Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day 2020

This is Memorial Day where we honor our servicemen who fought for our country.  I have to add two more of my family to the list.

My cousin Jill Cosgrove Tober-Esser informed me that her brother John N. Cosgrove served in the Marines in the Vietnam war. 


Jill also reminded me that our Grandparents brother Tristram James Moore, known as James T. Moore was in WW 1.
He was gassed during the war and when he returned home was never the same.  He probably had PTSD but that wasn’t
acknowledged as an affliction until many years later.  I don’t have a photo of him but I do have a unit history from the New York
State Military Museum and his Army card from WW1,

Saturday, June 29, 2019

52Ancestors 52Weeks – Namesake




noun: namesake; plural noun: namesakes

a person or thing that has the same name as another.

In my grandfather’s Moore family, there is the name NELSON that has been brought down through generations.

The first was Horatio NELSON Moore born in 1804 the first son of Tristram and Thankful (Foster) Moore in Moore’s Mill, New Brunswick, Canada.  Strangely, the day Horatio (1804) died in 1825, Thankful Moore gave birth to another son, her 12th child. She and her husband name this boy after the first son, Horatio NELSON Moore.  It was the custom of the times to name newborns after a previous child who had died.

The name, Horatio Nelson Moore came from Admiral Horatio Nelson a British naval officer who fought in the Napoleonic wars. He was born in Norfolk, England in 1758 and died in 1805.

Admiral Horatio Nelson was killed at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. He was shot by a French sniper and must have been easy to recognize as he wore his full uniform and all his medals.

After Admiral Horatio Nelson died, he was still loved by the British people, they named streets and parks after him.  They erected a statue in Trafalgar Square memorializing him. 

The next time NELSON was used in the family was for my grandfather, John NELSON Moore born in 1889 in Savannah, Georgia.  He was the grandson of Horatio NELSON Moore born in 1825.

John NELSON Moore (1889) named his son, John NELSON Moore in 1925 in New York.

John NELSON Moore (1925) named his sons, Michael NELSON Moore and Timothy NELSON Moore.

Timothy NELSON Moore then named his son Ben NELSON Moore.

We have the NELSON name down to the 5th generation after the original Horatio NELSON Moore in 1825.
Thankfully the name Horatio went out of fashion after 1901 so they carried the Nelson name forward instead.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

52Ancestors 52Weeks - Military

Blogger Amy Johnson Crow has challenged us with writing about an Ancestor once a week for the year 2019.  She will give us prompts to get us started.  This week's prompt is Military.

Today is Memorial Day where we remember those who have served in the Military to keep our country free!

Several members of my family have served in the Military and I am very proud of them.  Early on we had Benjamin Foster who was involved with one of the first naval battles in Maine during the Revolutionary War.  Both of my 2nd Great Grandfathers were in the Civil War. John Counts was in Savannah, Georgia and Horatio N. Moore was in Mobile, Alabama.

I probably have relatives in the First World War but haven’t found the records yet.

My father, James Mathews and his brothers, Tom and William all served in the military during WW 11.  My father was in the Navy and was stationed stateside, New York City and Washington D.C.  The other two were in the Army and served overseas.

My cousin William Mathews Jr. also served in the Army during the Viet Nam War.  I do not have a photo of him in uniform though.

Towards the end of the Viet Nam War my brother Kevin was in the Marines.  He also was trained and served stateside.



William Mathews, Army   William Mathews, Dad    James Mathews, Navy

Thomas Mathews, Army

Kevin Mathews, Marines

Sunday, May 12, 2019

52 Ancestors 52 Weeks – Road Trip

Blogger Amy Johnson Crow has challenged us with writing about an Ancestor once a week for the year 2019.  She will give us prompts to get us started.  This week's prompt is Road Trip.

I had been researching the Moore family for many years and found them in New Brunswick, Canada and Savannah, Georgia.

My husband and I travelled all over the country on motorcycle and were always looking for interesting rides.  We decided one year to go to Savannah, Georgia.  I went well prepared.  I had several addresses where the Moore family lived in Savannah and the cemetery where some of them were buried.

Since the Moore family lived in Savannah from 1880 to 1910 there were many changes and not all addresses had houses.  Some were parking lots and one was a business office.  The church, St. John’s is still there.  The Moore children were baptized in that church.

