|Birth: ||Jul. 3, 1864|
|Death: ||Aug. 10, 1902|
James Harvey Moss was the eighth child of Samuel Moss (1823-1887) and Sarah (Alexander) Moss (1830-1891) born in Bowling Green, Clay County, Indiana. His father was a veteran of both the Mexican-American and Civil Wars, who moved his family (with all of his Alexander family in-laws) from Bowling Green to Dinsmore (Goshen P.O.), Mercer County, Missouri in March 1868 according his his father's military pension records at the National Archives in Washington D.C.
James Harvey Moss married on November 13, 1887 in Mercer County, Missouri to America Alice Bales (1872-1894). From this marriage, three children were born:
1.) Sarah Elizabeth "Sarry"/"Sally" (1889-1981);
2.) Buena Vista "Visty" (1891-1931); and
3.) Cecil Earnest "Pete" (1893-1974), also known as "Pete Bales": After his parents died, Pete was raised by his grandparents, John Wesley and Margaret (Thogmartin) Bales.
America Alice, his first wife, died of "quick consumption [tuberculosis] and complications" in 1894 in Harris, Sullivan County, Missouri.
His second marriage took place in 1897 in Bethany, Harrison County, Missouri to Priscilla Caroline "Carrie" (née Speer) Looman Cochran Piburn Moss (1863-1927). (This was Carrie's fourth marriage. All of her previous marriages ended in divorce. Her fifth marriage was to Andrew Cornelius DeGraw.) Carrie brought her two youngest children (of six) - Josie May and Nora Olive Looman - from her first marriage to their home with James Harvey's family of three children. James Harvey and Carrie had no children together.
James Harvey Moss worked as a quarryman who cleared and built routes for track laid for the Quincy, Omaha & Kansas City (QO&KC) Railroad. He and his family often lived in "tent cities" which could be picked-up and moved as construction of the train lines progressed across north central Missouri. (See: 1900 U.S. Census.) About 1901, a year or two before his death, he lost an eye when it was hit by a rock from a blasting explosion. Following the accident, he wore a black eye-patch. (A family photo of the site of the explosion and the railroad work crew with a notation about the accident has been passed down through his family.)
James Harvey Moss was killed on August 10, 1902 when he was struck by a train while returning home after receiving his paycheck. He was buried in 'Jamestown' (sic, Jamesport), Daviess County, Missouri, according to notes written by his daughter Sarah.
Samuel Moss (1821 - 1887)
Sarah Alexander Moss (1830 - 1891)
America Alice Bales Moss (1872 - 1894)
Priscilla Caroline Speer DeGraw (1863 - 1927)*
Sarah Elizabeth Moss Hall (1889 - 1981)*
Cecil Ernest Moss (1893 - 1974)*
George Moss (1849 - 1928)**
Samuel Marion Moss (1857 - 1946)*
Lourinda C. Moss (1860 - 1869)*
James Harvey Moss (1864 - 1902)
Jamesport Memorial Cemetery
Created by: E.F. Charvet
Record added: May 02, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 109902495