On this day, 14 January 1926, Rebecca Ann (Moore) Layton passed away. She was my 3rd great-grandmother.
Born in 1841, in Waretown, Ocean County, New Jersey, Rebecca Ann Moore was the daughter of George Moore, an immigrant from Scotland, and Hannah Chamberlin. She joined a two-year-old brother, Elwood W. Moore, who was born in 1839.
Two years later, in 1843, brother George W. Moore was born in Ocean County, New Jersey. Then, on 26 March 1844, brother James Chamberlin Moore was born in Ocean County, New Jersey.
When Rebecca was only seven years old, her mother Hannah (Chamberlin) Moore died on 14 July 1848, in Waretown, Ocean County, New Jersey. She was buried at the Old Waretown Presbyterian Cemetery.
Left with four young children to raise, Rebecca’s father George Moore knew he needed a helpmate. So, on 2 October 1849, George Moore married widow Lucy Ann (Hillard) Grover in Toms River, Ocean County, New Jersey. Lucy Ann had a 15-year-old son James Grover.
On 3-4 September 1850, the Moore Family was living in Dover Township, Ocean County, New Jersey. Residing in the household were George Moore (age 39), Lucy Ann Moore (age 37), James Grover (age 16), Elwood W. Moore (age 12), Rebecca A. Moore (age 12), George W. Moore (age 8), and James C. Moore (age 6). George Moore’s occupation was listed as charcoal (I am assuming the enumerator forgot to add laborer after charcoal), while James Grover was working as a laborer. The real estate owned by George Moore was valued at $1,000.
On 7 July 1860, the Moore Family was living in Waretown, Ocean County, New Jersey. Residing in the household were George Moore (age 48), Lucy Ann (age 47), Elwood (age 21), Rebecca (age 19), George (age 17), and James (age 15). George was a farmer, while Elwood was a fisherman. The real estate owned by George Moore was valued at $800.
Four years later, tragedy struck when Rebecca’s father George Moore died on 20 November 1864. George was only 53 years old. George Moore was buried beside Rebecca’s mother, Hannah, in Old Waretown Presbyterian Cemetery in Waretown, Ocean County, New Jersey.
Sometime following her father’s death, between 1864 and 1870, Rebecca Ann Moore married Augustus Layton, son of Allen Layton and Hannah Dilatush.
We know this because, according to the U.S. Census, from 11-30 August 1870, Rebecca and Augustus Layton were living in Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Augustus Layton was working as a clothier. Their real estate was valued at $3,000, and their personal property was valued at $1,000.
In early 1874, the couple welcomed their first child, George Augustus Layton, who was born in Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Later that year, on 10 October 1874, daughter Hannah Anna Layton was born in Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey. (She was my 2nd great-grandmother.)
According to the New Jersey State Census, in January 1875, the Layton family was still residing in Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Rebecca’s husband, Augustus, age 45, was a merchant. Rebecca Ann, age 33, was a stay-at-home mother, caring for nearly two-year-old George and three-month-old Hannah.
Four years later, on 7 January 1879, daughter Mary “May” B. Layton was welcomed to the family.
On 26 June 1880, the Layton family was enumerated in Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Residing in the household were Rebecca Layton, her husband Augustus, and their children George, Hannah, and Mary. Augustus was a book and shoe dealer, and Rebecca was a homemaker.
On 9 June 1881, another son was born to the couple. Sadly, he did not live long, dying on 10 June 1881, in Lower Freehold Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Strangely, the coroner was not notified until 13 June 1881. The coroner’s inquiry, dated 14 June 1881, states that upon further investigation, he determined that the baby had died of natural causes.
In 1885, the New Jersey State Census shows that Rebecca and her husband Augustus, along with their children George A., Hannah, and Mary B. lived in Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey.
A decade later, the Laytons were again enumerated Long Branch (Ocean Township), Monmouth County, New Jersey. Residing in the household were Rebecca, Augustus, and their children George, Hannah, and Mary.
