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Sarah Josephine (Miner) Moore


Josephine Miner. Courtesy Darin Beemer

Sarah Josephine (Miner) Moore was born on May 11, 1875 in Wood County, OH, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Jane (Courtney) Miner.

As a young girl, she moved frequently with her parents and siblings within Ohio. Their stops included Hardin County (1878), Logan County (1880) and Shelby County (1882) and they finally settled for good in Putnam County in 1887, when Josephine was age 12. She remained in Putnam County for the rest of her life.

At the age of 17, on Aug. 4, 1892, Josephine was united in the bonds of holy matrimony with 25-year-old Jesse Allen Moore (1867-1935), sometimes spelled "Jessie," the son of John and Mary Martha (Fannon) Moore. Their wedding ceremony took place in Paulding County, OH, by the hand of justice of the peace R.B. Lettrick. On the marriage license application, Jesse signed his name using the old English form of double "s" marks -- "Jeffe." 

The Moores were farmers for decades near in Monroe and Palmer Townships, Putnam County, OH. These communities are about eight miles west of Continental, Putnam County. They were members of the Missionary Church of Ottawa.

The couple became the parents of eight known children -- Andrew "Allen" Moore, Lewis Tilford Moore, Orville S. Moore, Russell Henry Moore, Philomena "Minnie" Kleman, Harland Moore, Virgil Moore and an unidentified daughter.

Jesse was the informant for the official death certificate of his mother in law, Mary Jane (Courtney) Miner Vining, in 1918. At the time, their home was in Continental. 

Another branch of distant cousins of Josephine's living in Continental in the early 1900s was the family of John C. and Rhoda (Van Horn) France and their adult children Presley T. France, Claude C. France and Forest "Fay" France.

Continental's Main Street, south of the Nickle Plate Railroad tracks


Lima News, 1959

Jesse died in Palmer, Putnam County at the age of 67 on Jan. 22, 1935. He had suffered from a serious case of influenza for more than a month, added to prostate cancer and uremia he already had been enduring. He was laid to rest in Prarie Chapel in Continental, with son Lewis serving as informant for the official Ohio death certificate.

In 1956, Josephine lived in Ottawa, Putnam County, and was named in the obituary of her her sister Martha Conner in a Michigan newspaper. Her address there was 804 East Main Street. 

She was ill for the final five years of her life and in July 1959 was hospitalized in St. Rita's Hospital. She died a day later, on July 11, 1959. Her obituary in the Lima News noted that she was survived by an astounding 26 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. She was interred beside her husband at Prarie Chapel Cemetery in Oakwood, following a funeral led by Rev. Russell Persons and Rev. Martin LaRue.


~ Son Andrew "Allen" Moore ~

Son Andrew "Allen" Moore (1893-1959) was born on April 22, 1893 near Continental, in Monroe Township, Putnam County. 

He worked as a laborer as a young man in North Creek, OH. He was of medium height and build, with blue eyes and light-colored hair.

At the age of 21, Allen married 28-year-old Margaret Ann Carder (1886-1934), daughter of Moses and Martha Jane (Drake) Carder of Monroe Township. Justice of the peace E.F. Wieser of Ottawa, Putnam County performed the ceremony on March 10, 1915. 

They had two known daughters, Viola Jane Henderson and Leola J. Mohr.

Two years after marriage, with World War I looming in Europe, Allen registered for the military draft. At the time, he worked as a farm laborer for David Jones of Vaughnsville, OH, and told the registering officer that he had a wife and child to support. 

The Moores were enumerated on the federal census of 1920, living in Sugar Creek, Putnam County, with Allen working as a farm laborer. They remained in Sugar Creek during the decade of the 1920s and are shown there in the 1930 census. Circa 1934, their home was in Columbus Grove. 


News obituary, 1959

Allen was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and of the Eagles lodge of Defiance, Defiance County, OH.

Sadly, Margaret suffered from inflammation of and blood clots in her heart muscles, and died of a heart attack at the age of 48 on Nov. 26, 1934, after 19 years of marriage. Her death occurred in Lima Memorial Hospital in nearby Allen County. Her remains were laid to rest in the Mt. Zion Cemetery. 

Allen outlived his wife by a quarter of a century. Toward the end of his life, his home was in Continental. In July 1959, he endured the death of his 84-year-old mother, but his own demise was but a few months away.

He became seriously ill in November 1959, and was admitted to St. Rita's Hospital in Lima. He died there on Dec. 23, 1959. The Lima News reported in an obituary that he was survived by five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was laid to rest in North Mt. Zion Cemetery following a funeral led by Rev. Martin LaRue.

