JAMES A. MOORE, a worthy successor of the brave band of toilers through whose prolonged exertions the former wilds of Madison County, New York, have been brought into a high state of cultivation and thickly set with prosperous towns and villages, was born in Brookfield, September 16, 1841. From the long-settled State of Massachusetts, in the early part of the nineteenth century, the grandfather of our subject pushed out into New York State, the interior of which had not yet become populated. Here he secured his tract of land, which was well covered with timber, cleared a part of it, and built his temporary home of logs, which before his death, by his thrift and industry, he was able to replace with a handsome frame dwelling and good farm buildings also. This enterprising man was named Josiah Moore; and he made his home in the town of Brookfield, Madison County.
His two brothers, Elijah and Jacob, left Massachusetts with him to explore the new country which has since become the family home. The three worked side by side, tilling the land and harvesting the crops, and remained on their farms as long as they lived. Alfred Moore, son of Josiah, and the father of our subject, was born on the home farm, and was reared as a farmer, going to school in winter and working in the summer. He was a shingle-maker, and was also engaged in cutting and selling timber. At the time of his marriage he bought the farm adjoining his father's, and resided there until his death, at the age of forty-four years. His wife was a Miss Sarah Saley, daughter of James Saley, of Sherburne, N.Y., by whom he had but one child, James. Mrs. Moore died, at the age of fifty-six, on the home farm.
James A. Moore was sixteen years old when his father died, and had been educated in the district school and a select private school. As his mother now needed him on the farm, he remained at home, assisting her in its management till he was able to take full charge. Being the only child, he succeeded to the ownership of. the home farm, and still carries it on. For a short time he managed a hotel at Earlville, known as the "Teft House."
In 1864, at about twenty-three years of age, he married Miss Abigail Saunders, and has since resided on his farm. He attends the Universalist church, and in his politics is a strong adherent of the Democratic party. Quiet and unobtrusive in his manner, he is yet a man of strong character and high moral principles, and is consequently thoroughly respected by his fellow-citizens.
Having a well -cultivated mind, Mr. Moore's literary tastes are of a high order. He is a great reader, and in these days of exceeding interest in the Colonial history of the United States cannot fail to approve of a work like this, which makes a specialty of recording the names and fortunes of the county's pioneers, who may well be held in grateful remembrance, seeing that
"These are they who made this wilderness
Turn fair enough for angels to caress,
Who set this heart of empire throbbing forth
Its sterling manhood round the belted earth."
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