Wyatt Mooring, a farmer and stock raiser, has been a resident of Lake County for thirty years, and he is the son of Wyatt and Martha (Needham) Mooring, who were both natives of North Carolina; their families moved to Madison County, Tennessee where they first met and afterward married. In 1856 they moved to what is now Lake County, and lived until their death; they had nine children, six still living. In 1870 Mrs. Mooring died, and he married Kate S. Craig by whom he had one child. Mr. Mooring and both of his wives were Methodists; he was a Democrat and always a farmer; for twenty six years he was chairman of the county court of Madison County and held the office for a term upon the organization of Lake County. He died in 1874 at the advanced age of seventy.
Our subject was born June 2, 1840, in Madison County, was raised and educated on the farm. In 1861 he volunteered in Company E, Fifteenth Tennessee Regiment, Confederate Army of Madrid Bend Guards, was wounded slightly once, but at the battle of Missionary Ridge he was captured, and was in prison for seventeen months, being exchanged just before the close of the war. Mr. Mooring then commenced farming. In 1866 he married Kate F. Donaldson, daughter of Andrew J. Donaldson. She was born December 1843, at Donaldson’s Point, Missouri. Of seven children born to them, three are living: Richard C., Sallie O. and Maggie M. Mrs. Mooring is a Methodist. For a short time Mr. Mooring filled the office of constable; he has always been a democrat. He is an extensive farmer, owning 746 acres of land in the best part of Lake County.