NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
John Moon, immigrant ancestor, settled in Newport, Rhode Island. He died before 1723. He was a taxpayer as early as 1680. His will, dated Sept. 25, 1728, was proved July 10, 1732. His widow, Sarah, was of Portsmouth, Rhode Island; executors son-in-law, Thomas Cory, and his wife, Sarah. Bequeathed to daughter, Sarah Cory, dwelling house and lot of land for life, and then to grandson John Moon, if he be living. Various other bequests to chidren and grandchildren. He may have beeen a brother of Robert and Ebenezer Moon, both of whom were living in Newport in 1676. An Ebenezer Moon and wife, Elizabeth, had children from 1706 to later dates at Kingstown, Rhode Island.
He married Sarah Sheriff, who died June 24, 1732, daughter of Thomas and Martha Sheriff.
1. John, mentioned below.
2. Sarah, married Aug. 28, 1718, Thomas Cory, son of William and Martha (Cook) Cory.
3. Abigail, married ____ Vaughan.
4. Martha, married May 15, 1711, Michael Cory, brother of Thomas.
(II) John (2), son of John (1) Moon, was born May 16, 1685, at Portsmouth, died there Oct. 7, 1723. He married, Nov. 30, 1710, Abigail, daughter of Enoch and Hannah (Cook) Briggs.
Children, born at Portsmouth:
1. John, mentioned below.
2. Hope, born Dec. 31, 1712.
3. Abigail, May 2, 1717.
(III) John (3), son of John (2) Moon, was born at Portsmouth, Aug. 26, 1711.
(IV) Dake Moon, descendant of John (3) Moon, son of grandson, was born about 1760. He was married by Elder Elisha Greene, Oct. 16, 1783, at West Greenwich, Rhode Island, to Lydia Waite. He left Rhode Island before the census of 1790, and his name is not found in New York, Massachusetts or Connecticut census of that year. Presumably he was missed or his name spelled wrong. He may have been in some town for which the census has not been preserved. In 1790 James and Oliver Moon, presumably his brothers, had famlies at West Greenwich. James had two sons over sixteen years of age and one under that age, Oliver had two sons over sixteen and one under that age. The only other heads of families remaining in Rhode Island of this surname in 1790 were Ebenezer and Sanford, of Exeter; Ebenezer had one son over sixteen and three under that age, and Sanford had two sons over sixteen. Phebe Moon married May 28, 1786, at East Greenwich, Calbe Briggs. Mary Moon married, at W. Greenwich, March 16, 1771, Job Straight. Peleg Moon, son of James Moon, married Mary, daughter of Samuel Watson, Nov. 5, 1768, at W. Greenwich. Lois Moon married, Oct. 1, 1768, at W. Greenwich, Samuel Watson. Robert Moon, of W. Greenwich, married Elizabeth Floyd, of Richmond, June 13, 1762. Jonathan Moon, of Exeter, married, at W. Greenwich, Feb. 6, 1757, Lydia Darling. These were closely related to Dake Moon, and some undoubtedly brothers and sisters.
The New York branch, descended from various pioneers from Rhode Island, is the most numerous. In 1790 these were heads of families in that state: Alpheus, Anna, Benajah, Darius, Elizabeth, Henry, Job, John, John R., Michael, Minjah, Peleg, Robert and William.
In Massachusetts in 1790 the family was located in Hampshire and Berkshire, at Lee, Cummington, Stockbridge and Tyringham. The heads of families were Abraham, Benjamin, John and Joseph. George Moon lived in Boston.
Dake Moon and his wife moved in 1787 to Petersburg, New York, where he followed farming the remainder of his life. He died there May 17, 1819, and Lydia, his wife, died there July 8, 1847, aged eighty-two years, three months, nineteen days (gravestone).
1. Simon, born at West Greenwich, Rhode Island, July 11, 1784.
2. Jefferson, mentioned below.
Had one daughter, Lydia, who married John Clear.
(V) Jefferson, son of Dake Moon, was born in Petersburg, N.Y., Nov. 21, 1801. The family moved from Petersburg, Rensselaer county, to northern New York with their household goods on an ox-cart. In 1822 he purchased the farm known as the Camp Ground Farm in Trenton, Oneida county, N.Y., on which he remained until 1833, when, selling his place, he removed to Cold Brook in Herkimer county, and lived until his death, Jan. 15, 1875.
He was much respected and beloved by all who knew him. He was justice of the peace for twenty-five years, a wise administrator of town business and a just magistrate. He was for many years justice of sessions in the county court.
