Catherine Moore

Catherine Moore

Female 1819 - 1879  (59 years)

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  • Name Catherine Moore 
    Born 21 Aug 1819  Fermanagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 13 Aug 1879  Maywood, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Round Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • After landing in Philadelphia in August 1824, the Thomas Moore family of ten traveled some 300 miles west on the "Old Wagon Road," the National Road then still under construction, towards Ohio.

      In September 1824, Catherine Guthrie, Thomas Moore's wife and mother of eight children, died in Washington County, PA. We have not found any information about this particular Moore family on the genealogical web sites for Washington County, PA.

      The family of nine continued on to Zanesville, OH, an important town on the National Road, and lived in the Zanesville area for 5-6 years. In 1831 Thomas Moore moved to Marion County, IN, also on the National Road, where he bought 160 acres, and added more land later.


      The following information was excerpted by Roy Richard Thomas (December 2007) from:

      http://www.nps.gov/archive/fone/natlroad.htm

      "The National Road, today called U.S. Route 40, was the first highway built entirely with federal funds. The road was authorized by Congress in 1806 during the Jefferson Administration. Construction began in Cumberland, Maryland in 1811. The route closely paralleled the military road opened by George Washington and General Braddock in 1754-55.

      By 1818 the road had been completed to the Ohio River at Wheeling, which was then in Virginia. Eventually the road was pushed through central Ohio and Indiana reaching Vandalia, Illinois in the 1830's where construction ceased due to a lack of funds. The National Road opened the Ohio River Valley and the Midwest for settlement and commerce.

      The opening of the road saw thousands of travelers heading west over the Allegheny Mountains to settle the rich land of the Ohio River Valley. Small towns along the National Road's path began to grow and prosper with the increase in population. Towns such as Cumberland, Uniontown, Brownsville, Washington and Wheeling evolved into commercial centers of business and industry. Uniontown was the headquarters for three major stagecoach lines which carried passengers over the National Road. Brownsville, on the Monongahela River, was a center for steamboat building and river freight hauling. Many small towns and villages along the road contained taverns, blacksmith shops, and livery stables.

      Taverns were probably the most important and numerous business found on the National Road. It is estimated there was about one tavern every mile on the National Road. There were two different classes of taverns on the road. The stagecoach tavern was one type. It was the more expensive accommodation, designed for the affluent traveler. Mount Washington Tavern was a stagecoach tavern. The other class of tavern was the wagon stand, which would have been more affordable for most travelers. A wagon stand would have been similar to a modern "truck stop." All taverns regardless of class offered three basic things; food, drink, and lodging.

      During the heyday of the National Road, traffic was heavy throughout the day and into the early evening. Almost every kind of vehicle could be seen on the road. The two most common vehicles were the stagecoach and the Conestoga wagon. Stagecoach travel was designed with speed in mind. Stages would average 60 to 70 miles in one day.

      The Conestoga wagon was the "tractor-trailer" of the 19th Century. Conestogas were designed to carry heavy freight both east and west over the Allegheny Mountains. These wagons were brightly painted with red running gears, Prussian blue bodies and white canvas coverings. A Conestoga wagon, pulled by a team of six draft horses, averaged 15 miles a day."


    • Education (U.S. Census 1850): Able to read and write

      Speech: Evidently, Catherine Moore spoke with an Irish accent all her life, for in 1870, Catherine's oldest son, ID I462281 William S. Thomas, told the census taker that his mother not only was born in Ireland, but that she spoke "Irish," that is, Gaelic.

    Person ID I15068  Complete
    Last Modified 4 Jul 2017 

    Father Thomas Moore,   b. Abt. 1775, Donegal, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1838, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Mother Catherine Guthrie,   b. Abt. 1785, Fermanagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1824, Washington County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 39 years) 
    Married Abt. 1805  Fermanagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Documents
    Manifest, 21 Aug 1824, for the ship 'James M' which sailed from Londonderry, Ireland to Philadelphia.
    Manifest, 21 Aug 1824, for the ship "James M" which sailed from Londonderry, Ireland to Philadelphia.

