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Date of Last GEDCOM Import: 09 Mar 2010 19:16:43

The most elusive person in my entire family tree is my paternal grandfather. The story is that he was adopted, but raised by Moore relatives. My DNA testing at www.familytreedna.com, Kit No. 42880 has discovered several Moore relatives with exact, or almost exact, DNA matches, but neither of us can find the connection. But from these DNA matches with other Moore families it is obvious that I am indeed a Moore. Apparently *some* Moore, about 1864-1870, gave up my grandfather for adoption for some reason. Any help or clues in locating the real parents of my grandfather will be greatly appreciated! Below is all the information that I have:

Notes about my Grandfather, Thomas Tifton Moore.....

One story says he was born at Rome, GA and then adopted by an Aunt and Uncle living there.

Another story:

Dad told us that his father, Thomas Tifton Moore, was born in North Carolina from parents that was a German (or European) man who was married to a Cherokee Indian woman in NC. After Thomas was born, the story goes, people in the area did not like White/Indian marriages so they were burned to death in their home. There were several children that were not at home at the time of the fire. Thomas was one of these children. My Dad said Thomas was adopted by some nearby relatives. According to an old family Bible of my Mother, Thomas Tifton Moore was born May 22, 1864, place unknown. The U. S. Census records of 1870 show a Thomas Moore, age 5, living with a family named David Hair, age 67, and wife Margaret, age 42, in Chambersburg Township, Iredell County, North Carolina. This could be our Thomas Moore, but we have no further evidence. The age fits, the State of NC fits, and apparently living with a family other than his parents, fits the story.

I believe the following family is the family that my grandfather Thomas Tifton Moore was living with when he was 5 years old in 1870.

David HAIR Jr. b: 26 MAY 1801 d: 09 DEC 1884

+ Margaret TANNER b: ABT 1816

4 Martha Elizabeth HAIR b: ABT 1837

+ James Knox GAY b: ABT 1837

5 Margaret Nora GAY b: ABT 1870 d: ABT 1870

5 Lillie Elmina GAY b: 06 SEP 1870 d: 17 MAY 1960

5 Gracy David GAY b: ABT 1874

+ Caroline Estelle BEALL b: ABT 1879

The 1860 census indicates Margaret's birth year was approx 1817-8

(age 42). The 1860 census shows them living "south of the river",

which I believe is where Chambersburg is located.

Thomas Tifton Moore was buried at Hickman Cemetery at Sylacauga, Alabama according to Mom's family Bible. No gravestone was found during a personal visit by me, Joseph Dean Moore, about 1998.

Census of 1930 lists Spelling of first name as "Tomas", also states 54 years old, indicating he was born in 1876.

1920 U.S. CENSUS lists him as T. M. Moore age 52, indicating an approx. birth year of 1868...............Wife Ramsey misspelled. Pansy is correct.

1920 United States Federal Census

about Clarence Moore

Name: Clarence Moore

Home in 1920: Childersburg, Talladega, Alabama

Age: 8 years

Estimated birth year: abt 1912

Birthplace: Alabama

Relation to Head of House: Son

Father's name: T M

Father's Birth Place: Alabama

Mother's name: Ramsey

Mother's Birth Place: Alabama

Marital Status: Single

Race: White

Sex: Male

Image: 202

Neighbors: View others on page

Household Members:

Name Age

T M Moore 52

Ramsey Moore 41

Lonnie Moore 19

Clara Moore 16

Oliver Moore 14

Eugene Moore 12

Clifton Moore 10

Clarence Moore 8

Virgel Moore 5

Ellie Moore 3

Florence Moore 1

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