During the time that T.A.'s father James U. Moore lived in or near this town, it was a rather wild place on the edge of the country where hog and cattle stealing was common and many a saloon flourished. So unruly was the area that T.A. expressed his concern about traveling to this area with his wife and family.
The town seems to have been first called Cothran's Store and was named after John J. Cothran who was an early settler who had built a store and died in 1884. Near Cothran's store was a gin and blacksmith, but a post office had yet to be established so when anyone from the area went to nearby Paris they would pick up the mail for those living near this area and deposit it in a box kept at the gin for this purpose. Each man would then go through the box and take out his mail.
Some say the name changed from Cothran's Store when Henry Miller's father set up a saloon a few miles south of the store. About this same time the circus had begun showing in Paris, and Henry got himself a fancy poster of a handsome tiger and pasted it above the rear door inside his saloon. When the the Masonic lodge or some other organization was gathering and wanted to take a snifter, they'd suggest that they "Go over and take a shot at the tiger." Others claim the name Tigertown simply got the name because of of the drunks who rode into town when the store buildings were plastered with the pictures of the circus tigers and had gone down Main Street yelling "Tigertown!" Still others claim the name began on account of a rivalry at a dance when local boys had a fight with the boys from Bonham and that the Bonham boys had returned and painted a tiger on the wall suggesting the fierceness of the fight.
However it is that Cothran's Store, Cothran's Station or Cothranville came to be known as Tigertown, it took me nearly three years beginning in pre-internet days, to track down this particular little town. As a genealogist attempting to piece together information the envelope written by my great-great grandfather to his father with this address had given me every reason to believe a town or village by this name had indeed existed in Lamar county.
On the envelope T.A. Moore had written: "They laid him in the village church yard, and I can write to him no more." This was the tiny shred of information which ultimately led me to Roberta Woods, one of those who had recorded the Lamar County cemeteries.
I hope one day to confirm his resting place. He was born to Eli Moore and Deborah Updegraph/Updegraff in what was then known as Beaver Dam, Pennsylvania on the 13th of September, 1816. He was married to Rebecca Cook, the daughter of Martin and Elizabeth (Firebaugh) Cook in Cadiz, Harrison County, Ohio on 07 Sep 1836. They were the parents of my gg-grandfather Thomas Anderson Moore and his younger siblings: Isaac L. Moore, Cinthia "Amanda" Moore, and Joseph E. Moore. Due to their opposing views of slavery, James and Rebecca parted ways and James went south to Texas where he married a woman we know only as "S.A.C." and had by her a son, John Ashley Moore in 1864. They also adopted a daughter, Ada M. Cherry.
As noted on the envelope, James died in Cothranville in April of 1887. His first wife Rebecca died in St. Louis on 18 Nov 1891 and rests in an unmarked grave in Bellefontaine Cemetery.
Note: A marriage record for a James Moore married to a Sarah J. Creed on 05 Aug 1860 in Lamar Co., Texas was located in the Texas Marriages 1814-1909 database; but has not yet been proven to be the same J.U. Moore.
Also looking for the burial of his son Isaac L. Moore, born in Harrison Co., OH on 22 Jun 1842; married first to Abbie A. Malone in St. Louis on 22 Mar 1870; father of Lulu C., Ella C., Orville Clempson, and Chester I. Moore. He married 2nd a woman named Emma and died in Oakland, Alameda Co., CA on 25 Jan 1933.