He was a shoemaker by trade but in conjunction with his wife opened a dry
goods store on Bank St.,where they were enabled to realize a competency,not
withstanding their hospitality.It is said that Yearly Meeting time they
lodged thirty Friends,the men in one room and the women in another,though
the house was not a large one;and when Friendly looking persons came into
the store Sarah was very apt to find they were relatives and insist on their
taking a meal with them.
The lot on Arch St.which they held by purchase and inheritance,was sold
during the Revolution to Samuel Wetherell,for Lb.50,Pa.currency.In later
life,when he saw the great advance in real estate,Joseph Moore much
regretted their having made this sale.
After the Revolution,at the reorganization of the Pennsylvania Abolition
Society,in 1784,Joseph became a member,and for some years was on the
commitee to visit the prison in search of such colored personsas might be
committed there ,legally or otherwise,on the charge of being fugitive
slaves,and to insure them a fair trial.At the organization of the Prison
Society he became identified with it also.
He always made his own shoes,taking plenty of time that they might be well
seasoned;and after Congress removed to Washington he usually paid a visit to
that city during each session.On such an occasion he entertained some of the
members by stating that his shoemaker was his barber,and his barber was his
tailor,,and probably mentioned some other accomplishment;so that they
thought his shoemaker must be a very useful man.He had patterns by which he
cut the matierials for his coat,vest and pants,and made these up himself.His
white beaver hat ,according to a fashion,with many Friends,had the fur
immediatly above the brim brushed smooth,and the upper part rough.
When his grandchildren were left orphans they were brought to his home and
cared for,and he was likewise attentive to his stepchildren.He died
12-25-1817,in his 77th year.
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