Friday, August 19, 2011

Things you might be surprised to find in your family tree...

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Turner Morehead had two wives.  Not at the same time of course. Ann Ransdell was his first wife and she had a lot of kids. Mary (Polly) Hewitt Hooe was his second wife and they had a bunch of kids as well.  All told Turner Morehead had about 20 children.  As you can see, that caused a huge snarl in the family tree.

I've color coded the connections but  I'm sure I've left out a few somewhere in this part of the tree.  For now I think this shows exactly why our son was born with one pinky shorter than the other!  Heh.

As my son says, "that's jacked up mom."

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Moran, Irvine, Ferguson, Little Connection

On the back is written Richard M. Little "Dr. Ted", age 16 yrs.
I came across the picture of Richard M. Little a few months ago but he was set aside as my focus was on the main family of Morans.  But a few days ago I picked up a box of pictures and letters to take another look at them and there was Richard, again.  Since all of the material I work with is not related to my family I had to ask my husband, hey, you ever heard of a Richard M. Little?  He said the only "Little" he knew was his Aunt Tommie Little who was married to his Uncle Ferg.

*blinks*  A few months ago that information would've meant nothing to me.  I had no idea how a Ferguson was related to the Moran's, much less how a Little was related to a Ferguson.  Fast forward a few months of researching and the prospect of connecting the Little leaf to the Moran tree wasn't as daunting.

Flashback to 1987, that's when my husband and I started dating.  I never had the pleasure of meeting Uncle Ferg but I do remember the name.  When Kent and I first started seeing each other his Uncle Ferg was still alive and living in Greenfield, TN.  He was one of the extended family who would come to Thanksgiving every year at the Moran home in Dresden.  Thanksgiving was a large affair for the Morans.  Dresden was the family home and the center of Moran life, family would gather there for get togethers but the large gathering was at Thanksgiving.  By the time I met Kent a lot of his family had died off, moved away, or were too elderly to make the trip each year.  Sadly, Uncle Ferg passed away in December 1990.  

Moran Place, Dresden, TN, circa 1910
I don't have all of the dates and will fill those in later but for now I can add the leaves to the family tree! Let's begin.

Richard M. Little was born about 1879 in Tennessee, probably Dyer or Weakley County.  He was the second born in a family of seven children and his parents were Thomas and Sarah Little.  Richard attended medical school and by the time he married Ina Allen Bobbitt (b 1883) on November 12, 1902 in Weakley County, he was already a doctor. The wedding announcement appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association, volume 39 pt 2, 1902.  Richard was also known as "Ted", hence the notation "Dr. Ted" on the back of his picture.

Richard and Ina Little had three daughters: Sarah E. Little (b. 1906), Thomas (Tommie) R. Little (b. 1908) and Mary H. Little (b. 1910).  Please note that their child Thomas R. Little is a girl and is the very same Aunt Tommie that Kent talks about.  

Tommie Little grows up and meets Forrest Ferguson.  They are married July 30, 1935.  

Marriage record of Forrest Ferguson and Thomas (Tommie) Little.
Also, Albert G. Ferguson, Forrest's brother, is listed on the record as well.

Now it's time to connect the leaves of the Ferguson family to that of the Moran tree.

Forrest Ferguson was born April 17, 1899, most likely in Dyer or Weakley County.  He was the son of Charles A. Ferguson (born abt 1876, probably Dyer County) and Sophia A Irvine (born abt 1876 Weakley County).  Charles and Sophia were married November 28, 1895 in Dresden, TN.  They had two other children in addition to Forrest:  Albert Granville Ferguson (b. 1903) and Harry Ferguson (b. 1906).  Note that Albert G Ferguson's name appears under Forrest's name on the marriage record above.

Sophia A. Irvine was the daughter of Benjamin D. Irvine (1832-1916) and his wife Agnes Moran (1838-1932).  You may remember that I blogged about another child of Agnes and B.D. Irvine, Florence Irvine, who died tragically from severe burns she received in a fire in the Irvine home.  Florence is buried in the Moran Family cemetery while her parents are buried in Sunset Cemetery in Dresden.



Agnes Moran was the daughter of James Henderson Moran (1796-1843) and Harriet Harris (1813-1848).  She was also the sister of John Williamson Moran (1840-1912) who was responsible for building the Moran home in Dresden; James Henderson Moran Jr (1843-1864) who died at Bryce's Crossroads Fight during the Civil War as well as Martha Helen Moran (1833-1901), Eliza Jane Moran (1835-1852), and Marion Miller Moran (1842-1861).  

No slight is intended toward Martha, Eliza and Marion.  I just haven't had a chance to do much research or blog about their individual stories.  I do know that Martha married Rufus Franklin Scott and they moved to Gainesville, Texas founding a rather large Scott family dynasty in the Lonestar State.  Eliza Jane Moran never married and despite having the name Marion, Marion Miller Moran was a boy.  More information will come later.

And now you know who Richard M. Little was and his connection to the Moran family. 








Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Turner Morehead, Revolutionary War Veteran

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To get back to Turner Morehead you need to start with John Williamson Moran and his wife Sophia Riley Gunn.  Sophia was the daughter of Dr. Lyman Taft Gunn and Caroline M. Morehead.  Caroline was the daughter of Turner Morehead and Polly (Mary) Ann Hewitt Hooe.  The Moreheads and the Hooe's have a rather distinguished history but today I just want to salute Turner Morehead.

Turner Morehead was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, on January 7 or 17, 1757, depending on which record you are looking at.  He comes from a line of Governor's, Attorney's General, and other assorted Moreheads.  Turner married his first wife, Ann Ransdell, on June 14, 1779.   He married his second wife Polly (Mary) Ann Hewitt Hooe on January 14, 1798.  Together he and Polly had eleven children.

Turner Morehead was a farmer for most of his life but he also was a business man and was engaged in the milling business.   He enlisted at an early age in the Revolutionary Army.  He began as a Sergeant in Captain James Scott's Company of Virginia Troops in 1777.  In 1778, he was appointed Captain.  Turner was with Brigadier General Anthony Wayne at the Battle of Stony Point and it has been reported that he was one of the first to climb the parapet.  He received two bayonet wounds during the war.  According to "Adventures of Purse and Person", page 345, Turner was Captain of the Fauquier County Virginia militia during the Revolutionary War.  It has also been reported that he was an "intimate" of General George Washington and that Turner Morehead received a sword from General Washington for his service in the Revolutionary War.


Turner Morehead moved to Barren County, Kentucky in about 1811.  I have seen sources report his death as early as February 23, 1820 and as late as 1824.  So far all sources I've located say that he died in Barren County.  But I'm not so sure about that.  At some point  the Morehead family had connections to Nashville and/or had moved to Nashville through marriages with several of the Morehead daughters.  His wife, Polly, died May 20, 1838, and was buried in the Gunn Plot of the Nashville City Cemetery which is very interesting since her daughter Caroline Morehead did not marry Dr. Lyman Taft Gunn until two years after her mother's death.  Yet her mother is in the Gunn plot indicating an already close connection to the Gunn family.  In addition, the plat maps from 1908 show a "T. Moorehead" buried in the Gunn section.  It might even be possible that if he had been buried in Barren County Kentucky that the family, having removed to Nashville, had his body exhumed and transferred to the Nashville City Cemetery.

"T. Moorehead" in the Gunn Family Plot.  Map dated 1908.
There is much more to discover about the life of Turner Morehead.  I hope to expand upon his story later and to locate definitively his final resting place.