Biography of Dr. John H. Moore

DR. JOHN H. MOORE, who has made his home in this county for a number of years, came originally from St. Francois County, Missouri, where his birth occurred on the 27th of January, 1838. His father, Dr. Robert Moore, who was a practicing physician in Iron and St. Francois Counties, Missouri, for years, died in the former county in 1854. He was born in Smith County, Tennessee, in 1807, and was a son of Armstead Moore, who was of Irish parentage. The father of our subject began the practice of medicine when twenty-one years of age, and about the year 1830 came to Missouri from Illinois. He settled in St. Francois County, but subsequently moved to Iron County, where he carried on a successful practice for many years. While in Tennessee he met and married Miss Mary Baugh, member of a prominent family of that State, and five children were the fruits of their union: Amanda, the widow of Col. Frank McGhee; Tobitha (now deceased) married Sim Frazier; Mary; Armsted was a soldier in the Union Army, and died in service; and John H., subject. Dr. Moore, father of these children, was one of the first practicing physicians of this section of the State. He was a strong Democrat in politics. His wife is still living in Arcadia, Iron County.

Our subject, Dr. John H. Moore, attended the schools of Arcadia and began the study of medicine in 1857, going to Texas and studying with an uncle, Dr. Bert Moore. In 1860 he began practicing at Piedmont, but remained there only a short time, after which he went to Barry County, Missouri, and continued there three years. During the war he enlisted in the Confederate Army, and was appointed to the office of assistant surgeon, filling the same for some time. He was in the Price raid. After the war Dr. Moore located at Doniphan, Ripley County, and there made his home for seven years. In 1872 he moved to Iron County, resided there a year, and then located at Lesterville, Reynolds County, where he lived for seven years. He then moved to Barnesville, continued there fourteen years, and in 1892 selected Centreville as his future location. He is one of the successful practicing physicians of the county, and one of the prominent men of the same. In politics he is a stanch advocate of Democratic principles. In the year 1861 he was married in Barry County, Missouri, to Miss Zorilda Jamison, a native of Arkansas, and the daughter of John C. Jamison. Three children have been born to our subject and wife: John R., a practicing physician and a graduate of St. Louis Medical College, married Miss Mary Carty, who bore him three children-Clara, Monto D. and Hattie (he was born January 10, 1864); Clara and Hattie. Dr. Moore is one of the leading men in the county, and has been one of the prominent physicians in the Southwest.


A Reminiscent History of the Ozark Region: comprising a condensed general history, a brief descriptive history of each county, and numerous biographical sketches of prominent citizens of such counties. Chicago: Goodspeed Brothers Publishers. 1894.

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