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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published by John M. Gresham & Co. in 1891.  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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ISRAEL G. MOORE, a man of influence and a leading farmer of the town of Ellicott, is by birth and education a New Englander. He was born in West Boylston, Massachusetts, January 2, 1809, and is a son of Israel and Mary C. (Goodell) Moore. His grandfather whose name was also Israel Moore, had been born three generations prior at the same place, where he also died. The Moores have been a succession of farmers, grandfather Moore having been the owner of a large and well-improved farm in the native State. He was a follower of the Whig party and a member of the Congregational church, in which he held the office of deacon for many years. His marriage resulted in the birth of five sons and two daughters. Maternal grandfather Goodell was also a Massachusetts farmer in comfortable circumstances and of Puritan descent. He was a whig, a worshiper at the Congregational church, and reared a family of seven children, three sons and four daughters. His wife was Miss Eunice Lovell of the same place. Israel Moore, father of Israel G. Moore, was given birth at the old Moore homestead in Massachusetts in the year 1779, and died thirty-two years later. By occupation he was a farmer, in politics a whig and in religion a member of the Congregational church. He was united in the bonds of marriage with Miss Mary C. Goodell, who bore him two sons and two daughters, all of whom lived and died in the State of Massachusetts, except the subject. Mr. Moore inherited in a measure the religious convictions and social views of his Puritan ancestors. He was thoroughly imbued with the spirit of conservatism and firmly held to the faith and customs which have become such potent factors in shaping American life and institutions.

Israel G. Moore gained his education through the medium of the common schools, was reared a farm lad and, ever since attaining his majority, has engaged in the pursuits of agriculture. In 1836 he emigrated to New York State and settled in the town of Ellicott, where he now resides. At that time his present farm was entirely covered with a heavy growth of timber, but through his toil and tireless energy the scene has changed. To-day there is field and meadow, waving grain and lowing herds, where sixty years ago all was trackless forest relieved from the monotony of its primeval nature only by here and there the chipping of the surveyor’s ax. This farm, which still remains in the ownership of the subject, is managed and operated by his sons.

On March 17, 1831, while still in Massachusetts, he was united in marriage to Abigail H. Partridge, by whom he had four children: Eliza J., wife of Alva Bush (deceased) who lives in Osage, Iowa; Alfred E., married to Mary Sunderland and now residing in Jamestown, New York, a carpenter by trade; Alman P. (married to Anna Lardle) living on his father’s farm; and Abbie; H., wife of Addison E. Holandbeck, a hotel-keeper of Balake, Pa. In politics Mr. Moore is a republican, while in church membership he is a Congregationalist. As a citizen and as a man he is held in highest respect.

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This family biography is one of 658 biographies included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published in 1891. 

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