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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
John David Moore

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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 699 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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John David Moore, a lifelong resident of Herkimer, was in the sixty-third year of his age when he passed away on the 11th of April, 1918, his birth having occurred on December 26, 1855. He was the son of David Moore, an Irishman who immigrated to this country from County Down about the year 1820 and settled at first in Washington, Iowa. Later he came to the Mohawk valley, taking up his abode in Herkimer, where the family has since been represented. David Moore was accompanied by his brother, Robert Moore, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and became very prominent in the Orangeman Society of that city.

John David Moore was very intimately and prominently identified with the growth of Herkimer, having opened up the first tract below the railroad track and built up what is known as the south side of the village. He was a member of the old firm of Perry & Moore, dealers in real estate and coal. For two terms, 1890-91 and 1891-92, he was president of the village of Herkimer and his name will always be remembered in connection with the South school, which he assisted in erecting.

In early manhood Mr. Moore was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Anna Davis, who was born on the 31st of October, 1854. She comes from good old pre-Revolutionary stock, her grandfather, Jacob Davis, having been a non-commissioned officer in the War for Independence, in which he was wounded. He died at the venerable age of ninety-six and was buried in the cemetery at Johnstown, New York. Mrs. Moore's father, Hiram Davis, had a twin brother, Biram, and the two men lived to the advanced age of eighty-four. They died in the year 1914 and at that time were believed to be the oldest pair of twins in the United States. Mrs. Moore is still a resident of Herkimer, where she enjoys an extensive and favorable acquaintance. In the demise of her husband the community sustained the loss of one of its highly esteemed and valued citizens.

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