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Jessie Lee Moore
Birth: May 11, 1827
Randolph County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jun. 11, 1863
Hot Spring County
Arkansas, USA

Married Roina Blake Hardin 4 March 1848 Knox County, Tennessee.
Children: John Wilkie, Edward Wade, Elizabeth Frances, William Lindsey, Mary Jane, Alpha and Jessie Lee Moore.
Jessie Lee Moore
Sex: M
Birth: 10 MAY 1827 in Randolph Co., NC
Death: 11 JUN 1863

JESSIE LEE MOORE.- Five Versions of A Single Death
By E. Marketta Pimentel

There are certain facts which do not vary, no matter what the telling. Jessie Lee Moore and his wife, Roina Blake Hardin, emigrated to Hot Spring County, Arkansas from McNairy County, Tennessee between the taking of the 1850 Federal Census and August, 1855 when we find in "Deeds, Mortgages and Instruments of Hot Spring Co., AR., 1855-1858, Book E, paae 13 7, " record of a mortgage by Jessie Moore to Robert Tisdale on 22 Aug 1855 in the amount of $165.00. Since it was common in that time and place to borrow money to "make a crop", this was probably the purpose of the loan. They lived with their children in Prairie Bayou township. According to The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy, Vol. 11, page 50, Jessie was born May 10,1827, Randolph County, North Carolina. He and 'Riney" were married in Knox CO., Tennessee. John W and Edward W., the oldest of their seven children were born in Tennessee, and made the journey with their parents to this new home. Roina and her husband hoped to live a long life together with their family. This was not to be.

The political unrest in the South, one of the reasons for their move to this area, was increasing. The election in 1860 of Abraham Lincoln, the candidate of the "new" Republican party, was all the encouragement South Carolina needed to secede from the Union and assume "her position among the nations of the world." In early 1861, Mississippi and five other states followed suit. The Arkansas legislature joined the Confederate cause in May 1861. With the capture in April of Fort Sumter, in the harbor at Charleston, South Carolina, the 'War of the Rebellion" commenced. In this, the bloodiest conflict in the history of the Republic, more than 618,000 men North and South, died of wounds or disease in battles sometimes pitting brother against brother. After the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox, the conflict which ripped the United States was ended, and now came the time for healing, and repairing the damage to families and relationships. Men from Arkansas fought on both sides. 9,200 joined the Union forces, and some 2,000 served as both Union and Confederate.

One who served first the South and then the North was William Riley Thornton. He and Roina were married December 10, 1865, at the home of John McDaniel, who performed the ceremony using his authority as Justice of the Peace. The bride was 32 years old, and the groom 24. (Marriages of Hot Spring Co., AR., 1859-1866, Vol. 111, page 162). They had five children, and it is one of their grandchildren who provided the following version of the last day of Jessie's life.

" Jessie, while serving in the Civil War, came home to spend the night with his wife and children. Before day break the 'bush whackers' kidnapped him about one mile southwest of Caney Baptist Church, on what was known later as the Evil Smith place. I've been told it belongs to Marshel Wood at this time. They murdered him, dug a hole, buried the body in it and rode horses over it. A lady, name unknown, walked ten miles to tell his wife and children about it. His wife Roina and sons, John and Ned (E.W.), with another lady went in an ox wagon and recovered the body, wrapped it in sheets, brought it home and buried him at Burnett Cemetery. The date was 11 June 1863."

From the THORNTON FAMILY HISTORY, Ollen-Blackmon Line. Hot Spring County,
Arkansas, Prairie Township, New De Roche Settlement, we have the following:

"William R. 'Little Will' or 'Uncle Will' Thornton, one of Blackmon I's sons, married Mrs. Jessie Moore (Roina B. Hardin) whose first husband was shot by the Hardage boys while home from the Union Army during the War."

HISTORY: CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS, HOT SPRINGS COUNTY ARKANSAS, VOL, 1. WEST OF THE QUACHITA RIVER," Hot Spring County Historical Society, 1979. A listing of headstone and unmarked graves in public and private cemeteries in the county gave this accounting of the day's events.

-Wolf Den Mountain is located north and west of the old Austin Tisdale place, north of Prairie Bayou on Highway 84. It is also northwest of Prince Cemetery.
"On this mountain there was a Civil War skirmish and several people who lived in this area were killed. It is said that Ned Moore's father was killed. The Robert Tisdale family, who also lived in the area escaped any loss of family members. His family and the Moore family helped bring some of the bodies out of the mountains in a steer cart and took them to the Burnett Cemetery for burial.
"One version is that a boy was killed who was related to the Moores' and that he is probably buried in the Burnett Cemetery. It is not known who any of the others killed were, but some may have been other members of the Moore family.
"The steer cart was described as a cart with two large wooden wheels, causing the cart to be high off the ground. It had high sides around it and was pulled by one or two steers.
'Some graves were left on the mountain and seven graves were at the foot of the mountain. No identification available now - 113 years later (1976). However, as late as 1925, the graves were visible still, due to bones scattered about."

