This name is found in the early records with many spellings, such as More, Moor and Moors. It was among those early brought from England and has borne no inconsiderable part in the development of New England, of New York and the entire country. The origin of the name may be attributed to some one who lived on or near the moor, which fact led to its adoption as a surname in England five hundred years ago.
(I) John Moore came from England about 1631, and was among the founders of the town of Sudbury, Mass., where he died Jan. 6, 1673. He had land there in 1642 and in September of that year purchased from Edmund Rice a hosue and land in the east part of the town, now in the southern part of Wayland. He subscribed to the oath of fidelity July 9, 1645, and in the same year bought John Stone's house, land and meadow. He subsequently became interested in the town of Lancster and "eleventh of first month, 1653" at time of first grant in that town, received forty acres. He was a prosperous farmer and prominent in the town of Sudbury. He married (first) Elizabeth, daughter of Philemon and Elizabeth Whale, and had children: John, Lydia, Jacob, Joseph, William, Benjamin, Mary and Elizabeth.
He married (second) Ann, daughter of John Smith. In his will made Aug. 25, 1668, and proved April 7, 1674, he signed his name More.
(II) Jacob, second son of John and Elizabeth (Whale) Moore, was born April 16, 1645, in Sudbury, and lived there, dying March 23, 1716. He married, May 29, 1667, Elizabeth, daughter of Henry and Hannah (Brewer) Loker, of Sudbury.
Children: Jacob, Richard, John, Elizabeth, Nathaniel, Hannah, Sarah, Daniel and Samuel.
(III) Daniel, fifth son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Loker) Moore, was born April 13, 1687, in Sudbury, where he died April 18, 1753. He married, Feb. 1, 1709, Mary, daughter of John and Mary (Hapgood) Whitney, born March 27, 1689. Their first child died unnamed. The others: Abigail, Daniel, Hannah, Edwin, Israel, Elizabeth, Mary, Samuel and Sarah.
(IV) Daniel (2), eldest son of Daniel (1) and Mary (Whitney) Moore, was born April 2, 1716, in Sudbury, where he lived till late in life, when he joined his sons in Warwick, Mass., and died there. He married, in June, 1742, at Acton, Elizabeth White, who died Sept. 4, 1806, aged eighty years.
Children: Jonathan, Mark, Daniel, Job, Elizabeth and Samuel.
(V) Captain Mark, second son of Daniel (2) and Elizabeth (White) Moore, was born May 4, 1749, in Sudbury, and died in Warwick, Mass., March 27, 1832. He was a soldier of the revolution, enlisting first Sept. 22, 1777, as a private in Captain Reuben Petty's company of Colonel Phineas Wright's (Sixth Hampshire) regiment, and was discharged Oct. 18 of the same year. He also served one month and three days in Colonel William Willams' regiment in the northern department, and was credited with travel of seven days (one hundred and forty-eight miles) on his return home. The roll was returned from Warwick, which shows that he was then a resident of that town.
He was a member of the Congregational church at Warwick when Rev. Preserved Smith was ordained as its pastor, Oct. 12, 1814, and when Mr. Smith preached a sermon there on the fiftieth anniversay of his ordination, he referred to Mr. Moore as "The substantial friend of good order."
His title of captain was probably received in the militia service after the revolution, and appers in the record of his death.
He married (first) Feb. 9, 1774, Lucy (town records), daughter of Samuel and Rebecca (Clark) Stone, of Framingham, Mass., born Jan 1. 1742, died May 20, 1788.
Children: William, Elizabeth, Daniel (died young), Lucy, Daniel, and Mark.
Captain Moore married (second) in Petersham, Feb. 17, 1790, Sarah Briant, of that town (Petersham records).
Children: Wilder, Sally, Samuel, Asa, Lucetta, Mary and George W.
(VI) Daniel (3), third son of Captain Mark and Lucy (Stone) Moore, was born Feb. 12, 1786, in Warwick, and died Sept. 12, 1786, at Rouse's Point, N.Y. He removed from Warwick early in life and lived for a time in Pownal, Vermont, where he went to Rouse's Point, and was long engaged there in the tanning business.
He married, April 10, 1811, Mercy, daughter of Esek and Martha (Brown) Angell, born March 1, 1788, a descendant of Thomas Angell, early at Providence, Rhode Island, coming in 1631, in ship "Lyon," Captain Pierson, and died Dec. 1, 1852, at Rouse's Point. She was also a descendant of Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island and Providence.
Children: 1. Mary, born 25, 1812, died Jan. 28, 1891. 2. Allen Milton, mentioned below. 3. Russell, Dec. 26, 1814, died April 3, 1882. 4. Martha Maria, July 14, 1817, died Feb. 13, 1886. 5. Perley Daniel, April 24, 1819, died Feb.14, 1884. 6. Lucy Ann, Nov. 22, 1821, died July 25, 1823. 7. Alanson, Sept. 3, 1823, died Oct. 4, 1890. 8. Alvira, Aug. 20, 1825, died Sept. 27, 1826. 9. Melancthon, Jan. 13, 1827, died Dec. 30, 1879.
