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" 'Honored for many years with his friendship, and admitted to the privi-
lege of his conversation, I was early taught to look upon him with a respect and
veneration which all my subsequent acquaintance only served to strengthen and
confirm. Thousands among us can testify to the mildness and urbanity of his
manners, to his tender and watchful regard for the suffering patient and sympa-
thizing attendants, to his warm-hearted benevolence of feeling, and devotedness
to the good of all whom his eminent attainments, or the lesson of a pure and un-
spotted life could profit, to his strictness of moral principle and uniform devotion
to the sacred obligations of religion.

" ' It was but a few months ago that the governors of this institution were
honored with his co-operation and enlightened by his counsels. How great their
loss has been, can only be known to those who were acquainted with the liber-
ality of his views, and his freedom from every mean and selfish bias.

' ' ' Dr. Moore rose to his great eminence by the force of personal and pro-
fessional merit. A liberal education had prepared him to commence with advan-
tage his medical pursuits, and amid the toil and cares of his laborious career, he
ever continued to recur with ardor and delight to those classical studies, in which
he had been imbued in his j'outh. Seldom, indeed, has it happened that the two
professions were adorned with such attainments and such private excellence, as
were exhibited in the instances of Dr. Moore and his brother Benjamin, the late
pious and venerable bishop of the church. While we cherish their worth, let the
regret at our bereavement give place to a noble emulation of their pure virtue and
active benevolence.'

" That he was among the most eminent and useful men of which the annals
of medicine can boast, is fully established by the disinterested observations of his
able, learned and scientific contemporary, and his name adds one more to the
already extended list of great and good men, in almost every department of useful
knowledge which graces the history of Long Island."

Dr. Moore was a vestryman of Trinity Church.

The following extract from a letter from Miss Maria Theresa Moore, his grand-
daughter, gives a pleasant picture of family life : " Aug. 29, 1899. Thank you for
the pleasure you've given me by that account of my grandfather (Dr. Wm. Moore).
I remember the dear old gentleman coming in often, with his knee-breeches, and
boots, with a little tassel on each, which we children always investigated, and our
Christmas visit to him and grandmother, when each child received a present. This
custom was carried on by my uncle, N. F. Moore, whilst in Columbia College, and
after he left New York and lived with Uncle William at Garrison, he sent to each


niece and god-child $io in gold." Miss Moore, of Stamford, Conn., has a silver
spoon marked W. M.— William and Jane Moore.

Dr. William Moore^ in his will, dated August 21, 1810, probated April 17,
1824, ordered his executors to purchase half of the vault of his brother-in-law,
Thomas Barrow ; leaves during her life to his wife, Jane, the property at the
corner of Nassau and Liberty Streets, rented by Robert Hill ; to his son, Nathan-
iel F. Moore, his folio Bible and his miniature by Carbonora and his mother's,
by Sharpless, his profile picture by Sharpless to his daughter, Maria Theresa.

Jane Fish* was the daughter of Nathaniel Fish', of Newtown, and Jane
Berrien, the daughter of Peter Berrien, who married Elizabeth Edsall (Peter Jan-
sen (Cornells Jansen, m. Janet Stryker, Jan Stryker, m. 1652, Lambertgi San-
benny)), the granddaughter of Nathan' and , the great-granddaughter

of Jonathan' and Mary .

Dr. William Moore* and Jane Fish had

622. Benjamin", b. November 8, 1789, d.
January 7, 1791.

623. ||Benjamin", b. August 19, 1791, rf. Feb-
ruary 17, 1832.

