Treasure Chest Thursday: The Bibles Part 3

Happy Thursday everyone! I’ve made some time to make sure we get another bible put up on the blog today! It’s been a few months, but I haven’t forgotten about these bibles sitting on my dresser! For those who want to catch up: Bibles Part 1 and Bibles Part 2!

The Bible for Today

This is a New Testament Bible, and it is in fairly good condition. The copyright page shows that it was published in 1946. There are only two loose pages in it. The rest are unblemished and secure. The two loose pages happen to be the only ones with writing in them, so I am left wondering if they were pressed in from another book at some point. One page is decidedly smaller than the book, and the other looks like it might be the protective page at the beginning of the Bible. The “protective page” is black on one side and tan on the other. The only thing I can’t tell is if the size is right to fit with this Bible.

The Protective Page (Less Mysterious)

This image shows that written on the tan side of the page are death dates for “Mother” and “Father.” I am very familiar with Great-Grandma Llewellyn’s handwriting after transcribing her diary. I’m assuming this is her but a quick check of her parents headstones confirms that it is them. I find it particularly emotional that she noted down the time of death as well. I have to say, I never thought I would ever know the time of death for my great-great Grandparents. That just shows you never know what you will find in Genealogy.

The smaller (Mysterious) page

Let’s just all admit what we’re asking ourselves after reading that page. Who the heck are Charlotte and Augustus Fowler? Not that I can justify research time for this in the middle of a Genealogy Do-Over. A little harmless search won’t hurt, right?

An 1860 US Census search for Charlotte Fowler, living in New York City brings up ONE New York City result. The icing on my New Years cake is that she is living with what looks like a family of Doremus’. That happens to be the maiden name of Llewellyn’s Grandmother, Josephine Doremus! Oh Charlotte, I don’t know who you are, but you are going on the list for a Mystery Monday search once my Do-Over is more stable!

Treasure Chest Thursday: The Bibles Part 2


Here we are again with a new week and a new “bible”. Okay, so technically this week isn’t a bible. It is very connected to it though, so it fits with my theme from last week. This book is called Four Thousand Questions & Answers.


The copyright is from 1898, so for a book over a hundred years old, it’s in great condition. As you can tell from the title page, this book was for Students and Sunday-School Teachers. This wasn’t a surprise to me, because Llewellyn and her family were very involved with the church. I believe Llewellyn even taught Sunday School herself if her Diary is any indication. Before taking the pictures for this blog post, I just assumed this book was my Grandfathers since I have so much documentation from his early years.


I thought that until I actually read through the whole inscription.

Presented to William Moore by his S.S. teacher for his punctual attendance 51 Sundays. Xmas 1913

Well, that is definitely not Grandpa’s book because he was born in 1930. This must be his father’s book! To have such an old memento from the Moore family is very rare. In the first place, there aren’t a lot of people around that can identify any Moores in pictures. Secondly, for a few generations the mothers died early on and the children were working from a young age, leaving little time for many mementos. That’s what makes this one so special.

Great-Grandpa would have just turned 12 when he got this book from his teacher. In just a few years he will have started working for numerous companies as a bookkeeper. His mother could already have passed away. I haven’t found her death certificate yet, but it happened between 1910 and 1915. Within 10 years the whole family dynamic will change. They’ll move from their decades long residence in Brooklyn and move to Caldwell, New Jersey to live with his grandfather and aunt. There he meets his future wife, probably at church. His father and grandfather will pass away in 1925 and 1928. In 1925 he’ll go to work for AT&T as a bookkeeper and he’ll stay there until he retires over 35 years later. In 1926 he’ll marry Llewellyn and they’ll have one son and 5 grandchildren.

