The Orlando Community
Another mystery brought to light by the 1859 deed to the heirs of Patrick Moran, the immigrant, is the fact that the deed was conveyed to Bridget, John, Michael, and Patrick, the known children of Patrick. However, the deed also references a full one-fifth share to “Margaret Moran.” No distinction is made in the deed between the known Moran children and Margaret. It is believed that Margaret Moran was actually Margaret Tulley, who was enumerated in the 1850 census of the Patrick Moran family, and listed as age 16, when they were living in Allegany County, Maryland. It is possible that Patrick had either formally or informally adopted Margaret and that she was considered as one of his children for purposes of the designation of his heirs. Whatever the case might be, Margaret later married George Bales of Philadelphia and lived in that city, as did Bridget Moran who had married William Durkin. Both Margaret and Bridget were living in Philadelphia in 1892.
Moves to Lewis County
In the 1880 census of Lewis County, Patrick who was then aged 23, according to the census taker, was still living with his mother Catherine and his step-father Michael Farrell on Ben’s Run. The census taker listed the family as being engaged in farming.
Left, front row, L to R: Leo Moran, Patrick Moran, Mary Ann Murphy Moran Back Row, L to R: William "Wick" Moran, Charles Moran, Dan Moran, Tom Moran, John Vinson Moran, Bridget Irene Moran, Margaret Catherine Moran.
As did most of his neighbors, Patrick Moran carried on the occupation of farming. Hard workers, Patrick and Mary and their family were highly respected in the Orlando community and were successful farmers, which in those days was judged by whether you could feed your family, pay your taxes, and have a little left over to buy commodities which could not be raised on a central West Virginia farm. Patrick and Mary built a new, commodious two story house on Three Lick which served the family well over the next three decades.
Patrick and Mary (Murphy) Moran with Grandchildren
Back Row, L to R Ralph Posey, Gordon Posey, Mary Posey, Edna Posey, Addie McCauley (Dolan) (Cousin), Perry Posey
Front Row, L to R Joe Moran, Myrtle Posey, Mike Posey, Lucy Posey, Patrick Moran (Grandfather), Tommy Posey, Sterling Moran, Mary Murphy Moran (Grandmother), Johnny Moran (on lap), Leo Posey, Harry Posey
As the children of the Patrick and Mary became older, they left Orlando for employment in other fields. The two older girls, Margaret and Bridget, married into the Posey family of Oil Creek. Margaret married Richard Posey and Bridget married Bruce Posey. The oldest son, Thomas was engaged in the oil and gas drilling business, as were his brothers Patrick, who re-located to Texas, and John, who worked first for the Gowing Veneer Mill in Burnsville and also later worked as a plumber in Burnsville and with the West Virginia Water Company. Daniel, after serving in the American Army during World War I, lived in Allentown, Pennsylvania and worked for the Central Railroad of New Jersey. Charles worked for Hazel-Atlas Glass Company of Clarksburg. His twin brother Wick stayed on in Orlando and worked the family farm but eventually moved to Akron and worked for Firestone Rubber. Leo, the youngest child of Patrick and Mary lived in Fairmont and worked for Hess Transfer. Michael, the third son of Patrick and Mary, died at a young age
above, right: John Vincent and Myrtle (Knight) Moran
left: Charles Moran, glass worker in Clarksburg, who married Mona Marple
below left: Wick Moran, father of young William who died of appendicitis.
right: Thomas Moran
left: the grave stone of Patrick and Mary Ann (Murphy) Moran
NOTE about Patrick Moran:
Some of the information in this story is given by way of family tradition and was passed down over the generations.