MORE, Thomas Roman

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MORE, Thomas Roman (1857-1910), son of Thomas Wallace More, owner of Santa Rosa Island with his brother, Alexander P. More. In 1880 Thomas Roman More married his first wife, Maria 'Mary' Barbara Altagracia Den (1856-1900), and they had five children:

  • Suzanne More [Rice] (1883-1952)
  • Tyler Amexander (1885-1959)
  • Rose Georgia More [Knuppe] (1887-1943)
  • Alfred Burns More (1893-1958)
  • Natalie Elise More (1896-1927)

T. R. More married his second wife, Suzanne Lois Brooke, in 1902. Thomas Roman More died July 15, 1910. He is buried in the large family plot in the Santa Barbara Cemetery.

In the News~

April 3, 1880 [SBI]: “Married. Den—More. In this city, March 28, 1880, at the residence of the bride’s parents, by the Rev. James Villa, Mr. Thomas R. More to Miss Mary R. Den.”

January 9, 1889 [SBDI]: “A civil suit of a Chinaman against T. R. More for wages due, was in progress before Judge Rose this morning.”

November 1, 1889 [LAT]: “Thomas R. More, S. P. Stow, Thomas Goux, H. W. Lawrence and S. P. Williams of Santa Barbara are at the Hollenbeck.”

June 8, 1894 [SBMP]: “The schooner Santa Rosa did not sail as expected yesterday afternoon, and Messrs. Braunhart, More and party will not leave until this evening or tomorrow for the island.”

June 12, 1894 [SBDI]: “The schooner Santa Rosa came in yesterday from the island with T. R. More, F. M. Whitney and Mr. Braunhart on board. The work of appraising the property is not finished.”

February 16, 1895 [LAT/SB]: “The sensational suit of Eliza J. More vs. E. R. Rogers, Henry J. Finger and Thomas R. More, was called in the Superior Court Friday. Boyce & Taggart representing the plaintiff and C. A. Storke appearing for the defendants, Rogers and Finger and Richards& Carrier for defendant Thomas R. More. The defendants offered a demurer and motion to strike out, which were taken under advisement by the court.”

June 12, 1896 [SBDI]: “Seventy sheep shearers will leave Sunday morning for Santa Rosa Island, in charge of Mr. T. R. More. Mrs. Miller, the administratrix of the estate of A. P. More, will also personally visit the islands.”

September 10, 1902 [SFCall]: “Miss Suzanne Lois Brooke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Brooke, will wed Thomas Roman More this evening in her parents’ apartments at the Palace Hotel. The wedding will be a very quiet affair, only relatives and a few intimate friends being invited. The bride will be attended by Miss Minita Starke of Santa Barbara. George E. Hall, Consul General of Turkey, who is a close friend of the groom, will act as best man. Rev. Father E. P. Dempsey of St. Mary’s Cathedral will officiate. After a trip in Southern California Mr. and Mrs. More will live in Santa Barbara. Miss Brooke is popular in social circles of Seattle and Portland, Ore., and has many friends and admirers. Mr. More is a native son, born in Santa Barbara. He was a student at Cornell and a graduate of the University of Michigan. He has done considerable journalistic work and has owned many thoroughbred horses. His father, T. Wallace More, and two brothers came to California in 1849 and acquired extensive cattle interests. They were also owners of Santa Rosa Island.”

July 11, 1908 [LAT]: “Thomas R. More, of the well-known Santa Barbara family, whose father was murdered in this county in the ‘70s, and who was a large land owner, and whose uncle, A. P. More, owned Santa Rosa Island, is still in jail here on a charge of forgery. More intends making a vigorous fight for his liberty and has retained as his attorneys Richards & Carrier of Santa Barbara, Poplin & Shepherd of Los Angeles, and Barnes & Selby of this city. More was up before Justice Ortega yesterday to plead but through his attorneys saked that his case be put over until the 20th inst. More inherited much money from his father and wealthy uncle, while his first wife, a member of the Den family, also brought him considerable wealth. It is stated that in all he has inherited fortunes aggregating a half million dollars.”

July 16, 1910 [SBMP]: “Thomas R. More died at St. Francis Hospital late last night, after a few days’ illness, due to pneumonia. Mr. More belonged one of the oldest families in Santa Barbara. He was born in this city in 1856. His early education here was supplemented by two years at Cornell, and two years at the Michigan State University at Ann Arbor. He married in 1880, Miss Mary Den, and five children were born to them. His wife died some years ago. His father, T. Wallace More, was born at Copley, Ohio in 1826, and in 1849 came to California with his brother, Alexander P. More. The two brothers some time later acquired ownership of Santa Rosa Island, comprising over 60,000 acres. Thus the heirs of the two brothers sold but a few years ago. These pioneers also had interests in Ventura County, which at that time was a part of Santa Barbara County. T. R. More resided for many years with his family on the Dos Pueblos ranch, and he always took a great interest in livestock. In recent years he has been managing the Cold Spring Resort on San Marcos Pass, and it was there that he was stricken with his last illness. Mrs. Philip H. Rice is a daughter of Mr. More. John F. More of Goleta is his uncle. No arrangements have yet been made for the funeral.”