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Andrew Jackson Gore
photo of A J Gore & wife
    Andrew Jackson Gore was born 14 February of 1846 in Tennessee to John Gore (desc. line of John, Isaac, Henry Sr, John, Joseph, John) and Lydia Thomas. At the age of eight, according to family history, he and his two brothers, Isaac and John Thomas Gore, accompanied their mother on the journey to Texas after the death of their father in Tennessee.   Isaac is supposed to have died of lung disease on the way west. Earliest records indicate that the family settled first in Parker County, Texas near the Wise County line.   Nearby was the family of John (J.B.) THOMAS, brother Lydia Thomas GORE.
    On January 12, 1862, at the age of sixteen, Andrew Jackson Gore entered the Civil War. He served the Confederacy with Company E 10th Texas Infantry and was discharged in June of 1865 with an honorable record. Andrew also served with the Texas Rangers under Commanding Officer L. L. Tackitt in the 1st Co. Minute Men from October 1865 to June 1866.

    The Pioneer History of Wise County by Cliff D. Cates, 1907, recounts the stories of Indian raids in the extreme southern part of Wise County in 1863 until the beginning of the Civil War. In the winter of 1865 Indians raided the farm of Mrs. Lydia (Thomas) Gore and drove off her horses. Andy and his brother, Jack (John Thomas), were among the settlers who participated in the resulting chase and fight.

    In June 1866, Andy and Jack were again in the group who chased Indians who stole the horses of local settlers. This battle resulted in the death of pioneer Alvin Clark.

    On November 3, 1866 workers were threshing on the farm of J. B. Thomas when six Indians approached with the intention of stealing the horses which had been turned loose to graze. Thomas and his son, Soney, gave the alarm. Thomas grasped the pistol of Jack Gore and started toward the Indians afoot. The other threshers, among them Andy and Jack Gore, followed in pursuit. An exciting chase followed, resulting in the death of Johnnie Montgomery. Uncle Johnnie was a seventy-six year old pioneer of Parker County.

    Andrew Jackson Gore married Miss Iona Jane Wright ca 1867. Iona was the daughter of Robert Wright and Mary Magee (McGee). The Wrights were early Parker County settlers from Ohio and Missouri. Andrew and Iona lived at or near Boonsville in Wise County, near the Parker County line and later moved to Paradise.

    Andrew and Iona had a family of five children.   Mary L. Gore was born about 1869 and nothing more is known of her at this time. Virginia Ellen (Jennie) was born in 1871 and married William Newton Huddleston in Wise County. John D. Gore was born 1874 and in later years believed to have married a woman named 'Annie'. John was a cattle raiser in Wise County. Ana L. Gore was born in 1876 and married John W. Griffith, had a son and a daughter. William Robert Gore was born in 1882 and married Zeola Lee Kirkpatrick, the daughter of Thomasand Mary E. (King) Kirkpatrick. W. R. and Zeola were both school teachers in Wise County in the early 1900's and were my grandparents. They eventually settled in Palmer and Bailey counties of the Texas Panhandle.

    After the death of Iona on 06 Jun 1893 in Wise County, Andrew Jackson Gore married Madora J. Drew. She was the daughter of Jim and Rose (Smith) Drew of Georgia. Madora is buried in the old cemetery at Paradise.

    Andrew Jackson Gore died 01 December 1916 in Wise County, his death is recorded in Parker County. His final resting place is in the Gilley family cemetery in Wise County, with Iona Jane and their son, John D. Gore.

    John Thomas Gore, brother of Andrew Jackson Gore, is buried in Knox county, Texas. He was married to Mary Justine Carter. They had four children: Andrew Jackson Gore born 1874 married Vera (unk); George Washington Gore b 1876 Boonesville who married Abbie Gail Bennett; Sarah Lydia Gore born Mar 1879 married George I. Biffle; Robert Lee Gore born Nov 1879. George Gore was a sheriff in Parker for many years. 

    I have not found any cousins on this branch of the family and it is one of my main goals. Any help would be most appreciated!

    I would also love to find my Huddleston and Griffith cousins and share our family history.


Joyce Gore Locke - P.O. Box 474 - Portales, NM 88130 email: jglocke@yucca.net

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