Katie was born to Carrie Moreain, daughter of Christopher and Gertrude Gabe Moreain. The family lore goes a bit like this. The Moreain's were devoutly Catholic. Carrie fell in love with a Protestant young man by the name of Albert Wilson. She wanted to marry him, but her parents refused to allow it. Carrie became pregnant with Katie and was still not given permission to marry. She gave birth to her daughter and continued to live with her parents. Katie took the last name Moreain and never was a Wilson.
Gertrude died suddenly in 1907. Because her death came shortly after a severe beating from her husband, he was arrested on charges of murder. He was later released after an autopsy revealed that she died of Bright's Disease.
At that time, Carrie became homeless. She was forced to give Katie into the care of neighbors, Charles and George Anne Persinger. They raised Katie from the time she was about 3 years old. When she was 12, Carrie, who had remarried a Stahl, came back to get Katie. Katie did not want to leave the Persingers because they were kind. It was the only family she knew. George Anne cleverly agreed to turn Katie over to Carrie if she could pay for her room and board for the last 9 years. Of course, she couldn't.
Sadly, Carrie always seems to have lived near poverty. For a time, she and the Stahl children (Katie's 1/2 siblings) lived in a tent near the railroad tracks and eeked out a living collecting coal from passing rail cars. I know Katie did have a relationship with Carrie in her later years. Carrie died 25 February 1965 and is buried at Beech Grove.
I remember Katie very well. She was a strong woman--tallish and rotund, until she got sick. She was kind to me, but I think she was a fairly firm mother. I do remember that she always got the last word with my grandfather, who was extremely opinionated! He would never disrespect her. She attended Glad Tidings Assembly of God and was very religious. She didn't like Catholics, and I wonder how much of that had to do with her mother's troubles.(as told to me by Matthew Shaw-my 3rd cousin)