Frank Moorhead


FRANK MOORHEAD, late of Kittanning township, Armstrong county, where he followed farming for many years, was a well and favorably known resident of that district. He was born May 8, 1842, and was a native of Clarion county, Pa., where his father, John Moorhead, was also born. The family is of Scotch descent.

John Moorhead moved with his family to Armstrong county in 1850, and located in Manor township, where he and his wife resided to the end of their days. He was a farmer by occupation. He married a White, and they had a family of nine children, namely: John died in Kittanning township; Walker served during the Civil war in the 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry, and died in Colorado; James, who is now living at Leechburg, Armstrong county, was in the 78th Pennsylvania Regiment during the Civil war, serving three years and three months; Frank is mentioned below; Polly is deceased; Lydia is the widow of Warren Sibley, of DuBois, Pa.; Rebecca is deceased; Sarah is deceased; Malissa is the wife of Washington Patrick, of Kittanning township. The father of this family was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Frank Moorhead was educated in the common schools. When a young man he worked in Jefferson county, Pa., in the pine woods. On Oct. 14, 1861, he enlisted at Kittanning, becoming a member of Company B, 78th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, was under the command of Colonel Sirwell, and was sent to Pittsburgh, thence by boat to Louisville, Ky. They joined the Army of the Cumberland, and Mr. Moorhead saw active service at the battles of Green River (December, 1861), Rogersville (May, 1862), Lavergne (Oct. 1, 1862), Neelys Bend (Oct. 19, 1862), Goodlettsville (Dec. 5, 1862), Franklin (December, 1862), Stone River (Dec. 26 1862), Liberty Gap (Jan. 26, 1863), Hoover's Gap (December, 1863), McLemore Cove or Dry Gap (Sept. 10, 1863), Chickamauga (Sept. 10 to 23, 1863), Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge (November, 1863), Buzzard's Roost (May, 1864), Kenesaw Mountain (June, 1864), train guard (June 27, 1864), Dalton (Aug. 14, 1864), Pulaski and Nashville. He was discharged Nov. 14, 1864. Though sick a great deal during the period of his service Mr. Moorhead did not go to hospital, finding a private stopping place.

Returning to his old home in Pennsylvania at the close of his service, Mr. Moorhead settled in Kittanning township, where he continued to reside until his death. He was an industrious man, successful in his farming operations, and one of the substantial and respected citizens of his community, enjoying the esteem of all who knew him. He was a member of the M. E. Church, and in politics was stanch in his allegiance to the Republican party.

On Dec. 6, 1866, Mr. Moorhead was married to Margaret Patrick, who was born on what is now the site of Wickboro, Armstrong county, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Graham) Patrick, both of whom were of Irish stock. They were born in Pennsylvania, and died in Armstrong county. Mr. and Mrs. Patrick had a family of six children: James Henry, who is deceased; John, now of Carbondale, Colo.; Margaret, Mrs. Moorhead; Clara, wife of Isaac Dunmire, of Manorville, Pa.; Nancy, living at Newcastle, Pa., wife of James Gray; and Mary, deceased.

To Mr. and Mrs. Moorhead were born the following children: A. S., who received his early education in the common schools near his home, also attending at Dayton and Edinboro, taught school for three terms, studied law, was admitted to the bar at Bradford, Pa., and is now engaged in practice at Allegheny, Pa. (he married Henrietta Beck); J. M. was educated in the local schools, and has always lived at home, following farming; Carrie married William Gidle and has two sons, Roy and George (they are living at Kittanning); Mona married Ira Montgomery, of Cowanshannock township, Armstrong Co., Pa.; Wade, deceased, was employed in Pittsburgh by the wholesale grocery firm of Johnson, Earl, McCleery & Meyers.

Source: Pages 811-812, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by James R Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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