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Leander Morrison

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Posted: 15 Sep 2000 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: Morrison, Mitchell, Jones, Elliott, Mason, Good, Spake, Enoch, Elkhart, Ruse, Pulse, McCowen, Dillon, Griffith, Reveal, Morgan
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 560-561

Among the citizens of Huntington county, Indiana, who have taken an active part in the development and early history of this part of the state, whose example exerted a beneficent influence and whose memory is held in deepest veneration, is Leander Morrison, whose name appears above. He was born in Bourbon county, Kentucky, November 7, 1806, and died February 13, 1880. His father, Andrew B. Morrison, was born July 18, 1780, and was married to Martha Mitchell, who was born September 25, 1786. They were both natives of North Carolina, but moved to Kentucky and later took up their residence in Preble county, Ohio, where he was a farmer until his death. Their children were Leander, whose memoir is here presented; James P., who was born October 10, 1808; Osmond, born June 17, 1810; Elijah, born September 29, 1812; Sarah M., born July 18, 1814, and now a resident of Preble county, Ohio; Andrew, born September 21, 1816; Rosanna, born April 23, 1819; Franklin A., born July 29, 1822; Lewis M., born February 21, 1825; Eli, born October 15, 1826; and Martha Ann, born March 4, 1829.

Leander Morrison remained at home with his parents and learned the trade of a carpenter, at which he worked for several years in Ohio. In 1833, with an uncle, F. Mitchell, he came to Huntington county, Indiana, and settled in Salamonie township, where he built a mill on the site now occupied by the McCoy mill. He then entered a tract of two hundred and thirteen acres of land in section thirty-three, which was in dense timber with no neighbors for a considerable distance. He erected a pole cabin and began clearing the land and carving a home from the wilderness, and here he lived and farmed during the remainder of his life. He was alert and active in public as in private affairs, and held a prominent place in the community. He was popular with the people and held a number of public offices, serving as county commissioner, justice of the peace, etc. etc.

Leander Morrison led to the altar Miss Matilda Jones, February 26, 1835. The children who have been given to their keeping are Calvin, deceased; Nancy, at home with her mother; Martha, wife of D. L. Elliott, postmaster of Warren, who is represented on another page; Sarah L., wife of Dr. R. C. Mason, of Hartford City, Indiana; Samuel, who married Berseta Good, a well-known farmer of this vicinity; Dr. John A., a successful physician of Wells county, who married Sarah Spake; and Lewis M. was twice married, first to Rosanna Enoch, and after her death to Lovina Elkhart, now cultivates the old home farm. Mrs. Morrison owns seventy acres of land, part of which is the Morrison homestead, and with her daughter Nancy has a pleasant residence just east of the old house in Wells county. They are members of the United Brethren church and stand well in the community, their native kindliness and genial manners gaining them unswerving friends, who have been loyal through years of close acquaintance.

Matilda Jones was born in Highland county, Ohio, March 7, 1816, a daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Ruse) Jones, both of whom are natives of South Carolina. They afterward moved to Clinton county, Ohio, about 1825, and in 1833 located in Huntington county, a time when Warren was not represented by even a single house and only a forest marked the site of the present flourishing village. The journey from Ohio was made by wagon, in the leisurely manner peculiar to those early times, the stock being driven along by the side of the wagon which contained their household goods. They had to go a long distance to get help to put up their log cabin, which was built for a tavern and which he most successfully conducted for a great many years. This tavern was the first house put up in what was afterward to be the flourishing village of Warren. Mr. Jones was an excellent host and gave the best attention to the comfort of man and beast when they stopped at his hostelry. He was very active in all county affairs, assisted in laying out the town of Warren, was trustee of the township and represented his district in the legislative halls of Indiana. He was twice married, first to Sarah Ruse, by whom he had five children, namely: Nancy, deceased, who married J. E. Pulse; Matilda, wife of Leander Morrison; Lucinda, who was the wife of Samuel McCowen, but is now dead; Silas, deceased, who married Eliza Dillon; and Allen, who married Rebecca Griffith. Mrs. Jones was laid to rest in 1825 and he was married to Nancy Reveal, who died in 1893, leaving four children, viz: William, a resident of Huntington; John, deceased; Samuel; and Sarah, wife of M. Morgan. Samuel Jones was a man of many resources and much decision of character; helpful and kind to the the (sic) needy and widely known and respected.

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