Mae Plowman
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May Dorothea Plowman (1886 - 1913)

May Dorothea [uncertain] (Mae) Plowman
Born in St. Louis, MOmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married about 1903 in IAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in 255 W. Cermak Rd., Chicago, Cook Co., ILmap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Sep 2011
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May lost her mother when she was only three years old. Her dad moved May and her two brothers to the St. Louis Protestant Orphan Asylum until he could remarry and establish a new home for the children. May and her brothers regularly visited their father during the year and a half they spent at the orphanage and May told the ladies who ran the orphanage that she frequently wanted to return to the orphanage while she was on the home visit. This comment was recorded in the day books of the orphanage.

George Plowman remarried in 1892 and brought the children of his first marriage home to live with his new wife Gussie. We don't know what the children thought of the new living situation. George and Gussie had two daughters of their own by 1895. Around 1902 George and Gussie decided to move from St. Louis to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. May, by then a teenager, went with her dad, step mother and half sisters, while her brothers stayed behind in St. Louis. It must have been difficult for her to leave two beloved brothers behind.

Shortly after the move to Iowa May got married to a Benton County boy, Frank Moody, in about 1903 when she was only seventeen. The Moodys lived for a time in Cedar Rapids where they had two sons, Robert and Wesley. Around 1910 they move to Sioux City, South Dakota. By 1912 they were back in Cedar Rapids where Frank died of a a biliary disorder in May of 1912. Sadly, May Moody only outlived her husband by about a year and a half.

Both May and her brother Bob Plowman left our family with many unanswered questions about their lives. In the case of May, the circumstances of her death in 1913 at the age of 27 were unknown to the family until I began to research them.

Read about the mystery surrounding May's death:


Name: May D. Plowman[1][2]


Date: 13 SEP 1886
Place: St. Louis, MO
Note: name misspelled Pfowman[3][4]


Date: 4 NOV 1913
Place: People's Hospital Of Chicago, 2184 Archer St., Chicago, Cook Co., IL
Note: Internal hemorrhage following ruptured tubular pregnancy[5]


Date: 30 JUL 1890
Place: St. Louis Protestant Orphan Asylum, Webster Groves, MO
Note: Half orphan due to mother's death[6]
Date: 1904
Place: 718 S. 2nd St., Cedar Rapids, IA[7]
Date: APR 1913
Place: Valencia Hotel, Chicago, Cook. Co., IL[8]


Date: 6 JUN 1900
Place: 1721 Dolman St., St. Louis, MO
Note: at school[9]
Date: 20 APR 1910
Place: 321 Dakota Ave., Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co., SD[10]
Link to 1910 census for Frank W. Moody family


Date: JUL 1909
Place: West Ninth St., Cedar Rapids, IA
Note: Visit to father[11]


Date: 7 NOV 1913
Place: Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA
Note: Plot: Orig. 8[12]
May Plowman Moody's burial


Occupation: Cashier[13]


