Grand Gorge, New York
Grand Gorge is a hamlet in Roxbury, Delaware County, New York, United States. Although it is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 12434. It was the location of the Grand Gorge Railroad Station before the railroad station was torn down.
Grand Gorge was originally named Moresville after the More Family which was the first family to settle what is now the Township of Roxbury. The family came from Scotland in 1772, and first settled in Harpersfield, New York. After being run out by Native Americans, they sought refuge in Catskill, New York. They spent several years there and the patriarch of the family, John More, organized a group of minutemen during the American Revolution to help guard the Hudson River.
In 1786 John More, his wife Betty Taylor More, and their seven children decided to return to Harpersfield. On the way they met John Clark, and they traded claims, and John More received the land that in now the Grand Gorge village.
Their last child, Edward Livingston More, born in 1788, was the first white child to be born in the town.
Families began to settle the place and by 1790 the community was well begun. John More became the leading man in the community. He operated the tavern. He was appointed by the Governor as "Magistrate" or Justice of the Peace, as magistrate he settled many disputes and married many couples.
On Sundays John More held divine worship in his tavern for his family and neighbors. In his spare time he also taught the children of the town.
John More (February 24, 1745 - January 1, 1840) and his wife Betty Taylor More (1738 - October 13, 1823) had eight children:
- John Taylor More (February 27, 1771 - June 23, 1857)
- Robert More (July 8, 1772 - February 19, 1849)
- Alexander Taylor More (January 5, 1775 - March 11, 1854)
- Jonas More (March 22, 1778 - March 5, 1852)
- Jean More Smith (April 3, 1780 - June 5, 1861)
- James More (January 10, 1782 - May 9, 1866)
- David More (January 11, 1786 - November 29, 1873)
- Edward Livingston More (August 1, 1788 - August 13, 1867)
From their eight children came 89 grandchildren, and well over 100 great-grandchildren. Today there are 14,000 recorded descendants. Among them are railroad baron Jay Gould, whose mother was a More, and James Hadley Billington, the U.S. Librarian of Congress. The More Family is accredited as the most well recorded family in all of American history.
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