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In a quiet and unobtrusive way, Otis P. More, the chairman of the committee of arrangements and entertainment at the Reunion, did a great deal to make that gathering the success it proved to be.

Personally, and through others, he canvassed the whole village, and secured accommodations for the visiting cousins. It was through his efforts that the splendid location was obtained for the monument. When it was found that we could not procure a lot of sufficient size and desirable location from the church, he purchased a strip of land fifty feet wide adjoining the church yard and cemetery, and sold to the committee the most eligible lot, fronting on the main street of the village, on which to erect the monument. He also supervised the construction of the deep and solid foundation, the re-interment of the bodies of our honored ancestors, and the grading of the ground about the monument, working his men and teams until midnight the Saturday evening before the Reunion, in order that all might be ready in time.

As a member of the John More Memorial Association, he has cared for the monument, seeing that the

lot and fence were kept in order. He was elected Vice-president of the family association when the permanent organization was effected.

Mr. More was born in Roxbury, and has always re sided in his native town, except a few years when a boy he lived with his parents at Prattsville, at which time for awhile he attended the Prattsville Academy.

His father died suddenly in 1858, while at a sanitarium in Saratoga, N. Y., when Otis was not yet twenty-one years of age. Owing to his father's poor health, he had for several years borne the brunt of the work on their farm in More Settlement.

With the manliness and pluck that has always characterized him, he purchased the farm and agreed to pay the other heirs for their inherited interest in the estate. In the autumn of 1858 he married Miss Sarah E. Noble, of Roxbury, and they bravely toiled together until the farm was all their own. He then disposed of that farm, and purchased the larger and more finely located one on which he now resides, about a mile above the village of Roxbury. This farm he has improved until its producing power is twice what it was when he purchased it, thus proving

himself one of the best farmers in that part of the country.

Several years ago he enlarged his house, and was one of the first to engage in keeping summer boarders, which additional business he followed with profit to himself and pleasure to his guests as evidenced by the same people returning season after season, for a number of years.

Mr. More and his wife united with the Reformed Church of Roxbury in 1858. He has been one of its most liberal supporters, both with his means and personal efforts, and has been elected several times to the office of ruling elder, and has frequently represented it at meetings of Classes and Synod.


It is doubtful if any members of the Historical Committee or of the family had a just conception at the time the committee was appointed, how great a task they had allowed themselves to be burdened with It seemed much easier than it has proven to be. The time suggested was shorter than should have been allowed. Three years was the very least that should have been considered. Mr. Charles Opdyke, the author of the excellent history and genealogy of the Opdyke Family, of New York city and vicinity, told our secretary when he called upon him for advice in 1890, that he sincerely pitied him, that he had no idea what a task he was undertaking, that he gave nearly all his time for three years to the completion of their history and that he would not do it again for a large sum of money. Another party, who, like our secretary is a very busy man, says that he has been engaged eleven years on their family history and has not yet completed it. Another, a pastor says that he is the third relative who in thirteen years has been at work on their unfinished history.

The great obstacle lies in the neglect of those who can, but do not give information. Many of the family have been written again and again before any reply would be received, and then in many cases only to say that what they know was not worth imparting, then others would have to be approached until the desired information was secured. There have been some, however, in nearly every line who have given very material aid. Nevertheless by dint of that perseverance which is a marked "More" trait the work has been advanced to a point where bids have been secured for printing and binding the book, and it was the purpose to let them begin upon the work by January 1, 1893, but it has later been thought wise to hold back a short time to complete it in toto, lest through sickness or some unforseen event, there might be an unexpected delay in finishing the last of the copy. The balance of the work consists in preparing an additional number of biographical sketches. We have over sixty such sketches prepared and work is progressing rapidly on others, but there are quite

a number of whom we would be glad to write more or less at length, both of the dead and living, concerning whom we have been unable to secure data on account of the neglect of those applied to for information.

There is not one member of our family who knows all of the 1,185 members and descendents, and dependance upon the knowledge of others is a necessity-when that is detained we have to do without it. We expect, if life and health is spared, to have the books delivered before the Reunion. Money is now being expended for aid in editing and preparing the copy, and other expenses, and more will be needed of the amount thus far subscribed before the work is finished. We have subscriptious for 200 volumes at $5 00 each. We have asked for an advance payment of $2.50 each and so far ninety have responded, some advancing the whole subscription price. We should be greatly obliged to the other 110 subscribers if they would send in the amount requested, as payments for composition and stock will have to be made before the work is completed.

