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Lot M Moffet[1, 2, 3]

Male 1802 - 1870  (68 years)


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  • Name Lot M Moffet  [4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Born 20 September 1802  Oppenheim, Montgomery Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Ancestral File No. 11HM-PXN 
    Alternate Birth 20 February 1803  Oppenheim, Montgomery Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 8
    Alternate Birth 20 September 1803  Oppenheim, Montgomery Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7, 9
    • Another combination of previous dates
    Biography Melvine Moffet, daughter of Lot Moffet and his wife Sarah McCreary was born about four miles out from Newcastle, Mercer Co., now Lawrence Co., Pa on June 12 1831. Early in the spring of 1835, Lot Moffet and his brother Levi built a boat at Orange, Ohio, floated it down on Beaver Creek to Newcastle, Pa where they put their families and furniture on board, and floated out onto the Ohio River and down to its mouth. At Cairo, Ill. they went on board a steamer, which towed their boat to St Louis, Mo. There at the landing through crowding, their boat, furniture, bedding etc was sunk. After a great deal of work every thing was raised, dried, and put on board a steamer which took them to Warsaw, Ill, on the Mississippi River. From there they went by wagon to La Harpe, Ill., where they settled. Must have reached there in the latter part of May as they had a fine garden. In the fall, Lot Moffet went on a visit to New Castle, Pa, and on his way back, at a hotel, he first ate ripe tomatoes cooked. And when he reached home the family cooked some. Until then they had called them Jerusalem apples, and did not think them fit to eat.
    The next Spring, Grandfather and Grandmother McCreary came from Newcastle to visit them. In the Spring of 1842 Melvine’s mother died, and was buried at La Harpe. That spring the family moved to Augusta, Iowa. Up to this time, Lot Moffet’s work had been as a millwright and bridge builder, but when he went to Augusta he took a stock of Dry Goods and Groceries with him. He did not do well with them and in the Spring of 1844 – having married his second wife, Hannah Bar, in the Catholic Church at Burlington, Iowa, May 15th 1842 he took his family to Galena, Ill. Staid there between six and eight months, then went to Jefferson, Grant Co. to the lead mines. At this time they were thought to be rich, but the lead ran out, and about July 2nd 1848, he, with his family started on an excursion boat for St. Paul Minn. The 14th of July, 1848, was spent at “Pig’s Eye Bar”, where they were nearly eaten up by mosquitoes. At that time there was really no St. Paul – only a little log cabin, called “St. Paul’s Church, two stores (Louis Roberts’ and Jackson’s) and five or six frame houses.

    In the Fall of 1849, the family went to Little Rock, Arkansas, but came back to St. Paul the next Spring, - Apr 26 1850

    During their stay in 1848, they had first located on the Larpenteur Farm on the St. Anthony Road (now in 1896 know as Midway) – 1900 the Bohn Refrigerating Factory was used once as State Fair Grounds – then Kittsondale. They lived there but a few months, then went into St. Paul and purchased two lots on the corner of Jackson and Fourth Sts, and started a building afterward known as “Moffet’s Castle”

    Feb 21, 1853, Melvine Moffet married Wm Geo Hendrickson, and went out to the homestead in Rosetown, Ramsey Co., which remained their home until their death. Their eight children were born at the homestead, later known as Comodale, and then bought by the State Agricultural Society. ??, Stella and Willir, died there in infancy. George Lorenzo, her unmarried son, Eugene Alvin, and Albert Preston were also bired from this old home.
    Melvine M Hendrickson died Sept 14, 1898 [Source 1971]
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    Below is an excerpt from Pen Pictures of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Biographical Sketches of Old Settlers by Thomas McLean starting on page 74.

    A RUNNING STREAM—THE " OLD CASTLE."