(VII) Allen Milton, eldest son of Daniel (3) and Mercy (Angell) Moore, was born Jan. 25, 1813, at Rouse's Point, and died Jan. 30, 1894, at Plattsburgh, N.Y. He early engaged with his brothers in the tanning business and continued this at various points in northern New York, and at Swanton, Vermont. He settled at Plattsburgh in 1853, continuing in the tanning business until 1883, when the business was closed out. He was a charter member and director of the First National Bank of Plattsburgh, and was deeply interested in the Home for the Friendless in that place, largely contributing the land and building for the purpose.
He married Jan. 25, 1843, Susan Gager, of Niles, Michigan, who died Feb. 12, 1846, in her native place, leaving only one child that grew to maturity, Edwin G., mentioned below. Mr. Moore married, Jan. 7, 1849, in Plattsburgh, Filura Tracy, who bore him a daughter, Martha Elizabeth, born Dec. 2, 1851, married M. Crosby McDougal, Jan. 5, 1878, and has two children, Allen and Helen.
(VIII) Edwin Gager, only living child of Allen Milton and Susan (Gager) Moore, was born May 26, 1845 in Niles, Michigan and grew up in Plattsburgh, where he is one of the leading business men of the present time. From 1868 to 1883 he resided in Boston, Mass., engaged in the hide and leather business. He then returned to Plattsburgh. He is president of the First National Bank and head of the wholesale house of E. G. Moore & Company, dealers in shoes, gloves and kindered wares. Like his father, he is a promoter of the city's welfare; he served as vice-president and trustee of the Sameul T. Vilas Home for Aged and Infirm Women of Plattsburgh, one of the advisory board of Home for the Friendless; trustee and director of the Young Men's Christian Association, and trustee of Champlain Valley Hospital. He is a member of Plattsburgh Lodge No. 828, F. and A.M.; Plattsburgh Chapter, No. 49, K. T. and A. A. S. R. of Rochester. He is a member and elder of the Presbyterian church.
He married (first) June 12, 1873, in Champlain, N.Y., Sarah Martha, daughter of Cyrus and Sarah (Bowron) Savage, born Oct. 26, 1845, died Jan. 6, 1899.
Children: Elmira May, born May 31, 1875, in Cambridge, Mass.,; wife of Charles J. Vert, a successful attorney of Plattsburgh. Allen Cyrus, born Feb. 2, 1879, died Oct. 25, 1892. Mr. Moore married (second), Jan. 19, 1910, Eliza, daughter of Cladius F. and Mary E. (Bowerson) Beatty, of Brooklyn.
Amos Moore, progenitor of this family in this country, settled in Westfield, Mass. He was born Nov. 1698, according to the vital records of the town of Montgomery, formerly part of Westfield, and died at Montgomery, Feb. 20, 1785. His wife, Martha, we are told, was born in August 1698. The records state that he was the father of Joel, born Sept. 25, 1744, mentioned below. The wife of a Pliny Moore died there; Pliny may have been another son; the name is continued in the family. Abner, Asa, Luke and Roswell, of Westfield, heads of families in 1790, may also be sons.
(II) Joel, son of Amos Moore, was born Sept. 25, 1744. The family lived at Montgomery, formerly Westfield, later Russell, Mass., in the part set off from Montgomery probably. He died Nov. 1, 1822, at Montgomery, aged seventy-eight years. He married, Sept. 30, 1765, Martha Spring. They were among the first settlers in Montgomery. According to the census of 1790 but two of the name were living in or near Westfield, Joel with three males and two females in his family; Joel Forbush with one male under sixteen and two females.
1. Joel Forbush, born May 25, 1766; married July 23, 1791, and had a large family at Montgomery.
2. Apollos, mentioned below.
3. Nathaniel, June 20, 1769.
4. Orren, Dec. 11, 1771.
5. John, May 22, 1774.
6. Pliny, Aug. 29, 1776.
7. Samuel, Dec. 5, 1779.
8. Martha, March 17, 1783.
9. Guy (see page 1094 Connecticut Valley History); had Aaron, of Covington, Warren, Wareham, Hiram, Horace, Apollos, of Montgomery.
10. Dorus, had children: Julius of West Stockbridge; Hannah, died young; Zipporah, died young; Armond married William Squier; Phebe, married Oliver Clark.
