Thursday, May 27, 2010

Opal Mae Moore death certificate received

The death of Opal Mae Moore at age 36 is sad. I have received the death certificate for Opal Mae Moore, maiden name Carothers, from the Stanislaus County clerk. She appears to have died from kidney failure caused by high blood pressure.

A Request for Ruby Lee Wilson's Obituary

I have sent a request for the obituary of Ruby Lee Wilson, maiden name Carothers, to the State Historical Society of Missouri. I have had great luck with them in the past. After I get Ruby's obituary I will request the obituary for her husband, Benjamin Harrison Wilson.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Benjamin Harrison Wilson - Probate Records

The Bushwacker Museum website in Nevada, Missouri contains a probate record index with Benjamin Harrison Wilson. It list the following:

Record IDs

Date of death: Feb 6, 1944
Estate Administrator: R. S. McFarland

3 daughters are listed
Irene Boyd
Leona Bertram
Gladys Garton

I assume these daughters were all Ruby's step daughters.

I'll have to look into locating these probate records. I'm also interested in acquiring an obituary.

Ben H. Wilson - Husband of Ruby Carothers

I have located the death certificate for Ben H. Wilson on the Missouri State Archives website. Ben was listed as the husband of Ruby Carothers at the time of her death in 1940. If this is the same Ben, he did not live much longer than she did. He passed away in 1944 at the age of 50 and his marital status is widowed. His residence is listed as 308 West Cherry Street, Nevada, Vernon County, Missouri. Ben was buried in the Balltown Cemetery as was Ruby.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Ruby Carothers Death Certificate Located!

What a find! I have been trying to discover what became of all of the descendants of Orlando Carothers and his wife Mary Elliott for some time. His daughter Ruby has always been a mystery. I could find very little about her.

I have located the death certificate for Ruby Carothers at the online Missouri State Archives, Missouri Death Certificates online. I recently learned about Ruby's sister Opal's death in California, and discovered in the obituary no mention of her sister Ruby. Opal passed away in 1941. The last information I had for Ruby was in the 1930 US Census she was living with her sister in Nevada, Missouri. So I determined that Ruby had passed away sometime between 1930 and 1941. I decided to try a narrow search for Ruby, only looking in Vernon County, Missouri between 1930 and 1941. I used only her first name in the search as she had likely married. In each year there was either 0, 1 or 2 Ruby's who had passed away. I found Ruby's death certificate in the 1940 search.

Ruby Lee Wilson died in 1940, June 24. She was married to Ben H. Wilson. She was living in Osage Township in Vernon County, Missouri. Ruby was buried two days later on June 26th in the Balltown Cemetery in Vernon County.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Harry Moore, husband of Opal Mae Moore (Carothers)

Some interesting entries in the California Death Records:

Harry Z. Moore, born 02/12/1897 North Carolina, died 07/18/1956 in Kern County, CA at age 59
Harry Zeno Moore, born 02/07/1931 in North Carolina, died 12/05/1958 in Stanislaus, CA at age 27

These men could be father and son. Harry Sr. is a possible candidate for Opal Moore's husband at the time of her death. Harry Sr. would have been about 44 years old to Opal's 36 years. Harry Jr. would have been about 12 years old. There are other Harry Moore's in the record. I'll have to check them out sometime.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Opal Mae Moore (Carothers) Gravestone

A kind volunteer at has fulfilled my request for a photo of the gravestone of Opal Mae Moore (Carothers). Thanks!