624. Susannah", b. April 27, 1793, d. Au-

618. II President Nathaniel Fish", b. De-
cember 25, 1782, unmarried, d. April
27, 1872.

619. IIMaria Theresa', b. December 30,

1784, m. Henry Casimir de Rham(J.
Wilhelm Christophe, b. 1743), Yvir-
den on Lake Neuchatel, Switzer-
land, b. July 15, 1785, d. October — ,
1873 ; she d. March 22, 1855. [627]

620. ||Dr. Samuel W.", *. October 11, 1786,

m. November 17, 1813, Emily Con-
stable' (William^ m. Anna White
(Townsend),of Philadelphia, John'),
*. in England, July 4, 1795 or 6, d.
June 14, 1844 ; he d. August 26,
1854. [644]

621. IIJane", b. February 15, 1788, m. Henry

Major, merchant of Londonderry,
Ireland, b. Tully Brislaw, near Lon-
donderry, 1779; she d. March 17,
1841. [671]

gust 17, 1814.

625. IIWiluam", b. September 13, 1797, m.

Margaret Gouverneur (Samuel, m.
Mary Phillipse), b. June 10, 1809,
Carmel, Putnam Co., N. Y., lived in
" The Grange " opposite West
Point, near Garrison's, d. January
II, 1892 ; h.ed. July 15, 1885, at Gar-
rison's on Hudson ; no children.

626. IISarah Ann^, b. September 10, 1799,

m. April 11, 1844, Dr. Edward
Hodges (Archelaus), b. July 20,
1796, Bristol, England, d. Septem-
ber I, 1867, I5ristol, England ; she
d. July 12, 1S61 ; no children.

618. President Nathaniel Fish Moore" (Dr. William', m. Jane Fish,
Lieut. Samuel*, Benjamin', Capt. Samuel^ Rev. John').

Nathaniel F. Moore,* A.M., LL.D., clergyman, born in Newtown, I,. I.,
December 25, 1782 ; died in the highlands of the Hudson, April 27, 1872 ; was
graduated at Columbia in 1802, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1805,
and practised for a few years. In 18 17 he was appointed Adjunct Professor of
Greek and Latin in Columbia, and in 1820 was made professor, holding this chair
until 1835, when he went to Europe. On his return, in 1837, he was made libra-
rian, and in 1839 again went to Europe, traveling also in the Orient. In 1842 he
was made President of Columbia, which office he held until 1849, when he re-
signed and retired to private life. He was a Trustee of Columbia from 1842 till
1851, and received the degree of LL.D. from that institution in 1825. His pub-
lications are " Remarks on the Pronunciation of the Greek Language," in reply
to a pamphlet by John Pickering (New York, 1819) ; "Ancient Mineralogy,"
(1834, new edition, 1859) ; " Lectures on the Greek Language and Literature,"
(1835) ; and an " Historical Sketch of Columbia College" (1849), besides pam-
phlets and essays.

It is mentioned in a memoir of William Betts, LL.D., that in 1858 Dr.

* Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography.

PrksidknT Nathaniki. F. Moore.



Taken in iS6y.



Nathaniel F. Moore, ex-President of Columbia College, had executed a fine pho-
tograph of his friend.*

In 1809 he was Lieutenant of the Fourth Regiment and Captain in iSio.f

619. Maria Theresa Moore' (Dr. William', m. Jane Fish, Lieut. Sam-
uel*, Benjamin', Capt. Samuel', Rev. John') and Henry Casimir de Rham
(J. Wilhelm Christophe).

Maria Theresa Moore^ was named after Maria Theresa Clarke, the sister of
Bishop Moore's wife, who married Viscount Barrington.

Maria Theresa Moore' and Henry Casimir de 'R.ham had

William Moore de Rham', d. 1S16,
d. June 10, 1834 ; student in Colum-
bia College.

628. Hensy Casimir de Rham', Jr., d.

1818, d. May 9, 1840.

629. Julia Antoinette de Rham', b. May

13, 1820, d. February 3, 1893.

630. II Charles David de Rham', b. Octo-

ber 20, 1822, m. May 30, 1849, Laura

F. Schmidt- (John Wilhelm', 6. in
Germany, September 11, 1781, d.
1865, m. Eliza Ann Bache' (Paul
Bache-, m. Helena Lispenard^, An-
thony^, m. Sarah Barclay, Leonard',
m. Alice Rutgersi (Anthony), The-
odore Bache', m. Anna Dorothea
Barclay), f>. June 24, 1828, in N. Y.,
d. May 5, 1S99 ; he lives at No. 24
5thAve.,N. Y. [631]

630. Charles David de R.ham' (Maria Theresa Moore', m. Henr}' Cas-
imir de Rham, Dr.William\ Lieut. Samuel*, Benjamin', Capt. SamueP, Rev. John')
and Laura F. Schmidf (John W.', m. Eliza Ann Bache' (Paul', Theodore').

