Mystery Monday: La Moss

If you’ve been following The Diary of Llewellyn, you’ve probably become aware that Llewellyn had a very good friend named La Moss. I’m not positive, but I’m pretty sure that’s not her proper name but a nickname. However, this gives me no clue as to who La Moss was. It wasn’t until I was emailing with Grace, and she mentioned it, that I realized I hadn’t done an in depth search for La Moss. She was so involved in Llewellyn’s life that I feel I must figure out who she was!

I do have one clue:

La Moss's birthday

Maybe if I were in New Jersey at the church that Llewellyn attended, I’d be pouring over the February baptism books. I know they attended that same church groups from what Llewellyn writes in her diary. However, I’m in Maryland, with only my laptop to aid me at the moment.

Using my very well developed handwriting analysis skills. (If that’s what you could call them.) La Moss has a surname of Meuner! That’s definitely a good starting off point. However, my Ancestry membership ran out and I’m not renewing it right away. So we’ll see how things go over the next few weeks and hopefully I can try out the Library Edition of Ancestry sometime soon.

I have a feeling this isn’t going to be an easy find!

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3 thoughts on “Mystery Monday: La Moss”

  1. Kathleen,

    I have been following this Diary for quite a while. As I live in North Jersey, but the other side of the state, I am familiar with the places that are mentioned throughout the diary.

    I went back through the diary trying to identify the Church / Sunday School that has been mentioned, but didn’t find any mention of it specifically.

    In your research, to you have a Church Name and location?

    Thank you,

    Russ

    1. Hey Russ,
      It’s the Caldwell United Methodist Church, it’s located right on the corner of Washburn Place and Academy Rd in the heart of Caldwell. Funny enough it’s just minutes away from all the Thorward houses and even the Meat Market.

      My Grandpa says that there should be tons of documentation on the Thorwards and the church, because they helped bring it to Caldwell. A distant cousin of mine said that he found quite a bit of information at the library too, but didn’t have the time needed to document it all. When I get to Caldwell the next time, the library and church are going to be my first stops!

      Thanks for reading,
      Kathleen

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