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Morrill Moore, a prominent farmer and cattle breeder of Northfield, was born in this town, November 18, 1829, son of Morrill S. and Sarah (Hancock) Moore. His grandfather, Ezekiel Moore, passed the most of his life in Canterbury, N.H., where he was engaged in farming; and his last days were spent in Bristol, N.H. The father, Morrill S. Moore, was born in Canterbury, October 29, 1798. He settled in Northfield, and followed agriculture until his death, which occurred May 14, 1860. His wife, Sarah, born in Northfield, April 7, 1794, became the mother of five children, namely: Orpha, who died in infancy; Clarissa, born April 18, 1827; Polly, born May 1, 1828; Morrill, the subject of this sketch; and Merrill, born March 4, 1831. Clarissa, who married Joseph Cross, a farmer of Northfield, and died June 12, 1897, had nine children-Frank, Clara, Sarah, Albert, Fred, Warren, Flora, Charles, and Walter. Clara and Warren are deceased. Polly Moore married Willis Gray, of Northfield, and died leaving one daughter-Emma J., who is the wife of Joseph Nealey, of Nottingham, N.H. Merrill, who died February 26, 1889, wedded for his first wife Caroline Lake, of Canterbury, who died in 1860. A second marriage united him with Mary Heath, of the same town, who had three children: Clara and George, now deceased; and Sadie, who is the wife of Fred Watson, of Northfield. Mrs. Morrill S. Moore died October 24, 1858.
Morrill Moore acquired a common-school education and was reared to farm life. He remained with his parents, assisting on the farm, and afterward followed agriculture. In 1878 he moved to his present farm, which contains three hundred acres, and affords him ample opportunity for general farming and cattle breeding. He makes a specialty of raising thoroughbred Devon stock, and also produces a large quantity of superior butter. On March 3, 1858, Mr. Moore was joined in marriage with Lavina A. Huse, who was born in Campton, N.H., September 3, 1834, daughter of Daniel M. and Eliza (Dudley) Huse. Her parents, who were natives of Sanbornton, resided in Campton, from which town they moved to Northfield, and settled upon the farm now owned by Mr. Moore. They reared three children, as follows: Lavina A., who became Mrs. Moore; Sarah Emily, born September 1, 1840, who married B. W. Plummer; and Ann Eliza, born January 8, 1845, who married George F. Blanchard, a farmer of Canterbury. Daniel M. Huse died September 3, 1883; and his wife died January 17, 1888.
Mr. and Mrs. Moore have had five children-Eliza Abbie, Frank H., Cora E., Della A., and Arthur G. Eliza, born May 1, 1860, died December 30 of the same year; Frank H., born March 25, 1862, is now a grain dealer in Laconia; and Cora E., born January 12, 1864, married Oliver Taylor, a blacksmith of Laconia. Della A., born May 11, 1867, who married George A. Dearborn, a native of Hill, N.H., now lives in Concord, where her husband is in the grocery business. She has two children: Mildred A., born September 17, 1892; and Harold M., born December 19, 1896. Arthur G. Moore, born June 26, 1872, Northfield. In politics Mr. Morrill Moore is a Democrat, and he has been Tax Collector for six years. He is connected with the Northfield Grange, and is one of the most practical and successful farmers and stock-raisers in this locality.