About William Hamilton Moore
Son of George H and Margaret (Patton) Moore. Husband of Elizabeth Ann Cathey. One of the first settlers of Palestine Twp., Cooper County, Missouri
He was descended from the distinguished Moore family which numbers among its progenitors, Tom Moore, the songster, and Gen. Wade Hampton Moore of Revolutionary War fame. Maj. William Moore commanded a battalion of American troops in the War of 1812. He married Anne Cathey, born in Haywood County NC. Major Moore became owner of over 3000 acres of land in Cooper County, his land holdings extending as far as the present site of Bunceton MO. He tilled his large acreage with slaves, whom he brought from the South. Before his death he freed two of his oldest slaves - the first negro slaves ever set free in Cooper County.