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Cyrus Moffat

Cyrus Moffat[1]

Male 1851 - 1934  (83 years)

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  • Name Cyrus Moffat 
    Gender Male 
    Born 17 March 1851  Dixon, Lee Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    • Birth year recorded on the death certificate is 1854, but this does not agree with other data.
    Clergy?
    Occupation Farmer, minister  [5
    Religion Congregationalist, Presbyterian  [5
    Residence after 17 March 1851  Amboy, Lee Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    • Place of birth was near Amboy, Lee County, Illinois.
    Residence 1860  Amboy, Lee Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1860 U.S. Census
    Residence 1872  Allison, Butler Co., Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Cyrus relocated to Iowa with his parents
    Residence December 1873  Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • At Madison, Wisconsin, for marriage to Helen R. Nichols.
    Residence 1878  Fairmont, Fillmore Co., Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Obituary of Helen R. Nichols cites that the couple moved to Fairmont in 1878.
    Residence June 1879  Dixon, Lee Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • At illinois in 1879 for the birth of Maude Moffat
    Residence 1880  Geneva, Fillmore Co., Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • U.S. Census, Geneva, Fillmore County, Nebraska
    Residence 1885  Curtis, Frontier Co., Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Nebraska State Census, page 298A, Frontier County
    Residence about 1888  Curtis, Frontier Co., Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Not sure exactly concerning the date; children appear on Frontier County, Nebraska, 1897 school census, his father James died in Curtis, Nebraska.
    Residence 1897  Thomas, Custer Co., Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Obituary of Helen R. Nichols cites that the couple moved to Oklahoma in 1898.
    Residence 1 September 1908  Thomas, Custer Co., Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Land deed signed in Custer County, Oklahoma for the farm at Thomas.
    Residence 1910  Deer Creek, Custer Co., Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1910 U.S. Census, Page 177
    Residence 1920  Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Returned to Nebraska after living in Oklahoma.
    Residence 23 August 1926  Frontier Co., Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Marriage to Martha Headley occured in Nebraska.
    Residence 26 August 1930  Frontier Co., Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Marriage to Mrs. Colebank occured in Nebraska.
    Residence 9 September 1931  Thomas, Custer Co., Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The Curtis Enterprise, 09/17/1931, reports that Cyrus Moffat relocated to Oklahoma
    Residence 1934  Thomas, Custer Co., Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Finally he returned from Nebraska and remained in Oklahoma until death.
    Died 19 December 1934  Thomas, Custer Co., Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12
    • Buried at Mound Valley Cemetery, Thomas, Oklahoma Lot 1, block 49
    Buried after 19 December 1934  Mound Valley Cemetery, Thomas, Custer Co., Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • Lot 1, block 49. Services were held at the Baptist church in Thomas, Oklahoma.
    Person ID I58830  Clan Moffat Genealogy
    Last Modified 15 June 2007 

    Father James Speirs Moffat,   b. 1791, Loch Erin, County Fermanagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 March 1888, Curtis, Frontier Co., Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years) 
    Mother Ellen Baskerville,   b. 1818, Youghalarra, County Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 August 1862, Amboy, Lee Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Family ID F41077  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Helen Rebecca Nichols,   b. 18 December 1845, Brockport, Monroe Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 January 1921, Thomas, Custer Co., Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 28 December 1871  Leeds, Columbia Co., Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 14, 15
    Children 
    +1. Grace Underwood Moffat,   b. 26 September 1876, Dixon, Lee Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 December 1966, Norman, Cleveland Co., Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    +2. Maude Muzzette Moffat,   b. 24 June 1879, Dixon, Lee Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1947, Thomas, Custer Co., Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +3. Marcey Moffat,   b. 20 September 1881, Fillmore Co., Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 August 1904, Stockville, Frontier Co., Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     4. Frank J. Moffat,   b. 8 July 1884, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 September 1918, Mulvane, Sumner Co., Kansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
     5. Elizabeth “Lizzie” Rebecca Moffat,   b. 1888, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 June 1932, Petaluma, Sonoma Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
    +6. Edgar Cyrus Moffat,   b. 21 July 1889, Frontier Co., Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 February 1974, Boulder, Boulder Co., Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Family ID F41079  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Martha Adeline Covey,   b. 12 November 1855, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 January 1928, Stockville, Frontier Co., Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 23 August 1926  Frontier Co., Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 16
    Family ID F41097  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 3 Delphia Wolf,   b. about 1852, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 26 August 1930  [10, 16
    Family ID F41098  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Cyrus Moffat
    Cyrus Moffat
    Image supplied by C A Hocker.
    Cyrus Moffat and Helen Nichols
    Cyrus Moffat and Helen Nichols
    Cyrus and Helen at an older age.
    Image supplied by C A Hocker.