Daughter Viola Jane Moore (1917-1997) was born on Feb. 9, 1917 in Vaughnsville, Putnam County. On June 17, 1935, she was joined in the bonds of wedlock with Eldon Clyde Henderson (June 25, 1905-1964), the son of James Clyde and Minerva L. (King) Henderson of Putnam County. The couple were farmers and resided for years in Sherwood, Defiance County, OH. Two children were born into this marriage -- Eldon A. "Bud" Henderson and Marjorie Stuart. After suffering a stroke, Eldon was admitted to Cameron Hospital in Bryan. He died there at the age of 58 on April 25, 1964. Burial was in Sherwood Cemetery, with the funeral co-officiated by Rev. Steve Mathys and Rev. David L. Eichar. An obituary was printed in the Defiance Crescent News. Viola Jane outlived her husband by 33 years in the vicinity of Antwerp, Paulding County. She passed into eternity in 1997, with Toby Miller preaching the funeral sermon.

  • Grandson Eldon Allen "Bud" Henderson (1937-2017) was born on Nov., 12, 1937 in Continental, Putnam County. When he was 20 years of age, on Sept. 13, 1958, he was united in matrimony with 17-year-old Patricia J. Keener (Jan. 10, 1941-1990), a native of Hicksville, Defiance County and the daughter of Ralph and Evena (Bowman) Keener. The couple produced eight children -- Gary Henderson, Michael Henderson, Stan Henderson, Chris Henderson, Janet Jo Henderson, Pamela Lung, Teresa Klein and Tammy Graves. The Hendersons lived in Mark Center, Defiance County, OH and were members of the Mark Center United Methodist Church. They grieved at the death in infancy in 1960 of their daughter Janet Jo. For 39 years, Eldon was employed by Universal Tool and Stamping Company across the state line in Butler, IN. Patricia also worked for Universal Tool for the last 15 years of her life. Eldon was a member of the board of directors of 4-Square Baseball League and coached its teams. He also liked to camp, fish, hunt and relax at the lake. Sadly, Patricia succumbed to the angel of death in Fort Wayne, IN on May 14, 1990. Eldon survived her by 17 years. He died at home at the age of 79 on May 11, 2017. Interment of the remains was in Forest Home Cemetery in Hicksville, OH.

Great-grandson Gary Henderson married Roxann.

Great-grandson Michael Henderson

Great-grandson Stan Henderson wedded Christina.

Great-grandson Chris Henderson was joined in wedlock with Beth.

Great-granddaughter Pamela Henderson was united in marriage with (?) Lung

Great-granddaughter Teresa Henderson married (?) Klein. In 1990, they dwelled in Battle Creek, MI.

Great-granddaughter Tammy Jo Henderson wedded Jeff Graves

  • Granddaughter Marjorie Jane "Marge" Henderson (1939-2015) was born on July 12, 1939 in Continental, Putnam County. On April 3, 1959, she wedded John Stuart ( ? - ? ). The couple established a residence as farmers in Cecil, Paulding County, OH and appear to have stayed for decades. The family of children included Rebecca Stuart, Sandra Jane Hanenkratt, Kevin Stuart and Kyle Hanenkratt. Marjorie collected angels and cookbooks was an expert baker, specializing in pumpkin pies, Pillsbury doughboys, chocolate fundge and Christmas fruitcakes. She also had a passion for animals. At the age of 75, Marjorie passed away on June 5, 2015. She was placed into eternal sleep in Rochester Cemetery in Cecil, Paulding County.

Great-granddaughter Rebecca Stuart resided in Cecil.

Great-granddaughter Sandra Jane Stuart (1964-2017) was born on Dec. 8, 1964 in Paulding, Paulding County, OH. She was a graduate of Antwerp Local School and Vantage Career Center and was employed by Paragon Glass in Antwerp. She married (?) Hanenkratt ( ? - ? ). They were the parents of Kyle Hanenkratt. The family was plunged into grieving when Sandra died in Defiance at the age of 52 on Feb. 16, 2017. Her remains were lowered into repose in Rochester Cemetery in Cecil, Paulding County. Inscribed at the base of her grave marker are the words, "The Angels are calling me home."

Great-grandson Kevin Stuart wedded Kristine.

Great-grandson Kyle Stuart was joined in wedlock with Angela.

Daughter Leola J. Moore (1920-2008) was born on Sept. 14, 1920 in Putnam County, OH. On July 3, 1948, when she was 27 years of age, she wed Clifford P. Mohr (Oct. 12, 1917-1970), the son of Jacob and Daisy (Skiver) Mohr of Defiance, Defiance County. They made a home in Continental, and their marriage endured for for 22 years until cleaved apart by death. Three daughters were born to this union -- Barbara Mohr, Sharon Mohr and Karen Mohr. Clifford enjoyed a membership in the Eagles lodge in Defiance. On the fateful day of March 7, 1970, he was felled by a massive heart attack, and rushed to St. Rita's Hospital in Lima, where he succumbed. Burial of the remains was in Monroe Cemetery in Continental, with Rev. Henry B. Grimm officiating. Leola lived for another 38 years as his widow, remaining in Continental. She died on Nov. 7, 2008.

  • Granddaughter Barbara Mohr
  • Granddaughter Sharon Mohr
  • Granddaughter Karen Mohr


~ Son Lewis Tilford Moore ~

Son Lewis Tilford Moore (1896-1971) was born on Feb. 27, 1896 in or near Continental, Putnam County, OH. He was of medium height and build, with grey eyes and brown hair.

