Ohio History Journal

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William Eves Moore, D. D., LL. D., was born in Strasburg,

Pa., April 1st, 1823. His parents, Jacob Moore, M. D., (Univer-

sity of Pennsylvania, 1818), and Sarah Faris Moore, came of

Scotch-Irish ancestors, who after the siege of Derry migrated

to the northern part of Newcastle county, Delaware, and for

generations held office in the same Presbyterian church and

owned the original farm land given by grant of Wm. Penn.

Returning from Strasburg to Delaware, Dr. Moore's father died

when this, his eldest son, was six years of age.

With two sisters older, and a brother younger, there then

began for him all the vicissitudes in life of a fatherless boy.

From the home of paternal grandparents in Mill Creek Hun-

dred, he first attended school in New London, and at ten years

of age was trudging on foot over hills and country roads to New-

ark Academy. At twelve and a half years he is a druggist's

apprentice in Philadelphia, laying in stores of practical knowl-

edge to be of use on battlefields in later life.

Following this came a service of one campaign in the war

with the Seminoles in Florida, where first he served his country

in arms and his fellow-soldiers with care of the sick and dying.

Next were a few years upon a farm-a signal benefit to his

future health, and whether ploughing the field or sowing the

wheat his was the expert hand chosen for all difficult tasks. And

now there came the call of the Master, first to consecration of

heart and life to the service of God, and then to the ministry of

the Word. But how should the orphan youth find ways and

means for a long course of preparation ? Educational opportuni-

ties had been few,-of means, he had none. If any part of the

life of Dr. Moore was truly heroic and full of Christian trust and

gratitude, it was in the eight years' struggle following his de-

cision of this great question. At the end of it, without aid from

educational societies, he yet was without a dollar of debt! In