My great grandfather, James Coke Moore was a conductor for the
NC&StL. My grandfather and father are both passed away, and
I have no one to ask, although my mother said something about the
phrase "the Blue Goose." He lived in Buena Vista, TN and
rode the train from Bruceton to Memphis.
I am a big railfan and railroad modeler, and I wish to dream of
the things he did and see the things he saw. Now that I am older
I want to go back to Bruceton, where my father took me, and see
the things I took for granted as a child. I would love to learn
more about my great grandfather, the NC&StL, and how to keep
James Coke Moore was born 4 Nov. 1879 in Carroll Co.
TN. He married Josephine Sedberry on 11 Oct. 1904, and they had
four children: Moreen (1906); Maurice (1908, my father); James Coke,
Jr. (1910); and Caroline (1914). Josie died in 1954 and Coke followed
Coke went to work for the railroad in the early 1890's,
supposedly after the fourth grade, as a waterboy and rose to be
conductor of the NC&StL streamliner called the City of Memphis.
l remember going to watch his train come into Memphis Union Station
in the late 1940's and early 1950's. He would often come in and
spend the night with us. Sometime in the 1940's they moved to Bruceton,
their back yard backed up to the Bruceton railroad facility. Coke
retired around 1953-4 and they moved back to Buena Vista before
Josie died. Their house is still standing and occupied in Buena
Vista. They are buried across the road in Spellings Cemetery, along
with many of their ancestors.
Coke was the son of James Moore (1817-1896); son
of John Moore (1793-1862); son of William Moore (1764-1849); son
of James Moore (died 1781 at the Battle of Eutah Springs, SC). James
and William were in the Revolutionary War.
Jim Moore, Germantown, TN, February 2007