Mooreville, Texas

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Mooreville, Texas
Unincorporated community
Mooreville is located in Texas
Mooreville
Mooreville
Mooreville is located in the US
Mooreville
Mooreville
Coordinates: 31°18′6″N 97°8′33″W / 31.30167°N 97.14250°W / 31.30167; -97.14250Coordinates: 31°18′6″N 97°8′33″W / 31.30167°N 97.14250°W / 31.30167; -97.14250
Country  United States of America
State  Texas
County Falls
Elevation 538 ft (164 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 95
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code 76632
Area code(s) 254

Mooreville is an unincorporated community in Falls County, Texas, United States. It is located just off Highway 7 four miles northwest of Chilton on Farm Road 2643. Never incorporated, Mooreville posted a population of about 95 in 2000 after peaking at 180 in the late 19th century. The post office was discontinued in 1906, and the school consolidated with Chilton in 1950.[1]

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Early History

From History_of_the_George_Washington_Bowman_and_Fiser_Families_of_Mooreville_Falls_County_Texas, by Leila Bowman A. Page, 1961, pg 8-9

In beginning this story of the George Washington Bowman and Fiser families, I want to tell you where the Bowman and Fiser families came from, when and how they came to Texas, and something of Mooreville, where their children were born and reared, and where our Parents are all buried. Mooreville to most of us is a hallowed spot, with its sacred memories we will never forget. Carved out of the original Pedro Garza and the Ignacio Galindo grants, Falls County, Texas, is a valley landscape at the foot of towering hills. Nearly one hundred years ago, Robert Moore, a,warmhearted Irishman, built the first grocery and supply store there, and the spot where he located has been called Mooreville ever since. (4) The entire Mooreville section was gradually put into cultivation and its fertile and productive soil fielded great wealth, The population rapidly increased. Schools and churches were erected. It is interesting to recount that all the older families mentioned in this writeup had many children, and most all of them were sooner or later educated at college. And with the passing of another generation, all had married and moved to other towns and cities to establish their homes and business. In 1865, at the close of the war between the States, Willis A. Fiser, with his family and Uncles, came in caravans from Missouri to Texas. These . caravans forded the Brazos River at Waco, and while camping at that little town, Reverend Prather, himself coming from Tennessee, visited the families in camp and inquired from whence they came. Finding that the Fisers were from ~nnessee, he at once had a friendly feeling, and suggested they locate a permanent camp on land which he owned near the Brazos River. This was done, and to their surprise he slaughtered a beef, and sent the Fisers a quarter thereof. This Mr. Prather was the father of the Late Wm. L. Prather, a lawyer of Waco, and President of the University of Texas. The Fisers secured a lease of land on Hog Creek in the northwestern section of McClellan County, just west of present day Waco. To this same community came the senior Ransford Henderson Jones and his sons Hardy and James. Pretty soon the McCulloughs came with their families from Missouri, and located at Rock Dam, near the old settlement of Gurley on the Southern Pacific Railroad (north of the present town of Chilton) in Falls County. Ed McCullough soon married Elizabeth Ann Fiser, and her sister Mary married Hardy Jones. Her brother, Leander ("Lee") Fiser, married Roseanna Emiline Bowman, her youngest sister, Katherine Bates Fiser, married George Washington Bowman, and her youngest brother, Andrew Mack Fiser, married Lenora Ledora ("Lee") Bowman. Notice that three Bowmans married Fisers. All of these families - Fisers, Jones and Bowmans - purchased homesites and improved their farms on Cow Bayou, twenty miles below Waco, in the vicinity of what is now Mooreville.