James Moran was born in Rush county on September 27, 1856,. He was the son of Patrick and Bridget (Lavel) Moran, both natives of Ireland who emigrated to America after their marriage, arriving in Rush county I 1857, where they took up farming. Patrick Moran was born in 1835 and died on April 17, 1908. His wife died on July 4, 1911. They were the parents of twelve children all of whom at the present time are living.
After receiving his education in the district schools, James Moran, engaged for awhile in farming, but at the age of twenty-three he took up the blacksmith trade, and worked in different shops in the county until in 1907 he went in business for himself in the shop which he now occupies.
On August 9, 1893, James Moran was married to Elizabeth Shcrader, who was born in Indianapolis on September 29, 1856, and who was the daughter of Rudolph Shcrader, a mechanic of Indianapolis. She was one of eight children, six of whom are still living. Her father and mother are both dead.
Mr. and Mrs. Moran have but one child, Lillian. She received her early education in the Greenfield schools and later took a musical course at St. John's school at Indianapolis. James Moran is a Democrat in politics and at present is chief of the Greenfield fire department, having been connected with this department for twenty years. The entire Moran family are Catholics.
Transcribed from History of Hancock County, Indiana, Its People, Industries and Institutions by George J. Richman, B. L., Federal Publishing Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1916. Pages 891-892.
Submitted by Sylvia (Rose) Duda, Laingsburg, MI September 20, 2001.
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