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The following Essay appears to have been the
commencement of a Testimony from Friends of Kingwood monthly meeting, concerning Joseph Moore.
“Our beloved friend, Joseph Moore, was born at Woodbridge in New Jersey, in the year 1732, of parents not professing with us; but as he advanced to manhood, a merciful extension of Divine regard so opened his understanding in the path of true religion, that he joined in communion with Friends. Soon after his marriage he came to settle within the limits of our meeting. He had not long resided with us before he received a gift in the ministry; in the exercise of which he appeared very much to our edification and comfort. He was well qualified for the discipline of the church, and diligently laboured therein for the promotion of peace and good order; nor were his pacific endeavours altogether confined to the religious, society of which he was a member, but he was also usefully employed in promoting peace and harmony in his neighbourhood, where very few Friends resided.,
He was of an affable disposition, greatly delighting in the company and conversation of his friends. His upright life and social engaging manners, together with his exemplary conduct, procured him an extensive acquaintance with people of all denominations, by whom also he was generally beloved.His gospel labours in the work of the ministry were chiefly confined to this and the neighbouring meetings, until the year 1786, when he performed a religious visit, in company with his near and dear
friend, Abraham Gibbons, to Friends, and those professing with us, in Nova Scotia. In this journey they travelled in much harmony, and their gospel labours were to the satisfaction of the visited. In the following year, accompanied by William Wil. son, of Philadelphia, he proceeded a second time to Nova Scotia, with a donation from Friends, to be distributed amongst the poor in that country. This important trust and service he was enabled diligently to perform, to the satisfaction of Friends.
This our dear friend'was a true sympathiser with the sick and afflicted, either in body or mind, among the different religious denominations; and frequent were the calls which he made to this class, when he not only administered assistance and relief to the maladies of the body, but also was an instrument of spiritual consolation to the tried and desponding mind."
In addition to the foregoing testimony it may be stated, that Joseph Moore was educated by his father for a mariner, and he made one voyage to sea in the capacity of supercargo, at the age of sixteen. . As he approached to manhood, it is probable those religious impressions, to which allusion is made, influenced him to decline a further prosecution of that design. On the 21st of the 2d month, -1751, when a little over nineteen years
he was married; and not long after, settled on a farm about three miles from Flemington, and nine from Kingwood meeting. As his children grew up around him, the difficulties of getting them to meeting at such a distance, must have increased. It is probable this circumstance, in connexion with his desire for the welfare and improvement of his neighbours, induced him, in 1772, to make application to the monthly meeting, requesting a meeting to be held at his house. The sympathetic and brotherly feeling of Friends at that day, induced them to grant his request, and a meeting was accordingly held there.
Some time previous to this, Joseph had acceptably appeared in the ministry, but he was not recommended as a minister until the year 1774. Not long after this period, Kingwood monthly meeting had the following named ministers belonging to it, who frequently travelled abroad in Truth's service; Joseph Moore, Sarah Lundy, Gabriel Willson and Henry Widdifield. It is said when Joseph Moore and Abraham Gibbons visited Nova Scotia, they travelled on foot; but no reasons are assigned for this mode of proceeding. In the year 1791, he met with a close trial in the decease of his wife.
The preceding account of his journey to attend the Indian treaty, is the only Journal of his life that we have seen. On his return from that arduous and deeply exercising travel, he attended the Yearly Meeting held in Philadelphia, during the prevalence of the yellow fever. He then proceeded on his way toward home, as far as Solebury, in Bucks county. Here he rested' a day or two at his son-in-law, Thomas Carey's, and attended Buckingham meeting.– He was somewhat indisposed at the time; but proceeded to his own habitation, and thence to the week-day meeting at Kingwood." His indisposition continued; and though importuned to stay with his friends at Kingwood, he felt most easy to return home. The disorder, which was believed to be the yellow fever, increased upon him, and in a few days terminated his course of probation. He was buried near his own dwelling house.
The following is a copy of a memorandum in the family register, said to have been written by Henry Cliffton: “Our dear father, Joseph Moore, departed this life, after a short illness, on the 7th of 10th month, 1793, and second of the week, in the sixtysecond year of his age; expressing a few days before his departure, that if it was the Lord's will to remove him at this time, he felt an entire resignation thereto."
A TESTIMONY Of Abington monthly, meeting, dated the 27th
day of the 10th month, 1795, concerning our beloved friend, Abraham Cadwallader, who departed this life the 2d day of the 10th mo. 1793; aged near sixty-two years.
It may be said of him, by those who knew him from his childhood, that he was one who lived much of an inoffensive life. In the early part whereof, he manifested a desire to witness a growth, and attain to a degree of experience, in the work of true religion, so that he became steady and circumspect in his conduct, and diligent in the attendance of our religious meetings. Through the operations of grace, he witnessed an advancement with the increase of years, and a zeal to cover his mind for the promotion of the cause of truth;-in a sense whereof, he was led to visit, by writing, and privately to labour, with such who were too remiss in their religious duties--endeavouring to excite in them more care and diligence.
He was careful to promote plainness in his family, by example and precept, and in his dealings and commerce among men, manifested great moderation. Being a man for peace, he was often concerned for its promotion amongst Friends, and employed in that service among his neighbours.
After serving as an overseer for several years, he was appointed an elder of our meeting, in 1775, and continued therein until his death;—which stations he filled with a good degree of propriety.
It appears he was taken off by the putrid disorder, which at that season prevailed in Philadelphia. During his illness, his eldest daughter being with him, she expressed her belief it was that disorder,whereto he calmly replied, he was not alarmed, for he knew not what more he had to do, and believed when our day's work was done, it was best for us to go, for that' he was easy in his mind.
Signed by direction and on behalf of Abington monthly meeting aforesaid.
GEORGE WILLIAMS, Clerk.