Photo Album of California Pioneers (part 2)

Introduction: In this article, Melissa Davenport Berry showcases more pictures from a photo album of California pioneers, featuring the Osborn and Moore family lines. Melissa is a genealogist who has a website, americana-archives.com, and a Facebook group, New England Family Genealogy and History.

Today I continue with research and identification of a photograph card album in the collection of the Society of California Pioneers which holds the family pictures of New England-born Captain Joseph Warren Osborn (1818-1863) and his wife Lucretia Ann (Moore) Osborn (1821-1891). They married on 3 October 1852 in San Francisco, California.

To recap: Captain Joseph Warren Osborn of Salem, Massachusetts, is the son of William Osborn (1792-1892) and Anna Henfield (Bowditch) Osborn (1795-1857). He moved to California where he owned and operated “Oak Knoll,” a vineyard estate in Napa Valley. (See Part 1.)

Captain Osborn was murdered there in 1863, and in my next story I will cover the details.

Photo: Captain Joseph Warren Osborn. Credit: Society of California Pioneers.
Photo: Captain Joseph Warren Osborn. Credit: Society of California Pioneers.

The Moore Family Line

For today, I present photo cards relating to his wife Lucretia Ann (Moore) Osborn’s side of the family tree introduced in Part 1. Her parents are San Fransisco’s first postmaster Jacob Bailey Moore II, son of Dr. Jacob Bailey and Mary (Eaton) Moore; and his wife Mary Adams (Hill) Moore, daughter of Isaac Alexander and Hannah (Russell) Hill.

Although these two photo cards are not labeled, after careful comparisons of the individuals’ other portraits it is highly probable these two cards are Jacob and Mary.

Photo: Jacob Bailey and Mary Adams (Hill) Moore. Credit: Society of California Pioneers.
Photo: Jacob Bailey and Mary Adams (Hill) Moore. Credit: Society of California Pioneers.

Here is a card for Jacob Baily Moore II from the “California, Pioneer Migration Index, Compiled 1906-1935.” The information states that Jacob was born in Andover, New Hampshire, on 31 October 1797, the son of Dr. J. B. Moore (U.S. Army, 1772-1813), and he married Mary Adams Hill, sister of Gov. Isaac Hill of New Hampshire.

Photo: information card for Jacob Baily Moore II. Credit: FamilySearch.
Photo: information card for Jacob Baily Moore II. Credit: FamilySearch.

Jacob authored historical books including Memoirs of American Governors and Lives of the Governors of New Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay. His papers are housed at Harvard Library.

Here is a review of Memoirs of American Governors by the Saturday Evening News, reprinted in the Bellows Falls Gazette.

An article about Jacob Moore, Bellows Falls Gazette newspaper 16 October 1846
Bellows Falls Gazette (Bellow Falls, Vermont), 16 October 1846, page 1

This review states:

The first volume of Memoirs of American Governors, by Jacob Bailey Moore, Esq., of this city, has just been issued from the press. It contains the lives of John Carver, William Bradford, Edward Winslow, Thomas Prence, Josias Winslow, and Thomas Hinckley, governors of the Colony of New Plymouth, from the landing of the Pilgrims in 1620 to the union of the Colony with Massachusetts in 1692; and the lives of John Winthrop, Thomas Dudley, John Haynes, Henry Vane, Richard Bellingham, John Endecott, John Leverett, Simon Bradstreet, Joseph Dudley, and Edmund Andros, governors of Massachusetts Bay, from 1630 to 1689.

…Mr. Moore has hit upon a most excellent plan; and from the slight inspection we have had of the sheets, we have no doubt that his book, executed as it has been with the most scrupulous care and accuracy, will be welcomed by all who feel an interest in the early history of the country.

Additional Photo Cards of Moore and Allied Families

George Henry Moore (1823-1892) is the son of Jacob Bailey and Mary Adams (Hill) Moore. He married Mary Howe Givan (1819-1889), the daughter of John and Mary Ann (Evertson) Givan. Mary Howe Givan was the widow of Henry Smith Richards, the son of James D. and Caroline (Cowles) Richards.

Photo: George Henry and Mary Howe (Givan) Moore. Credit: Society of California Pioneers.
Photo: George Henry and Mary Howe (Givan) Moore. Credit: Society of California Pioneers.

Alice and George are two children born to George and Mary Moore. Alison “Alice” Givan Moore (1856-1910) married Thomas Edward Vermilye Smith (1857-1922), son of Edward and Elizabeth Breese (Vermilye) Smith. The couple left descendants. George Evertson Moore (1852-1891), a physician, died from influenza followed by pericarditis. He worked with the New York Dispensary as a visiting physician.

Photo: Alice and George Moore. Credit: Society of California Pioneers.
Photo: Alice and George Moore. Credit: Society of California Pioneers.

Mrs. Mary Ann (Everston) Givan (1798-1882) is the daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Howe) Everston, wife of John Givan, and mother of Mary Howe (Givan) Moore.

Photo: Mary Ann (Everston) Givan. Credit: Society of California Pioneers.
Photo: Mary Ann (Everston) Givan. Credit: Society of California Pioneers.

Susan Francis “Fannie” (Moore) Fallows (1836-1874) is the daughter of musician and composer Henry Eaton and Susan Dearborn (Farnum) Moore. (See: First Congregational Church Marriage Records 1825-1844.)

Fannie married Judge Joseph Warren Fellows (1835-1909), son of John and Polly (Hilton) Fellows. Their marriage is recorded in the Day Book of Jeremiah Smith Jewett: Volume One, January 1, 1854-December 31, 1869, edited by Brenda M. Polidoro, p. 536.

Photo: Susan Francis “Fannie” (Moore) Fallows. Credit: Society of California Pioneers.
Photo: Susan Francis “Fannie” (Moore) Fallows. Credit: Society of California Pioneers.

The photo album also has pictures of Lucretia Ann (Moore) Osborn’s uncle and wife. John Weeks Moore (1807-1899) is the son of Dr. Jacob Bailey and Mary (Eaton) Moore. His wife Emily Jane (Eastman) Moore (1809-1881) is the daughter of Abel Blanchard and Sally (Chandler) Eastman of New Hampshire. John was an editor and author of musical publications. He also authored historical works on slavery and politics.

Photo: John Weeks and Emily Jane (Eastman) Moore. Credit: Society of California Pioneers.
Photo: John Weeks and Emily Jane (Eastman) Moore. Credit: Society of California Pioneers.

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Note on the header image: the harbor of San Francisco, California, in 1851, with Yerba Buena Island and the Berkeley Hills in the background. Credit: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

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