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Below is a family biography included in Biographical Record of Oakland County, Michigan published by Biographical Publishing Company in 1903.  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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James Moore, deceased, was for many years one of the representative citizens and good farmers of Milford township, Oakland County, residing on his fine farm of 258 acres, situated in sections 2 and 3. He was born March 14, 1826, in Herkimer County, New York, and was a son of Henry and Sarah (Wilson) Moore, and a grandson of Henry and Elizabeth Moore.

Henry Moore, the father of our subject, was born December 6, 1796, and followed farming all his life. On August 10, 1819, he was married to Sarah Wilson, and they reared the following children: John, born October 28, 1820; Esther, born January 21, 1822; Henry, born April 28, 1824; Hannah, born February 23, 1825; James, born March 14, 1826; Richard, born January 21, 1827; Elizabeth, born December 26, 1828; and Sarah, born May 5, 1838. In religious belief they were Methodists. In 1833 they moved, to Michigan and settled south of Milford, where they passed the remainder of their lives. They were most estimable people and through industry and frugality accumulated a comfortable competency.

The late James Moore remained at home with his parents and after the death of his father operated the farm for his mother until her decease, some years later. He then purchased the interests of the other heirs and continued to till the farm until 1861, when he moved to a farm which belonged to his wife, situated in Lyon township. The family resided there until 1872 when Mr. Moore purchased the Captain Thompson farm to which he moved, and there lived three years. Mr. Moore then became the owner of the valuable property that now belongs to his estimable widow, a fine tract of 258 acres, lying in sections 2 and 3, Milford township. There Mr. Moore very successfully carried on extensive farming and stock raising until the time of his death in 1887, in his 62nd year.

In 1860 Mr. Moore was married to Martha Maria Everitt, who is a daughter of John and Polly (Harvey) Everitt, the former of whom was born in Sussex County, New Jersey, and the latter in Monroe County, New York. Three children were born to this marriage, namely: Catherine L., who married Dr. Augustus Lodge, and to whom five children have been born, — Eulalia M., Everett, Edwin, Lindsay and Luther H.; Martha E., who was born July 9, 1865, married George Erwin and has one son, Edward; and John E., who married Alice Atkin and has a family of four children, — Edna, John A., James W. and Willard C. The family has always been associated with the Methodist Church.

Mr. Moore was a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity and was buried with the honors and ceremonies of the order. He was an upright, honest, industrious man, well esteemed in his community and one who was sadly missed by family and friends.

Mrs. Moore has two sisters, namely: Alice F. and Catherine, wife of Samuel Dolph. Her father was a pioneer in Michigan, coming to the State in young manhood and purchasing property. He lived in the town of Livonia until Mrs. Moore was seven years of age, when he removed to Lyon township and settled on the farm that he occupied until his death in 1869, at the age of 60 years. His wife died in 1867, aged 53 years. They belonged to the Presbyterian Church.

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