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Moïse family letters

Identifier: Mss 1060

Collection Overview

Collection contains letters (1897-1940) to and from members of the Edwin Warren Moïse family. Majority of correspondence (1897-1899) is to Penina Moïse Solomons Phelps from her first husband, Dr. Edward Alva Solomons; other letters (most undated) to Penina from siblings, friends and other relatives. Letters refer to health issues, social activities, relatives and friends. Collection includes condolence letters (1902) sent to Esther Lyon Moïse upon the death of her husband, Edward Warren Moïse. Miscellaneous correspondence includes a letter between Edwin Warren Moïse and son, Marion Moïse; postcards (1907) sent to Esther Lyon Moïse from Nina Moïse Solomons during a trip to Quebec; condolence letter to Davis Moïse upon the death of his father, Marion Moïse. Misc. material includes an original poem, "Truth in Parenthesis," and a genealogical chart tracking the descendants of Benjamin A. Nones (1757-1826) and Miriam Marks (1764-1822).


  • Creation: 1897-1907


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Edwin Warren Moïse was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1832. As a young man, Moïse embarked on a small mercantile business, ran a flour mill in Columbus, Georgia, and finally settled on a career in law. He married Esther Lyon (1837-1917) of Petersburg, Virginia, in 1854. Moïse fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War and later settled in Sumter, South Carolina, where he continued to practice law. He served as South Carolina's Adjutant and Inspector General (1876-1880) under Governor Wade Hampton. Moïse died Dec. 12, 1903. Edwin and Esther Moïse's children include Marion, Rebecca, Caroline, Georgie, Agnes, Charles, Edwin Warren, Jr., Albert, Penina, Jessica, and Lucius. Marion Moïse (1855-1909), known as Major Marion Moïse, married Isabel Nones DeLeon and made a career as a lawyer and politician; he had one son, Davis DeLeon Moïse (1880-1931). Albert Luria Moïse (1872-1940) also a lawyer, married Eva May Nathans. Penina Moïse Solomons Phelps (b.1874), known by many as "Miss Nina," married Dr. Edward Alva Solomons in 1898; the couple had one child, Edward Alva (b.1899). Dr. Solomons died in Oct. 1899, and Penina married Aaron C. Phelps in 1924.


0.875 linear feet

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Custodial History

This collection was found in bureau of donor's mother, Virginia M. Rosefield who was the daughter of Davis DeLeon Moïse, granddaughter of Marion Moïse, great granddaughter of Edwin Warren Moïse.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated by Anita M. Rosenberg.

Inventory of the Moïse Family Letters, 1897-1907
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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