I wanted to update my post of the other day concerning the obituary for Ellen Ora (Johnson) Moffitt that is the Knightstown (Indiana) Banner. A wonderful person in that area checked the obituary for me and said that neither her parents or siblings are listed in it. So that rules out that source. She did, however, suggest I contact the Health Dept to see if the death certificate would have her parents listed. I would like to think that her husband would have known who her parents were but whether or not that information was part of the standard death certificate information in 1929 for Indiana is an unknown to me. The only way I’ll find out is if I make that call.
Stay tuned for more . . .
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The journey is taking a surprising turn . . .
If you’ve followed this series, in Part 1 , I explained how I’m on the search to find out how the Moffitt family is connected to my maternal Johnson family. In Part 2, I examined some letters from Elenora Johnson Moffitt’s daughters that shed some light on the relationship.
Yesterday, I decided to check the Henry County Genealogical Society webpage to see if I could find any information on the Moffitt family. I clicked on the Death Records and scrolled down. Listed under Moffitt, Christopher – I saw that he died on July 8, 1939 at the age of 84 years old. The informaton also gave me what Book Name, book number and page number the record was located. Then I saw Moffitt, Ellen O. (not Elenora) who died on October 26, 1929 with the same type of information on what book, number and page to find her death record.
Under obituaries, I found that the Banner (a newspaper in Knightstown, Indiana), had an index of obituaries on their sight. There was also a warning that because so many people had called up to complain about inaccuracies, it was a strong possibility that the index might be taken down as well. And no one at the paper was going to go off and look for any information. However, I found both people.
Ellen Ora’s obituary apparently lists not only her husband and children – but her parents!! Her obituary is located in the November 1, 1929 edition of the Banner, on pages 1 and 3. I am no where near Knightstown so I can’t just go down to the local library and look it up. The Banner people obviously have had enough of “genealogy” people complaining about things so they won’t be able to help me. What I really need is someone to go to the local Knightstown library or the Henry County Genealogical Society and look up the obituary – since I’ve provided date and page – and be able to at least give me the parents’ names. That would be a big help and a wonderful gift.
So in the meantime, I will continue to scour the census records to see if I can find Ellen Johnson, Ora Johnson, or Ellen O. Johnson (perhaps Ella Nora – depending on what the census taker heard and wrote down).
Stay tuned for more!
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