Lake Champlain at sunset

Lake Champlain at sunset

Every family has a history. This blog is about finding some of mine and the fun I have along the way. Also we can share some stories and adventures. My name is Charles Moore and I am trying to chronicle my family history and my wife’s. Some of the surnames that I am researching are: Moore, Deloria, Bonnett, Barney, Guyette, Dakin, Moody, Houlton, Lyon, Slinn, Monty, Ladd, Gonya, to name just a few. I have thousand of souls listed in my family tree, now its time to flesh them out and tell their story. I will post on this blog at least weekly and at times much more often. I hope this blog will entertain, teach, provoke some thoughts and help me be a better writer and family historian.

Please leave comments as I value your feedback. I would like very much to make this blog a two-wayย street. The exchange of ideas and helpful information can only benefit us all.

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  2. JackReidy says:

    Let us know more about your Moores and other families. I know I have several Moore families listed on ,Irish Surnames Genealogy Page.

    • chmjr2 says:

      My Moore family is from Tioga County in New York and from Potter County in Pa. Sad to say this line so far has been hard to research.

      • Robert (Bob) Lutes says:

        My wife’s father is Maxwell Winston Moore who was married to Jean Louise Leighton. I’ve signed to follow blog.

      • Frank Hockeborn says:

        Barton, Tioga county in New York is the birthplace of Thomas Lark Moore in 1795.

      • chmjr2 says:

        I have come across this name in my research, but have not been able to tie him to my family. Do you have information you can share about him and his family?

    • sandra dorsey says:

      MY Moore family, is out of Chemung County NY. Henry C. (Clayton) Moore (not the actor) who married Ella M (often times in Census Reports listed as Ellen) Rion..This couple were my mother’s parents. From Henry C. Moore (chemung county ny)..his father was William H Moore (who married Mary Nichols….Mary Nichols was the daughter of John Nichols and Abby T. Carpenter…to which 2 kids were left off the information that Ms. Joyce Tice has on her historical info website)…..and His father was David Moore (who married Marintha Wheaton).

      • sandra dorsey says:

        After that…THE MOORE clan…this line of it anyway..just vanishes.off the planet …I have uncovered though..MUCH of the Moore clan ..From Pa. to NY to NJ..were serious ..SERIOUS Quakers…At any rate…there are 4 generations and counting of Moore’s that are unaccounted for…with no other on this line made available. ..I am inclined to believe ..because..1. some of the family decided to leave the Quaker faith….2. AND marry whom to choose outside the Quaker faith…and 3…there was money and land involved..and the ones at the top level..didnt want to share with the lower level of the family..(those who left the faith)

    • Frank Hockeborn says:

      My ancestor is Thomas Lark Moore of Barton, Tioga, New York married to Mercy Cornell of Oxford, Chenango, New York. The trail goes dark before him, although the Cornell name is well documented. I am thinking the name Lark may be related to the maternal side. Any info would be helpful. Thanks.

    • Frank Hockeborn says:

      My ancestor is Thomas Lark Moore of Barton, Tioga, New York married to Mercy Cornell of Oxford, Chenango, New York. The trail goes dark before him, although the Cornell name is well documented. I am thinking the name Lark may be related to the maternal side. Any info would be helpful. Thanks.

      • chmjr2 says:

        I have come across Thomas Lark Moore in my research. However I have not been able to place him with my Moore family. I think he belongs with my Moore family but cannot prove it. So far all I have is a feeling. I know what you mean when you say the trail goes black. It is like a black hole where all our answers have gone. The Moore line has been the hardest for me to make any progress on.

  3. Natasha says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I have Moore and Guyette ancestry – not in the same line. Perhaps I can be of help.

    • chmjr2 says:

      The Moore line is from my father’s side. They came from Tioga County, N.Y. and Potter County, PA. they border each other on the state line. Guyette is from my mother’s side. They are from northern N.Y. and Vermont.

