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MOORMAN, Charles Walter - 1912 Bio (1838-1918)


Posted By: Joey Stark
Date: 9/24/2007 at 20:44:38

History of Jefferson County, Iowa -- A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement, Vol II, Published 1912, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago
Pages 398-399

Charles W. MOORMAN, a retired farmer now living in Packwood, is one of the best known citizens of Jefferson county, where he has resided since he was seven years old. The son of Thomas and Margaret (CANADY) MOORMAN, he was born in Highland county, Ohio, November 2, 1838. His parents were both of American descent, the father being born September 7, 1809, and the mother, February 14, 1814. Thomas MOORMAN was a farmer by occupation and came west when his son Charles was only six years of age, stopping in Henry county, Iowa, for one year and then going to Jefferson county, Iowa, where he located on a farm five miles west of Fairfield. He lived on this farm during the remainder of his life and died March 26, 1889, after surviving his wife for several years.

Charles W. MOORMAN remained at home with his parents until he reached his majority, attending the district school in winter and helping his father on the farm in summer. He then began farming on his own account, purchasing a tract of land in Black Hawk township, where he located and lived for nearly thirty years. In 1893, renting his farm, he moved to Packwood, where he still resides, having sold his land in 1902. He was one of the organizers of the Farmers Savings Bank of Packwood, in 1893, and served as vice president and director of that bank for years. In 1861 he enlisted at Fairfield, Iowa, in Company F, Third Iowa Cavalry, under Captain B. F. Crail, in Colonel Bussey's regiment. Soon after he was taken ill with a fever, lost the use of his right arm and was forced to spend the winter in a hospital at St. Louis, in consequence of which he was discharged May 18, 1862.

On October 3, 1867, Mr. MOORMAN was married to Miss Esther SMITH, daughter of John and A. L. (BRAS) SMITH. The father was a native of Massachusetts, born August 18, 1805, of English descent, and the mother was a native of New York, born August 17, 1827. They moved to Iowa in 1852, locating on a farm near Libertyville, in Jefferson county, where they lived for several years and then went to Brookville, Locust Grove township, where he passed away August 11, 1882. His wife survived him nineteen years, dying August 17, 1901, on her birthday, in Packwood, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. MOORMAN. Mr. and Mrs. MOORMAN became the parents of five daughters, two of whom are deceased, Louie (sic) Pearl and Zeta May, the former of whom passed away at the age of three years and the latter, at the age of four. The eldest child, Maggie Gertrude, and the youngest, Hazel Alice, are at home. The other daughter, Edith Angie, is the wife of G. T. EVERETT, manager of a department in the Younkers department store in Des Moines, Iowa. They have four children: Charles John, born August 23, 1903; Marjorie Aileen, born July 16, 1905; Theodore Sheldon, born January 10, 1907; and Max, born March 27, 1909.

Charles MOORMAN has been very active all his life in helping to further the interests of his community. He and all his family are faithful members and zealous workers in the Methodist Episcopal church of Packwood. In every relation of life Mr. MOORMAN has been honest and conscientious and, therefore, he is held in the highest esteem by all in the township where he is so well known.

*Transcribed for genealogy purposes; I have no relation to the person(s) mentioned.


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