  • Notes 
    • The Curtis Enterprise
      17 September 1931
      Page 8

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      MR. AND MRS MOFFAT ARRIVE IN OKLAHOMA
      -----
      Thomas, Okla., Sept. 14, 1931

      Editor The Enterprise,
      Curtis, Nebraska.

      Thinking you would like to hear from us and how we got through will drop a line. We started from Curtis Sept. 7th and arrived here the 9th at 4 P.M. Made 200 miles a day. Had the old Ford loaded down and bucked a strong south wind every day I think.

      We done pretty well for a pair of old people past middle age.

      So we are here and fixing up to stay. I suppose some will say we left Curtis because they cut down the shade trees and the street, but we came south to miss a hard winter, as our clothing was to light for a hard winter. It is rather dry here but not as warm as is was in Curtis.

      Cotton picking has commenced, but the price is away down like everything else. Plenty of feed for stock. Not much wheat being planted, price is 27 cents.

      I can almost see the old people setting on the east side street in the morning and west in the afternoon, will close.

      CYRUS MOFFAT.
    • Extract of a letter from John Hofferber, dated 06/29/2000:

      My mom remebers visiting he relatives out at Curtis with her folks in the late '20s, early '30s. Of course, Helen Moffat's brother Abe Nichols & his descendants lived in that area, too. Mom couldn't get over how Cy's wife at that time twiddled her thumbs the whole time they were there, first one way, then the other. Just sat twiddling her thumbs. A family historian out there, Donna Hazen, told mom that was Martha (Headley) Moffat. Mom is still amazed about that!

      My uncle Maury Nichols remembered "uncle Cy" Moffat. He said he would pick uncle Maury up like he didn't weigh anything. Maury didn't know "uncle Cy's" last name at the time, just that he was his father's uncle.

      Sarah Berneice Armstrong told me that my mother was named after Helen Moffat. We have an old snapshot of the 2 Helens.
    • Buried at Mound Valley Cemetery, Thomas, Oklahoma, Lot 1, block 49 . Family records list DOB as 1851, but it is listed at the cemetery as 1854. Doctor Ryan attended the death of Cyrus Moffat as per cemetery notes.

      06/17/2000 phone conversation with Sarah Berneice Harman Armstrong:
      Cyrus was a member of the church choir, and he had a resonant bass voice. He so enjoyed singing.

      More Frontier County, Nebraska. marriage Records show: Moffat, Cyrus 23 Aug 1926 to Headley, Mrs. Martha Moffat, Cyrus 26 Aug 1930 to Colebank, Mrs. Delphia



      {Cyrus Moffat was the son of James and Ellen Moffat. He was the third son of a family of six children. He was born near Amboy, in the county of Lee, state of Illinois, on the 17th day of March 1851.

      His death occurred at his home in Thomas at 8 O’clock Dec. 19, 1934, at the ripe old age of 83 years, 9 months and 2 days.

      He grew to manhood in his native state, but at the age of 21 he came west with the family of his parents, settling at Allison [Butler County] in the state of Iowa. It was there he was united in marriage to Helen [Rebecca] Nichols of Madison, Wisconsin on Dec. 26 1873. His wife preceded him in death, passing away on Jan. 21, 1921. To this union six children were born, two sons and four daughters. One son and two daughters preceded their father in death, Marcy, Frank, and Lizzie, passing away in 1906, 1918, and 1931, respectively. Those living are Mrs. Grace Delaney and Mrs. Maude Estes of Thomas and Frank and Willard of Colorado.

      After living in Iowa for a number of years, Mr. Moffat moved to Nebraska and later to Oklahoma where he lived on a farm near Thomas, Oklahoma.

      In 1920 he moved back to Nebraska, and later returned to Oklahoma, residing in Thomas till the time of his passing away.

      While he resided in Nebraska he gave his heart to his Savior and became a member of the Congregational Church. He continued in the fellowship of that church till he came to Oklahoma when he became a member of the Presbyterian Church. After that church gave up its work in Thomas, he being liberal mind in brother hood and fellowship worshipped with the people of God wherever the opportunity offered. He continued steadfast in the faith of his Savior till the end.

      Besides the three children already mentioned, he leaves to mourn his departure, one sister, Mrs. Eliza Youtzey, of Allison, Iowa, eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. One of his grandsons, the oldest one Leonard [Lennard[ Estes, was the constant companion of his grandfather through his latter days and was a great comfort and help to him.

