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Sally's Parents:

John Raynor Moore 1892-1969his parents  
& Gladiola (Ola) Parker 1895-1974
her parents 
of Powellsville, North Carolina

(actually lived in Hertford Co just over the line at Maple Lawn.) 


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Wedding Picture- group, May 20, 1925, Sarem, NC

Mr & Mrs. John Raynor Moore on their Wedding Day


          This is my working hypothesis - the way I see it as of this moment!! 

     John Raynor Moore and Gladiola Parker were married at her home in Sarem, Gates Co, NC on 20 May, 1925. A wedding supper and guests were awaiting them on their arrival at Maple Lawn, Raynor's ancestral home in Hertford Co. NC, given by his friends from Powellsville. The next morning, Johnnie, Raynor's mother, said to Ola, "Since Raynor is running the farm, I'm turning the house over to you." The household included his mother, invalid father, sister, brother, hired man and the hired girl.
     The house was located back in the woods, a mile from the mail-box. It was surrounded by many aged oaks and one maple for which it received its name. Water was drawn from the well located about 100 yards from the kitchen door. Oil lamps provided light in the evening. Cooking and heating was with wood. The wash was done in big tubs on the back porch with a scrubbing board and there was a big black pot to boil the white clothes in. The pot was used to make the soap for washing the clothes, and also for scalding the hogs, making the lard, and preparing the chitlings at hog-killing time.


   ola.jpg (11086 bytes)    Gladiola "Ola" Parker, daughter of Tim Parker and his wife Tennie Rountree, was born on Friday, 1 Feb, 1895 at Sarem, Gates County, NC.  On Sundays her family not only attended Reynoldson Baptist Church where they were members but often were found at services of the Sarem Christian Church which  was just a couple of hundred yards up the road from their home. She attended school in the old Reynoldson Institute building across the road from the church. 
    She early set her sights on a college education and enrolled fall of 1913 at Chowan College in Murfreesboro, NC. At the end of the year her mother informed her she had spent all the money allotted for her education the first year.   
   Grandmother was always one for doing something in style if you were going to do it.  Ola was outdone, but the money was spent and as the saying goes "What's gone is gone". She managed to get herself a job teaching school 1914-15 in a two teacher school at Blue Button, where she lived with her aunt Sally Pond. (A Sanderlin cousin was the other teacher.) With her hard-earned money she returned to Chowan and worked her way through -graduating in 1920.
    She then took a position in Middlesboro, KY, where she taught three years losing her job because someone's relative wanted it. The excuse being Chowan was not accredited when she graduated. As Chowan was then accredited she returned and earned a B.S. in 1924. She studied that summer at Columbia U. in New York City.In the fall she started teaching at Mars Hill High School at Trap in Bertie County. 
    The first week-end Raynor Moore came over to a social to look over the new crop of teachers --was introduced to Ola, and was favorable impressed until he decided he had to step out on the porch and smoke. Ola immediately said, "Mr Moore, I have no interest in any man who either drinks or smokes." 
      Well Raynor was in agreement that drinking was not a good thing,  having experienced what it was doing to his father, but smoking was his vice and one he didn't intend to give up and he told her just that. The two of them parted each thinking the other a most insufferable person and vowing to have nothing to do with the other ever again.  
     It so happened that a few weeks later Hersey Miller's girl went home with Ola to visit her home and Hersey was to pick them up at the train station in Ahoskie and bring them back to Mars Hill. Not realizing what had exchanged between Ola and Raynor and not wanting to have two girls on his hand for the ride home, he invited Raynor to go with him as there was this really neat woman he though Raynor would really like. So, Raynor and he met the train. 
     Well there they were-- two people who detested each other but for their friends they both felt they had to be polite to the other and after the ride back to Mars Hill each had decided the other wasn't all that bad after all. The next week Raynor  invited Ola to go for a ride in his Reo. Ola accepted but her housemother insisted she go along as chaperon. 
     Soon Ola decided to take him over to Gates County to meet her parents. Raynor had been very careful not to smoke in her presence; but coming home while they were crossing the Chowan River at Winton in the dark on one of those flat  barge ferrys, Raynor got out of the car to smoke a cigarette. Ola was frightened, and cried out, "Raynor, smoke if you wish! but don't leave me here in this car alone!"      After that, Romance prevailed and in May, they married --after Raynor rid himself of a West Virginia fiancee! who was a  friend of Jack & Bessie Moore, and installed a pump at the back door! But smoke he did. 
[Note. Just before this incident a few miles away at Parker's Ferry, a car had rolled off the ferry into 30 feet of water  on 21 Nov 1924 and 5 women and 1 man were drowned.]
       Mother managed Maple Lawn with aplomb. Car loads of relatives sometimes arrived at meal time unannounced and Mother fed them all a gracious plenty within minutes. All of her married life, she taught the Adult Class of the Sunday School at Bethlehem. She also organized the Maple Lawn Home Demonstration Club with her neighbors and was its perennial President (Several times president of the County organization as well.) She was grade parent year after year often for more than one child at a time. She sewed all our clothes. Kept a large garden. Canned most of the food we ate in winter. Raised 300 chickens each year--for eating and eggs. Remember, it was a big old house, heated by fireplaces, lit by oil lamps and no running water; she managed it all without complaining.
      "You know there was only one time I really got mad with your father. He had come up from the field early for lunch--and he was standing there watching me put the clothes through that hand wringer between the wash tubs. 'Ola is that thing worth all that money you paid for it?' 'All that money indeed! Just look at all that equipment you have rusting out on the front lawn and you begrudge me $10.00 for something that helps me with my work.'"
       In her 50's Mother developed diabetes--we had fewer desserts after that, but plenty of good food. All six of her children received a college education. Mother died 31 January, 1974 and was buried beside her beloved Raynor at the Jones Hole.


