James Wesley Moe

ID # 92, (1856-1942)
FatherJohn Wesley Moe (1823-1904)
MotherSophia Augusta Lawrason (1834-1897)
BirthJames Wesley Moe was born on 14 October 1856 at Berlin, Ontario. 
MarriageHe married Emma Steele on 10 March 1886 at Simcoe, Norfolk County, Ontario; 007792-86 Town of Simcoe, Norfolk Co. James Wesley Moe, 29, bachelor,salesman, residing Simcoe, born Berlin, Ont. Parents John W. Moe and Sophia A. Moe. Emma Steele, 22, spinster, salesman, parents Matthias and Elizabeth Steele. Witnesses: Andrew Bouchner and Fanner Steele, of Simcoe. March 10, 1886, at Simcoe. Clergyman: Rev. W. Wellington Carson.

A duplicate registration shows Emma's birth place as Cayuga and her residence as Simcoe. 
DeathHe died on 13 October 1942 at Simcoe, Norfolk County, at age 85. 
BurialHe was buried on 16 October 1942 at Oakwood Cemetery. 
NoteInformation for James and Emma's birth dates comes from the 1901 census with the exception that James birthday shows a one day variance in his obituary in the Simcoe Reformer, dated 8th October, 1942. Information for their marriage dates and Emma's name comes from the Norfolk Genealogy website.

At the time of the 1891 census, James and Emma were living in Brantford. He was a commercial traveller and was age 34. Her age is given as 26. See T-6326, B2, page 18.

It may that James was enumerated twice in 1891. One transcription shows a J.H. Moe in Palmerston staying at a hotel. He is shown as a grocery salesman, age 35. A copy of the page is being sought.

James' obituary gives his date of birth as October 14, 1856, in Kitchener, which of course at the time was named Berlin. No children are mentioned. It does say that he is survived by his wife and two sisters, Mrs. Arthur Henry and Miss Effie Moe of London. Two living brothers are also mentioned, Douglas in Detroit and Husted in Regina. We know of Charles who predeceased James.

Some history for James is given in the obituary. It says that he ran a grocery business in Simcoe for some years and then worked as a traveller for Lever Bros. We know from city directory information that he lived in Toronto for his years with Lever Bros. The obituary says that he returned to Simcoe some 18 years prior to his death to retire.

He died in Norfolk General Hospital in the town of Simcoe. The funeral was held from his home at 72 Colborne St. North. 
Last Edited25 Jul 2012