He was a longtime farmer. In June 1917, when registering for the military draft as World War I approached, he disclosed that he worked as a farmer for his father in Continental. He later served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the war.

Lewis may have fathered a son, Paul Panning, circa 1923, prior to marriage.

He married Innes L. Liep (1903-1976) on March 23, 1926, in Keifer, Putnam County. Rev. F.G. Boroff of Ottawa, Putnam County, officiated. Lewis was age 30, and Innise 22, at the time of marriage. She was a native of Henry County, OH, the daughter of George and Candace (Dillion) Liep of Continental, with her name occasionally misspelled as "Innise."

The church where they were wed still stood as an empty building in 2020.


News obituary

The couple produced a family of six children -- Archie Cletus Henry Moore, George Lewis Moore, Bernita Nighswander, LaQuita Innis Moore, Franklin James "Jim" Moore and Laurita Alice Moore.

In the 1930s, they resided near the town of Miller City in rural Putnam County, about 1.5 miles east of the village of Belmore. They later relocated to Leipsic, Putnam County, and were there in 1971.

The Moores were plunged into grief at the death of their infant daughter Laurita at age 2 months, 25 days on July 1, 1940, from the effects of whooping cough and pneumonia. Her remains were placed into eternal sleep in West Belmore Cemetery.


News obituary, 1971

Again in 1944, their 10-year-old daughter LaQuita contracted peritonitis and was admitted to Miller-McComb Hospital in McComb, Hancock County, OH, where she died on March 1, 1944. She was laid to rest in West Belmore Cemetery.

During World War II, the Moores worried when son Paul served with the U.S. Armed Forces in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. But deeper heartache rocked the family when daughter LaQuita died of peritonitis at the age of nine, on March 1, 1944, in Miller-McComb Hospital. She was laid to rest in West Belmore Cemetery, with Rev. N.D. Bevis and Rev. Earl Hawk officiating at the funeral, and with an obituary appearing in the Lima News.

The family belonged to the Belmore United Methodist Church.

Lewis died at home in Leipsic at the age of 75 on April 28, 1971. 

Innes outlived her husband by not quite five years. She was admitted to the Blanchard Valley Nursing Home and passed away there at the age of 72 on Valentine's Day 1976. Rev. James Nye led her funeral service, with burial in West Belmore Cemetery.

Son Paul Panning Sr. (1923-1987) was born in 1923. He was married to (?). They are believed to have been the parents of Vincent Panning, Brenda Christine Recker and Paul L. Panning Jr. Paul Sr. made a home in Vaughnsville, OH in 1976.

  • Grandson Vincent Panning
  • Granddaughter Brenda Christine Panning ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). In young adulthood she earned a living with Sylvania Electric Products Inc. On July 3, 1971, she was joined in marriage with Richard Allen Recker ( ? - ? ), son of Alfred Recker of Ottawa, OH. Their nuptials were held in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ottawa, officiated by Rev. Anthony Repas. At the time of marriage, Richard was employed by Warniment's Plumbing and Heating Company. News of their wedding was printed in the Lima News.
  • Grandson Paul L. Panning Jr

Son Archie Cletus Henry Moore (1926-1994) was born on July 8, 1926. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and attained the rank of corporal. Archie married Margaret M. Fenstermaker (1920-1994), daughter of John William and Grace Eva (Smith) Fenstermaker. The Moores dwelled in McComb, OH in 1963-1976. Death swept away both in the same year. Margaret went first, at age 73, on March 1, 1994. Archie survived for nine months and surrendered to death at the age of 68 on Dec. 6, 1994. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery in Hancock County, OH.


Main Street looking north, Findlay, Ohio


Son George Lewis Moore (1928-1996) was born on July 23, 1928. In 1951, he was joined in wedlock with Joan Lucille Purkey (Feb. 17, 1931-2010), daughter of John T. and Mary Olive (Wiseley Bisel) Purkey. They put down roots in Findlay, Hancock County, OH. The Angel of Death carried him away on Dec. 13, 1996. The remains are in eternal repose in Findlay's Maple Grove Cemetery. Joan Lucille outlived her spouse by 14 years. She died in Findlay at the age of 79 on Aug. 20, 2010.

Daughter Bernita Moore (1931-living) was born in 1931. She worked as a young woman at Sylvania Electric Products Inc. of Ottawa. On Dec. 28, 1952, at the age of 21, she married Albert Nighswander ( ? - ? ), son of Paul Nighswander of Dayton, Montgomery County, OH. The ceremony was held at the Belmore Evangelical United Brethren Church, led by Rev. Fred B. Esterly. At the time, Albert also worked at Sylvania Electric, and had previously spent four years in Germany with the U.S. Army occupational forces. The family established a home in Leipsic as of 1976. She was still living in 2020.

