynes, daughter of Dr. Vincent and Sarah Haynes.  To this union two children were born, Edward W. Mathews, Jr., an attorney of Cambridge, associated in the practice with his father, and Minnie L., who died in infancy.
     Mrs. Mathews died in 1877.  His second marriage was solemnized on January 30, 1879, to Anna Means, daughter of Benjamin and Margaret (Ackelson) Menas, of Washington county, Pennsylvania.  To this union were born Margaret Amelia now Mrs. Verne D. Benedict, of Massillon, Ohio, and Gertrude B., at home.
     Judge Mathews and his family are members of the Presbyterian church and he served as trustee for eighteen years.  He and his family have always been active in church and Sunday school work.  Mr. Mathews was made a Mason in 1853 and has advanced to the thirty-third degree, an honor and distinction reached by but few men.  He has led a busy life, but always has time to be agreeable with all with whom he comes in contact.  A large, robust man, always full of energy and good cheer; a splendid man, a splendid citizen, a lover of home life, a devoted husband and an indulgent father.  As an attorney he ranks second to none in this section of the state and has been very successful.  He is earnest, painstaking and persistent in his methods of procedure, a forceful, eloquent speaker and a man who is profoundly versed in all matters of jurisprudence.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 465
  ALEXANDER McCRACKEN.   Alexander McCracken was the eldest child of William and Margaret (McClarey) McCracken, and was born Nov. 22, 1814, in a log cabin on the back part of what is now known as the Hoge lot.
     When he was about six years old his father removed to the farm one mile north of town.  From there he came to town to school on the corner where the Hub store is now, and afterwards to a school held in the old Ogier house opposite the National bank.  In 1822 his father moved back to town and engaged in  blacksmithing and was afterwards in the dry goods business on the corner now occupied by Sarchet’s music store.  After he was through .school he assisted his father in the store and in a tannery in which his father was a partner.  After the death of John M. Allison, the partner, Mr. McCracken took sole charge of the tannery and later became the owner, continuing in the tanning business, until 1858, when he and Joseph Thomas, of Cadiz, became engaged in the banking business.  In 1869 he went to Philadelphia, and was interested in a commission business and later in furniture manufacture.
     He was married to Mrs. Sarah McFarren, of near Florence, Pennsylvania, Nov. 14. 1839.  To this union were born four children: Dr. W. A. McCracken and John McFarren, who died in young manhood, James Scott, who is a prosperous business man in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Mrs. A. A. Taylor, widow of Capt. A. A. Taylor, of Cambridge.  Mr. and Mrs. McCracken returned to Cambridge in later years to make their home with their daughter and here Mrs. McCracken died in December. 1899.
     Mr. McCracken still continues to make his home with his daughter, and is now in his ninety-seventh year, in mental and physical vigor excepting lameness from a fall.  He takes a lively interest in current events, and is a constant reader of the daily papers.  He was the oldest voter in the county in the November election of 1910 and cast his seventy-fifth ballot for the Republican ticket. 
. McCracken in earlier years was one of the active members of the Seceder, afterwards the First United Presbyterian church, in Cambridge, of which his father was the founder and sole charter member.  He was a liberal contributor to the present building, and was for many years superintendent of the Sabbath school.  He took an active part in the “underground railway" in slavery days and helped many a slave to freedom.
     He was a member of the town council for many years and was also president of the school board and took an interest in all civic affairs at that time.  He, with Samuel Craig and Judge Nathan Evans, laid out the South cemetery, reserving the square where the Woman's Relief Corps have erected a soldiers monument.  As his health is now, he bids fair to reach the years of his grandfather which were one hundred and two.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 868
1850 census - Cambridge, Guernsey Co., OH - Dwelling#1866  Family# 1878 - Alexander M Crackea 35, Sarah Crackea 36, William A. Crackea 10, John M fenen Crackea 7, Olla Crackea 4, James S. Crackea 1, Edward Anderson 13, Hamilton Pallock 21, John Reed 23, Lucinda Hulckisen 24.
Source Citation; Year, 1850, Census place, Cambridge, Guernsey, OH; Roll: 684, Pagre 272A
1860 census - Cambridge, Guernsey Co., OH - Dwelling 718  Family #715 - Alexander McCracken 45 M, Master Tanner, $2500  $7000 b. MD
Sarah ", 45 F b. Pa; William A., 19 M b. PA; John M., 17 M b. PA; Ellie McCracken, 15 F, b. O; James S. McCracken, 10 M, b. O; Sarah A. Sullivan, 25 F, b. MD, William Armstrong 25 M, b. Eng.; William H. McFarland 25 M, b O
Source Citation: Year, 1860; Census Place: Cambridge, Guernsey, Ohio; Page 272;
1870 census Cambridge, Guernsey Co., OH - Dwelling 32  Family 32 - McCracken, Alex, 55 M W $8000 $200 b. O; Sarah, 55 F W b. OH; Sarah ,55 F W, b. OH; John Clendenning, 11 M W, b. OH; Alex A. Taylor, 36 M W $11750- $1184; b. OH; Ella M. 24 F W $--  $430, b. OH; Mary A. Flynn, 19 F W, b. OH; Alex A. and Ella M. Taylor were married in July.
