Theodora Bates Moir and Arthur Moir, below the main house (undated)

Born: November 17, 1883 in Saranac Lake

Died: March 1969, buried in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

Married: Theodora Bates was the second wife of Arthur D. Moir

From an undated, unidentified news clipping


A wedding of interest to friends in this village, New York, Boston and Philadelphia, as well as New Jersey, takes place this afternoon in New York City when Miss Theodora Bates of Summit, N. J., is married to Arthur Duncan Moir, who has resided here for the past 42 years.

The ceremony will be performed at 4 o'clock in the chapel of St. James Episcopal church, New York and will be attended only by members and close friends of the two families.

William Wilmerding Moir of Forest Hills, L. I., will act as best man for his father, and Miss Bates will be escorted by her brother-in-law, Francis Hopkinson Gilpin, of Summit, N. J.

The ceremony will be followed by a small reception for the bridal party at the home of the bride's sister. Miss Josephine Russell Bates, in New York.

Daughter of Rector

The bride is the daughter of the late Rev. Daniel Moore Bates, for many years connected with the Episcopal Diocese of Philadelphia, and of Mrs. Bates, recently of Cambridge, Mass., who is now living in Summit, N. J. Her sisters are Mrs. Francis Hopkinson Gilpin of Summit N. J., Mrs. Willard M. Porterfield, Jr., of Chestnut Hill, Pa., and Miss Josephine Russell Bates of New York.

She is the grand-daughter of the late Chancellor Bates of Delaware, and the late Charles Theodore Russell of Cambridge, Mass., and a niece of the late Governor William E. Russell of Massachusetts.

She is a graduate of Byrn Mawr college, a member of the Summit College club and Summit Art association, and has been, for the last five years, director of the New Jersey gallery at Kresge's in Newark.

Mr. Moir, who was born in Edinborough Scotland and brought up in New York City, is the son of the late James and Mary McElroy Moir, and is the great-nephew of the late Robert J. Walker, distinguished American statesman, who as Secretary of Treasury initiated the present treasury system under President Polk, and was also special envoy of President Lincoln to England on behalf of the Union.

Guest List

The following guests will be present at the wedding: Mrs. Daniel M. Bates, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hopkinson Gilpin. and Miss Frances Gilpin of Summit N. J.; Mrs. Willard M. Porterfield, Jr.. of Chestnut Hill, Pa., with Miss Margaret H. Porterfield, and Willard M. Porterfield, III; Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Moore Bates of Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del.; Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand L. Gilpin of Wilmington, Del.; Mrs. William H. Lloyd and Hood Gilpin of Philadelphia; Mr. and Mrs. James Chadwick-Collins of Bryn Mawr. Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Converse of Rosemont, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph R. Rumery of Short Hills, N. J.

Also the following New York guests: Dr. and Mrs. Howard H. Mason, the Misses Barbara, Jean and Mary Hope Mason. Mr. and Mrs. William Wilmerding Moir. Mrs. Robert Jaffray. Mrs. Wiggin, Mrs. Alrick Man, Mr. and Mrs. Alrick Man, Jr., Mrs. Edward Lidden Patterson, George Hewlett, Miss Josephine Russell Bates, C. T. R. Bates, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schoonmaker, Miss Joanna Neilson, Robert Hude Neilson, Mr. and Mrs. F. Barnard O'Connor, the Misses Frances and Elizabeth O'Connor, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Craven Miss Edith Ashley, and Mrs. John Mansfield Redfield.


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