    Many of this family's names and birth dates were derived from the Manifest, dated 21 Aug 1824, of the ship "James M," which sailed from Londonderry, Ireland to Philadelphia. According to the ages listed for some of the children, the parents claimed (To obtain lower fares?) they were younger than indicated by the exact birth dates found in later sources.

    Roy Richard Thomas December 2007
    Family ID F6484  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Edward Charles Thomas,   b. 15 Sep 1815, Kentucky, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef. 1879, Perry, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 30 Aug 1838  Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Indiana State Library Genealogy Database, Marriages through 1850: "Edwin [sic] Thomas & Catherine Moore, m. 30 Aug 1838 Marion County."

      LDS FamilySearch, Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992: "Catherine Moore & Edmond [sic] Thomas, m. 30 Aug 1838 Marion County."

      [Catherine Moore's obituary states, "widow of Edward C. Thomas." Census records for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870 uniformly show "Edward Thomas."]


    Notes 
    • Indiana Digital Archives, Marion County Superior Court:

      "17 Oct 1879, Edward Thomas, Petitioner & William T. Thames, et al, Petitioners, Civil Case-Partition of Property."
    Children 
     1. William S. Thomas,   b. Feb 1841, Perry, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft. 1920, PROBABLY Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years)
     2. Nancy C. Thomas,   b. Abt. 1843, Perry, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1879  (Age ~ 36 years)
    +3. John Miller Thomas,   b. 5 Feb 1844, Perry, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Feb 1924, Marywood, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +4. Robert Thomas,   b. 26 Jan 1847, Perry, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1916, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    +5. Mary E Thomas,   b. Abt. 1848, Perry, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location
    +6. Iva Jane Thomas,   b. Mar 1848, Perry, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt. 1921, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
    +7. Isabelle Thomas,   b. 20 Nov 1850, Perry, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1878, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     8. Margaret Frances Thomas,   b. Abt. 1853, Perry, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1862, Perry, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 9 years)
    +9. Thomas Edward Thomas,   b. Mar 1854, Perry, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1924, PROBABLY, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
    +10. Elias Nelson Thomas,   b. 18 Dec 1855, Perry, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft. 1916, Prob. Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     11. George Washington Thomas,   b. Abt. 1858, Perry, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt. 1876  (Age ~ 18 years)
     12. Benjamin Thomas,   b. Abt. 1861, Perry, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F5766  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Aug 1819 - Fermanagh, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Aug 1838 - Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Edward C. Thomas (1815-  ) & Catherine Moore (1819-1879)
    Edward C. Thomas (1815- ) & Catherine Moore (1819-1879)

    Find-A-Grave: Round Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A.

    This monument for the Thomas family was evidently erected after the death of Catherine by the more wealthy Moore family.

    The inscription for Edward's death, "January 1, 1870," is clearly a guess as is that for his age, for he was listed in the summer of 1870 as the head of the Thomas family by the U.S. Census enumerator.

    Also, the middle initial "C' on the monument has weathered in such a way that it appears to be the letter "G."

    Documents
    Robert Thomas (1847-1916), Death certificate
    Robert Thomas (1847-1916), Death certificate

    This death certificate is important because it provides the names and nativity of the parents of Robert Thomas.

    The occupation of Robert Thomas was "contractor."
    Catherine Moore (1819-1879), Obituary
    Catherine Moore (1819-1879), Obituary

    Indianapolis, IN "News," 16 Aug 1879, p. one

    "DIED. THOMAS--Catherine, widow of Edward C. Thomas, aged sixty-one years eight months, August 15th at her residence near Maywood, Marion County. Funeral to take place Sunday, 17 Aug 1879 at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Maywood. Friends of the deceased are invited to attend."

    Headstones
    Thomas Moore (1775-1838) Family monument & headstones
    Thomas Moore (1775-1838) Family monument & headstones

    Find-A-Grave:

    Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, IN