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#34 Helen Moore

I have written about my great-grandmother’s sister Helen before (back in 2011). Since this week was about tragedy, I though I would share her story again, and include some newspapers articles I’ve found since 2011 that shed some light on what happened to her.

Helen was born March 14, 1895 in Plymouth, Michigan to Fred and Mina (Bolt) Moore. She had an older brother and sister, Glenn and Mae, and a younger brother, Earl.

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Helen Moore, at left, c1897
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Written on the back of the photo by oldest brother Glenn

Helen was 2-3 years old when she was photographed with her sister and younger brother, shown above. An article from the Northville Record from Friday, April 28, 1899 says, “The four-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Moore of Plymouth was seriously burned in that village last week Friday. Her clothes caught from a burning bon-fire near which she was playing.” So that would mean the accident occurred on Friday, April 21, 1899.

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Another article from the April 28, 1899 issue of the Yale Expositor also said she was burned when her clothes caught fire from a bonfire. That paper said, however, that “she may live but will be disfigured for life.”

Helen died on May 1, 1899 at about six in the morning in Plymouth, MI. Her death certificate says she suffered a severe burn 10 days before.  The disease causing death was listed as a sympathetic fever, which she had been enduring for 48 hours, and the immediate cause of death was listed as a hemorrhage.

Week 34 (Aug. 19-25): Tragedy

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#6 Hazel B. Moore (1888)

It’s often surprising in my research when I find that my ancestors had more children than I thought they did. One example is my great-great grandparents Fred and Mina Moore. They were married in September 1885 in Plymouth, Michigan. They had a child I didn’t know about named Hazel, who was born January 5, 1888 and died August 1, 1888 of cholera. She is listed as male in her death registration, but female in her birth registration.

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Hazel B. Moore’s Death Registration

Week 6 (February 4-10): Surprise

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Wednesday’s Child: Francis L. Bost

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Photo by StarTiger at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=87075905

Francis L. Bost was the son of William S. Bost and Mary McCracken.  His stone is to the left of his mother’s stone (she died in 1911).  Francis was born September 27, 1886 in Hamler, Henry County, Ohio.  He died in 1893.  He is buried in Marion Township Cemetery in Henry County.

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Wednesday’s Child: Annie Maude Wilson, 1900-1904

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Annie Maude Wilson was the first child of John Wilson and Mary Thompson who had married on 1 November 1898.  She was born on 8 March 1900 on Howe Island, Ontario.  Annie died 26 July 1904 in Pittsburg Township, Ontario.  According to her death certificate, Annie died of infantile convulsions. (Annie was my grandfather Charles Wilson’s oldest sibling.  He was born in 1907).

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