|Death: ||May 15, 1873|
From Morehead Family History by Evelyn Potter Park:
Alexander Morehead was born 1793 either in Ireland or "On the Atlantic" as stated on the 1850 census of Hancock County, Virginia. He died May 15, 1873 at Steubenville, Ohio and was buried there in Union Cemetery. No tombstone marks his burial site in Section D, Lot 18 at 1720 West Market Street.
He married Nancy "Agness" Gibson, daughter of James Gibson, on May 25, 1815. They were married by Rev. Elisha McCurdy, a prominent pioneer Presbyterian minister and founder of the Three Springs Church at what is now Weirton, West Virginia. The farm of Robert Morehead is believed to have been located near that church. Nancy died September 18, 1862 and was buried at Kings Creek Cemetery about two miles west of Frankfort Springs, Pennsylvania. She was buried beside her father, James Gibson.
The family was on the membership roll of the Kings Creek (Seceder Presbyterian) Church which was located near that cemetery. Alexander and his family lived on the Gibson farm the first few years they were married, then at Frankfort Springs, Pennsylvania, and then moved to Allegheny, near Pittsburg. In 1833 they purchased the other Gibson heirs' interests in the farm in Hancock County and moved back there, where they lived until after Nancy's death [on Sept. 18, 1862].
The farm was located on the Pennsylvania line in Hancock County at a point where Beaver and Washington Counties touch the West Virginia line. It had been warranted to William McClean and John Hays by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1794 and deeded to James Gibson on June 25, 1799. According to affidavits filed in the settlement of the estate of Robert Morehead, it was located about five miles northeast of his father. He sold the land to E. A. and Philip Freshwater (201 acres) on 30 March 1866.
Alexander Morehead married (2) Mrs. Elizabeth Patterson, a widow, who lived at Steubenville, Ohio. They were married October 4, 1864 in Steubenville. Old letters written between 1862 and 1864 by Clementine Morehead to her sister, Margaret Ann Morehead who was teaching school in Illinois, granddaughters of Alexander, Clementine mentioned how anxious their grandfather was to get married again and that he was courting all the widows around there. Finally she wrote that he was marrying a widow in Steubenville. Eliza Patterson Morehead was born in 1808 and died in 1883, so she was 5 years younger than Alexander. She, too, was buried in Union Cemetery at Steubenville, though not beside Alexander Morehead.
In the following list of their children you will note there is a ten year gap between their first three children and the last two, so it is possible they may have lost infant children during that time. The following are the only known children of Alexander and Nancy.
1. Mary Jane Morehead b. 1816
2. James Morehead b. 1818 or 1820
3. Alexander Morehead b. 1818 or 1820
4. Gibson Morehead b. 1830
5. George Washington Morehead b. Feb. 6, 1834
It is believed Alexander Morehead served in the War of 1812 in Virginia. Discharged in late 1814 about six months before he married Nancy Gibson.
Note from Darrell Brown:
The 1820 census shows Alexander and family living in Hanover county, PA, with his wife, a son (James or Alec), and his daughter (Mary Jane). He is engaged in manufacturing with two other men. In 1825 he is listed as a sponsor of a new school house. In the 1830 census he and his family are living in the town of Allegheny, PA. The 1830 census shows four children born since 1820, three of whom do not appear in the 1840 census and presumably died. In the 1840 census Aleander is living in Brooke county, VA (later Hancock county, West Virginia), and has two additional sons born since 1830 (Gibson and George). Since Gibson was born in PA in 1832-1833, and George was born in VA in Feb 1834, the family must have moved to VA in 1833.
According to a document in an 1843 lawsuit, Alexander was living in Brooke county, (West) Virginia, "four or five miles" from the farm of his father Robert Morehead, putting it on the border with Pennsylvania. Robert's farm was next to Three Springs Church, in what is now Weirton, WV. In 1848 this part of Brooke was divided off to become Hancock county.
According to Bausman's 1914 "History of Beaver County," Alexander and Agnes were among the 42 founding members Kings Creek United Presbyterian Church when it was founded in 1854, across the border in Pennsylvania. According to the 1860 census, although Alexander and Agnes lived in (West) Virginia, the nearest post office to them was Paris, PA, just across the border in Pennsylvania. The town of Weirton was not built on this location until much later. The 1860 census shows that Alex and Nancy's widowed son Gibson was living with them, along with Gibson's two young children. Two years later Gibson married his cousin Romana Jane Morehead.
On Oct 4, 1864, Alexander, then called Elia, married Eliza Patterson and lived with her in a wood frame house in Steubenville at 222 Third Street North. On Second Street North lived the Freshwater family, and Alex/Elia sold to them the property he had bought from the Gibsons years before. The location of the property is shown on maps as belonging to the Freshwaters. It straddled the WV-PA border, with the PA part being in the northwest corner of Washington county, almost to Beaver county, along the Aunt Clara branch of the King's Creek. (See maps).
Afterward his death, his widow Eliza lived with her married daughter from her first marriage, Ella Hollis. She died in 1883.
Obituary from Steubenville (Ohio) Herald-Star, May 15, 1873:
Death of an old resident. This morning, at two o'clock, Mr. Alexander M. Morehead, an old resident of this city, departed this life. Mr. Morehead was well known in York [sic] county, West Virginia, where he resided for many years. During his long residence in this city he was universally respected and loved by all whom knew him. Being ripe with years he leaves the body for a brighter realm above, with naught that can be said against him. The funeral will take place from his late residence, near Kramer Chapel, tomorrow, Friday, afternoon, at 4:30 o'clock. The frieds of the family are respectfully invited to attend.
Robert Morehead (1768 - 1837)
Margaret Morrow Morehead (1771 - 1848)
Nancy Agnes Gibson Morehead (1793 - 1862)
Eliza Patterson Moorehead (1808 - 1883)
Mary Jane Morehead Cameron (1816 - 1890)*
Alexander Morehead (1818 - 1901)*
James G. Morehead (1818 - 1875)*
Gibson Morehead (1833 - ____)*
George Washington Morehead (1834 - 1897)*
William Morehead (1790 - 1863)*
Alexander M. Morehead (1793 - 1873)
James Morehead (1796 - 1881)*
Margaret Morehead Elliott (1801 - 1879)*
Samuel Morehead (1809 - 1889)*
Plot: Section D, Lot 18
Created by: Darrell Brown
Record added: Aug 02, 2012
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