Due notice will be given about a month before the book will be ready for delivery, when the balance of subscription will be called for and the book sent on receipt thereof. We have no doubt that another 100 at least of the family will desire copies when once it is completed, and then as the children grow up and establish homes of their own, each new home will call for another volume, so in time the committee hope that the whole edition will be called for.

The book will contain a genealogical record as perfect in detail as any of its size ever issued. A full account of the Reunion and Monument with all the addresses given, a statement of the family name as traced in Scottish history, biographical sketches, numbering probably not far from 100, tabulated statistics of an interesting nature concerning the members of the family, eight family charts showing at a glance all the descendants of each of John More's children and their relation to each other, a map of the town of Roxbury, showing all the farms and lets owned by any of the family and by which ones in turn, so that every member can see the very spot where the child of John More, who was their ancestor first located, engravings of the eight groups that were photographed at the Reunion, containing 365 faces with the name of each printed under it, pictures of Forres, Scotland, where John More was born as it now appears, and of scenes in Elgin, Scotland, where Betty Taylor was born; of Moresville, where John More purchased the 640 acres, upon which the village now stands, views of various residence's built and inhabited by ancestors, and we hope about forty photographs of leading members of the family-we believe that such a book will not fail to be of interest or of genuine value to all our wide spread family.

We shall be glad to enter the orders for another hundred volumes from those who have not yet subscribed.

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6 Gertrude Eliza Washbon daughter of 5 Henry March Washbon and Sarah Urilla Cooke, b: June 15, 1891, in Morris, Otsego Co., N. Y.


6 Adelaide Durand Hunt, daughter of 5 Alfred Tennyson Hunt and Jennie Sarah Durand, b. Sept. 24, 1892, in Scranton, Pa.


6 Martha Elizabeth Kentfield, daughter of George H. Kentfield and 5 Anna Hanford, b. August 1, 1892, in Morrison, Whitesides Co, Ill.

5 Marry Ella More, daughter of 4 Albert Lorenzo More and Nina Jenkins, b. Sept. 2, 1892, in French Creek Township, Chatau qua Co., N. Y.

6 Marvin Sinclair Titus, son of Philip S. Titus and 5 Mary More Marvin, b. Sept. 2, 1892, in Walton, Delaware Co., N, Y.


5 Arthur Boynton Coville, son of 4 Frederick Vernon Coville and Elizabeth Harwood Boynton, b. April 25, 1892, in Washington, D. C.

5 Olive Porter Keator, daughter of 4 Edward Keator and Harriet L. Jones, b. Nov. 9, 1891, in Cortland, Cortland Co., N. Y.



5 Charles More Benham, M. D., of Spring City, Chester Co., Pa., son of Martimus L. Benham and 4 Catherine More, m. March 31, 1892, to Lizzie M., daughter of John Irey and Julia M. Wagenseller.

5 Jay More, of Rifle, Garfield Co., Col., son of 4 Taylor More and Betsey P. Burrows, m, March 8, 1892, to Mary, daughter of Henry W. Hallett and Antoinette L. Webster.


Nellie Hackstaff More, of Syracuse, Onondaga Co, N. Y., daughter of 4 Ezekiel Preston More and Nancy C. Smith, m. Sept. 9, 1891, to William Fletcher, son of William N. Sharp and Margaret Van Riper.

6 Charles Liberty Preston, of Kingston, Ulster Co., N. Y., son of 5 George Chauncey Preston and Cynthia Powell. m. Dec. 21, 1892, to Lonia, daughter of Joseph DeGraff and Catherine Woolsey.


5 Edwin Gould, of New York City, son of 4 Jay Gould and Helen Day Miller, m. October, 1892, to Sarah Cantine Shrady.

5 Sanford Northrop, of Boston, Mass., 0 of George William Northrop and 4 Sarah Burr Gou 1, m. June 1, 1892, to Abbie Coffin, daughter of Simeon T. Ringle and Nannie C. Shirm.

5 Nellie Van Allen, of New York City, daughter of Tunis L. Van Allen and 4 Ellen Eugenie More, m. June 24, 1892, to Dr. Robert W., son of Robert Bell and Sally A. Witherware.


