Monday, February 23, 2015

Samuel Moore's Last Will & Testament

Click image to see Samuel Moore's last will & testament

The MPL Indiana Room has the original copy of Samuel Moore’s last will and testament, which is in our vertical files.  The will was executed on July 21, 1888, and filed for probate in Morgan County Circuit Court on March 15, 1889.  The will execution was witnessed by George W. Bass and William H. Ray, and Bass filed the will for probate.

Samuel Moore (1799-1889) founded the town of Mooresville, Indiana, in 1824. The original plat (below) was recorded on February 21, 1825 in the Morgan County Recorder's Office (in Martinsville, Indiana).

Original Plat of Mooresville, Indiana (1824)
Recorded February 21, 1825
(Click image to enlarge)

The MPL Indiana Room has several of Samuel Moore's artifacts on permanent display. Drop by the library to see them sometime.  The Indiana Room is located next to the adult nonfiction stacks, adjacent to the outdoor courtyard.

Founders Found a New Home

Portraits of Samuel Moore and Eliza Worthington Moore, founders of Mooresville, Indiana, have found a new home at Mooresville Public Library.  They now hang proudly in the MPL Indiana Room.  Click the photos to enlarge.

Founders' portraits (circa 1850) facing one another
at the north end of the MPL Indiana Room
(overlooking the MPL Courtyard)

 Samuel Moore

 Eliza Worthington Moore



These portraits were drawn circa 1850.  We have blogged about the Founders before, so please feel free to take a look at our archived blog postings about the couple.  Also check out our feline roving reporter's blog posts about the Moores' last resting place in "old" Mooresville Cemetery, on land that the couple donated to the town.  It was the original site of the local Methodist Episcopal (M.E.) Church, which Eliza helped to establish.

To learn more about Mooresville's founders, please visit our famous Mooresvillians web page and our local history web page.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Know Your Celebrity Mooresvillians

How well do you know your celebrity Mooresvillians?  Our website offers sketches of several famous folks who hailed from Mooresville, Indiana or vicinity.  All were Morgan County residents at some time during their lives--many grew up here but left as young adults, but several spent much of their adulthoods here--before they became household names (for the biggest celebrities among them), or at least well known in the Hoosier state. Click the image below to learn more.

Do You Recognize These Famous Mooresvillians?
(Click Photos to Find Out)

Surprised that prominent persons came from our tiny town?  Mooresville is 191 years old (founded in 1824), so one would expect some denizens to hit the big time over the course of nearly two centuries.  If you ask around, you'll probably find current inhabitants who are related to some of these luminaries.  One still lives in Morgan County--you may have seen him at veterans' events or other public appearances.

If you're from here (or live here currently), you now have some great names to drop at the next party you attend.  It would probably sound something like this:

"Hi, I'm Bill, from Mooresville, Indiana."


"It's the town where ____________________ (fill-in celebrity Mooresvillian of choice) lived."

"Really?  Do tell."

In case they think you're making it up, direct them to this blog post.  I settle a lot of arguments about historical details such as these.

Digitized Mooresville High School Vintage Yearbooks

Thanks to the Mooresville High School Alumni Association, we now have digitized copies of vintage Mooresville High School (MHS) yearbooks available online. Click the image below to visit our local history web page to find links to the yearbooks.

MHS Digitized Yearbooks Available Online

If your family hails from around these parts, maybe you'll see your great-grandparents (or other relatives) in these photos.

Early MHS yearbooks were not called Wagon Trails, as they have been known since 1946. Titles included Senior Annual (1909), 'Levenite (1911), The Argos (1914), The '17 Packet (1917), The Cauldron (1920), White Lick Review (1923, 1925), and Arch Wisdom (1930).

Many thanks to the MHS Alumni Association for preserving these invaluable historical resources.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

"Old" Town Park

We happened across some photographs of "old" Town Park, which we thought you might enjoy. Click the images to enlarge them.

"Old" Town Park (looking west) (circa 1909) (photo by J. P. Calvert)

 "Old" Town Park (looking southwest) (circa 1885) (photo by J. P. Calvert)

Old Settlers Picnic (August 1885) at "Old" Town Park
(looking south) (photo by J. P. Calvert)

In 1877 town founder Samuel Moore donated land along the east end of South Street (adjacent to the east fork of White Lick Creek) to the citizens of Mooresville, Indiana to be used as a town park.  The annual Old Settlers picnic was held there until 1995.

In the top photo (ca. 1909, above), you can see the east end of South Street.  The road going to the right intersected East High Street.  Heading toward the right (in the photo), you would enter Mooresville; going to the left, you would encounter the Waverly Road. Today you may see the boy scout pioneer cabin (constructed ca. 1932) atop the hill among the trees.

Boy Scout Cabin (single-pin log construction) (ca. 1932)
(2009 photo by the blog author)

The middle photo (ca. 1885, above) was looking southwest across "old" Town Park from the hill approximately where the scout cabin stands today.  The Waverly Road appears to the left.

The bottom photo (August 1885) shows local citizens attending the annual Old Settlers picnic at "old" Town Park.

To learn more about the history of the Old Settlers picnic, click here.