Can you help me break down my brick wall and find Caro­line Moore?

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two years, I have been search­ing for Caro­line Moore (née Johns), born in Corn­wall in 1825. In 1851, she lived in Wool­wich with her hus­band Ge­orge Moore, and their one-year-old daugh­ter Emily Ade­line. In the fol­low­ing cen­sus, Emily’s birth­place is given as Gi­bral­tar. I found an Army birth listed there for 1850 – Emily’s fa­ther, Ge­orge Moore, was a cor­po­ral in the Royal Ar­tillery who served in the Crimean War in 1854–1855, so may have been based there. Caro­line and Ge­orge’s sec­ond daugh­ter, Caro­line Eve­lyn, may also have been born in Gi­bral­tar, in 1853. Ge­orge Moore died of tu­ber­cu­lo­sis in the Wool­wich Arse­nal Hospi­tal in 1857, aged 30 – but from 1853, I have no trace of Caro­line. In 1861, the two daugh­ters are liv­ing with their pa­ter­nal grand­mother and her sec­ond hus­band, and were raised in the north of Eng­land. So I as­sume that Caro­line died be­tween 1853 and 1861. What hap­pened to her, and where was she buried?

Vi­o­let Saun­ders

A Caro­line Moore’s dis­ap­pear­ance from the records af­ter the birth of her sec­ond daugh­ter in 1853 does not nec­es­sar­ily mean she died then or soon there­after. She might, for ex­am­ple, have re­mar­ried af­ter Ge­orge’s death. Sev­eral Caro­line Moores mar­ried in Lon­don and else­where be­tween 1857 and 1861. A newly mar­ried Caro­line may well have left the two chil­dren from her first mar­riage with her mother-in-law while she and her sec­ond hus­band lived else­where. An­other – un­likely – pos­si­bil­ity is that she went abroad for some rea­son. A Caro­line Moore did ap­ply for a pass­port in 1856 (see the col­lec­tion ‘In­dex to Regis­ter of Pass­port Ap­pli­ca­tions 1851–1903’ at find­my­

How­ever, Caro­line might have died be­tween 1853 and 1861. There are three deaths in Green­wich (Wool­wich was within the Royal Bor­ough of Green­wich) of a Caro­line Moore: in 1853, 1847 and 1863. There are also sev­eral deaths of Caro­line Moores in other Lon­don bor­oughs. Don’t for­get to also search un­der sur­name vari­a­tions, such as ‘Moor’.

An­other pos­si­bil­ity is that she died in Gi­bral­tar. Records can be ac­cessed via the Gi­bral­tar Na­tional Ar­chives. How­ever, be­fore mak­ing an en­quiry in per­son or on­line, you will need to regis­ter for a his­tory card at na­tion­­to­rycardup.aspx.

Ruth Symes

These are the only images of Caro­line and Ge­orge Moore in ex­is­tence

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