Son Franklin James "Jim" Moore (1936-2020) was born on Nov. 3, 1934 in Miller City, Putnam County. He is said to have been named for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a choice made after a losing bet, and went by his middle name "James." He grew up in Leipsic and was twice-wed. His first bride was LaDonna Anglemyer ( ? - ? ). They produced a family of offspring -- David Moore, Daniel Moore, Ronda Bruce and Camela Moore. James sereved in the U.S. Air Force and later went to work for Cooper Tire, compiling 42 years of employment. The family made a home in Benton Ridge, OH in the mid-1970s and held a membership in the Cedar Creek Church. In his free time, he belonged to the Findlay Moose lodge and the Silver Seekers Metal Detecting Club. He also liked to hunt and gamble at casinos. Sadly, LaDonna passed away. James was united in wedlock a second time with Janet (Hammons) Poling ( ? - ? ). She had been married previously and brought these offspring to the union -- Dennis Poling, Brian Poling, Scott Poling, Brenda Poling and Lori Harris. Having been stricken with the coronavirus (Covid-19) disease, he died in Blanchard Valley Hospital at the age of 84 on Nov. 29, 2020. Burial of the remains was in Benton Ridge Cemetery.

  • Grandson David Moore
  • Grandson Daniel Moore
  • Granddaughter Ronda Moore married (?) Bruce
  • Granddaughter Camela Moore


~ Son Orville S. Moore ~

Son Orville S. Moore (1898-1978) -- also spelled "Orval" -- was born on Aug. 14, 1898 near Continental in Monroe Township, Putnam County. 

As a young man, he worked as a farm laborer for Fred Young in Palmer Township, Putnam County. He was of medium build and height, with blue eyes and light-colored hair. Orville registered for the military draft during World War I, in September 1918, and advised the registration officer that his nearest relative was his mother.

At the age of 25, on Feb. 27, 1924, Orville wed 17-year-old Alvada Lucinda Leatherman (1907-1990), daughter of William Ellsworth and Effie (Shoemaker) Leatherman. She resided in Leipsic, Putnam County at the time. Because Alvada legally was too young to marry, her parents came to court and gave their consent to a judge for the marriage to proceed. The ceremony was officiated by Rev. Lehr A. Melord of the First Lutheran Church of Leipsic. 

The Moores had five known children -- Alma Jean Wehri, Edward Moore, Lloyd Moore, Doris Anne Nichols and Sarah Ellen Maag.

The federal census of 1930 shows the family residing on a farm in Ottawa, Putnam County. The family remained there for decades and attended the Ottawa Missionary Church. Orville went on to earn income with the county highway department and retired in 1965. He belonged to the Ottawa lodge of the Eagles. The couple's retirement address was 228 North Elm Street, Ottawa.

As his health failed, Orville was admitted to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Allen County. He died there at the age of 80 on Nov. 2, 1978. Burial was in Harmon Cemetery. An obituary noted that his survivors included 19 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Alvada outlived her husband by a dozen years. She succumbed to death the day after Christmas 1990.

Daughter Alma "Jean" Moore (1925-2013) was born on Jan. 20, 1925 in Miller City, Putnam County. On Aug. 14, 1943, when she was age 18, she was united in the bonds of matrimony with Wendelin B. "Bud" Wehri (1923-1996). The couple established a home in Vaughnsville. The couple's six children were Steven Wehri, David Wehri, Dale Wehri, Ruth St. Johns, Janet Treadway and Brenda Lindeman. Alma Jean liked to cook and crochet. Sadness cascaded over the family when Wendelin died in Toledo on July 22, 1996. Alma Jean outlived her spouse by many years. She lived in Columbus Grove, Putnam County and attended St. Anthony Catholic Church. In 2006, she endured the untimely death of her 38-year-okd granddaughter Julie Marie Raines. As a patient in St. Rita's Medical Center, she was gathered in by the spirit of death at the age of 87 on Jan. 10, 2013. An obituary said she was survived by 20 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. Her funeral mass was sung by Fr. Tom Extejt at the St. Anthony's, with interment in the church cemetery.

  • Grandson Steven Wehri has lived in Ottawa.
  • Grandson David Wehri had resided in Ottawa.
  • Grandson Dale Wehri wedded Kristy. The couple has dwelled in Ottawa.
  • Granddaughter Ruth Wehri was united in wedlock with (?) St. Johns. She was deceased by 2013.
  • Granddaughter Janet Wehri appears to have been twice-wed. Her first husband was Eugene Metzger ( ? - ? ), son of Frank and Leona Metzger. They were the parents of Julie Marie Raines and perhaps others. The couple divorced, with Eugene moving to Fort Jennings. Janet's second spouse was George Treadway ( ? - ? ). The couple lived in Lima. Sadly, George was deceased by 2013. Janet's home in 2013 was in Lima, OH.

Great-granddaughter Julie Marie Metzger (1967-2006) was born on Sept. 7, 1967 in Toledo. She grew up in the town of Elida.  At the age of 20, on Aug. 14, 1988, she wedded Sonny B. Raines ( ? - ? ), son of Judy Wicker of Lima. They produced three children -- Nicole Marie Raines, Anna Marie Raines and Sonny B. "Trey" Raines. Julie generated income at Roselawn Manor Nursing Home in Spencerville as a nurses aide. Tragically, Julie contracted cancer and suffered for an extended time until death freed her of her pain at the age of 38 on Feb. 10, 2006, as a patient in St. Rita's Medical Center.

