Dr. John Jennings Moorman was my 4th great-grandmother’s younger brother.

He was resident physician at the White Sulphur Springs resort (Greenbrier) for many years and apparently wrote a memoir full of descriptions of the presidents and famous people he met while working there. He also wrote some books about the benefits of the water. I will write about all of that in more detail another time.

Today, I wanted to post his obituary, which I found while I was visiting Roanoke, Virginia last year. I wonder if he may have had another obituary written in West Virginia, where he lived for many years.  I also wonder if there may have been a more detailed obituary at a later date in this same paper, rather than a death announcement which this appears to be.  Sadly, it doesn’t give any biographical information or even list his relatives.

DEATH OF DR. MOORMAN – Dr. J.J. Moorman died at his residence in Salem last Thursday at 4 o’clock a.m.  Dr. Moorman has been for some weeks confined to his bed and his recovery scarcely hoped for, yet his death was quite a shock to the community.  He was 83 years of age and his long, useful and honored life has endeared him to all.  His funeral will take place this morning at 11 o’clock from the Presbyterian church in Salem.

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My interest in family history began at an early age.  I was in the GATES program in elementary school.  We always got to do neat studies on various subjects, one of them genealogy.

I was about 10 when I did this project in 1986.  It didn’t go beyond my great-grandparents, but I was fascinated.  When you’re a kid, you tend to think in the now.  I thought it was so cool that my great-grandparents had immigrated from Sweden.  I had never met them, and definitely had never heard their names before.  Lars and Eugenia Bergman.  So foreign.


We only worked on this for a few months and then moved on to another subject – maybe frog dissecting?  I can’t remember exactly.

Genealogy was shelved for me.

I didn’t revisit it again until I had my first daughter, almost 12 years ago.

I often wonder how much more information I could have gleaned had I asked my grandparents more questions when they were still alive.

  • Cynthia Shenette - March 7, 2011 - 9:56 am

    I love this! It shows you were interested in your family tree even as a little sprout!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - March 7, 2011 - 10:30 pm

    I can relate to your blog “where it all begin.” I am a novice in researching my family tree and have had similar thoughts about what information and connection I might have received from my grandparents and other relatives while they were living. Those left behind in my family do not possess all the pieces to our family history. Thanks for your reflection.ReplyCancel

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Another great week in the Genea-Blogosphere.  More fun links to share!

  1. I loved the Open Thread Thursday topic this week on Geneabloggers: Embedding Research Content on Your Blog or Website. It’s something that I’ve been pondering for quite some time.  I would love to have an easy way to share a few generations of a tree in a blog post – in a visually pleasing manner.:)
  2. I feel exactly the same way that Bill West, of West in New England, does.  So Many GEDCOMS, so Little Time.  How true.  I have records I copied from Virginia courthouses LAST MAY which I still haven’t transcribed, entered, and analyzed.  I still haven’t finished my DAR paperwork, and I have a tub full of papers to enter into my database.  I wish that there were more hours in each day.:)
  3. Did you know that New Zealand canceled their census this year, because of the recent earthquake?  How disappointing for future genealogists, searching for their ancestors. Alex, at Winging It, explains this in her post “No census for you“.
  4. Lisa, over at The Accidental Genealogist, has a list of blogging prompts inspired by Women’s History Month. Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.  I think I might join in on a few of these later this month.
  5. Keep ‘em coming Wendy, keep ‘em coming.:)  My cousin Wendy over at Shaking Leaves, keeps posting about our shared ancestors and I love it!  This week, she posted John Newton Garriott and Jane Alen Reed’s marriage record.
  6. I can’t wait to read the next issue of Shades The Magazine.  There are many exciting changes being made, and there are opportunities for you to contribute! Head on over and check it out.
  7. I love how Lisa of Old Stones Undeciphered honored her female ancestors through 10 generations of pictures. What a neat idea!  She submitted it to this month’s Carnival of Genealogy over at Creative Gene.
  8. I encourage you to check out My Georgia Roots, a new blog started by Georgia Tim.:)  He has some great posts this past week!
  9. I loved Emily’s Genealogy Rules over at More Than Names.  So true!
  10. I took Deborah’s advice, and I added “Faces of America” to my Netflix queue.  Head over to Irish Genealogy: The Faery Folk Hid My Ancestors and read her review.

There won’t be a favorites post next week, as I will be enjoying myself in sunny Florida!!!:)

  • Heather Rojo - March 4, 2011 - 8:15 pm

    Thanks for this list. There are some blogs I’ve never read on this post, and I’ll be checking them out this weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Bill West - March 6, 2011 - 4:57 pm

    Thanks for the shout out, Jen!ReplyCancel

  • footnoteMaven - March 6, 2011 - 6:22 pm


    Thank you so much for the Shades Promo. Even I’m excited!

    And thank you for alerting your readers to the fact we’d love to have contributions at Shades.

    Our community is packed with brilliant sharing people.


    • Jen - March 6, 2011 - 10:17 pm

      It is, isn’t it? I keep finding more great blogs every day!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Wallen Logsdon - March 7, 2011 - 7:53 am

    Thanks for the mention of my COG submission Jen, I feel honored!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - March 8, 2011 - 9:59 pm

    Hey there, thank you for the shoutout! :)ReplyCancel

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My cousin, Wendy, from Shaking Leaves, found our ancestors on the 1874 Plat Map of Steady Run Township, Keokuk County, Iowa.  The Milton Price Brittain family was living right near the township border.

I then looked further on the map of the neighboring township of Benton to see where Milton’s daughter and her husband, Jacob Frederick Sanchez-Tereso were living.

When you put the two township maps together, the two families were living very close to each other.

I love maps.  Seeing where my ancestors lived - and who their neighbors were.  Things start to make a bit more sense.

I searched further, and found the Sanchez family in the 1861 map.

The difference in detail between the two is huge.  The earlier version doesn’t  have boundary lines, simply names and points.  It’s still helpful in placing him on the map though.

I really wish that more of these maps were available online, because they are so helpful!!

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Who is this sweet baby?  I wish I knew.

It  belonged to my Grandpa Don. I’m really not sure what date to put on this photo.  It looks older than the majority of the ones in the stack though (which were mostly from the 40’s. )

I’m guessing that this is more around 1910-20.  This is a complete guess though.  He was born in 1918, so it couldn’t be one of his kids.  Could this be him or a sibling?  I’m not sure.

  • Dee Blakley - March 2, 2011 - 7:48 am

    What an adorable child!ReplyCancel

  • Shaz - March 2, 2011 - 10:33 am

    I would date it 1900-1910. It looks
    very much like my father-in-law’s
    baptism photo in 1905. You might ask
    The Photo Detective, Maureen Taylor.ReplyCancel

  • Pat Kuhn - March 2, 2011 - 4:23 pm

    it does look like a baptism photo.and it is a beautiful child!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - March 2, 2011 - 4:52 pm

    Thanks for the input! I think I might head over to the Photo Detective to see what she might say. My grandpa had 5 siblings born between 1900-1910, so that’s a big possibility.ReplyCancel

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