The Silas MOON household appears in the 1860 census of Franklin Co., IA and the 1870 census of Richardson Co., NE. Silas was married to my maternal 4th-great grandaunt, Mary Ann Maria BEALS, daughter of Nathan C. and Elizabeth (CHEW) BEALS.
In the 1860 census, Silas was a 33 year old farmer, born in Ohio, with real estate valued at $1200 and a personal estate valued at $500. His wife Mary, was aged 34 and born in Ohio. Their children were born in several places : Nathan R., aged 9, born Indiana ; John T., aged 7, born Michigan; Charity E., aged 5, born Iowa; and Winnie A., aged 3, born Indiana.
In the 1870 census, Silas was a 40 year old farmer, born in Ohio, with real estate valued at $3000 and a personal estate valued at $900. His wife Mary, was aged 44 and born in Ohio. Son Seth, who was born in 1860, was not living with them in the 1870 census. Children listed were : Nathan, aged 19, born Indiana; John, aged 17, born Indiana; Ellen, aged 15, born Iowa; Winnie, aged 13, born Iowa; Sarah, aged 8, born Iowa, and Martha, aged 6, born Iowa.
Silas MOON b. October 5, 1826 Clinton Co., OH, d. October 19, 1885 Modesto, CA., m. before 1849 to Mary Ann Maria BEALS, daughter of Nathan C. and Elizabeth (CHEW) BEALS. Mary b. December 1, 1823 Clinton Co., OH., d. June 6, 1900 Sheridan, OR.
Known children of Silas and Mary Ann Maria (BEALS) MOON are as follows :
i. Sarah E. MOON b. April 23, 1849 Howard Co., IN., d. March 20, 1852 Michigan
ii. Nathan Richard MOON b. February 17, 1851 LaPorte Co., IN., d. after 1912 Salem, OR., m. Sarah Melissa FRAZIER, m(2) Martha E. COMER.
iii. John Thomas MOON b. June 17, 1853 Michigan, d. after 1870 census
iv. Charity Ella MOON b. April 20, 1855 Franklin Co., IA., d. after 1871 m. Frank J. FRAZIER
v. Winnie A. MOON b. November 23, 1857 Indiana, d. after 1876, m. Samuel M. PHILPOT
vi. Seth Franklin MOON b. July 16, 1860 Iowa, d. after 1885; m. Alice Eva SWITZER
vii. Sarah MOON b. ca. 1862 Iowa, d. after 1870 census
viii. Martha J. MOON b. November 11, 1862 Iowa, d. February 11, 1910 near Sheridan, OR., m. Marion LADY