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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  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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HERBERT U. MOORE, one of the more prominent of the younger members of the Norristown bar, is a native of the city. He is the son of Samuel M. (deceased) and Savilla P. (Umstead) Moore, both of Norristown. Mrs. Moore is a daughter of Robert Umstead (deceased), a farmer of Trappe, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania. Herbert U. Moore was born May 24, 1875. He was educated in the public schools and graduated from the Norristown high school. He then entered Easton Academy, where he graduated, after which he entered Lafayette College, at Easton, where he graduated with honors in 1897. Having decided to study law and become a member of the legal profession, he entered as a student with Larzelere, Gibson & Fox, where he proved an apt scholar, and was admitted to the Montgomery county bar in 1901. He is also a member of the bar of the supreme court of Pennsylvania. He opened an office for the practice of his profession on Dekalb street, Norristown, and after practicing successfully for several years, he became associated with Freas Styer, a lawyer of considerable experience, the firm being Styer & Moore. He married, in 1902, Miss Nina M. Boyer, daughter of Wallace and Ida (McCarter) Boyer, of Norristown. They have one child-Dorothy.

Mr. Moore is an earnest and thoroughgoing Republican in politics, and is a public speaker of good ability, his services being in demand during political campaigns. He is a rising lawyer, and an honorable and successful career at the bar may be predicted for him. Fraternally he is a member of the Masonic Order, belonging to Charity Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of Norristown. He is a member of the Presbyterian (First) church, on West Airy street, Norristown, and a trustee.

Samuel M. Moore (father) was one of the best known citizens of Norristown. He was the son of William Moore, for many years engaged in the produce business in Norristown, being located on East Main street near Arch. Samuel M. Moore was born in 1850, and died in 1897. He was educated in the public schools of Norristown, and at the school conducted by Dr. John W. Loch, known as Treemount Seminary. On completing his education so far as it was obtained at the schools mentioned, he entered the produce business, which he conducted successfully for a number of years. He purchased much valuable real estate in Norristown, including the property at Main and Mill streets, which he occupied as a store, doing a very extensive business, the building being now owned by W. A. Bauer & Company, wholesale grocers. Mr. Moore later engaged in the real estate business, in which he was very successful, and which he conducted to the time of his death. Samuel M. Moore was an earnest Republican, and was honored by his fellow citizens with several terms in the town council of Norristown. He was also connected with several of the important corporations of Norristown, being a director in several financial institutions, including the Norristown Trust Company, and the Riverside Cemetery Company. He owned stock in most of the local companies. He was a Mason and stood high in the order, as he did also in the community at large. He was a trustee of the First Presbyterian church. Mr. Moore married Miss Savilla P. Umstead, daughter of a well known resident of Trappe, who survives him. Mr. and Mrs. Moore had the following children: Meta, married G. Carroll Hoover, Esq.; F. Kenneth; Morris, who died young; and Herbert U., subject of this sketch. Samuel M. Moore was a man who was deeply interested in whatever concerned the welfare of the public, in borough, state and nation, and he possessed in a very remarkable degree the confidence and good will of those around him. The widow of Samuel M. Moore resides in a handsome residence on West Main street, Norristown.

William Moore (grandfather) is descended from one of two Moore brothers who came to this country from Scotland. They were men of deep religious principle, which they transmitted to their descendants, and which has made itself manifest in every generation of the family. William Moore was a native of Norristown, and was educated in the common schools, acquiring a good education. He turned his attention to the produce business in which he was very successful. A man of excellent character, he enjoys in old age the respect and confidence of his fellow citizens. Mr. Moore was twice married. His children: John, Elroy, Clarence E., Anna E. (deceased), Emma, Lillian, Vincent, and Samuel M. (father).

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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