Invite to Dinner ~ Week 4

This week is “Invite to Dinner.” Which ancestor would you most want to invite to dinner?

I believe I would like to sit down with Margaret Moorhead. At one point my mother asked her father to help label the old pics we have and she was listed as “Aunt” Margaret Moorhead. I have searched for years to figure out exactly how she can be an aunt or was that a sign of respect to an older lady and she really had no connection? There was a story about her being very young and her only memory of the trip to America was a younger sister dying and the burial at sea. She was from Ireland according to all records so somehow connected to the Smiths.

Margaret Moorhead2.jpg

In my tree she is the mother-in-law of sister-in-law of 1st cousin 3x removed, her son having married a descendant of my great-great grandmother, Adaline Kent’s sister, Alvira Kent Hobbs.

I kept adding a bit to my knowledge by finding her or her son mentioned in old newspapers. For a while they moved to Connecticut but eventually moved back to Ellenburg. Her husband had been a soldier during the Civil War and died in 1867. She is listed as the manager of the farm with a value of $1500 in the 1870 census.  I eventually found her in probate records showing she was living with her daughter in Chazy at the time of her death in 1894.

  • Why did they move?
  • Why did they return?
  • How did it feel to be a businesswoman during that era?
  • What do you remember about life in Ireland?
  • What is your relationship to these other people?

This week’s prompt has led me to quite a revelation! In going back to to see what relationship there was in my tree from Margaret to me, I found that she had a couple hints. Following them, I discovered a marriage record for her son James Moorhead’s second marriage to Maud Peryea. His mother is listed as Margaret SMITH.

I am overwhelmed by this discovery. Where will it lead me from here?

4 thoughts on “Invite to Dinner ~ Week 4

      1. I am not a Smith, but my maiden name, Kirby, is a common British surname, though not nearly as common as Smith. I am new-ish to this family history research thing and I was wondering what to do with common last names.


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