Mystery Monday: Let’s Find La Moss

Mystery Monday: Let's Find La Moss

Previous Posts about La Moss: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

The Biggest Clue

To start with, I will be searching for Harold Menner. I have been looking back over Llewellyn’s diary and I notice mentions of him in the last year. I am thinking that he might be a brother to La Moss. Having a reasonably unique name, I think it might be easier to find him first. The diary covers the years of 1923-1925. It will be easiest to search the 1920 and 1930 censuses to see if there is any mention of a Menner family in Caldwell, New Jersey.

1930 U.S. Census - Menner Family
1930 U.S. census, population schedule, Essex County, New Jersey. Caldwell borough, enumeration district (ED) 354, sheet 10-A, dwelling 213, family 225, George Menner; digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 30 Jul 2016); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T626, roll 1328.

It took a few different search techniques but I did find Harold Menner in Caldwell, New Jersey. It is very important to note that the Menner family is living at 25 Myrtle Avenue. The Moore family, which Llewellyn married into is living just a few houses down at 7 Myrtle Avenue. You can even see 2 of the lodgers that are living with the Moores at the top of this census page.

Now, not only do I know that Llewellyn and William went to the same church but that one of Llewellyn’s good friend’s lived on the same street. If you are also following along with the diary and the guest/gift list from their wedding, the Miller family are also living on Myrtle Avenue and frequently in the Diary.

Filling in some blanks

Now that I have an address and some Ancestry hints for Harold, it’s time to fill in some blanks and see what turns up. It just so happens that when I took the address from the 1930 census and located it in the 1920 census, I had a jackpot!

1920 U.S. Census - Menner Family
1920 U.S. census, Essex County, New Jersey, population schedule, Caldwell borough, enumeration district (ED) 22, sheet 17-B, dwelling 371, family 387, George Mennor; digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 30 Jul 2016); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll 1028.

It might be hard to see in that image, so let me zoom in for you. Trust me, it’s worth it!

LaMoss Menner!

Your eyes are not deceiving you, the daughter listed underneath Harold is Lamoss J. Mennor!

Going Forward

I might have found La Moss’ family but that doesn’t mean I am done researching her! I would still like to find out what I can about one of Llewellyn’s friends. So stay tuned for more!

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