Death of child:
Name:  James Scott McCracken - Male - White - Age 77 - Born: Aug. 2, 1849, Ohio; died Dec. 28, 1926, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA; Father: Alexander McCracken; Mother: Sarah McFerren - Cert No. 120867; Cause of death:  Cancer of Stomach; Informant: R. T. McCracken, 1009 Westview Av., ; Burial: Woodlands Cem., Dec. 30, 1926.
  JAMES HODGE McCREARY, D. D. S.  Though young in years, Dr. James Hodge McCreary, of Byesville, one of the best known of the younger dentists of Guernsey county, has shown what energy, high purpose and proper training can accomplish when coupled with sound judgment and an altruistic impulse.  He come of an excellent old family whose honored name he has worthily upheld.  He was born in Center township, this county, Sept. 20, 1878, and he is the son of Hugh and Martha (McKelvy) McCreary.  For a more complete record of the Doctor's parents and ancestry the reader is referred to the sketch of his brother, John L. McCreary, appearing herein.
     Doctor McCreary grew to maturity on the home farm and there built up a robust constitution by outdoor work, which has stood him in good stead during his subsequent battle of life.  He attended the district schools in the wintertime and later went to the normal school.  He studied dentistry at the Ohio Medical University, now Starling Medical College, where he made an excellent record and from which he was graduated in 1903, after which he began the practice of his profession in Byesville where he has remained ever since, enjoying a very liberal patronage, which is constantly growing, for his reputation as a careful, painstaking and thoroughly equipped dentist has become well established and he has kept abreast of the times in everything pertaining to his profession.
     Doctor McCreary  was married on Dec. 28, 1905, to Mabel Frame, daughter of Roland S. Frame, Sr., a highly respected and influential family.  To the Doctor and wife one son, Roland Alexander, has been born.
     Besides his practice, Doctor McCreary is interested in the C. L. Frame Dental Supply Company at Chicago.  He also owns various properties in Byesville.  Fraternally, he is a member of the Masonic order, having attained the Knight Templar degree.  He also belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  He and his wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal church at Byesville, and they stand high in church and social circles.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 690


ANDREW MOORE.   Among the truly valued and interesting characters of early days in Guernsey county were the two Andrew Moores—father and son.  This memoir will treat especially of the son, who was the father-in-law of Col. C. P. B. Sarchet, of Cambridge.  The father, Andrew Moore, Sr., was descended from Scotch-Welsh ancestry, who settled at an early day in New Castle county, Delaware.  The first American ancestor of this family established a “smithy”, blacksmith shop, near New Castle, which trade was handed down from father to son.  It was there that Andrew, Sr., learned the trade.  At his majority he married Elizabeth Bines, by whom nine children were born: Robert B., William, James B., Andrew, Thomas, Jacob, Maria, Harriet and Eliza.  Soon after his marriage he removed to Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, where Gen. Robert B. Moore, late of California, and William Moore, of this county, were born.  About 1797 he removed to Washington county, Pennsylvania, where James B. Moore, of Cambridge, was born.  Still following the western tide of emigration.  the year 1803 found him located at Wellsburg, West Virginia, where Andrew was born, February 12th of that year.  Mr. Moore the following year removed to Newellstown, Belmont county, Ohio, and in April, 1806, settled near what was then called “Smithton’’ (now the Lost town), and after the formation of Guernsey county it was called Frankford on the Zane Trace, or old Wheeling• road, and there opened up what became a notable place.  Moore’s Tavern, known far and near for its good cheer and hospitality.  To the hotel was attached the "smithy.” where glowed brightly the blacksmith’s forge and sounded the ringing anvil.  Here young Andrew spent his youthful days as the son of a pioneer backwoodsman, doing such labor on the farm and about the tavern as one of his years could do.  He was apprenticed to learn the trade of a tanner, when sixteen years of age, to a Mr. Erskine, at St. Clairsville.  When he had served his time and secured his freedom suit, three months' schooling and his Bible, the last item in the agreement, he set out for the East, where he spent several years in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Wilmington as a "jour” tanner.  He was unsuccessful in his efforts and returned to his father's place and in 1826 was united in marriage to Margaret Bines, by which union he had one son, Robert B. Moore.  He commenced to work with his team on the National road, then being constructed, and during the time there engaged obtained sufficient money with which to purchase one hundred acres of land in the Salt creek valley, west of Middleton.  After the completion of that great highway in 1829 he opened a tavern in Middleton, which he owned until the death of his first wife.  In 1834 he married, for his second wife, Elizabeth Riggs, and removed to the farm.  By this marriage he had three children, Mrs. C. P. B. Sarchet, Maj. James W. Moore and Mrs. Henry L. Twining, all of Guernsey county and all present at his funeral.
       During the time of his keeping tavern, Mr. Moore was largely engaged in driving horses, cattle and hogs, with his brothers, and made many trips over the far-away mountains. He thus formed a large acquaintance and knew and was known by all the leading drovers over the National pike.  About 1845 commenced wagoning west from Wheeling, with the old-fashioned white-covered broad tread wagon, removing again to Middletown, and in 1848 to Cambridge, purchasing the old homestead of Gen. Robert B. Moore and a part of the old Chapman farm.  He continued in the business of wagoning, through cold and heat, year in and year out, until the completion of the Central Ohio railroad in 1854, when he began to haul coal from his own farm to Cambridge and was thus engaged until about 1870, when he felt old age creeping on.  Worn out with the life of exposure, he retired and spent the remainder of his days an almost helpless invalid, with his children, enjoying the confidence and respect of the entire community.  He departed this life at the home of his son-in-law.  C. P. B. Sarchet, of Cambridge, Thursday, Sept. 2, 1880, aged seventy-seven years and six months, and was laid to rest in the Cambridge cemetery, where repose so many of the old pioneers.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 832
  HIRAM K. MOORE.   In any history of the progressive and representative citizens of Guernsey county the name of Hiram K. Moore, the present efficient and popular sheriff of the county, should be given conspicuous mention, for he is one of those strong, sturdy characters who has contributed largely to the material welfare of this community, being a public-spirited man and conscientious worker for his locality and the general good of his fellow men.
