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Old Protestant Cemetery, Charlottetown, PEI "Sacred to the Memory of Elizabeth the wife of Nicholas Morshead Who departed this Life Sept 16 1848 Aged 67"
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Marriage Card Pallot's Marriage Index http://www.cornwall-opc-database.org/
      Nicholas Morshead Sr was born about 1779 in Menheniott, Cornwall, England. He was christened on Jun 4 1781 in Menheniott, Cornwall, England of John Moreshead & Elizabeth Sleep [i]. [Click here for more]. Nicholas married Elizabeth Ann Hicks on Jun 10 1805 in Menheniott, Cornwall, England [ii]. Elizabeth was born about 1781 in England, christened Mar 29 1782 in Menheniot, Cornwall, Eng, dau of George Hicks & his wife Grace [iii].
      Nicholas immigrated to North River, PEI likely not long after the birth of their son Providence Edward Moreshead who was said to be born in England about 1819 according to his census records. The couple  are last found in Menheniot, Cornwall, England in 1815 at the christening of their son Joseph. The younger children's births or baptisms are not found there, perhaps they may have been somewhere in between Menheniot & PEI, but the first indication I have seen for their arrival in PEI is in Alice's notes where she states Nicholas Moreshead's name is mentioned in the PEI Gazette on Nov 7 1820. I have not seen this & have no further knowledge of it, but am most interested in the context. If this can be proven, this clearly would place his arrival before then.  A passenger record has not been found with the family on it. Many ship records do not appear to have passenger lists, although there is an extensive list of PEI ships that can be found on islandregister.com.
    A few other notes that may prove interesting include Mr. N. Moreshead appearing in the Royal Gazette, page 3 on July 26, 1836;  Nicholas Moreshead being named as a juror at the Foyster inquest on June 19 1844; and Nicholas Moorside, prizewinner at a livestock show in the Islander, page 3 on Sept 24, 1847. It is believed all these can be found in what once was or still is the PEI Heritage Foundation Records.
    In relation to the names Moreshead and Moreside it is supposed that the brothers remaining in the Lot 32 area, sons of this Nicholas,  were dubbed Moreside by neighbors and eventually adopted the spelling of the name. Several documents note both spellings.
     Elizabeth died Sept 16, 1848 age 67, and her grave is marked in The Old Protestant Cemetery in Charlottetown, PEI, although sadly, it has been vandalized. Nicholas is said to have died on Mar 21 1851 in PEI age 72 North Rustico, PEI - but I no source other than Alice's notes - as they are tied closely to the transcription of his will - perhaps there is a note there. He is probably buried in The Old Protestant Cemetery in Charlottetown, PEI, but his name is not recorded there with his wife.
Will of Nicholas, PEI probated 1851 record obtained by Alice Grant.
Last Will and Testament of Nicholas Moreshead Sr – died March 21, 1851 aged 72 years.
"This the last will and testament of Nicholas Moreshead of lot or township no. 32 in Queen’s county, Prince Edward Island, farmer, as follows, first I desire that my just debts and funeral expenses be paid by my executor hereinafter named out of my personal estate as soon as conveniently can be done after my decease also I give devise and bequeath unto my son Daniel Moreshead all the farm where on I live and which I occupy with all the buildings theron the stock and movables to be divided herein afterwards mentioned to my son Providence Edward Morshead all that leasehold farm containing eighty eight acres on lot 32 bounding on the north by John McPhee’s land on the east by William Warren’s land and to my daughter Sophia Morshead all that leasehold farm containing seventy five acres joining her brother Edwards Farm and to my daughter Jane now living with me having one child they both shall be maintained as provided for her by her brother Daniel as long as she shall choose to remain with him, but should she leave to settle elsewhere she then shall have two cows, now the stock to be divided thus: to Edward two horses, four cows, ten sheep, one plough, one double harrow, one cart, one sled the horses have to have their harness for cart and plough. To Sophia one cow, one feather bed to Mary Ann Robinson, one side saddle, all the remainder of stock and movables for Daniel and it is further my desire that Daniel do assist and help to erect and build a suitable house and barn on the said Edwards farm and I also reserve one halfacre of land on the corner laying on the north and joining Popprel Island Bridge to be held by Daniel and Edward for the use of a lime kiln and to the rest of my children that are settled and doing for themselves say, John, Nicholas, George and Joseph, Elizabeth and Mary Ann that the sum of one guinea a piece to each of them to be paid within twelve months of my decease and I constitute and appoint Joseph Moreshead and James Warren, John Scott Frederick Warren to be Executors of this my will revoking all former wills by me at any time hereto made, and declaring this only to be my last will and testament. In witness wherof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this the third day of May one thousand eight hundred and fifty. Signed: Nicholas Moreshead (LS)
Signed, sealed published and declared by the said testator as for this last will and testament in our presents who in the presents of each other have unto subscribed our names as witnesses. William Warren, John Scott,  James Warren
    This will was proved on the 28th day of March 1851 on the oath of James Warren and probate granted to the Executors therin named. Signed R. Hodgson-Surrogate Judge of Probate - As certified by A.M. Myers, Registar."