(III) Apollos, son of Joel Moore, was born about 1766-67. He was a soldier in the revolution in 1783 in Captain Ebenezer Smith's (Seventh) company, Colonel Michael Jackson's regiment (Eighth). He removed from Westfield or Russell, near Springfield, Mass., to Lowville, Lewis county, New York, prior to 1813. He was a carpenter and builder in Mass., and he established a business as manufacturer of blinds, doors and sashes in New York, and in the course of time built up a large trade for that day. He was a Methodist in religion and a Whig and Republican in politics. He lived to the advanced age of eighty-two years.
He married (first) Delina. He married (second) Oct. 3, 1805, Philatta, daughter of Samuel Dean, born at Westfield, Aug. 4, 1755, died April 8, 1790.
Children of Apollos and Delina Moore:
2. Horace, born 1804, died June 1, 1844, drowned in the Connecticut river.
Children of Apollos and Philatta Moore:
3. Mary, Jan. 25, 1809; married Dec. 26, 1830, William Ward Nine.
4. Nelson, Feb. 14, 1811; married (first) March 13, 1837, Sarah A. Martin; (second) Oct. 5, 1842, Catharine Jones.
5. Morris D., Jan. 18, 1813; mentioned below.
6. John Milton, Jan. 1, 1815; married, Sept. 7, 1843, Adeline C. Crane.
7. Franklin, Nov. 18, 1818; married April 6, 1847, Helen G. Johnson.
8. Frances (twin), Nov. 18, 1818.
(IV) Morris D., son of Apollos Moore, was born in Lowville, Lewis county, N.Y., Jan. 18, 1813. He was educated in the public schools and at Lowville Academy. He learned the carpenter's trade under the instruction of his father, and suceeded to his business as a builder and manufacturer. He built a large and spacious factory, having water power, and fitted it with modern machinery. It was located below the present  of the railroad bridge on Mill creek; he later removed to a factory above the village on Mill creek, enlarging his facilties and extending his business. He also did a thriving business as a contractor and builder. He was a Republican in politics. He met his death in an accident in his factory, June 4, 1881.
He married, Sept. 10, 1840, Electa Stephens, who died March 16, 1858.
1. Julia M., born May 20, 1842; married Louis A. Scott.
2. Charles D., May 12, 1844; married Mary A. Arthur.
3. Clara, died in 1892, aged forty-four years; married John Beattie.
4. Frank D., born Oct. 2, 1851; married Ella Bingham.
5. John D., see forward.
6. Minnie, born March 5, 1855; married Dwight E. Shepherd.
(V) John D., son of Morris D. Moore, was born in Lowville, N.Y., May 15, 1853. He was educated in the public schools and Lowville Academy. He was deputy postmaster for eight years, and then for twelve years was a druggist. He then became associated with his brothers in the manufacture of doors, blinds and sash under the firm name of M. D. Moore Sons. In 1896, he engaged in the fire and life insurance business. In 1903 his son, J. Yale, was admitted a partner under the firm name of J. D. Moore & Son. He was for a number of years chief engineer of the Lowville fire department. He is a Republican.
He married, May 15, 1879, Deck M., born Dec. 31, 1855, daughter of Fravius M. and Elvira E. (Henry) Arthur, and granddaughter of Elisha and Martha (Moore) Arthur.
Flavius M. Arthur was born Nov. 10, 1815, died June 23, 1898; he was a farmer; he married, Oct. 10, 1843, Elvira E. Henry, who died June 3, 1885. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur: Mary A., born Sept. 17, 1844; married Charles D. Moore, brother of John D. Moore mentioned above. Elvira E., Sept. 18, 1847; married Wallace T. Brooks, died Jan. 20, 1900. Emma M., April 6, 1852; married William H. Morrison. Deck M., aforementioned, as the wife of John D. Moore. Harriet A., Sept. 24, 1861; married J. Leoanrd Bush; died June 14, 1888.
Mr. and Mrs. Moore have one son, J. Yale, born Feb. 27, 1882; educated at Lowville Academy; associated in business with his father; married, May 19, 1906, Flora Caroline, daughter of Philip Keiner, of Baltimore, Maryland.
John W. Moore, the first of this family of whom we have definite information, was of Scottish descent. He was born in Poultney, Vermont, 1800, died in Defiance, Ohio, 1842. He was a merchant, commencing business at Russell, New York, shortly after his marriage; from there he removed to Canton, N.Y., continuing in mercantile business, and later removed to Defiance, Ohio, where he pursued his former occupation until his death.
He married, in 1830, Almira Farr, born in Oswegatchie, St. Lawrence county, N.Y., 1811.
1. Martha Allen, died at age of two years.
2. Mary Amerett, died at age of twenty-six years.
3. Darius Alonzo, see forward.
4. Ellen Rebecca, died at age of one year.
5. Merica Ann.
6. Louisa Arabella, died at age of twenty-six years.
(II) Darius Alonzo, son of John W. and Almira (Farr) Moore, was born in Canton, New York, April 13, 1833. He removed with his parents to Ohio when about two years old, and remained there until the death of his father, at which time, he, aged nine years, with his mother and sister, returned to Richville, St. Lawrence county, N.Y. His mother married (second) Nathan Keyes, of Richville, and they were the parents of four children: Martha E., Dorville A., Amelia A. and Angelia Keyes.
