William Leader Sansom

William Leader Sansom

William Leader Sansom, b 5 May 1854 McConnelsburg, Fulton Co., PA d 21 Apr 1936 Clarion Co., PA, married Mary Morrow McKee Moorhead b 18 Sep 1856 Taylorsville, Indiana Co., PA d 23 Aug 1927.

From History of Moorhead Family From The Latter Part of the Sixteenth Century to the Present Time, Compiled and Published by A.T. Moorhead (Mary's father), Indiana, PA August 23, 1901, pg 34 states:

Mary Morrow McKee Moorhead, daughter of Alexander Thompson and Mary Jane Hutchison Moorhead, was born at Taylorsville, Indiana county, September 18, 1856, and was married to William Leader Sansom on December 19, 1877. They located in Harrisburg, where her husband was occupying a position in the auditor-general's department. Later, they went to Brookville, Jefferson county, where he engaged in journalistic work, publishing the Jefferson Democrat.

Selling that paper, he purchased a half interest in the Clarion Democrat and moved to that place. Mr. Sansom is a thorough newspaper man, having learned the art of printing in his father's office -- the Indiana Democrat -- commencing at the lowest rung of the ladder. He is one of the best, practical printers in the state; a forcible, conscientious writer and a loyal Democrat. In June, 1901, he purchased his partner's interest in the plant, and is now sole editor and proprietor of the Clarion Democrat, which paper has the largest circulation of any in that county.

In this union there were born five children -- Frank Moorhead, at Harrisburg, November 6, 1879, and who died at Brookville, July 1, 1881; Charles Leader, at Harrisburg, December 13, 1880; Mary Moorhead, at Brookville, February 28, 1884; Dorothy Jeannette, at Clarion, August 2, 1891; Martha Elizabeth, November 22, 1894. After completing his education, Charles Leader Sansom entered his father's office, mastering the art. In 1900, he was chosen instructor in the printing department of the United Presbyterian Mission School at Norfolk, Virginia, and after filling this engagement returned to Clarion, where he is employed as foreman in his father's office.


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