William H Moore Jr and his wife, where did they go?

William H Moore's Family (click for full size)
William H Moore’s Family (click for full size)

William H Moore Jr is the brother of my 2nd great grandfather. He was also one half of Moore Brothers Publishing. Sometime between 1920 and 1930, William moved his family to Belleville, New Jersey which is only a short distance from where his father and brother eventually settled in Caldwell.

1930 U.S. census, population schedule, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1327. Essex County, New Jersey. Belleville township, ED 316, sheet 03-A, dwelling 45, family 58, William H Moore; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com).
1930 U.S. census, population schedule, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1327. Essex County, New Jersey. Belleville township, ED 316, sheet 03-A, dwelling 45, family 58, William H Moore; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com).

In the 1930 census, William was living at 72 Bell Street.

1940 U.S. census, population schedule, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 2330. Essex County, New Jersey. Belleville township, ED 016, sheet 11-A, family 233, Alice Moore; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com).
1940 U.S. census, population schedule, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 2330. Essex County, New Jersey. Belleville township, ED 016, sheet 11-A, family 233, Alice Moore; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com).

In 1940, him and his wife were nowhere to be found and his daughters were living in the house on Bell Street with their maternal Aunt.

This begs the question, did something happen to William and his wife? Were they just traveling? I don’t know yet, but I mean to find out!

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