Helen Moore, 1895-1899

Another tragedy – isn’t genealogy full of them?  The first clue I had that this little girl ever existed is this picture.  She is at the left:

Helen, Mae and Earl Moore, c1897

The back of the picture really opened up a can of worms.  The inscription was written by Glenn Moore, the oldest son of Fred Moore and Mina Bolt.

 Back of portrait

Wow.  I know the older girl is my great-grandmother Mae, born 18 May 1892.  The baby is Earl, born 2 April 1897.  I had never heard of another girl, but it explains why Mae named her only child, a daughter born in 1912, Helen.

Above: Helen Moore’s Birth Registration. She was born 14 March 1895 in Plymouth, Michigan.


Above: Helen’s death certificate is truly horrifying.  She died 1 May 1899.  The certificate says she suffered a severe burn 10 days before.  24 hours before her death she had a hemorrhage.  The cause of death was a sympathetic fever, which had been enduring for 48 hours.

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