  • Granddaughter Brenda Wehri was joined in matrimony with Carl Lindeman. They established their residence in Columbus Grove.

Son Edward D. Moore (1926-1988) was born on Sept. 21, 1926. On Dec. 8, 1947, the 21-year-old Edward married Joann J. (May 17, 1930-2009).  Circa 1978, he resided in Ottawa. Death spirited him away at the age of 61 on April 23, 1988, in Allen County, OH. The remains were lowered under the sod in Harman Cemetery in Gilboa, Putnam County. Joann lived for another two decades. She passed into eternity on Nov. 25, 2009.

Son Lloyd Moore (1929- ? ) was born on April 24, 1929 in Putnam County. He wedded Kentucky native Helen Chaffins (April 19, 1921-2010) and made a home in Ottawa. He died at age 67 on April 21, 1997. His remains are in eternal repose in Harman Cemetery in Gilboa, Putnam County. As a widow, Helen lived for a baker's dozen more years. She passed at age 88, in Lima's St. Rita's Medical Center, on Jan. 9, 2010. Rev. Dennis Coates led her funeral service.

Daughter Doris Anne Moore (1932-2020) was born on Feb. 5, 1932 in Ottawa, Putnam County. She earned a living as a young woman at the Rex Theatre in Ottawa. She married Darrel Edward Nichols ( ? - ? ), son of Clarence Nicholsof Columbus Grove, Putnam County. At the time, he was employed at Westinghouse Electric Corporation. The couple's three offspring were William Nichols, Robert Nichols and Lucinda Vasquez. They dwelled for decades in Ottawa. Doris was employed from Philips. In her free time, she liked to listen to country music, camp and tend her garden. Sadly, Doris died at the age of 88, in Lima's Mercy Health St. Rita's Medical Center, on Nov. 2, 2020. She was survived by eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and four step-great-great grandchildren. Her remains are at rest in Harman Cemetery.

  • Grandson William Nichols married Kathy. They have lived in Ottawa.
  • Grandson Robert Nichols wedded Linda. The pair has dwelled in Ottawa.
  • Granddaughter Lucinda Nichols married Juan Vasquez. The couple has made a home in Ottawa.

Daughter Sarah Ellen "Sally" Moore ( ? - ? ) wedded (?) Maag. Their residence in the late 1970s was in Ottawa and in 2013 in Glandorf, OH, and in 2020 in Ottawa.


~ Son Russell Henry Moore ~

Son Russell H. Moore (1903-1946) was born on June 11, 1903 in Monroe Township, Putnam County. 

In 1924, when he was age 21, he was employed as a machinist in Continental, Putnam County. On Nov. 30, 1924, the 21-year-old Russell married 18-year-old Florence Esther Pease (Nov. 8, 1906-1990) of Continental, and the daughter of Elwood Israel and Samantha Caroline (Elston) Pease. Because Florence was underage, her mother had to give consent before a judge in open court. The union was solemnized by Rev. J.M. Slane of Grover Hill, OH.

The Moores produced a brood of eight known offspring -- Russell Moore Jr., Esther Workman Selhorst, Catherine Wisner, Leroy Moore, Cecil Moore, Loyal "Pete" Moore, Edith Worline and Patricia Froleich.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1940, they resided on a rented farm in rural Palmer Township, Putnam County.

Tragically, Russell suffered from stomach ulcers. In mid-1946, his ulcer ruptured causing toxic abscesses and infection in his abdomen. He died of heart failure on Oct. 7, 1946, at the age of 43. His remains were laid to rest in Monroe Township Cemetery in Continental.

Florence outlived Russell by 44 years. After a period of five years, she married again on March 10, 1951 to Simon S. "Sim" Drew (Jan. 3, 1900-1978), son of Elmer and Anna (Altman) Drew. The couple lived in Continental during their 27 years of marriage. He was employed by the Norfolk and Western Railroad as a section hand. Sadly, at the age of 78, Simon died in Putnam County Nursing Home near Ottawa on June 12, 1978. Rev. Paul Carder preached the funeral sermon. The twice-widowed Florence endured for another dozen years until whisked away by the Shadow of Death, at the age of 83, on April 16, 1990. She rests beside Simon in Monroe Township Cemetery.

Son Russell "Everett" Moore (1926- ? ) was born in about 1926 in Continental. He earned a living in young manhood as a factory worker in the Continental area. On Oct. 11, 1950, at the age of 24, he was united in the bonds of wedlock with 21-year-old Leona A. Maag (1929- ? ), daughter of Harry and Martha (Meyer) Maag. The couple were the parents of Gary Moore, Richard Moore, Randy Moore, David Moore, Dennis Moore, Michael Moore, Karen Lou Moore and Mary Teresa Moore. Sadness cascaded over the family at the death of five-day-old daughter Mary Teresa in St. Rita's Hospital in April 1961. The Moores lived in Columbus Grove, OH for decades.

