Local History and Genealogy

Monday, August 8, 2011

Samuel Augustus Moss

 Samuel Augustus Moss was born in Milldale, New Haven Co., Conn, March 27, 1829.  He was the eldest child of Aaron and Abigail Moss,  His oldest sister, Mrs Cornelia L. Morse, lives in New Haven, Conn.  One brother died in infancy and one sister a year ago.  Besides the two sisters, Moss leaves two sons, Warren E and Collins A., both of Angola, and two grandchildren, Earl W., son of Mr and Mrs Collins Moss, and Ellen C, daughter of Mr and Mrs Warren Moss.

Mr. Moss' parents were sturdy New England farmers.  He received his education in the schools of Milldale, Conn., and afterwords worked upon his father's farm until he was thirty-five years of age. On Dec. 1st, 1852 he was united in marriage with Ellen Amelia Hitchcock, of Cheshire, Conn.  To them were born two sons, Warren and Collins, and a daughter Rosaline, who died in infancy.  For thirty years Mr Moss was blessed with the companionship of his wife who died suddenly April 29, 1885.  When he was thirty-five years of age he abandoned farming and went to Ashtabula, Ohio, to engage in manufacturing shafts, which business he maintained for three years.  In 1868 he came to Angola and entered mercantile business with his brother in-law Thomas B Morse, the firm being known as T.B. Morse &; Co.  Later Mr Morse died and the firm was organized as Moss, Osborne &; Field; then S.A. Moss; then S.A. Moss &; Son; finally S.A. Moss &; Sons.  For thirty-seven years Mr. Moss was identified with the business located for all these years in the same building in Angola.  The firm retired from business on Jan. 1, 1904.

Mr Moss, until the closing years of his life, was very closely identified with Angola's business and the commercial interests of Steuben county.  He was a hard worker, an astute business man, careful and thrifty, entering into enterprises with all his might and making a success where many might have failed.  In his early life he became a member of the First Congregational Church of Southington, Conn.  He was an active member of the Sunday School class taught by Elihu Burritt, the learned blacksmith, who became famous for his speeches and writings on arbitration between the nations and as an American linguist and reformer. In early years, he took and active in Angola church affairs, being a member of the Congregational church and contributed quite liberally towards the erection of the church building, the parsonage and pastor's salary.  Long after he had lost his hearing he was found in his place, regularly attending the services.  During the last four years he had not cared to participate in public gatherings. The encroachments of age and decreasing  strength he continued to fight the fight, complete the course, and to keep the faith, until at length he entered into the rest that remaineth,  He was a kind father and honored citizen and honest in all his dealings.

The funeral was held at his late home on North Wayne street, Thursday March 10, at 2:00 p.m., conducted by Rev. John Humfreys.  Interment at Circle Hill.

Steuben Republican March 25, 1908