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Moore Family Papers

Inventory of the Moore Family papers

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Moore family
Moore Family papers
Date [inclusive]
3.5 Cubic feet
The Moore family (Lynford Lardner Moore, his wife, Mary Torrance Moore, his son, Wilson Wallace Moore, and daughter, Eliza Gaston Moore, and other relatives, including Nicholas G. Moore and John Wallace Moore) were Christian missionaries in China and Japan in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Their papers document their careers in the Far East.

Preferred Citation note

Moore Family Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Eliza Gaston Moore (b. 1901) attended Taylorsville State High School (N.C.) for her primary education. According to the correspondence, she spent a great deal of time visiting her aunt, Delia Banks (see UNCC Mss 87) in Washington, D.C. after eighth grade. After high school she went on to Salem College, graduating in 1924. Eliza was Lynford’s only daughter.

John Wallace Moore (b. 1891) attended the Horner Military Academy in Charlotte, N.C. before enlisting as an officer in the United States Army prior to the end of the first World War. Promoted to sergeant, he left the army to work as a foreign missionary in Japan (1919-1924).

Lynford Lardner Moore (1869-1925) studied at Davidson College, graduating in 1889. He went on to Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, where he obtained a degree in 1893. Moore practiced medicine for two years in New York and Philadelphia before entering Princeton Theological Seminary in 1895. In 1897 he was appointed as a Presbyterian medical missionary to Asia. Later that year in Yokohama, Japan, he met and married Mary Buford Torrance (b. 1869) a missionary already in the field. For seven years he was in charge of the medical work at Hsuchoufu. However by 1905 he had become so devastated by Chinese malaria contracted during his missionary work that he was forced to return to America. Upon his return to the United States, he attended the Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia and the Princeton Theological Seminary, graduating (1906) with master degrees from both institutions. That same year he was ordained at Lexington Presbytery at Craigsville, Virginia. In 1911, he accepted calls from Taylorsville, New Salem and Shiloh Churches, in Concord Presbytery. In 1915, upon the death of his brother, Nicholas, he was designated guardian of his brother’s five children and their estate. On August 11, 1925 at the residence of his brother-in-law, Thos. J. Smith, Lynford Lardner Moore passed away due to heart failure. He was buried the following day beside his father in Hopewell Cemetery.

Nicholas G. Moore (d. 1915) was Lynford Lardner Moore’s brother. Upon his death his wife, Maggie W. Moore, appointed Lyford as the guardian of her children and her estate. Nicholas and Maggie had five children: Anne Lardner, John White, N. Gibbon, Wilson, and James Moore.

N. Gibbon Moore graduated from Mooresville high school in 1920. He is one of Nicholas G. Moore’s five children. After 1915, Lynford Lardner became his guardian.

Wilson Wallace Moore (b. July 1902). Wilson Wallace Moore attended the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he spent the majority of his time with the debate team and the yearbook publishing club (1918). After grade school, Wilson Wallace Moore attended Davidson College. While there, he was called to temporary duty in May, 1920 at Camp Jackson, S.C., through his participation in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) program. Upon graduation from Davidson College he attended the Union Theological Seminary where he participated extensively with the Presbyterian Young People’s League, eventually becoming president (1922-1924), and presiding over the league’s conference at Davidson College in June, 1923. By 1925, Wilson was appointed minister of Cornelius Church in North Carolina. Wilson Wallace Moore was Lardner’s only son and should not be confused with his nephew, Wilson Moore, who also attended the McCallie School.

[References: C. M. Richards, Minutes of the One Hundred and Twelfth Annual Sessions of the Synod of North Carolina (Oct. 13-16, 1925), entry for Lynford Lardner Moore (pp. 472-473); Minutes of Mecklenburg Presbytery, 112th Stated Session, Thomasboro Church (Sept. 15-16, 1925), entry for Wilson Wallace Moore (p. 14); Synod of North Carolina, A Handbook For Use in Sunday School and Young Peoples Work (1923), entry for Wilson Wallace Moore, (p. 38).]

