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James H. Morrow

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James H. Morrow

Huntington County Volunteer (View posts)
Posted: 1 Feb 2000 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: Morrow, Logan, Gardner, Unrue, Bond, Lancaster, Ulrich, Lines
From Huntington County Biographical Memoirs, 1901

James H. Morrow was born October 21, 1838, in Highland county, Ohio, to Alexander and Sarah (Logan) Morrow, and has been a resident of Wayne township, Huntington county, Indiana, since a lad of about eight years. His father and mother were of English and Irish descent, respectively, and were pioneers of Highland county, where they owned and cultivated a farm of eighty acres. This land was traded for one hundred and sixty acres of wooded land in Wayne township, this county, and the family took possession of it about 1846, when the township was but sparsely settled. As there was no house on their land the family took shelter with James Patterson, who resided near the land purchased by Alexander Morrow, until such time as they could erect a suitable domicile for the occupancy of the wife and little ones. Industry and perseverance have always accomplished their object, as they did in this case, and in the space of six weeks willing hands had put up a cabin of hewed logs and had it in readiness for the family, who moved in about the first of December. There were five children in the family, three sons and two daughters, and the father and sons at once set about clearing away the trees and getting the ground in readiness for planting. So diligently did they work that by the time plowing time came round they had five acres ready for the plow, and it was put in corn. The father was an excellent marksman, and an abundance of wild game was at all times a feature of their daily fare. Such is the early life recalled by Mr. Morrow. His sister Mary was the eldest of the family, and is now a resident of this township, the wife of Thomas Logan. Robert A. was the second child and lives in Salamonie township, near Warren. He has been twice married, first to a Miss Gardner, then to Miss Susan J. Unrue. Ellen J., the second sister, married John Bond, and is a resident of Grant county. Thomas A., the youngest, enlisted in the Civil war and gave his life for his country, dying in the hospital after one year's service in the field. James H. Morrow was the fourth child, and worked bravely to help his father convert the wilderness into a home. He attended school in winter whenever possible, and in this way acquired a fair education. On January 24, 1861, he was united in marriage with Miss Lucinda Bond, who was born October 21, 1841, daughter of Milton and Sarah Bond. Her parents were of English ancestry, and first settled in Jefferson township about 1830, and were among the pioneers of Wayne township. There were three children in the family: A brother, John, who was formerly a resident of Grant county; Lucinda remained with her parents, attending school and assisting in the various household duties until her marriage with Mr. Morrow, and she was well prepared to take charge of the new home and conduct it in a satisfactory manner. Mr. and Mrs. Morrow received but little in the way of assistance, their present comfortable circumstances being the direct result of their own labors. He is an intelligent farmer and has conducted his operations on a paying basis, being quick to see and adopt a feature which would add to his income or lighten his work. He found stock-raising to be a useful addition to his general farming and combined the two. Their farm is among the best in Wayne township, and is a notable example of what may be accomplished by thrift and industry intelligently combined. Three daughters were born to them, all of whom grew to mature years and went to homes of their own, viz.: Sarah Lancaster; Florence is the wife of Levi Ulrich, who was formerly the popular trustee of Lancaster township; and Dessie was the wife of Jacob Lines, who lived near Warren until her death, about two years ago (1899).

Mr. Morrow is affiliated with the Republican party and served them as supervisor several times, his record being one which will bear the closest scrutiny. He is a member of the Friends church, while his wife is a member of the Wesleyan Methodist denomination. Although they are abundantly able to retire from active life and spend their remaining days in freedom from care and labor, such a life would be most uncongenial to this energetic couple, who take great pleasure in their beautiful farm and fine, healthy animals, and no other location would give them the satisfaction of the rural home they have made for themselves.
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