                                              Nicholas and Elizabeth had the following children:
1. John Mooreshed was born on Feb 27 1806; Mentioned in Nicholas's will.  see previous blog
2. Elizabeth Mooreshed was christened on Dec  2 1807 in Menheniott, Cornwal, England [iv]. Mentioned in Nicholas's will.
3. Nicholas Mooreshed Jr was christened on Oct 5 1809 in Menheniott, Cornwal, England [v]. Mentioned in Nicholas's will. Nicholas married Mary Ann Rodd on 29 Sep 1834 and died on Sep 1 1861 at age 54 of decline [vi]Further information on the Rodd family can be found here: http://www.islandregister.com/parker_rodd.html
        i.  Ann Elizabeth Mooreshed b. Dec 22 1834 bpt May 17 1835 by Rev L.C. Jenkins[vii].
      ii. Maria Moreshead b. Jul 4 1840, bpt Sep 28 1840 by Rev. Jenkins[viii]
    iii. Jane Moreshead bpt Sep 12 1842[ix]
    iv. Sophia Moreshead bpt Sep 12 1842[x]
4. Mary Ann Mooreshed was christened on May 2 1811 in Menheniott, Cornwall, England [xi], most likely died young.
5. Mary Ann Morshead Christened Mar 16 1815 in Menheniot, Cornwall, England [xii].  Married _____ Robinson according to her father's will noted above.
6. George Mooreshed/Moreside was b. a1806 [1881] ,christened on Nov 6 1812 in Menheniott, Cornwal, England [xiii]. Mentioned in Nicholas's will. George married Jane Hutton. He received a land grant of 100 acres in Lot 32 on Loyalist Rd Feb 15 1867 from Commissioner of Public Lands, John Aldous [xiv].  He died May 20 1896 [xv].
       i. John Alfred Moreside bpt Aug 29 1846 [xvi] m: Phoebe Bertha Coles. He died Aug 12 1936. [xvii]
     ii. James Hutton Moreside b. 1846, bpt Aug 29 1846[xviii], James Moreshead bpt Nov 24 1859[xix] 
            Either the older James died young or this man was baptized twice, not sure. m: Catherine Ann
            McDonald b. Jan 22 1859. He died 1912 at 52 buried Milton Cemetery. Children: George Moreside
           Caroline Moreside; Allen Moreside, Lorne Moreside, Benjamin Moreside, Kennet Moreside,
           Etta Moreshide; Sarah Moreside m: ____ Ford, Evelyn Moreside m: ___Roper, another daughter 
           m: Ben Coles, all living when Catherine died at a109. Two of James & Catherine's children died before
           her[xx].  See Census 1891. 
