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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Berrien and Cass Counties, Michigan published by Biographical Publishing Company in 1893.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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DANIEL MOORE. The biographies of successful men who, without the influence of wealth or influential friends, have attained to positions of usefulness and honor, serve the two-fold purpose of encouraging the young and paying a well-merited tribute to the man himself. While Mr. Moore has not gained great wealth, he has secured a valuable property and is numbered among the substantial men of Benton Harbor. He is engaged in the business of fruit-raising, which he carries on extensively and with success.

Benjamin Moore, the grandfather of our subject, was born in New York and came to Michigan in 1854, settling in Berrien County, where he died in June, 1872. William Moore, the father of our subject, was a native of Pennsylvania and came to Berrien County in 1855, remaining here until his death, which occurred on the 31st of January, 1890. His wife was Susan Gotham, a native of Pennsylvania. The subject of this biographical sketch was born in Erie County, Pa., February 1, 1848, and in his childhood accompanied his parents to Oberlin, Ohio, where he remained but a short time.

Coming with his father to Berrien County in 1855, our subject settled on a farm in Pipestone Township, and in the intervals of attending school aided his father on the farm. At the age of seventeen he entered the employ of Swain & Olney, millers of Detroit, their mill being located at Watervliet, Berrien County. For twelve years he was with this firm, gaining the confidence not only of his employers but also of the general public. In the spring of 1876 he embarked in the business of fruit-raising at Benton Harbor, having ten acres of land, where he raised peaches, pears, grapes and berries, shipping mostly to Chicago. In addition to that business he also engaged in sinking wells and putting up windmills. He has recently sold the fruit farm and has built a new home on Colfax Avenue, near the old place.

On the 10th of October, 1869, Mr. Moore married Miss Emma Hale, of Berrien County. This estimable lady is the daughter of William H. and Caroline (Sweet) Hale, the father a native of Hartfort, Conn., and the mother of Cortland, N. Y. The marriage of our subject and wife has been blessed by the birth of two children: Flora B., deceased; and Nora, who is now at home. The social position occupied by this family is one of prominence and they number their friends among the best people of the community. Mr. Moore is a member of the order of the Sons of Veterans. In his political sympathies he is a firm adherent of the principles of the Democratic party and gives it his hearty support.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Portrait and Biographical Record of Berrien and Cass Counties, Michigan published in 1893. 

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