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James Christian Moore

Male 1854 - 1938  (84 years)


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  • Name James Christian Moore 
    Born 21 May 1854  Douglas, Isle of Man Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation puddler in steel mills, saloon owner, general store owner 
    Died 21 November 1938  Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Prostatic Hypertrophy with obstruction & chronic nephritis
    Notes 

    • IMMIGRANT ANCESTOR
      James (Jimmy) Moore was born in Douglas on the Isle of Man on the 21st of May 1854 at 3:20 P.M. He was the eighth of nine children born to Peter Moore and Ann Preston and was baptized on 15 Jun 1854 at St. Barnabas Protestant Church there. When Jimmy was three his mother died and his father remarried three years later to a widow named Maria Cubbon. She had two children of her own, so it was a lively household of fourteen people.
      James’ middle name “Christian” was for the Christian family, a family somehow related to the Moores or Prestons. Fletcher Christian, Captain Beigh’s famous first mate on the ship “Bounty” was also from the Isle of Man. The family ties may be there, but are not proven.
      Jimmy did not get along well with his stepmother and on one such trip decided to stay in England. In Warrington he found a room to rent in Dolan’s Yard, Orford St., and found work as a "puddler" in the area steel mills. I could not find him listed in the 1871 Isle of Man or England Censuses.
      Jimmy converted to Catholicism when he met and fell in love with a neighborhood girl, Bridget Murray. Once he converted, he was supposedly disowned by his family. Jimmy and Bridget were married on Christmas Day 1874 in St. Alban's Catholic Church, Warrington, England. Their witnesses were Patrick Glynn and Catherine McMahon. Their first two children, Tom and Mary, were born in Warrington, then in 1880 James moved to the Isle of Wight and then Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to work in the steel mills. Bridget and the children were brought to the U.S. in 1881.
      They first lived in Woods Run, a section of Pittsburgh. Another child, John, was born there in 1882. Then they moved to Leetonia, Ohio for a short while, and on to Haselton, Ohio, close to the hub of the steel industry, Youngstown. There eight more children were born: Peter, Ellen, Elizabeth, James W., Bridget (Bessie), Gertrude, Joseph and Edward, who was born around the turn of the century.
      Jimmy, a short, thin man, left the steel mills to ran a saloon. He became a U.S. citizen on November 7, 1887. His favorite fantasy was of seeing Queen Victoria walking down the street. He would call out, “Hi, Vic!” and she would reply, “Hi, Jimmy!”
      About 1896 Jimmy acquire a plat of land (1/4 section) in Sublette, Chaskell Co, Kansas by squatting. The land was sold in 1944, after Jimmy’s death, for a sizeable sum.
      Jimmy and Bridget’s oldest daughter Mary died in childbirth (out-of-wedlock) in 1897 and her son, Frankie, was raised by Jimmy and Bridget. Son Jimmy, Jr. was mentally handicapped. Sometime during the late 1800s Bridget’s father and four brothers immigrated to America, and temporarily lived with the Moores.

      1900 US Federal Census
      Living at 143 Decatur St., Youngstown, Ohio:
      Moore, James C., head, W, M, b. May 1854, 46 yrs, married for 25 years, born England as were both of his parents, came to US in 1880, is naturalized, laborer, can read, write and speak English, rents a home
      Moore, Bridget, wife, W, F, born Jul 1857, 42 yrs, married for 25 years, has had 12 children, 10 are alive, b. England, both parents born in Ireland, came to US in 1880 (probably 1885), could read, write and speak English
      Moore, Thomas, W, M, b. Apr 1877 in England, both parents born in Ireland, came to US in 1880, naturalized, boiler’s helper, unemployed six months last yr.
      Moore, John, son, 17 yrs., born Nov 1882 in Pennsylvania, both parents born in Ireland, boiler’s helper, unemployed six months last year
      Moore, Peater, son, born Aug 1884, 15 yrs, born in Ohio, both parents born Ireland, laborer, unemployed six months last yr.
      Moore, Ellen J., daughter, b. Feb 1886, 14 yrs
      Moore, Elisabeth, daughter, b. May 1888, 12, at school
      Moore, Bridget, daughter, b. Jan 1890, 10 yrs, at school
      Moore, James W., son, b. Jan 1894, 6, at school
      Moore, Francis M., son, 3, b. Feb 1897
      Moore, Gertrude, daughter, 4, Feb 1896
      Moore, Joseph O., son, nine months, b. July 1899

      1910 US Federal Census
      Living at 136 So. Center St., Youngstown, Ohio:
      Moore, James, 52, married for 35 yrs, came to US in 1875, naturalized, laborer on a furnace, hasn’t been out of work. rents the home
      Moore, Bridget, 52, married for 35 yrs, has had 10 children, nine are alive, came to US in 1876, can read and write
      Moore, John, 26, fireman for the fire dep’t, has not been unemployed
      Moore, Peter, 24, brakeman for the railroad, has not been unemployed
      Moore, Bessie, 24, operator for the telephone co., has not been unemployed
      Moore, Lizzie, 22, no job
      Moore, James, 17, no job
      Moore, Frank, 13
      Moore, Joe, 10
      Gertrude, 14

      Their son Joe was distinguished with a Purple Heart during World War I, the injury leaving one arm paralyzed. He owned The Purple Heart Tavern in downtown Youngstown.

