Moses Musgrave (1770-1831) and his son Enos Musgrave (1812-1883)


  Moses Musgrave 1770-1831


Moses Musgrave was the second child and first son of Samuel and Elizabeth Musgrave’s twelve children. He was born in Pennsylvania, married in Nancy Hamilton of West Virginia and later resided in Ohio where all of his children were born, except for daughter Nancy. He was a surveyor. The family later moved to Indiana where Moses made his home until his death at the age of 61. He died in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana in 1831. Moses appeared to be a larger man than his father. His hair was dark, whether red or brunette, we can not say. He had a beard and neatly trimmed sideburns, deep set eyes and the typical Musgrave straight nose. Nancy, his wife was a small woman, with an abundance of hair, that could easily be worn on top of her head. She was a pretty lady and looked to be loving and generous. His estate was settled on November 11, 1833 with son-in-law Samuel B. Wood as administrator. After all debts were paid, Enos, John and Elizabeth (Betsey) Musgrave received $2.10 each.  


Enos Musgrove 1812-1883

Enos Musgrove 1812-1883

Moses’ son Enos was more adventurous than his father. He ran a flatboat up and down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. He bought merchandise in Philadelphia and other large cities, then took it down the rivers to Louisiana to sell. According to his grandson, William Walker Musgrove, on one such trip Enos stopped at a place where slaves were being sold. A black man looked down at Enos and said “Massa, won’t you buy me?” Enos obliged, but as he couldn’t take him back to Indiana, he let a plantation owner have him. It is believed that the black man later did serve Enos.

 On September 15, 1833, Enos married Amanda Leming (Lemon). She was twenty years old, born on October 23, 1813 in New Jersey. They had four children, all born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana – William Tate, born in 1836; Helen M, born in 1838; Thomas J., born in 1840 and Henry born in 1844.

Between 1850-1860, they moved to Spencer County, Indiana, where they farmed and owned land about two miles south of Dale, Indiana. (In 1960, great granddaughters Norma Musgrove Craig and Emma Musgrove Medcalf visited this place. At that time, the old family barn was still standing.)

Enos, Amanda and their family belonged to the United Cumberland Presbyterian Church, which had been organized in May 8, 1841 by A.R. Downey. Before it was officially organized, it met in the home of Allen Medcalf. Early records show that twenty-four Musgraves were members of the church. Before the church was built, the people met in the home of Allen Metcalf.

In later years, a granddaughter of Enos went back to Indiana to see the old home place. It had been torn down and a modest home was in its place. A very kind black couple were living there, also an elderly grandmother who was so happy to be visited by her long ago “peoples” daughter. We believe she was the widow of the black slave Enos kept from the cruel men at the slave block.

Pictures show Enos had a full head of hair, even in his old age. He had a small beard, but full side-burns. The Musgrave straight nose and the same piercing eyes are clear in the pictures. He was a full-figured man and not too tall. Amanda was fairly tall for a lady and carried her extra weight gracefully. Her hair was worn, parted in the center with a bun on her neck. She looked to be a no-nonsense great-grandmother.

One of Enos’s sons was William Tate Musgrave/Musgrove. See the Civil War section for more information on William Tate.


“The American Family Musgrove,” by Richard Graham Musgrove.

The genealogical research of Norma Ennis Musgrove Craig and her sister, Beulah Musgrove Berryman were extensively quoted.


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