EDGAR FELTON MOORE & REBECCA ELIZABETH (DOOGAN) DUGAN SLYGO VALLEY, TRENTON, GEORGIA
Edgar Felton Moore, best known as Felt, was born February 13, 1881 on Lookout Mountain in the Durham community. He was the second son of John Jefferson Moore (June 19, 1841-March 16, 1931) and Mary Catherine Jay (August 13, 1844-January 9, 1921).
John J. Moore (Felt’s father) is believed to be the youngest son of Charles F. Moore and Nancy Ann White. Charles and Nancy were married in Surry Ct, NC on December 20, 1818 then moved to Walker County (Lookout Mountain) circa 1835. Charles and Nancy Ann had nine children:
Eliza Williams Moore, b. 12/16/1820 in NC
Ira R. Moore, b. 10/22/1822 in NC, m. Judson Ann
Elizabeth Moore, b. 8/1/1825 in NC
James Madison Moore, b. 12/28/1827 in NC, m. Elizabeth A. Moore, d. 7/25/1906 in
GA and buried in Chickamauga Cemetery
Etha Ann Moore, b. 10/24/1829 in NC, d.1910 in GA and buried in Chickamauga
Gabriel Moore, b. 6/14/1831 in NC Charles Augustus Moore, b. 3/26/1833 in NC Mary Ann Moore, B. 9/16/1836 in GA John Jefferson Moore, b. 6/19/1841 in “Moore Holler” on Lookout Mountain, d.
3/16/1931 in GA and buried in Chickamauga Cemetery
Charles F. and Nancy Ann are buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Ascalon on Lookout Mountain.
Mary Catherine Jay (Felt’s mother) was born August 31, 1844 in Walker County, GA. She was the fifth often children born to David W. Jay (October 7, 1812-March 5, 1833) and Elizabeth (August 11, 1816-April 6, 1.904). They were born in Warren County TN, were married there and moved to northeast GA shortly after their marriage. They moved to Lafayette in Walker County “the latter part of the war” (referring to the Civil War). Their children were:
William M., b. 7/1836
Sary Ann, b. 5/8/1838
James B., b. 8/6/1840, d. 2/13/1878
Elizabeth Jain, b. 6/11/1842
Mary Catherine, b. 8/31/1844, d. 1/9/1921
Eliza, b. 12/3/1846
David W., b. 3/4/1849
Martha Caroline, b. 10/5/1852
John Ampers, b. 6/30/1854, d. 10/6/1856
George Kellog, b. 11/11/1857
John J. Moore was a farmer. He and Mary Catherine Jay were married “at the bride’s father’s home” in Walker County, GA by Dr. D. C. Farriss. They had three sons:
Judson Leander, b. 1/9/1880, never married, d. 6/4/1967 and buried in Chickamauga Cemetery. Edgar Felton, b. 2/13/1881, married Rebecca Elizabeth (Doogan) Dugan 8/31/1902, d.
1/2/1975 Robert Haygood, b.3/10/1882, d.12/1/1884 and buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
Thus, the only descendants of John and Mary Catherine are through Edgar Felton’s marriage to Rebecca Elizabeth Dugan. John and Mary Catherine are buried in Chickamauga Cemetery.
Rebecca Elizabeth (Doogan) Dugan, best known as Bessie, was the daughter of Billy Doogan and Lenora “Nora” Hixon. She had two sisters: Luverna, who married Polk Cole of Slygo and Ethel, who married into the Hughes family. Bessie was born in the Durham community.
Felt and Bessie were married on. August 31, 1902 and moved to Slygo circa 1916-1917. Leon Lincoln “Red” Moore, born 2/12/17, was the first child born in the house Felt and Bessie built on their farm on Slygo Road. Altogether, they had eight children:
Jessie Louise, dau., b.3/20/03, m. Martin Benson Street, d. 8/25/63
William “Willie” Jefferson, dau., b. 8/28/06, m. Ernest Graham, d. 7/7/87
Edgar Leander, son, b. 9/17/07, m. Eura Daniels, d. 3/21/87
Bruce Felton, son, b. 5/23/12, m. Elsie, living in La Puente, California
Leon Lincoln “Red”, son, b. 2/12/17, m. Hazel Patterson, d. 4/5/89
Lenora Katherine, dau., b. 11/17/19, m. Lawrence Dugan, living in Rossville, GA
Evelyn Judson, dau., b. 11/7/23, m. Alvin Reeves, living in Slygo Valley
Clara Opal, dau., b. 2/2/26, m. Benton Patterson, living in Slygo Valley died June 1, 2006
Bessie Moore was a quiet homemaker while Felt (affectionately known by many as “Uncle Felt”) rarely missed a Saturday night square dance. The Moores celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary at their home in Slygo. Both lived long lives and each died quietly at their home in Slygo.
The descendants of Felt and Bessie began a family reunion in the mid-1980’s. The group now not only includes descendants of John and Felt’s Moore line, but also of Ira and Charles Augustus (children of Charles F. and Nancy Ann and brothers of John).
Prepared by Gail Moore Hedden, September 1996 Sources: Family Bibles and Newspaper Articles
Bessie died May 10, 1984
Daddy died Jan 2, 1975
EDGAR FELTON AND REBECCA ELIZABETH DUGAN MOORE PICTURE:
Seated, Felt and Bessie Moore and their children standing from left to right: Evelyn Reeves, Bruce Moore, Katherine Dugan, Red Moore, Willie Graham, Clara Opal Patterson, Edgar Moore and Jessie Street.