William Price Moore & Lucy Ellen (Petree) Moore
Frost, Navarro County, Texas


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This is a picture of William Price Moore.  I still have his original homestead in our family. Per the suggestion of his uncle, William Wesley, he decided to move to Texas to farm and came to Frost in 1902, with Lucy and five children, including my grandmother, Gertie, who was only two years old at the time. They bought this homestead/farm in Navarro County in 1904,where they raised all their children on this farm. My great-grandmother, Lucy, passed away April 14, 1909, on the farm. My grandmother, Gertie Pearl, bought this from Grandfather Price in 1922 and made her first payment of $100.00 on Jan 1, 1923, with a $100.00 payment to be made on the first of each year. However, sadly, Grandfather Price passed away that October 3, 1923. So she then inherited the farm which is what our family stills has today in her name. She married my grandfather, Charles Cary Adams, on June 21, 1928, and they raised their three children, one being my dad, on this farm. Then of course, my dad would always bring us back to the farm when we were little! I have never taken her name off the farm. :

This picture has his wife, Lucy Ellen Petree-Moore and their first four children when they lived in Arkansas. They did not move to Texas until 1902. However all of their children, except for Zella Moore-Shanks and the twins, are all buried in the Frost Cemetery close to their parents. They are as follows:

1. The older girl at top:       Lena Moore-Sanders         B: Oct 22, 1888    D: Jan 17, 1988

2. The boy on Price's lap:   Chester Dare Moore          B: Nov 14, 1890    D: May 14, 1954

3. The girl in the middle:     Loura Myrtle Moore-Cook  B: Dec 12, 1892   D: Apr 1, 1974

4. The baby on Lucy's lap:  Wiley Fletcher Moore       B: Mar 28, 1895  D: Mar 27, 1980




William Price Moore was born in Sheridan, Grant Co., AR to John Fletcher Moore of Greensboro, NC and Martha Caroline Clements-Moore of Mississippi. His father later remarried Artamissa Lucretia Holland/McElroy on March 9, 1879, who later moved to Texas to live with Price and his family after his father passed away. His parents are buried in Moore's Chapel cemetery in Dogwood, AR. across the road from the Moore's Chapel Methodist Church, which is all named after his father for donating all the land.

ON December 28, 1886, handsome Price married the beautiful Lucy Ellen Petree, born in Obion County, Tennessee, in Grant Co. Arkansas. They had their first daughter on November 15, 1887, but she died soon after on December 13, 1887. However, on October 22, 1988, God blessed them with another beautiful little girl who they named Nettie Elana, or "Lena," to start their new family. They had five more children while they lived in Sheridan, Arkansas. They are: Chester Dare (11-14-1890), Loura Myrtle (12-12-1892), Wiley Fletcher (3-25-1895), Willie Earnest "Bill" (8-14-1897) and baby Gertie Pearl (6-23-1900). In December 1901, William Price decided to move his family to Texas with their six children. They came to Corsicana first by covered wagon and rode the train into Frost, Texas to meet his uncle, William Wesley Moore, who had told Price of the prosperous farming in Texas. They lived with him for awhile until they could settle in the McCord community, which at that time which was west of Frost, Texas area of Navarro County on their own farm in which they raised all their children.

Lucy and Price had five more children on the farm, Birdie Rozella (9-18-1903), Irvin Harris (4-29-1906), Ocie Eilene (7-5-1907) and twins, a boy and girl. Sadly, the twins were born on July 2, 1902, but did not survive the same day and were buried at the Emmett Cemetery south of McCord and where their farm is still today. There are no markers for the twins, but this information has been confirmed by the Moore children through the years.

The Moore family were devoted members of the McCord Methodist Church which was located right down the road from their farm along with the school house. Then became members of the Frost United Methodist Church after the McCord community disbanded. Price was very involved in the growth of the methodist church and his name can be found in the records at the Church to this day.

Sadly, on April 14, 1909, Price's beautiful wife, Lucy Ellen, passed away at their homestead. His stepmother, Artamissa Lucretia Moore, came to live him and helped with the children, but soon passed away on August 1, 1911, which left him to raise the remaining children alone. Artemissa is buried next to Price in the Frost cemetery.

Price was know as a land baron for all the land he had bought in Navarro, Ellis, Hill and the surrounding counties. He finally either gave or sold several parcels of land to his own children. However, his daughter, Gertie Pearl, did not want her father to give any land to her. So she bought her parcel from him with the first $100.00 payment to be made on January 1, 1923 and subsequent $100.00 on the first of each year. Sadly, William Price passed away in October of that same year, which the farm then was left to Gertie. She then married in June 1928, and raised all three of her children on the homestead that William Price had originally purchased in 1904. It remains in his family and in his daughter's name to this day! :)

William Price Moore passed away on October 3, 1923, in McLennan County, Texas in the Baptist Sanitarium in Waco.
He had been ill with pneumonia in his right lung for six days and had a previous surgery on September 24, from gallstones according to his death certificate. He just could not pull through. He is still loved and missed greatly by his family.




