Nathan Moose

Male 1818 - 1910  (91 years)


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  • Name Nathan Moose 
    Born 18 Oct 1818  Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Feb 1910  Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Erwin Cemetery, Springwater, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • Obituary on March 10, 1910 from the Dansville Express newspaper: "The Late Nathan Moose Born In 1818 and Died in 1910

      Mr. Nathan Moose of Sparta died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 1910 at 2:30 p.m. On Wednesday, Feb. 16, he was taken suddenly ill with violent chills followed with digestive disturbance. Before being seized with the chills he walked from the kitchen to the sitting room without aid of a cane, carrying it under his arm, at the same time eating a fresh fried cake. Seating himself on the couch, he was then taken with chills. Dr. F.R. Driesbach was summoned, and after a thorough examination, he found indications of gangrene in the left foot and limb. Mr. Moose was not confined to his bed more than two days, but his sufferings were intense, even with the strongest opiates to alliviate the pains. Mr. Moose had reached the advanced age of 91 years 4 months and 5 days. He was born in Northumberland County, Pa., October 18, 1818. At the age of three and a half years, his parents, Jacob & Catherine Bachman Moose moved from Pennsylvania to Sparta, the date April 30, 1822. His father purchased and settled on the farm now owned and occupied by Rev. Seymour E. Moose, three fourths of a mile north of Reed's Corners. Jacob Moose was the first settler by the name of Moose in New York state. The long tedious journey was made by wagon. When they arrived at Mauch Chunck, Pa., the wagon upset and Nathan was found underneath a large bureau about 7 feet tall, which he has kept as an old relic in his possesion for more than half a century. He was the seventh son without a daughter when his father Jacob Moose arrived in the town of Sparta. Consequently his mother had him assist her in doing the housework and being smaller in stature than his brothers, he was called the puny boy of the family. When quite a lad he had attacks of asthma which affliction was never fully overcome. His parents considered him to be the only puny or delicate child of their 12 children. Yet his powers of indurance were often times recognized. Before 45 years of age, he survived typhoid fever 3 times and pneumonia 5 times. Nathan Moose was of German decent, a descendant from an exceptionally strong, robust, constituted family. 9 brothers and 2 sisters having preceded him to the spirit world. Nathan being the last one to die of the late Jacob Moose children, whose names are as follows: Peter, Enoch, John, Joel, Reuben, Charles, Nathan, Maria, Daniel, Levi, David and Sally. Nathan Moose's parent's were German Lutheran's, they were devoted to the Christian faith and doctrine and as long as life permitted, grandfather Jacob read his German bible and offered a prayer daily in the German language. Many very interesting adventures died the deceased relate of early hardships and privations. For he has braved the labors of an unsettled country. He possessed the elements of a hero, has removed the wilderness and supplied its place with fields industry and opened up the rich and fertile lands to the advantage of mankind. He remarked a short time ago the fact that he had resided eighty-eight years within half a mile of the spot where he settled with his parents when they moved to Sparta from Pennsylvania, which is a longer period of time than any other person living or dead had ever resided in the town, as they were older than he, when they came to Sparta. The major part of his long and eventful life was spent in farming. His brothers were blacksmiths, excepting Daniel, who was a minister of the M.E. Church. In 1847, at the age of 30 years, he in partnership with his brother David, purchased the farm of David John's, a short distance of his fathers farm. The two bachelor brothers enjoyed their new home with their sister Maria as housekeeper.

      About this time, a grocery store with a saloon was opened three fourths of a mile from their rural home at Reed's Corners, all kinds of intoxicants were freedly indulged in by their associates. The question uppermost in their mind was how shall we rid the community of the curse- the saloon? Nathan, with his brother David, visited the new store and saloon, one memorable evening for the express purpose of inducing the proprietor to give up selling of intoxicants, their arguments went to no avail. David was no coward and as he possessed an indomitable will, a characteristic trait in the family, he was to have his way and not to be rebuffed off. He advanced toward the proprietor, having straightened his figure to it's greatest height (being 6 feet tall) and powerfully built, and he politely informed him that he had sole the last glass of liquor at Reed's Corners. He at once began to clean out the saloon, the bottles were smashed, whiskey and beer barrels were opened and the contents run down the road like a river. Six men with the proprietor interfered in the destroying of the liquor, but they were all easily handled by this powerful man who successfully carried on the work of abolishing the first and last sallon ever in existence at Reed's Corners. When he finished the work, he left for home with a threat to the saloon keeper what he might expect would happen if he opened another saloon.

      In the yar 1855, at the age of 30 years, occured the death of his brother David, who died suddenly of apoplexy. The farm was afterwards owned by Nathan. He was united in marriage with Matilda A. Reed of Sparta, the eldest daughter of the late John Reed & Rebecca Platt Reed, Aug. 8, 1850. She was of a merry, large hearted, generous nature. It was his great good fortune to have a dutiful and loving companion, who had inherited fine musical talent from her French mother. She was educated in vocal music of her day. Possessing a remarkably clear, sweet voice. She devoted er talents to do services of the choir for 40 years and contributed this gift to private and public entertainments. The saddened and sorrow hard to bear, the loss of his beloved estimable wife was realized June 15, 1895. She was deeply devoted to her husband and her name is a perfume of sweetness and blessing. Deceased seldom mentioned her name without a silent tear drop stealing down his cheek, speaking in language more eloquant than words, how deeply he revered the rememberance of her name. The needy never turned away from their home empty and all worthy objects received their cordial sympathy and support.

      In April 1889, he purchased the home of the late Conrad Hamshere estate west of the Dutch Reformed Church in Sparta and moved to said place, May 1st, 1889. After the death of his wife he lived one year alone, after which time his eldest grandson, Morgan A. Moose and newly wedded wife came to reside with him. In 1903 he moved back to the old farm, occupied by his son Albert M., where he remained the rest of his life.

      The funeral services were held in the Reed's Corners Church on Saturday at 12 o'clock, Feb. 26, 1910, the 21st birthday anniversary of his oldest granddaughter, Mrs. Dosia Weber May. The services were conducted by Rev. Hargrave of the Scotsburg and Sparta Methodist Church, the test 116th Psalm, 5th verse "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his Saints".

      Deceased leaves three children: David T. and Albert M. and Mrs. Elisha T. Webster of Webster Crossing; three grandsons, Morgan A., Nathan C. and Erwin S. of Sparta; two granddaughters, Mrs. Dosia Webster May of Springwater and Mrs. Bertha M. Webster of Webster Crossing; three great-grandson, Ernest and Clarence Moose and Forrest E. May; and three great-grandddaughters, Mary, Alcie and Dosia Moore.

      Deceased son Albert and three grandsons acted as pallbears and he was laid to rest in the Reed's Corners Cemetery by the side of his wife."
    Person ID I5731  OurNorthernRoots
    Last Modified 15 Dec 2012 

    Father Jacob Moose,   b. 19 Jan 1784, Whitehall, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1854, Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Catherine Bachman,   b. 27 Feb 1786, Springtown, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1848, Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 1804 
    Family ID F1032  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Matilda Reed 
    Family ID F1030  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Oct 1818 - Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
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