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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Moore Family Photos

"Dad went to live with his uncle Orrin Moore in Skowhegan, Maine after his mother died." 

I have written about Leonard Gregory more than once here on my blog.  The reason for today's post? Well, I had the good fortune to go through a box of old family photos with my brother-in-law.  Figuring out who the people were even though there were names written on the back was made easier by the research I had already completed on the Gregory/Moore/Havens line.

The box of photos had been given to him after the death of his uncle, Leonard Jr. 

Ida and Orrin Moore

"Dad" (Leonard Gregory) was eight years old when his mother died in Kansas City, MO in 1904. He was the youngest of four children. I don't know who the other children went to live  with. His aunt Ida and uncle Orrin were living in Iowa at the time. See the first census record below.  Orrin was born in Maine and the family moved back to Maine by the time of the 1910 Census.

Here is one of the photos of Leslie and Lyle Moore taken at an unknown time and unknown place.

Leslie and Lyle Moore

Back of the photo
Lyle and Leslie Moore were the sons of Ida Havens and Orrin Moore (pictured above). There is no photographer name on the photo so it is hard to place the location.  Robert L Moore was born in Iowa in 1889 (see record below).

Here is the family in the 1900 US Census living in Sidney, Fremont County, Iowa.  The boys are listed as Leslie age 11 and Lyle age 8. Living with them is Ida's mother Keziah Havens listed as widowed.
1900 Fontanelle, Adair County, Iowa

1910 Census Skowhegan, Maine

Ten years later, the family with Leonard Gregory are enumerated in the 1910 Census, Lyle is 18 and Leonard is 14.

A search on reveals a birth record for Robert L Moore, son of Orrin C. and Ida Havens.
Name:    Robert L. Moore
Name Note:    child #2
Titles and Terms:   
Event Type:    Birth
Event Date:    13 Apr 1889
Event Place:    Fontanelle, Adair, Iowa, United States

Registration Date:   
Registration Place:   
Gender:    Male
Race:    White
Birth Year (Estimated):   
Christening Date:   
Christening Place:   
Christening Age:   
Death Date:   
Death Age:   
Father's Name:    Orrin C. Moore
Father's Titles and Terms:   
Father's Birthplace:    Maine
Father's Age:    33

Mother's Name:    Ida A. Havens
Mother's Titles and Terms:   
Mother's Birthplace:    Iowa
Mother's Age:    23

Paternal Grandfather's Name:   
Paternal Grandmother's Name:   
Maternal Grandfather's Name:   
Maternal Grandmother's Name:   
Spouse's Name:   
Spouse's Gender:   
Spouse's Age:   
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated):   
Spouse's Father's Name:   
Spouse's Mother's Name:   
Note:    Jeweler; Residence: Fontanelle; child #2
Certificate Number:   
Reference ID:    v 1 p 143
GS Film Number:    1034814
Frame Number:   
Digital Folder Number:    004661073
Image Number:    00575

Citing this Record:
"Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935," database, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2016), Orrin C. Moore in entry for Robert L. Moore, 13 Apr 1889; citing  Fontanelle, Adair, Iowa, United States; county district courts, Iowa; FHL microfilm 1,034,814.
Orrin was a silversmith by trade. This is also child #2, so there is a mystery child.  I found no other records in this database.

I have many more family units to put together from the 122 photos that I scanned. I also have a ziploc bag of unknown/unmarked photos. I hope by comparing the ones we know with these we don't,  we may be able to place them in a family. 

Photos are a precious thing especially these old ones from the turn of the 20th century and before. 

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