I never met William L. Moore, my great-grandfather, but from the records and memories he’s left behind I can tell you a lot about his personality. He came from a family who experienced a lot of hardships and instability. Even though the family was struggling, he still made it to Sunday School for 51 Sundays. He still graduated from night school. He got the education to work as a bookkeeper. From Llewellyn’s diary when they were dating, he worked a lot of overtime but still made sure to meet her at the train everyday. Amidst all that chaos and change, he became one of the most dependable men I think I’ll ever know about. Even through all the hardships they went through the decades they were married, to this day everyone remembers William and Llewellyn as being rocks of the community. They were there when people needed them and everyone speaks so kindly of them. It’s enough to make me sad I was born too late to know them.

Man, who knew I’d get so emotional about a little book, right?

Treasure Chest Thursday: The Bibles Part 1


Welcome back to another post where I brag about my Great-Grandmother Llewellyn Thorward-Moore. Ha! Sorry, but I had to do it. As you all know, I’ve been doing my Genealogy Do-Over for the last few months. In the process of that, I’ve been revisiting all the wonderful things that were in what I’m calling “Llewellyn’s Boxes.” In those boxes were a bunch of bibles. Not all of them were Llewellyn’s and they don’t all have names in them, but I thought it would be cool to highlight one a week here on the blog.

The Dora Thorward-Plume Bible
The Dora Thorward-Plume Bible

The first one we’ll look at is what I will now refer to as the Dora Plume bible. Dora was the sister of my 2nd Great-Grandfather, Lewis Thorward, and the only daughter of George Thorward and Josephine Doremus. The Bible itself was actually in a box with the publisher’s name on it. You can see in the top left photo that it is an Oxford Text Bible. The top right image is the bible itself taken out of the box. The bottom left photo is the bible sitting in the box. Finally the bottom right photo is the goodies that were UNDER the bible. That’s right I said goodies! Can you imagine if I hadn’t of opened the box? If I had thought, oh its just another bible.


The collage above shows what was found underneath the bible. It clearly shows a name card for the Order of the Eastern Star. I know that Llewellyn was also a member of that organization. Three obituaries were found, George Thorward (Dora’s Father), Josephine Thorward (Dora’s mother), and Lewis Thorward (Dora’s brother). All of them died in the 1940s. I can’t be sure about the images but I’m leaning to think that the woman in the tintype is Josephine Thorward. I have a picture of Josephine’s mother also and I don’t think that is her. I will have to pull out the other photos I believe to be Josephine and compare them.

As for the boys, I know for a fact that they are not Dora’s brothers Frank and Lewis. I can spot Lewis in a line up with my eyes closed! Dora didn’t have any sons, she just had one daughter. That leaves the possibility of it being her husband, Leslie Plume, and one of his brothers. He had four of them that I know about. They were all quite a bit older than him, the closest in age being 16 years older than him. Those boys do seem to have an age gap between them. Looks like I will have to research how to distinguish time periods! 🙂


Here’s the last picture for this bible, in case you were wondering how I surmised it was Dora’s bible. I didn’t just guess because of the name card and obituaries, I promise! Gosh, I’ve always felt attached to this couple in my family tree and it makes me smile seeing this little note. Despite that attachment, the dates of death and place of burial for them are still a mystery to me. I’m going to be working extra hard to figure out that this time around. Back to business! The bible is in almost perfect condition. One of the ribbons is even still marking a page. There is no damage that I can see and no markings either. This is definitely one of my favorite heirlooms!

I can’t wait to show you all the next bible!

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Treasure Chest Thursday: Thank You Note

This Treasure Chest Thursday post is a thank you note between my grandma, Florence Redford-Moore and her husband’s grandma, Jennie Love-Thorward.

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Treasure Chest Thursday: Grandpa Made the Papers!


I will save you from hearing about how great of a record keeper my Great-Grandma was. Obviously Treasure Chest Thursday would not have been the same without her, but we will just move straight to the point of this post. Newspaper articles! (Copyright Notice: I was given permission by The Progress to post these clippings. Thank you!