                    Those interested in her should see James's  brother George Samuel who she married after being
           a widow for a decade[xxi], & might look up the following articles & photos:  [The] Guardian Sat., 22
            Jan., 1955, p 1 - photo Catherine (MacDonald) Moreside, age 96 with 5 generations according to the
           Island Register website. Also see Guardian Weds., 21 Jan., 1959; Guardian Fri., 22 Jan., 1960, p6; 
           Guardian Mon., 22 Jan., 1962, p 6; Guardian 23 Jan., 1962, p 2; Guardian Tues., 22 Jan., 1963; Guardian
           Mon., 13 Jan., 1964, p 8; Guardian Fri., 24 Jan., 1964, p 6; Guardian Thurs., 21 Jan., 1965, pp 9 & 13; 
           Guardian 23 Jan., 1965, p 3; Guardian 12 Oct., 1966, p 17; Patriot Mon., 22 Jan., 1968, p 3; Guardian Fri., 
           26 April, 1968, p 2;
    iii. George Thomas Moreside b. a1848 bpt Sep 15 1848[xxii] Alice Grant's notes from here get a little
            fuzzy she indicates "George Samuel" - m1st: Mabel Jane Graham, m2nd: Catherine Ann 
            (McDonald) Morshead, brother James widow [xxiii]. He died Oct 1932 at 77 yrs[xxiv]. Catherine
            lived to be 109 yrs old & died on Jun 16 1968[xxv].  
                But it seems to me… that George & Samuel are different men. According to the 1891 Census - A
            Samuel had a wife Jane, Children: Mary E; Garfield, Albert, Harry. I'm not sure how this really all fits,
            or doesn't fit, together.
      iv. Matilda Jane Moreside bpt Mar 10 1853[xxvi] m: James William Coles on Aug 16 1876. [xxvii]
       v. Emily Eliza Moreshead bpt Jun 2 1854[xxviii]
      vi. Mary Elizabeth Moreshead bpt Sep 6 1850[xxix]
7. Joseph Mooreshed was christened on Mar 16 1815 in Menheniot, Cornwall, England[xxx]. Mentioned in Nicholas's will. Joseph married Sarah Hiscock. She died Nov 23, 1870 and is probably in the Old Protestant Cemetery. He died Nov 18 1877 North River, age 67[xxxi]. Land assigned to Sarah (Hiscock) Morshead can be found here: http://www.islandregister.com/landrecords/hiscock1.html. I have a note of Alice's indicating that [a] Joseph settled in Lot 10 in 1845 according to Meechams 1880 Atlas. I doesn't seem probable it could be anyone other than this Joseph - or perhaps it was confused by the Alas writer?
       i. Joseph Mooreshed  b. Apr 9 1840, bpt Apr 17 1841 by Rev. L. C. Jenkins[xxxii]
8. Daniel Mooreshed/Moreside was born about 1815. He married Catherine McKinley (who died of consumption)[xxxiii]. Mentioned in Nicholas's will. He received a land grant of 100 acres in North River Lot 32 Feb 15 1867 from Commissioner of Public Lands, John Aldous. The land in the 1880 Atlas shows "Moreside", as are the others, but the deeds state "Morshead"[xxxiv].  He died Feb 28 1880 age 65.
       i. John Mooreshed b. 1857 d. 1931 m: Fanny Warren Children: Lloyd Moreside; Fulton Webster 
           Moreside; Percy Moreside; Jack Moreside; Muriel Moreside; Douglas Moreside; Eric Moreside;
           [xxxv]
      ii. Daniel Mooreshed Jr. b. 1860 married Mary Ross[xxxvi]
    iii. Maude Mooreshed m: [an] Inspector Kiley. Children: Arletta Kiley m: ___Jones[xxxvii]
     iv. Jemima Mooreshed, never married, died in Boston [xxxviii]
      v. one Mooreshed child’s name is missing but married a Warren and ran a store[xxxix]
9. Sophia Mooreshed  b. Feb 1 1821 [1901 & 1891 Census] Sophia married James Jewell. [after 1851? As she is named as Moreshead in her father's 1851 will]
       i. Ann Jewel; b. Jul 20 1853, bpt Jul 1 1854[xl]
      ii. James Jewell b. Nov 1 1861 bpt Aug 24 1868[xli]  m: Rhoda _______[1891]
    iii. Elizabeth Jewell b. 1866 [1891]
     iv. John Jewell b. Jun 15 1864  [1901 & 1891 Censuses] m: Lottie______ [1901] Children: James Jewll 
           b. Oct 17 1892; John Jewell b. Dec 23 1894; William Jewell b. Jan 25 1896; Robert Jewell b. Jul 11 1898
      According to a letter written by Sophia Jane Moreshead Cain, dau of John, dated Aug 18 1907 she states: "Father had five brothers: Daniel, Edward, Joseph, George and Nicholas. He had four sisters. They are all dead now but two sisters." I believe the above Sophia is one of the sister's alive, but it is unclear who the other sister is. The letter is better detailed here.