      • Natasha says:

        Good to know. I thought the Guyette name was not used often outside of Canada. My dad’s family was Goyette until settling in the Midwest in the mid-1800s. My mom’s Moore (Moor) line was an early arrival from Scotland to Virginia, then Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, etc. So many Moores!

    • chmjr2 says:

      Yes the Moore name is like trying to trace rabbits. However we may have the same Guyette’s in our family. Mine also starts in Canada with a Pierre Goguet who was born in France but moved to Canada in the mid 1600’s. Several generations later some of the family started spelling their name Goyette or Guyette. Mine was a Peter Guyette born in Canada moved to Vermont and fought in the Civil War.

      • Natasha says:

        We are likely descended from the same Pierre Goguet. His descendant (my gr.gr.gr.grandfather Joseph Goguet-Goyette and wife Marie Madeleine Lavalle) emigrated to Wisconsin in 1854.

  4. Gerald & Joan says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog, Charles! Ironically, one of my great-grandmothers was a Moore. Sadly, she died giving birth to my grandfather in 1920, so I don’t know much about her. Most of her relatives in in the north Mississippi area.

  5. gpcox says:

    The other people here on the “Family History” tag are great and will definitely help you become a better historian – they sure were for me. Great to meet you.

  6. Interesting. My maternal grandfather was Edward Moore and according to some documentation I have was American and I presume lived in upstate New York, possibly somewhere along the Niagara Frontier. From what I can tell from the documents and what I know of my own family history, after he married my grandmother, they moved to St Catharines Ontario.

  7. Brenda says:

    My Moore family lived in Pickett County, Tennesee. You talk about a needle in a haystack….I am stuck on him.

  8. Thank you for visiting my blog! We share the love of working on family history!

  9. Gerald Lyons says:

    I was wondering about your Lyon family line. I have Lyon(s) roots in Pennsylvania, and Maryland and Kentucky. I have just recently started to search for relatives with DNA genealogy and I have noticed that a lot of my matches have the surname Moore in their family trees. I was just wondering if we might have common ancestors.

  10. chmjr2 says:

    Moore is a very common name. My Moore family comes from Potter County Pa. and from New York in Tioga County. The First Moore/Lyon match up is between my wife and me. The Lyon Family I am tracing is around the New York city area. I can prove this line to a Ambrose Lyon born 1812 and died 1880. I have my DNA with ancestry.com. Perhaps we will match up, you never know.

    • Robert Lyon says:

      To Whom It May Concern,

      My name is Robert Lyon, my great grandfather is Charles Lyon (1859 – 1939), son of Ambrose Lyon (March 22, 1812 – 1880). Please disregard if I have misread one of you posts but I believe you are trying to go past Ambrose Lyon? Look forward to your response.


  11. lizMc says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Nice to meet another family history seeker. It can be a fascinating and addictive treasure hunt–well worth the effort when we find that sparkling nugget of family connection. Preserving family stories is an honor and privilege — keep up the good work!

  12. just thought i’d visit a bit to thank you for liking my poetry today,
    encouragement is always really welcome. have a wonderful day! peace.

  13. chmjr2 says:

    You have a very nice blog, and was very easy to like.

  14. gapark says:

    I love genealogy! I have a Mac so I use Reunion software on my computer–what do you use? Do you have your family tree online or just privately? I also have my lineage on FamilySearch.org

    • chmjr2 says:

      Hi, Thanks for commenting on my blob. I use Family Tree Maker, to keep my family tree sorted. I have a private tree on Ancestor.com that I do let researchers use. I also use Tribal Pages, which I like and plan to do more with. Best of luck with your genealogy and hope you find my blog useful.

