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Friday, January 24, 2014

MOYER, Laurence and George

This photo of Laurence and George MOYER was acquired at an antique show in West Palm Beach Florida.

There are no studio marks or indication of where this photo was taken. However, the writing on the back of the photo clearly identifies who these children are.

The back states "July 1915, Laurence Sorver Moyer aged 8 years, George Sorver Moyer aged 3 years 8 months."

By accessing census records, I was able to determine that these two boys are the sons of the Norristown PA dentist Dr Mason K. Moyer and his wife Evaline (Sorver) Moyer.

The elder boy (Laurence) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and became a scientist in the field of protein research. He was tragically lost at age 35 when two Navy training blimps collided on June 8 1942, off the coast of New Jersey. Twelve souls are lost in the nightime collision, including five civilian scientists.

The younger brother (George) is found on the Norristown PA census of 1940, listed as 28 years old, married, and employed as a cashier at a bank. At that time, he was living with his wife, daughter and mother, who was widowed in 1930.

Armed with this much information, I expect it should be a fairly easy task to locate a living relative who would like to have this photo back into their family archives.


  1. Laurence and George Moyer are 4th cousins, 1x removed, to me. For me, genealogy and all the "things" that go with family history are keys to glimpsing "the past made personal." I can care much more about history when there is a "regular, everyday person" involved.

    1. Thanks for the note. If you'd like to claim the photo, please drop me a personal message at my account, or email me directly at so I can send the photo to you.