      1920 US Federal Census
      Living on Cedar Corner Rd in Liberty, Trumbull Co., Ohio:
      Moore, James C., 66, came to US in 1880, maturalized in 1884, merchant at his own retail grocery store
      Moore, Bridget, 63, came to US in 1880, naturalized in 1884, no job

      Jimmy’s wife Bridget died in 1924. He then bought and ran a general store in Coalsburg, a town between his home and the Pennsylvania border. Coalsburg eventually became a ghost town when the coal mines were abandoned.

      1930 US Federal Census
      I could not find Jimmy in this census. He was not living with son John or daughter Gertrude.

      Jimmy’s grandson Tom Moore remembered his grandpa Jimmy coming over to their home frequently. “Grandfather never boasted about being other than having his origin in the north of Ireland where he was an Orangeman and a practicing Presbyterian,” said Tom. “He left Ireland for England for the purpose of avoiding starvation and perhaps death. He obtained a job with the steel industry in Birmingham. After a few years he left for the U.S. because the steel industry was being phased out in England...James Moore left Europe and never looked back to his ship-owning parents on the Isle of Man.”

      When Jimmy became ill in October 1938, he moved in with their son John at 1222 Market St. in Youngstown. He died on November 21, 1938, 85 years of age. His obituary in the Youngstown Vindicator reads as follows:

      "James Moore Dies, Old-Time Puddler
      "James C. Moore, aged 85, who lived in Hasleton for many years and was a puddler in the old Andrews Brothers Mill, died Monday at a daughter's house, Mrs. Harry Beight, 1222 Market St., of complications of a kidney condition. He came here a month ago when he became ill.
      "Mr. Moore owned a grocery and confection store in Coalsburg for many years until he became ill. He was one of the few persons in this vicinity to come from the Isle of Man and came directly from there to Hasleton in 1880. He spent the last 58 years in Coalsburg, Youngstown, and Hasleton.
      "Mr. Moore's wife, the former Bridget Murray, died 15 years ago. He leaves 8 children: Thomas, John, Peter, James and Joseph here; Frank Moore of Boston, Mrs. Harry Beight of Youngstown, and Mrs. Elizabeth Hammer of Pittsburgh; 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
      "The family will meet friends at the Fox Funeral Home here on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Funeral services are at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church."
      In his Last Will and Testament, Jimmy gave his son James W. $500. The balance of his estate was divided amongst his other children and grandson Frankie. This was to help provide for James, who had suffered a nervous breakdown and couldn’t work. He excluded daughter Ellen from the Will just a month before his death as she had died in 1927.
      James was buried in Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, Ohio on a cold Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 1938 with his wife and daughter Mary, although they have no headstones. He is in Section 2, EH, Lot 88. In April 2010 I requested photos of Jimmy and Bridget’s headstones through Find A Grave.com, but it’s probably true that Jimmy doesn’t have a marker.
      Jimmy’s children agreed to split the costs of their father’s funeral equally, but they never all paid. The undertaker, Edward Fox, complained to grandson Tom Moore about it.
    Person ID I777  Moore-Bek
    Last Modified 13 June 2017 

    Father Peter Moore,   b. 13 October 1813, Kirk Bradden, Isle of Man Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 January 1880, Kirk Bradden, Isle of Man Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Ann Preston,   b. 5 November 1815, Douglas, Isle of Man Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 December 1857, Kirk Braddan, Isle of Man Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 26 August 1839  Kirk Bradden, Isle of Man Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F203  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Bridget Ann Murray,   b. 7 July 1857, Warrington, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 March 1924, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 25 December 1874  Warrington, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Both Bridget and James lived in Dolman's Yard, Orford St, Warrington,England at the time of the marriage. They later moved to the Isle ofWight before coming to the United States.
      In the 1900 Census, James and Bridget are shown living in the samehouse as Daniel Carr, father-in-law of Bridget's brother, John Murray.
      The couple was married by Austin Pozzi in St. Alban's Chapel (RomanCatholic). The witnesses were Patrick Glynn and Catherine McMahon.James signed his name; Bridget made her mark. 1874 Volume, Vol. 8c,No. 214, Warrington District.
    Children 
    +1. Thomas J. Moore,   b. 23 April 1877, Warrington, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 February 1949, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    +2. Mary Moore,   b. 1879, Warrington, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 February 1897, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
    +3. John Bernard Moore,   b. 23 November 1881, Pittsburgh, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 April 1973, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     4. Peter Anthony Moore,   b. 29 August 1883/4, Haseltown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 August 1946, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     5. Ellen J. Moore,   b. 2 February 1886, Haseltown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 January 1927, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
    +6. Elizabeth Moore,   b. 17 May 1888, Haseltown, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 June 1958, Pittsburgh, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     7. Bridget “Bessie” Moore,   b. 13 January 1890, Haseltown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 October 1913, Youngstown, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
     8. James W. Moore,   b. January 1894, Haseltown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location
    +9. Gertrude Moore,   b. February 1896, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 June 1943, Youngstown, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years)
    +10. Joseph O. Moore,   b. 9 July 1899, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 September 1946, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     11. Edward Moore,   b. 15 November 1923, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 June 1924, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Family ID F196  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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