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This biography is taken from Biographical History of Northeastern Ohio, Embracing the counties of Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake; Lewis Publishing Company, 1893.
Transcribed and submitted by Becky Falin, 1996.
Robert A. Moodey, deceased, was a member of the early pioneer families of Painesville, Ohio, and for many years was prominently identified with the interests of Lake county. Following is a brief sketch of his life: Robert A Moodey was born in Lake county, Ohio, in the year 1832. His father, Robert Moodey, a native of Pennsylvania, was among the first settlers of Lake county, and for many years one of its honored citizens. Robert A. attended the high school at Painesville, and also the academy at Austinburgh, Ashtabula county. He was energetic and ambitious and usually succeeded in whatever he undertook. For many years he was one of the successful merchants of Painesville, dealing in gentlemen's furnishing goods, and doing an extensive business. He was also connected for a time with a drug and hardware firm. In 1873 he was elected Treasurer of Lake county, the duties of which office he faithfully performed one term. He was elected Clerk of the county in 1882, and while an incumbent of that office his useful career was terminated by his death, which occurred November 16, 1884. Few men in Lake county had more friends than did Robert A. Moodey. Politically he was a Republican; fraternally, an Odd Fellow.
Mr. Moodey was married in 1855 to Fanny V. Morse, who was born in Concord township, this county, and who is still living. Collins Morse, her father, was born in Vermont in 1803, and for some time engaged in farming. He came to Ohio at an early day, about 1830, and established marble works at Painesville, where he did an extensive business for many years. He accumulated considerable property, owning at various times several farms, and by his sterling character won the respect and esteem of all who knew him. He died in 1883, at the age of eighty years. His wife, whose maiden name was Fanny Curtiss, was born and reared in Vermont, and died at the age of thirty-one years. They had eight children, six of whom reached adult years. Mr. and Mrs. Moodey had two children: Robert and Mary, the latter being now Mrs. Alvord. Mrs. Moodey resides at North St. Clair street, Painesville, in the residence bought by her father nearly fifty years ago. She is a member of the Congregational Church, and is held in high esteem by a large circle of friends here.
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