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Scope and Contents note

Papers of the Moore family concerning their religious education and missionary work in the Far East. The collection contains sermons, religious tracts, correspondence with family members overseas, and a selection of family photographs, including Mary Torrance Moore's father, Richard Allison Torrance (1833-1927). The photographs also contain images of people and landscapes in China and Japan.

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Arrangement note

Series 1: Subject Files. This series contains the primary material of the collection including correspondence, maps, pamphlets, and sermons (1877-1926, n.d.).

Series 2: Photographs. This series contains the photographs of the collection including family members and friends (1891-1925, n.d.).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 2002

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gifts of Belle Banks, 2000.

Processing Information note

Processed by David Rhoton, James Kusik, 2002.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Banks Family Papers (UNCC Mss 164). Torrance and Banks Family Papers (UNCC Mss 87).

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Moore family

Personal Name(s)

  • Banks, Delia Isabel Torrance, 1871-1962
  • Banks, Howard A., d. 1932
  • Moore, Eliza Gaston, b. 1901
  • Moore, Lynford Lardner, 1869-1925
  • Moore, Mary Torrance, 1869-1958
  • Moore, Wilson Wallace, b. 1902
  • Torrance, Richard Allison, 1833-1927


  • Missionaries--Asia
  • Presbyterian Church--Missions--Asia
  • Presbyterian Church--Sermons

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Collection Inventory

Subject Files (1877-1927, undated) 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains the primary material of the collection including correspondence, maps, pamphlets, and sermons

Map-case Drawer Folder

Advertising print, Executive Committee on Foreign Missions undated 

3 10 6
Box Folder

Banks, Delia T. and Howard 1915-1922 

1 1

Biographical Material 1925 

1 2

Boy Scouts of America undated 

1 3

Burke, J.H. 1917-1918 

1 4

Chattel mortgages 1912-1913 

1 5

Concord Presbytery 1910-1924 

1 6

Davidson College 1921-1922 

1 7

Financial books 1903 

1 8

Financial books 1913 

1 9

Financial books 1917-1919 

1 10

Financial books 1921-1922 

1 11

Frazier, John D., estate 1915-1922 

1 12

Hendren, F.B. 1917-1918 

1 13

Map, North Carolina road map 1923 

OF9 2
Map-case Drawer Folder

Map, Presbyterian Missionary Map of Japan and Chosen undated 

3 10 6

Map, South Central Africa “route traversed by Dr. J. Johnston” undated 

3 10 6
Box Folder

The McCallie Pennant 1918 

Biographical/Historical note

The McCallie School is a boys college-preparatory school located on Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. The school was founded in 1905.

1 14

Miscellaneous materials 1903-1925 

1 15

Missionary materials 1877-1925 

1 16

Missionary reports from China 1925 

1 17

Missionary reports from Japan 1924 

1 18

Missionary reports from Korea 1925 

1 19

Moore, Eleanor 1919-1920 

1 20

Moore, Eliza Gaston 1913-1917 

1 21

Moore, Eliza Gaston, school papers 1911-1923 

1 22

Moore, John Wallace 1907-1925 

1 23

Moore, Lynford Lardner 1882-1921 

1 24-39

Moore, Lynford Lardner 1922-1926, undated 

2 40-45

Moore, Mary Torrance 1894-1927 

2 46

Moore, Nicholas G. 1911-1917 

2 47

Moore, Rev. W.W. 1906 

2 48

Moore, Wilson Wallace 1916, 1918-1925, undated 

2 49-60

Morrison, George Watson 1904-1918 

2 61
Oversize Folder

Morrison, George Watson-Fire relief policy 1912, 1915 

9 2
Box Folder

Near East Relief Fund undated 

2 62

Newspaper clippings undated 

2 63

North Carolina Anti-Saloon League 1912-1925 

2 64

Presbyterian Church of the United States 1908-1926 

2 65

Presbyterian Committee of Publications--Young People’s Division 1926 

2 66

Presbyterian Minister’s Fund Life Insurance 1924 

2 67

Presbyterian Young People’s League 1923 

2 68

Religious notes 1904-1906, 1912-1923, undated 

2 69-74

Religious tracts, The General Assembly’s Stewardship Committee, Chattanooga, Tennessee undated 

