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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

5 Children Murdered

In 1899 the 5 Moore children were murdered. Injuries inflicted were throats cut, an axe to the head and the house set on fire....all by their father.

Carl, Mary, Pearl, Charlie & Lee Moore ranged in age from 3 to 13.

I have been on an emotional journey researching this tragedy. One sad piece is it appears that they sleep in an unmarked grave at Eastside Cemetery here in Hutchinson, KS. It has been a winding road of census records, marriage records, interment sheets, lot cards, many newspaper articles, prison and court records and I'm still not finished.

I brought this to the board meeting of our genealogical society on Monday with the hope that we will make this one of our community connections project and have a headstone placed on the gravesite.

A news article tells about the burial of the 5 white caskets in the EAST part of the cemetery. The interment sheet lists them in lot 851. They are not on the 851 lot card and this lot is in the WEST part of the cemetery. [Eastside has a small number of lots with duplicate numbers]. 851 A is in the EAST part of the cemetery. They are not on this lot card either but I feel this is where they are since their grandfather is in the lot next to it.

More to come...


  1. I do so hope you manage to have a tombstone erected for them.
    Bless You.


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