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The Moore Connection

Two Moore families are intertwined with our Morgan/Ryset families


In the picture above are John Thomas Moore, his wife Annie Andersen Moore, and their family. Those who are familiar with our Morgan/Radford/Ryset families will recognize John Thomas Moore because he looks like his brother Willard Cook Moore who married our Annie Lydia Morgan.

The Moore Connection

(And History for the John Thomas and Annie Moore Family)


Sandy Moore Clark


James K Morgan

Our "Moore Connection" story is centered around two Moore brothers, Willard Cook Moore and John Thomas Moore, and begins with their parents, Joseph Moore and his wife Emma Cook Moore.

Joseph Moore was born 6 October 1834 in Borrowash, Derbyshire, England and died 2 August 1866 in Goshen, Utah. Emma Cook Moore was also born in Borrowash, Derbyshire, England on 11 April 1836 and died 17 December 1862 in Goshen, Utah. Joseph Moore was a silk glove maker in England before he came to America. Joseph and Emma were married on the ship 'Charles Buck' while crossing the Atlantic to America in 1855.


Joseph Moore

On the trip to America Joseph Moore was part of the "William West" party, which included William, Sarah, Harriet, and Ann Cook West. They were originally listed in the passenger log of the ship "Helios," which was set to sail on 23 Nov 1854. During the night there was a storm and the ship "Helios" was damaged when a small ship called a 'brig' collided with the "Helios," breaking the ship's bulwarks. The passengers had to find new lodgings in Liverpool, until they were able to embark on the "Charles Buck." Emma Cook, who was not listed as a passenger on the "Helios" was listed as a passenger on the "Charles Buck." Emma may have either been accidentally omitted from the Helios list or she may have decided to join the exodus to America during the two month wait necessitated by the damage to the Helios.

The ship "Charles Buck" departed 17 January 1855 from Liverpool, England with 403 passengers, all converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints headed to Utah. The Charles Buck was a clipper ship (wooden sailing ship) under the charge of Captain Smalley. The LDS church leader was Richard Ballantyne. At least some of the people on this voyage were assisted in their travel to America by the LDS church perpetual immigration fund, which advanced needed passage money and allowed the recipient to work off the debt once they were in America.

On board the ship 'Charles Buck' with Joseph Moore and his wife Emma Cook was Emma's sister Ann Cook who was married to William West (father of Sarah West), Sarah West (who married Edward Morgan), and Harriet West (sister to Sarah West). (William West's first wife, Hannah Twig West, mother of Sarah West, died in Borrowash, England 20 Jan 1844). William West remarried to Ann Cook 23 Nov 1854, about 2 months before sailing on the 'Charles Buck' to America. William West was Joseph Moore's uncle so Joseph Moore and Sarah West were cousins.

They arrived at the port of New Orleans 14 March 1855. The onboard marriages were listed in the last entry which was made on March 9th. The wedding of Joseph and Emma Cook Moore was simply given as the 22nd. But the January 22 log entry by President Richard Ballantyne leads us to believe he performed the marriage on January 22nd, 1855.

They traveled up the Mississippi River on the steamer "Michigan" to St. Louis which took 11 days. The entire company from the ship traveled at the same time. The river was low, so not many boats were running. There was only one steamboat in port for St. Louis, they had to pay $3.50 per head for passengers over 14 years, and for children between 1 and 14, it was half price, infants free. In a postscript Richard Ballantyne wrote: "Before our people came on board, there were about one hundred and fifty other deck passengers on the boat, which makes it very unpleasant, inconvenient and unhealthy. But the Saints are generally in good health at present and I trust through our efforts and the blessings of the Lord, not many of them will perish."

Joseph Moore and his brother John Moore were raised in England by their maternal grandparents, William and Hannah Winterton West (Parents of William West, David West and Ann West Moore). They joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in England and traveled to America with their mother's family, the Wests. Joseph traveled to America, and on to Utah, with his uncle William West's family. Joseph and the William West party left Mormon Grove about the 1st or 2nd of July 1855 and reached the Salt Lake Valley 25 September 1855. His brother John traveled to America with his uncle David West, a brother to William West. John and the David West party left England by ship on 6 January 1851 and left St. Joseph, Missouri in a wagon train bound for Salt Lake City on 25 May 1853. They arrived in the Salt Lake Valley 27 September 1853.

David West

William West was the father of our Sarah West who married Edward (Ted) Morgan. Click on the link above to read a life history for his brother David West.

Joseph Moore's younger brother John was born 4 October 1838 in Borrowash, Derbyshire, England and died 20 February 1920 in Spanish Fork, Utah. He married 1 October 1860 to Caroline Hicks in Spanish Fork, Utah. Caroline was born 1 March 1844 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois and died 9 May 1878 in Spanish Fork, Utah.