3 75

Religious tracts, miscellaneous publishers undated 

3 76

Religious tracts, Presbyterian Board of Publication, Philadelphia undated 

3 77

Religious tracts, Presbyterian Committee of Publication, Richmond Virginia undated 

3 78
Oversize Folder

The Saturday Evening Post, “Japan and America” 1925 February 7 

9 2
Box Folder

Sermons 1906-1910, 1912-1925, undated 

3 79-98

Stock certificates 1907-1911 

3 99

Synod of North Carolina 1925-1926 

3 100

Touring information 1920, 1924 

3 101

Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia 1924 

3 102

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Photographs 1891-1925, undated 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains the photographs of the collection including family members and friends

Box Folder

Missionary leaflets with missionary photos undated 

4 103
Map-case Drawer Folder

Missionary photograph sheets, including photographs for Lynford Lardner’s parents, Rev. J. Wallace Moore and Mrs. J. Moore. undated 

3 10 6
Box Folder

Places, unknown undated 

4 104

People, unknown undated 

4 105-106

People, unknown and framed undated 

4 107
Map-case Drawer Folder

Young People’s Conference, Davidson College, North Carolina 1925 

3 10 6

3rd Company, ROTC, Camp Jackson, South Carolina 1920 

3 10 6
Box Folder item

Torrance, Richard Allison 

Scope and Contents note

[see also P87/1 (P22:3)]

P22 1 P281/1-4

Moore, Wilson Wallace 

Scope and Contents note

See also 281/10-12,14-15

P22 1 P281/5

Zimmerman, J.W. 1895 March 27 

P22 1 P281/6

Price, Lieutenant J.P. 

P22 1 P281/7

Kuling, Kiukiang, China 1905 

P22 1 P281/8

Kocki, Japan [missionary church building] 

P22 1 P281/9

Moore, Wilson Wallace 

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P22 1 P281/10-12

Moore, Eliza Gaston 

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[graduation photograph]

P22 1 P281/13

Moore, Eliza Gaston and Wilson Wallace 

P22 1 P281/14

Moore, Wilson Wallace, “14 months” 1903 September 10 

P22 1 P281/15

Price, Francis-Shanghai, China 

P22 2 P281/16

Shaw, Anne Graham 

P22 2 P281/17

Blain, Mrs. J. Mercy-Shanghai, China 1897 September 14 

P22 2 P281/18

Rev. and Mrs. Little-Kobe, Japan 1896 June 30 

P22 2 P281/19

Craig, Alex R. 1893 May 10 

P22 2 P281/20

Just, Miss Steven R. 

P22 2 P281/21

Howye, Ike and Bettie 1891 January 24 

P22 2 P281/22

Smith, Rev. Plummer and family “who live at Mutoto, . . . whose address is A.P.C.M Kabinda, Lomami District, Congo Belge, via Capetown. John Newton on left, Russell Morrison on right, and Ruth Canon in center” 

P22 2 P281/23

Tojima Susika Port, Tosa “East” 

P22 2 P281/24

Tojima Susika Port, Tosa “West” 

P22 2 P281/25

Miller, Hugh Graham Jr. “aged 4 months” 1907 

P22 2 P281/26

Miller, Hugh Graham Jr. “He is cutting two teeth now, aged 4 months” 1907 

P22 2 P281/27
Box Folder

Oversize photographs--People, unknown and framed 

PL7 3

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