Martha Moore

ID # 1595, (1839-1920)
BirthMartha Moore was born on 19 September 1839 at Shickshinny, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. 
MarriageShe married Solomon Andrew Vrooman, son of Solomon Secord Vrooman and Mary Brown, on 18 March 1856 at Dixon, Lee County, Illinois.
We take the date of marriage for Solomon Andrew Vrooman and Martha Moore from page 163 the 1949 Vrooman Family book. Another source confirming this date has yet to be found. Page 160 does show that Walter R. Vrooman of Clyde, New York, was a source for at least some of the family history.
DeathShe died on 14 December 1920 at St. Catharines, Lincoln County, Ontario, at age 81. 
BurialShe was buried on 17 December 1920 at Victoria Lawn Cemetery, St. Catharines, Ontario. 
NoteAs mentioned under the notes for Martha's husband Solomon, the family is in Dixon, Lee County, Illinois, as of the 1860 census. The following death registration would appear to give an excellent parentage for Martha, but no certain record for her has been found in the 1850 census. Interestingly, there is a Martha Moore, apparently with siblings, boarding in Galena, Jo Daviess County, in Illinois, in the 1850 census. She is shown as being born in Pennsylvania and her age is given as 12, which would be approximately right. What's interesting about this is that Jo Daviess County is where Solomon Andrew Vrooman's uncle, George Laws Vrooman, resided. It's a guess, but young Solomon probably began his venture to the United States by way of visiting with his uncle.

Death reg. 023339-20 St. Catharines, Lincoln Co.
Martha Moore Vrooman, female, Dutch, widowed, age 81 yrs., 3 mos., 13 days. Born Shickshinny, Pa., Sept. 19, 1839. Retired lady. Father Isaac Moore, born Foundryville Pa., and Margaret Kuntz, born Berwick, Pa. Informant Mrs. Albert Gadsby, 65 Westchester Ave., daughter. Date of death 14 December 1920, date and place of burial December 17, 1920, at St. Catharines.

BillionGraves provides us with a photo of Martha and Solomon's stone in Victoria Lawn Cemetery at St. Catharines.

Ancestry provides us with a border-crossing document dated June 4, 1914. Martha, age 75 and a widow, crosses into the U.S. at Port Huron, Michigan. She gives her residence as St. Catharines. She provides as her Canadian contact her daughter Nellie Gadsby of Westchester Ave., St. Catharines. She is destined to her daughter Stella Fosget, 2164 Butler St., Lansing, Michigan.

Other information that she provides has problems and is probably the result of faulty memory. She places her early years in the U.S. from 1839 to a year that is illegible in Pennsylvania and she places her birth in Berwick, Pennsylvania. She then states that she was in Illinois from 1861 to 1865 and that she left the U.S. in 1865.

This last part isn't reasonable.

We know she was in Illinois at the time she was married in 1856. Her first three children, born in 1856, 1858, and 1861, were born in Illinois. Solomon was certainly back in Niagara Township in 1863 and since daughter Nellie, born in 1864, was born in Ontario, it's reasonable to say that Martha misremembered the years involved. Certainly she was with her husband Solomon in Illinois at the time of the 1860 census. We can't be sure that she was the Martha Moore, residing Galena, in the 1850 census, but, based on what evidence we have, it's probable. 

Children of Martha Moore and Solomon Andrew Vrooman

Last Edited10 Oct 2016