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Andrew Gorman


Andrew Gorman was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1844, and was the youngest of four children born to Daniel and Catherine (Gorman) Gorman, both of whom were natives of Ireland. Daniel Gorman came to the United States when a young man and located in St. Louis, where he died in 1845, his wife having died there in 1844.

Being but an infant when his parents died, Andrew was taken by the Sisters of St. Joseph, in St. Louis, with whom he remained about nine years; after which Father Thomas Burk took him to Ignatius Moore, of Perry County, Missouri. Here he lived until the spring of 1861.

In March 1862, he enlisted in the Federal army, joining Company E, 12th Missouri State Militia, with which he remained until the regiment was broken up in 1863, and Company E attached to the 5th Missouri State Militia as Company L. Mr. Gorman was mustered out of service at Rolla, Missouri, in March, 1865.

After the war he worked as a farm hand in Perry County until July, 1865, when he went to Minnesota, and remained until he next fall. Returning to Perry County, he attended school the fall, winter, and the next summer commenced farming on his own responsibility.

In 1868, he married Mary Anastasia Cissell, born January 30, 1851, and soon after purchased and located on 300 acres of land in Bois Brule Township, but in 1878 he bought 120 acres of the farm he now owns, two and one-half miles north of Perryville. In 1880, he sold his first farm, and added to his home tract, which now comprises 220 acres.

Commencing life without money or relatives to assist him, he has won himself a good home and the esteem of all who know him. His wife is a daughter of Henry P. Cissell, and was born in Perry County, Missouri. They have children Emerson, Ida, John P., Nonette, Rosa and Johanna. In politics, Mr. Gorman is a Democrat, and is a member of the GAR [Grand Army of the Republic]. He and his family are members of the Roman Catholic Church.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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