He married (first) Aug. 13, 1820, Martha Phillips, born at Petersburg, Oct. 19, 1802, died March 3, 1853. Martha Phillips came of distinguished New England ancestry, being on the maternal side descended from General Ethan Allen, the valiant solider of the revolution, the hero of Ticonderoga and organizer and commander of the "Green Mountain Boys," prominent in the annals of American pioneer history. Jefferson Moon married (second), Sept. 26, 1855, Sophia Nelson, of Newport, N.Y., born Oct. 9, 1820.
(VI) William Wallace, son of Jefferson Moon, was born April 29, 1843. He was reared in the town of Cold Brook, and educated in the public schools there and in the Fairfield Seminary. He taught school for five years, and was agent of the Cold Brook Union Store for three years. During the following three years he was in partnership with his brother Samuel in the lumber business. Since then he has been engaged in farming and in dealing in live stock. He owns much real estate in Herkimer county.
He is an intelligent and capable citizen and has been chosen to fill various offices of trust and honor. He was supervisor of the town for ten years; in 1879 was chairman of the board of supervisors of Herkimer county; has been town clerk; and served on the building committee of the board of supervisors when the County Home was erected. He is vice-president of the Citizens National Bank of Poland.
He married, Jan. 28, 1866, Alice, born Oct. 12, 1846, daughter of Patrick and Delilah (Willoughby) McVoy, of Grant, N.Y. Her father was born in Ireland, March 13, 1818, and came to America with his mother when he was but one year old. His father was Michael McVoy, who was born and died in Ireland. His mother died on the voyage to America and was buried at sea. Patrick McVoy died in Cold Brook, N.Y. Feb. 22, 1901. Delilah (Willoughby) McVoy, wife of Patrick McVoy, was born in Newport, N.Y., March 20, 1817; married, May 2, 1840, died Jan. 28, 1895, daughter of James and Anna (Cole) Willoughby. Her father, James Willoughby, was born in 1776, died in 1852. Westel Willoughby, father of James Willoughby, was a manufacturer in Newport in the early days of the settlement. The Willoughby family came to New York from Connecticut, where the pioneer ancestor settled early in the history of the colonies.
Children of William Wallace and Alice (McVoy) Moon:
James Wallace, mentioned below.
(VII) James Wallace, son of William Wallace Moon, was born March 19, 1867, in Cold Brook, N.Y. His early education was obtained in the public schools of his native town. At the age of seventeen he became a teacher in the schools of Ohio, a neighboring town. A year later he entered the employ of A. B. Connradt as clerk in his general store in Cold Brook, and comtinued there for three years. He then entered partnership with Frank Forrest, and for twelve years the firm conducted a general store at Cold Brook. When the firm was dissolved at the end of that period, the business was sold to Charles Cooper, and Mr. Moon succeeded to the business of his father as dealer in livestock. He carried on an extensive business and continued to Jan. 1, 1910. He has also been successful in real estate, buying and selling farm property in this section. Mr. Moon was appointed postmaster of Cold Brook by President Harrison in 1889, his being the very first appointment made by the president and Mr. Moon being the youngest postmaster in the county at that time. He was appointed again by President McKinely, and served through two terms to the satisfaction of all concerned.
Mr. Moon is a Republican, and has taken an active part in public life since he came of age. He was president of the incorporated village of Cold Brook; for several years was member of the school board of Cold Brook; in 1909 was elected sheriff of Herkimer county, an office he now (1910) holds. He is a member of Newport Lodge, No. 455, Free and Accepted Masons; of Iroquois chapter, No. 236, Royal Arch Masons, of Ilion, N.Y., and a charter member of Spring Chapter, No. 299, Royal Arch Masons, of Newport, recently chartered.
Mr. Moon is a communicant of the Methodist Episcopal church of Cold Brook, and was largely instrumental in securing for the church a parsonage that is probably the finest specimen of its kind to be found in the state outside of large cities.
He married, Sept. 3, 1889, Nellie Elizabeth Rhodes, of Cold Brook, born June 2, 1869, daughter of Thomas Taber and Ella (French) Rhodes, born Sept. 27, 1846, daughter of Sylvester and Belinda (Shaw) French. Belinda Shaw was a daughter of Nehemiah and Elizabeth (Norton) Shaw. The Nortons are descendants of Sir de Norville, who held an important position under the Crown at the time of the Norman Conquest. Thomas Taber Rhodes, born March 14, 1833, father of Mrs. Moon, is a son of Jacob Rhodes, born March 8, 1783, at Marblehead, Mass., married Sally Wood Taber, of New Bedford, Mass. Jacob Rhodes was a son of Joseph Rhodes, of an old Essex county family. Sally Wood was daughter of Thankful Taber, granddaughter of Jabez Taber, of an old and prominent Quaker family of New Bedford.
Children of James Wallace and Nellie E. (Rhodes) Moon:
1. Stanley Samuel, born July 15, 1890.
2. Marjorie Mary, June 22, 1894.
Both are students in the Herkimer high school.
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