10. Jane Mooreshed Jane married William Campbell. William Campbell likely died before 1851 as Jane & her son are noted as living with her father in his will, although her surname is not mentioned.
       i. Son Campbell b. bef 1851
11. Providence "Edward" Mooreshed/Moreside was born about 1819 in England [1881] Mentioned in Nicholas's will.; m: Jane ___________. She died before the 1881 Census.
      He received a land grant of 88 acres in Lot 32 near the division line of Lot 31 Mar 15 1869 from Commissioner of Public Lands, John Aldous. The purchase price was 12 pounds, six shillings & four pence [xlii]. In the will of Edward, described briefly in notes written by Alice (Moreshead) Grant it states he left his land to his son William subject to the maintenance of his brother John in board and clothing or a sum of money in place of board and clothing that John and William may agree upon, and remainder of utensils, live stock etc. that he does not leave to William he leaves to his son James. The will is signed and dated June 26, 1899. The name in the will is spelt Moreshead and signed Moreside, proving interchangable variations among this family. The name Moorshead originates from the head of a Moor in England and it is said all connect back to this one man, however the connection has not been determined by many.
      The 1881 Census of Canada shows Edward Moreside Lot 32 as widowed b. 1819 in England, living with him are: James Morside a2 [20?]; John a18, William Morside a15; Maggie Cameron a24
       i. Maria Louisa Moreshead b. Feb 25 1856 bpt Aug 24 1868[xliii] m: Thomas Yeo [xliv]
     ii. James Javel Moreshead b. May 20 1860 bpt Aug 24 1869[xlv]
   iii. John Alexander Moreside  b. Jul 20 1862 bpt: Aug 24 1868[xlvi];
   iv. William Moreshead b. Dec 25 1866 bpt. Aug 24 1868[xlvii]
12. William Moreshed was born Jul 18 1823 on Lot 32 and baptized Aug 8 1841 by L.C. Jenkins at St. Paul's Church in Charlottetown, PEI, bk 2 pg 172[xlviii]  He died four days later on Aug 12 1841 a17 according to Who Departed This Life: A History of the Old Protestant Burying Ground, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island by George Wright..

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Sources:
[i] Christening of Nicholas Morshead :  http://www.cornwall-opc-database.org/search-database/more-info/?t=baptisms&id=1143942 - Jun 4 1781 Menheniot, Cornwall, England "Base child"
[ii] Marriage of Nicholas Morshead & Elizabeth Hicks via Cornwall Parish Records Jun 10 1805, also available without an image here: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NFLJ-NZH; Letter from Sophia Jane Moreshead Cain dated 8-18-1907 supposedly copied verbatim from a letter originally given to her dau Helen Johnson from Sophia, and then passed on to Anna, Helen's sister, and finally to Mary Silliker. I the transcription more details can be found under Elizabeth Moreshead dau of John & Catherine - Add link
[iii] Christening of Elizabeth Ann Hicks Indexed via - https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N5ZT-Y4R
[iv] Christening of Elizabeth Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N5ZT-Y5G
[v] Christening of Nicholas Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N5D8-GQV
[vi] 1987 Moreshead Reunion Notes, compiled by Alice (Moreshead) Grant, many through living descendants at the time.
[vii] Baptism of Ann Elizabeth Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCXF-77R
[viii] Baptism of Maria Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCXX-PRX ;1987 Moreshead Reunion Notes, compiled by Alice (Moreshead) Grant, many through living descendants at the time.