Like any proud mother, my great grandma saved newspaper clippings of her only child’s achievements. Lucky for me, she not only saved these articles but in a large group of them, she wrote the paper’s name, The Progress, and the date of publication. I am still scanning in some so I thought putting these articles about Grandpa’s time with the North Caldwell Police Department would be a cool post.

Caldwell Progress - November 21, 1958
“High in Course,” The Progress (Caldwell, New Jersey), 21 Nov 1958

Here is an article about some of his training shortly after he joined the police department. Being a skilled marksman was a family trait it seems. When my father joined the Marine Corps, he also was one of the top shots. A few weeks ago, on my private Facebook page, I posted a scan of one of Grandpa’s old report cards from 1947-48. He was an okay student but for the year of that report card, he got straight A’s in his Safety class.

Caldwell Progress - May 18, 1967
“New Desk,” The Progress (Caldwell, New Jersey), 18 May 1967

Even though they call him Danny in the caption, he did indeed build the desk at the police station that consolidated all the different systems. When I would talk to Grandpa about his earlier years, his time as police chief was one of his favorite topics. One of his favorite stories was about this desk. He thought it was such a waste of resources that they all couldn’t talk to each other.

This actually reminds me of the Christmas that he spent with us in 2011. We had an old tree topper star that didn’t work anymore. My Mom was hesitant about throwing it out because it was the one we used for many years. Well, Grandpa asked if he could give it a shot. Sure enough, he took the thing apart and found the problem. He knew exactly how to fix it. It’s no surprise to me now that so many of his grandchildren are gadget geeks. It’s in our blood from the looks of it!

Caldwell Progress - 1970-ish
“Two Promoted,” The Progress (Caldwell, New Jersey), 1967

In 1967, the department promoted Grandpa from Sergeant to Lieutenant. It’s so amazing some of the details you can get from articles like this. From the article I learned that Grandpa also volunteered with the Fire Department. It tells you that his parents lived on Park Avenue. I know from the records that they lived there for almost 60 years. It even tells you that he had a wife, Florence, and four children (Hi Dad! You made the paper!).

It’s really great to have so many of these articles that help me to verify not just his occupation, but some of the other details surrounding his life. It is only a glimpse though. Throughout all the newspaper clippings, we have these achievements and good news announcements. The one article missing from Great-Grandma’s collection is any mention of Stevie and his tragic car accident. That one I’ll have to search out myself. I understand 100% the reason for its absence among all the other articles. As the family historian, I’m going to have to search out the sadder family events in addition to the happier times.

"Looking Good," The Progress (Caldwell, New Jersey), Aug 1972; Llewellyn's Boxes, privately held by Kathleen Moore, [address for private use,] Lexington Park, Maryland, 2005. This collection originally compiled by Llewellyn Thorward-Moore. After her death they resided with her son until 2005, when they passed to Kathleen Moore, his grand-daughter.
“Looking Good,” The Progress (Caldwell, New Jersey), Aug 1972
Speaking of happier times, in 1972 “dashing Captain Bill Moore” made the papers once again for of all things, his mustache.

Caldwell Progress - January 3, 1976
“Moore Is Acting Chief; Speller Resigns,” The Progress (Caldwell, New Jersey), 3 Jan 1976

In 1976, the Chief of Police resigned from his position. They named Grandpa as acting Chief and he kept the position until his retirement. This article gives us some great dates for his career as a police officer. He joined the force in 1958, promoted to sergeant in 1962, promoted to lieutenant in 1967, and then to captain in 1971.

As a genealogist I look at these years when he is having a great career and I think about what was going on in his family. Grandpa and Grandma were married in 1951, and he joined the force in 1958. They had four children by that time. Stevie would be born in 1959. By the time he was named acting chief in January of 1976, he had lost a child, gained five grandchildren, been divorced and re-married, gained three stepchildren, and was essentially estranged from his children.

“Safety Award Winners,” The Progress (Caldwell, New Jersey), 13 Oct 1977

In 1977, many local officials were given safety awards. That means thirty years after receiving straight A’s in a secondary school safety class, Grandpa proved he still considered safety a top priority.

