Thursday, May 28, 2009


Brendan Patrick Fecht at a Lakers Basketball game - 2008
Brendan is the great, great grandson of Susan (Powers) and James E. Moss.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Knight Family Picnic 1921 - New York State (click on image to enlarge)
Frances (Frankie) Moss Knight was the daughter of Susan (Powers) and James E. Moss.


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Children in front: Jonathan Fletcher and Frances Fletcher Gross
Left to right:
Katherine Fletcher Shreves, Mary Moss (wife of Jesse Moss), Jesse Moss, Marjorie Moss Thomas, Dexter Moss, Clyde B. Fletcher


James E. Moss - July 1921 (click on image to enlarge)


"Frances and Jonathan, having a waterfight in Walnut Creek - Summer 1921 (click on image to enlarge)
Grandchildren of Susan (Powers) and James E. Moss


"Homer and Mascot" New York license 1920 (click on image to enlarge)
Homer Knight was the grandson of James E. and Jennie Powers Moss.


Jesse Munson Moss was born on 11 January, 1876 in Sandwich, Illinois. He was the son of Helen (Munson) (fl-228) and Dexter Moore Moss (fl-104).

At the age of six Jesse came with his parents to Scranton, Iowa where they settled on a farm a mile north of that town. On that farm he resided continuously until 1936. On 3 May, 1903, Jesse Moss was baptized a Christian and received into the Scranton Methodist Episcopal Church.
On 12 April, 1905 Jesse Moss married Mary A. Thompson, after which they took up residence on his father’s farm. There they lived until moving into their final home together in 1936.

MARY A_________ THOMPSON (fl- 230) called “Mamie”
born: ___________, in __________, ____, _________
mother: ______________ (_____________)
father: ________________, ____________
married: 12 April 1905 to Jesse M. MOSS in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.

Like most of the members of his family, Jesse was “a talented and accomplished musician. Jess was famed and admired throughout a wide area. He served as the director of the Greene County Band and other musical groups in the area. He was also a member of the Des Moines Shrine Band.
Jesse Moss was a member of the Scranton, Iowa town council. He also belonged to the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star at Scranton and of the Commandery of the Mason in Jefferson, Iowa. In 1929, Jesse became a member of the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine in Des Moines, the state capital.
Jesse M. Moss died 25 May, 1941. He lived to be 65 years, 4 months and 14 days old. He is buried at the Scranton Cemetery, in Scranton, Iowa. His funeral was held at the Scranton Methodist Episcopal Church, the pastor Rev. E.L. Stone officiating. Music was furnished by Tyne Buck, with Mrs. Bill E. (Marian Knight) Friend


Dexter Moore Moss was the son of Sarah (Moore) (fl-79) and the elder James Moss (fl-78). Dexter was born on the 26th of July 1848. He appears to have lived much of his youth in Illinois (possibly Sandwich, Illinois) where he married a woman by the name of Helen Munson. Dexter was a soldier in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He farmed near his brother James E. Moss in Greene County, Iowa.

Dexter Moore Moss (click on image to enlarg) Photo was taken by N. Smith's Gallery in the Bank Building corner of Main and R.R. streets in Sandwich, Illinois.

Helen Munson Moss was born on the 24th of March, 1836 (likely in New York state) Her mother was Lucy White Munson (born on the 7th of April 1806) and her father was Alvah Munso (born in June of 1795). The family lived in Windham, New York
Helen married Dexter Moore Moss in May of 1875 in Windham, New York. She lived most of her adult live in Scranton, Greene County, Iowa and is buried in the Scranton Grave Yard.

Helen Munson Moss (click on image to enlarge)
An unique 2¢ United States "Internal Revenue" stamp is affixed to the back of this photograph)

Jesse Munson Moss was born on the 11th of January, 1876 in Sandwich, Illinois. He married Mamie Thompson in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Jesse died on the 25th of May, 1941 in Scranton, Iowa.

Jesse Munson Moss (click on image to enlarge - image copied from an original tin-type in the collection of Gerald Fecht, Tarzana, California 2009) A similar photo taken about this same time of Jesse has a Sandwich, Illinois label on the back.