     Mr. Moore was born on Oct. 10, 1855, in Jefferson township, Guernsey county, Ohio, and is the son of Hiram and Caroline (Linn) Moore.  The father was born in Lycoming county, Pennsylvania, and the mother in Guernsey county, Ohio.  The father’s people came to Tuscarawas county, Ohio, about 1822, when the elder Hiram was but a mere lad.  Grandfather Burris Moore was a pioneer farmer, deer and bear hunter of the then new country.  He was a man of courage and sterling integrity, fearless and a typical early settler.  He finally left Ohio and took up his residence in Iowa with the pioneers of that state.  He lived a conservative life and reached the remarkable age of ninety-seven years.  His son, Hiram, accompanied his parents to Iowa and when a young man he returned to Ohio, making the long journey on horseback.  He engaged in farming in Jefferson township, and was married in February, 1843.  He reared a family of nine children, five sons and four daughters. George L. died as a soldier during the Civil war; Thomas lives in Guernsey county; Ira, of Wichita, Kansas; Cyrus E., of Cambridge; Hattie married Elijah Ferbrache, of Kansas; Hiram K., of this review; Mary married Ellsworth Sunnafrank, of Chillicothe, Ohio; Anna married John C. Hillman, of Nevada; Nancy Augusta, of Cambridge, has remained single.  The father of these children was called to his rest on Dec. 23, 1894, in the seventy-ninth year of his age, his widow surviving until July 30, 1902, and they both are buried in the Cambridge cemetery.  The father was a Republican in politics, but early in life he was a Whig, as were all his people; so are all his sons Republicans.  While not an active man in public affairs, he was interested in the general progress of his community, and was a pious and influential man.  He was not a church man, but he was honest and upright in all his relations with his fellow men.
     Hiram K. Moore spent his youth on the home farm and attended the home schools.  When a youth he learned the blacksmith's trade, which he followed for a number of years at different points in Guernsey county and became very skillful in this line.  On Feb. 13, 1886, he was married to Georgia Huffman, daughter of Reason and Catherine (Keepers) Huffman, of Guernsey county, in which both parents were native and they were highly respected.  The mother died when Mrs. Moore was only one year old, and the father’s death occurred on June 11, 1904.  They are buried at Winchester.  Mr. Huffman was a tailor by trade.  To Mr. and Mrs. Huffman six daughters were born, namely: Mary, deceased, married William Hanna; Signora married Edward Burson, of Winterset, this county; Mattie married Robert Mills, of California; Emma married Nathan Myers, both now deceased: Jessie married Simon Wallace, of Cambridge.  To Mr. and Mrs. Hiram K. Moore two children have been born.  Nettie and Robert, both living at home.
     Mr. Moore followed the blacksmith’s trade until 1905, when he gave it up on account of impaired health.  He is a Republican in politics and has always been active in public matters, and in 1906 he was the nominee of his party for sheriff of Guernsey county, and was elected at the polls in November following.  He made such a commendable record, performing his duties in such an able and conscientious manner, that he was again elected to this important office in the fall of 1908 and with the close of 1910 he served four years as sheriff, and. according to the consensus of opinion, the county never had a better sheriff, always popular with the people and firm in the discharge of his duty as a public servant.  He is a man of highest integrity, broad-minded upon public questions, and his official record is without a stain.  Mrs. Moore and daughter are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and while Mr. Moore is not a member of the church, he is a faithful supporter of the same and a man given to good works, charitable in his instincts and in every respect a good citizen who is eminently deserving of his honored position in the estimation of the public.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 896

James W. Moore

Mrs. Hannah Moore

JAMES W. MOORE.   It will always be a badge of honor in this country to have known that a person’s father, or even his uncle, enlisted in defense of the “Star Spangled Banner’’ when the greatest of rebellions threatened to disrupt the Union in the early sixties, and thereby not only did a great service in keeping the states cemented together, but also in eradicating slavery from our soil forever.  Just as to this day we boast that our grandfather or great-grandfather fought in the Revolution to gain independence, or in the war of 1812 to protect our rights on the ocean, so the descendants of the gallant soldiers who fought in the Civil war to save the nation will boast through the coming years of the bravery and self-sacrifice of their fathers or their relatives.  One of this historic horde was Major James W. Moore, a prominent citizen of Wills township, Guernsey county, who went forth to die on the field of battle or in no less dangerous fever camp, if need be, for the salvation of the country.
     Major Moore was born on Aug. 25, 1838, in Wills township, one-half mile west of Middleton, Oxford township, the son of Andrew and Elizabeth (Riggs) Moore, the father born at Wellsville, in Belmont county, where the family stopped for a few years en route from Delaware to their Ohio home in Guernsey county.
