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399. Mary M. DURHAM was born on 23 Jul 1867 in Chatham County, North Carolina.26,27,88,225 She died Cerebral Accident on 28 Feb 1956 in Guilford County, North Carolina.27 Buried in Green Hill Cemetery in Greensboro, North Carolina. Informant at death listed as "Mr. C. E. Durham" of Greensboro, North Carolina.

Mary M. DURHAM and Rev. Jacob Robert MOOSE were married before 1902 in North Carolina. Rev. Jacob Robert MOOSE (son of Jacob MOOSE and Nancy HOLT) was born on 28 Jul 1864 in Stanly County, North Carolina.27,225 He died Cerebral Hemorhage on 27 Aug 1928 in Guilford County, North Carolina.27 Buried in Green Hill Cemetery in Greensboro, North Carolina. Informant at death listed as "Mrs. J. R. Moose" of Greensboro, North Carolina. U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925
about J Robert Moose
Name: J Robert Moose
Birth Date: 28 Jul 1864
Birth Place: Near Albemarle, North Carolina
Residence: Rose Hill, PA, North Carolina
Passport Issue Date: 5 Oct 1921
Passport Includes a Photo: Y
Source: Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925 (M1490)

California Passenger and Crew Lists, 1893-1957
about Jacob R Moose
Name: Jacob R Moose
Arrival Date: 14 Nov 1924
Age: 60
Birth Date: abt 1864
Birthplace: Stanley CO, North Carolina, United States
Gender: Male
Ship Name: President Taft
Port of Arrival: San Francisco, California
Port of Departure: Kobe, Japan

From: Jackson Day
Date: August 22, 2009 8:58:24 AM EDT
To: "bdurham@mountainsidemedia.com

Subject: Durham - Moose
The Chongkyo Methodist Church of Seoul, Korea, is seeking to find descendants of its founders to celebrate their 110th anniversary next year. One of the founders is Rev. Jacob Robert Moose, who married Mary Durham.

I see you’ve got three children listed. Robert died of alcoholism in 1954, but is listed as divorced; Edith never married. You also list a Nancy, but it looks like you had trouble getting more information about her; and a church article on the occasion of Rev. Moose’s death says there were four children, which might be a mistake.

As a child of missionaries myself, I’m aware that the role is hard on families, which seems to have been the case here. I’m wondering if Robert had any children before he became divorced and died, and whether there’s any way of further tracking Nancy or the unnamed fourth child.

I got asked to do this research because genealogy is one of my hobbies, so I totally understand if this is a brick wall. But I thought I would ask!

Jackson H. Day

On Aug 24, 2009, at 1:01 PM, Jackson Day wrote:

Hi, Byron. My digging produced some results after I wrote. I put everything into Family Tree Maker, notably the notes sections, so attached is a “dump” of what I have. Probably much more than you want to know, but if anything there is of use to you, no sense reinventing the wheel!

Methodist archives in NJ found me a copy of the obituary write up in the Conference Journal the year after Rev. Moose died, which had some information.

You had the most information on JR Moose’s children Edith and Robert. I discovered that a search on Nancy led to paydirt, -- I think I did a search on Nancy, Moose, and Korea and it found an article about a book on Korea introduced by Nancy’s grandson in Cleveland, Ohio. The article mentioned Nancy as Nancy Cheney, and as a grandmother to a young boy she was talking about this exotic land she had grown up in. The article mentioned the names of the Moose missionaries, which is how Google found it, and also the name of the writer.

I have not yet found the name of the Cheney that Nancy married. Their daughter, who apparently grew up in New Jersey, was Helen E. Cheney, who married a college classmate named Richard E. Jacobs. Jacobs just died this year (2009) and is a rags to riches story; he ultimately became the 4th largest shopping center developer in the country, with assets approaching a billion dollars. His son, named in the Korea article above, is making his name in the entertainment business, primarily gambling. There is now a lawsuit going on between him and his cousins about distribution of some of the funds Richard E. Cheney earned with his brother David.

All this is public record. Only one article mentions Richard E. Jacobs’ wife Helen, and the marriage that ended in 1983. The otherwise complete biographical article about him says he won’t talk about her. She’s not mentioned in his obituary, presumably written by her son or his family. I assume there is bad blood. I’m curious because I have Cheney ancestors and there’s an off chance that we might be related!

Jackson Day

Date: August 24, 2009 2:55:41 PM EDT
To: Jackson Day
Subject: Re: Durham - Moose

Hi Jackson,
With the information you gave me, I have been able to find "Nancy Chaney" in the 1930 Census for Union County, New Jersey (Cranford - District 8). Here's the listing:

John F. Chaney (Head), age 26 - married @ age 22, born in South Carolina (Parents born in South Carolina) Occupation was "Electrical". They were "renting".
Nancy (wife), age 28, married @ age 24, born in Korea Asia (Parents born in North Carolina)
John F., Jr., age 3 (son), born in Illinois
Helen E., age 2 (daughter), born in Illinois
Henry Chaney, age 21 and "single" (brother), born in South Carolina (John F. Chaney's brother)
Eva Chaney, age 50 and "widowed" (mother), born in South Carolina (John F. Chaney's mother)
John B. Tennant, age 20 and "single (boarder), born in South Carolina (Possibly a cousin)

At this point, I do not have access to the 1940 census with Ancestry.com. If you can view the 1940 census, or any birth records for this area in New Jersey, this might lead to additional children with this family.

Knowing the name of Nancy's husband - John F. Chaney, his mother, Eva Chaney, and brother, Henry, it should be quite easy to follow this family back to South Carolina.
I'll keep looking. Thanks for the info.

Byron K. Durham

Date: August 24, 2009 3:22:08 PM EDT
To: Jackson Day
Subject: Re: Durham - Moose

Hi Jackson,
One more bit of news.
I found the 1920 Census for Chester County, (Chester - District 25) that has the following listing:

Elliott P. Chaney (Head), age 41, born South Carolina (Parents born in South Carolina), Occupation: Manager in an Ice Plant
Eva, (wife), age 40, born in South Carolina (Parents born in South Carolina)
John Francis, (son), age 16, born in South Carolina
Helen (daughter), age 14, born in South Carolina
Hall G. (son) (Probably the "Henry" found in 1930), age 11, born in South Carolina
Mary J. (daughter), age 9, born in South Carolina.

Mary M. DURHAM and Rev. Jacob Robert MOOSE had the following children:



Mary Geraldine MOOSE.



Nancy Elizabeth MOOSE.



Edith Key MOOSE was born on 17 Mar 1904 in Seoul, Korea.27,225 She died Pulmonary Tuberculosis on 12 Feb 1932 in Guilford County, North Carolina.27 Buried in Green Hill Cemetery. Informant at death listed as "Mrs. Mary Moose" of Greensboro, North Carolina. Never Married.



Robert Morrison MOOSE.