  John Raynor Moore, son of Arthur Cotten Moore and his wife Johnnie Florentine Rayner, was born 29 March, 1892 at Maple Lawn, Hertford Co., NC. Little toe-haired Raynor was doted upon by both sets of grandparents, not to mention numerous aunts and uncles.

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1901 Moore Brothers: Jim, Cotten, Raynor & Percy

       He dropped out of Mars Hill High School in the tenth grade (there were 11 grades then) as he thought Algebra and Latin silly and was misbehaving in class. "I need you here to help me farm if you cannot keep up your studies," his father told him. And so it was. He was somewhat jealous of his brother Jim who went on to graduate from Ahoskie High School and became a book-keeper. His father hearing of a corn club then (1909) being organized in Hertford County involved his son in it. Raynor won the award for the best record. 
       When the first World War broke out, Raynor and his brother Cotten were drafted and they both spent 18 months of the war on the front lines in France. My father was a runner, held the rank of Corporal, serving with the 5th Division, Tenth Regular Brigade under General Pershing. He received several commendations. One for coolness under fire ("We were walking across an open square when a sniper opened fire. I dropped to the ground face down and played dead. When night finally came I just got up and walked out.")
        Another for capturing about 10 prisoners single handed ("Those Germans had been watching us, waiting for someone to whom they could safely surrender. I generally took a walk into the country every evening. One day as I walked by a garden wall they just rose up with their hands in the air and I escorted them to the holding area. The war was over-we were all just waiting for the papers to be signed.")
       "Right at the very end we were assigned a new commanding officer right out of Officer Training School. He was anxious to fight a war when the war was all over-- he gave my buddy who had been through the whole war  with me a direct order to do something very foolish and my friend was killed doing as he was told. So I told that damn fool kid just what he was! getting a good man killed for--nothing."         Raynor finished his service as a private. He was always mad that all the celebrating of the Victory was over before he got home.
        He was a farmer and was perfectly happy thereafter being 'the big fish in his little pond."  He rode spirited horses and later drove sporty cars.  He had a fine tenor voice and sang often in local productions as a young man. He was a deacon of Bethlehem Baptist Church for over forty years.
       Daddy had his grandfather's idea of clothes and status. He had had a blue-serge suit tailor made for his wedding; he wore it for every important occasion in his life except once when his girth had grown even too much for Ola's magic with the needle. Never in his entire life did he own or wear trousers or overalls made of blue denim.
        His daily visits to Powellsville were a legend; some came just to catch his commentary on the news at the country store. When the younger men were organizing a Lions Club, his friends said they already had a club--"the Liars' Club" and Raynor Moore was its president as he was the greatest liar in Powellsville. I remember once he was busy grading tobacco and didn't go to town for three days, a delegation came out to see how bad off he was.
          In the summer of 1951, while Daddy was in the hospital with his first heart attack, we had the house wired and got electricity. In 1953 after Hazel left the place in shambles, Daddy decided that since he had to build the porch back anyway after one of the giant trees fell on it, he might as well put in the kitchen, utility, and bathrooms Ola had been wanting. Raynor continued to use the old toilet outside until it got really cold that winter--and then he refused to flush after every use as that was "a big waste of water." Ola sometimes wished he had kept on using his grandfather's outhouse. For his bath he continued to carry a bowl of warm water to his bed room and took a sponge bath. He was not going to be like his friend Walter Casper who got stuck in a bath tub and couldn't get out--and he died un-immersed except for the time in the creek when he joined the church.   The telephone was installed about 1958.
A third massive heart attack killed him early in the morning 21 January, 1969.    Dressed in his prized blue-serge suit he was buried in the family cemetery at the Jones' Hole on a cold rainy day attended by hundreds.



