Edith Anora (Gauslin) Moore was both my great-great-aunt and my step-great-great-grandmother. She was born 14 Jan 1880 in Stephenson, Michigan, to John Henry and Mary Jane (Montgomery) Gauslin. Her headstone says she was born in 1881, but she appears on the 1880 census, so that has to be wrong. On 02 Jul 1888 in Iron Mountain, Michigan, she married Jeffrey Nault. They had four children: Aldea Evelyn (Nault) Rogers, Wilfred Jeffrey Nault, Joseph Howard Nault, and George H. Nault. Jeffrey Nault died around 1911.
Edith worked as a cook and washerwoman in the lumber camps of northern Wisconsin, which is where she met her second husband, Ferdel S. "Fred" Moore. She and Fred were married 10 Aug 1913 in Escanaba, Michigan. They had no children together, but Fred had a daughter from one of his previous marriages, Lydia Jane "Jennie" (Moore) Gauslin. Fred and Edith also adopted Edith's grandson, Robert Anthony Moore, after the death of Edith's daughter Aldea in 1927.
In 1916 or 1917, Edith's brother Peter Herbert Gauslin married her stepdaughter Jennie, which made Edith her brother's stepmother-in-law (confusing, I know). After Peter and Jennie both died in 1934, Edith and Fred raised their daughter, my grandmother. Edith and Fred had settled in Rhinelander, Wisconsin sometime in the 1920s and Edith lived there until her death on 20 May 1965. Edith was buried in Forest Home Cemetery in Rhinelander. A marker on her grave shows that she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
|Edith's Ladies Auxiliary VFW marker.|