Special Someone Sunday

Sallie DeHaven Sterett Moorman
1851 - 1941
By Jospeh M. Smith

Sallie DeHaven Sterett Moorman was born at the Sterett place near the Hancock-Breckinridge line in 1851, the daughter of Baird and Elizabeth Haynes Sterett.  She attended Nazareth College, one of the first women in Breckinridge County to go to college.  In 1875 she married Dr. Jesse Lewis Moorman, a dentist who first practiced in Adairville but moved to Cloverport.  On Feb. 17, 1876, she gave birth to the first of her six children; the child, Mary Burr Moorman, was quite premature, weighing only 1 1/2 pounds, and was not expected to live.  She not only lived, but thrived; she was my grandmother!

A 1928 publication, A History of Kentucky, provides numerous biographical portraits of notable Kentuckians, and devotes a page to Sallie, characterizing her: "Mrs. Moorman has long been an active member of the Baptist church and the Women's Missionary Society.  She was the organizer and is a past regent of Edward DeHaven Chapter, D.A.R., and was also one of the organizers of the Cloverport Reading Club, of which she is still a member.  She supports the Democratic Party and during the World War did effectual work for the Red Cross society."

The picture accompanying this sketch is likely from 1940 or early 1941, as she died Feb. 27, 1941.

Background on this webpage are courtesy of:

Sherri Bradley - State Coordinator
Jeff Kemp - Assistant State Coordinator
Suzanne Shephard - Assistant State Coordinator
Dana Brown - County Coordinator
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