William Price "Bill" Moore
Sep 15, 1862 - Oct 3, 1923

A Good Man Has Departed.
W. Price Moore, aged 61 years whose home had been four miles south of Frost for more than twenty-five years, died in a Waco sanitarium yesterday afternoon and the remains were interred in the neighborhood cemetery this afternoon.

The deceased came to Texas from Arkansas more than twenty-five years ago, and settled near Frost where he resided continuously till his death. He owned nice property there, and was esteemed by all who knew him as one of the county’s best citizens. Surviving him are his wife and nine children, four sons and five daughters.





FROST, Navarro Co., Texas. Oct 5. - Two funerals were held at Frost Thursday. J.R. Bell, 80 odd years old, died at Blooming Grove and the body was brought here for burial. Mr. Bell had lived near Frost for many years and farmed until he retired from active life.

W. Price Moore died in the Baptist Samitarium at Waco Wednesday and his body was brought to Frost for burial. Mr. Moore was 61 years old and was a farmer, having lived in this community some twenty years. The W.O.W. Camp at Frost had charge of the funeral ceremonies after services at the Methodist Church.



Lucy Ellen (Petree) Moore
Jan 1, 1867 - Apr 14, 1909


Lucy Ellen Petree was born January 1, 1867 in Obion County, Tennessee, being the oldest of the children of John W. Petree and wife, Sarah Elizabeth, who came to West Point, White County, Arkansas in 1868, where Lucy grew to womanhood.

On December 28, 1886, when almost twenty years of age, she was married to W. Price Moore of Sheridan, Grant County, Arkansas, at which place they lived until December 1901, when the family moved to Frost, Navarro County, Texas. To this marriage were born twelve children, five sons and seven daughters. A son and two daughters preceded her in death, having died in infancy.

She joined the Methodist Church in her twenties. She was a dear Christian wife, a devoted mother, and a true friend. Her presence and companionship are sorely missed in the bereft home and community. She was a constand source of help and happiness to family and friends; patient and kind to all. Truly hers was a life worthy of emulation.

Tradegy (sic), indeed, has struck this home in the passing of the mother whose younger children so greatly need her tender care and loving guidance; whose husband needs, so very much, her faithful helping hand. After a short illness at the family home, Mrs. Luce E. Moore, wife of W. P. Moore, departed this life about 5 P. M., Wednesday, April 14, 1909, age 42 years.

Funeral services held Thursday P. M. April 15, 1909, at the Methodist Church in Frost were conducted by her Pastor, Rev. Walter E. Griffith. Burial was made in the Frost Cemetery.

Those who mourn her departure are her husband, W. Price Moore, and nine children: Lena, 20; Chester, 18; Myrtle, 16; Fletcher, 14; Willie, 11; Gertie, 8; Zella, 5; Irvin, 3; Ocie, 21 months all of Frost, Texas; her mother, Mrs. S. E. Petree, Griffithville, Arkansas; two brothers, W. T. Petree, Sheridan, Arkansas and Wiley J. Petree, Griffithville, Arkansas; three sisters, Mrs. Sarah N. Lewis, Mrs. Cora E. Holt, both of Walker, Arkansas and Mrs. Jennie S. Vose of Logan, Kansas, and a host of friends and other relatives.






W. Price Moore
Sept 15, 1862
Oct 3, 1923


Lucy E.
wife of W. P. Moore
Born Jan 1, 1867
Died - Apr 14, 1909


h/o Lucy Ellen (Petree) Moore, married Dec 28, 1886 in Grant, Ark.
s/o John Fletcher Moore & Anna Douglas (Guinn) Moore

Marker Photo by Karen Rost
w/o William Price Moore, Married Dec 28, 1886
d/o John Wiley Petree & Sarah Elizabeth (Winchester) Petree
Marker Photo by Karen Rost

Another Marker Photo

Frost Cemetery, Frost, Navarro Co., TX

  • HI Ed!

    I would like to post a question for the Frost community and Navarro County in general.....

    As you know, I still have the William Price Moore/ Gertie Moore-Adams 1904 family homestead in our family, located at the SE corner of FM 4140 and HWY 639 off of HWY 22. However, no one knows what happened to the house that was built on the farm. I was told that my grandmother, Gertie, sold the house to Frost resident, Bud York, around 1952, after my grandfather died and then he moved it into Frost. but another story is that it burned a few years later. Sadly, Bud has passed away and I can no longer ask him. Someone said his daughter might know, but I do not know who she is. I have also heard that it was moved out to the Navarro Lake. Joe Parum of Frost, has also been asking for years and no one seems to know. It would be great mystery solved if someone had any information about the Moore-Adams house.

    Anyway, I would love to know if anyone knows about the house and what it looked like, either in description

     or pictures. Grandfather Price use to invite the McCord Methodist church members to the house on Sundays for gatherings and worship. I have a picture of this that I will find and send to you.

    Thank you!   ... Carla Adams-Cochran - [email protected]

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