St. John the Baptist Church

We went to the Laurel Grove Cemetery; Aisle 16 Lot 2439.  We started down a long row heading towards the plot and I was so discouraged, there were no headstones, until we got down to the Moore plot.  Hooray, a little fence around several headstones. Horatio and his wife Mary (my 2nd Great Grandparents) were buried there as were 2 daughters and their families.  It was very exciting to me, not so much my husband though.  We didn’t stay long because it was very hot and buggy.

Entrance to Laurel Grove Cemetery

It was a fun road trip to ride and walk through the streets I knew my Grandfather roamed as a small child.  His parents, Tristram Moore and Genevieve (Counts) were married in Savannah.  Genevieve was born in Savannah, December 1864, the month General Sherman marched through Savannah during the Civil War. 

Savannah Street Scene abt. 1900

Sunday, April 28, 2019

52 Ancestors 52 Weeks – At Worship

Blogger Amy Johnson Crow has challenged us with writing about an Ancestor once a week for the year 2019.  She will give us prompts to get us started.  This week's prompt is At Worship.

When I think of worshiping, I think of the priests who serve and help the parishioners.  I have had several priests in my family.  This priest, Father Ronan Callahan was born Jerome Callahan to Walter and Rosalie (Tierney) Callahan on 22 May 1923.  He was my Mother, Ruth Moore Mathews’, first cousin.  I only met him a couple of times because he was a Passionist Priest and served around the world.  His obituary follows giving the particulars of his life.

WEST HARTFORD – Father Ronan Callahan, a Passionist priest, seminary professor and overseas missionary, died at St. Mary Home on Sept. 9, 2015. He was 92.

He was born and named Jerome F. Callahan in 1923, the second son of the late Walter S. and Rose (Tierney) Callahan. He was the brother of Robert Callahan of Farmingdale, N.Y., and the late Walter Callahan.

Father Ronan grew up in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn. He attended St. Augustine High School in Brooklyn and graduated from Farmingdale High School in 1941. He studied at Manhattan College in the Bronx, N.Y., and graduated from Cathedral College of Immaculate Conception Preparatory Seminary in Brooklyn in 1944.

He then entered the Passionist community. After completing the novitiate at St. Paul of the Cross Monastery in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1945, Father Ronan studied theology at St. Michael Monastery in Union City, N.J. He received a Master of Arts degree in theology and was ordained a priest in 1951. He then studied philosophy at the Angelicum in Rome from 1952-54; the University of Ottawa, Canada; Laval University in Quebec, Canada; and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He received a Carnegie Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana in 1968.

Father Callahan taught philosophy at the Passionist Monastic Seminary in Jamaica, N.Y., from 1954-70. He also taught at St. Joseph College in West Hartford from 1964-68 and held membership in the American Catholic Philosophical Association. In 1970, he embarked on a missionary career with the Passionists in the southern Philippines. He taught philosophy at Notre Dame of Marbel University in Cotabato, served as consultor to the bishop, was chancellor of the Diocese of Marbel from 1975-90 and ministered as a prison and hospital chaplain. He was president of the Philosophy Association of the Visayas and Mindanao in the southern Philippines and received numerous awards for public service.

After returning to the United States, Father Ronan taught at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell from 1993 until his death. Several years ago, he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by Holy Apostles Seminary. He also served in local leadership at Holy Family Monastery in West Hartford during that time period.

For more than a dozen years, Father Callahan helped out with Saturday and Sunday ministry at St. Catherine Parish in Broad Brook, where he quickly became a beloved pastoral servant and popular preacher.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Sept. 14 at the Holy Family Monastery chapel. Burial followed at Holy Family Cemetery.
(The Hartford Courant - Saturday September 12, 2015,

Thursday, April 18, 2019

52 Ancestors 52 Weeks – Out of Place

Blogger Amy Johnson Crow has challenged us with writing about an Ancestor once a week for the year 2019.  She will give us prompts to get us started.  This week's prompt is Out of Place.

I have written about this William Mathews the actor on my blog before but thought it fit perfectly with this week’s challenge.

My grandfather’s family Mathers/Mathews all could be found in the New York City area.  Mostly Manhattan and Queens.  I was looking for William Mathers/Mathews born in May of 1890.  He was the son of James Mathers/Mathews and Cecelia O’Brien. 

