Michael Moran

Michael Moran

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My Moran line of the family came from Ireland in abt 1700 - 1710, migrated into Southern Maryland in Hughesville, Charles County area.

After a few generations, three Brothers - Robert, Peter and Hezekiah Moran migrated into Montgomery County, Maryland abt 100 years later to an area known today as Sunshine, MD. There is a family story that during the war of 1812, when the British landed in Benedict, MD - they marched thru the family's land in Charles County, MD. in 1814 on their way to Washington, DC. During the bombardment of Fort McHenry (1814), the family's could hear the "Bombs Bursting in the Air" from their farms in the Sunshine, MD region.

A few years later I found land records where the 3 brothers started buying Land in 1817 in Monongalia County, Virginia (now WV) in the Fairmont area - today it is Marion and Taylor County, WV. My ancestor Robert Moran had a farm in the White Day Creek - Bunner's Ridge area of Marion County and is buried in the Peter Moran Cemetery up on top of the mountain where they lived. At one time there was a small school in the area known as The Moran School. In the Marion County Library -Genealogy Room in Fairmont, WV , there is a small book (abt 100 pages) called "The History of White Day Creek" that has the history on this area.
Also there is a copy of the "Moran Exodus From Offaly" book published by Patrick Edward Moran, a book on the Moran Family History from late 1600 era.

From there as the generations expanded, many ancestors migrated into many other areas of WV including the counties of Marion, Tucker, Barbour, Randolph and Upshur .

Today I spend most of my time researching family history in the Randolph, Tucker, and Marion County areas. I have walked thru many cemetery's taking a lot of pictures over the years.

I currently live in Frederick County, MD, just about 75 miles from where my 1st ancestor came into America and about 30 miles from where the 3 brothers later lived. About 30 years ago, I was driving by one of the family's farms commuting to work for many years and didn't know it was part of my family history until abt 10 years ago.

In September 2017, my wife and I spent a week taking pictures in abt 12 different small cemeteries in just Randolph and Tucker county's, combined we took abt 3,000 photo's . So over the winter months of 2017-2018, I worked on sharing many of these pictures on Find A Grave with the hope that other family's can find some of their ancestors also.


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