  15. solopress11 says:

    Hello Chmjr2, Thank you for reading my blog:Solo Press II with letters from Gwen Campbell. Gwen is my mother and fell truly madly in love with Genealogy. (Read “Catching Genealogitis on our blog.) She went on to write 20 or more books based on family names. She loved finding articles and the history behind her people, as you do. Some day I may try to get those books published through e-books, as I am doing with her 20 novels. We just published “Always Going” which is her autobiography from the ages of four to thirteen years old in Texas. A well written, humorous tale of life, you would enjoy it. If there are certain names you really can’t find, I could possibly scan through the books looking for names. Let me know, Alexis Campbell Jansky

    • chmjr2 says:

      Thank you for taking the time to look over my blog and your comment. It seems that your Mother was a very talented writer. I look forward to more of your comments as time goes on.

  16. lee says:

    The blogger behind Heart of a Southern Woman (http://heartofasouthernwoman.wordpress.com/), who is also doing WordPress’s Zero to Hero blogging challenge (http://dailypost.wordpress.com/zero-to-hero/), told me about you, and I’m glad she did! You have a great blog. Very informative, even for those of us without Moore’s in our tree–that we know of. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Maggie Beck says:

    Thanks for your kind like on my blog today. I appreciate it.

    • chmjr2 says:

      You have a well written blog. I hope you continue to write for a long time. You have stories to share and the gift of words to tell them with. I look forward to reading many more.

  18. roseturtle says:

    Thank you for commenting on my blog, What Will Your Story be Found to Be? I, too, am researching my family and desire to write their stories. So fun. Though my family is from Pennsylvania, none of your family names have come up. Enjoy your journey!

  19. Joyce says:

    Thank you for recently visiting m;y blog. It is interesting and informative about your ‘Mail Call’ stories and letters. The best to you in family history research and sharing. It is good to see others take an interest in genealogy and family history, too.

  20. sandradan1 says:

    Hi Charles, thanks for finding my blog and liking today’s post about my new novel ‘Ignoring Gravity’. My mother was a dedicated family history researcher, and I think she kindled my interest! SD

  21. Julia says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. So important to honor those that came before! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. I’m happy to have found your site! New follower and looking forward to future posts. I’ve don’t a lot of research in Oneida County, NY. I love old family stories and history. Great site!

  23. bytetime says:

    Thanks for liking a post on geokult-travel.com. Your blog looks really interesting so am following.

  24. Rosh says:

    Great to meet another genealogy buff. Thanks for your visit to my blog! I love the picture of Lake Champlain.

  25. Hi Charles! We have Moores in my family tree as well. What area of the country are yours from? Good luck in your search! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • chmjr2 says:

      Hi Sarah, As far as I know the Moore family came out of Tioga County, New York. The moved across the border to Potter County, Pennsylvania. However that only brings to the early 1800s. Where they came from before Tioga, New York I have no clue. This is the hardest line (my own namesake!) to trace. Its like they dropped out of the sky.

      • Neat! Ours, so far as we can tell, came from Cumberland Co. PA in the late 1700s, and before that, Cork Ireland. That’s where we get stumped, though! We have the same trouble with a few of our family lines, too, they seem to come from nowhere! Frustrating and fascinating at the same time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. chmjr2 says:

    Lets keep digging and perhaps we will match up. I did a DNA on Ancestry.com and I have some Moore matches that I cannot link or be sure it is the Moore line that I link with. I keep trying. Someday this wall will come down.

  27. Sally says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    The town where I live isn’t far from Tioga County and our library is the Moore Memorial Library. http://greenenylibrary.org/index.php/history-2 Is it possible these Moores are related?

    • chmjr2 says:

      I have done a little research and it seems that they are not my family. My Moore family are farm labor and would not warrant a library being named after them. However since I can go back to only about 1795, I can’t say for sure. Thanks so much for the tip.

  28. toritto says:

    I too have had fun with genealogy. Recently I found new cousins!!



  29. Beth says:

    I was a Finch before I married. My father did a lot of research about the Finch line before he passed away, but those records were lost to me in the division of worldly possessions. Fortunately our son-in-law is a top-notch researcher and has recovered many records and photographs. I actually have a picture of my husband’s great grandfather Braun made in Russia not long after the camera was invented. The family names that apply to us are Finch, McKinney, Wood, Blevins on my father’s side and Donald, Ence, Hale on my mother’s side. On my husband’s side there are Johnson (formerly Sorenson) and Braun. I can tell that your vacations always involve grave hopping. Gotta’ love it! โค

  30. Amy says:

    Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. I really enjoy your blog and find it both helpful and interesting. Our shared interest in genealogy drew me to the blog, and Iโ€™ve learned a great deal from your research techniques and insights.

