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Below is a family biography included in The History of Brown County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1883.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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WILLIAM MOORHEAD, farmer, P. O. De La Palma, son of Patrick and Anna Moorhead, was born in Pennsylvania July 1, 1819, and came to Ohio at an early age. He was married, May 27, 1841, to Margaret Arthur, a daughter of James and Margaret (Reed) Arthur, of Clermont County, Ohio. The Arthurs and Reeds were among the first settlers in the vicinity of Bethel. Mr. Moorhead raised eleven children — Evaline C., born March 25, 1842, wife of A. Snell, of Illinois; Otis D., born October 29, 1843, married Lucy Nowland, and resides in Iowa (Otis was a member of Company B, Forty-eight Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was wounded and taken prisoner at Banks Defeat, and paroled and discharged on account of his wounds); Arthur, born May 13, 1845, died November 19, 1848; Caroline, born May 27, 1847, wife of Henry C. Winkle, of Clermont County; Alfred, born July 14, 1849, died September 13, 1849 ; Missourie, born March 12, 1851, married John Pelton, and died July 23, 1878; Martha J., born October 3, 1853, wife of Oscar Jones, of Clermont County, Ohio; Ira, born July 31, 1856, a resident of Illinois; Elizabeth, born October 4, 1858, married P. R. Graham, who was drowned in an ice pond in Butler County July 1, 1882; Esther, born February 12, 1862, and James V., born April 10, 1864. Mr. Moorhead is a turner by trade. He worked at turning most of his time, leaving his boys to farm his little place of seventy-two acres. Has been a member of Lodge No. 26, F. A. M., since 1840. Democrat, and for many years the party leader in the township. He never sought office, but his stern, honest character has placed him in many positions of trust, such as collecting the taxes, charge of the relief fund during; the war, Township Trustee and School Director. Mr. Moorhead serenely looks back on a well spent life. Family record of Patrick Moorhead: Patrick, born October 1, 1776, died January 31, 1827; Ann, born September 27, 1771, died October 20, 1832; Joseph, born February 14, 1801, died October, 1843; Fergus, born November 11, 1802, died December 16, 1813; Sarah, born January 24, 1805, died September 16, 1805; Jane, born September 30, 1806, still living; James, born March 13, 1809, died, 1838; Catharine, born May 1, 1811, died March 5, 1853; John, born October 18, 1814, died February, 1843. The youngest is the subject of this sketch.

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This family biography is one of 992 biographies included in The History of Brown County, Ohio published in 1883 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Brown County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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