Daughter Esther L. Moore (1927-2013) was born on Dec. 7, 1927 in Continental. When she was age 22, on May 28, 1950, she was joined in holy matrimony with 24-year-old railroad employee Raymond C. Workman Sr. (May 7, 1926-1992), a native of Melrose, OH and the son of Oren and Rosa (Fisher) Workman. Officiating was Rev. John W. Slane of Grover Hill, OH. Children born to this union were Raymond C. "Shorty" Workman Jr., Kathy Bishop and Chris McDougle. Their residence was in Continental. The couple eventually divorced. When she was age 61, on Aug. 27, 1988, Esther married again to Carl F. Selhorst (Dec. 25, 1927-2018), son of Clarence and Clara Selhorst of Leipsic. He was a farmer in Leipsic and belonged to St. Mary's Catholic Church of Leipsic. He also enjoyed traveling. Their marriage endured for 24 years until Esther's death on Feb. 15, 2013. Carl outlived his bride by five years. He succumbed to the angel of death at the age of 90, on March 14, 2018, as a patient in St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. Fr. William Pifher officiated the funeral mass. Former husband Raymond C. Workman died at age 66 on Aug. 4, 1992, with burial in Little Auglaize Cemetery in Melrose, Paulding County.

  • Grandson Raymond C. "Shorty" Workman Jr. (1950-2018) was born two days before Christmas 1950 in Defiance, OH. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. On July 14, 1972, he was joined in marriage with Adella "Adell" Alvarado ( ? - ? ). Their two daughters were Michelle Schmitz and Anita Workman. The family resided in Continental, with Raymond earning a living at General Motors' Powertrain facility in Defiance. Raymond died at the age of 67 on April 29, 2018, about a month-and-a-half after the death of his stepfather.

Great-granddaughter Michelle Workman married (?) Schmitz. She was in Kalida, OH in 2018.

Great-granddaughter Anita Workman relocated by 2018 to Downingtown, PA.

  • Granddaughter Kathy Workman ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). On June 17, 1972, she wedded James Richard "Rick" Bishop (March 26, 1952-2011), a native of Lima, Allen County, OH and the son of James H. and Lorene (Extine) Bishop. The couple made a home in Cloverdale, OH and bore these children -- Jeremy Bishop, Christopher Bishop, Rebecca "Becki" Trombley and Robyn Fauth. Rick's source of income over the years was his work in maintenance for the General Motors plant in Defiance. He was a member of the United Auto Workers union, Local 211. In his free time, he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, rooted for the Ohio State University sports teams, enjoyed beach vacations and liked to fish, garden and watch auto racing. Sadly, at the age of 59, Rick was admitted to the Meadows of Kalida, where he died on Aug. 16, 2011. A funeral mass was held at St. Michael Catholic Church of Kalida, led by Deacon Robert Klausing. His remains were lowered into eternal repose in St. Michaels Cemetery in Kalida. The widowed Kathy has dwelled in Ottawa, OH and endured the untimely death of her married daughter Rebecca Trombley.

Great-grandson Jeremy Bishop was united in marriage with Terri. They have dwelled in Ottawa.

Great-grandson Christopher "Chris" Bishop lived in Cloverdale and Ottawa.

Great-granddaughter Rebecca "Becki" Bishop (1973-2017) was born on July 14, 1973 in Lima, Allen County. Following graduation from Continental High School, she earned a degree in teaching from Defiance College and then a degree in nursing from Rhodes State College. She married David Trombley ( ? - ? ), son of Douglas and Esther Trombley of Glandorf, Putnam County. Their only child was Jillian Trombley. Their home in 2011 was in Ottawa, OH, and they belonged to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Rebecca was once employed by the General Motors plan in Defiance and later with Putnam County Homecare and Hospice. Grief shrouded the family when, at age 44, Rebecca passed away in Lima's St. Rita's Medical Center on July 22, 2017. Interment of the remains was in the St. John Cemetery in Glandorf, following a funeral mass sung by Rev. Rick Friebel of the family church.

Great-granddaughter Robyn Bishop wedded Kurtis Fauth. They put down roots in Blacklick near Columbus, Franklin County, OH.

  • Granddaughter Chris Workman married Mark McDougle. The couple has resided in Continental.

Daughter Catherine May "Katie" Moore (1932-2009) was born on Jan. 25, 1932 in Putnam County. On April 4, 1953, at the age of 21, she wedded 23-year-old Donald Eugene Wisner (Feb. 13, 1930-2007), son of George Henry and Juanita (Mosier) Wisner. They resided in Findlay, Hancock County, OH and were the parents of two sons, Gary D. Wisner and David L. Wisner. The family were members of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church. Donald entered the realm of eternity on Dec. 10, 2007. The remains were interred in Maple Grove Cemetery in Findlay. As her health declined, Catherine was admitted to Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay. There, she passed away at the age of 77, on Dec. 1, 2009. Chaplain Kathie Tomazic officiated the funeral service.