    Very few persons who stand on the corner of Jackson and Fourth streets and gaze up at that elegant building erected by C. D. Gilfillan at a cost of $ 150,000, or scan the Davidson block on the opposite corner, or more closely inspect another elegant edifice occupied by the First National Bank, on still another corner, can scarcely realize that here, in the year 1848, was once a deep ravine, at the bottom of which flowed a stream of water, and over a bridge the people went their way up Jackson street to a hill near Fifth street, and then came to a halt—for this was the end of the road. Down deep in this ravine a man by the name of Lott Moffett erected a house, and here he kept boarders. Rev. E. D. Neill writes me as follows:—

    " In April, 1849, the Saint Paul House, kept by J. W. Bass, being full, I was directed to a story and a half frame house not finished, kept by Mr. Moffett, which was some distance north of what you call the 'Castle,' and on the prairie. His boarders were so many that they were obliged to sleep on the floor. -A man by the name of Baldwin, born in Alabama and still living in Minneapolis, the keeper of the “Ocean Wave Saloon” allowed me to sleep with him on a buffalo robe placed on a rough home-made bed-stead. I stayed ten days at Moffett's. He attended the first religious service I conducted in the little school house on Third street, and C. V. P. Lull volunteered as chorister. When I went to settle my bill with Moffett, he ^lid—' I can't take full price, for I went to your preaching and it amused me.' Lott was a kind man and I did not consider his language sarcastic; but supposed that amused in his mind was the synonym of pleased."

    LOTT MOFFETT.

    Mr. Moffett was born in New York in 1803, and died in St. Paul in 1870, aged 67 years. His early education was somewhat neglected, yet he was a man of strong, sterling principles, and did a great deal of good in the day in which he lived. He served his trade as a millwright; learned the business of woolen manufacturer, and ran a mill. In July, 1848, he came to St. Paul and purchased the land on the St. Anthony road known as the Larpenteur farm. He disposed of this and went to Arkansas ; engaged in mercantile business, bridge building and lead mining, and returned to St. Paul in 1850, where he built a hotel and ran it until his death, it being strictly a temperance house. He was not a politician but a leading Mason; was married three times, and was universally respected.

    PERSONAL PECULIARITIES.

    Mr. Moffett was an eccentric but an honest man; always working, always striving to make mankind better. He was a strict temperance man—indeed, I may say, violently so, and yet he was kind and popular. From time to time he added stories to his building until it peeped above the level of the street, and then with his own hands he added other stories, until, when he died, he had what was popularly called " Moffett's Castle "—three stories below ground and four above. He finished it himself, and when completed it was a very respectable looking building, except the peculiarities of the man, which were made apparent in the many gable ends which adorned the edifice. The spring which ran down the ravine has dried up ; the ravine has been filled in ; the old " Castle " has been torn down ; the good old man with long gray hair and beard is dead; and now rises in increasing force the incoming of a new age of money, brains, brick, mortar, commerce ; and just right here, at the crossing of these two streets, is where the busiest part of the city is seen. The world is on a " teanter," as the boys say; when one man goes up the other comes down. The motion is perpetual and the end is certain. Some are dropping from the see-saw board of life, while others are clambering into their places to try their luck in this great world of strife; and so the sickle of time moves on, cutting down a wide swath among the ranks of the old settlers and among the old things of the past, to make place for the untried and the new.”[Source 2298]
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    Residence(s) In History of St. Paul and Vicinity by Henry Anson Castle, there is the following mention of Moffett's Castle on page 417.
     
    “In 1848 or 1849, a man well known to all the early settlers of St. Paul, Lot Moffett, erected in the ravine at Fourth and Jackson streets, a temperance hotel which was called by old settlers "Moffett's Castle" on account of its long unfinished condition. From time to time he added stories to his building, and at his death in 1870 he had three stories below ground and four above. Mr. Moffett ran this hotel until his death as a strictly temperance house. Rev. E. D: Neill, writing of Mr. Moffett and his hotel says: "His boarders were so many that they were obliged to sleep on the floor. A man by the name of Baldwin, born in Alabama, allowed me to sleep with him on a buffalo robe placed on a rough homemade bedstead. I stayed ten days at Moffett's. He attended the first religious meeting I conducted. When I went to settle my bill he said 'I can't take full price, for I went to your preaching and it amused me.' Lot was a kind man and I did not consider his language sarcastic, but supposed that amused in his mind was the synonym of pleased." [Source 2298]
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    Submitter 287+ 
    Died 28 December 1870  Saint Paul, Ramsey Co., Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 7
    Buried 1 January 1871  Oakland Cemetery, Saint Paul, Ramsey Co., Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID I38305  Clan Moffat Genealogy
    Last Modified 23 March 2010 

