Bio: Moses, Clinton P. (1914)


Surnames: Moses, Powell, Williams, Sprague, Amidon 

----Source: History of Eau Claire County, Wisconsin (1914) pages 801-803 

Clinton P. Moses, prominent farmer and dairyman, was born in the State of Iowa, October 15, 1869, and is the only child born to George and Elizabeth (Powell) Moses. The former was born in Connecticut and served as a soldier in the civil war; the latter was born in South Wales. When Clinton P. was two years old his mother died, and he was brought to live with his mother's parents, where he lived until he was 21 in the town of Brunswick, Eau Claire county. The father died in 1901 and the death of the mother occurred August 16, 1871. 

John Powell, maternal grandfather of Mr. Moses, was born in Bradnorshire, South Wales, August 12, 1799, and died in Brunswick, December 17, 1881. His wife, grandmother of our subject, was Margaret Williams, also of South Wales, where she was born May 12, 1801, and died April 29, 1902, having lived to be 101 years old. They were married in South Wales and were the parents of eight children: John, Jr., born September 29, 1828; Robert, born August 16, 1831; Anna, born April 16, 1836; Edward, born September 30, 1838; Mary, born August 22, 1841; Jane, born September 8, 1847; Elizabeth, born August 6, 1850, and William, born January 15, 18??. 

These hardy pioneers left the land of their nativity May 5, 1848, and sailed from Liverpool, May 10, of that year, lauding in New York June 19, 1848. They went to Lenore, Madison county, New York, where they spent a little more than two years and then came west to Wisconsin, settling at Oakfield, Fond du Lac county, where they remained until 1856, and then moved to Eau Claire county and settled on a farm in Brunswick township and there spent the balance of their lives, honored and respected by all who knew them. 

Clinton P. was raised on the farm and his boyhood was spent in much the same manner as that of most farmer boys. He attended the common school and assisted with the farm work. He married Miss Mary A. Sprague, daughter of George A. Sprague, of Brunswick township, by whom he has four children: Victor C., Margaret E., Willard and Lucile. While Mr. Moses is now living in the city of Eau Claire, he still carries on his farm and makes a specialty of dairying, pure bred stock raising and cattle feeding, and is one of the enterprising and progressive men of his town, having served the same as chairman and treasurer for 9 years, also school treasurer of his district for 18 years. Fraternally he is a member of the Masonic Order, the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen and the Beavers. 

George Sprague, father of Mrs. Moses, was born at Bordino, New York, and came to Eau Claire in 1854 and later engaged in the livery and blacksmithing business. He helped to construct the first ferry at Eau Claire, and for several years operated it. He later moved to the town of Brunswick, where he carried on general fanning. He married, in 1859, Miss Alma Amidon, daughter of Harrison Amidon, of Gilmantown, Buffalo county, Wis. To this union were born three children: George C.; Clayton B., who died in 1868, and Mary A., wife of Clinton P. Moses. Mr. Sprague, who died December 1, 1902, was a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.



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