History of the Moss Family

My maternal grandfather, Lloyd Joel Moss, was born in Virginia in 1907. As a young man, he served in the US navy, travelling to China and other countries. He explored every land he visited with enthusiasm and an intelligent, curious mind. My grandmother Florence (née Poirier) encouraged him to write some of his experiences down and you can now read his memoires. He described his boyhood living on various farms, his travels with the navy and his marriage to Florence.

During my childhood in the 1970s, Grandma and Grandpa Moss visited us every year and I visited them once or twice in California, where they lived in their retirement. Here Grandpa taught me to play acey-deucy (a navy variant of backgammon) and Grandma taught me to make lemonade with fresh-picked lemons from their garden. When they visited us in London, Grandpa would always walk to Billingsgate fish market very early one morning to buy lobsters. (He was an inveterate early riser and in earlier years would apparently awaken my mother and her brother at about 6 each morning singing "Get up, get up, the day's half over!"). The lobsters would live in the fridge until suppertime, and inevitably my mother would at some point forget about them, open the fridge and be extremely startled by two pairs of red waving claws. I'm not keen on eating lobsters myself, partly because they are fabulously primitive creatures that ought to live under the sea for uncounted aeons, and partly because I don't much like the taste. But the lobsters were a ritual part of their visits.

Lloyd and Florence Moss compiled a history of the Moss family up until their time, based on work done in the nineteenth century plus Lloyd Moss's own research and memories. I have transcribed the Moss History as I found it. I think there may be some errors in the genealogy but I am not able to investigate and correct them at this time.

Finally, I include some reminiscences written in 1996 by Virginia Moss Wood and Walter Herbert Moss, siblings of my grandfather. I think Walter Herbert must be brother Herbert as described by my grandfather.