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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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Melvin C. Moon was born on his present fine farm of 120 acres, located in section 32, Independence township, June 25, 1854, and belongs to one of the pioneer families of the county. He is a son of Stephen and Caroline (Hall) Moon, the former of whom was born August 23, 1823, at Palmyra, New York, and the latter of whom was born in Macomb County, Michigan, and was a daughter of Rufus Hall of Massachusetts.

Stephen Moon was nine years old when he came with his parents to Michigan in 1834. His father, Silas Moon, a native of New York and a shoemaker by trade, became a farmer in Oakland County at an early day, and died at Drayton Plains. Stephen Moon lived with his parents at Drayton Plains, Waterford township, for 20 years and then bought the farm now owned and occupied by our subject, with whom he resides, retired. In his day he was a great hunter and fisher and was always a successful farmer. He recalls many interesting events of the early days and distinctly remembers when 700 Indians camped on one occasion at Drayton Plains. He has always been a Republican, but cared more for the pleasures of his home and the pursuit of his business than for public office. His three children are: Mrs. Mary Turbush, who is residing at Cairo, Michigan; Melvin C., and Arville, who died at the age of 16 years.

Our subject has always resided on his present farm, which he has developed into one of the most valuable stock farms in the township. While making a specialty of American and Delaine Merino sheep, of which he keeps about 100 head, he also raises each year about 50 head of Duroc Jersey hogs which he has exhibited at county and State Fairs for the past 22 years. He keeps a few high grade milch cows and has done well with Buff Rock fowls. He has paid more attention in his breeding to quality than to quantity.

On June 5, 1878, Mr. Moon was married to Louisa Huff, who was born in Oakland County, Michigan, and is a daughter of George and Electa Huff. Mrs. Moon also takes a great interest in the beautiful farm and its fine condition. It is most pleasantly located between the villages of Waterford and Clarkston, and with its attractive scenic surroundings presents the idea of a model rural home.

In politics Mr. Moon is a Republican with leanings in the direction of prohibition. He has served a number of years on the School Board and takes an active part in all local affairs. For 30 years he has been a member of the Grange, being one of the charter members that assisted in its organization at Drayton Plains about 1870. For 25 years he has been a member of the Baptist Church, one of the deacons for the past 20 years and is also a trustee. He was mainly instrumental in the organization of the Sunday-school of which he has been the capable and faithful superintendent for several decades. He has also been township superintendent of Baptist Sunday-schools for three years. Mr. Moon is held in the highest respect and esteem by all who know him.

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