      There are also many other relatives and friends who are grieved at his taking away, as the ripened grain in the shock his four score and three years were soon passed by reason of strength, yet he was soon cut off and flew away, and hence it is true, "We spend our years as a tale that is told."

      The funeral service was held at the Baptist Church in Thomas on Thursday afternoon at 2 P.M. The Rev. Alspaugh of the M.E. [Methodist-Episcopal] Church leading the services, assisted by Reverends Wright , Evans, William and Dearing.

      The remains were laid to rest in the Mound Valley cemetery by the side of his companion who had preceded him in death by almost 14 years.

      ===> This is a three page, hand-written document discovered amongst papers of Ruby Ellen Estes Sisk, grand daughter of Cyrus Moffat. The author is unknown. 07/04/2000 Nona Neufeld Estes Eberhardt thinks she copied the text from a newspaper.
      }
    • 1860 U.S. Census, Amboy, Lee County, Illinois, page 181
      A male child listed is Silas. His age is that which Cyrus would have been at the time. Perhaps this was a spelling error on the part of the census-taker. Also, the surname was spelled as Moffit on the census, however, it is known that the family preferred Moffat.
    • {







      From: BSandi8239@aol.com
      Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2000 08:45:15 EDT
      To: chocke01@ix.netcom.com

      I will tell you what I know which is very little detail about the cemetery
      and such in western Nebraska. Many years ago when I was researching the
      Nichols Tree ---probably around the late 1980's or early 1990's, Bill and I
      drove to Curtis to meet with a relative who had extensive records of Abraham
      Lincoln Nichols, the brother to my William Herbert Nichols. In fact the two
      brothers had been close and even after marriage, they helped one another out
      when times were tough. Abe brought his family to Fillmore County to live at
      one point because things weren't going well out in Frontier County or
      whereever. Abe's wife died when the kids were young and he really had to
      rely on his oldest kids to keep things together. The stories I heard were
      wonderful and so interesting relating to the family. The lady, Donna Hazen,
      drove with us all over the country side showing us the farms where the family
      lived. I saw where Cyrus and Helen made their home. Of course it had
      changed since they lived there but it was very interesting to see the
      different landscape as it is rough terrain out there and not really easy to
      farm. Our land is flat, flat, flat. One relative in western Nebraska got
      careless and drove his tractor to close to the edge of a deep ravine and
      tumbled off with the maching and was killed. No danger of that where we
      farm. I guess you could fall down an uncovered well if it was not sealed
      properly but that would be the deepest hole you could find. I believe I told
      you about the buffalo wallow that is on or near our property where the
      buffalo came to cool off in the summer. And it does get hot, hot, hot. But
      I digress again---

      Donna told us about the Stockville, NE cemetery which is down the road from
      Curtis. That is where Cyrus bought the lots if this is indeed true. We were
      just too hot and dusty by this time to go and visit the cemetery. We should
      have. I looked in my trusty Funeral Home directory and the name you referred
      to is still listed. They should respond but since the cemetery is in another
      town, they may refer you to the cemetery director or caretaker there. I have
      a phone number if you wish to call them. Bill is urging me to get dressed
      and get our errands run so I won't take the time to look it up unless you get
      back to me. I have found that the funeral homes do not keep records as to
      who owns the lots as they depend on the cemetery directors to do this and to
      probe the grave site and open the grave for the interment. I have had my
      experience dealing with cemeteries since starting to visit them and finding
      mistakes, also placing markers on unmarked graves of relatives (all my
      expense of course) and correcting the spelling of graves markers. I
      discovered the twin sons of Edgar and Lillie Nichols were buried in Fairmont,
      NE and the name was spelled wrong. I mentioned it to the director as I
      insist on meeting with them regarding the many questions I have---you can
      tell I am a BIT PAIN as I do this research!!! So let me know if you are
      having difficulty with this Nebraska question as I can call out there at
      little or no charge--I think. Bill's cell phone is a flat rate and I believe
      I can jump in on a few calls without a problem. Keep me posted. Billie



      }
    • Surname was spelled on death certificate as MOFFATT.
    • 07/29/2000
      Sarah Berneice Harman Armstrong recalls the time when Cyrus Moffat met his third wife, Martha Headley: “He couldn’t get back to Nebraska quickly enough!”

