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Moorefield, Esther True

Moorefield, Esther True

Female 1906 - 1999  (92 years)

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  • Name Moorefield, Esther True 
    Born 4 Apr 1906  Roxboro, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Reference Number 343 
    Died 14 Mar 1999  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Mountain View Cemetery, Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I341  Caswell County
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2022 

    Father Moorefield, Elijah Johnson,   b. 17 Oct 1868, Bedford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1937, Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother James, Ada Belle,   b. 20 Dec 1870, Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1955, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 18 Feb 1891  Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Reference Number 2200 
    Family ID F49  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lea, Samuel Earl,   b. 10 Dec 1901, Halifax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1993, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 24 Dec 1929  Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 13478 
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F277  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Apr 1906 - Roxboro, Person County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Dec 1929 - Danville, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Mar 1999 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mountain View Cemetery, Danville, Virginia Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Esther True Moorefield
    Esther True Moorefield Lea and Buttercup
    Elijah Johnson Moorefield Family
    Elijah Johnson Moorefield Family
    Esther True Moorefield Painting Owned by Sherill Smith Hudson
    Esther True Moorefield Lea Self-Portrait in Charcoal
    Esther True Moorefield Lea
    Esther True Moorefield
    The Heart Whispers
    Esther True Moorefield Lea Art Exhibit
    Esther True Moorefield and Samuel Earl Lea
    Esther True Moorefield Lea and Samuel Earl Lea
    Esther True Moorefield and Naomi Ethel Moorefield 1995
    Violet Bye Moorefield Smith and Esther True Moorefield Lea

    Documents
    Moorefield Daughters Birth Records
    Moorefield Daughters Birth Records

    Headstones
    Samuel Earl Lea and Esther True Moorefield Lea
    Samuel Earl Lea and Esther True Moorefield Lea

    Newspapers
    Bartlett Yancey High School Class of 1924 Honored at Upchurch Home
    The Heart Whispers Book Review 1964
    Esther True Moorefield Lea Newspaper Article
    Esther True Moorefield Lea Art Exhibit

  • Notes 
    • Esther True Moorefield (1906-1999)

      Esther Moorefield

      Esther True Moorefield Lea (1906-1999)

      Esther True Moorefield Lea (1906-1999)

      The Heart Whispers (Esther Moorefield Lea)

      The Heart Whispers Review 1964

      Esther True Moorefield Lee

      Earl and Esther Lea Grave Marker

      Esther True Moorefield Lea and Naomi Ethel Moorefield Prewitt 1995

      Violet Bye Moorefield Smith and Sister Esther True Moorefield Lea

      Elijah Johnson Moorefield Family

      (for larger image, click on photograph)
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      Last Photograph: The Elijah Johnson Moorefield Family at Purley, Caswell County, North Carolina (c.1940). Left-to-Right:

      Back Row: Alice Velma Moorefield, Lula May Moorefield, Elijah Johnson Moorefield (father), Ada Belle James Moorefield (mother), Minnie B. Moorefield, Leona Moorefield, Verna Brent Moorefield.

      Front Row: Violet Bye Moorefield, Arthur William Moorefield, Virginia Inez Moorefield, Naomi Ethel Moorefield, Esther True Moorefield.
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      Penultimate Photograph: Violet Bye Moorefield and Esther True Moorefield Lea.
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      Review of The Heart Whispers: Statesville Record And Landmark (Statesville, North Carolina), 15 October 1964.
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      Bartlett Yancey High School Class of 1924

      Entertainment for the senior class was provided at the Yanceyville home of "Mr. and Mrs. Upchurch." While not confirmed, this probably was local lawyer Ernest Frederick Upchurch (1877-1960) and Mary Constance Stroupe Upchurch (1882-1968).

      Winners of the "flower contest" were: James Slade; Esther Moorefield; Annie Hatchett; Carmine Poteat; and Edna Goodson.

      Source: The Bee (Danville, Virginia), 17 May 1924, Saturday, Page 5.
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      Ester L. Moorefield married Samuel Earl Lea of Danville, Virginia. Her book of poetry, The Heart Whispers, was well received when published in 1964. In ____, she was named Poet of the Year by the Maryland State Poetry Society.

      Mrs. Lea Named Poet of Year

      Esther Moorefield Lea has been named Poet of the Year by the Maryland State Poetry Society. Mrs. Lea's husband, Earl, accepted the award in her behalf at a recent Poetry Day Luncheon in the Sheraton Belevdere Hotel in Baltimore. Mrs. Lea, unable to be present because of a recent operation, sent a letter of thanks in which she said she was "deeply grateful for the honor bestowed upon me and feel that I am not deserving of it, but will try to be in the future." Mrs. Lea has published a book of poems, "The Heart Whispers," and is working on two other books. One is an illustrated children's book and the other is a book of poems that bears the title "The Journey."
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      "The Heart Whispers"

      Esther True Moorefield Lea (1906-1999) was an accomplished artist and poet. Below is a review of her 1964 published collection of poems -- "The Heart Whispers."

