Joseph Lyons Moss (1804 - 1874)

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Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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About Joseph Lyons Moss

Joseph Lyons Moss, a well-known Jewish citizen of former times, was the oldest son of John Moss, a native of England, who came to Philadelphia, and attained distinction. He was born in this city, December 10th, 1804. Mr. Moss's mother, Rebecca Lyons, was a daughter of parents who left Holland, and settled in Lancas- ter, Pennsylvania, and to-day there are in Philadelphia several families who, either on the paternal or maternal side, come from the same stock.

Mrs. John Moss lived amid the exciting events of the American Revolutionary War, and would tell her offspring of scenes she had witnessed, and describe George Washington and other Generals of the Colonial and British Armies. Her son, Joseph, early entered into mercantile pursuits, and eventually became a partner of Messrs. R. & I. Phillips, who first represented in this couutry the renowned banking house of Rothschild, of London, England. Mr. Moss con- tinued many years thereafter in the banking and brokerage business, establishing himself as a Note and Bill Broker, on Walnut Street above Fourth Street. During the Civil War, two of his sons served the Union in the Army and Navy.

Mr. Moss exhibited interest in the affairs of the Congregation Mickveh Israel, with which he, and his father before him, as well as other relations, were identified. In the sphere of Hebrew Benevo- lent Societies, his assistance was also felt for good. He was Presi- dent of the United Hebrew Beneficent Society; an incorporator of the Society of the United Hebrew Charities ; and he exerted an in- fluence in other institutions, beyond the pale, such as in the Musical Fund Society, which he joined at the age of twenty- one yeai^, and of whose course he was an ardent supporter.

In cultured circles of the community, Mr. Moss had a large acquaintanceship, and he was respected for qualities betokening the upright man, the loyal citizen, and the true Jew. On December 24th, 1828, he married, in New York City, Julia Levy, daughter of Solomon and Rebecca {nee Hendricks) Levy. Mrs. Moss was among the founders and first managers of the Jewish Foster Home, of this city. Of her nine children, four survive; namely. Dr. Wil- liam, Rebecca, Florian, and Frank Moss.

Mr. Moss, the father, died on January 28th, 1874, after having endured sufferings for many years, with fortitude and resignation. His wife died on January 26th, 1886, in her eighty-fourth year, having been born in New York City, April 15th, 1802.

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Joseph Moss's Timeline

1804
December 10, 1804
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1828
December 24, 1828
Age 24
New York, New York, United States
1831
May 29, 1831
Age 26
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA
1833
May 2, 1833
Age 28
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1835
January 29, 1835
Age 30
1837
January 4, 1837
Age 32
May 9, 1837
Age 32
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1840
May, 1840
Age 35
1841
December, 1841
Age 36
1851
December 29, 1851
Age 47