  • Grandson Gary D. Wisner ( ? - ? ) married Vickie. They relocated to Plantation, Broward County, FL.
  • Grandson David L. Wisner ( ? - ? ) wedded Deborah. They established a home in Anaheim, Orange County, CA.

Son Leroy Moore (1935- ? ) was born in about 1935. His home in 1978 was in Morehead, KY.

Son Cecil Moore (1938- ? ) was born in about 1938. He initially put down roots in Dunkirk, OH but by 2009 had moved to Kenton, OH.

Son Loyal "Pete" Moore ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He served in the U.S. Air Force and was posted in the Pacific Northwest. On Feb. 4, 1967, he was united in marriage with Sallie Louise Smith ( ? -2016), daughter of Robert and Murle (Bradley) Smith of Spokane, WA. Their only child was Kari Hiebert. For two decades, the family moved as Loyal was deployed throughout the armed forces. Circa 1978, he was a tech sergeant stationed at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. Sallie Louise had received a degree in photography from Spokane Community College. Over the years, she expressed her talent as a freelance photographer for a newspaper in Belleville IL and the local Belleville Area College, garnering several awards. Upon retirement, the Moores established a home in Spokane, WA. Sallie Louise took on a new occupation as a realtor until she too retired in 2002. She traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Central America. She also enjoyed genealogy, music, scrapbooking and sewing. During many summers the family relaxed at their cabin along the Pend Oreille River. Sadly, Sallie Louise was stricken with cancer and was treated at Cancer Care Northwest and at the end Hospice of Spokane. She passed away on April 8, 2016. Her photograph and obituary appeared in the Spokane Spokesman-Review.

  • Granddaughter Kari Moore wedded Jon Hiebert. They bore two children, Sydney Hiebert and Austin Hiebert.

Daughter Edith M. "Edie" Moore (1940-2014) was born on Nov. 25, 1940 in Kieferville, OH. When she was 17 years of age, on Aug. 2, 1958, she married Eugene R. "Gene" Worline Sr. (May 24, 1938-2015), son of Floyd H. and Florence (Swicker) Worline of Collins, OH. Their home for years was in Dupont, Putnam Cokunty, OH. The three offspring born to this union were Rev. Gene Worline Jr., Jenni Snively and Debra Leatherman. Edith belonged to the Auglaize Chapel Church of God in Oakwood. She was employed over the years with Zeller in Defiance, Vi's Pizza in Continental and Beckman's Draperies in Delphos. She also made and sold her own candies and cakes and earned income through her sewing. She loved to play the piano in Christian worship and was creative in a host of ways, among them panting, ceramics, crafting afghans, quilts and clothing. Eugene served in the National Guard and was a longtime toolmaker for S.K. Tools of Defiance. He was a fan of Cleveland's sports teams -- the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians -- as well as the Ohio State University Buckeyes. The family enjoyed camping and fishing and long walks. Eugene also was a devoted Bible reader. Sadly, at the age of 73, Edith passed away at home on Feb. 12, 2014. She was survived by a dozen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her son Gene and Rev. Stan Harman co-officiated her funeral service. Interment was in Dupont's Fairview Cemetery, with an obituary published in the Lima News. Eugene outlived his bride by exactly one year and four days. He passed away in St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, at the age of 76, on Feb. 16, 2015. His son Gene again presided over the funeral service, assisted again by Rev. Harman.

  • Grandson Rev. Gene Worline Jr. married Amy. Their home in 2014 was in Grove City, PA.
  • Granddaughter Jenni Worline wedded Richard "Rick" Snively. Circa 2014, they dwelled in Pandora, OH.
  • Granddaughter Debra Worline was united in wedlock with Frank Leatherman. They established a residence in Oakwood, OH.

Daughter Patricia Moore ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She wedded Ted Froleich ( ? - ? ). She was in Continental in 2009-2014.


~ Daughter Philomena "Minnie" (Moore) Kleman ~

Daughter Philomena "Minnie" Moore (1907-2000) was born on Oct. 25, 1907 in Monroe Township, Putnam County. She and her parents resided in Continental, Putnam County in 1923.

At the age of 16, on April 3, 1923, she married 29-year-old Edward John Kleman (Feb. 16, 1894-1974). Rev. Keller led the ceremony in Putnam County. Edward was the son of George and Mary (Unverferth) Kleman. 

They produced at least three sons, George J. Kleman, Harold Kleman and Paul R. Kleman.

The Klemans made their home in North Creek and Palmer Township, Putnam County. The 1930 federal census enumeration shows the family in Palmer, with Edward's occupation listed as farmer.

Tragically, their son George suffered from a chronic case of intestinal ulcers and ruptures, called colitis. At the age of 14, in January 1938, he endured what a doctor called "profuse hemorrhage" of the affected digestive system as well as acute kidney inflammation. He was rushed to St. Rita's Hospital in Lima, Allen County. There, on Feb. 15, 1938, his heart failed, and he died. Burial was in North Creek.

In the 1970s, their address was 804 East Main Street in Ottawa.

