Michael H. Morrin is a prosperous and esteemed citizen of Iowa county who has lived within its borders for about
a half century, during which period he has devoted his attention successfully to the pursuits of farming and stock
raising and now owns three hundred and fifty five acres of valuable land on section 28, Troy township. His birth
occurred in Ireland on the 14th of February, 1845, his parents being Peter and Margaret (Brennan) Morrin, who were
born, reared and married in that country. In 1848 they crossed the Atlantic to the new world, settling first in
Licking county, Ohio, while in 1855 they took up their abode in Muscatine county, Iowa. Eleven years later they
came to Iowa county, arriving here in March, 1866. They had eight children, as follows: Bridget, who was born in
Ireland and is now a resident of Williamsburg, Iowa; Mary and Peter, both of whom were born in Ireland and have
passed away; Michael H., of this review; John, a native of Ireland and now a resident of Cherokee county, Iowa;
Patrick, who was born in Ohio and now makes his home in Emmetsburg, Iowa; Catherine, a native of Iowa and a resident
of Williamsburg; and James, who was born in this state and lives in Iowa county.
Michael H. Morrin was but three years of age when brought to the United States by his parents and a lad of ten
years when he accompanied them to Iowa. He attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and on
the 29th of November, 1864, when nineteen years of age, enlisted at St. Louis as a member of the First Nebraska
United States Volunteers, serving on the frontier for six months. He was discharged at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas,
on the loth of June, 1865, and then returned to his home in Muscatine county but remained there for only a short
time, coming to Iowa county with the family in the following spring. Here he has resided continuously since and
agricultural pursuits have claimed his attention throughout his entire business career. His holdings now embrace
three hundred and fifty five acres of rich and productive land on section 28, Troy township, and in connection
with the cultivation of cereals he devotes considerable attention to live stock, raising shorthorn cattle and Duroc
Jersey hogs, which branch of his business adds materially to his income.
On the 14th of February, 1876, Mr. Morrin was united in marriage to Miss Anna Henson, daughter of Hugh and Sarah
Henson, who were married in New York city. Hugh Henson, who was born in Ireland, became the father of eight children,
as follows: John, a resident of North Dakota; Richard, deceased; Mrs. Anna Morrin; Catherine, living in Davenport;
Joseph, who has passed away; James, a resident of Rock Island; Hugh, who makes his home in Kansas City; and Michael,
deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Morrin have been born twelve children, namely: Leonard, who is married and resides in
Chicago; Augustine, deceased; Paul, who is married and lives in St. Louis; Rosella, the wife of L. L. Lynch, of
Cedar Rapids; Frances, the wife of Hugh O'Donnell, of Williamsburg; Ambrose, at home; Veronica, who became Sister
Mary Angela, at Des Moines, in 1905; Evalena, at home; Theresa, a resident of Chicago; Nell, who is attending St.
Ambrose College at Davenport; and Lambert and James, both at home.
The family are communicants of the Catholic church at Williamsburg. For almost a half century Mr. Morrin has lived
in this county and has, therefore, been a witness of the greater part of its progress, development and improvement.
He has always rejoiced in what has been accomplished here and as the years have passed has taken an active and
helpful part in promoting the best interests of this section of the state.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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