Friday, September 30, 2011

1870 -- The Moore Family by the Shores of Lake Michigan

By 1870, John P. Moore – a native of England – and his family had been living in their new country of The United States for about 15 years and were now settled in the village of South Haven in Van Buren County, Michigan.  Although born outside the U.S., by age 55 John was now counted as a citizen of his adopted country. He worked as a carpenter and his real estate was worth $2,000.  This was about average for the neighborhood.  Others had less, and a few had a lot more.

John’s 46 year old wife Ann – also English born – was unable to read or write, but she worked hard to take care of their home and family of three boys: William, Frederick, and Thomas.

In 1870, William (21) [the same William Osborn Moore from my previous sketches] and Frederick (19) worked as sailors on the Great Lakes while the youngest boy, Thomas (11 or 12), was still in school.  Thomas was the only member of the family born in Michigan, and there was quite an age gap between him and his older brothers.  Part of this was due to the death of their sister Sarah who had died shortly after the family’s arrival in the U.S.

Although settlers first came to South Haven in the early 1830’s, it wasn’t until the 1850’s that the first permanent residents moved to the area.  Of the ten families who shared the same 1870 census page with the Moore family, only the young people were Michigan born.  The others came from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Canada, or as far away as Ireland and England.  Of the neighbors, the Irish blacksmith was doing the best financially, but many made less as laborers, domestic servants, clerks, butchers, teachers, etc.

To John Moore and his family, the shipping industry and coastal scenery of South Haven would have been very reminiscent of the home they left behind in Saltfleetby in the county of Lincolnshire, England.  They would never be able to see the familiar sight of the North Sea again, but living so close to Lake Michigan may have helped them feel more at home in their new lives as Americans.

Click HERE to go back and read about the Moore and Flansburgh Families in 1860.

Click HERE to read about the Ford and Flansburgh Families in 1870.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Bride with Her Parents, Siblings, and Grandparents

Sister, Friend

Best Brother Ever
The Three Moore "Kids"
My Fantastic Parents
Daddy's Little Girl

A Girl's Best Friend -- Her Mother
My Family
With My Maternal Grandparents
With My Paternal Grandpa