Charles David de Rham was a member of the old firm of de Rham &
Moore, bankers.

Mrs. de Rham,§ who was born in New York, was a daughter of John W.
Schmidt and of Eliza Ann Bache. Her father, who died in 1865, for many years
was Consul-General at New York, for Prussia, Saxonj^ and Baden. Mr. and Mrs.
de Rham were one of the first couples married in Grace Church, Broadway and
Tenth Street. They were to have celebrated their golden wedding on May 30th.
In recent years neither took any active part in social affairs, spending their win-
ters at their home, at Fifth Avenue and Ninth Street, which has been occupied by
them for more than forty years, and the summers at " Giez," their country home
at Cold Spring-on-the-Hudson.

Mrs. de Rham's funeral took place at the Church of the Ascension, Fifth
Avenue and Tenth Street.

Charles David de R.ham' and Laura F. Schmidt had

June 6,

631. IIEliza de Rham", 6. July 18, 1850, m.

April 26, 1876, John Jay Pierrepont'
(Henry E.^, m. Anna Maria Jay**
(Peter), Hezekiah B.', m. Anna Con-
stable), b. Rye, N. Y., September 3,
1849 ; she d. October 17, 1879.

I636], [644], [821]

632. Henry Casimir de Rham', b. July

29, 1852, d. July 10, 1853.

633. IICharlES de Rham", b. January 30,

1854, m. April 13, 1880, Emily Hone

Foster (Frederick G.), b.
1856. [637].

634. IIHenry Casimir de Rham", b. Au-

gust 12, 1855, m. April 28, 1887, i.
Anna T. Warren (G. B. Warren,
Troy, N. Y.), b. October 18, 1863, d.
November 7, 1894 ; April 23, 1896, 2.
Georgiana L. Berrymanft (Charles
H.), b. June 28, 1869. [642]

635. William de Rham', b. April 3, 1857,

unmarried, d. January 29, 1S81, Pau,

• N. Y. Genealogical Record.
t Report of N. Y. State Historian.

I Rev. Thomas Barclay married a sister of Alice Rutgers.
i New York Tribune. May 6. 1899.

** Henry E. Pierrepont and Anna Maria Jay had John Jay Pierrepont who married Hliza de Rham, Dr.
William Augustus Pierrepont. rf. January 6, 1902, aet. 46 ; Henry E. Pierrepont and two daughters. [S21]
tt Sister of Mrs. LoriUard Spencer.


631. Eliza de R^ham' (Charles David de Rham', Maria Theresa Moore',
m. Henry Casimir de Rham, Dr. William\ Lieut. Samuel*, Benjamin', Capt.
Samuel', Rev. John') and John Jay Pierreponf (Henry E.', m. Anna Maria
Jay' (Peter A.',* John', Chief Justice of U. S.), HezekiahB.', m. Anna Constable'
(William^ John').

John Jay Pierrepont was a member of the firm of Pierrepont Bros. & Co.

£.liza de R-ham' and John Jay Pierrepont had

636. John Jay Pierrepont', d. 1879, in infancy.

633. Charles de R.hain' (Charles David de Rham', Maria Theresa
Moore', m. Henry Casimir de Rham, Dr. William^ Lieut. Samuel*, Benjamin',
Capt. Samuel', Rev. John') and Emily Hone Foster had

640. Charles de Rham", b. April 27, 1888,

641. GiRAUD Foster de Rham^ b. Dec.

637. Henrv Casimir de Rham', b. Feb. 2,


638. Frederic Foster de Rham', b. June

18, 1883.