This person was a mystery I couldn't find anything about him after 1940 or when and where he died.  I had found him in all the Census records available, I had a picture of him, and knew that he was a dancer on Broadway. William was first living with his parents in Manhattan and then after 1910 he lives with his grandmother, until she dies in 1933.  He continued to live in that same house in Richmond Hill, Queens, New York with his Aunt Katie Morris and cousin Bunny.

William Mathers/Mathews about 1935

I had decided to search for him after many years. I searched on  When I searched for William Mathews a WW11 Draft Registration card was indicated to belong to him.  I almost passed it by because it was from Saranac Lake, in upstate New York.  All I ever knew was he lived in Manhattan and Queens most of his life.  I looked anyway in this Out of Place area.  It was definitely him.  He gave his  closest relative as Catherine Morris in Queens.  The only new thing about this Draft Registration document was that he was living at the Will Rogers Memorial Hospital in Saranac Lake, New York.

WW11 Draft Registration

I did some research on the hospital and found that it was for people in the entertainment industry who had contracted Tuberculosis (TB).  According to several books and articles I have read on the subject, the clean fresh air was supposed to help cure the body of TB.  They had special porches on all the houses (which they called cottages) all screened in with long deck chairs where the patients would lay all day.

I contacted the public library in Saranac Lake and the librarian found this patient card from the hospital.  It indicates he was in the hospital in 1946.




William Mathews


Former Address

94-39 111th St.

Richmand Hill, L.I.

Age—55 occupation _stage__hand__

Incipient? Advanced? Far Advanced?

T.B Pos. Present  P-3 Plus Absent

Has patient been instructed as to disposal of

sputum and all other means of prevention ?


Saranac Lake, N.Y.___6/24/1946

Geo Wilson


Attending Physician

It is very important to check every clue and hint even if you think they never would have been in that Out of Place area.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

52Ancestors 52Weeks – Brick Wall

Blogger Amy Johnson Crow has challenged us with writing about an Ancestor once a week for the year 2019.  She will give us prompts to get us started.  This week's prompt is Brick Wall.

I have several Brick Walls.  They are people I have not been able to find where they were born, married, or died.  Many of the Brick Walls also include finding where they immigrated from in Europe. Some I will find the information when the records come on line because I can’t travel to the country where the records where registered.

The one Brick Wall that is particularly frustrating is my Great Grandfather, Tristram Anderson Moore.  He was born in Canada in 1851 and travelled with his family to Alabama as a young boy.  The family moved to Alabama to be near his father’s sister Emily Moore Williams.  As Tristram grew older he worked for Emily’s son, Frank Williams.  Frank had the largest Cypress Lumber Company in Louisiana.  Tristram worked on one of his boats delivering wood.

This picture is of Tristram (2nd from left in back) about 20 years old working in the Southern Music Company store in Savannah, Georgia.  The family moved there when Tristram’s father, Horatio, got a job with the Chickering Piano Company in Savannah. In 1885 Tristram married another employee of the Southern Music Company, Genevieve Counts.  They seemed to have a happy life with 6 children, Mary, John, Bessie, Wilhelmina, Tristram (called James) and Francis.  They lived in several different places in Savannah during this time which was very typical of people who rent rather than bought homes.  Sometime between 1900 and 1910, Tristram leaves the family.  He is in the 1900 Census but not in the 1910.  The story that has been passed down through the years is he died at sea.

Apparently, he deserted the family and went in search of adventure on the high seas!  Several thoughts come to my mind when I hear that.  First, it is true.  Second, they divorced, and it was quite a big deal if someone divorced.  Third, he just left and never came home so she made up the story of him going to sea and dying.

I have looked at the records available in Alabama and Georgia of deaths for Tristram A. Moore and have found none.  I have checked for him in the census records in several southern states, nothing.  I have looked for records of seaman dying at sea but haven’t found any.  I have looked with all the possible name variations that he used: Tristram Moore, Tristram A. Moore, Tristram Anderson Moore, T. A Moore and Tris Moore.

I have checked many records for the Williams family in Louisiana in case he was living with them but didn’t find him. 

One day I hope to find an answer to my Brick Wall question, what happened to Tristram Anderson Moore?