That same year, son George became engaged to Clara VanBrunt. The young couple planned to wed in early 1896. However, before the nuptials could take place, tragedy struck:
On 2 January 1896, Miss Clara VanBrunt, daughter of Benjamin VanBrunt, died in Long Branch. She had been sick only a week. She was to have been married in a short time to George Layton of Long Branch, and her wedding clothes were all made. She was buried on Sunday in her wedding dress.
Two years after this sad day, joy came to the Layton household when daughter Hannah Anna Layton married Bertram Erickson Marriner (my 2nd great-grandfather). The wedding took place on 20 April 1889, in Bradley Beach, Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Meanwhile, son George remained grief-stricken over the loss of his fiancée, and, as a result, his health suffered. On 30 June 1898, two months after Hannah’s wedding, George Augustus Layton passed away in Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey:
George Layton, son of Augustus Layton of Long Branch, died of consumption last Thursday night. He was 24 years old.
As a mother, I cannot fathom losing one child. Losing two children for Rebecca (Moore) Layton must have been heart-breaking. I do not know how she was able to keep living each day after that, but, somehow, she was able to pull herself together and move forward.
Joy came again when daughter Hannah presented Rebecca with her first grandchild, Thelma M. Marriner, who was born on 4 March 1899.
A second grandchild, Adelbert Earl Marriner, came along a year later in March 1900.
Meanwhile, on 13 June 1900, Augustus (age 66), Rebecca (age 54), and daughter Mary Layton (age 21) were enumerated in Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Sadly, only two months later, on 10 August 1900, five-month-old grandson Adelbert Earl Marriner died in West Grove, Monmouth County, New Jersey.
After mourning the loss of her grandson, Rebecca was blessed with a third grandchild, Gertrude May Marriner, who arrived on 25 January 1901.
Two years passed before another grandchild, Myrtle Ida Marriner (my great-grandmother), was welcomed to the family.
Meanwhile, sometime between the 1900 Census and 1904, daughter Mary B. Layton wed Frank P. Brown. We know this because according to the 1905 New Jersey Census, dated 2 June 1905, Mary, her husband Frank, and five-month-old son Frank, Jr. were living with Rebecca and Augustus Layton.
Then, a few weeks after this census was taken, Rebecca’s final grandchild, Belva Marriner, was born to Hannah and Bert Marriner on 21 June 1905.
According to the 1910 U.S. Census, the Browns (Frank, Mary, and Frank, Jr.) were still residing with Augustus and Rebecca Layton at their Long Branch home on 23 April 1910.
Life seemed to be going well for their combined family, until 22 August 1911, when the unthinkable happened. Rebecca’s grandson, Franklyn Brown, Jr., died. The Red Bank Register newspaper’s account, dated 30 August 1911, tells of this horrible happening:
Franklin, the seven-year-old son of Frank Brown of Long Branch, died at the Long Branch hospital last Tuesday of hydrophobia [caused by rabies]. The boy was bitten in the face by a dog last June. The wound was cauterized at the time and no further trouble was looked for. Last week the boy began acting in a peculiar manner and seemed to have difficulty in swallowing. A doctor was called and he was unable to tell what the trouble was until the boy’s parents recollected that their son had been bitten by a dog. The Pasteur Institute at New York was communicated with but they said the case had developed too far for them to render any assistance. The little boy was taken to the Long Branch hospital where he died in terrible agony.
Not long after the death of young Franklyn, Mary and Frank Brown moved out of the Layton home, because on 1 June 1915, only Augustus and Rebecca Layton were living at 28 North Broadway, Long Branch, New Jersey. Augustus was a landlord, while Rebecca was a housewife.
The couple remained together in their home until 30 December 1916, when Rebecca’s husband Augustus Layton died at the age of 85. He was buried in the family plot at West Long Branch Cemetery, Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Sometime after her husband’s death, Rebecca’s daughter Mary and son-in-law Frank moved back in with her. We know this because on 14 January 1920, Rebecca Layton and Frank and Mary Brown were enumerated at 40 North Broadway, Long Branch, New Jersey.
For six years, these three people lived together. Then, on 14 January 1926, after a long life of 86 years filled with joy and pain, Rebecca Ann (Moore) Layton died and was buried near her husband and two sons at the West Long Branch Cemetery.