1943: J. R., Ola, John, Julia, Jane, Helen, Sally, & Arthur

Children of John Raynor Moore and Gladiola Parker:
1.  John Raynor Moore Jr. 21 Feb 1926 - 24 Feb 1926
2.  John Raynor Moore III [Jr] 21 Dec 1926 - 27 Aug 1998 obit

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2nd World War John Jr - John was drafted early because the local draft board
 got him mixed up with his brother who died soon after he was born.
after a year of ROTC at this college in GA, he served 3 years in Calcutta India
discharged from active duty he joined the local National Guard QM Unit
which was activated at the outbreak of the Korean war
the previous year he had attended and graduated from the newly reopened Chowan Jr College
with plans to attend UNC  in Chapel Hill
John and one other of the Unit were sent to Korea
John found himself in charge of a Grave Registration unit

        married Nov 1951 Cecile Ward Harris 23 Mar 1931-19 Jan 1994
           a. James Elliott Moore
           b. Deborah Jane Moore [Daniels]**

                   i. Leslie Daniels
                      married Nicholas Hoffman

                               1. Abigail Grace Hoffman
                   ii. Corey Douglas Daniels
                married 2nd Franklin Leigh
           c. John Raynor Moore III
                   i. John Raynor Moore IV
                   ii. Elise Lane Moore
                  iii. Benjamin Ethan Carter Moore

           d. Michael Parker Moore
                   i. Joshua Thomas Moore
                  ii. Hannah Grace Moore

3.  Julia Godwin Moore 1929 
        married Lewis Sellers Lawrence 1 April 1925 - 25 March 1997
           a. Helen Ann Lawrence [Carson]
                   i. Keri Beth Carson
                  ii. Andrew Duncan Carson

           b. Charles Andrews Lawrence
           c. Catherine Ruth Lawrence [Spruill]

                   i. Amy Laura Spruill
                   ii. Justin Lawrence Spruill

           d. John Raynor Moore Lawrence
                   i. Daniel Sellers Lawrence
                   ii. Anna Alexia Lawrence
           e. Sellers Crisp Lawrence
           f.  Susan Elizabeth Lawrence [Walthers]
4.  Lydia Jane Moore 1930 
    married Robert Abner Holloman III
           a. Robert Raynor Holloman
                    i. Troy Anthony Holloman
                   ii. Jameson Parker Holloman
                  iii. Robert Earnest Holloman

           b. Harry Hunter Holloman
                    i. John William Holloman
                   ii. Hal Holloman

           c. Melissa Jane Holloman [Roberts]
                    i. Joshua Tulley Roberts
                   ii. Lydia Anne Roberts
                  iii. Edward Payne Roberts

           d. William Abner Holloman 5 June 1970 VA -  9 May 2005 College Park GA
5.  Helen Elizabeth Moore 1934 
    married 1st Bill Moses Britton **
           a. Phillip Moore Britton
           b. Mary Margaret Britton [Yearwood] **

                   i. William Ward Yearwood
                   ii. Jane Margaret Yearwood

           c. Elizabeth Moses Britton [Ellis]
                   i. Julia Faith Ellis
                  ii. Sushma Joy Ellis***
                 iii. Elena Ellis

    married 2nd John Zappia d. 13 Feb 2007
6.  Sally Parker Moore 1937
         married Robert Charles Koestler
           a. Julia Ann Koestler [Pinsonneault]
                   i. Madeline Moore Pinsonneault
                  ii. Max Hauser Pinsonneault

           b. Jane Elizabeth Koestler [Karpinski]
                   i. Robert Koestler Karpinski
                   ii. Elizabeth Koestler Karpinski

           c.  David Charles Koestler
7.  Arthur Cotton Moore 25 May 1939 - 12 Oct 1998 
         married 1976 Hope Helig **
           a. Chip Moore*
           b. Mark Moore*
           c.  Lee Moore*
           d. John Moor
e*


Moore Family At the Parker Reunion
Aug 1951: J.R., Sally, Ola, Helen, Arthur,
Grandmother Tennie Parker, Jane

Although we lived just over the line in Hertford Co, we were considered part of the Powellsville Community. We attended school there through seventh grade and went to High School in Ahoskie.

Moore Family 1961

Egg Hunt 1967              At the front Gate, the Swing and the Bell

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Fallen Giant - 1970
Julie helping Davie, Susie, Jane, JR, and Mike


their children:  John,   Julia,  Jane,  HelenSally,  and  Arthur          

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