     Grandfather Andrew Moore, the direct descendant of his grandfather, William Moore, was the first of the Moore family who came to America from Scotland and settled in the state of Delaware.  Andrew Moore, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, came to America from Scotland and settled in Delaware.  Eventually he came to Pultney Ridge, Wills township, Guernsey county, Ohio, and settled on what was known as the old Zane trace.  He huilt a hotel, blacksmith shop, store, wagon-making shop and various other buildings, making a considerable settlement which was called Frankfort and which was a commercial point of considerable importance.  Andrew Moore became a large land owner and was a busy man of affairs and active in every movement affecting the welfare of the early settlers, being a man of sterling character and of broad influence.  He had a large family, his wife being Elizabeth Bines, daughter of Robert and Sarah ( Ellexwell ) Bines, by whom he had nine children, born along the way from Delaware to Ohio, the journey covering several years, stops being made at various places for a considerable time.  He died in 1821.
     Andrew Moore, the sixth child and father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Wellsville, Ohio, in 1803.  He first married Elizabeth Bines, a second cousin of his mother’s, and a son, Robert, was horn to this union.  Mrs. Moore did not live long.  Mr. Moore married a second time, this wife being Elizabeth Riggs, daughter of James Riggs, of near Barnesville, Ohio.  They had three children, James W., Malvina (now Mrs. Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet), and Anna, deceased.  Andrew Moore was a farmer and for years a wagoner on the National road between Cambridge and Wheeling, during the days before the railroad came.  He was a large land owner.  He died Sept. 2, 1880, and his wife died in September, 1869; both are buried in the cemetery at Cambridge.
     James W. Moore went with the family to Cambridge in 1848, where most of his childhood and youth were spent.  He attended the public schools of Cambridge and the Miller Academy at Washington, Guernsey county, for two years and received a very liberal education for those days.  He became the captain of the first company recruited in Guernsey county in April, 1861, for service in the Union army during the Civil war, responding to the first call for troops by President Lincoln.  This was Company H, Sixteenth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, a month’s enlistment, but the company served nearly four months.  The following year he was appointed major of the Ninety-seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, by Governor Tod, of Ohio, and was the youngest field officer in the Second Brigade, Second Division, Fourth Army Corps, under General Wgoner.  The regiment served in the Army of the Cumberland at the battle of Mission Ridge and he was wounded on the 25th of November, 1863.  The Ninety-seventh Regiment was the first regiment to enter Chattanooga and take possession of the lower part of that city, early in the morning, and planted their flag on Cameron Hill, Major Moore being in command of the skirmish line.  He participated in all the hard-fought battles of the Chattanooga and Atlanta campaign, and on June 22, 1864, he was wounded at the battle of Kenesaw Mountain, having command of the Second Brigade’s skirmish line.  He lost one hundred and twenty-two men in killed and wounded in the one-half hour, but established and held the Union lines.  His wound in the ankle proved serious and he was discharged from service Sept. 13, 1864, by war department orders from the hospital at Cincinnati as being disabled from further service.  He returned to his home after his discharge.
     On Aug. 17, 1865, Major Moore was married to Hannah Margaret Carlisle, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Kirkpatrick) Carlisle.  She had been the wife of John Carlisle prior to her marriage to Mr. Patterson, and was a widow at the time of her second marriage.  To Mr. and Mrs. Moore four children were born; an infant, deceased; Elmer, who died at the age of thirty years, in 1898; Margaret Elizabeth, at home, and Alice Malvina, also at home.
     Soon after his marriage, in the spring of 1866, Mr. Moore moved to his present home on the National pike, three and one-half miles east of Washington and twelve miles east of Cambridge.  He has a fine farm of four hundred acres, all well improved and under a high state of cultivation, and makes a specialty of stock and has a fine grazing farm.  He is a Republican in politics and has always been a radical and stalwart party man, always active in matters pertaining to the party, but never an office seeker, and was never a candidate for an elective office.  He served on the soldiers relief commission and for sixteen years has been a member of the board of trustees of the Guernsey County Children's Home, and is now president of the board.  He is a member of the Cambridge Post, Grand Army of the Republic.  In church membership his family is divided between the Presbyterian and the Methodist Episcopal, the churches of both parental and maternal ancestry.
