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William Moorman
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Birth: Jan. 4, 1815
Brading, England
Death: Jun. 25, 1873
Byron Center
Kent County
Michigan, USA

William's parents were William D. Moorman & Elizabeth Granger. He was baptized in Calbourne, Isle of Wight, England on 1-4-1815. On 1-2-1832 he married, in Washtenaw Co., Orpha Sisson (about 1817 – 3-27-1882). They lived in the Ypsilanti area for several years and continued farming. Eventually they moved to Kent County. They are buried in Boynton Cemetery, Byron Center, Kent Co. MI. William was 15 when his family moved to Rawsonville, MI. He was only 16 when his father died, and William found himself as ‘head of the family'. He married Orpha Sisson at age 17. They farmed at Rawsonville for several years, and in 1853 they moved to Kent Co. with their 5 youngest children. (Laura had married VR Stid and lived near Mason. Mary was married and lived near Dexter.) William was a carpenter and joiner by trade. But the wilderness demanded that he devote all his time to farming. When William and Orpha settled in Kent Co. Indians were still hunting in the woods. There were no roads, only trails; most food, supplies and mail came down the Grand River. The Moorman farm sat on 76th Street. The house was on one side of the road and the barn on the other. The house burned when their son William lived there. William was a Whig (politically), and the Bible was his guide. 
 
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 Parents:
  William D Moorman (1787 - 1831)
  Elizabeth Granger Moorman (1789 - 1877)
 
 Spouse:
  Orpha Sisson Moorman (1817 - 1882)
 
 Children:
  Laura Ann Moorman Stid (1834 - 1904)*
  Mary Elizabeth Moorman Conrad (1835 - 1893)*
  William T. Moorman (1840 - 1909)*
  Ann Eliza Moorman Oakley (1843 - 1910)*
  George Moorman (1845 - 1932)*
  Hariet Moorman McDuffee (1848 - 1934)*
  Abigail Moorman Lever (1850 - 1910)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Moorman Howe (1811 - 1902)*
  William Moorman (1815 - 1873)
  James Moorman (1816 - 1853)*
  George Moorman (1823 - 1895)*
  Sarah Moorman Howe (1830 - 1910)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Boynton Cemetery
Byron Center
Kent County
Michigan, USA
 
Created by: Theron & Helen Smith
Record added: Nov 15, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31432471
William Moorman
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William Moorman
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William Moorman
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My ggg grandfather, a wilderness farmer.
- Theron & Helen Smith
 Added: Feb. 8, 2011
 
 
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