Person:Margaret Moore (51)

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Name[1] Margaret Moore
Gender Female
Birth[1] 1778 Greene, Washington, Pennsylvania
Alt Birth? 1778 , , Virginia, USA
Marriage 10 Nov 1794 Green Twp., Washington County, Pennsylvaniato James Morris
Residence[1] 1860 Wetzel, Virginia
Death? Jul 1865 Wetzel County, West Virginia
Burial? Garrett Cemetery, 8 Mile Ridge, Reader, Wetzel County, West Virginia

It is said that the inscription on Margaret's tombstone was "Some Mothers have Children, Some Mothers have None, Here Lies the Mother of 21." Shortly after starting to research the families in my wife's line, I wrote to 'THE TRI-COUNTY RESEARCHER', a quarterly publication covering the West Virginia counties of Marshall, Tyler, and Wetzel. Among the information received is an answer from Ethel Briggs, then co-editor. She wrote that she researched the family of James and Margaret for an entire summer. She was intrigued with the story that on Margaret's tombstone was the inscription, "Some have children, some have none, but this one had twenty one." After an extensive search she found an old man in his 80's who knew where the cemetery was, and who had dug many graves in it during his lifetime, and verified that he had seen the inscription. It was in the old Garret Cemetery, not far from the home of her son Nathan. The grave is supposed to be to the left down over the hill, next to the fence. The marker has broken and is gone. She said that James is supposed to be buried here with no marker. Mrs. Briggs goes on to tell of research in the Blacksville, W. Va., area, and in the Courthouse of Wetzel County. She accounted for 16 births to this woman, and thought that there may have been other children who may have died very young. Margaret Moore Morris is said to have been a mid-wife, and highly thought of, and with her father being a doctor this is very probable. It was said that she would walk for miles with her little black bag to help a mother in labor.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1860 United States Federal Census. (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1)
    Year: 1860; Census Place: , Wetzel, Virginia; Roll: M653_1384; Page: 75; Image: 76.

    Birth date: abt 1775Birth place: VirginiaResidence date: 1860Residence place: Wetzel, Virginia

  2. Public Member Trees. (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data - Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.Original data: Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.)
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