[ix] Baptism of Jane Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCXX-P5Z
[x] Baptism of Sophia Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCXF-MJ9
[xi] Christening of Mary Ann Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N5ZT-59W
[xii] Christening of Mary Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N5ZT-59C
[xiii] Christening of George Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N5ZT-T9T
[xiv] 1987 Moreshead Reunion Notes, compiled by Alice (Moreshead) Grant, many through living descendants at the time.
[xv] Death of George Morside: http://www.islandregister.com/hutton1.html
[xvi] Baptism of John Alfred Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCXX-P5R
[xvii] 1987 Moreshead Reunion Notes, compiled by Alice (Moreshead) Grant, many through living descendants at the time.
[xviii] Baptism of James Hutton Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCXX-P5Q
[xix] Baptism of James Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCXX-PPB
[xx] 1987 Moreshead Reunion Notes, compiled by Alice (Moreshead) Grant, many through living descendants at the time.
[xxi] 1987 Moreshead Reunion Notes, compiled by Alice (Moreshead) Grant, many through living descendants at the time.
[xxii] Baptism of George Thomas Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCXX-PPK
[xxiii] 1987 Moreshead Reunion Notes, compiled by Alice (Moreshead) Grant, many through living descendants at the time.
[xxiv] 1987 Moreshead Reunion Notes, compiled by Alice (Moreshead) Grant, many through living descendants at the time.
[xxv] Birth & Death Date of Catherine (McDonald) Moreside http://www.islandregister.com/centenarians.html
[xxvi] Baptism of Matilda Jane Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCXX-PT8
[xxvii] 1987 Moreshead Reunion Notes, compiled by Alice (Moreshead) Grant, many through living descendants at the time.
[xxviii] Baptism of Emily Eliza Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCXX-PP6
[xxix] Baptism of Mary Elizabeth Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCXX-PTS
[xxx] Christening of Joseph Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JMTB-3XT
[xxxi] 1987 Moreshead Reunion Notes, compiled by Alice (Moreshead) Grant, many through living descendants at the time.
[xxxii] Baptism of Joseph Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCXX-PR7
[xxxiii] 1987 Moreshead Reunion Notes, compiled by Alice (Moreshead) Grant, many through living descendants at the time.
[xxxiv] 1987 Moreshead Reunion Notes, compiled by Alice (Moreshead) Grant, many through living descendants at the time.
[xxxv] 1987 Moreshead Reunion Notes, compiled by Alice (Moreshead) Grant, many through living descendants at the time.
[xxxvi] 1987 Moreshead Reunion Notes, compiled by Alice (Moreshead) Grant, many through living descendants at the time.
[xxxvii] 1987 Moreshead Reunion Notes, compiled by Alice (Moreshead) Grant, many through living descendants at the time.
[xxxviii] 1987 Moreshead Reunion Notes, compiled by Alice (Moreshead) Grant, many through living descendants at the time.
[xxxix] 1987 Moreshead Reunion Notes, compiled by Alice (Moreshead) Grant, many through living descendants at the time.
[xl] Birth & Baptism of Ann Jewell: http://www.gov.pe.ca/archives/parosearch/vital/individual-vital-information/recordId/152636/eventType/1
[xli] Birth of James Jewell: http://www.gov.pe.ca/archives/parosearch/vital/individual-vital-information/recordId/152483/eventType/1
[xlii] 1987 Moreshead Reunion Notes, compiled by Alice (Moreshead) Grant, many through living descendants at the time.
[xliii] Birth & Baptism of Maria Louisa Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCXX-PRF
[xliv] Marriage to Thomas Yeo:  http://www.islandregister.com/yeo4.html
[xlv] Birth & Baptism of James Javel Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCXX-P57
[xlvi] Birth & Baptism of John Alexander Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCXX-P52
[xlvii] Birth & Baptism of William Moreshead: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCXF-MJX
[xlviii] Birth & Christening of William Moreshead: http://www.gov.pe.ca/archives/parosearch/vital/individual-vital-information/recordId/159792/eventType/1     


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Christine Mooreside
04/11/2014 2:48pm

What fabulous research you have done! My husbands family is decended from William son of Provindence Edward, and there was no family history passed down, so this is really great information.
Thank you

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