Armstead S. Morehead

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Armstead S. Morehead

Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: Logan County, Kentucky, United States
Death: November 25, 1865 (57)
Logan County, Kentucky, United States
Place of Burial: Morehead Cemetery, Logan County, Kentucky, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Maj Presley Leland Morehead and Mary "Polly" Morehead
Husband of Dinah Morehead and White wife of Armstead Morehead
Father of Thomas Morehead and James W Morehead
Brother of James Duncan Morehead; Robert Woodson Morehead; Presley Leland Morehead, II; Elizabeth Ann Morehead; Susan Lyne and 3 others

Managed by: Stanley Welsh Duke, Jr.
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About Armstead S. Morehead

Armstead Morehead (1808 to 1865), had a son, Thomas Morehead, by his enslaved woman Dinah (whom other sources have recorded he treated as his wife - which I hope was true - but that might be sugar-coating the past, as many of us are wont to do). Dinah gave birth to Armstead's acknowledged son, Thomas Morehead, in 1837, or in 1838, depending on the reference one uses. The only thing that seems fairly clear is that Armstead was a widower when he began to cohabit with Dinah, and that Dinah raised both boys. Since Thomas was recorded as being born in Kentucky, it is possible that Armstead publicly acknowledged Dinah as his common-law wife and Thomas as his son, which he would have been less likely to do (even if he wanted to) if he (Armstead) had stayed in Virginia with the rest of his family of birth. The border states were considerably more realistic about life, birth, and men and women, than Virginia was (IMHO).

I must credit both Rootsweb and William Addams Reitwiesner’s work ( on Muhammad Ali’s ancestry, who records Mr. Ali’s great-great grandparents as:

Armstead S ... Morehead, b. ... 14 Oct. 1808, d. Green Ridge, Logan Co., Ky., ... 1865 [non-marital liaison) Dinah , b. ... , d. ...

Tina Gardner (amateur historian)

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Armstead S. Morehead's Timeline

October 14, 1808
Logan County, Kentucky, United States
December 14, 1836
Age 28
Kentucky, United States
Age 29
KY, United States
November 25, 1865
Age 57
Logan County, Kentucky, United States
Morehead Cemetery, Logan County, Kentucky, USA