Call Number

F 277 .Y6 .M6x

Date of Publication


Collection Size

1 bound volume; 71 pages


Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections



Historical Note

Dr. Maurice Augustus Moore was born in York County, S.C. on August 10, 1795 to Alexander Moore and Dorcas Erwin Moore. At 16 he went to Mecklenburg County, N.C. and taught school for a few months and then became a clerk in his brother-in-law’s store. Moore’s brother James suggested that he study medicine. He read medicine with Dr. William Harris of Wadesboro, N.C. and finished his degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Returning to York, he went in to practice with his brother William. Dr. Moore married Adeline Allison in 1824. After she died in 1826, his health being poor, he went to Cuba to recuperate. After returning to the U.S., he married Sophonisba Nott in 1833 and moved to Union County, SC shortly thereafter. He gave up medicine and devoted his energies to agriculture. A few year later he was elected to the South Carolina Legislature serving two terms. Dr. Moore also helped develop Glenn Springs, served as an office in the Bank of South Carolina, and wrote several histories. He died on August 31, 1871.



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Dr. Maurice Augustus Moore [1795-1871] penned “Reminiscences of York” in the mid-1800s to record his memories of the York district of his child- and young adulthood. The memoir is, in Moore’s words, “a record of individuals, manners, customs and reminiscences of an old man.” Topics include the Catawba Indians, Thomas Spratt, Col. William Hill, education, the Revolutionary War, anecdotes, descriptions of the town of Yorkville and various communities in the district, as well as information on many families in the area. The volume also includes a biographical sketch of Dr. Moore by Celina E. Means.


Winthrop Library purchased the volume from the Yorkville Enquirer in 1937 for $1.04.


Yorkville Enquirer


York, S.C.


York County (S.C.) History, South Carolina History, American Revolution, Catawba Indians, Yorkville S.C.


Cultural History | Social History

Reminiscences of York