K. C. Moore

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
September 24, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 272
Tyler County

K. C. MOORE started the practice of law in Tyler County
twenty years ago, and his sound abilities have brought him
a large practice and growing influence in the affairs of his
nativ.e county. He is a resident of Middlebourne, and is a
member of a family that for four or five generations has
been identified with West Virginia, chiefly as farmers, and
always as good substantial citizens of their respective

For several generations the Moores lived in Monongalia
County, where the family was established by the pioneer,
Alonzo Moore, who came from Maryland and was a farmer.
Alonzo was the great-great-grandfather of the Middle-
bourne attorney. His son, Phillip Moore, was also a native
of Maryland, but spent his active life as a farmer in
Monongalia County. The grandfather was William Moore,
who was born in Monongalia County in 1807, was reared
and married there, became a farmer, and in 1840 moved
his family to Tyier County. He became the pioneer fruit
grower of this county, and his orchards of cherries, apples,
peaches and plums were developed to commercial propor-
tions and did much to stimulate fruit growing in the county.
William Moore died at Joseph’s Mills in Tyier County in
1884. He was a whig and later a democrat in politics. His
first wife, grandmother of the Middlebourne lawyer, was
Rebecca Sine, a native of Monongalia County, who died at
Joseph’s Mills. By this marriage six sons and two daugh-
ters grew to mature years, all now deceased. By the second
marriage of William Moore there were nine children. The
third wife was Mrs. Ann (Johnson) Ellinger.

William Nelson Moore, a son of William and Rebecca
(Sine) Moore, was born in Monongalia County August 1,
1829, and was between ten and eleven years of age when
the family moved to Monongalia County and settled at
Joseph’s Mills. In that community he lived out his life
and was a highly successful farmer. In younger years he
filled the office of justice of the peace and was also a mem-
ber of the County Court. In polities he was a stanch
republican. He died at Joseph’s Mills December 6, 1919.
William N. Moore married Lucinda Sweeney, who was born
in Greene County, Pennsylvania, in 1832 and died at
Joseph’s Mills in September, 1907. She was the mother
of six children: Virginia, who died at the age of fifty-
nine at Shiloh in Tyier County, where her husband, Dr.
David C. Smith, is a well known physician; Sarah, a resident
of Pennsboro, West Virginia, widow of A. Nicholas For-
dyce, who was a school teacher and later a farmer; Mar-
garet A., living at the old homestead at Joseph’s Mills;
Mary E., who died aged fifty-six at Wilbur in Tyier
County, wife of J. Wesley Stewart, now a retired farmer
at Akron, Ohio; Charles, who owns and operates the old
homestead farm; and K. C. Moore, who is the youngest.

Mr. Moore, who was born October 16, 1874, grew up
on the old homestead, had the advantages of the rural
schools, spent one year in the West Liberty Normal School,
and graduated Bachelor of Pedagogy in 1896 from West
Virginia Wesleyan College at Buckhannon. He spent two
years in West Virginia University Law School and in 1900
was admitted to the bar and began practice at Sisters-
ville. A year later he moved to Middlebourne, where for
twenty years he has been busily engaged in handling a civil
and criminal practice, and since 1912 has been a member
of the firm, Underwood & Moore, one of the best known
law firms of Tyler County. Mr. Moore was prosecuting
attorney of Tyler County from 1908 to 1912. He has been
active in the republican party, has been a delegate to
state, congressional and judicial conventions, and in recent
years has seldom missed attending conventions for the
nomination of judicial and congressional candidates. He is
a member of the State Bar Association.

During the war Mr. Moore gave precedence to ench
work as he could perform for the Government, including the
filling out of questionnaires for recruited men in the
county and as a Four Minute Speaker in behalf of the
Liberty Loan, Bed Cross and other drives.

At Alma, West Virginia, in 1906, he married Miss Edna
E. Conaway, daughter of Dr. Eli B. and Mary Elizabeth
(Smith) Conaway. Her mother still lives at Alma, where
her father was a greatly loved country physician, prac-
ticing medicine forty-seven years. Mrs. Moore finished her
education in West Virginia Wesleyan College at Buckhan-
non. She has two children, Richard Conaway born Sep-
tember 9, 1907, and Mary Virginia, born August 13, 1909.