Younger Brother John Moore

Both the John and Joseph Moore families moved South to Spanish Fork in the Provo area in about 1856.

John Moore and his wife Caroline stayed in Spanish Fork but Joseph and Emma moved south to Goshen either in late 1858 or early 1859. Their son John Thomas Moore was born 3 May 1858 in Spanish Fork, Utah and his brother Willard Cook Moore was born 16 November 1859 in Goshen, Utah. Goshen was a new settlement at this time and LDS families were being sent there to colonize the area.

Emma Cook Moore died in Goshen 17 December 1862, leaving her husband, Joseph Moore, with five children, ages 6, 4, 3, 1, and a newborn infant. Their child Emma Caroline Moore was born 17 December 1862 and her mother Emma Cook Moore died less than 24 hours later. Her son Willard Moore, who was 3 years old, remembered his mother at home being prepared for burial. They had laid her on planks set on chairs and washed her hair. It reached the floor where it was laid on papers to dry. Her hair was black, she had dark grey eyes and was very pretty. This was the only memory Willard had of his mother.

Faced with the loss of his wife and the care of five small children, the heartbroken Joseph Moore was forced to separate his family. He also wasn't well. He had consumption (tuberculosis). Each of his children was placed in a different foster home.

Joseph Moore's oldest son, also named Joseph, died Oct. 30, 1865, at the age of 9 yrs, three years after the death of his mother. Then, just nine months after the death of his oldest son and four years after the death of his wife, Joseph Moore, who had been ill for some time, also died in Goshen 2 August 1866, leaving the four remaining children, now ages 8, 7, 5 and 4, orphans.

The orphaned John Thomas Moore, who was born 3 March 1858, was raised by his uncle John Moore of Spanish Fork. The orphaned Willard Cook Moore, who was born 16 November 1859, and separated from his ill father when he was three years old, went first to live with a Timmins family who were paid to keep him. After his father died the money stopped and Willard was put in another foster home, the Wilkersons. Here he was whipped and locked in a dark cellar when he misbehaved. In 1872, when he was 13, he ran away and caught a ride to Spanish Fork where his Uncle John lived. His uncle John and aunt Caroline had three children of their own and were keeping Willard's brother John Thomas. Caroline may not have been well. She died six years later, at the age of 34. They were not happy at the prospect of taking in Willard. When Thomas Morgan came to Spanish Fork to visit in 1872, Willard Cook Moore returned with him to Leamington, Utah where Willard subsequently made his home with the Edward Morgan family.


In the picture above are three of the orphaned children of Joseph and Emma Cook Moore, two of which, Willard Cook (1859-1946) and John Thomas (1858-1935), are central to our Moore Connection story. Willard Cook Moore is on the left, Emma Caroline Moore Hicks (Center), and John Thomas Moore is on the right. Emma Caroline Moore Hicks was born 17 December 1862 at Goshen, Utah, Utah married Robert Hicks 25 December 1882, and died 14 December 1918. She is buried in the Spanish Fork, Utah Cemetery.

For many years we believed it was happenstance that Willard Cook Moore came to live with the Edward and Sarah West Morgan family. But the research of Sandy Moore Clark brought to our attention that the Moore and West families were related and traveled together to America from England. Ann West was born 15 November 1815 in Borrowash, Ockbrook Parish, Derbyshire, England and died 28 June 1840 in the same place. She married Thomas Moore (7 July 1813-1 February 1844) who was the father of our Joseph Moore who came to America. William West was born 3 February 1808 in Borrowash, Derbyshire, England and died 8 June 1878 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. He married Hannah Twigg (25 August 1809-20 January 1844). William West and Hannah Twigg were the parents of Sarah West who married Edward (Ted) Morgan. William West came to America on the same ship with our Joseph Moore and his wife Emma Cook Moore. So Joseph Moore, the father of our John Thomas Moore and Willard Cook Moore, was a cousin to Sarah West, wife of Edward Morgan. Or, to make it more clear, Willard Cook Moore was taken in and raised by his fathers cousin.

Willard Cook Moore became a member of the Edward Morgan family, where he lived and worked for the next seven years. During this period he fell in love with Edward Morgan's daughter Annie Lydia and, in 1879, when she turned 15, he married her. Willard often said that he was like Jacob of old in that he, like Jacob, had to work 7 years for her family in order to marry the woman he loved. Willard and Annie Lydia were part of our Morgan family and stayed close to the Thomas and Edward Morgan families the rest of their lives (See the history of Edward and Sarah West Morgan on this website-there is a link at the bottom of this page). Willard Cook and Annie Moore traveled and pioneered with our Morgan/Radford/Ryset families and settled with them in the Shelton, Idaho area. (For more information on Willard Cook Moore see the history of Willard Cook Moore and his wife Annie Lydia Morgan Moore on this website-there is a link at the bottom of this page).