    Father Rev. John Moffat or Moffet, III,   b. 2 October 1760, North Hampton, Franklin Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 December 1810, Oppenheim, Montgomery Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Mother Abigail Swift,   b. 13 November 1764, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 June 1839, Bristol Twp., Trumbull Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Family ID F7933  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Sarah McCreary,   b. 20 July 1806, Neshannock, Lawrence Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 January 1842, La Harpe, Hancock Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Married 5 July 1826  near New Castle, Mercer Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 12
    • Originally entered as “within five miles of Newcastle, Pa”. Another document about Melvine Moffet says "[Melvine Moffet] was born about four miles out from Newcastle, Mercer Co., now Lawrence Co., Pa" - Roger 14 Jan 2009
    Children 
     1. Samuel Moffet,   b. 7 August 1829,   d. 5 October 1841  (Age 12 years)
    +2. Melvine Moffett,   b. 12 June 1831, near New Castle, Mercer Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 September 1898, Comodale, Rosetown, Ramsey Co., Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +3. Margarette Moffet,   b. 12 May 1834, New Castle, Mercer Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1918  (Age 83 years)
     4. William Moffet,   b. 3 June 1836,   d. 15 October 1840, La Harpe, Hancock Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
    +5. Sarah Moffet,   b. 20 March 1838, La Harpe, Hancock Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 April 1923, Poplar, Roosevelt Co., Montana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    Family ID F24571  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Hannah Barb,   b. 17 January 1818, Bristol Twp., Trumbull Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 July 1854, Saint Paul, Ramsey Co., Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years) 
    Married 15 May 1842  Burlington, Des Moines Co., Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • ancestry.com-Marriage Data Base. Type in Lott Moffit
    Children 
     1. Miss Moffet,   b. 1843,   d. 1843  (Age 0 years)
     2. Hannah Moore Moffet,   b. 4 June 1854,   d. 5 August 1854  (Age 0 years)
    Family ID F14541  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 3 Laura Edith McKay,   b. 2 February 1827, Aurora, Erie Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 June 1900, River Falls, Pierce Co., Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 4 October 1854  Saint Paul, Ramsey Co., Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • LDS site
    Children 
     1. Homer Moffet,   b. 15 June 1855,   d. 29 July 1855  (Age 0 years)
     2. Laura Adell Moffet,   b. 20 June 1857,   d. 2 August 1857  (Age 0 years)
    Family ID F41525  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Moffetts Castle
    Moffetts Castle
    Page from book shows a sketch of Moffetts Castle and a brief narrative.

    Documents
    Mevline Moffet - page 1 of 2 pages about Melvine Moffet and her Descendants
    History of Melvine Moffet and her parents Lot Moffet and Sarah McCreary Page 1
    Copies of sheets handwritten by Evelyn Konantz Downing - great granddaughter of Lot Moffet and Sarah McCreary, provided by Richard Stuart of Yeochrie, a grandson of Evelyn Konantz Downing.
    Mevline Moffet - page 2 of 2 pages about Melvine Moffet and her Descendants
    History of Melvine Moffet and her parents Lot Moffet and Sarah McCreary Page 1
    Copies of sheets handwritten by Evelyn Konantz Downing - great granddaughter of Lot Moffet and Sarah McCreary, provided by Richard Stuart of Yeochrie, a grandson of Evelyn Konantz Downing.

    Headstones
    Headstone of Lot Moffett
    Headstone of Lot Moffett
    Headstone in Oakland Cemetery, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Image supplied by Randy Quale.

  • Notes 
    • Gary Morfitt has surname spelled "Moffitt".
      Lois Simic has birthdate of 20 Feb 1803 (from a family Bible)

      Lot built “Moffat’s Castle” in St. Paul, Min. [Source 1963]

      MOFFET, LOT - An early St. Paul innkeeper, he was born in 1803 in Montgomery County, NY. He came to St. Paul in 1848, and was for some years the proprietor of Temperance House, also known to the early settlers as "Moffet's Castle". He was a scrupulously honest man, and very benevolent, and was the charter president of the Sons of Temperance Lodge, as well as a charter member of the Masonic Lodge. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Justice of the Peace in 1850, but was elected as Supervisor of Roads in that same year without opposition. The next year, he was unsuccessful in his try for Ramsey Country Treasurer. In 1852, he was elected to the St. Paul City Council. He was of striking appearance as he usually wore a patriarchal beard. He died in 1870. [WM198, MN49] [Source 1964]

