Background on James
and Lavinia Moore:
The 1850 census of Hartsgrove, Ashtabula County, Ohio recorded
James(29) and Lavinia (28) with children Sylvia(6), Joseph(4),
Aura(3), and Lafayette(1).
Some time between 1850 and 1860 they moved to Bertram, Linn
County, Iowa. The 1860 census of Bertram, Linn, Iowa recorded
James(45), Lavina(35), Joseph(13), Laura(12), Lafayette(9),
John(5), and Katy(2). John Moore was my great grandfather.
Note that Sylvia is missing from the 1860 census, since she
died in 1858 and was buried in the Moore-Skillman Cemetery.
The 1870 census of Bertram, Linn, Iowa recorded James(49)
farmer, Lavina(48), Joseph(25), Aura(23), Lafayette(21),
John(17), Katy(14), and Frances(6).
Moore-Skillman Cemetery page and the
Gravestone Photo Project each show 13 different
people buried there. Six of them were children of James and
Lavinia Moore: Sylvia Moore, Joseph Moore, Aura Moore
Skillman, Lafayett Moore, Frances Moore White, and Minnie
Moore. Birth date and census records seem to make it clear
that the J. W. Moore who is buried in the Moore-Skillman
Cemetery was the same person as James Moore, the father of the
above children. I don't know where Lavinia Moore is buried,
but I speculate that she remarried after the death of James
Moore, and is buried with her second husband.
Thomas J. Beatson,