Biography of John J. Moffitt
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Moffitt, John Jay, was born in Stephentown, January 7, 1831. He is the son of Jay and Amy (Clark) Moffitt, he a native of Stephentown, and she of New Lebanon. The father of Jay, General Hosea, was also born in Stephentown where he lived. and died. He was high sheriff of this county and for two terms was member of congress from his district. He was one of the leading men of this section of the country, both in farming and politically; he owned a large traet of land in Stephentown, and his father, Dr. Thomas Moffitt, was one of the first settlers of the town. Jay Moffitt was reared on the farm, and followed farming; he died in 1841 aged forty years. John J. Moffitt was reared on the farm and farming is his occupation. In 1853 he married Miss Lucy E., daughter of Sylvester and Alma (Russell) Gardner, she a native of Stephentown, but her grandparents came from France. Mr. Gardner had a large farm in Stephentown; his father, Benjamin Gardner, emigrated from England and was a pioneer at Stephentown Depot, and at one time owned all the land around where the village now stands. The wife of Mr. Gardner was Eunice Northope, daughter of Captain Northope, who married a Miss Needham. daughter of an English gentleman. The brother of Eunice, Elder Nicholas Northope. was the founder of the first Free Baptist church of Stephentown Centre about 1790. To Mr. and Mrs. Moftitt have been born one son, Charles, who died in 1892, and Ora E., who died in 1882; she married Charles Ford, and leaves one son, C. Moffitt Ford, who has been reared by John Jay Moffitt. Mr. Moffitt's children were both of exemplary habits, and their loss will always be deeply mourned.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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