     Mr. Moore has always been a progressive citizen and his farm and its complete appointments bear strong evidence of this.  The broad, well-kept acres, the ample and convenient barns and stock sheds, the modern home, thorough in its appointments, exhibit this spirit.  Located in the Salt Creek valley, the home is so situated that it commands a fine view of the beautiful and fertile landscape.  Mr. Moore gives especial attention to thoroughbred sheep and cattle and all of his stock is the finest and always in the best of condition.  There is no more attractive country home in Guernsey county, and in every walk of life Major Moore is always found in the very front rank, willing to assist by his influence and means every worthy proposition.  His home is presided over by his daughters, Margaret Elizabeth and Alice Malvina, educated, capable and refined women, giving the Moore home a very prominent place in the social life of the county.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 878
  ROBERT B. MOORE.   The long, eventful, useful and strenuous career of Robert B. Moore, one of Guernsey county's honored and well known citizens, has been fraught with much good to those with whom he has come into contact, and is well worthy of detailed mention in a work of this nature.  He has lived to see, from his infancy to his old age, and gradual development of this community and has taken part in the same in a manner that has proved him to be a man of progress.  He was born in Cambridge, this county, on Feb. 9, 1836, and he is the son of James B. and Amanda (Abbott) Moore.  This family is of Scotch-Irish descent, the paternal grandparents, Andrew and Margaret (Bins) Moore, having come to America sometime prior to the Revolutionary war.  The father, James B. Moore, was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania.  The Abbotts were of high rank in England, and, like the Moores, always ranked among the best families in their communities.  Amanda Abbott, mother of the subject, was a guest at the inaugural ball of George Washington, and her costume and jewels worn on that occasion became the property of the son and are highly prized.  Upon coming to America the Moores first settled in Maryland and the Abbotts in Virginia and were among the "F. F. V.'s.  The Moore family emigrated westward to Guernsey county, Ohio, as early as 1806 and were among the earliest pioneers of this section, being prominent and influential in social, civic and business affairs here, and played an important role in the development of the new country.  The father conducted a tannery for years, later engaging in the hotel business, conducting the Eagle hotel, located on what is now Wheeling avenue, between Sixth and Seventh streets, Cambridge (on the north side of the street).  He was a popular host and well known to the traveling public, this town being a prominent station on the old National state route.  He was a busy man and was successful.  He was known as an upright, genial gentleman, a man admired and respected by all.  His death occurred at the advanced age of eighty-five years, his widow preceding him to the grave in 1873.  These parents had two sons, Robert B., of this review, and Charles H., who is now deceased.  During his life he was prominent in the public life of the state.  The parents were adherents of the Presbyterian church, as the Moores and Abbotts were before them, and James B. Moore was a Republican in politics.
     Robert B. Moore grew to maturity and was educated in Cambridge, and later attended Madison College at Antrim, Guernsey county, for two years, thus receiving a good education for those early days.  When seventeen years of age he began work for himself in whatever way he could make an honest dollar.  For a time he drove a team, hauling coal from the mines to the retail trade in Cambridge.  When eighteen years old he went to California, in the gold fever days, having borrowed the money with which to go, making the trip by way of the isthmus of Panama.  He worked in the gold mines of California for five years and met with much success as a prospector.  He returned to his old home in 1857 and soon afterwards went to Jackson, Tennessee, where he remained until the beginning of the Civil war, when he sold out and came back to Cambridge.  He again went to California in the winter of 1861, making the trip by vessel, as he had previously done and he remained in the Golden state until 1873.  For several years he was again in the mines and he engaged in the hotel business in Nevada City until his return to Cambridge, Ohio, where he has since been engaged in the general insurance business.  For twenty-five years he was state agent for the Phoenix Insurance Company of New York, having supervision of the states of Ohio and West Virginia.  He was regarded by the company as one of its most trusted and valued employes and he did much to increase its prestige in this territory.
     Mr. Moore has been twice married, first in California, in May, 1869, to Josephine C. Johnson, who lived only about eighteen months after her marriage.  His second marriage was solemnized on June 21, 1873, to Tillie J. Chauncy Abbott Moore a noted musician, who makes his home in Paris, France, being a great success in grand opera.  He obtained his musical education in Chicago and Paris, under the best music masters of the Old World, and he has since traveled all over Europe and America, appearing in the principal cities of both countries, and his company will tour America in the season of 1910-11.  Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Moore visited their son  in Paris in 1907 and spent three months on the continent.  Mrs. Moore was called to her reward in September, 1907, soon after her return from abroad.
     Politically, Mr. Moore is a Democrat, and is well informed on all public questions and issues and is a strong partisan.  He is a member of the Masonic order, belonging to the Cambridge Commandery, Knights Templar; he is also a member of the Cambridge Lodge of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.  He is a member of the Presbyterian church, the Moore family having been Presbyterians from earliest records.  Probably no man in Ohio has a wider acquaintance among business men than Mr. Moore.  For a period of twenty-five years he has traveled to all parts of the state in the capacity of state agent for the insurance company mentioned above, and, owning to his jovial disposition and his genteel demeanor, he is always a most welcome guest wherever he goes.  He is a man of sterling integrity and has a high sense of honor.  He is now living practically retired, giving only supervision to his general insurance business.  He retains an active interest in public matters and the growth and development of his home city, where he has been a prominent factor for so many years.  He is a man of fine intellectual attainments, sterling integrity and an optimist by nature.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 798
  ROSS MOORE.   The subject of this sketch was born in Muskingum county, Ohio, July 25, 1863.  His parents, John and Martha (Ross) Moore, came from Washington county, Pennsylvania, and located in Muskingum county, Ohio, where the father brought a farm and established their home.  Ross grew up on the farm, but when eighteen or nineteen years old he went to Norwich and learned the carpenter's trade, then, after two years spent in Norwich, he went to New Concord and acquired the barber's trade.  Three years later he came to Cambridge, and after working one year as a journeyman barber he bought a shop of his own, and there, since the fall of 1886, he has been continuously in business.  The 1st of August, 1904, he established his present shop in the Central National Bank building.  It is easily the best-equipped and the best patronized barber shop in Guernsey county, and as such deserves especial mention here.
     Mr. Moore was married Sept. 22, 1887, to Mary Wall, daughter Dr. Andrew WallDoctor Wall, a sketch of whom appears herein, was the most eminent physician that ever lived in Guernsey county. 
