Friday, May 8, 2015

Found! Honorah Sullivan

Reviewing previously explored databases can lead to new findings. This was the case with the searchable databases at the New Jersey State Archives. Death records are being indexed and added to the searchable database and the database is complete for June 1878 to June 1893. A simple search of Moore in Mercer County provided an answer to a long-standing question.

Edward Moore’s parents are Henry Moore and Nora Sullivan.[1] This fact has been known to me for almost as long as I’ve been interested in genealogy. What eluded me was whether this couple immigrated as their son did around 1850.

Nora and Henry have not been found in census records to date. The areas searched included New York, a possible point of entry, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, where Edward married and started his family, and Trenton, New Jersey, where Edward settled at the end of his life. No references or records have been found for this couple. It seemed that they remained in Ireland.

As I’ve mentioned, this blog started my genealogy do-over. Reviewing and organizing my files was long overdue. So when my simple search in a previously reviewed death records at the New Jersey State Archives revealed my 3x great grandmother, I was thrilled. She had settled in the United States and was living with her son, Edward, at the time of her death.[2] Honorah, a widow and born in Ireland, died of old age on 16 March 1892 and was buried at St. John’s Cemetery in Trenton, New Jersey. The *Grandma* headstone near the Moore plot is likely her marker and although no record has been found to prove this, she is the likely candidate. Persistence and luck led to a crack in this brick wall. Now, to find Henry Moore!

[1] New Jersey, Certificate and Record of Death, 1915, Edward Moore, date of death 6 June 1915; photocopy in family file, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Trenton. 
[2] Certificate of Death, Mercer, New Jersey, Trenton, New Jersey State Archives, death of Honorah Moore, date of death 16 March 1892; copy ordered from archives, received 27 April 2015.

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