    To accept this award, there are some rules you have to follow:
    1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to that blog.
    2. Share seven things about yourself.
    3. Nominate 15 bloggers you admire (or as many as you can think of!).
    4. Contact your bloggers to let them know that youโ€™ve tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award

    Congratulations! I have posted my nominations at http://brotmanblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/one-lovely-blog-award-a-nice-start-to-the-new-year/


  31. Beth says:

    This really is nice and certainly deserved.

  32. Thank you so much for stopping by and liking my blog post on digging into the family history. You sure have quite a project going on here with yours and I wish you much success!

  33. gypsybutterflyca says:

    Hi, I wanted to thank you for liking my post, Advice from a Tree. My aunt was our family historian. She passed on a couple of years ago.

  34. Barbara says:

    Hi, thank you for liking my blog. Although at the moment I’m researching my family here in England I do have some American family; Hanshew, who emigrated in the 1850/60 to New York and I hope to find out more about them when I have more time.

  35. funinocala says:

    Thanks for your comments. I too have Loyalist ancestors from the Digby area. It’s a small world!

  36. Thank you for stopping by my blog on Old Hot Pants. I’m so glad I came here, as the other brick wall I’ve hit (besides that great-grandfather) is a Richard Moore in Virginia in the late 1700s. I have records of a whole lot of Moores he wasn’t related to, but haven’t yet found which rock he crawled out from under.

  37. chmjr2 says:

    I wish I could find the rock my Moore family is hiding under. They from what I know so far came from N.Y. (Tioga County) and Pa. (Potter County) but have not been able to find out much more. Having a Moore line to research is like trying to find just one certain straw in a in a pile of hay.

  38. Thanks for sharing your story and for visiting my blog! Begonia

  39. tellthejourney says:

    Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I don’t know how we are related to them, but my grandmother has 2 Family Tree DNA autosomal matches of the last name Moore and 10 others who have Moore in their family trees. I hope we are somehow related, hahaha!

  40. sandra dorsey says:

    THE moore clan Ive been researching on/off for years..belongs to my mother’s father’s side. Henry C. (clayton) moore, out of Chemung County NY. His father was William H Moore, and his father David B or R Moore. ON find a grave, they have David Moore (chemung county ny) as dead in 1863..However, in the 1885, 1900, census reports NY location..he, and his wife, Marintha Wheaton Moore were still alive and kicking in Chemung County NY. David’s birth location bounces between Oh and Pa. His father’s birth location seems to bounce between Pa. and Ct. Marinth’a birth locations bounce as well..from Sullivan County NY to Pa. location. Had thought David was the one in the infirmary in Oh. at age 7..(according to the 1900 census reports Ohio)..BUT..instead found he was in NY w/ his wife..SO..Im still digging …THE middle name of David ..to me, I can’t tell if its a “B” or and “R” on the 1865 NY census reports…Nothing found w/the initial B..or Plenty under R. AND since his ancestors are from PA. figured Im work on that location..Most interesting the Moore family connection with Bently creek Pa to NY southport location..

  41. semmie says:

    Hello! Thanks for visiting and liking my blog post yesterday. After reading some of the remarks here, I doubt there is any relation between my Moore’s and yours; still, I definitely appreciate that I’m not the only one struggling to pull a Moore out from behind a rock.

    It’s almost funny, really. My maternal lineage has German names which are spelled funny (making them hard to find) but unique (making it easy to connect when I do find one). But on the paternal side, I have Moore–a name so common, it can be frustratingly difficult to nail down an ancestor.

