Known in Death as "Mary Cecelia" Vosburgh
On our 1992 visit to St. Louis, my mother and I visited the beautiful and tranquil Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis where we knew my 2nd great grandfather, Thomas A. Moore, was laid to rest. While there, we looked about for headstone markers of other family members and made notes of possible relations, including one headstone for "Mary Cecelia Vosburg."
Vosburgh, also spelled Vosburg, was the married name of my mother's great aunt Beulah. She was, during the course of my mother's life, the widow of Roy D. Vosburg, and had resided in Webster Groves with her widowed sister, Mabel (Moore) Jones. The name Mary Cecelia, however, was not a familiar given name - not even to my mother who often spent time with her Aunt Beu.
It was not until recent years when I began looking for Beulah's death certificate online at Missouri Digital Heritage, and matched the date of birth and name of parents, that I realized this Mary Cecelia and Beulah were the very same person.
Additional knowledge of Beulah/Mary Cecelia prior to this search:
- Daughter of Thomas Anderson Moore and Clarissa Vanbergen (Pilcher)
- Born Beulah Abrams Moore in St. Louis, Missouri on 13 Mar 1887
- Named after her brother Tom's girlfriend (whom he did not marry)
- Beulah had just turned three when her mother died in April of 1890
- Listed in 1900 census residing with father in Central Twp., St. Louis Co., MO
- Married Roy David Vosburg, was mother of Sheldon, Winston, and Althea
|Alms House, Lancaster, Pennsylvania|
I thought perhaps something might show up in the Vosburg family that would explain the name change, so I researched further into this family and learned a little more about Roy David Vosburgh. He appears to have descended from Abraham Vosburg of the Netherlands. His father was Tunis, who was born about April 1840 in New York and was listed in the 1850 census residing in Galen, Wayne Co., New York. He was the the son of John Vosburgh and Christiana (Race) and served in the 9th New York Heavy Artillery. His mother was Clara B. (Sieber), who was born in Pennsylvania in about August 1855 and was the daughter of David and Anna Elizabeth (Whitmer). According to the census records, she appears to have been the caregiver of Roy and Beulah's sons - Sheldon and Winston, and died in 1931. She was laid to rest at Union Cemetery in Mifflintown, Juniata Co., Pennsylvania.
So although I can not explain the use of the two names, I have been able to confirm that the headstone marker belongs to her. Thanks to my cousin Marsie for Beulah's obituary and the group football photo of Roy from Eastman college. Also, my thanks to Pete Witze who shared his Vosburgh research and ideas with me; and finally to Connie Nisinger who provided the headstone photos, Vosburgh burial information, and the death/obit clipping which allowed me to positively confirm the use of both names.
As always, I welcome your comments and emails, and appreciate you taking the time to share a little piece of history with me. If you have additional information, or a link to the families, please email me as I would enjoy sharing information. For more information on Beulah and the Vosburgh family, you may be interested in visiting my Moore & Pilcher website.
Thanks for sharing!
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