      TEMPERANCE HOUSE - A St. Paul hotel, built about 1850, on Jackson Street. Because it's construction occurred over a number of years, presenting an unfinished appearance, it was known as "Moffet's Castle" by the old settlers. It was built and managed for some years by Lot Moffet. [WM198] [Source 1965]

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      MOFFET, LOT - An early St. Paul innkeeper, he was born in 1803 in Montgomery County, NY. He came to St. Paul in 1848, and was for some years the proprietor of Temperance House, also known to the early settlers as "Moffet's Castle". He was a scrupulously honest man, and very benevolent, and was the charter president of the Sons of Temperance Lodge, as well as a charter member of the Masonic Lodge. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Justice of the Peace in 1850, but was elected as Supervisor of Roads in that same year without opposition. The next year, he was unsuccessful in his try for Ramsey Country Treasurer. In 1852, he was elected to the St. Paul City Council. He was of striking appearance as he usually wore a patriarchal beard. He died in 1870. [WM198, MN49]



      1803 Lot was born on September 20th to John Moffet and Abigail Moffett (nee Swift) in Montgomery County, New York.
      Married Sarah McCreary.
      1830-32 Lot built a woolen mill east of Eastbrook. He sold the mill in the spring of 1837 to Joseph Burnley & Company.
      1831 Daughter Melvine Moffet is born.
      Daughter Sarah Moffet is born.
      Daughter Margaret Moffet is born in 1836.
      Lot's first wife Sarah dies on an unknown date.
      1842 Lot marries his second wife, Hannah Barb on May 15th in Burlington Iowa.
      1843 Lot bought 160 acres in St. Paul, later known as Kittsondale from Luther Furnell for $100. The land was approximately between Lexington and Snelling, and University and St. Anthony.

      Disgusted by the the hotels where is wife and children were constantly disturbed by loud druken men, he decides to build a hotel where decent families could stay. He bought two lots at the corner of Jackson and 4th Street and began construction on his Temparence House Hotel. The hotel grew and grew as demand for such lodgings increased, and his building was soon known as "Lot's Folly" or "Lot's Castle."


      1849 He becomes the first elected senior deacon of the Masonic Lodge (the St. Paul Lodge #1) of the Territory of Minnesota, organized on September 8th.
      1850 Lot is elected on of the Supervisors of Roads.
      1851 Elected Master of the St. Paul Masonic Lodge #1.
      1854 Lot's second wife, Hannah Barb, dies in St. Paul and the funeral is held at his residence, Temperance House.
      Lot marries his third wife, Laura E. McKay on an unknown date.
      1859 Elected treasurer of the Old Settlers Association, a position he kept until his death. At every annual session he always reported $10 in Glencoe Money as a joke. Glencoe money had gone out of use.
      1870 Lot died of "lung fever" in St Paul, Minnesota, in his home, Temperance House, that he he built. (Also known as Lot's Castle.) He was 68 years old.
      @HI23060@


      Below is from the Clan Moffat Genealogy website http://genealogy.clanmoffat.org(4/4/09).