At the age of sixteen Darius A. Moore left his home, having previously recieved a good common school education, and commenced clerking in his uncle's store in the village of De Kalb, continuing his employ for seven years, excepting two years, which time he attended the Gouverneur Seminary. At the expiration of this time he commenced business on a small scale for himself at De Kalb, having no capital except what little he had previously saved from his earnings. Mr. Moore continued in the mercantile business, and the success that attended his efforts was due to his own individual exertions, untiring industry, good management of his interests, and a firm and uncompromising spirit of personal honor and integrity.
He removed to Potsdam, N.Y., 1885, and purchased the sash, door and blind business of George B. Swan, which business he conducted with his son, William A., for ten years,
He removed to California in 1895, located in San Pedro, and engaged in the real estate business there. He was a director in the Provident Mutual Building & Loan Association of Los Angeles, California, at time of his death in 1905.
Mr. Moore was equally successful in politics. On attaining his majority, he affiliated with the Democratic party, and cast his first vote for Horatio Seymour, but soon after the organization of the Republican party he became a firm supporter of their doctrine and remained so throughout life. In 1858 he was elected town clerk of the town of De Kalb, which office he filled acceptably for nine consecutive years; he was then elected supervisor of the town, retaining the same for nine successive years; he was elected to the assembly of the state in 1872, re-elected in 1873, and while in this position was appointed on the committee of banks, charitable and religious societies, and was made chairman of the committee of state charitable institutions and of engrossed bills; he was elected to the senate in 1875 by a majority of 5,225, serving on the committee of finance, commerce and navigation, and apportionment, and was also chairman of the committee on claims and agriculture. In these varied and exalted positions he gave unqualified satisfaction alike to his constituents and to the people at large.
He was a member of the Masonic fraternity at Gouverneur, N.Y. Although not a professor of religion, he leaned toward the doctrines of the Congregational church, of which his parents were honored members. He was a public-spirited man, liberal in enterprises tending to the public good, and charitable where aid was deserved.
Mr. Moore married, July 17, 1856, Emily Beebe, of De Kalb. She was born in Gouverneur, N.Y., Aug. 6, 1834, died Feb. 24, 1908.
1. Frank Willard, see forward.
2. Ara James, born July 26, 1858; resides at De Kalb, N.Y.; has two sons: Day Ashton and Harold.
3. William Alonzo, born Feb. 21, 1861; resides in New York City; married Emily, daughter of Stratfield Clarkson, of Potsdam, N.Y.
4. Maud Louisa, born June 23, 1863; married Frank H. Baldwin, coal dealer of Potsdam, N.Y.; children: William Moore, Marion, Warren Frank, Louise, died in infancy.
5. Carrie Emily, born May 12, 1865; married Henry A. Watkins, accountant in insurance department of state of New York; children: Frederick A. and Lester Burdick.
6. Leon Ashton, born May 12, 1872, died April 15, 1874.
(III) Frank Willard, son of Darius Alonzo and Emily (Beebe) Moore, was born in De Kalb, N.Y., May 13, 1857. He attended the public schools, Potsdam School, graduating in 1876, and Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., graduating in 1881. From that year to 1885 he conducted a book and stationery store in Potsdam on the site of the store of J. R. Weston; from 1885 to 1889 he enaged in the wholesale lumber business in Potsdam; from 1889 to 1895 he was engaged in business at Trout Lake, near Edwards, N.Y., with Mr. Barrett, under the firm name of Moore & Barrett; from 1895 to 1897 was president of the Potsdam Knitting Company; from 1897 to 1903 was conneted with the state excise department in New York with headquarters in Albany, N.Y.; from 1903 to 1905 was with the Tennessee Lumber & Coal Company at Crab Orchard and Ozone, Tennessee; from 1905 to present time (1910) with the A. Shipman Lumber Company of Potsdam, as manager of sales. He is one of the representative men of Potsdam, whose life and character entitle them to occupy prominent positions.
He is a Republican in politics, and was elected by that party to the office of trustee of the village.
Mr. Moore married, Sept. 12, 1882, Jessie M., daughter of Samuel C. and Harriet K. (Bissell) Crane.
1. Barbara Crane, born Aug. 13, 1883; married John T. Lloyd, treasurer of Morgan Company, Oshkosh, Wisconsin; child: Merton Moore Lloyd, born Feb. 20, 1909.
2. Jessie Mabel, born Jan. 6, 1885, died April 15, 1891.
3. Merton Crane, born May 28, 1892.
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