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RG1826.AM:  Moore Family

Papers:  1888-1945, n.d.

Red Willow and Lancaster County, Neb.:

Size:  4.0 cu. ft.; 4 boxes + 1 scrapbook


Charles Waddell Moore was an Abolitionist in Ohio and in 1850-1856 he was a carpenter in Aledo, Illinois. He was also a farmer, postmaster, temperance worker, and Methodist layman. Charles’ grandfather, Joseph Moore, served in the Revolutionary War, and in 1800 he built “Moore’s Chapel” near Portsmouth, Ohio. It was the first Methodist Episcopal church built in Ohio. Charles married Sarah “Sally” Treber on February 7, 1850. At the time of his marriage to Sarah, Charles already had two sons-Frank who was four, and Robert who was two. Charles died on March 4, 1881.

Sarah Treber was born on October 11, 1822 in Ohio, Adams County. Her parents were Jacob Treber and Jane Thoroman. Jacob Treber lived many years near Dunkinsville, Ohio where he kept a tavern for over fifty years. He entertained such men as Henry Clay, Andrew Jackson, and LaFayette and the tavern is now a historical landmark. Sarah Treber Moore died in 1895.

Charles and Sarah had nine children of their own, not including Charles’ two sons, Frank and Robert. Their children were: William Henry Moore, born November 28, 1850; Albert O. Moore, born October 3, 1852 and died September 13, 1853 due to an illness; Charles Treber Moore, born April 3, 1854 and died April 19, 1867 due to a broken skull from a horse kick to the head; Joseph Creighton Moore, born February 23, 1856 and died September 27, 1945; Jesse Herndon “Hernie” Moore, born April 7, 1858; Oliver Treber Moore, born July 31, 1860 and died March 3, 1943; a still born girl, born February 24, 1862; Lou Moore, born May 1, 1868?; and Florence Moore, born on May 11, 1866.

Joseph Creighton Moore was born in Manchester, Ohio. When he was a year old, his parents moved to Aledo, Illinois where he lived for 20 years. He was a member of the Methodist church in Aledo, and attended Aledo schools and the Wylie Academy. He became a teacher in the public schools of Illinois and Nebraska for 15 years. In 1879, Joseph came to Nebraska where he homesteaded at Tyrone in Red Willow County. He married Cilvina Baker on October 5, 1887 and in 1905 they moved to McCook. They had four children-Thayer S. who died in infancy, Joseph Wendell, Elise Florence, and Alice Caroline. Joseph held various offices including postmaster at Tyrone for ten years, County Judge in McCook for six years, Police Magistrate in Tyrone and University Place, and Police Judge at University Place. He was also an active member in many organizations and campaigns including Epworth Assembly, George Norris’ campaign for re-election to the U.S. Senate, and Arthur J. Weaver’s campaign for Governor in 1928.


This collection consists of four manuscript boxes and one scrapbook arranged into two series: 1) Joseph C. Moore, and 2) Moore family.

Series 1 contains correspondence, some of Joseph’s writings, and personal business material. The correspondence covers personal as well as church and business-related matters handled by J. C. Moore. This series also includes letters described as Family Circulars, which were letters sent by Joseph C. Moore to family and friends describing the latest family and personal news. These letters were apparently forwarded around by the various family members and were numbered sequentially. Also included in this series are materials pertaining to when Joseph was a judge and police magistrate and the cases he heard. Finally, there are materials dealing with George Norris, University Place, Epworth Assembly, and other topics of interest to Joseph C. Moore.

Correspondence and other documents relating to other members of the Moore family can be found in Series 2. Some of the materials include letters, programs, and artwork. Sarah Treber Moore’s diary is also included in this series and gives a wealth of information about her life and her family. Other family members represented in this series include Florence Moore, Rev. Joseph W. Moore and his wife Emma, Rev. Oliver Moore, and others.

Various Moore Family photographs have been transferred to the photo collection (RG1826.PH). Please ask a staff member for assistance with the photographs.


Series 1 – Joseph C. Moore

Box 1


  1. Correspondence, 1888-1910

  2. Correspondence, 1911-1915

  3. Correspondence, 1916-1919

  4. Correspondence, 1920-1923

  5. Correspondence, 1924-1925

  6. Correspondence, 1926-1929

  7. Correspondence, 1930-1931

  8. Correspondence, 1932

  9. Correspondence, 1933

  10. Correspondence, 1934

  11. Correspondence, 1935

  12. Correspondence, 1936-1937

  13. Correspondence, 1938

  14. Correspondence, 1939

  15. Correspondence, 1940

  16. Correspondence, 1941

  17. Correspondence, 1942

  18. Correspondence, 1942

Box 2


  1. Correspondence, 1943

  2. Correspondence, 1944-1945

  3. Correspondence, undated

  4. Cards-Birthday, sympathy, Christmas

  5. Family Circulars, 1890-1900

  6. Family Circulars, 1900-1905

  7. Family Circulars, 1906-1910

  8. Family Circulars, 1911-1920

  9. Family Circulars, 1921-1925

  10. Family Circulars, 1926-1930

  11. Family Circulars, 1931-1934

  12. Family Circulars, 1935-1936

  13. Family Circulars, 1937

  14. Family Circulars, 1938

  15. Writings, personal

  16. Writings, Cilvina and family history

  17. Writings, newspaper opinion pieces

  18. Writings, church-related

  19. Writings, bills submitted

  20. Writings, politically motivated

  21. Personal business, C. P. Benedict

  22. Personal business, financial materials

Box 3


  1. Personal business, tax notices, receipts, land deeds, loan papers

  2. Personal business, insurance, bill receipts

  3. Personal business, cancelled checks

  4. Personal business, job-related material

  5. Personal business, account ledger books and papers

  6. Personal business, Florence Moore records

  7. Personal business, Frank and Mary Moore records

  8. Personal business, Will Moore records

  9. Judge materials-Red Willow Co.

  10. Judge materials-Red Willow Co., multiple case documents

  11. Judge materials-record book of court cases

  12. Police magistrate materials

  13. Police magistrate materials-campaign related

  14. Police magistrate materials-record book

  15. Political material

  16. Congressional Record copies

  17. George Norris

  18. Weaver for Governor

  19. William Jennings Bryan

Box 4


  1. Epworth Assembly

  2. Church related items

  3. Nebraska and Illinois church items

  4. University Place, Nebraska

  5. Tyrone, Nebraska

  6. Temperance

  7. Moore family scrapbook compiled by Joseph C. Moore (see oversize)

Series 2 – Moore Family

  1. Correspondence, 1919-1932

  2. Correspondence, 1934-1941

  3. Correspondence, 1942

  4. Correspondence, undated

  5. Correspondence, Ralph Moore

  6. Sarah Moore diary

  7. Florence Moore

  8. Rev. Joseph W. Moore and Mrs. Emma Moore

  9. Elsie and Alice Moore and Massachusetts church bulletins

  10. Clara Moore and Rev. Oliver T. Moore

  11. Oliver Butterfield

  12. Artwork

  13. Obituaries



Lancaster County, Nebraska — History

Moore Family

Moore, Joseph C. (Joseph Creighton),

Moore, Sarah (Treber), 1822-1895

Police magistrates — Nebraska

Red Willow County, Nebraska — History

Tyrone, Nebraska — History

University Place, Nebraska — History


11-15-2005   HA/tmm