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J. F. Moore? Any genealogy available?
Posted by: LKeels (ID *****7941) Date: April 03, 2010 at 14:54:06
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A History of Trinity County, Texas

1827 to 1928

by Flora G. Bowles



an excerpt from Chapter 3, page 32

One of the dark chapters of the history of Trinity County was that of
the days of the Civil War. Because of its isolation the county became
infested with a body of as desperate criminals as ever inhabited any
section of the country. Some of these were deserters from the army,
their number being augmented by many murderers and thieves. They were
well organized to carry on a reign of crime and terrorism. With this
reign of terror neither life nor property was safe. From all
appearances, the civil laws were not able to cope with the conditions
which obtained. The county sheriff was J. F. Moore, known throughout
the county as 'Redbone' Moore. He was a faithful officer, and his
experience in dealing with lawlessness, would under normal conditions
have been effective. But there was a lack of cooperation on the part of
the best citizens. They believed that the civil laws were inoperative
under the circumstances and began to resort to other methods of redress.
Consequently, a vigilance committee was formed among the better element
with the set determination to accomplish without law what could not,
from all appearances be accomplished through orderly process of law.
Mr. Moore, the county sheriff, on account of his experience as a
successful peace officer, was made chairman of the committee. "The
rope," he said, " is a severe remedy, but the only effective one." The
remedy was faithful and applied. After seven men had been suspended to
neighboring trees, the others took the hint that they were unwelcomed
citizens of the county and fled to more congenial surroundings. At the
close of the war, conditions were in a state verging on chaos. The long
years of war and the uncertainity as to the ultimate outcome, and then
the final collapse of the Confederacy were enough to cause a feeling
akin to panic.



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