5 Cora Louise Dennis, daughter of John Peter Dennis and 4 Mary Abigail More, m. Sept. 9, 1891, to Robert Bostwick, son of Zenas Mallory and Mary Bostwick.


5 Arthur Frisbee Bouton, of Roxbury, Delaware Co., N. Y., son of Burrett B. Bouton and 4 Elizabeth Frisbee, m. Oct. 20, 1892, to Lulu C., daugther of Andrew Jackson Craft and Elizabeth Falconer.

4 Anna Frisbee, of Grand Ledge, Mich., daughter of John Frisbee and 3 Jane Smith, m. May 18, 1892, to Robert, son of George Smith and Hanrh Bagshaw.

5 Nellie Augusta Smith, of Rockland Lake, Rockland Co., N. Y., daughter of 4 Peter Whittlesey Smith and Cornelia Catherine Day, m. Sept. 22, 1892, to Abraham L., son of John Ackerman.


5 Roderick Fitch, of Walton, Delaware Co., N. Y., son of George William Fitch and 4 Harriet Sinclair, m. June 15, 1892, to Adelaide, daughter of John B. Hawley and Mary Lewis.

4 David More, of Walton, Delaware Co., N. Y., son of 3 Edmund More and Mary Hughes, m, Oct. 14, 1891, to Nellie A., daughter of William S. Murray and Agnes Rankin.

4 John Grant More, of Walton, Delaware Co., N. Y., son of 3 Edmund More and Mary Hughes, m. Oct. 19, 1892, to Ella M., daughter of Martin V., and Diana A. Trask.

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Mrs. Lilian Foote More, wife of 4 Charles Husted More, d. May 4, 1892, in Batavia, Ill., aged 30 years, 7 months and 13 days.

Tunis L. Van Allen, husband of 4 Ellen Eugenie More, d. Nov. 3, 1892, in Valatie, Columbia Co., N. Y. aged 50 years, 9 months and 2 days.


Charles More Benham, M. D., son of Martimus L. Benham and 4 Catherine More, from Newark Valley, Tioga Co., N. Y., to Spring City, Chester Co., Pa.

4 Edwin More, son of 3 John Laraway More and Anna Gould, from New York City to Clinton, Iowa. 5 Edwin More, Jr., son of 4 Edwin More and So. phroina P. Thurber, from Aurora, Kane Co., Ill., to Clinton, Iowa.

5 Taylor More, son of 4 Taylor More and Betsey P. Burrows, from Geneseo, N Y., to Orchard Lake, Mich.

4 Mrs. Helen More Smith, daughter of 3 Jonas Laraway More and Maria Winnea, from Dunkirk, Chatauqua Co., N. Y., to Buffalo, N. Y.

5 Willard Smith, son of Henry Martyn Smith and 4 Helen More, from New York City, to Buffalo, N.Y. ROBERT.

5 Mrs. Hattie Underwood Squire, daughter of Harrison Underwood and 4 Maria Laraway More, from Stamford, Delaware Co., N. Y., to Kingston, Ulster Co., N. Y.


5 Sanford Northrop, son of George William Northrop and 4 Sarah Burr Gould, from Camden, N. J., to Boston, Mass.

5 Mrs. Nellie VanAllen Bell, daughter of Tunis L. Van Allen and 4 Ellen Eugenie More, from Valatie, Columbia Co., N. Y., to New York City.


4 Mrs. Mary More Dennis, daughter of 3 Hiram More and Abigail Squire, from Bovina Centre, Delaware Co., N. Y., to Delhi, Delaware Co., N. Y.


5C. Bruce Smith, M. D., son of 4 J. Bruce Smith and M. Addie Ball, from Louisville, Ky., to Mil-.. lersburg, Bourbon Co., Ky.

4 Mrs. Anna Frisbee Smith, daughter of John Frisbee and 3 Jane Smith, from Troy, N. Y., to Grand Ledge, Mich.


5 George Sinclair Fitch, son of George William Fitch and 4 Harriet Sinclair, from Walton, Delaware Co., N. Y., to Slaughter, King Co., Washington.

4 Mary Frances More, daughter of 3 Hezekiah More, and Mary Harriet Alverson, from Beerston, Delaware Co., N. Y., to West New Brighton, N. Y.