    What’s that you say? You’re related to a Joseph Moore who was born in 1822 and whose parents lived either in Ireland or Scotland? Yeah…me too…and just about everyone else who shares the surname! Hahaha!

    Good luck, brother! Let me know if I can be of any help. Otherwise, happy digging. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • chmjr2 says:

      What a great surname Moore is. They are everywhere. I have done a DNA with ancestry.com and hope that may help. It has with other lines but not with the Moore line. Oh well just 20000 more Joseph Moore’s to check out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. ccrooksphoto says:

    Thanks, Charles, for stopping by my latest blog; HOw do you store all your snapshots?

    • chmjr2 says:

      You have a great blog and I enjoy looking through it. My pictures are in archival albums and boxes. I am planning on putting many of them in book form.

  43. Melanie Wood says:

    Although I (as yet) have no Moores in my tree…..y’all sound like the kind people I want to watch and know. I grew up knowing only Mother Father & Brother. They all died early, and I got into genealogy almost 3 years ago. To my amazement both my parents had reasons to not bring up family history: assumed name, run-aways, kidnapping, shootouts, disappearances and more in the 19th & 20th Centuries. Both sides have well known people earlier in their histories – founder of the White Knights; families with huge names and history in Yorkshire England and There is nobody to tell these stories to so I to am also working on books. I found I am not an American Mix Gal, rather I am mostly Scott & Swiss. None of my immediate family is alive, they will never know our history AND my kids and grandkids……….well, they aren’t interested LOL! Love this blog!

    • chmjr2 says:

      Your children may not be interested now, but I bet if you write the book someday they will. Also I am an American mix but have much English and Irish in my bloodlines.

  44. I love your site! You’ve made travel a big part of your efforts to uncover your family roots and your pictures are wonderful. It will take me some time to read everything here, but the few posts I have glossed seem as entertaining as they are informative. Thank you.

    • chmjr2 says:

      I wish I could make travel a big part. Money does limit the places I can go. However I firmly believe that when we can we should travel to where our ancestors lived. Your kind words gave me a nice uplift when I read them. Thank you.

  45. heneker52 says:

    I wanted to thank you for recommending I add “family history” and “genealogy” as tags to my blog. I have gone back through most of my previous posts and added these tags. Since then, just a few days ago, I have had so many more people check out my blog (and people who have their own family history blogs!) before that, the only people who checked it were it seems, spammers, trying to sell something. You have given me so much more motivation, now I can’t add things quickly enough. I may have already written thanking you, however I didn’t realise I would get so much more traffic. Again, thanks for being kind enough to share your ideas. Really appreciated.
    Cheers for now, and I continue to enjoy reading your blog.
    Vicki in Adelaide, South Australia

    • chmjr2 says:

      I am very happy that they worked out so well for you. As you read and comment on other genealogy blogs you will meet some very nice and talented people. I have found them to be of great help. Writing my blog and reading others is a fun part of my day.

  46. ccrooksphoto says:

    Thanks, Charles for stopping by and having a look at my latest post. Have you ever visited that spot?

  47. chmjr2 says:

    No I have not been there, but plan to visit this summer. If winter ever goes away.

  48. Gary Roberts says:

    Charles, Thanks for the blog. I’m sure your family values it and if they don’t now, they will later. Keep researching and writing. Cheers!

  49. barnett53 says:

    Hi Charles, I am doing a one place study and Charles Moore was one of the first settlers in Buffalo Hart township, in Sangamon County Illinois. I have him born 11 Jan 1763 in Hanover County Virginia. A Rev War veteran, married to Martha Cunningham on 2 Apr 1793 had farther of William C, Alice M (married Brazelton), Priscilla (Campbell), and Sarah (McKee). If you, or anyone reading this, is a ancestor of one of these individuals I would be very interested. Please contact me at sandy@familysleuth.org

    • chmjr2 says:

      I wish I could tie in with the place and or names you have given. If I could some very big walls would come down. Best of luck in your efforts. Please check in every now and then and let me know how you are doing.

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