AMANDA J. MOORE LEFT HER MARK
As a Religious and Cultural Leader
Born in New Hampshire in 1829, Amanda J. Silsby
came to Illinois in her early teens with her widowed
mother. She graduated from the Rockford Seminary
College for Women in 1854 and stayed on as a teacher.
After the Civil War, she married H.T. Moore and came
to the Lynn community. Later Mr. Moore built a
home in Oakford. When she came to town there was
no church, no funeral services, or religious services of
any kind. Amanda instituted the first such service by
gaining permission to read the Bible at the graveside
and offer prayer. Later she organized the first
Sunday School, the first prayer meeting, and an
Epworth league in the church.
Mr. Moore died in 1879 leaving her with three
children. She continued her religious work and gave
music lessons. Her daughter, Mrs. Maggie Lounsberry,
was church organist for fifty years. At this writing, two
grandchildren survive --- Mrs. Edgar Hollis of Petersburg
and Russell Lounsberry of Oakford.
Amanda Moore's strength of character was as
strong as the granite hills of New Hampshire from
whence she came.
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