5 Mrs. Elizabeth Marvin Wells, daughter of Matthew W. Marvin and 4 Isabella Sinclair, from Middletown, N. Y., to Union Hill, N. J.




BANGOR, PA., 1895-96.


No very satisfactory account of our second Reunion can be reported in the few pages at command. A volume of a hundred pages was planned for it, but the limited demand did not justify its publication. So a bird's eye view is the best that can be furnished.

The Sabbath, Sept. 1st, found quite a respectable contingent of the clan at Roxbury. They were in evidence especially at the church services.

On Monday the number was materially increased and headquarters in the Masonic Hall were musical with joyous greetings as the cousins met and registered.

Looking about the quiet village they noted some marked changes since the First Reunion five years before. The new Masonic Hall, the enlarged public school building, several new residences, the vacant lot where stood the Reformed Church in which the former gathering was held and destroyed by fire soon after and most prominent the new Jay Gould Memorial Church in which through the mutual kindness and courtesy of the children who built it and the people who own it our Reunion was to be held. Next the church the former residence of the late Liberty Pryton had been purchased by Miss Helen Miller Gould and transferred into a beautiful summer home. Miss Gould has also purchased several acres of the meadow land along the Delaware and up on the hill, above the railroad and is creating a lovely park as an adjunct to her home.


The first full week of September might be justly entitled Reunion week, both Reunions having been held at that time and it having been clearly demonstrated that it is the best time in the year for such a, convocation.

The perfectly delightful weather enjoyed both at this and the former gathering is worthy of comment. Either the weather at that time in the year is normally about perfect or we have been very highly favored by a kind providence for the most fastidious could have found no opportunity for complaint as the clear skies, mild temperature and beautiful moonlight evenings combined gave added zest to the evening exercises and all other meetings of the Reunion.


There were about 250 cousins present. While the attendance was not as large as in 1890 it was all that could be accommodated with comfort especially at the Banquet. On another page will be found a complete list of those present.

The committee of arrangements had tastefully decorated the hall and had everything in readiness in time for the opening reception, Tuesday evening, Sept. 3. This occasion was quite in contrast with the one under the tent in 1890. While decidedly more comfortable it was considerably more formal.

The following ladies served as the Reception Committee.

Mrs. Chas. C. More, Poughkeepsie, N. Y.; Mrs. Charlotte E. Foote, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Mrs. Wm. L. More, Philadelphia, Pa.; Mrs. Samuel W. Marvin, New Rochelle, N. Y.; Mrs. Sara B. Northrop, Yonkers, N. Y.; Miss Helen Miller Gould, Irving. ton, N. Y.; Mrs. John Frisbee Keator, Philadel phia, Pa.; Mrs. Samuel J. Keator, Rock Island, Ill.; Mrs. Elizabeth F. Bouton, Mrs. Otis P. More, Mrs. Chas. G. Keator, Roxbury, N. Y.; Mrs. Geo. W. Fitch, Walton, N. Y.

The Hall was well filled but not uncomfortably crowded. It was a purely social affair, and there was such a degree of sociability as inheres in our family and an observer would have pronounced it about the happiest company he ever saw. The Reception Committee took position directly in front of the stage and a general presentation of guests was first made and then the committee dissolved and was absorbed in the social crowd.



Wednesday morning dawned with a less sky and mild temperature and was everything that could be desired for out of door exercises.

At 10 A. M. the cousins convened at the monmument and after singing the doxology a brief prayer was offered by David F. More. Mr. Chas. Husted More, of Chicago, Ill, was then introduced and delivered a splendid address on "Our Inheritance." We deeply regret that we are not able to give it entire, as it was full of inspiration and encourage. ment toward a noble and useful life. We give a part of the address.

We, his descendants, of the third, fourth, fifth and sixth generation, who have come from the north and from the south and from the east and from the west, that we may place garlands of flowers upon the graves of the dead and look into the eyes and grasp the hands of the living, are familiar with the story of how, he, our great grandfather, literally carved a home and fortune from this, then howling wilderness, the home of wild beasts and still wilder men, You are familiar with the useful and upright life of this man who lived to the age of 95-about 68 years in this community and know something of the remarkable family of eight children born into this home-they lived to an average age of 80 4-8 years and had an average of children. These eight children settled down and acquired comfortable homes within a

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