639. Laura de Rham', b. Jan. 22, 1887.

12, 1896.

641a. (Daughter) DE Rham', b. Dec. 31,

634. Henry Casimir de Rham' (Charles David de Rham', Maria
Theresa Moore', m. Henry Casimir de Rham, Dr. William^ Lieut. Samuel*, Ben-
jamin', Capt. Samuer, Rev. John') and jinna T. Warren and Georgianna
L. "Berryman had

643a. (Daughter) de Rham', b. Feb. 12, 1903.

642. Casimir de Rham', b. August 4, 1897.

643. William de Rham', b. September

27, 1901.

620. Dr. Samuel W. Moore' (Dr. William', Lieut. Samuel*, Benjamin',
Capt. Samuer, Rev. John') and Emily Constable"" (William', m. Anna White
(Townsend, m. Anna Renaudet), John', m. Jane Kerin).

The mantle of the distinguished father fell appropriately upon the son,
Samuel W. Moore, f and the honor and dignity of the family were preserved and
transmitted. Dr. Moore was the typical physician, earnest, sympathetic, equal to
emergency and having a genius for mechanics which was often used in surgical
cases. He was successful in his practice and had the respect and love of his pa-
tients. After his wife's death he spent his leisure in modeling in clay and pro-
duced some very creditable busts of his wife and father. He lived in Warren
Street, afterward at Broadway and Spring Streets. His portrait may be found in
the New York Hospital. He was a vestryman of Grace Church.

The annexed tribute to his memory by Dr. C. R. Oilman, of New York,
shows the feelings of his professional brethren.

The life of a practicing physician is very rarely one of startling adventures
or striking events. His duties, though important as the value of life itself, are
chiefly performed in the privacy of the sick-room ; and, of consequence, the man-
ner in which he performs them is known only to the small circles of loving friends
who gather around the bed of the sick or the dying.

* Peter A. Jay was the brother of William Jay, who married Augusta McVickar (Anna Moore, m. John Mc-
Vickar). [785]

t The W. was added to his name to distinguish him from another Dr. Samuel Moore in New York City.








Dk. Samuki, W. Moore.




Such a life, it may seem, presents but a barren field to the biographer.
Bid him chronicle the victories of the warriors, the triumphs of the statesman,
and he will devote to the task all his most brilliant powers, and do it with pride
and pleasure. But to trace the every-day life of one who has ' ' pursued the noise-
less tenor of his way " in that obscurity which necessarily and very properly
shrouds most of the labors of the physician, whose path has been from sick bed
to sick bed, and whose contests have been only with the great enemj', death — this,
to the ambitious biographer, may seem to be an ungrateful task. But it is not,
or at least ought not to be, an ungenial labor, to speak of a life devoted to the
service of humanity, spent in the unostentatious performance of varied and im-
portant duties. Especially should the task of tracing such a course be grateful
when the duties of the man have been performed in the spirit of a Christian.

Such a task I have imposed upon myself, in attempting to write a biograph-
ical sketch of the life and character of Samuel W. Moore, M.D., whose recent
removal from among us, while it has plunged a bereaved family into deep afHic-
tion, has spread throughout a large circle of loving friends and strongly attached
patients, a deep and abiding sorrow " that they shall see his face no more forever."

Samuel \V. Moore was born in New York City, nth October, 17S6, the
son of Dr. William Moore, long one of our most highly esteemed and successful
practitioners. From early childhood his constitution was frail, and the delicacy
of his bodily organization was equalled by the gentleness of his temper and the
kindhness of his feelings.

