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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published by Chapman Publishing Co., in 1895.  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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MARTIN MOORE, who is the leading merchant of Beaver Dams, is a native of Schuyler County, born in the town of Orange, April 12, 1863, and is the son of Martin and Catharine (Putnam) Moore, both of whom were natives of Fulton County, N. Y., where they were married, and whence they emigrated to this county about 1855, locating in the town of Orange. The father, who was an extensive farmer, was well known throughout the county. In politics he was a stanch Republican, and religiously he was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He died in June, 1889, on the old homestead, where he had resided about thirty-five years. His wife, who makes her home with our subject, is also a member of the Presbyterian Church, and is an earnest and true Christian woman.

Our subject was the youngest in a family of eight children, five of whom are yet living, and all reside in Schuyler County but George, who lives in Steuben County and is engaged in the mercantile trade. Our subject remained on the home farm until twenty-five years of age, assisting in the cultivation of the farm. His education was received in the common schools, and although his school life was limited, he is at present a well informed man, being a great reader and a student of history. He was married, May 28, 1886, to Miss Alma Fair, of Moreland, who was born in that place December 24, 1862. Her parents, Warren and Emma (Owens) Fair, are both natives of this county. After his marriage Mr. Moore took charge of the home place, where he remained until 1893, when he removed to Beaver Dams and engaged in the mercantile business. He and his partner continued in business until January, 1894, when Mr. Moore purchased the interest of the latter and has since continued alone. He carries a large and well selected stock of merchandise and has the best trade in the village.

In politics Mr. Moore is a Republican, and cast his first Presidential vote for General Garfield. Since 1890 he has been a Master Mason, holding membership in Orange Lodge No. 631, in which he occupied a number of offices, and at the time it disbanded was Worshipful Master. Mrs. Moore, who is a refined and intelligent lady, is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Both Mr. and Mrs. Moore are highly respected in the community and occupy a leading position in society.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published in 1895. 

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