Moore, Robert Thomas

Robert Thomas Moore Submitted by: daughter Margaret Seebeck

My father, Robert Thomas Moore was an original enrollee. He was born on September 29, 1892 near Aylesworth, Indian Territory in Marshall County at the head of Caney Creek. His parents were Thomas David Moore and Nancy Melvina (Turner) Moore. His paternal grandparents were Joseph Moore and Mary (Rider) Moore. Joseph Moore ran a ferry on the Washita River for many years. He sold cattle and vegetables to Ft. Washita and also served as an interpreter between the Indians and whites. It is said the Comanche’s raided across Red River one night near Joseph and Mary’s house, evidently looking to steal horses. The next morning, after all the ruckus was over, Mary found a breechclout in the yard. Not much is known about Robert’s maternal grandparents (at least by the younger generation), but it is known his mother was raised by Governor Burney’s family and attended Burney Institute. She helped raise the Burney children. Governor Burney is buried in the old Moore Cemetery near Linn. The old Moore Crossing, Moore Prairie, Widow Moore Creek and several old landmarks thereabout are named for the Moore family. Robert’s father was a rancher and farmer most of his life. For a time he ran a grocery store in Ayleworth and was also involved in the law enforcement. He attended Harley Institute in his boyhood. Robert has seven brothers and sisters. They were Ben, Willis, Amon, Lizzie (Elizabeth), Mamie, Henretta and Erna; of these only Erna survives. They were all original enrollees, I believe. There were also four sets of twins who died in infancy. There were interviews done in 1938 containing more history of the Moore family in Grant Foreman’s book entitled, “Pioneer Indian History” available at the Historical Society in Oklahoma City. My father liked to fish and hunt in the Washita River bottom and Pennington Creek. He was a good horseman and rode most everywhere except when his folks would take the wagon from Aylesworth to Ardmore to get a few months supply of groceries, a trip he remembered as seeming to take forever. He had many memories of his father taking he and his brothers and sisters to many of the old Choctaw sites. On November 24, 1912 he married Annie Elizabeth Bard, daughter of George R. and Manerva (Fuller) Bard. She was 16 years old and he was 22. My father rode for several ranches around Marshall County, the old “E” ranch, Morris Cardin and Jim Bounds to name a few. Later they moved to Shawnee where they raised six children. They were Robert Rufus, Alton Osborn, Thomas David, Margaret Marie (Moore) Seebeck, Geneva Louise (Moore) Brown and Billie Jeanne (Moore) Kyrias. For many years my father worked for Coca-Cola in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Before and during World War II he worked for an Air Force base near Sacramento, California and also for the Southern Pacific Railroad. After retirement the family returned to Oklahoma where they bought a small ranch near Boswell in Choctaw County where he farmed and raised a few cattle. When we children were growing up my father used to have all of us sit after supper and sing the old songs and tell us stories of the early days. He was proud of his Choctaw heritage and instilled that pride in his children and grandchildren. My father passed away in February 1976, my mother Annie Elizabeth passed away in February 1971. A loyal Choctaw and loving couple sadly missed.