     Mr. and Mrs. Moore
have two children, Fred and Doris, both of whom are at home with their parents.  Fred has just completed a most unusual record in high school having passed a grade of above ninety-eight for the year's work and in his examination he led a class of forty-four.  Although only nineteen years of age, he was immediately given a place as teacher in the Cambridge school.
     Mr. and Mrs. Moore both belong to the United Presbyterian church.  They have a pleasant home, and they are people whom it is a pleasure to meet.  Mr. Moore is a stead, substantial citizen.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 527
  THOMAS I. MOORE.   One of the oldest living residents of Valley township is Thomas I. Moore, who enjoys the peculiar distinction of having spent his entire life on the farm where he was born on Oct. 20, 1827.  He is the son of ISAAC and Elizabeth (Hickle) MooreIsaac Moore was born in 1802, and about 1825 walked from his home on the Big Capon river in West Virginia to Guernsey county to look at the land, his brother Joseph accompanying him.  He had been married in Virginia to Elizabeth, the daughter of Stephen and Susannah (Hoover) Hickle, both of whom were natives of Hampshire county, Virginia, where Stephen Hickle was born on Aug. 20, 1767, and Susannah Hoover on Jan. 19, 1779.  They later came to Guernsey county, where they spent the remainder of their lives on a farm along the Clay pike.  They were the parents of the following children:  John born on June 30, 1797; Jacob, on Feb. 8, 1799; Stephen, on June 21, 1801; Abrah, on May 29, 1803; Timothy on Oct. 7, 1805; Elizabeth, on Jan. 23, 1808; Rachel, on Apr. 4, 1810; Mary, on June 30, 1813; George, on Apr. 24, 1815; Sarah, July 30, 1817, and Isaac, on Dec. 27, 1821.
     ISAAC MOORE bought one hundred and sixty acres in what is now the southwestern part of Valley township near Opperman, a portion of the town of Opperman being built on that land  There he lived and reared his family.  Within a year after they came, their house was burned down, leaving them not even a change of clothing.  The neighbors came and helped build a new house that was finished in a day, and were very kind in assisting them to make a new start, after the pioneer fashion of helping each other.  Thomas I. Moore was the only son of Isaac Moore, but he had nine sisters, namely:  Susan, born Aug. 1, 1829; Rebecca, Sept. 20, 1831; Sarah, Nov. 30, 1833; Mahala, Jan. 16, 1835; Mary, Dec. 6, 1836; Rachel, Dec. 25, 1839; Elizabeth, Feb. 15, 1843; Harriet, Mar. 28, 1846; Rhoda, May 16, 1848.  Isaac Moore and his wife were among the founders of the Bethel Methodist church and he was active in church and school work, giving the ground on which the school was built, where his son and grandson both attended.  He died in 1882, and was a man of considerable influence and much esteemed in the community in which he lived, and which he had helped to convert from a wilderness into a prosperous farming district.
     Thomas I. Moore has lived all his life on the home farm.  His recollections of early times are vivid, when deer, wild turkey and other game abounded, and the family lived in a log cabin with a puncheon floor, wore clothes homespun and woven from home-grown flax, and had not even andirons for the fireplace, but used stones instead. As an infant he used to roll on the floor on a deer hide, and his mother would sometimes give him a piece of venison to suck, tying it by a string to his toe, so that he could not swallow it and strangle.  The first lumber floor which was put in the cabin he remembers quite distinctly, as that was a great advance in prosperity and luxury.
     Mr. Moore served during the Civil war in Company C, One Hundred and Seventy-second Ohio Regiment, with an honorable record.  On Dec. 5, 1850, he was married to Margaret Gander, the sister of David C. Gander, whose sketch see for her family.  She was horn in 1830 on Salt creek, near the Muskingum county line, and when she was seven moved to Spencer township, where she grew to maturity.  Four children were born to them, Isaac W., a child who died in infancy, Rebecca Elizabeth, who married Fillmore Spaid, of Hartford, and Rachel Alice, the wife of O. R. Taylor, of Pleasant City.  In the winter of 1853, Thomas I. Moore and his brother-in-law.  Jonathan Gander, went into partnership in a saw-mill, and for twenty years continued in partnership with saw-mills and threshing-machines.  Except for this, Thomas I. Moore’s interests have been confined to farming.  He and his wife are both members of the Bethel Methodist church and are highly respected in their community.
     Isaac W. Moore was born on July 22, 1852, and grew up on his father's farm.  While his father was gone to war, Isaac W., then a boy of twelve, had to do a man’s work on the farm, and he well remembers when Morgan’s raiders passed their home.  In 1874 he married Mary Adeline Finley, the daughter of Joseph and Jane (Johnson) Finley, who was reared near Oldham’s Station, north of Cambridge.  To this marriage three children were born, Charles Albert, Marion Milton and Ida Olive.  In 1885 he and his family moved to northwestern Kansas where he took up a homestead and a tree claim of one hundred and sixty acres each, and here lived for sixteen years.  In 1890 his wife died here.  In 1901 Isaac W. Moore, who had by this time accumulated a half section of farming land besides his tree claim, sold his stock and implements, left the farm with his sons, and himself returned to the old home farm in Guernsey county, Ohio.
