The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#99) - Is This the Family of Moses Devore (1844-1917)?

Every Friday The Psychogenealogist shares a "Pic of the Week." The intent is to encourage thought and imagination about the spaces where psychology, genealogy, and history converge.

Here is a lovely family portrait cabinet card, probably from the late 1800s or early 1900s. It appears to be a mother and father with six sons and one daughter.


The photography studio name is “J.R. High” of La Belle, Missouri. There are some notations on the back as well, written much later.

“I believe this to be the Moses Devore family - Fanny Raisor is the mother.”


There is a sticker on the back that says “Gerald Sargent” and a stamp from Owen Co. Kentucky. It appears to be some sort of inventory stamp. I am thinking that this photograph has been bought and sold a few times from and to collectors like myself. I purchased this photograph from eBay.

It appears that there was a Moses Devore (1844-1917) married to a Fannie Raisor Devore (1855-1926) living in Virgil, Missouri in 1900. They were married in 1872 and the 1900 census lists 8 children living with them. They were:

  • Luther 21

  • Mollie 19

  • Alfred 17

  • Lula 14

  • Eddie 12

  • Andrew 10

  • Ruth 8

  • Malinda 4

There are several family tress on Ancestry, some public others private, that appear to include this family. There are even a few photographs that bear a likeness to the individuals in this photo.

If someone had the time and felt so inclined I feel like there is a good chance of getting this photograph in the hands of a descendant of Moses and Fannie.

Can you help me out?


  • Who are the Devores and what are their stories?

  • Which of the children are in this photograph and what year was it take?

  • Can you help me find any descendants of Moses and Fannie who might be interested in having this photograph in their collection?

  • What do you think, feel, and wonder about as you look at this family?

  • How did the photo end up being sold in an eBay auction?

  • Can you tell me anything about the photographer?