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Notes for William Armster Morehead


William Armster Morehead History by Mabel Karaff 1-27-1983

William A. Morehead was born in VA, where his father died when William A. was very young. When he was about three years old, his mother brought him to Chillicothe, Ohio, Ross County, with his four brothers and one sister.

The next available information places him in Cleveland, Ohio where he was a tailor and shoemaker, presumably in his young manhood. Here he met and married Almira Bagley. The place of their marriage is not known but at some time apparently fairly early in life he moved to Powell County, Kentucky, near West Bend, some 15 miles SE of Winchester. He spent the rest of his life there.

He operated his own tailor and cobbler shop, and the story of told of him that when a fashionably dressed young man once came into his shop and noted his attire, (William A. not being noted for his own satorial excellence), the young man inquired whether he was the tailor. Receiving an affirmative reply he remarked, somewhat sarcastically, "You do not look like a tailor." William A. is said to have answered, "You cannot judge by appearance, you look like a gentleman."

He donated the land for the Methodist church and adjacent cemetery in West Bend, and helped to build the church. Both the church and the cemetery are still in use, and this is still the gathering place of the Moreland clan each Memorial Day in a giant family reunion.

William A. and his wife Almira now rest in that cemetery, and their oldest son, DeWitt Clinton, and his wife are beside them.

As told by his Granddaughter, Aunt Carrie Baker, William A. was intensely religious, refused to shave or perform any kind of work on Sunday. He is remembered as possessing a good voice and loved to sing at dusk when evening work was done; sometimes sitting on a hillside alone to sing.

Almira Bagley Morehead was a very industrious woman who was very fond of flowers, and known for her shrubs and flowers, long after her time. She also had a way with all plant life, and grew vegetables, fruit and berries in profusion. She was also a milliner, and her husband helped her to make and decorate hats for the ladies.

According to the 1880 census, he was a farmer at that time. His parents were born in VA, but the names are Unknown.

During the last years of his life, William A. lived with his son, Thomas Gray, and his wife, Jhoda.
His brothers and sister: Turner, Thomas, Charles, Milton, Susan (who died 11-16-1871.
It is believed that Turner and his descendants may have gone to Zanesville, Ohio.


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