Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

James Wilson Moore Family correspondence, 1830-1857 and undated



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Moore, James Wilson Family
Title: James Wilson Moore Family correspondence
Dates: 1830-1857 and undated
Abstract Rev. James Wilson Moore (1797-1873) was the first Presbyterian minister to preach and settle in Arkansas and is known as the father of Presbyterianism in Arkansas. This collection consists of seven letters, primarily to or from James Wilson Moore and his son Charles Beatty Moore.
Identification: 1996-031
Extent: 7 letters
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Biographical note

Rev. James Wilson Moore (1797-1873) was the first Presbyterian minister to preach and settle in Arkansas and is known as the father of Presbyterianism in Arkansas. After studying at the Theological Seminary at Princeton, he was licensed to preach in 1827 by Northumberland Presbytery in Milton, Pennsylvania and then ordained as a missionary to Arkansas. In January of 1828 he preached the first Presbyterian sermon in Little Rock, which was then in the Territory of Arkansas. Moore married Elizabeth G. Green of New Jersey in 1830, and in 1840 the family settled in a country home Moore named “Ruralia,” about thirty miles east of Little Rock. There Moore established a school for boys called Sylvania Academy where he taught for the next 25 years.

Charles Beatty Moore (1836-1911) was the son of James Wilson Moore and his wife, Elizabeth. He was a lawyer and Attorney General in Little Rock, Arkansas and an elder in the Presbyterian Church.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of seven letters, primarily to or from James Wilson Moore and his son Charles Beatty Moore.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Moore, Charles Beatty, 1836-1911.
Moore, James Wilson, 1797-1873.
Organizations
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.--Presbytery of Arkansas.
Presbyterian Church--Clergy.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James Wilson Moore Family correspondence, 1830-1857 and undated, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary


Detailed Description of the Collection

Letters:

Box
C101 J. W. Moore in Danville, PA to Rev. Eli F. Cooley in Trenton, NJ, 4 pages, August 20, 1830
Alexander Moore to his brother, C. B. Moore at Princeton, 4 pages,January 5, 1853
H.R. Wilson at Edgworth Seminary in Sewickley, PA, to J. W. Moore, 4 pages, May 21, 1856
C. B. Moore at Princeton University to his brother, Alexander, 4 pages,March 7, 1857
J. W. Moore to one of his sons, incomplete [page five and six only], undated
Maria Gould to Mrs. Elizabeth Moore [her cousin?], 2 pages, undated
Letter to the editor of The Interior by C. B. Moore, 3 pages, also includes profile of Charles Beatty by Rev. William Chalmers Covert, undated