CYRUS MOON, farmer, section 1, Big Prairie Township, was born May 20, 1832, in the State of New York, and is the son of James and Susannah (Pool) Moon. The father was born Dec. 6, 1784, in the State of New York, and died in 1869. The mother was of Welsh parentage and was born Oct. 20, 1789, in Vermont, and died May 12, 1871, in Otisco, Ionia County. Their marriage occurred Aug. 7, 1808.
Mr. Moon came with his parents to Jackson Co., Mich., when he was in earliest youth. They located near the present site of the city of Jackson, where they resided three years, after which they went to Otisco, Ionia County. The family remained there resident until 1862. In that year Mr. Moon came to Big Prairie, located his farm fo 40 acres and built a house. After a residence of one year he returned to Ionia County and passed the next year with his parents, coming back at the expiration of that time to his property in Newaygo County, where he stayed two years. After a year spent in Minnesota, he passed a similar period in Allegan County, after which he made a permanent settlement in Big Prairie, where he has since devoted his time to farming. He is a Republican and has officiated as Township Treasurer and in other minor offices; is present sexton of Big Prairie Cemetery.
Mr. Moon has been twice married. His first wife was Electa French, to whom he was married in Orleans, Ionia County, in 1856. One child - Arminda - was born March 10, 1858. The mother died April 30, 1866. Mr. Moon was a second time married, Sept. 8, 1866, in Big Prairie, to Mary B. Nye, One child - Laura N. - was born Oct. 10, 1867. Mrs. Moon was born April 20, 1828, in Rochester, Mass., and is the daughter of Ezekial and Abigail (Cole) Nye. Of her father little is known save that he was born i Rochester, of French lineage, and was a sailor. He set out on his last voyage in December, 1827, before the birth of his daughter; neither ship nor crew was ever heard from. Mrs. Nye was born in Rochester, July 27, 1796, of Scotch parentage, and is yet alive.