|E.E. Taliaferro, Jeweler|
Diamonds, watches & gold jewelry
Though the box is empty it was saved by a Moran. Was it a gift from family or friend? What special memory did it hold? We'll never know which Moran it belonged to or what it might have held but it meant enough to a member of the family to keep it.
In his will, dated July 12 1956, Edward indicated he instructed his wife Lucy M. Taliaferro that he wanted his debts to be paid including his funeral expenses and any expenses incurred due to his last illness. He appointed Mrs. Nancy M. Duffey to help his wife in closing his estate and whatever else was necessary and to be his executrix. His wish was to have all of the bequests carried out that had been part of his first wife's will. He made the following bequests:
1. $500.00 to James Talbot Jr.. $1000.00 to each of his three nephews, Russell, Evans and Lewis Taliaferro.
2. $650.00 "To Mamie Currie my faithful cook". To his beloved wife Lucy M. Taliaferro "all the rest, residue and remainder of the property real, personal and mixed...to be hers absolutely subject however to the following exceptions and provisions as to my personal effects. To Russell Taliaferro, my crest finger ring. To Evans Taliaferro, my pocket Crest watch. To Lewis Taliaferro, my collection of Scarf pins. The diamond engagement ring given by me to De Lana when we married has been given to Russell, being the first of the boys to marry."
I was able to locate the nephews in Census records:
1930 Census for Kansas City Missouri
George J. Taliaferro, head, age 48, born in Tennessee, accountant. George was the brother E.E. Taliaferro. He died in 1931 and is buried at Forest Hill Cemetery in Kansas City Missouri.
Ethel Taliaferro, wife, age 35, born in Maryland
Russell G. Taliaferro, son, age 11, Missouri
Evans Taliaferro, age 9, Missouri
Lewis E. Taliaferro, age 3 months, Missouri
1940 Census for Los Angeles California
Ethel Taliaferro, age 45, widow, born in Maryland. Here is the link to her findagrave memorial.
Evans Taliaferro, age 19, born in Missouri, Cartoonist, motion picture industry. Here is his findagrave memorial.
Lewis Taliaferro, age 14, born in Missouri.