Pictures from Marguerite (Berry) Jackson's Photo Album & Penny (Harper) Sheppard
Ellen (Aunty Moore) Sleet (1826-1929)- Sister of Simon Sleet
Richard Moore (1820-1880)- Ellen (Aunty Moore) Sleet
Mary Moore - Grand Daughter of Ellen (Auntie) Moore
Grand Rapids Press - February 18, 1927 - Submitted by: Dorothy Bartow
Richard and Ellen (Sleet) Moore were slaves in Kentucky. Ellen was born at Walton, Boone County in 1826. Richard escaped via the Underground Railroad leaving Ellen and their children, Martha, Simon and Harrison who were freed after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Two of their children were sold as slaves and were moved to plantations nearby. Ellen (Sleet) Moore was able to gather her family together after the war. Ellen and Richard were reunited in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania and made their way to Remus, Michigan. Ellen moved to Remus in 1879 and lived there for over 50 years and was highly respected in the community. She died at age 102.
Margaret Garner, a fugitive slave from Kentucky, killed one of her children rather than permit her to be returned to slavery. Toni Morrison's masterpiece of a novel Beloved is based upon this narrative. Mary (Aunty) Moore came from the same plantation.
Mary Moore was born into slavery as Ellen Sleet at Walton, Boone County, KY in 1826. She and her husband came to Remus in 1879 with their children: Martha, Simon, Harrison, Lavina and George after the Civil War. Two of her children were sold as slaves but were moved to plantations near enough to enable her to gather her family together after the war and move them to Sharpsville, PA and from there to Michigan. Aunty Moore died in 1929 at the age of 102. She had lived with her granddaughters, Mary Moore and Miss Mandy Flowers, both well known and loved in the Remus Community. Her son Harrison also lived in the Remus area most of his life. Mary Moore was the granddaughter of Mrs. Ellen Moore.
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