City Directories and History: A simple Carolina “I” house design from the second quarter of the 19th century, this house had been owned by numerous families but is closely tied to the Moore family due to the political and economic importance T.W. Moore, M.D. played in the antebellum history of Chester County, SC. The plantation at one time is reported to have encompassed more than 1,000 acres.
Thomas Wade Moore, physician of Chester District, was born in 1809 near Blackstock, Chester District, South Carolina, the son of John Michael Moore, and Rebecca (Wade) Lunsford Moore, widow of Captain Swarson Lunsford, the Revolutionary soldier buried on the State House grounds. Thomas entered the South Carolina College, leaving after his junior year. He was graduated from the Medical College of South Carolina in 1829 and settled in the Fishing Creek section of Chester District. He soon gave up the practice of medicine and turned to farming since he owned a large plantation. His old two-story frame home has recently been restored by its present owner.
He first married Sarah Dabney Chisolm of Charleston, and second, Marian McDonald of Albany, New York. For several terms, he was a member of the House of Representatives from Chester. He was elected a delegate to the Secession Convention and signed the Ordinance of Secession. During the War, he was Confederate district fund treasurer. His son, Thomas Wade Moore, Jr., was killed in the War Between the States. Dr. Moore died in Chester in 1871.
(Information in part from: Chester County Heritage Book, Vol. I, Edt. by Collins – Knox, Published by the Chester Co Hist. Society – Jostens Printing, 1982)
Click on the More Information / Plat links found below the primary picture for additional data. The Civil War Diary of Wm. Henry Hardin of Chester in 1863 in fully transcribed and a map of the area by Heritage Plat Maps showing the location of the Mills – Moore home.
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