Charles Albert Moore married Minnnie Haseley, and has a half section of land of his own three miles from Colby, seven miles nearer that town than his father’s farm.  Marion M. Moore married Ethel Hutchinson, and lives on his father’s farm, while he also owns one hundred and sixty acres of his own.
     On Aug. 3, 1904, after his return to his native county, Isaac W. Moore was married to Harriett A. Larrick, the daughter of Benjamin LarrickIsaac W. Moore is an active member of the Bethel Methodist church.  He lives with his father on the old farm, which Thomas Moore, the father of Isaac and Joseph Moore, entered for them from the government in 1825.  Thomas Moore never came to this county to live but he and his wife went to Missouri, and there spent their days.  Three generations of Moores have owned that farm, and three generations were born there, four generations lived together on it for some years, and it has never been out of the family since it was entered from the government.
     Thomas I. Moore and his wife have had the very exceptional privilege of passing sixty years of wedded life together, the sixtieth anniversary of their wedding occurring on Dec. 5, 1910, and all their children and grandchildren and two great-grandchildren were present, except Ida O. Moore, who was teaching in Leavenworth, Kansas.  Their married life has been a beautiful example of domestic felicity.  Both of them have very vivid recollections of pioneer days, and can talk entertainingly of the early life of the county.  They have seen their children and grandchildren taking active and useful places in the work of the world, and they themselves in their later days are enjoying the deserved esteem of those who know them.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 708

W. O. Moore
WILEY OSCAR MOORE.  One of the leading young men of Guernsey county is Wiley Oscar Moore, proprietor of the Cambridge Herald, known throughout this locality as both a journalist and educator of a high order of ability.  United in his nature are so many elements of a solid and practical nature, which during a series of years have brought him into prominent notice and earned for him a conspicuous place among the enterprising citizens of the county of his residence,  that it is but just recognition of his worth to herein set forth conspicuously a record of his life and achievements.
     Mr. Moore was born Sept. 11, 1876, in Wood county, West Virginia, and is the son of Joseph D. and Jane C. (Johnson) Moore.  The parents were residents of Liberty township, Guernsey county, at that time, but the son was born while his parents were on a visit to the maternal grandparents at the old home in Wood county, West Virginia.  The parents moved to Noble county Ohio, in 1888, where they remained until 1894, when they returned to Liberty township, Guernsey county.  The father has always been a farmer, and he now resides two miles northwest of Cambridge, where he and his faithful life companion are spending their declining years in serenity and in the midst of all the comforts of life.  This family are faithful members of the United Presbyterian church, and are active church and Sunday school workers.
     Wiley O. Moore, of this review, grew to maturity on the home farm, and was educated in the country district schools.  After spending two terms at Scio College he entered Muskingum College at New Concord, Ohio.  Thus well equipped for his life work, he began teaching in 1896 in the country district schools, and he continued very successfully for fourteen years, becoming one of the best known educators in the county.  His services were always in great demand, for he was popular with both patrons and pupils, being an entertainer as well as an able instructor in the school room.  He always kept abreast of the times in his work, was progressive, thorough and painstaking.  Six of the fourteen years were spent in the district schools and eight as superintendent of schools, five years of the eight at Washington summer school, which proved to be very popular and which he conducted with much success for five summers.  From Washington he went to Senecaville and was superintendent of the schools there for three years, closing with the school year 1909-1910.  He has both a common-school life certificate and a nigh-school life certificate, a very unusual acquirement for one not a college graduate.  As a superintendent he is a splendid organizer, soon having in operation a splendid system that works for the general harmony and good results from both teachers and pupils.
     Notwithstanding his very commendable services as an educator.  Mr. Moore believed a larger field of usefulness existed for him as a journalist, and on Aug. 10, 1910, he purchased the Cambridge Herald, which he is very ably and successfully conducting as a Republican organ, advocating clean politics and upholding the basic principles of his party, being himself an ardent Republican and always deeply interested in public affairs, believing that an active interest in all public matters is the duty of all good citizens, his motto being "to do all the good one can to all the people possible."  He has never been an office seeker, but has served the public as one of the county school examiners, being first appointed in 1906, and reappointed for a second term of three years in 1909.  He has brightened the appearance of the Herald very materially, not only in mechanical appearance, but in the strength of its editorials and the crispness of its new columns.  Its circulation is increasing and its value as an advertising medium rapidly growing.  Under his capable and judicious management, its future success is assured and it is taking its place as one of the important molders of public opinion in eastern Ohio. 
. Moore is a member of the Ohio State Teachers' Association, the Eastern Ohio Teachers' Association, and he is a member of the executive committee of the County Teachers Institute, and a member of the executive committee of the State Association of County School Examiners, and he has been  very active in all state and local educational matters, his influence being generally recognized in all these associations.  