  • WikiTree profile Plowman-37 created through the import of Davidson_Fink.ged on Sep 26, 2011 by Shayne Davidson. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Shayne and others.
  • Source: S1013 Type: Newspaper Title: May Moody Obituary Periodical: The Cedar Rapids Daily Republican-Newspaper Place: Cedar Rapids, IA Date: Fri., Nov. 7, 1913 Page: p. 9, col. 3 & 4 Media: digital Object: Format: gif File: ~/Desktop/My Family/sources/May.moody.obit.gif Title: May.moody.obit Type: PHOTO DOCUMENT Primary or Preferred: N
  • Source: S1030 Type: Periodical Title: The Gazette's Cedar Rapids City Directory Date: 1904, p. 243
  • Source: S1051 Type: Newspaper Title: The Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette Place: Cedar Rapids, IA Date: 10 Jul 1909 Page: 14 Media: digital Source Locality: Object: Format: jpg File: ~/Desktop/My Family/sources/Plowman.visit.jpg Title: Plowman.visit Type: PHOTO DOCUMENT Primary or Preferred: N
  • Source: S50 Type: Census Title: 1900 US Federal Census Place: MISSOURI > ST LOUIS > 12-WD ST LOUIS Date: 6 Jun 1900 Media: digital Source Locality: Heritage Quest DATV Sep 2010 Object: Format: tif File: ~/Desktop/My Family/sources/FC1900.geo.r.plowman.tif Title: FC1900.geo.r.plowman Type: PHOTO DOCUMENT Primary or Preferred: N
  • Source: S8 Type: Book Author: Plowman, Benjamin Henry Flasket, 1852- [from old catalog] Periodical: A register of Plowmans in America, as far as obtained with tracings of families, and extracts from English and American records (1901) Editor: Plowman, Benjamin H. F. Publication: Plowman, Benjamin H. F. Page: 21 Object: Format: jpg File: ~/Desktop/My Family/sources/plowmans.america2.jpg Title: plowmans.america2 Type: PHOTO DOCUMENT Primary or Preferred: N Object: Format: jpg File: ~/Desktop/My Family/sources/plowmans.america1.jpg Title: plowmans.america1 Type: PHOTO DOCUMENT Primary or Preferred: N
  • Source: S805 Type: Vital Record Title: Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002-George R. Plowman and Johannah Dohrendorf Date: 16 Aug 1879 Place: St. Louis, MO Media: paper copy of original Object: Format: jpg File: ~/Desktop/My Family/sources/geo.hannah.plowman.mar.jpg Title: geo.hannah.plowman.mar Type: PHOTO DOCUMENT Primary or Preferred: N
  • Source: S934 Type: Vital Record Title: Missouri Birth Records, 1851-1910 Record for May Pfowman Date: 13 Sep 1886 Place: City of St. Louis File Number: image 158 of 159 Media: digital Source Locality: Missouri Birth Records [Microfilm]. Jefferson City, MO, USA: Missouri State Archives Object: Format: jpg File: ~/Desktop/My Family/sources/may.plowman.birth.jpg Title: may.plowman.birth Type: PHOTO DOCUMENT Primary or Preferred: N
  • Source: S976 Type: Vital Record Title: Certificate and Record of Death-Mae D. Moody Date: 4 Nov 1913 Place: Chicago, Cook Co., IL File Number: certificate # 00017014 Register: 30002 Media: digital Source Locality: Illinois State Archives Object: Format: jpg File: ~/Desktop/My Family/sources/may.plowman.death.jpg Title: may.plowman.death Type: PHOTO DOCUMENT Primary or Preferred: N
  • Source: S977 Type: Census Title: 1910 United States Federal Census Record for Frank W Moody Place: South Dakota > Minnehaha > Sioux Falls Ward 2 > District 334 > 5 Date: 20 Apr 1910 Media: digital Source Locality: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. DATV Dec 2010 Object: Format: jpg File: ~/Desktop/My Family/sources/FC1910.may.plowman.jpg Title: FC1910.may.plowman Type: PHOTO DOCUMENT Primary or Preferred: N
Tombstone Inscription:
Mae D. Moody
1886 - 1913
Front (east) :
Back (west) :
  1. Source: #S50
  2. Source: #S8
  3. Source: #S8
  4. Source: #S934
  5. Source: #S976
  6. Source: #S30
  7. Source: #S1030
  8. Source: #S976
  9. Source: #S50
  10. Source: #S977
  11. Source: #S1051
  12. Source: #S1013
  13. Source: #S976

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The Cedar Rapids Daily Republican

Fri., Nov. 7, 1913, p. 9, col. 3 & 4

MOODY - Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock, at her home in Chicago, occurred the death of Mrs. May Moody, formerly of this city, following a short illness of acute indigestion and internal hemorrhages. Mrs. Moody, formerly lived in this city and is survived by her two sons, Robert and Wesley, and her father, George R. Plowman, of this city, and two brothers, Alfred and Robert, of St. Louis. Mrs. Moody was married in 1903 to Mr. Moody. He preceeded her in death April 30, 1912. The remains were brought to this city, and the funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence of her father, 709 Fifth avenue east. Rev. Joseph Fort Newton will officiate and interment will be made in Linwood cemetery.

posted 5 Oct 2011 by Shayne Davidson
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I am the grand niece of May Plowman Moody. My family lost touch with May's family after she died. Please get in touch if you have more information about May. Thanks!
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