THE HERITAGE: Hot Spring County Historical Society, Vol.. XVII, 1990, presented a paper on the relationship of burials at Burnett Cemetery, located on Highway 84, between Malvern and Bismarck.

"Roina Blake Hardin was married first to Jessie Moore, who was waylaid by neighbors and killed on his return home on furlough during the Civil War. They considered him a traitor for having served in the Union Army. Roina and Jessie had a son, Edmond Wade (Ned) Moore, who was the second husband of Tennessee (Tennie) Ememon and approximately 30 years older than Tennie. Roina's second marriage was to William Riley Thornton (son of Blackmon Thornton). Their son, Sidney Clifton Thomton was the first husband of Tennie Emerson."

John Clarence Parsons, on page 50 of his NEW DE ROCHE RECOLLECTIONS gives a different version of Jessie's death:

"Mark Thornton told me in 1938 that Jessie Moore, who had married his mother, Roina Blake Hardin, was in the Union Army. He came home to visit his family and Conley Sullivan, a mere boy, who it was claimed was later in the Confederate Army, went and told the Hardage boys who were members of a 'bushwhacker gang', and the next morning they went and got him and took him down to De Roche Creek and shot him. Conley was the son of Nancy Hardin Sullivan, Roina's sister.

"After I came to California, I contacted Alonzo Moore, a grandson of Jessie and he said that Jessie deserted the Union Army and when he came back they hanged or shot him and ran their horses over his grave. That is a common legend. I am sure that Mark told me the real truth."

Roina and her two husbands, produced a total of 12 children, and countless other descendants. On 28 May, 1928, death came at age 96 to this Hot Spring County, Arkansas pioneer. She is buried between Jessie Moore and W.R. Thornton in Burnett Cemetery. Each of their graves is marked by a white tombstone, carved of.,Arkansas limestone.

The gravestone of Jessie Lee Moore gives this biographical information: "Born in Randolph Co., NC. May 11, 1827, Died June 11, 1863", and carries the inscription:

"Remember, friends, as you
pass by, That all
mankind be born to die:
Then let your cares on
Christ be cast, That you
may dwell with Him at last."

On the monument to the life of Roina B. Thornton, born Apr. 15, 1832 died May 28, 1928, is engraved the following:

"On that bright immortal shore We shall meet to part no more."

Robert Hardin, father of Roina is buried near the same tree which shades the graves of his daughter and her soldier husband, this husband whose body she buried "rightly" in the graveyard given to the community by the Burnett family. On a spring day some 130 years after Jessie's death three white cranes standing nearby in the deep green pasture, compliment the white tombstones of my great-grandparents, giving me a concrete link with my past heritage.

I am indebted to Charles L. Smith of the Arkadelphia Monument Works, who made a special trip to the cemetery to make a rubbing of Jessie's tombstone.

Submitted to the Hot Spring Co., AR. Historical
Society for inclusion in the 1997 Yearbook.

Marriage: Roina Blake Hardin b: 15 APR 1832 in Nc
Married: 4 MAR 1848 in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN
Frances Elizabeth Moore b: 13 FEB 1853 in , Hot Spring, AR
John Wilkie Moore b: 27 NOV 1848 in ,,TN
Edward Wade Moore b: 30 SEP 1850 in ,,TN
William Lindsey Moore b: 20 SEP 1855 in Hickory Grove, Hot Spring, AR
Mary Jane Moore b: 7 DEC 1857 in ,,AR
Rozeta T. Moore b: 2 JUL 1860
Jesse Lee Moore b: 4 MAR 1863 in ,,AR
Lydia Alpha Moore b: 4 MAR 1863 in ,,AR

Patty Burnett has Jessie's mother as Mary Moore

Family links: 
  Roina Blake Hardin Thornton (1832 - 1928)*
  John Wilkie Moore (1848 - 1897)*
  Edward Wade Moore (1850 - 1928)*
  Mary Jane Moore Williams (1860 - 1918)*
  M. Alpha Moore Mann (1860 - 1890)*
*Calculated relationship
"Born in Randolph Co., NC. May 11, 1827, Died June 11, 1863", and carries the inscription:

"Remember, friends, as you
pass by, That all
mankind be born to die:
Then let your cares on
Christ be cast, That you
may dwell with Him at last."
Note: My GGGrandfather
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Arkansas, USA
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Record added: Jun 30, 2001
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