      Melvine Moffet, daughter of Lot Moffet and his wife Sarah McCreary was born about four miles out from Newcastle, Mercer Co., now Lawrence Co., Pa on June 12 1831. Early in the spring of 1835, Lot Moffet and his brother Levi built a boat at Orange, Ohio, floated it down on Beaver Creek to Newcastle, Pa where they put their families and furniture on board, and floated out onto the Ohio River and down to its mouth. At Cairo, Ill. they went on board a steamer, which towed their boat to St Louis, Mo. There at the landing through crowding, their boat, furniture, bedding etc was sunk. After a great deal of work every thing was raised, dried, and put on board a steamer which took them to Warsaw, Ill, on the Mississippi River. From there they went by wagon to La Harpe, Ill., where they settled. Must have reached there in the latter part of May as they had a fine garden. In the fall, Lot Moffet went on a visit to New Castle, Pa, and on his way back, at a hotel, he first ate ripe tomatoes cooked. And when he reached home the family cooked some. Until then they had called them Jerusalem apples, and did not think them fit to eat.
      The next Spring, Grandfather and Grandmother McCreary came from Newcastle to visit them. In the Spring of 1842 Melvine's mother died, and was buried at La Harpe. That spring the family moved to Augusta, Iowa. Up to this time, Lot Moffet's work had been as a millwright and bridge builder, but when he went to Augusta he took a stock of Dry Goods and Groceries with him. He did not do well with them and in the Spring of 1844 - having married his second wife, Hannah Bar, in the Catholic Church at Burlington, Iowa, May 15th 1842 he took his family to Galena, Ill. Staid there between six and eight months, then went to Jefferson, Grant Co. to the lead mines. At this time they were thought to be rich, but the lead ran out, and about July 2nd 1848, he, with his family started on an excursion boat for St. Paul Minn. The 14th of July, 1848, was spent at "Pig's Eye Bar", where they were nearly eaten up by mosquitoes. At that time there was really no St. Paul - only a little log cabin, called "St. Paul's Church, two stores (Louis Roberts' and Jackson's) and five or six frame houses.

      In the Fall of 1849, the family went to Little Rock, Arkansas, but came back to St. Paul the next Spring, - Apr 26 1850

      During their stay in 1848, they had first located on the Larpenteur Farm on the St. Anthony Road (now in 1896 know as Midway) - 1900 the Bohn Refrigerating Factory was used once as State Fair Grounds - then Kittsondale. They lived there but a few months, then went into St. Paul and purchased two lots on the corner of Jackson and Fourth Sts, and started a building afterward known as "Moffet's Castle"

      Feb 21, 1853, Melvine Moffet married Wm Geo Hendrickson, and went out to the homestead in Rosetown, Ramsey Co., which remained their home until their death. Their eight children were born at the homestead, later known as Comodale, and then bought by the State Agricultural Society. ??, Stella and Willir, died there in infancy. George Lorenzo, her unmarried son, Eugene Alvin, and Albert Preston were also bired from this old home.
      Melvine M Hendrickson died Sept 14, 1898 [4, 7, 9, 13, 14]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2115] Internet Web Page, Electronic, www.genealogysf.com/stanton/.

    2. [S2116] www.familysearch.org, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    3. [S2117] Ancestral File (R), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998).

    4. [S1] Original Moffat GEDCOM File, Robert and Frances Moffitt.

    5. [S1968] Page from a bible titled “Records found in Bible of John Moffet”, scanned images and printed copies submitted by Richard Stuart of Yeochrie.

    6. [S1970] Page from a bible titled “Records taken from Bible of Lot Moffet”, scanned images and printed copies submitted by Richard Stuart of Yeochrie.

    7. [S2118] GEDCOM file titled “Lot Moffet GEDCOM 4-5-09.ged”, submitted by Randy Quale.

    8. [S1963] Chapter 12 of a Family History titled “Connaught & Moffat Arms, and Descents”, submitted by Richard Stuart, oage 92.

    9. [S1963] Chapter 12 of a Family History titled “Connaught & Moffat Arms, and Descents”, submitted by Richard Stuart, page 92.

    10. [S1971] Pages titled “Moffet Family - Melvine Moffet, daughter of Lot Moffet and his wife Sarah McCreary”, scanned images and printed copies submitted by Richard Stuart of Yeochrie.

    11. [S2298] eMail message titled “RE: Proposed Change: Family/Spouse: Downing/Konantz (F51468)“, from Randy Quale.

    12. [S1963] Chapter 12 of a Family History titled “Connaught & Moffat Arms, and Descents”, submitted by Richard Stuart, page 92 “Records taken from bible of Lot Moffet, in possession of his daughter Sarah Moffet (Watson) in 1915”.

    13. [S1964] Website titled “Pig’s Eye’s Notepad - A Historical Encyclopedia of St. Paul, MN (1830-1850), written by PAUL J. LAREAU.

    14. [S1965] Website titled “Pig’s Eye’s Notepad - A Historical Encyclopedia of St. Paul, MN (1830-1850), written by PAUL J. LAREAU.


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