Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Isaac R. Moores ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
Isaac R. Moores
TITLE: Col. GENDER: M MILITARY: Seminole & Creek War; Blackhawk War
BORN: 23 Mar 1796 DIED: 15 Apr 1861 BURIED: 16 Apr 1861
BIRTH PLACE:  Madison Co., Kentucky
DEATH PLACE: Eugene, Lane Co., Oregon
Probably buried in Lot #009 which was paid for on June 1, 1861 by J. R. Moores, Sr. for $10. 
Moores are also in Lot #018. 

Served as soldier under Gen. Andrew Jackson 1818, commanded a regiment in the Black Hawk War 1832, a member of the Oregon Constitutional Convention.

"Among the Oregon pioneers prominent in the immigration of 1852 were Colonel I. R. Moore, Sr., and his two sons, John H. Moores and Isaac R. Moores, who left Danville, Illinois, in March, 1852, and reached Portland, Oregon, in November of that year. 
In the following year I. R. Moores, Sr., located in Lane county, where he accumulated a large tract of land (1710 acres), midway between Eugene and Irving, and where he spent the remainder of his days, his death occurring April 15, 1861. 
He was the son of Henry Moores, a soldier of the American revolution, whose forebears and collateral relatives were numerous in North and South Carolina and Maryland. After the Revolutionary War, Henry Moores moved to Kentucky, where he received a land grant of over one thousand acres on the Kentucky river. Here his son Isaac R. Moores, Sr., was born, March 21, 1796. 
His youth was spent in the south. He was married in Tennessee to Jane Alexander, who was born in Georgia on December 27, 1793, and died in Salem, Oregon, January 28, 1868. 
Isaac R. Moores for a number of years was a resident of Alabama, where his oldest son was born. He was a personal friend of Governor Sam Houston of Texas, who offered him very attractive inducements to locate in that state. Except for his aversion to the system of human slavery, these inducements would have probably made him a citizen of Texas and his name and that of his descendants would never have appeared on the roll of Oregon pioneers. He subsequently became one of the pioneers of Illinois, locating in Danville in 1824, which at that time was a more important point than Chicago. 
Here he was engaged in business continuously until he left for Oregon territory twenty-eight years later. During this period he served under Jackson in the Seminole war in Florida. In the Black Hawk war he served as colonel of the 4th regiment of Illinois volunteers. Later he formed a company for enlistment in the Mexican war, but its enlistment was never consummated. 
In 1852 he formed a caravan of about 70 wagons for the trip to Oregon. Among the youngsters who served him as chauffeurs on that long and toilsome journey were John R. Curry, father of Bruce C. Curry; Charles Holman, father of Herbert; Rufus C. and Captain Charles Holman, and Joseph Buchtel, all makers of history in the early days of Portland. 
Colonel Moores lived less than nine years after locating in Oregon, but they were all busy and strenuous years. He died in Lane county on April 15, 1861. He represented Lane county in the territorial legislature in 1855, and was a member of the Oregon Constitutional Convention in 1857. In 1860 he was nominated by the republicans of Lane county for the state senate, but faced defeat, as Lane county was at that time one of the Gibraltars of democracy. His wife, Jane Alexander Moores, was a woman of splendid pioneer type and his loyal and efficient companion during their long years of married life. 
Their children were: John H. Moores, who was born in Huntsville, Alabama, June 26, 1821, and died in Salem, Oregon, December 16, 1880. Martha A. Moores, born in Danville, Illinois, February 1, 1824, and died March 23, 1847. Mary Matilda Moores, born in Danville, Illinois, January 21, 1826, and died in Salem, Oregon, April 20, 1864. Charles W. Moores, born in Georgetown, Illinois, November 2, 1828, and died in a military hospital in Stevenson, Alabama, June 10, 1864. Isaac Ross Moores, born in Danville, Illinois, February 14, 1831, and died in Portland, Oregon, July 25, 1884. 
John H. Moores spent his youth in Danville, Illinois. He began business in Benton, Scott county, Missouri. He was married on May 11, 1847, to Virginia Lafayette Lamon, who was born in Bunker Hill, Virginia, July 14, 1825, and died in Portland, Oregon, June 9, 1897. John H. Moores returned to Danville in 1851 and in the following spring accompanied his father, Colonel I. R. Moores, across the plains to Oregon. In March, 1853, he located in Salem, Oregon, where he resided during the remaining years of his life. He was there engaged in the mercantile business until the fall of 1865. He later purchased the South Salem Flour and Lumber Mills, which he disposed of in the middle '70s, consolidating his lumber business with that of the Capital Lumbering Company. He was the secretary and manager of the latter company from June, 1876, until his death in December, 1880. During the 27 years and more which he spent in Salem, he was actively interested in various public enterprises. He was treasurer of Marion county for some years. He was about 25 years a member of the board of trustees of Willamette University, and was for several years a member of the board of directors of the Salem public schools and of the Oregon State Agricultural Society, of which he was also treasurer. He was also a member of Salem's first city council, four times mayor of Salem, four years a member of the Oregon State senate, and was with the late George H. Atkinson, named as a commis- sioner to designate the location of the Oregon penitentiary and the Oregon State Insane asylum. Mr. and Mrs. John H. Moores were both members of the Salem First M. E. church, and Mrs. Moores was for years president of the Oregon Children's Aid Society, which erected and maintained an orphans' home on Asylum avenue in Salem, on the location now occupied by the State Nurses' home. 
Their children were: A daughter, who was born and died in Benton, Missouri, in 1848. Charles B. Moores, who was born August 6, 1849, in Benton, Missouri. Gertrude E. Moores, who was born in Danville, Illinois, September 27, 1851, and died in Salem, Oregon, October 12, 1877. Albert N. Moores, who was born in Salem, Oregon territory, May 12, 1855. Althea and Bertha Moores (twins), who were born in Salem, Oregon. Carrie V. Moores, who was born in Salem, Oregon. Althea, who died April 29, 1883. Gertrude E. Moores, who was married July 1, 1874, to Miles M. Miller. Charles B. Moores was married November 1, 1881, to Sarah E. Chamberiin, a native of Michigan, and daughter of Joseph and Olive Warren Chamberlin, and is of Revolutionary stock on both her paternal and maternal sides. Albert N. Moores was married May 26, 1885, to Cora L. Dickinson, a native of Salem, Oregon, and the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Obed Dickinson. They have three children, all born in Salem, Oregon. 
The dominant strain of the Moores family on both the paternal and maternal sides, dating back to pre-Revolutionary times, is Scotch-Irish. On the paternal side they go back to the Alexanders and the McDonalds, of Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas, and on the maternal side to the Lamons, the Bruces and the Chenowiths of Maryland and Virginia. They were essentially pioneers, constantly heading for the west. A hundred years ago they made their appearance in large numbers in Illinois and the states of the middle west and for nearly eighty years a fair contingent of them have been standing to be counted among the earliest of the pioneers of the great Northwest." 
From: Steeves, Sarah Hunt, BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE OF MARION COUNTY, OREGON, PIONEERS 1840 - 1860, Portland, Oregon, The Berncliff Press, 1927, (Source: A. N. Moores, Salem, Oregon, 1927.) pp 236-238.
In Lane county, Oregon, April 15, 1861, Hon. Isaac R. Moores, aged 65 years and 24 days. 
Mr. Moores was born in Madison county, Ky. He volunteered in the Seminole and Creek war in 1814; in 1818 served under Gen. Jackson in East and West Florida; was married in 1818, and emigrated to Alabama; thence to Illinois in 1821; in 1822, commanded a regiment in the Black Hawk war. He immigrated to Oregon in 1852, where he has since resided to the time of his death. Mr. Moores was a member of the Oregon Legislature, and also of the Constitutional Convention. 
He was a man of positive character, and his influence in the country was extensive and useful. He had been a member of the M. E. Church for upwards of thirty years, and died in the full hope of a blessed immortality, the last survivor of his family, a large one. His remains were taken to Salem for interment. 
The country and the world sustain loss in the death of the deceased. (Moores scrapbook) 

