Private James Seth Mooring (20) and his brother Charles Gray Mooring (16) were at Sharpsburg in 1862 with Company G of the 4th Texas Infantry. Both were wounded in the Wilderness in 1864 but survived the war and returned to Texas. Both were also in the hotel business; Charles in Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto County and James in Navasota, Grimes County for many years, then in Bryan, Brazos County.

Here’s James’ place in Bryan, the Exchange Hotel, two years after he sold it.

The Exchange was built as the Stoddard Hotel in 1884 and had 2 owners after J.S. Mooring. It was leveled in 1939.

Bonus: here’s Charles with their sister Sarah Ann Louisa “Sally” Mooring (1851-1913) in about 1870.


The photograph of the Exchange Hotel was posted to by G. Bryant Hudson.

The clippings are from the Bryan Daily Eagle of 17 June 1939.

The photo of Charles and Sally was contributed to the FamilySearch database by Bonnie Rhoton Harris.

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