1 - Prologue
In this account of the history of Bend, Texas,
it may sound like that my ancestors invented the earth, inhabited
it, created Bend, Texas, and hung the moon. It is not my intention
to leave that impression, but I can only write what I have heard and
learned of them. There are many other pioneer families that contributed
to the history of Bend. I will list some of them but I know that I
will leave out some. Early family names in the Bend area other than
my relatives are: Baxter, Smith, Millican, Cate, Turner, Gibson, Gorman,
Marley, Morris, January, Buckhannan, Bearden, Matsler, Byrd, Scott,
Lewis, Barefoot, and many more, some of which will be mentioned later.
|Doss and Sons
General Store - early 1900s
story begins in the 1700s in Pitt Co., North Carolina when William
B. Moore married Nancy Hardison (widow of Joshua Hardison). Their
son, William Moore was born in Pitt Co., N.C. He married Frances Forrest
who was born in 1790 in Greene Co., N.C. This couple had six children:
(1) Alfred Moore was born in 1813 in North Carolina (More about him
later), (2) Martin E. Moore, born 1815, (3) Grove Moore, born 1818,
(4) Ruel Moore, born 1827, (5) Mary Moore, born 1833, and (6) an Unknown
Daughter, (No other info).
Alfred Moore was the beginning of the next generation. He was married
to his first wife, Elizabeth Frances Phillips, born in 1814, Pitt
Co., N.C. (Her father was Thomas Isaac Phillips.) Their first son
was William B. Moore, MD, born 9-15-1835. He practiced medicine at
Brownsville, Haywood Co.,Tn. The second son of Alfred Moore was Thomas
Isaac Moore, born 1837 in Haywood Co., Tn. Number three son was Seth
Martin Moore, my great grand father. (More about him later.) Number
four son was John Alfred Moore, born 1842. (One document also lists
him as a doctor practicing with his brother W.B. and a half brother,
B. Moore, MD.) Then there was a daughter, Frances Moore, born Nov.
22, 1845 and died Sept. 8, 1851.
Elizabeth Frances Phillips Moore, Alfred’s 1st wife died Aug. 12,
1849. Alfred Moore was married a second time to Nancy Smith, born
1827 in Tn. They were married in 1850. The first set of children,
with the exception of Frances who died young, were brought back into
this home and to this second union 5 children were born. (1) Elizabeth
(Betty?) born 1851. She was 9 years old according to the Dist.1, 1860,
Census. (No other information on her.) (2) Henry Moore, according
to the 1860 census, he was 7 and was born in 1853. (3) B. Moore, There
is some confusion about his name. He is listed as Ben---, Bennie,
& Benonie. His biography simply uses the name B. Moore, M.D. He became
a doctor and practiced medicine with his half brothers W.B. and J.A.
Moore. ( When Seth Martin Moore wrote his biography in about 1914,
he had lost contact with B. Moore and apparently never knew that he
made a doctor) (4) Jimmie Moore, (Nothing is known about this person
except that he also was mentioned in the biography.) (5) Martha Moore,
(Mattie) was listed in the 1860 census as a one year old daughter.
Seth Martin Moore wrote of his childhood and growing up in Haywood
and Hardeman Counties in Tennessee. (This article has been transcribed
and is available under another title) On Nov. 11, 1861, Seth Moore
enlisted in the 1st Confederate Cavalry. He served with the famous
Morgan’s Raiders. He was captured and and spent time in the
POW camp in Douglas, Ill. He was apparently released in a prisoner
exchange action and went back to his Cavalry Unit. He was engaged
in another conflict and severely wounded. His chin and lower lip was
torn away and he was again taken captive. He almost died from his
wound but was later released and was discharged in the spring of 1864.
(His Civil War activity is also recorded in another article by this
writer.) He returned to Haywood County, Tn.
At about this time in history the Alexander family came into the same
picture as the Moore family. Silas Newton Alexander, son of Silas
Alexander Alexander was born July 14, 1814. Silas Newton Alexander
Married Marande May on April 13,1832 in Lawrence Co. Alabama. They
apparently moved to and settled for a while in Hardeman Co., Tn. where
Damaris Frances Alexander was born March 22, 1844. I have not been
able to establish where Silas Newton Alexander and his wife lived
all that time but they had four sons born before Grandma Damiras.
Those sons were: (1) William Robert Alexander, 1833, (2) James Newton
Alexander, 1834, (3) John Van Buren Alexander, 1836, and (4) Napoleon
Woodson Alexander, (this was Uncle Poe, born in 1842). There is a
story which I have not been able to document, about this family living
in the Cabot area of Prairie County, Arkansas in 1847 when Silas Newton
Alexander was killed in a family feud. William Robert Alexander, the
eldest son , apparently assumed the roll as head of the family. The
family evidently lived in Haywood Co. Tn. after that. Damaris married
Seth Martin Moore, Sept.6, 1865, in Haywood County, Tenn. One document
titled “Early West Tennessee Marriages” gives the date as “8-30-1865”.
I suspect that the license was obtained on 8-30-65 and the ceremony
actually took place on Sept. 6, like Grandma Damaris said it did.
Living conditions during their early married life must have been very
difficult at the Old South lay in ruin and the economy was shattered.
It was a very difficult time to start a family. Their first son, David
Franklin Moore was born July 28, 1866, in Haywood County, Tenn. A
little over two years later their second child was born. They named
her Ella Lorena Moore. She was born August 14, in Haywood County,
Chapter 2 - Heading for
Subject: Dr. Doss and Harland Moore
I am a physician practicing at _____. I am a family practitioner by
training. Several years ago, when I was nearing a burn-out point in
my career, I took my family for a camping holiday in Texas. One of
the places we camped was at Colorado Bend State Park, and we had a
We went to the small country store outside the entrance to the park
in Bend, and I noticed a monument across the road. I went over to
take a look.
As I read the inscription, I started to get a lump in my throat. And
then I shed a few tears. The monument was erected in the memory of
Dr. Edward Doss, a pioneer physician. The monument has a photograph
of Dr. Doss and his horse, gives a brief description of his life,
and has a poetic quote at the end: "No night too dark or road too
long to serve his fellow man".
But what really got me, and still sends chills down my spine, is that
the final line reads:
"Erected by those who loved him - July 1965" (This was for a man that
died in 1928!!)
Discovering this, completely by surprise, was, and still is, an emotional
experience for me.
Finding this monument forced me to rethink my place in the world,
why I went into medicine, and who I truly am, way deep down. It made
me re-evaluate the true meaning of success. A year or so later, I
returned to that monument, just to think things over, again, to try
remind myself about that part of Dr. Doss that is in me, buried beneath
the myriad complications of modern medicine.....
Through the marvels of the internet, I found texasescapes.com, and
some writings by Mr. Harland Moore, who is a descendent of Dr. Doss.....
I thought that Mr. Moore might enjoy hearing about this. - Sincerely,
__________, M.D., October 20, 2006
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