Willard's brother John Thomas Moore met and married Annie Andersen in Utah. Annie Andersen was born 30 November 1861 in Gislum, Aalborg, Denmark. Her father was Mogens Andersen and her mother was Ane Katrina Jorgenson. Her mother converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Denmark and brought Annie and her brother to America when Annie was only six months old. They boarded the ship 'Franklin' in Hamburg, Germany which sailed 8 April 1862 with 413 Scandinavian Saints under the direction of Christian A. Madsen. More than forty children had died on ships from Measles but Ane Katrina and her two small children made the journey safely. They arrived in New York 29 May 1862 and traveled on to Spanish Fork in September of that same year. Annie's father did not make the journey to America and later her mother married again in Utah, this time to George Babcock.

Ane Catherine Jorgensen Andersen Babcock

John Thomas Moore and Annie Andersen married 8 January 1880 in the old endowment house in Salt Lake City. John Thomas Moore's uncle John gave them a horse and wagon when they got married. John Thomas already had one horse he had received for work he had done. This team of horses and wagon was all they had to start their married lives with. They lived and farmed in the Thistle and Clinton, Utah areas and John Thomas worked building the Denver and Rio Grande railroad between Salt Lake and Denver. Annie spent lots of time alone and was very afraid of the Indians when they lived in the remote Thistle.

In the spring of 1897 John Thomas made a trip to Shelton, Idaho to visit his brother Willard. Times were hard in Utah and John Thomas decided living conditions were better and there was more opportunity to get ahead in the Upper Snake River Valley where Willard lived. So, while in Idaho, he made arrangements to rent one farm and purchase another. He returned to Utah having resolved to move their family of 8 children to Idaho. Farming families usually moved in the fall after crops were in and that fall John Thomas and the four boys (Joseph Thomas, George, John, and Ernest) headed to Idaho with three horses, a cow, and all their belongings in a wagon. Annie went on the train with the four youngest children. They arrived about October 30, 1897.

Willard Cook and John Thomas Moore Family Pictures

The John Thomas and Annie Andersen Moore family settled on land south of Prospect (later renamed Shelton) in the Willow Creek area at the base of the foothills where Willow Creek emerges from the canyon (called the Antelope Hills or just Antelope). At first they lived in one room of the Charles Martin home and the first winter was very hard. They had little to eat, mostly rabbits and molasses. Their first home was a two room log cabin. It had a dirt roof and the walls were covered inside with a fabric called "factory." This held the mud plaster from falling down. They made beds on the dirt floor at night and had to take up the beds in the morning before they could prepare breakfast. The Moore family lived in one room and the Jim Angus family lived in the other room. They later bought the Jim Angus farm.

Farming, and the building of canals to supply the farms with water, were the primary occupations in the Shelton area when the John Thomas and Annie Moore family settled there in 1897. The great feeder headgate had just been finished in 1895 and numerous canals had recently been or were in the process of being built; the Anderson, Eagle Rock, Farmer's Friend, Enterprise, and Riley. Work on these canals provided supplemental employment for our families. Edward (Ted) Morgan was the first watermaster for the Enterprise. John Thomas Moore was the watermaster for the Enterprise Canal for many years. Willard Cook Moore was the watermaster for the Great Feeder Canal Company for 30 years.

A large Morgan/Radford/Ross/Ryset/Brown family clan had settled in, and were farming in, the Shelton, Idaho area prior to 1897. Francis Daniel (Frank) Ryset (stepson of Thomas Morgan) had married Thomas Morgan's granddaughter Sarah Priscilla Morgan, and they were farming an 80 acre homestead near Shelton and a dry farm in the Antelope hills south of Shelton. And so it was inevitable that the boys of the John Thomas and Annie Anderson Moore family would come into contact with the girls of the Francis Daniel (Frank) and Priscilla Morgan Ryset family. A family bond was formed between the Morgan/Ryset/Moore families when the two oldest Ryset sisters Nora and Violet Viola married brothers George Moore (in 1907) and John Moore (in 1916).

After his children married and grandchildren began to arrive, John Thomas Moore realized that with his large family he would need more land in order to provide each of his large family of boys with a suitable home. So, sometime after 1910, he purchased what was known as the Martin place, one hundred sixty irrigated acres that lay between the Upper Shelton and the Shelton roads. George and Nora Moore moved into the two room log house on the place and took care of it until the land could be divided among the boys.

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The children of John Thomas and Annie Andersen Moore were:

(Excellent life sketches for each of the John Thomas and Annie Andersen Moore children can be read by clicking the links below. These histories also add more detail to the life history of John Thomas and Annie Andersen Moore).

(1). Joseph Thomas Moore, born 17 May 1882 and died 17 October 1943. Unmarried.

