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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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COL. JEFFREY T. MOON, the well-known and popular chief of police, of Jamestown, was born March 22, 1828, about two and one-half miles north of Jamestown, Chautauqua county, New York, in what was then and still is known as Moon Hollow. His parents, Augustus and Olive (Clark) Moon, were early settlers of the locality. Charles Moon (paternal grandfather) was born at Cambridge, Washington county, and was a farmer until his death, which occurred accidentally. He was a captain in the Colonial army during the Revolutionary war, and served until hostilities were suspended. He married and had four children. Grandfather George Clark was a native of what at that time was known as Middlesex, now Ontario county, this State, and died there. Augustus Moon, father of our subject, was born in Washington county, N. Y., in 1797, and came to Chautauqua county in 1814, settling in what afterwards took the name of Moon Hollow, a short distance north of Jamestown. He took a tract of land containing six hundred and forty acres, being Section No. 37, Town No. 2, Range No. 11, in Ellicott town, the location being made in August, 1816. This plan Mr. Moon made his home until his death. While practically a farmer he was also a lumberman, and did a great amount of business for the times. Before coming to Chautauqua county he served in the American army when the United States had her second struggle with the mother country and remained fighting until the close of the war. Mr. Moon married Olive Clark and became the father of twelve children, of whom but four reached maturity.

Jeffrey T. Moon was educated in the Jamestown academy, and began to teach school when eighteen years old. Afterwards he was employed lumbering on the Allegheny river, which work he left for a farm. Mr. Moon came to Jamestown in 1862, where he has since lived, and was constable for the city twenty-seven consecutive years, and is now serving his second term as chief of police. He is a republican, and a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen.

He married Electa J. Clark, a daughter of Giles Clark. They have been the parents of two children: Fred, a sign painter living in this city; and a daughter, the wife of C. S. Grant, who resides in St. Louis, Mo.

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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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