Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

I cannot tell you how tedious it is to scroll through pages and pages of search results off the names Clyde, Flora & Abbie, with an approximate birth year of 1882 for Clyde. With just a few pieces of information such as that and the residence in Kansas, however, I was able to identify our first family from the C. Murray Album.

Click these links for the images of George C & Abbie J Moses and their children, Clyde E, Flora E and Abbie R.

Wedding photo

Clyde’s Birth

George, Abbie, Clyde and Flora

Clyde, Flora and Abbie 1888

Clyde, Flora and Abbie 1891

George Moses was from Connecticut, born in November 1856. This cancels out my speculation that he was a Civil War veteran, as he was only 4 when it started. Born in October 1855, Abbie was from Vermont. You will recall our first image from this album was made in Vermont so perhaps that photo is her father? In 1880, George C and Abbie J were married. Although they were married in Connecticut, they emigrated to Kansas in the same year, 1880, as they are found on the 1880 Kansas State Census. The household consisted of: Sumner D Moses (1828) and his wife Harriet (1826), Mary E (1866) George and Abbie. Both Sumner and George listed their occupation as carpenter. Sumner and Harriet are George’s parents.

In the 1885 Kansas State Census, the family has grown, and they also seem to be staying in some sort of boarding-house situation. The household is as follows: Flora Moses (age 63, abt 1822) is the head, with George and Abbie, Clyde is 2 and Flora E is 9 months. The state census is less detailed, so it does not list the relationship between Flora and George. Perhaps she is an aunt? Also listed are: James Duff of Kansas (age 25), Frea Aresy of Vermont (age 19), Mather Aresy of Vermont (age 20), Minnie Burgma of Sweden (age 18) and Emoline Shafer of Pennsylvania (age 28). It is also possible these young people are working a farm owned by Flora, but that’s pure speculation as the census doesn’t list what sort of business she’s in.

We know that Flora E lived at least until 1891 because that is the last dated photo of the three children. By the 1895 Kansas State Census, she is no longer listed, and on the 1900 Federal Census, the number of children born of Abbie J is listed as 3, with 2 living. So far, I haven’t been able to find any more information. In 1900 they are living in Junction City. George owned his home and listed his occupation as lumberman.

In 1905, Clyde is 22 and has a wife named Ethelyn, aged 24, and a son, George G. George G was born in 1904.

Just five short years later, Clyde is living with his parents again as he is widowed. His son is 6 and living with the family, as well as Harriet Moses, aged 84 by this point. George Sr and Clyde are partners in a lumber company. That will take some more research, because it could be called anything. I don’t suppose I’d be so lucky as to find the Moses Lumber Co.

That’s as far as I’ve traced the family, but there is so much more information out there! Abbie R lived into the 60s, although I couldn’t find any children for her. I’ll be doing more work on Clyde and George G to try to find them after the 1910 census. It’s just getting late, and I was so excited to share this information I couldn’t wait!

7 thoughts on “George & Abbie Moses & Family

  1. CatM says:

    What amazing detective work! It’s so sad about little Flora, and so strange that someone gone so long can leave such a fresh pain in your heart when you hear about it. I wonder what happened to her. And you can’t find any children for little Abbie? Was it little Abbie you said lived into the 60s? How did you find that out? Where did she live?


  2. Nancy says:

    Thank you for tracking down all of the history on this family. What a treat to actually have some answers to the questions that float through my head. I’ve enjoyed seeing all of the photos and now learning something about this family’s history. Thanks.


  3. mrsmarvel says:

    Cat I had a really difficult time falling asleep last night after writing this summary, because of Flora. It reminds us that not too long ago, simple diseases like the chicken pox and the measles were fatal to children. We take for granted these days that doctors can cure nearly everything, but life is truly fragile.


  4. Wonderful detective work..it is so sad about Flora E. she must be buried in Kansas…
    Congrats on your first ID! Can’t wait to see if you actually find some relatives!! I know the feeling ..I have all these photos in my head..wondering who they are and what happened to them…and I too feel the sadness because many of these children died..:(


  5. CatM says:

    I found this today! http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=96572583 I’ll bet they don’t know what Flora looked like!


  6. Dlp says:

    I just found Flora Moses’s memorial on the FindAGrave app.



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