Such an one might seem to be unfitted to bear the grave responsibilities
and act amid the appalling dangers which so often beset the physician's path,
but this I believe is not so ; and the success of Dr. Moore adds another to the list
of those physicians whose lives prove that it is not so. The truth seems to be
that a strong sense of moral duty will so nen,'e the heart and strengthen the hand,
that the most acute sensibility will only make its possessor more eager to relieve
those sufferings by which his compassion is so strongly excited. Dr. Moore re-
ceived his early intellectual training from Mr. Samuel Rudd, and entered Colum-
bia College at the age of sixteen j'ears, in 1802. His connection with Columbia
College was probably rendered more pleasant and profitable by the fact that his
uncle, Benjamin Moore, D.D., Bishop of New York, was then President of the in-
stitution. Several of his classmates still survive among us, and we noticed two of
them among the sorrowing friends who assembled at his funeral. He graduated
in regular course in 1806, and immediately commenced the study of medicine un-
der the guidance of his father, attending lectures in the medical department of
Columbia College, in which Dr. Wright Post then taught anatomy. Dr. Richard
Bailey surgery, Dr. Hammersley theory and practice of physic, Dr. J. R. B.
Rodgers midwifery, and Dr. David Hosack botany. From those distinguished
teachers he received, in 1810, the degree of Doctor of Medicine, and immediately
entered into full practice, taking a share of the large business of his father. This
arrangement continued until 1824, when the elder Dr. Moore died, having prac-
ticed physic forty-four years. His son now took his place among the prominent
physicians of New York, with a large circle of patients, and a still larger one of
friends ; for such was the unaffected kindness of his heart, and such the graceful
amenity of his manners, that few became his patients without remaining ever his
attached friends. With his professional brethren his position was peculiarly
pleasant. A thorough medical education, and a large measure of well-improved
experience, gave to his opinions deserved weight, and insured him, as a physician,
a strong hold on the confidence of physicians, while his conduct, on all occasions
so perfectly upright, his manner so dignified yet so gentle, gave him as a man the
highest place in their regard. To quarrel with such a man was simply impossible
and to distrust him seemed not so much a wrong as a folly. Of him it can truly
be said, that after a successful career of more than forty years, and that in times
of many professional contests, he made many friends, and not one single enemy
in his own profession. Oh, si sic omnesf In 1824 he was appointed one of the
physicians of the New York Hospital. For this situation he had moral qualifica-
tions which are more important, and alas, more rare, than professional skill. His


conscientiousness insured to the poorest and most degraded of his pauper pa-
tients a full measure of his attention, while his amiability and benevolence made
him the friend of poor and rich alike. In 1828 he was compelled, by failing
health, to retire from a position which he was so well fitted to adorn.

In 1828, Dr. Moore was appointed Trustee of the College of Physicians and
Surgeons, and continued, from that period to the end of his life, to take an earnest
interest in the prosperity of that institution. At the time of his death he was the
senior member of the board. In 1849, on the reappearance of the cholera. Dr.
Moore, in conjunction with his friends, Dr. Joseph M. Smith and Dr. John B.
Beck, was appointed medical counselors to the Committee of the Sanitary Board
of Health. To the duties of this position, made more onerous by the fact that his
associate. Dr. Beck, was soon, by the state of his health, disabled from taking his
share of them, Dr. Moore devoted all his energies ; and the report published by
the committee affords most satisfactory evidence of the ability and faithfulness
with which this important public duty was performed. For several years, the
health of Dr. Moore, never very robust, had been gradually declining, and he felt
himself obliged to contract the sphere of his professional labor. Still he was unwil-
ling entirely to give up the practice of his profession, and very many of his old friends
were still more unwilling to be given up. In March last he met with an accident
which, though not immediately followed by grave symptoms, caused, as afterwards
appeared, eflfusion of blood into the cavity of the arachnoid. He continued to
visit a few friends, and his venerable form was still seen at church ; till in July
paralysis very gradually supervened, and on the 26th of August, 1854,
" Gently as an infant to his sleep,
Went he to death " —

Dr. Moore married, in 1813, Emily, daughter of William Constable, Esq.,
by whom he had thirteen children, ten of whom yet survive to give unto God
most " hearty thanks for the good example of him who, having finished his course
in faith, doth now rest from his labors."