      Review of The Heart Whispers: Statesville Record And Landmark (Statesville, North Carolina), 15 October 1964.

      Catalogue of Copyright Entries 1965

      She was named Poet of the Year by the Maryland State Poetry Society. At the time Vincent Godfrey Burns was Maryland Poet Laureate.

      In 1937, Samuel Earl Lea was an agent for Mutual Insurancy Agency, living with wife Esther Moorefield Lea at 434 West Main Street in Danville, Virginia.
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      Esther True Moorefield Lea (1906-1999) completed at least fifty paintings, including:

      1. "Family Pet" - a small picture of a horse.
      2. "Pink Ocean" - a lovely seascape.
      3. "Lombardies" - a garden that contains two tall Lombardy poplars.
      4. "Grecian Columns" - a formal garden aglow.
      5. "Serenity" - vista of a peaceful valley.

      6. "Fury of the Sea" - shows great breakers beating on a red reef.
      7. "The Firebird" - an abstract painting of a wild bird in flight.
      8. "Ocean" - shows a long stretch of beach with breakers under a waning moon.
      9. "Horizon" - a view of the western Rockies.
      10. "Laguna Beach" - reveals the blue waters of a cove on a California beach.

      11. "Sound and Silence" - an ethereal reproduction of one of nature's many moods.
      12. "Spring" - brings to life the burgeoning colors and rich tints of Springtime.
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      North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000
      Name: Esther True Moorefield
      Date of Birth: 4 Apr 1906
      Birth County: Person
      Roll Number: B_C078_66001
      Volume: D-10
      Page: 172

      1910 US Census
      Name: Ester L Moorefield
      Age in 1910: 4
      Estimated birth year: abt 1906
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Home in 1910: Olive Hill, Person, North Carolina
      Race: White
      Gender: Female
      Marital Status: Single
      Relation to Head of House: Daughter
      Mother's Birth Place: North Carolina
      Father's Birth Place: North Carolina
      Household Members: Name Age
      Eliza J Moorefield 43
      Ada B Moorefield 40
      Minnie B Moorefield 18
      Arther W Moorefield 16
      Leoner Moorefield 15
      Lula M Moorefield 12
      Jennie L Moorefield 8
      Violet B Moorefield 6
      Ester L Moorefield 4
      Sadie Moorefield 2

      1930 United States Federal Census
      Name: Esther T Lea
      Home in 1930: Tunstall, Pittsylvania, Virginia (Mount Cross Road)
      Age: 23
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1907
      Relation to Head of House: Wife
      Spouse's Name: Samuel E Lea
      Race: White
      Occupation: Trained Nurse at Hospital
      Age at first marriage: 23
      Parents' birthplace: Virginia/North Carolina
      Household Members: Name Age
      Samuel E Lea 28
      Esther T Lea 23

      New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
      Name: Esther Lea
      Arrival Date: 19 Aug 1938
      Birth Year: abt 1908
      Birth Location: North Carolina
      Birth Location Other: Roxboro
      Age: 30
      Gender: Female
      Port of Departure: Hamilton, Bermuda
      Port of Arrival: New York, New York
      Port Arrival State: New York
      Port Arrival Country: United States
      Address: 467 W. Main Street, Danville, Virginia
      Ship Name: Queen of Bermuda
      Search Ship Database: Search the Queen of Bermuda in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database

      North Carolina Death Collection, 1908-2004
      Name: Esther Moorefield Lea
      Gender: Female
      Race: White
      Hispanic Origin: Non-Hispanic
      Marital Status: Widowed
      Social Security Number: 229099214
      Father's Last Name: Moorefield
      Age: 92 Years
      Date of Birth: 4 Apr 1906
      Birth County: Person
      Birth State: North Carolina
      Residence County: Caswell
      Residence State: North Carolina
      Residence Zip Code: 27379
      Education: 2 years of college
      Occupation: Registered nurses
      Industry: General government nec.
      Date of Death: 14 Mar 1999
      Death County: Caswell
      Death State: North Carolina
      institution: Residence
      Attendant: Physician
      Burial Location: Cremation out-of-state
      Recorded date: 19 Mar 1999
      Source Vendor: North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics

      Social Security Death Index
      Name: Esther T. Lea
      SSN: 229-09-9214
      Last Residence: 27379 Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina, United States of America
      Born: 4 Apr 1906
      Last Benefit: 27379 Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina, United States of America
      Died: 14 Mar 1999
      State (Year) SSN issued: Virginia (Before 1951)
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      Friend Marian lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and apparently worked at the Chamber of Commerce. See 26 July 1937 letter from Marian to Esther.

      Esther had chronic eye problems and apparently was a patient at Willis Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1966.

      Loved horses and riding.
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  • Sources 
    1. [S40] North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2015;).