This picture is my great grandfather, born John Henry Drake 24 Jan 1873 Effingham or Tamworth, NH. He was the son of George F. Drake of Effingham, NH and Mary Ann Estelle Davis of Effingham. His parents divorced in 1876, his mother citing mental cruelty. At the age of 20.5 years, John Henry petitioned the court at Ossipee to allow him to be adopted by his stepfather, Charles Payne Moore, of Ossipee, NH. The adoption was granted and John's name changed to Henry John Moore. I have the adoption papers if you're interested. I had to petition the court as well to release them. The Drake Family in New Hampshire, by Alice Smith Thompson shows that George F. Drake's will reads, " to my son, John Henry Drake, now adopted and called Moore, $1."
This is my great grandfather with his entire family.
Front row: John Henry Drake
/Henry John Moore
b. 1873 d. 1929; Charles Henry
b. 1908 d. 1914; Elbina Revena Shattuck
b. 1875 d. 1940
Back row: Eldred Elroy
b. 1895 d. 1867; Noyes Venett
b. 1897 d. 1970; Linley Leon
b. 1900 d. 1971
Noyes Venett was my grandfather. Little Charlie died when a dump cart in the yard at the family farm fell and crushed his skull. Uncle Eldred and my grandfather ran Pleasant Valley Stock farm for years and Moore Brothers Dairy until the mid 30's. Noyes enlisted in the USMC 20 June 1917 and served until 13 August 1919. He received the Silver Star for gallantry on 6 June 1918, the Purple Heart for being gassed in action against the enemy on 14 June 1918 in Belleux Woods, France, the Good Conduct Medal for service from 20 June 1917 to 13 August 1919, the Victory Medal, World War I with Aisne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, and Defensive-sector clasps, the Army of Occupation of Germany Medal, the French Croix de Guerre and the Rifle Sharpshooter Badge.