Jesse W. S. Moon, a retired farmer, living in the village of Bradford, was born in Hopkinton, St. Lawrence County, N.Y., August 12, 1845. His parents, Jesse and Sophia (Barker) Moon, are well known in Bradford through their frequent visits to their son. Mr. Moon was reared on a farm, living with his parents until December 30, 1863, when he enlisted for service in the Civil War in the Eleventh New York Cavalry as a recruit, joining his regiment in Washington soon after. He served in the South, mostly in New Orleans. In the spring of 1864 he did guard on various plantations lying along the Mississippi, being for some months at Baton Rouge. He was honorably discharged May 16, 1865, at Memphis, Tenn.
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Returning to New York State, Mr. Moon was employed on the old homestead for a few years. In December, 1869, he went to Boston to work. While there he bought his present farm in Bradford, of which he took possession in July, 1874. His estate comprises two hundred and fifty acres of tillage and timber land and five hundred acres of pasture. He has carried on mixed farming, paying much attention to dairying, having a fine herd of thirty full-blooded Ayrshire cattle, which he considers the best milk producers. By remodelling and repairing the dwelling, and erecting new and commodious barns and out-buildings, he has made his farm one of the best appointed
On January 10, 1867, at Burlington, Vt., Mr. Moon married Miss Susan F. Delano, who was born in Duxbury, Mass., daughter of Melzar P. and Susan F. (English) Delano. Her father, who was a cousin of Columbus Delano, came of French ancestry, his progenitors in France having borne the name of d’Lanoi. He was a cooper and graver in his early years, working at his trade in Boston and Medford, Mass. Afterward he removed to New York City, where he was engaged as a lumber dealer until his death. While in New York he bought a farm in Vermont, where he and his family could spend their summers free from the heat and dust of the city. During one of their periodical stays at the farm his daughter Susan first met her future husband, Mr. and Mrs. Moon have four daughters; namely, Fannie A., Emily R., Susie M., and Lizzie E. Susie has taught school for several terms in Bradford. Lizzie E., who is an accomplished musician, takes especial pride in the possession of a remarkably fine piano. Bright, ambitious girls, all are self-supporting. Mr. Moon is a member of Robert Campbell Post, No. 58, G. A. R. Mrs. Moon is a Universalist in belief, but not a church member. She and her family work in harmony with the Presbyterians.