Beginning in the 1970's I wrote to the orphanage, where she and her brother were raised, in order to obtain any type of family information. I wrote repeatedly for several years and each time I wrote I would get a tidbit of information and would be mailed a document or two. Each revealing a clue but never the entire story of why she and her brother were brought there.
|Application for Admission|
My Grandmother remembers being told by the Nun's her mother was killed by the "Indians". They told my Grandmother that she was shot in the head. (My grandmother did have a small scar).
|The Killing of my Great Grandmother and two of her children|
|Letter indicating Martin Moe's death|
Bertha Moe my grandmother (1903 - 2000) had an opportunity to be adopted a few times but rejected the family's and chose to remain an orphan in the convent. She left the orphanage at 16 yrs, married, became a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and lived to be 87 years. She is found in census records in the orphange as a "servant" and after her marriage.
Harold Theodore Moe (1901 - 1947) left the orphanage at 14 yrs, worked various jobs such as barber and hospital aide. He got in trouble with the law, stole a patient's radio and spent a year in San Quentin prison for it. My mother once told me she thought he had a child with an unmarried woman. My mother said she never saw that child. Unfortunately, he died as a result of alcoholism at the age of 46. He is found in census records in the orphanage as a "servant". Once he was no longer in the orphanage he can not be found in census records - although he should be in California as my mother saw him on occasion in Los Angeles area.
Father - Martin Moe - one document indicates he was born in Norway. We read of him in that article of the killing of their mother. Then not again until the letter indicating his death in Culiacan, Sonora, Mexico. I can not find him in any census records at all. It is believed he spent most of his life working mines in Mexico.
Mother of Bertha and Theodore - documents state mother and father were married in Mexico and the children were born in Mexico. Therefore she should be in census records from Mexico. I have no knowledge of her name. I have no records on her.
Block Wall! I'm stuck at Martin Moe and his unnamed wife. Since documents indicate they married and had children in Mexico I would expect to find them there, anywhere between 1850 - 1908. If anyone has any tips on how to locate them I would appreciate it.