Emelia Ann Moore was born December 27, 1846. The next day, Iowa became the 29th State of the Union.
Emelia moved to the new state with her parents and siblings when she was nine years old.
She married David Jordan in 1868, and became the parents of ten children. My great grandmother, Laura Jordan Goff, was their firstborn.
Laura’s next three siblings died while still youngsters. When Laura was eight years old, a sister was born who would grow to adulthood with her, along with five more children.
After Emelia was widowed in 1913, her oldest granddaughter Leora stayed at Monteith. They stopped in town to visit Emelia’s youngest son, Fred Jordan, who was Leora’s young uncle. Fred was married to Rectha, whose brother was Clabe Wilson.
That’s how Leora and Clabe met!
I am the keeper of Emelia’s vinegar cruet, a small plate with poppies, and a birthday card she sent her granddaughter Leora before 1911.
The only thing better than an heirloom, is an heirloom from you motherline!