Margaret Ann “Peggy” Moorehead

Margaret Ann “Peggy” Moorehead

Death 14 Jul 1929 (aged 23)
Burial Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 8246713 · View Source
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Margaret Ann Moorehead was the younger sister of Agnes Moorehead. Unlike her
sister Margaret, or Peggy as she was called, gravitated to the profession of
nursing. It is said at the time of her death she had been working in New York
but came home to Hamilton County Ohio just be fore she passed a way in 1929.
She suffered a massive heart attack allegedly over a man's leaving her.
Death was at Miamisburg Hospital at 7:50 a.m.

Eighth cousin Tamela Thorne has many Moorehead family letters and documents.
"According to her blog:
It has been rumored off and on that Margaret died by her own hand. Let me end that rumor with the truth of it, she did. Margaret Ann Moorehead died on the 14th of July 1929 at 7:50am in the Miami Valley Hospital, Ward 8 of Bichloride of Mercury poisoning which the coroner ruled a suicide. A contributing factor to her demise was listed as Nephritis which was a fancy way of saying her kidney function was impaired."

Ms. Thorne further states of Margaret:

"I can only assume that between 1925 and her move to Dayton in the fall of 1928 that she attended college to become a nurse. I have never been able to find any record of her nursing degree or what college she might have attended to obtain it. All there is to go on is misinformation in an obituary that gives her occupation as a nurse and her mother’s reference in the letter to Agnes of a girl that Margaret had taken care of who was far worse off but survived. It has made me wonder if she might have been a psychiatric nurse but I’m afraid that we’ll never really know for sure. Her death certificate, which I have, lists her occupation as “at home.” This indicates to me that she either couldn’t find work or wasn’t capable of it any longer. The reference to her moving from Saint Louis to Dayton comes from a front-page obituary in a Xenia, Ohio newspaper and is specific in the details of the move happening the year before her death. It is transcribed below:

"“Miss Margaret Moorehead, 22, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J.H. Moorehead of 19 Stone Mill Road, Dayton, died at Miami Valley Hospital early Sunday morning after a brief illness. Dr. Moorehead is a first cousin of Miss Margaret Moorehead and William Moorehead of this city.

Miss Moorehead had been a resident of Dayton for a year, coming to that city from St. Louis last fall when Dr. Moorehead assumed the pastorate of Patterson Memorial Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her parents and one sister, Agnes Moorehead, New York City. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.”"

The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio, Monday, July 15, 1929

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  • Created by: Henry Arthur Gaugert
  • Added: 8 Jan 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8246713
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Margaret Ann “Peggy” Moorehead (23 Apr 1906–14 Jul 1929), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8246713, citing Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Henry Arthur Gaugert (contributor 46561276) .