I have learned some very important facts and have made some educated guesses. Such as, I always wondered if the Moores were Catholic. Mom and Dad came from Ireland. However this is not a Catholic text and obviously it was very important to the family, so I'm thinking that the Moores were just a big farming family and not Catholic.
On the inside of the book, Libbie Moore has written her name everywhere: Miss Libbie Moore's Book, Michigan. And Miss Libbie Moore's book, Brooklyn, Michigan. And at the top of that first page, Miss Libbie Moore, Born Sept 12/47. So what have we learned? I now have Miss Libbie Moore's birth date as well as where she lived. At the bottom of the page in pencil, it is written: From Mother to Claude my Dear Boy 1922.
On the fly leaf it is written: Miss Libbie Moore's Book, Brooklyn, Norvelle, Mich and below that is the date 1857 which doesn't seem to be connected to anything. At the bottom of the page is written: To Illda from Gramma.
We then come to another page that says: Miss Libbie Moore's Book, Brooklyn, Michigan from her father James Moore born Dec 11/1800. Hello!
Then comes my favorite page. I looks like my great grandfather was learning to print his name. He has written D - E - N - N - I - S, all in capitals, with both Ns and the S backwards. I wonder if his ma gave him hell for writing in her book, although apparently it's okay.
So far, I have found no hiding writing in the book itself, but I'll admit that I haven't turned every page. On one of the pages in the back this is written: Aunt Susan English died Oct. 13th, 1861 on Sunday at 3 1/2 oclock. I wrote this one week from her death and I was there when she died. Oct 20th, 1861. Libbie L. Moore, Libbie Moore.