Edward died at age 80 on May 9, 1974 as a patient in St. Rita's Hospital in Lima. Rev. Werner Verhoff led the funeral mass at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Minnie outlived her spouse. At the age of 92, she succumbed to death on Feb. 8, 2000. They sleep eternally side by side in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in North Creek, Putnam County.

Son Harold E. Kleman (1925-2012) was born on July 6, 1925 in Putnam County. He sereved in the U.S. Army during World War II. At the age of 25, on May 17, 1950, he was united in holy matrimony with Martha M. Langhals (1929-2007), daughter of Theodore J. and Theresa (Tenwalde) Langhals. Their union endured for a remarkable 57 years until the separation of death. Eight children were the result of this marriage -- Sr. Diana Kleman, Mary Jane Martin, Edward Kleman, Philip Kleman, Ronald Kleman, George Kleman, Teresa Harman and Janice Heller. The couple dwelled in Miller City, OH, where Harold supported the family through his work as a farmer and electrician. They belonged to the local St. Nicholas Catholic Church. Harold was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in Ottawa as well as the Eagles aerie and the Knights of Columbus. At one time he chaired the local office of the U.S. Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service. Martha was carried away by the spirit of death on July 7, 2007. Harold outlived his wife by five years. He was admitted to Putnam Acres Care Center in Ottawa where he passed into eternity at the age of 86 on Jan. 25, 2012. Fr. Stephen Schroeder celebrated the funeral mass in the family church, with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Knights of Columbus conducting their own rites. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery in North Creek. The Toledo Blade carried an obituary.

  • Granddaughter Sr. Diana Kleman ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). Circa 2012, she was in Christian service with the Order of St. Francis in Toledo, OH.
  • Granddaughter Mary Jane Kleman ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She married Daniel Martin. They dwelled in Lima.
  • Grandson Edward Kleman ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He wedded C.J. and has resided in Lake Cumberland, KY.
  • Grandson Philip Kleman ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He was united in wedlock with Elyse. They make a home in Lima.
  • Grandson Ronald Kleman ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). of Ottawa
  • Grandson George Kleman ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He was joined in matrimonty with Virginia. They have lived in Ottawa.
  • Granddaughter Teresa Kleman ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She wedded Richard Harman, and they make a residence in Kalamazoo, MI
  • Granddaughter Janice Kleman ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She married James Heller. Circa 2012, they were in Sylvania, OH.

Son Paul R. Kleman (1929-1989) was born in about 1929. In 1951, he married Edith Michel (1932- ? ), daughter of August M. and Selina (Boerger) Michel. The Klemans lived in Continental and were the parents of Linda Kleman, Ralph Kleman, Sandy Kleman, Ruth Kleman, Roger Paul Kleman, Dale Kleman, John P. Kleman, Pat Kleman and Mary Jo Kleman. The family grieved at the death at birth of son Roger Paul on June 1, 1959. Sadly, Paul died in 1989 at the age of 59 or 60. Burial was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in North Creek, Putnam County. Edith survived as a widow for decades. She remained in Continental in 2015.

  • Granddaughter Linda Kleman ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). 
  • Grandson Ralph Kleman ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). 
  • Granddaughter Sandy Kleman ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). 
  • Granddaughter Ruth Kleman ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). 
  • Grandson Dale Kleman ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). 
  • Grandson John P. Kleman ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). 
  • Grandson (?) Pat Kleman ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). 
  • Granddaughter Mary Jo Kleman ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). 


~ Son Harland Moore ~

Son Harland (or "Harlan") Moore (1912- ? ) was born in 1912. 

Circa 1959, he lived in Leipsic, Putnam County.

Nothing more is known.


~ Son Virgil W. Moore ~

Son Virgil W. Moore (1917-2003) was born on May 19, 1917 in Palmer Township, Putnam County.

He lived in Continental as a young man and earned his wages as a laborer.

On Nov. 28, 1939, when he was 22 years of age, he was united in marriage with 20-year-old Glenna "Bernece" Cassady (July 7, 1919- ? ), daughter of Howard "Scott" and Jesse Mae (Shubert) Cassady of Monroe Township. The nuptials took place in Putnam County, officiated by Rev. W.I. Spring of the United Brethren Church of Continental..

The Moores made their residence in Continental. They were the parents of Darold Allen Moore, Faye Alice Moore, Carolyn Morehead and Charlene Sprow.

Sadness spread over the family when son Darold died at birth in 1944.

Virgil passed into eternity on Jan. 21, 2003 at the age of 85.

Bernece lived another seven years as a widow. She succumbed to the angel of death at the age of 90 on Feb. 9, 2010, in Defiance, Defiance County, OH. She was survived by five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Burial was in North Mount Zion Cemetery, following a funeral service led by Rev. Brent Gibson.

Son Darrell Allen Moore ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 2010.

Daughter Faye Alice Moore ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 2010.

Daughter Carolyn Moore ( ? - ? ) wedded Ronald Morehead. In 2010, they dwelled in Defiance, OH. They produced a son, Rodney Morehead.

Daughter Charlene Moore ( ? - ? ) married Daniel Sprow. They made a home in Defiance. One known daughter was Kimberly Sprow.


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