OHU50K NOTES $9,900
It ‘s abandoned now, but a wonderful elderly man lived in the house from the 1960s right up until 2014. OHU50K is featuring this property today not in the hopes that the house will be saved, but because it is attached to an interesting story…..or two. See the tragic, heartwarming and sad history that has transpired here in the “History” section below.
4600 Moran St, Detroit, MI, 48207. $9,900
According to Wikipedia,Charles Moran fought in the War of 1812 after enlisting at the age of fifteen, and was serving under General William Hull when Hull surrendered Detroit to the British. As a member of the territorial militia rather than the regular army, Moran was paroled instead of being sent to Canada as a prisoner of war, and he continued to participate in the defense of Detroit. He received a bounty of 160 acres for his service, but was unsuccessful in petitioning Congress for compensation for damage to his Detroit properties caused by the American forces.
He served as a county judge in 1831 and again from 1837 to 1841, and held various other positions including justice of the peace and alderman. He spent most of his later years managing the family estate, known as the Moran Farm. Rather than sell the farm off, he subdivided it into city blocks and leased them out, opening streets across it as he did so.
Charles Moran died suddenly at his home with the cause reported as “heart disease superinduced by indigestion.” Charles was the sole remaining heir to the Moran family fortune, which at his passing was estimated at $4 million (equivalent almost $100,000,000 today).
If you would like more background about the latest owner (Algernon Allister who died in 2014) and latter-day history of the house, please read the both heartwarming and sad 2008 article at John Carlisle’s detroitblog.org.