You couldn't blame the house for bringing about Miranda's bad luck. Her long spell of tragedy began back in Smith County in the late 1880s. In fact, records indicate that Miranda Jane Moore didn't arrive in Galveston until after the Storm of 1900. And if it seems unclear how she would find herself in a city nearly 300 miles away from her hometown, a city, no less, that had just been devastated by the "storm of the century," three tombstones in the Hopewell Cemetery in Woodsboro offer possible explanations.
In 1881, she married a farmer, James A. Vickers. He was 22 and she was 21. But the young pair were only given seven years together before James succumbed to unknown causes in 1888. He was 29 years old at the time, the father to two sons, Claude and John Edgar Vickers, and a daughter, Lottie B., who was born just one month before he died.
Six years after the death of her first husband, Miranda found herself a 33-year-old widow caring for three young children. Though she married that same year, in 1894, to James Richard Gorman, a painter by trade, he too suffered an untimely death at the age of 40 and only two years after their nuptials. Their son, also named James Gorman, was only a year old when his father died.
Miranda wed for the third and final time four years later to Joseph Thomas Wise. As fate would have it, this union, the shortest of all her marriages, was only to last four months before Joe Wise died at age 39 on April 2, 1900. Their son, Joe Wise Jr., was born eight months later on December 15, 1900. It was likely that Miranda didn't even know she was pregnant at the time of her husband's passing.
Despite extensive research, no documents could be found relating to the deaths of all three husbands.