      09/14/2000: Ruby Estes Sisk said there was hardly anyone who did not know her grandfather Moffat. He was a big man, had a deep voice, and people paid attention to what he said. He was such a good man.
    • WISCONSIN MARRIAGE RECORD Registration 00512
      Page 25

      Date of Registration: Dec. 30, 1871

      The color: White

      Full name of husband: Cyrus Moffatt

      Full name of wife previous to marriage: Helen Nichols

      Occupation of said husband: Farmer

      Residence of said husband: Butler, Iowa

      Birthplace of said husband: Illinois

      The place, town, or township, and county where the marriage was contracted: Leeds, Columbia County, Wisconsin

      Time when the marriage was contracted: Dec. 28, 1871

      By what ceremony contracted: Religious

      Name of person pronouncing marriage: E.D. Farmham

      Residence of person last married: Sun Prairie Wis

      Names of subscribing witnesses:
      D.O. Nichols
      Wm. Nichols

      Date of certificate of marriage: Dec. 29, 1871

      Name of the father of said husband: Jas. Moffatt

      Name of the mother of said husband: Ellen Moffatt

      Name of the father of said wife: Wm. Nichols

      Name of the mother of said wife: Mary A. Nichols
    • CYRUS MOFFAT, OLD-TIME CITIZEN, DIED WEDNESDAY
      ----------------

      Cyrus Moffat, well known citizen of this community and an old-timer, died at his home in this city Wednesday morning about eight o'clock. The late Mr. Moffat had been in feeble health for a long time and his death was not wholly unexpected by relatives and close friends.

      The late Mr. Moffat was a native of Illinois and was born at Dixon on March 17, 1851, and was eighty-three years, nine months and two days old at the time of his demise.

      Rites were held at the First Baptist church Thursday afternoon.

      More details of his life and activity will be published next week.

      ********

      THOMAS TRIBUNE
      12/20/1934
      PAGE 1, COLUMN 2.

      NOTE:
      Unfortunately, the Oklahoma Historical Society reported that the following week's collection of this newspaper is missing.
    • Lived north of the Groat farm. When Frank DeLaney became ill, his father-in-law, Cyrus Moffat, came from Nebraska to help. Grace sent W.W. Horton to the train station in Kingfisher to meet Cyrus Moffat. Grace said he would be the tallest man there, about seven feet.

      Walter Horton remembers that Cyrus always wanted him to sit on his lap for a nickle, but Walter was afraid of Cyrus because he was such a large man.
    • 04/12/2001 Conversation wit Srah Berneice Harman Armstrong [age 98]

      Grandpa Cyrus Moffat cameacross the Missippi River during the winter. Grace and Maude had been born at this time.

      “I remember often hearing this story of crossing the great river, amd my grandmother did not viit her parents again.”

  • Sources 
    1. [S413] Reunion data file, submitted by C A Hocker.

    2. [S336] Death Certificate of Cyrus Moffat.

    3. [S330] Death certificate of Maude Moffat Estes.

    4. [S334] Burial Records, Funeral home records indicate the birth year as 1851, which would yield an age of 84 years at death.

    5. [S335] Memorial notes written around the death of Cyrus Moffat by unknown family member.

    6. [S332] 1910 U.S. Census, Page 177, Custer County, Oklahoma, Birthplace listed as Illinois.

    7. [S331] Genealogy of Mrs. Billie Sandifer, BSandi8239@aol.com, 1880 Census, Geneva, Fillmore County, Nebraska, Page 8.

    8. [S331] Genealogy of Mrs. Billie Sandifer, BSandi8239@aol.com, Cyrus Moffat appears on the 1885 Frontier County, Nebraska, census.

    9. [S337] Abstract record, Dr. E.H. Cooke to Cyrus Moffat: The southwest quarter (SW 1/2) of Section Fifteen (15), in Township Sixteen (16) North, Range Fifteen (15), W.I.M., containing 160 acres, more or less.

    10. [S338] Nebraska Marriage Index.

    11. [S336] Death Certificate of Cyrus Moffat, The death certificate lists death time as 7 A.M.; with birth date as 17 Mar 1854 and death date 19 Dec 1934, stating the age as 83 yrs. 9 months 2 days; this does not calculate correctly, as it yields age 80 years.

    12. [S335] Memorial notes written around the death of Cyrus Moffat by unknown family member, This document indicates that the span of his life was 83 years, 9 months, 2 days; time of death 8 A.M. which time is not consistent with the death certificate.

    13. [S334] Burial Records, Funeral home records indicate the birth year as 1851.

    14. [S342] Maude Moffat’s notes, Mark Nichols found a marriage date of 28 December 1870.

    15. [S343] Wisconsin Vital Records, Marriage record for Cyrus Moffat & Helen Nichols.

    16. [S344] Nebraska Marriage Index.


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