DIED - April 15th, at his residence in Lane county, Isaac R. Moores, aged 65 years. His remains were deposited in the Odd Fellows' cemetery at Salem. 
Oregon Statesman 22 Apr 1861 3:3 

DEATH OF COL. ISAAC R. MOORES (Sr.) Died, at his residence, near Eugene City, Lane co., Oregon, on the night of the 14th inst., Col. Isaac Ross Moores, at the advanced age of about seventy years. 
The life of the deceased has been an adventurous one and marked by many interesting events. At the age of nineteen he enlisted in the service of the United States and served under Gen. Jackson during the war with Great Britain, in 1812; also during the sanguinary struggles with the Indians in Florida. He also served through the Black Hawk war, where he obtained the rank of Colonel. Subsequently he volunteered to serve in the Mexican war, and was elected Captain of the Vermillion Co., Illinois, Volunteers, but through underhanded favoritism at the Capital, he and his men were cheated out of their privilege of enrollment. 
He was a native of Kentucky, but settled in Illinois when that State was a perfect wilderness, where he spent the greater part of his afterlife. It was there we first knew him; in fact, the name of Col. Moores is associated with our earliest recollections. We came to the country with him in 1852, when he with his family crossed the plains. Since his arrival in Oregon, he has ever taken a deep interest in the affairs of that State. He once represented Lane county in the Territorial Legislature, and was afterwards elected and served as a member of the Convention which framed the State Constitution. In his death Oregon has lost a good citizen, of almost unparalelled energy and perseverance, while the sad event will be deeply lamented by thousands of friends who have known him in former years.
Col. I. R. Moores
b. Madison Co., Kentucky
March 23, 1796
d. Lane County Oregon
April 15, 1861. 
Served as a soldier under Gen. Andrew Jackson in 1818
Commanded a Regiment in the Blackhawk War in 1832. 
A member of the Oregon Constitutional Convention. 
Oregon Pioneers of 1852
DAR pg 35 
S&H pg 8 
Steeves, BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE, pp 236-237 
OS 22 April 1861 3:3 
Moore's Scrapbook