JUDSON MOFFET, while in this city Tuesday, was summoned home by a message announcing the death of his father, A.W. MOFFET, at his residence west of Pleasanton. The deceased was born in Trumbull County, Ohio, February 9, 1824 and was therefore 80 years, 11 months and 1 day.
In 1835 he removed to Hancock County, Illinois, with his parents, where his father died in September of the same year. May 23, 1485, he married MISS. LYDIA A. WRIGHT, a native of New York. In February of the following year he moved to Whiteside County, Illinois, where he lived until 1852. He then came to Decatur County by team and located on his present farm in Hamilton Township. At that time no railroad had crossed the Mississippi River.
To MR. and MRS. MOFFET were born eleven children, of whom only five survive. When MR. MOFFET located in Hamilton Township, the country was sparsely settled, the nearest neighbors being many miles apart in many places. He lived to see the primitive log cabin and stable of the pioneer days supplanted by substantial homes and barns, the plum and crab thickets relaced by flourishing orchards, and the county crossed by railroads and dotted with towns, churches and school houses.
In the death of MR. MOFFET, the county has lost one of its noblest citizens and one greatly respected in the community in which he lived.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert August 22, 2001