Moffat, Eugene R. (History - 1870)


Janet Schwarze





----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin

EUGENE R. MOFFATT, a well-known farmer of Section 1, Hewett Township, Clark County, Wis., who has also served as an official of the township, was born in Pine Valley Township, this county, son of Alden and Ellen (Anderson) Moffatt. The father was a native of Canada, coming to Washington County, Wis., as a boy, and was there reared to manhood. He and Ellen Anderson were married in Hartford, Wis., where he resided for three years after his marriage, and then bought eighty acres of wild land in Pine Valley Township, Clark County. On this he built a log house, worked out a little in the woods and on the drive in spring, and cleared his farm during the summers. After six years he had cleared about sixty acres, and then, in 1875, moved to Neillsville, at that time a small hamlet, where he started in the butcher's business. After being thus occupied for three years, he sold out to Mr. Lowe, and for the next four years operated a dray line. This he sold to Mr. Crumery and went into the business of buying land to get the timber for making staves, and in this manner he was engaged until he died on his farm in Hewett Township, Feb. 24, 1888.

Eugene E. Moffatt, who was 18 years old at the time of his father's death, continued on the farm which the father had bought a year and a half before. When 21 he was married, Feb. 22, 1888, to Lizzie Fahbush, whose father, George Fahbush, was a farmer in Adams County, Wis., where she was born and reared. The marriage took place in Neillsville and he then settled on his own farm, which he later sold to his brother, buying eighty acres of wild land in Section 1, Hewett Township. On this tract he built a seven-room frame house, and a barn 40 by 40 feet in size, which was provided with a basement, besides several other buildings. He has now cleared forty acres of the land and is successfully raising graded Holstein and Ayrshire cattle and Poland-China hogs. He. has served on the side board of Hewett Township and as clerk and director on the school board. Mr. and Mrs. Moffatt are the parents of seven children-Maude, Harvey, Hollie, Eugene, Willard, Percy and Vilas. All are residing at home, except Maude, who married a Mr. Cox, of Mineral Point, Wis., and has two children, Harvey and Victor.


Cemetery Record


1880 Federal Census Neillsville, Clark Co., Wisconsin
 Name  Relation M/S/W/D Gender Race Age Nativity Occupation Father's Nativity Mother's Nativity
 Alden R. Moffatt   Self   M   Male   White  43   Canada   Teamster   Canada   Vermont 
 Ellen S. Moffatt   Wife   M   Female   White  34   New York  Housekeeper   New York   New York 
 Emma Moffatt   Daughter  's  Female   White  15   Wisconsin   Dressmaker   Canada   New York 
 Willard Moffatt   Son  's  Male   White  14   Wisconsin   Student   Canada   New York 
 Eugene Moffatt   Son  's  Male   White  11   Wisconsin   Student   Canada   New York 
 Sarah Moffatt   Daughter  's  Female   White  8   Wisconsin   Student   Canada   New York 





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