The Progress - August 26, 1983
“Honoring Bill Moore,” The Progress (Caldwell, New Jersey), 26 Aug 1983

Finally we make it to 1983 when he retired from the police force. Picture above with his second wife, Jackie, you will see they gave him a gold pocket watch. The thing is, Grandpa was an antiques dealer and yes I have the newspaper article to prove it!

“Off-duty time has historical flavor,” The Progress (Caldwell, New Jersey), 24 Apr 1980

Every item he came across would be analyzed and valued monetarily, and if it was of some value then it would be sold. There are very few valuables that weren’t sold or traded. In the article, he talks about leaving space in the basement for historical furniture. I definitely remember that he always had historical furniture in his house. I also remember that none of it was heirloom furniture from our family. The only things that weren’t sold were these mementos from the police department and the documents that his mother had in her house. There are so many things in his life that he had no attachment to, but those mementos from the police department, he kept.


This pocket watch is the only “valuable” item from Grandpa’s past besides Llewellyn’s bits and pieces. That isn’t an insult to him, I am just saying that you can tell what he really valued by the items that were kept. I never expected to inherit the porcelain tea set listed in Llewellyn’s gift registry. It is interesting to see how Llewellyn and her son differed on the value they placed on objects from the past. From the article where he talked about antiques, you get the sense that he took a great interest in history. From his actions, it seems to me that he saw the profit in the objects from history. I know it might sound like I’m insulting him. I’m really not. Our family just had to learn that he valued these items differently than we did.


I love this badge, it is my absolute favorite keepsake. I couldn’t explain it if I had to. It kind of sums him up perfectly by the end of his life. A little battered and bruised, but still strong and proud.

Source List:

Llewellyn’s Boxes, privately held by Kathleen Moore, [address for private use,] Lexington Park, Maryland, 2005. This collection originally compiled by Llewellyn Thorward-Moore. After her death they resided with her son until 2005, when they passed to Kathleen Moore, his grand-daughter.

Treasure Chest Thursday: Our Wedding Book


You might have thought to yourself that I was done with the family tree that I made last week. Well, as an over-analyzer, I am definitely not done. If you want to blame anyone, feel free to blame Great Grandma Llewellyn. She left me all these records and what kind of genealogist would I be if I didn’t pull out every scrap of information I could?


You see, I have more names to get through. First things first, we have to get the family members out of the way. Then, we will see what all is left and see who we have. This is the bridal party. All familiar names, any names that aren’t family are instantly recognized because of The Diary of Llewellyn. I need to remind myself to index that so that it is easier to follow. I guess that would be a good use of that Genealogy Task Tracker I have. 😉


First off, hats off to Mr. B. F. Oakley, Jr. who wanted to make it clear – still single. Ha! I see two aunts, an uncle and a Walker on this page. The Walker might be connected, I’ll have to check that.


Oh boy, more familiar names! I’m 80% positive that Armstrong was the surname of one of the priests at Llewellyn’s church. Then we have the Moores showing up in droves. Excuse my yell of excitement because now I also have the signature of the first known Moore in America, William H. Moore. (Note: I added the arrow for the blog, the image and original scan are pink arrow-less.) The only thing that would make me happier is if he signed it Wm. H. Moore – born in This Parish, in This County, of Ireland. That’s probably too much to ask though, so we’ll just go ahead and be happy for what we have. I also won’t mention that he had a son who was also named William H. Moore. The shakiness of the signature looks more like an 80-year-old than a 57-year-old. It could be either one though and the Junior’s wife and daughter are the very next signatures. I don’t want to think about that now though.


Last page and tons of family names and a few non-family names. I also just solved one of the questions from my post last week. There on the right hand side is the signature of Mr & Mrs Chas Haynes and right under them is Viola Love. Man, this list of names is really making me happy today. I’m not done yet though!