Joseph Thomas Moore

(2). George Moore, born 25 March 1884 and died 27 September 1946. Married Nora Ryset 10 April 1907.

George Moore

(3). John Moore, born 17 March 1886 and died 14 January 1935. Married Violet Viola Ryset 13 December 1916.

John Moore

(4). Ernest Moore, born 4 July 1887, died 3 December 1966. Married Clara Viola Cole 10 April 1907. Married second to Nellie Mae Morgan 1 July 1949.

Ernest Moore

(5). Baby Moore (Female) born 28 February 1889, died 28 February 1889.

(6). Willard "A" (Bill) Moore, born 14 January 1890, died 26 August 1967. Married Edris Lee 28 September 1933. Edris was born in 1908 and died in 2004.

Willlard A (Bill) Moore

(7). Wesley Moore, born 30 September 1891, died 27 October 1951. Married Alice L. Brown 4 April 1917. Alice was born in 1894 and died in 1973.

Wesley Moore

(8). Leon Moore, born 14 May 1893, died 24 August 1893.

(9). Annie Moore, born 23 July 1894, died 8 September 1968. Married Jesse Clay Ritter 20 October 1917. Jessie was born 12 February 1893 and died 9 January 1947.

Annie Moore

(10). Ralph Moore, born 1 August 1896, died 10 March 1974. Married Florence Johnson 4 January 1928. Florence Johnson Moore was born in 1909 and died in 1999.

Ralph Moore

(11). Florence Moore, born 14 May 1899 and died 31 July 1973. Married Melvin Robert Jordan 25 September 1920.

Florence Moore

(12). James Reed Moore, born 16 September 1907, died in 1989. Married Florence Manwaring 26 May 1930. Florence Manwaring Moore was born in 1911 and died in 1996.

James Reed Moore

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John Thomas Moore died 16 June 1935 and his wife Annie died 27 May 1939. Willard Cook Moore died 6 April 1946 and his wife Annie Lydia died 6 January 1943. They are all buried in the Shelton Cemetery.

The "Memories" section, accessed by clicking the link below, is a collection of memories of John Thomas and Annie Andersen Moore written by family members.

Memories of John Thomas and Annie Andersen Moore

Moore Group Pictures

There are two important family connections in our "Moore Connection" saga.

The first connection, which already existed at the beginning of our story, was between the Moore familes and West families, which were related and traveled together from England to America. Sarah West and Joseph Moore who both traveled to America on the 'Charles Buck' were cousins. Joseph Moore's mother, Ann West Moore, was a sister to Sarah West's father, William West.

The second connection was made when the Moore's married into our Morgan/Ryset family in America. Willard Cook Moore married a Thomas Morgan granddaughter (Annie Lydia). And two of the sons of John Thomas Moore (George and John) married Thomas Morgan's great granddaughters (Nora and Violet Viola Ryset).


In the picture above are five of the children and one grandchild of John Thomas and Annie Andersen Moore. They are, left to right: grandson Clarence R Moore (1918-2004)(Son of John Moore and Violet Viola Ryset Moore), John Moore (1886-1935)(Husband of Violet Viola Ryset Moore), Wesley Moore (1891-1967), Ralph Moore (1896-1974), George Moore (1884-1946)(Husband of Nora Ryset Moore), and Joseph Thomas Moore (1882-1943).

This picture is included here because our old time families usually dressed up and went to a photography studio to have family pictures made. The picture at the top of this page is a beautiful example of this practice which, unfortunately, has been largely lost since the advent of the personal cameras. The picture immediately above, however, illustrates an important point about our families. They were farmers who worked hard in dirty and often dangerous farming work. The high boots were worn when the danger of rattlesnakes was present on the wild land they were pioneering. Heavy cotton and wool clothing were worn for protection against brush, rocks and wood splinters. Our farmer ancestors were hard working people who benefited but little from their labor and built much that they left for later generations. We are very proud of them and grateful for the sacrifices they made for us.

George and Nora Ryset Moore

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John and Violet Viola Ryset Moore

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Nora Ryset Moore four generations

Click on the link above to go to a page with four generation pictures of Nora with her mother, her grandmother, her daughter and her granddaughter.

Willard and Annie Morgan Moore

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Shelton Cemetery and Moore Legacy

Click on the link above to be taken to a picture of the Willard and Annie Morgan Moore homestead and Shelton cemetery. Willard and Annie Morgan Moore donated a corner of their homestead to be used as the Shelton cemetery.

Nora Moore Tyler's history for Willard Cook Moore

Click on the link above to be taken to a history for Willard Cook and Annie Morgan Moore written by their daughter Nora Moore Tyler.

Edward (Ted) and Sarah West Morgan

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Gravestones for John Thomas and Annie Anderson Moore

Click on the link above to see pictures of the headstones for John Thomas and Annie Anderson Moore in the Shelton cemetery.