The following resolutions show in what esteem he was held :

At a meeting of the Board of Health held on the 3d day of October, 1849, the following
resolution was adopted :

Resolved, That the thanks of the Board of Health are eminently due and are hereby
tendered to its Medical Counsel, Doctors Moore, Smith and Beck, to the resident physician, Dr.
Geer, and to the Health Commissioner, Dr. Morris, for their vigilant, constant and untiring
exertions in behalf of and for the preservation of the health of the city, and their efficient aid
rendered to this Board during the summer last passed, a summer characterized throughout the
prevalence of the cholera with a fearful mortality, imposing great unusual hazard, labor and
responsibility upon the medical gentlemen above named.

J. H. Chambers,

To Dr. Samuel W. Moore.* Secry.


New York, September 8, 1854.

Sir : At the monthly meeting of the New York Academy of Medicine the following res-
olutions were adopted :

Resolved, That this Academy has learned with profound regret, of the decease of Dr.
Samuel W. Moore, late Fellow of this Academy.

Resolved, That in the decease of Dr. Moore the medical profession has lost a high-
minded and honorable practitioner, who, during a long and successful career of practice sus-
tained the dignity of the profession, while by his devotion to its interests, his kind feeling to-
wards his professional brethren, no less than by the purity of his life, he has left an example
■worthy of all imitation.

Resolved, That the Recording Secretary be instructed to convey to the afflicted family
of the deceased our sincere condolence on this mournful event, and that these resolutions be
recorded upon the minutes. Respectfully,

Sam'L. a. Purdy,

Recording Secretary.

At a special meeting of the Trustees of the College of Physicians and Surgeons in the
City of N. York held at the College on Friday evening, September 22nd, 1854, the following
resolutions were passed :

* Dr. Samuel W. Moore lived at 43 Warren street, Broadway and Spring, Broadway, first door below Ninth,
152 Fourteenth Street.


Resolved, That the Board of Trustees have heard with deep regret of the decease of
their Senior fellow member, Samuel W. Moore, M.D., whereby the College has lost one of its
oldest and most valued supporters.

Resolved, That in common with the medical profession of this city and a numerous
circle of attached friends, the Trustees entertain for their deceased friend and colleague senti-
ments of sincere respect and affectionate regards.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be communicated to the family of the de-
ceased with the expression of the heartfelt sympathy of the Trustees in their bereavement.

GURDON Buck, M.D.,
New York, September 30, 1854. Registrar.

My Dear Sir : New York, Dec. 1854.

As every evidence of the respect and esteem entertained for your good father is grati-
fying to me, I take pleasure in complying with the Registrar's request to transmit to you the
enclosed resolutions adopted at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees of the College of
Physicians and Surgeons of which your father was the senior member. With my best regards
for your sisters and yourself, I remain Truly Yours,

RiCHD Hoffman.
William C. Woore, 14th Street [No. 152].

Dr. Samuel Moore's record is partly given in the following :

1810, he was surgeon's mate of the Fourth Regiment.

April 6, 1815, appointed Surgeon of the Ssth Regiment of Infantry of the State of New
York by Gov. Daniel I). Tompkins.

June 7, 1817, elected a member of the American Academy of Fine .\rts ; John Trumbull,
President, Al. Robertson, Secretary.

Nov. 10, 1820, appointed Hospital Surgeon of the 3d Division of Infantry of the State of
New York by Gov. De Witt Clinton.

Nov. 13, 1S20, Col. John T. Jones by Edmund Kortright, Adjutant, thanks •' Dr. Moore
for the constant attention to the duties of his office during the many years he has served in the
staff of the 85th Regiment." In consequence of the promotion of Dr. Moore to the Medical
Staff of the 3d Division of Infantry, Dr. J. Van Rensselaer will do duty.

Feb. 6. 1821, elected Fellow of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the University
of the State of New York. John W. Francis, M. D., Registrar.

April 10, 1821, appointed Trustee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons in the City
of New York by the "Regents of the University at their last meeting," "in the place of William
Moore, M. D., who has resigned his seat as Trustee in said College." Gideon Hawley, Secre-
tary of the Regents of the University.

June I, 1824, elected, by the Governors of the New York Hospital, Physician for ensu-

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