From the 1884 History of Callaway County, Missouri, page 796-797.
Transcribed by Kris Breid, 17 December 2005.
John B. Moore was born in Fayette county, Kentucky, in May, 1808. His father, Wharton R. Moore, and his mother Mary (Browning) Moore, were both natives of Virginia. They removed to Missouri in the spring of 1819 and settled on Ham’s Prairie, Callaway county. The elder Moore served as county assessor one or more terms, and as magistrate four years. He died in the county in February, 1851. John B. came to this county in the fall of 1820, and was educated in the common schools, and by self culture. On January 20, 1831, he married Miss Elizabeth Nash, daughter of William Nash, a Virginian by birth and one of the eldest pioneers of the county, having settled here in January, 1817. The daughter was born in Virginia, on the 25th of December, 1803. After his marriage, Mr. Moore located on a farm in this county. He lost his wife by death on February 20, 1861. She was a member of the Christian church, and at the time of her death had retained her membership upwards of twenty years, and was a faithful and consistent Christian and a devoted wife and mother. The family reared was composed of six children, of whom five were married: William N., Catherine (deceased), James S., Wharton R., Ann T. (deceased), and John A. also deceased. On October 22, 1863, he married Mrs. Abigail Forsyth, daughter of Mr. Eastwood, a native of Pennsylvania. He is still (1883) living.