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by Karen Cuccinello - posted here October 11, 2016

Moresville is a hamlet of Roxbury, now known as Grand Gorge. Samuel appears to have lived there all of his life. He was a farmer like his father and a lumber dealer. Mr. More must have been rather prosperous as most of his families census reports include a laborer or domestic living with them.

Samuel was the grandson of Alexander Taylor and Nancy (Harley) More and son of Edward Harley (1808-1868) and Polly Ann (Moffatt) More (1811-1887). He was one of six siblings born March 26, 1844 in Grand Gorge. There was another Samuel born in the same year and vicinity, the son of Andrew More, so the Samuel of this sketch usually included his middle name or initial, and or went by S.I More. In 1863 Samuel took advantage of his furlough from the War of The Rebellion and married Mary Helen Ferris (1843-1912) , born in Ashland, NY, daughter of Alden and Sarah Jane (Frisbie) Ferris. They had five children; Elwin (1865-1883), Susan Ann More Simonson (1867-1927), Fannie (1869-1870), Luman Reed More (1877-1928) and Lula R. More Harley (1880-1943). (click photo to view larger size)

Samuel enlisted as a private in Co. B, 4th NY heavy artillery on October 27, 1861, and was discharged October 9, 1864 as a 2nd lieutenant. His grave stone states that he was involved in the following battles:

Wilderness, Petersburg, Spottsylvania, PO River, Ney River, and Cold Harbor.

January 1880 (Hancock Herald)- Sam More of Grand Gorge, employs a man, Henry Oliver, who cut 9 ΒΌ cords of wood in a single day, on a wager.

1880 (Delaware Republican-DR)- Grand Jurors list...Samuel More, farmer of Grand Gorge.

1883 (DR)- King Gleason and S.I. More, near Grand Gorge, have exchanged farms.

April 1883 (Windham Journal-WJ)- Ashland- Olden Ferris, Jr., has moved to Moresville and associated himself in business with Samuel More, his brother-in-law, at farming and lumbering; they now own the Romain Gleason place.

1890 census Special Schedule for Surviving Soldiers- Samuel, is listed with a disability incurred during the war; a rupture.

1890 -Samuel attended the More Family Reunion in Roxbury.

February 1899 (Gilboa Monitor-GM)- In Roxbury the Republicans have nominated an exceptionally strong ticket headed by Mr. Samuel I. More of Grand Gorge for Supervisor. Mr. More is well known as an honorable upright and successful businessman, will doubtless be elected by a handsome majority. His opponent, Mr. David VanDyke is also a popular man.

June 1904 (WJ)- S.I. More of Grand Gorge, has sawed 200,000 feet of lumber this spring.

September 1905 (GM)- Grand Gorge- Mr. and Mrs. S.I. More are enjoying a trip to Denver, Col. Mr. More is a delegate to the National Encampment if the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR).

December 1906 (WJ)- S.I. More of Grand Gorge, has received a carload of cedar shingles from Washington, distance of 3,000 miles, on which the freight is $400.

May 31, 1917 (GM)- Samuel More of Grand Gorge, well known in this village, died at his home May 29, just out of that village from an illness of a few weeks. The deceased was a veteran of the Civil War and held in high esteem by a wide circle of acquaintances.

Samuel was a member of John A. Logan Post 477 GAR in Stamford, NY. He was a commander of the Post for many years.

He is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Grand Gorge. His grave stone is posted on

The Stamford Village Library History Room houses quite a bit of More family information.

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