The Marriage of Anna Moore to Julius Caesar Hubbell

             Anna Moore was born on April 9, 1790, in Champlain and is considered the first person to have been born in that town.[1]   She and her brother Noadiah were both christened on October 10, 1802, by Reverend Miller, who was a Missionary, as stated in the Pliny Moore Journal.  They were the first children to have been baptized in the recently founded Congregational Presbyterian Church.  Anna died on May 14, 1861, in Chazy, at the age of 71. 

                        On Monday, January 27, 1812, Anna married Julius Caesar Hubbell who was born on March 17, 1788, and died on June 9, 1880, at the age of 92.  Amos Pettengill married them in the Pliny Moore house.

             Anna and Julius Hubbell had a number of children and descendents, some of whom now live in Chazy, New York. 

             Edward Seymour, grandson of Julius Caesar Hubbell, wrote in 1927 that Julius Caesar Hubbell was born in Lanesboro, Massachusetts, and moved to Chazy in 1808.  He first went to Champlain in 1805 and studied law in his brother Silas Hubbell’s law office.

              On October 24, 1811, Julius Caesar Hubbell wrote a letter to Anna Moore’s father, Pliny Moore, asking if he could marry her.  The letter was printed by Hugh McLellan with his Moorsfield Press.  The letter is reprinted using the same style of printing as the press.  The "fs" (as in Mifs vs Miss) spelling has been changed to "ss" for readability here.

 

A Letter

JULIUS CAESAR HUBBELL, Esq’r.

To

Judge PLINY MOORE

October 24th, 1811

 Dear Sir,

             I am sensible that honor & good‑breeding would require, under some circumstances a different course of conduct, than that I have pursued, with respect to my addresses to your Daughter.   I feel however that I am not Destitute of the former, and hope that I am not thought so, of the latter; and therefore, under these impressions, approach you at this time with more confidence --

             I have been a long and constant visitor to your house, drawn by the purest motives, and most arden[t] attachment.   At an early day my heart was touched with the goodness of your excellent daughter Ann, and a thousand subsequent instances, have rivited my affections for her, -- and also flattered me that our feelings were reciprocal.   Although I have heretofore been silent, it has not been from inclination.   I have ever wished that circumstances would warrant me in declaring to you my wishes, -- but I feared the consequences.    I have been flattered by your kind indulgence and politness, and under such favorable auspices have enjoyed my life, anticipating the time when my situation would render it consistent for me to make known my feelings and intentions.   Notwithstanding I never have explained myself to you, yet I have always deemed it of the greatest importance, (next to that of possessing the young Lady's whole heart,) that I should have your & Mrs. Moor's cordial approbation, before I could expect to be married to your daughter. --  It is your approbation to that important event or wish, that I now seek -- I think my happiness depends on a union with Miss Ann, sanctioned by your and Mrs. Moor's blessing.

             I am sensible that Parents are anxious, that their children should settle in the world, under favorable circumstances; and that commencing on moderate means, is venturing them to the mercy of Providence, and the good conduct of the person with whom they connect — I regret extreemly & consider it unfortunate, that my means are not more ample, more equal -- and feel that if I am so happy as to marry Ann, she will make a sacrifice for me, -- yet with this belief, I trust my exertions will be unremitted to render her comfortable & happy, and certainly my love & gratitude must be greatly excited --

             I don't wish to burden you with to[o] long a letter, but it may not perhaps be improper here to state to you som[e]thing of my standing. -- I commenced business, literally with nothing.   My Father is a man of property but his oldest children required his assistance more than I, and I never asked him for the common article, a horse, — Neither do I make any calculations, on what I may eventually have, and perhaps am now entitled to, and therefore will acknowledge that I expect to live by my own exertions and economy -- I estimate my property now, putting it at a moderate value, at $1,500 besides my debts — I owe som[e]thing above $150, which is principally to the Clerk and Sheriff, not yet due --

             Thus Sir I have ventured on this important subject.   If this should be favorably received, my feelings will be relieved, and I shall hope to profit by your advice.    In the mean time Sir, I remain

                                    with great respect

                                                Your Humble Servant --

                                                            JULIUS C. HUBBELL

                        Oct. 24, 1811—

 

Pliny Moor Esquire --

 [Hugh's Note:  Julius C. Hubbell, of Chazy, N.Y., and Anna Moore were married Monday, January 27, 1812, by Rev. Amos Pettengill, at the house of Judge Moore at Champlain, N.Y.]

 

 Thirty-six copies of this Letter were privately printed

by Hugh McLellan, in the month of September,

1919, at the Moorsfield Press, Cham-

plain, N.Y.  - the second

production of this

Press.

 

            Mr. Seymour also wrote about Reverend Amos Pettengill, the pastor that officiated the marriage of Anna and Julius:

             Reverend Amos Pettingill [sic], the pastor at Champlain, was an awkward, careless, shiftless kind of person but a good pastor and friend.  He did not have much salary and his coat became shabby.  So the ladies of the Church combined to buy the cloth and have made a new coat for him.   On Sunday he was to wear this new coat — and it was a special occasion and all the congregation on tiptoe to see him.  Now, it happened the day before his wife asked him to make some shelves in the cellar to put the milk pans on.  He made a careless job of it and the thing was temporarily tacked together, Half an hour before Church, as was his custom, we went down in the cellar to take a drink of milk from the pan.  As he did so the entire shelving collapsed and he was deluged with milk and cream!  He had to wear that coat and the family fervently worked to clean it.  He did wear it, but was half an hour late for the service.  So for these many years in the family when a thing is carelessly done, all that need be said is “Amos Pettingill’s milk shelves!”

 Anna and Julius Hubbell had eight children who were named:

             Julius Caesar Hubbell - died as baby (mentioned only in Edmund Seymour letter)

            Pliny Moore Hubbell  - died at 17

            John Wolcott Hubbell (1830-1919) – married Margaret Beckwith

            Mary Caroline Hubbell - died at 15

                Martha Anne Hubbell (June 24, 1816 - October 26, 1908) – married Frederick Thomas Mygatt

            Susan Katherine Hubbell (April 19, 1823 - ) – married Henry Edmund Seymour

            George Wolcott Hubbell

            Caroline Hubbell – mentioned in Dr. B. Moore letter, may just be middle name of Mary.



[1] Centennial of the Village of Champlain (1873-1973).
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