Now we have hearts added to the people who signed Llewellyn’s Guest Book. I added a few more details to show that some of her cousins signed the book themselves.


Now here is William’s side with his cousins added and it looks less lonely. I left both Williams with question marks since I’m trying to be a non-biased researcher (Ha!). All in all, I think other than making a list of the names that are not in the tree, I am done analyzing this wedding! I hope…

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Treasure Chest Thursday: Llewellyn’s Gifts


There is a little catch with today’s highlight. Technically, I posted about this in a previous post called, Part 2: I love this lady. That was June of 2010 and this is July of 2016, so I think it’s okay to talk about it again. I didn’t go into the details of the book before, just posted a few pictures from it. I thought, since I’m doing a Genealogy Do-Over, that it would be a good time to actually catalog the people in the book. I had previously transcribed it into a Google Doc, but this time I wanted to do something different.


This is Llewellyn’s side of the family. I had to cut out a LOT of people from the tree because they just wouldn’t fit. Everyone with a check mark has their address listed in her Wedding Gift book. I didn’t set out to see who gave Llewellyn a gift and who didn’t. I wanted to have an easy to read way of knowing whose address was listed in the book. I’ve always said Llewellyn was an amazing record keeper.

I added a question mark next to Viola Love because her father passed away in 1913. I believe her mother might have remarried. I believe that because in Llewellyn’s diary, she mentions Viola quite a bit, so I know she must have been at the wedding. I know that Viola and her mother were living in Newark. The entry in the wedding gift book is “Mr. & Mrs. Chas Haynes & Viola”. I will be tracking that one down when I get to that section of the tree in my Do-Over. The other thing I noticed was the lack of anyone from Jane Menzies side of the family. There weren’t a lot of Menzies in America, but there were a few in New York City at the time. It just shows that Jane’s death really cut that section of the family tree off from Jane’s children.


Wow! What a difference on William’s side. I’m not sure if this side is so sparse because I haven’t researched it as extensively or if it’s because the family was just small. I am having a hard time searching for Mary Johnson’s family right now, but hopefully that will change. I want to map out that family and see what I actually know about them.

Definitely a different view of my family tree! Just for fun, I will post a few more images of the book. I just love it that much!


If you look at my previous post, you would see that tucked inside this book is where I originally found my absolute favorite Llewellyn document. I call it the Menu Tree. I think that while going through her wedding planning, Llewellyn was bit by the genealogy bug. Her records show she was clearly very interested in where everyone fit together.


I know I can’t be any luckier than to follow in her footsteps. It’s not everyday that someone unknowingly inherits their Great-Grandmother’s family tree notes. I think that’s why I identify so much with Llewellyn. She started off thinking that she had a smaller family and then in her twenties, that thought was just blown out of the water with a huge extended tree.

Llewellyn is certainly giving me plenty to do, because I think I’m going to have to track down a lot of this F.A.N. network to see if I actually have more relatives hiding in this book. Can I just say again, I love this lady.

Treasure Chest Thursday: Llewellyn’s Bits and Pieces


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I’ve always known I am very lucky to have inherited a box of things from my Great-Grandmother Llewellyn. I could probably fill a whole year of Thursdays with posts about the many things that she un-intentionally passed down to me.


This is what it all looked like when I took the things out of the little baggy they were in. The tie clip was hanging loose but the rest were in the little box there. I should tell you my Grandpa Moore was an antiques seller for a long time. That means that every once and awhile you have to think to yourself, “Does this really belong with my family?” It’s entirely possible every bit of this doesn’t belong to my family, or it all could. These were definitely treated differently by him though, which makes me think that they had special meaning.


Tie Clip: I do believe this one belongs. The simple fact is that William Lawrence Moore and Lewis Thorward, his father in law, were both long time Freemasons. I have to learn more about all of that so I understand it better and what it can tell me about them.