     Mr. Moore
was married on July 3, 1900, to Mary E. Taylor, daughter of Thomas S. and Margaret (McWilliams) Taylor, a farmer of Liberty township and a highly respected family.  Mrs. Moore grew to maturity in her native community and has a good education. This union has resulted in the birth of three children, Helen Mabel F. and Wallace O.  Mrs. Moore was a teacher in the schools of Guernsey county prior to her marriage, and, like her husband, was popular and progressive.  Mr. and Mrs. Moore are members of the First United Presbyterian church of Cambridge and are active in church and Sunday school work.  Mr. Moore is an advocate of healthy, sane athletics among students and young, advocating whatever is for the general good of the youth.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 576
  ALEXANDER ROBERT MURRAY.  Prominently connected with the business affairs of Cambridge is Alexander Robert Murray, of the National Bank of Cambridge.  He was born on Feb. 28, 1843, in Pictou county, Nova Scotia, the son of James and Isabella (Reid) Murray.  The parents of James Murray were James and Isabella (Shepherd) Murray, and his wife was the daughter of James and Anna (Taylor) Reid.  Both families were of Scotch parentage, originally of Bauff county, Scotland.  Grandfather James Murray was a Baptist minister, and after coming to Cambridge preached in the old Baptist Church.  The Murrays were formerly Presbyterians, and one of the Murray great-grandfathers was a delegate to the Presbyterian Reformation convention.  The Shepherds were farmers in Scotland and held one farm for over tow hundred and fifty years, the record being broken by Henry Shepherd, about 1890.  Great-grandfather Shepherd was what they called a progressive farmer and tried to keep up with the advanced spirit of the times.  He was the first man to introduce what was called the "bobtailed thresher" in his section of the country, a greatly improved piece of machinery of its time for threshing grain.  The Taylors were merchants and professional men, and are today prominent in the legal profession and in politics.
     James Murray, the father of Alexander Robert, was a ship-builder and ship launcher of prominence, and came to Nova Scotia with his family about 1830, where he was engaged in his work.  While launching a large vessel he was seriously injured, from which he never recovered and which incapacitated him for his work.  The family left Nova Scotia in 1850, and came to Lowell, Massachusetts, where the son, Alexander Robert, first attended school at Draket schoolhouse, where Gen. Benjamin F. Butler once taught.  In 1851 they came to Cambridge, Ohio, coming by lake to Cleveland, from Cleveland to Newcomerstown by canal, and from Newcomerstown to Cambridge by wagon.  They arrived at Cambridge after dark on a cold and snowy day in November, cold and hungry, and stopped at the Needham house, which was located on the south side of Wheeling, between Eight and Ninth streets, where the Orme and Hoge buildings now stand.  With the family came the grandfather, Rev. James Murray, the grandmother having died before the family left Scotland.  In about 1840 three brothers of the father, William, Alexander and Robert, with their families, had come to Guernsey county, and were farmers and carpenters.  The father died on Feb. 1, 1852, as a result of injuries sustained when launching a vessel in Nova Scotia.  Both the paternal and maternal ancestry were noted for their longevity, many of them living to be pat eighty and ninety years of age.
     James and Isabella (Reid) Murray, were the parents of six children:  Anna, who married Samuel W. Moore; James, of Los Angeles, California; Mary, who married George W. Gibbs, and, after his death, John McKennie; John R., a brave soldier during the Civil war, who married Susan White; Alexander Robert; and Isabella, who is the wife of Jedediah Williams, of Cambridge.
     Alexander Robert Murray for almost a year following the arrival of the family in Cambridge was kept at home by a severe sickness, following which he attended the Cambridge public schools.  When  about fifteen years of age he entered the general store of William Ramsay, as a clerk, and was there employed for about ten years, when he was offered an interest in the commission house of Robbins & Company, of Baltimore, Maryland, which he accepted, and spent about nine years in that business.  In 1880 he returned to Cambridge, and was tendered the cashiership of the First National Bank of Cambridge, which he accepted.  In 1883 the bank was reorganized and took charter as the Old National Bank, which expired in 1903.  The bank was then reorganized as the National Bank of Cambridge, and Mr. Murray  was elected vice-president, which position he yet holds, and is recognized as a thorough banker and a high minded gentleman.
     Mr. Murray has always been a Republican, but not a politician, yet always manifesting a keen interest in public matters and always a thoroughly informed and intelligent voter.  In Dec., 1891, because of his well known business qualifications and high character, he was tendered unsolicited by William T. Cope, who was about to assume the duties of state treasurer, to which position he had been elected, the position of cashier in the state treasurer's office at Columbus.  This, because of other business duties, Mr. Murray  was obliged to decline.
     On November 5, 1890, Mr. Murray was married to Lila Morton, the daughter of Hon. Isaac Morton, a prominent citizen of Guernsey county, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work.  Mrs. Murray is a refined and home-loving woman and is active in many good works for the betterment of the community in which she and her husband are such prominent factors.
     Mr. Murray  is a public spirited citizen, and actively interested in all movements having for their purpose the improvement of conditions.  He served fro a time as treasurer of the town of Cambridge.  He is a thirty-second-degree Mason, and affiliates with the Methodist church, of which his wife has been an active member since girlhood.  Mr. Murray is a man whom it is a pleasure to know.  High minded, intelligent and agreeable, he is a most companionable gentleman, one in whom the pubic have confidence, and for whom all have the highest regard.
     Mr. Murray's mother was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, on Oct. 31, 1815, and emigrated with her parents to Nova Scotia in early childhood.  She was married to James Murray on June 30, 1833, who died in 1852 at the age of forty seven.  Left a widow, to fight the battle of life alone with her little flock, she right bravely performed the duty.  A devoted mother and a genuinely Christian woman, she lived and died in the full faith of her God, honoring the memory of her departed helpmate with love and devotion to her children.  She was a member of the Baptist church, and continued always faithful and contributed liberally of her time and means to the support of the gospel - a most lovable character.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911





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