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);
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.