JOHN M. MORGAN.
Although he has passed the venerable age of four score years John M. Morgan, now living retired at Columbus City,
takes a lively interest in world affairs and continues a valued factor in the community. Long identified with agriculture
and stock raising in Louisa county, his name is known throughout a wide section and it is always spoken with the
respect due to one who in all his transactions has aimed to be strictly honorable and just.
He was born in Wales, September 10, 1830, a son of John and Catharine (Evans) Morgan. The father emigrated to America
with his family in 1844 and in 1845 arrived in Iowa, settling in what was then known as the Welsh neighborhood,
west of Columbus City. For more than thirty five years he engaged in farming, becoming the owner of a valuable
property of two hundred and fifty acres. He died in 1882 and his wife is also deceased. In their family were four
children: Elizabeth, who married John Reese, of Columbus City, and is now deceased; Ann, who became the wife of
Edward Davis, of Columbus City, and is also deceased; John M.; and Evan, deceased.
John M. Morgan received his early education in his native country and at fourteen years of age crossed the ocean
with his parents to seek his fortune in the new world. He soon adapted himself to conditions different from those
he had known earlier in life and became a patriotic and progressive American citizen. He remained an inmate of
the parental home after reaching his majority and assisted his father in the cultivation and management of the
home place. After the death of the father he purchased the interests of his brothers and sisters, becoming sole
owner of the farm. He carried on general farming and stock raising with marked success and so continued until 1905,
when he sold out and bought a comfortable residence in Columbus City, where he has since lived.
On the 27th of February, 1865, Mr. Morgan was married to Miss Ann Lewis, a daughter of Thomas and Mary (Roderick)
Lewis, both of whom were born in Wales. They came to this country in 1848 and took up their residence. near Burlington
in Des Moines county. After the close of the Civil war they removed to Livingston county, Missouri, where Mr. Lewis
engaged in farming. He died at the age of seventy four and his wife is also deceased. In their family were five
children: Joseph, who is living in Missouri; William, who removed to the state of Nevada and is now deceased; David
and Margaret, both of whom are deceased; and Ann, now Mrs; John M. Morgan. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs.
Morgan: Lewis, of Missouri; Abbia, now a resident of South Dakota; John, who makes his home in Louisa county; and
In religious faith Mr. Morgan adheres to the Congregational church, to which he is a liberal contributor. Politically
he supports the platforms and candidates of the republican party but has never done so through any desire to secure
public office, as his interest has centered in his family and his business. He enjoys the reputation among his
acquaintances of being a man of excellent judgment, possessing all the attributes that belong to a good citizen.
He and his wife have many friends and are fully worthy of the high respect in which they are held by young and
old in Louisa county.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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