Old Family Photo Collections Van Zandt County Genealogical Society
The photos on these pages are generously contributed by Milda Mason of Alto, New Mexico. Her ancestors were early settlers in Van Zandt County and these wonderful old photos are much appreciated. In addition, there is a very interesting story on this family and the Bottoms family on our "Old Tales, Stories Page" that you don't want to miss. If you would like to share your old family photos by placing them on this web site, please contact Sibyl Creasey for instructions.
"Little Indian Chief" "Little Johnnie Moore" Submitted by Milda Mason of Alto, New Mexico
"Little Johnnie" Moore
John Henry Moore Jr was born 28 January, 1911 and died about 1916-1917 in an influenza epidemic.
He was the only child of John Henry Moore, (see photo Yours Until Death) and Mattie E. Edmunson.
I have failed to find the parents of Mattie Edmunson and have not researched her fully.
So here I have to rely only on family Legend.
Mattie Edmundson was full blood indian. I do not yet know what tribes are near Lubbock Texas. Her father was chief, although the tribe was largely absorbed.
Supposedly Little Johnnie was hereditary or honorary chief of his mother's tribe, even though he was only half indian.
When he died of the flu, He was preserved in alcohol and placed in a glass coffin. The preservation allowed the time required for both tribal ceremonies and a Christian Funeral.
For years the body was in the glass coffin in a Mausoleum in Lubbock, Texas.
The picture is with his tribal clothing.
There is one more picture of him taken shortly before he died, also on this site.
His moccasins, leggings and knife have been donated to the Texas Tech College Museum in Lubbock.
I have the long strip of beadwork presented to him by his tribe telling of his birth and tribal status.
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