Last March, the Moore County Historical Society and the Moore County Archives began a project to recognize those in our community that could trace their lineage back to the beginning of Moore County. To be recognized, the community member must be able to trace their ancestors back to at least the year 1880. This was the year of the first census date after the creation of Moore County in 1871. Since starting the project in conjunction with last year’s Sesquicentennial celebration for Moore County, the Founding Families Committee, made up of George Stone, Mike Northcutt, Kathryn Hopkins, Carol Roberts, John Parkes, and Christine Pyrdom have approved over 105 applications and are in the process of approving more.

At a Moore County Historical Society meeting on June 12, 2022, Archivist Christine Pyrdom presented the large crowd in attendance “A Brief History of the Founding of Moore County”. Archivist Kathryn Hopkins then shared some insight into the research process that it took to verify the 100+ applications and the many Founding Family members from near and far were honored with a certificate.

It’s not too late for those interested in being recognized as a member of the Moore County Founding Families! According to the Archives, they will continue to accept applications whenever anyone wants to send them in. There are applications available at the Moore County Archives office, downstairs in the County Building, 241 Main Street on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:00 am- 3:00 pm. For more information, please contact the Archives at (931)759-7068.