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Lemuel Moffat[1, 2]

Male 1875 - 1906  (31 years)


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  • Name Lemuel Moffat  [1
    Gender Male 
    Born 15 March 1875  Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto Co., Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 11 June 1906  Cayote, Bosque Co., Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Valley Mills, Bosque Co., Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I59199  Clan Moffat Genealogy
    Last Modified 24 February 2002 

    Father James Speirs Moffat, Jr.,   b. 12 August 1838,   d. 1 May 1907, Cayote, Bosque Co., Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Mary Pierce,   b. 18 August 1849, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 December 1930, Clifton, Bosque Co., Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Family ID F41119  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Myrtle Mackey,   b. 28 December 1889,   d. 11 June 1906, Cayote, Bosque Co., Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Odell (Hoot) Moffat,   b. 1905
    Family ID F41390  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Lemuel and his wife died in a mysterous house fire at their farm at Cayote, Texas.
      See newspaper articles and story in family book.
    • Lemuel's wife and himself also in a house fire is just too strange isn't it. All of my life my Mother told me a story about someone in the family that both were killed in the bed and the
      baby was left and the house set afire. She never knew who it was by the way
      she acted. Then when I was doing my reasearch, I found an old newspaper
      article that was unbelievable! The story in the newspaper said that he had
      sent his wife's little sister (that was living in the home with them ) with
      the baby and commanded her to take the baby and go to his Mother's house
      that was nearby. She did and it was in the night, so the Grandmother was
      concerned and went to Lemuel's house and saw that it was on fire. She broke
      down the door and found Lemuel and his wife, Myrtle lying across the bed
      dead from gun shots. The newspaper said that apparently Lemuel had killed
      his wife and then himself after setting the house afire. There was a
      billfold outside thrown out of the house with about $200. in it (which was a
      sum of money in 1906. I found a living relative that told me that there was
      a man by the name of Mackey in the tree watching the fire and said that he
      had seen a group of men circling the house and they had set it afire.
      Apparently this was a dark secret in the family, because no one in the
      family ever mentioned this and this was my grandfather's brother and his
      wife, Lemuel and Myrtle.
      The story my Mother always told us was that they had been murdered and the
      baby left and had to do with some monies that the baby would inherit.
      Myrtle Mackey's father wanted to raise the baby, but Lemuel's Mother would
      not let him. She raised the baby herself and later gave him the property
      that Lemuel owned.

      We will never know the true story, but I found it quite interesting!
      Especially that nobody in the family ever mentioned their deaths. Actually,
      when my sister and I visited the graves of James S. , Jr. and Mary Moffatt,
      I saw their graves in the same cemetary plot and I thought then that must be
      the couple that Mother had always told the story about because they died on
      the same date. Then a few months later, at the historical society in
      Meridian, Tex., I was looking at old newspaper articles to see if it was in
      there and I couldn't believe it when I found it! [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S371] eMail message, from La Nell Cook.

    2. [S413] Reunion data file, submitted by C A Hocker.



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