A LOT OF MOORHEADS
This photograph was probably take sometime in the early 1880s. The man seated in the center is Jonathan Moorhead, my great-great-grandfather. He was born in Senecaville, OH in 1828. He died in the same town in 1903. He is pictured with his five sons. (There were also three daughters.) Seated left is George, 1851-1932. Seated right is William Franklin (Frank), 1853-1908. Standing behind Frank is Langdon, 1860-1948. Standing center is my great-grandfather, John Swazy, 1862-1948. Standing left is Jacob, the youngest son, 1864-1914. It was Jonathan's father, Alexander, who moved the family to Senecaville in the early 1820s.
Jonathan was a lumber merchant and brick manufacturer. He was also a Civil War veteran. (It is obvious by the years in which his sons were born that Jonathan got home a couple of times during the war!) John Swazy was a railroad agent, school teacher, and mayor of Senecaville.
There is a story is told of John Swazy during the days that he was the school teacher. He was apparently a short and slight man. (None of the Moorheads in our branch of the family exceeded 5'10". John was much shorter!) The older farm boys in the one-room school could be a little difficult to control. So great grandpa John, who drove a horse-drawn carriage to school, took his rifle with him. At the lunch break he took the boys out back for some shooting practice. He was such a crack shot that the boys gained a new respect for him and he never had a discipline problem in school again.