Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sentimental Sunday: Moore Family and Homestead, Denton County, TX, c.1900

Thomas Jefferson Moore family, circa 1900-1, outside their home west of Flower Mound in Denton County, Texas

Mark's cousin Tom sent another picture, which I believe was taken the same day as this one of their grandfather Tandy Clayton Moore (1878-1964) and his younger sister Beulah Burtice Moore Street (1885-1904).  Notice that Beulah is wearing the same dress in both photographs. Apparently the unknown itinerant photographer took a number of photographs that day and the family kept at least those two.  Today's photograph also helps date both photos, as youngest sister Jewis, the baby in the photograph, was born March 21, 1900, yet Tandy, who married Nancy Flora "Nannie" Jones on August 7, 1901, on their way to Oklahoma, is in this photograph. Below is an enlargement of just the people in the photograph above:
Thomas Jefferson Moore family, circa 1900-1. 
From left:  Thomas Jefferson Moore (1852-1904), Charles Hollis Moore (1888-1964), Bernice Howard Moore (1893-1983), Angeline Elizabeth "Lizzie" Peach Moore (1859-1924) with baby Jewis Evadna Moore Crawford (1900-1991), Tandy Clayton Moore (1878-1964), Beulah Burtice Moore Street (1885-1904), and Jonathan Guy Moore (1891-1975)
Cousin Tom wrote:
Thomas Jefferson took off his hat for the picture, and it is at the base of the big tree on the left.  The farm is in the Flower Mound area about 6 miles or so west on Highway 1171.  Just east of where the farm once was is Shiloh Baptist Church, where Mark's [and Tom's] Great Great Grandfather [Milton Jonathan Moore, 1830-1912] ... and many of the family are buried.

They arrived in Lewisville from Salem, Alabama in ...[October 1883] with (Uncle [Jonathan] Guy [Moore] told me) used train tickets and $40.  I don't know how they managed to buy the farm, but they bought 120 acres (with house and a dug well) for $600.  The family sold it in the 1940s for $12,000 to a doctor, who built a large home on it.  He later sold it for over $100,000 to Walt Garrison, a Dallas Cowboy football player, who used it to raise horses.  He sold it for around a quarter-million.  In the 1960s, it was sold to an investor ([Edward] Marcus?)  for a price in the millions.

© Amanda Pape - 2010

1 comment:

  1. Thomas Jefferson could not have imagine what the escalating prices of his ranch would bring.
    I love old photographs.