|Birth: ||Mar. 23, 1842|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 1, 1881|
From "Morehead Family History" by Evelyn Potter Park:
Margaret Ann Morehead [was the] daughter of James Morehead and Drusilla Witherspoon. Margaret Ann grew up at Frankfort Springs in her Witherspoon grandparents home and she received her education there. In 1854 Mary Witherspoon, younger sister of Drusilla Witherspoon Morehead, married Henry Huffman and moved to Mercer County, Illinois. Some years later (1861 or 1862) Mary returned to Pennsylvania for a visit and when she went home Margaret Ann went with her aunt. She became a teacher in a rural school near Aledo. Her trip to Illinois was mentioned in a letter Margaret Ann's sister, Clemmie, wrote to her in which she mentioned them going by train and asking about the city of Chicago.
It was near Aledo that she met her future husband, Theobald Gross, a young teacher in a neighboring school district. He had come to America at the age of 12 in 1852 after his parents both died at or near Frankfort, Germany. Theobald served in the Union Army from Illinois in 1861, when he was wounded at the Battle of Belmont and received a medical discharge. On April 2, 1864 they were married at Galva, Illinois and bought a small farm near Aledo. Theobald continued to teach school during the winter months and farm during the summer. Their first four children were born during the time they lived in Mercer County, Illinois. Their fourth child, Mary Adrianna, died at the age of nine months and was buried in the cemetery at Eliza, Illinois.
The long cold winters in Illinois adversely affected their health, so when James Morehead suggested they join him in Wise County, Texas they decided to go. Margaret Ann's father met them at Ft. Worth at the train and took them by wagon to his farm in Wise County near Eldorado and Paradise Prairie (now known only as Paradise). They had rented a box car and shipped all their animals and household goods by train, arriving in the fall of 1874. Henry Theobald was born Feb. 1, 1879. He died the following August, 1880, and was buried beside Luther in the Paradise Cemetery. The family spent part of the summer of 1879 in Dallas, but had gone back to the farm when Henry Theobald died. That fall the family moved to Sherman, Texas.
In December 1880 Theobald Gross went to Dayton, Ohio to enter a veteran's hospital having been seriously ill the previous two summers with dysentery he had first contracted during the Civil War. Then on March 1, 1881 Margaret Ann died of pneumonia and was buried at Sherman, Texas. Left alone were two daughters, Clemmie and Lissie. Two neighbors, Mrs. Ashley and Mrs. Shomaker, helped take care of them, as well as the Presbyterian minister, Rev. Moore and his wife. The two little girls stayed with them and a Mrs. Bailey, who got their clothes ready for the long train trip across Indian Territory to north central Kansas. The pastor put them in charge of the train conductor. When they arrived in Clay Center no one was there to meet the train, and Lissie had the mumps. The conductor found a place for them to stay until their grandmother and uncle could be notified of their arrival. It was a long cold trip by wagon to their new home in the Parallel District where they made their home until they married.
Some notes from Darrell Brown:
The Huffman farm was the NE quarter of section 25 of Millersburg township (14N-4W), which is now 80th AV and 160th ST. It was only three miles from Aledo, the county seat. The Gross farm was evidently in section 5 of Eliza township (15N-5W), just north of Miller cemetery, and was 22 miles away from Aledo.
In going west from Frankfort Springs, PA, to Illinois, Margaret Ann left behind her mother Drusilla, her brother Washington, and her sisters Clemmie and Romana. They were caring for Drusilla's parents, John and Margaret Witherspoon, but when the parents passed away around 1867, the property was sold. Drusilla, Washington, and Clemmie then moved to Illinois. Drusilla used some of her inheritance to buy a small farm in section 5 of Eliza township, evidently the one where Margaret and Theobold had been living. It is shown on an 1874 plat map as belonging to "D. M." and is just north of the farmland where the Miller Cemetery is located. In 1870 Margaret's sister Clemmie married John Reed, who lived on the farm next to them. In 1873 Drusilla and her son Washington moved to Kansas.
During this time Theobald's niece Catherine Gross came to America and joined them. In 1874 Theobald moved with his family and niece to Wise County, Texas., to live on the farm of Margaret's father James Morehead. As for the farm in Illinois, an 1892 map shows it belonging to Joseph (and Clemmie) Reed.
James G. Morehead (1818 - 1875)
Drusilla Edgington Witherspoon Morehead (1821 - 1895)
Theobald Gross (1840 - 1913)
Luther Theobald Gross (1865 - 1878)*
Hannah Clementine Gross Winsworth (1867 - 1934)*
Lissie Drusilla Gross Gerardy (1870 - 1960)*
Mary Adriana Gross (1873 - 1874)*
Henry Theobald Gross (1879 - 1880)*
Margaret Ann Morehead Gross (1842 - 1881)
Romana Jane Morehead (1844 - 1864)*
Mary Clementine Morehead Reed (1846 - 1901)*
Washington Worth Moorehead (1848 - 1916)*
Note: There are reportedly thousands of unmarked graves in the West Hill Cemetery in Sherman, and hers could be one of them. Nevertheless, we await results of the gravestone census.
Created by: Darrell Brown
Record added: Oct 09, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98584791
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