Caswell County Genealogy
1882 - 1960 (78 years)
||Moore, Blanche Lydia  |
||10 Feb 1882
||Caswell County, North Carolina 
||14 Jul 1960 
||First Baptist Church of Yanceyville, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina
||23 Sep 2023 |
||Moore, Alexander Banks, b. 7 May 1879, Halifax County, Virginia d. 2 Oct 1958 (Age 79 years) |
||22 Jun 1910
||Blanch Baptist Church, Blanch, Caswell County, North Carolina
- Source: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 387-388 (Article #496 "Alexander "Sandy" Banks Moore and Blanche Lydia Moore" by Lois Moore Gardner).
North Carolina Marriage Records
Name: Sandy B Moore
Birth Year: abt 1879
Marriage Date: 22 Jun 1910
Marriage Place: Caswell, North Carolina, USA
Father: L T Moore
Mother: Sallie B Moore
Spouse: Blanch L Moore
Spouse Gender: Female
Spouse Race: White
Spouse Age: 26
Spouse Father: Jas B Moore
Spouse Mother: Bettie M Moore
Event Type: Marriage
|+||1. Moore, Laura Elizabeth, b. 27 Apr 1911, North Carolina d. 8 Oct 1991 (Age 80 years) [Father: natural] [Mother: natural]|
|+||2. Moore, Lois Byrd, b. 12 Jan 1914, Blanch, Caswell County, North Carolina d. 27 Nov 2006, Hillsborough, Orange County, North Carolina (Age 92 years) [Father: natural] [Mother: natural]|
| ||3. Moore, Frances Virginia, b. Abt 1918, North Carolina [Father: natural] [Mother: natural]|
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||23 Sep 2023 |
- Blanche Lydia Moore (1882-1960)
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Blanche Lydia Moore Moore (1882-1960) and Alexander Banks (Sandy) Moore (1879-1958) in 1912 (probably at their home in Blanche, Caswell County, North Carolina).
Blanche Lydia Moore Wedding Invitation
See: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 387-388 (Article #496 "Alexander "Sandy" Banks Moore and Blanche Lydia Moore" by Lois Moore Gardner).
Direct descendant of Spiers Walters and Lydia Stamps. The Caswell County community of Blanche was named for her (by her father who was the first postmaster at Blanche).
"I was about to give the same guess [as to the person for whom Blanch, North Carolina was named], although I didn't know that Blanche Moore's father had run the post office. Blanche Moore was a cousin of my grandmother's, Lydia Anne Watkins, and they were very close. I remember visiting "Cousin Blanche" as a child when she lived in the house the Moorefields own now. She was quite a lady, and Blanch can be proud to be named for her! My grandparents built the house in Blanch that Wayne and Linda Bray now own, and they raised a family of 11 children. After he turned his dairy farm over to a son, my grandfather also ran the post office and train station there. It was before my day, but have heard many stories of the "hobos" who road the trains during and after the depression and stopped in the area. My grandfather bought some beautiful pieces from peddlers who rode through (former shop owners who had lost all but their merchandise). Some of those things have been handed down through the family."
Source: JoAnn Watkins Warn Post to CCHA Facebook Wall 30 June 2010.
Mrs. Bettie Moore To Be Buried Today: Funeral services for Mrs. Bettie M. Moore will be held this afternoon at 4 o'clock at the home of B. E. Powell in Blanch, N. C. Mrs. Moore died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S. B. Moore, in Yanceyville yesterday evening at the age of 86. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. S. B. Moore. Yanceyville, N. C., and Mrs. R. N. Shearon, Bunn, N. C., one sister, Mrs. Lydia Watkins. Blanch, N. C. and one brother, A. H. Powell, Sutherlin, Va.
Source: The Bee (Danville, Virginia), 21 July 1938.
Blanch, Caswell County, North Carolina
Earlier, we had a lively discussion about the name of a community in northern Caswell County now called "Blanch." Apparently, the spelling initially was "Blanche."
Some believe the community took the name "Blanche" because the first postmaster there named the post office for his daughter. The postmaster was James Byrd Moore (1848-1900), and his daughter is Blanche Lydia Moore (1882-1960).
However, we found no evidence the post office was named "Blanche." After additional research here is what we did find:
Daniel Gunn Watkins (1857-1937) was a substantial land owner in the area now called "Blanch." When the area began to develop he named it: "Blanche." This was in honor of his niece, the above-mentioned Blanche Lydia Moore.
She was his niece by virtue of being a daughter of his wife's sister, Bettie Margaret Powell (1851-1938). Below is a photograph of his store. Note the name: "D. G. Watkins & Son Blanche, NC."
It appears that in 1890 the United States Postal Service designated the post office in this community as "Blanch." Thus, spelling of the name eventually shifted from "Blanche" to "Blanch."
1930 US Census
Name: Blanche Moore
Birth Year: abt 1882
Age in 1930: 48
Birthplace: North Carolina
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Home in 1930: Dan River, Caswell, North Carolina, USA
Map of Home: Dan River, Caswell, North Carolina
Street Address: Blanch Road
Dwelling Number: 257
Family Number: 263
Age at First Marriage: 28
Attended School: No
Able to Read and Write: Yes
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Able to Speak English: Yes
Household Members Age Relationship
Sandy B Moore 50 Head
Blanche Moore 48 Wife
Elizabeth Moore 18 Daughter
Lois Moore 16 Daughter
Francis Moore 12 Daughter
Name: Lydia B Moore
Death Date: 6 Jun 1959
Death County: Moore
Death State: North Carolina
Death Age: 81
Birth Date: abt. 1878
Source: Ancestry.com. North Carolina Death Collection, 1908-1996 [database online]. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005
North Carolina Death Certificates
Name: Blanch Lydia Moore
Birth Date: 10 Feb 1882
Birth Place: Caswell, North Carolina, United States
Death Date: 14 Jul 1960
Death Location: Reidsville, Rockingham
Spouse's Name: Deceased Sandy Moore
Father's name: James Moore
Mother's name: Bettie Powell
Residence: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
- Details: Obituary of Lois Byrd Moore Gardner (1914-2006) (The Caswell Messenger, 29 November 2006).
- Details: Gravestone at First Baptist Church of Yanceyville (Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina).