In Memoriam

Members In Honored Memoriam

For their devotion to family and our history

An old Gaelic proverb goes, "Remember the men from whence you came." I, Raymond L. Morehead, would like to update this to, "Remember the men and women from whence you came, for in the remembering they live once again for all those that follow."

"They Are Not Gone From Us, Those Who Are Remembered"

In memory of our eldest founding member, Anna Muirhead Heiss (1898-2001).

Her long and beautiful life came to a close, passing on to her heavenly home on December 5th, 2001, at the golden age of 103 years old. Dedicated mother, grandmother, and great grandmother to her family, Anna's genealogical contributions to the Muirhead Clan remains invaluable and will be remembered for the great aid it gives to so many other family researchers.

Gavin Muirhead, founding member and beloved husband of
Dorothy Scott Muirhead, Clan Society Elder.

He was born May of 1909 in Omaha, Nebraska, and passed on December 29th, 2000 in Beatrice, Nebraska. He served in the US Naval forces during WWII, in the South Pacific and in Italy. He married Dorothy Scott in 1953, in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was a life member of the Naval Academy, a Pearl Harbor Survivor, the 89th Field Artillery, 25th Infantry Division, and a retired colonel in the Army Reserves. Gavin and Dorothy's contributions to the Clan Society Database, as well as of time and friendship are greatly appreciated. Gavin Muirhead will be greatly missed.

Ray Jerome Muirhead, who devoted a good part of his life to the rediscovery of the Genealogy and history of the Muirhead Clan. Who in collaboration with Vernon Muirhead, present day Clan Elder, spent a period of about 40 years researching and documenting the Clan Muirhead. Ray’s work is recorded in his family history book, "THE HENRY MUIRHEID/MUIRHEAD FAMILY OF VIRGINIA & MISSISSIPPI" , Privately printed Virginia 1989.

Major Gracieuse L. Muirhead, retired U.S. Army Nurse, granddaughter of William Muirhead, b. 1835 d. 1911. William, who emigrated from Scotland, and brought with him his Tartan Outfit. After William’s death, Grace kept his Tartan Outfit and was interviewed by Ray Jerome Muirhead for his book. After Grace’s death, the Tartan Outfit came to be in the loving care of her niece, Frances H. Swanson.

Founding Member, Richard Muirhead of Lakewood, CO. passed away December 7, 2003. Richard gave much during his life, a help to many and will always be remembered as a most giving friend, Husband, father and will be greatly missed by all.

Honorary Founding Member, Mrs. Elizabeth Pamela Mary Hewett of England, who passed from us in November and will now be added to our memorial page. Her dedication and hard work as a family researcher greatly helped the core genealogy contributed to our database and she will be greatly missed by all.

Dr. James S. Muirhead-Gould, 69 of Canton, Ohio passed away quietly on Sunday, May 9, 2004. Born on March 5, 1935 in Berlin, Germany, he was the son of the late Gerard and Grace (Riseley) Muirhead-Gould. He grew up in Surrey, England and later moved to Montreal. He received his B.S. Degree at McGill University and his Ph D. at the University of Ottawa. He taught chemistry and physics at Walsh University for 29 years. He will be remembered as a brilliant man with a gentle spirit who cherished his wife and children and who loved nature.

Sandra “Sandy” Marie (nee: Theken) Muirhead-Gould passed away Saturday, August 27, 2022, at 10:20am, in the comfort of her northern Kentucky home with her daughter and caretaker by her side. She was surrounded by family both before and after her passing, where her children read her letters and shared pictures and memories, and her grandchildren sorted through treasures, laughed, and filled her condo with joy. In the company of Sara and John, Sandy was also able to listen to a recording of her late husband’s cheerful voice before she passed. <Obituary>

In Memory of Member Cecil E McClelland, husband of Carrie Ruth Muirhead McClelland,
b. Feb. 27, 1922 – d. Jan. 10, 2005

When you lived your life for others and you loved without condition.
When you made so many laugh and your smile won't be forgotten.
When you left behind an empty place that no one else can fill.
When the friendships that you shared long to be renewed.
When you built your life on hope and fulfilled it every day.
The footprints that you left behind will bring us face to face.
So, Goodbye is not forever, your only steps away.

Muirhead Clan Member Claudia Christine (Pikey) Christopher died at her home on September 16, 2005 due to complications from two strokes she had on August 27, 2005. Memorial Service was Monday Sep 19, 2005 at 7:00 pm Dietrich-Mothershead Chapel, DeSoto MO. Interment Jefferson Barraks National Cemetery.

Edward Rudolph Simpson passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2007. Ed served in WWII as a radio officer-purser in the U.S. Maritime Service. Ed and his wife, Doris created and owned Muirhead Restaurant in Ringoes, NJ which was extremely popular for 20 years at which point he elected to venture out into the specialty food business and develop a line of Muirhead fruit butters, mustards, vinaigrettes, mincemeat, and chutneys.


Arthur passed away on Sunday 25th July in the Berri Hospital, in South Australia. Arthur was born 1933. His 8 siblings travelled from around Australia, most from Brisbane, Queensland. We visited Arthur in hospital in Berri. Arthur (seated) surrounded by his 5 brothers and 3 sisters. Arthur and his brothers have been a long time members and supporters of CLAN MUIRHEAD Arthur will be sadly missed by all.


He was born, raised and educated in Oregon but lived much of his life in Hawaii and Sacramento, California.  He was quite a character, with a great sense of humor.  He was a fine artist, dramatist, as well as a caber tosser in the Scottish Highland games on the West Coast.  His Moorhead/Muirhead ancestry started in Oregon from the Pennsylvania and New Jersey James Moorheads, previously the John Moorheads from Antrim, Ireland, back to James Moorhead in Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Henry Crisler (Buddy) Muirhead, Jr (age 93) passed away peacefully at home in Searcy, Arkansas on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Buddy was born July 20, 1928 in Greenville, Mississippi to Henry Crisler Muirhead, Sr, and Lillian Davis Muirhead.

Henry Crisler Muirhead, Jr. - Obituary

Louise Sophia Stark Muirhead

She was born on May 31, 1929 and died January 24, 2019, in Groton Connecticut to William Russell Stark (Clan Muirhead, and Florence Ruth Waterhouse. She was married to Vernon Eugene Martin, of Gray, Kentucky on May 24, 1955, Wilmington, Delaware by the city Mayor August Frederick Walz, by Ian Oliver Martin

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