|Steve Moore, Terri & Ken O'Neill, Victor Moore|
|Sandra (Moore) & Harry Shoffner, David Jeffreys|
|Harry Watkins, Terri and Ken, Harry Shoffner seated at computer|
|Very large "blueprint" family tree|
Terri's oral history says that her great-grandfather, John Luther Bradshaw was on location in 1888 to build the present church, so she was looking for more information about that.
Many local Stephen Moore descendants came to the church to meet with us. Among those who signed in were Anne M. Wolfe, Sandra M. Buchanan, Margaret (Noell) Puett, Pat Reade, Angela Wyche-Reade Jones, Wendy Reade Thompson, Robert Winston Carr, Clinton W. Toms III and Julia Carr Day. Others also attended who did not sign in.
In an email after the reunion, Terri said, "Though you knew about it long ago, David, you couldn't recall the source of the Burgess Ticket, so it was great to see it and put a date on it, and learn where it resides with Margaret Noell Puett. She also solved the mystery of what happened to the original miniature portrait in black and white of Stephen Moore. It was in her Noell family and was lost in a fire years ago, along with two small paintings of the graves of Stephen and Grizey." Terri stood in the vestibule of the church and carefully transcribed the Burgess Ticket. (More on the Burgess Ticket in another post.)
Stephen Moore House, Gardens, and Graveyard Tour on Tuesday afternoon:
|Mt. Tirzah Home Front Elevation from SE view|
|Steve Cox and Julia Carr Day|
First Steve Cox led us on a tour of the gardens. Note that Mt. Tirzah is the hilltop of a mountain from which you can see in the north, east, and south directions.
|Harry Shoffner, photographer|
|View to the Southeast|
|1880s Addition - formerly Dining Room & Kitchen|
|New 1980s Addition on the East Side|
~~A few of the above pictures were taken in May, 2012~~
|"Looks pretty comfortable in that chair!"|
From the parlor, Cox led the group up the stairs on the west end of the parlor to the area above which would have been the nursery and the Moore's bedroom. Further upstairs are another bedroom on the east side of the chimney. There are fireplaces in both bedrooms upstairs, as well as in the parlor and dining room downstairs. Back downstairs, the group went into the north 1880s addition, which today is a library and master bedroom. Finally, he took them down into the basement, so they could see the infamous stone with the date "1778" carved in it.
|Grizey Moore grave marker|
Stormy weather began to move in, so the group was led by Cox down to the family cemetery, where Stephen Moore is buried. Just as they returned to the house, there were two large claps of thunder, followed by a rain shower.