Eastern Star pin: I know that Llewellyn and her parents were very committed to the Methodist Church in Caldwell. Llewellyn volunteered there almost her whole life. From teaching Sunday School, organizing socials, and whatever else she could help with. From her and her husband’s grave stone I have evidence that these pieces most likely are theirs. Even though Grandpa Moore’s memory wasn’t quite there, I’m sure that the life long commitment that his parents gave to these organizations helped him hold on to these treasures.


Crosses: Unfortunately this is where my background on the bits and pieces ends. I don’t know the story or the owners of these crosses, but I am keeping them with the other bits because it feels in my gut that these were Llewellyns.


Six pence: This one I am completely clueless on. Maybe Llewellyn or someone in her family traveled to England and kept this as a souvenir?


Other bits: The one on the left looks to be a bracelet that broke. The bird is possibly a brooch?

I may not know a lot about where these bits and pieces come from but I sure do love them as if they were passed down directly from Llewellyn herself.


Llewellyn’s Boxes of Treasures for the bits and pieces

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Treasure Chest Thursday: 44 Years of Kodak

Note: I don’t mean to show a bias towards Kodak. It is strictly coincidence that I found this after my Tech Tuesday post. Except I don’t believe in coincidences, so it’s really one of those crazy freaky things that follows me around. Again, I am not being compensated by Kodak for this post.

I had photos on the brain yesterday. I was actually sorting through some of my scanned photos trying to decide if I was going to rescan the last batch at a higher DPI. That’s when I remembered this box in the spare room. It’s there with a suitcase full of sympathy cards that were sent to Llewellyn after William‘s death.

I remember opening this up before but I think I was too busy pouring over documents. I probably saw that these were negatives of some sort and decided to check later if they were negatives of pictures I already had. I should have been tipped off to the fact that these were kept separately.

So yesterday, I started going through the box. It was then I realized these were slides and not negatives. Or are they negatives that are mounted as slides? Is that the same thing. This shows you how much I know about these things. Obviously I need to do a bit more research.

On this box I noticed a name that I found on the back of a photo. Gladys Walker. I’m almost certain that Gladys Walker is a relation who lived in the Detroit area. This all feels more likely to me because I found Detroit written on the back of some photos and Ralph Leonard even spent a few years there. If there was family there, then Ralph’s brief time there is better explained.

It was when I stuck one of the slides into this that I realized I could possibly have more pictures than I thought.

I’ve got a lot of pictures. There is one big batch of a trip to Florida. So I’m thinking these slides could be from William and Llewellyn’s travels. My father says they traveled around a bit. Unfortunately, the light is broken in the viewer that I found in the box. I’m putting a new one on my Christmas wish list and I’m hoping that my slides will fit into a new one.

If that’s the case, I have a lot of slides to go through.

This box says Moore and 86 Park Avenue. So I’m now positive these slides are William and Llewellyn’s. The date of 1966 gives me a time frame that pretty much matches the photos I have of Llewellyn and William in Florida.

There’s a lot of Kodak in that box. I’ve used Kodak for 10 years myself. It was my first digital camera. It’s kind of comforting when I find these things in my family tree. I’ve grown up without a lot of family around me. So I never really felt a lot of connections to the past. Which is probably why I am a literal sponge when my grandma gave me that family tree. I remember distinctly being amazed that you could actually know your family back that far.

Now that I know my Dad’s side of the family, it’s amazing all the different things I find that link me to things. Just finding a box full of Kodak slides made me giddy. Like I had yet another connection to these people I’m learning were a lot like me. So that’s at least 44 years of Kodak history in our family, it’s kind of a nice feeling.

Treasure Chest Thursday: Lt Frank A Greene

A few months ago, I found a newspaper article thrown into the mix with a bunch of cemetery deeds. That article made me wonder about what happened to Lt. Frank A Greene, who married my Great Grandmother’s cousin.  A very helpful commenter on that post, Liz from My Big Fat Family Blog, pointed me to a records collection at There is where I found this report on what really happened to Lt. Frank A Greene, including a hand drawn map of about where his plane went down.

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