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Morse, Salem 1836-1903


Posted By: S. Ferrall IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 11/21/2011 at 01:24:24

At about 4 o'clock this morning, at his house near Volga City occurred the death of Salem Morse, well known to many of our readers. Mr. Morse was born in Trafalga, Upper Canada, Feb. 28th, 1836. He was the son of Wm. and Lavina (Smith) Morse, who were born in Canada, but were American citizens.

When he was fifteen years old Salem came with his parents to Winnebago county, Illinois, where they resided until 1856. The family then removed to West Union, Fayette County, where Salem worked at his trade until 1863 when he enlisted in Co. F, 7th Iowa Cav. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant for gallantry and was mustered out after a service of three years and four months.

He returned to West Union and after two years moved to Sperry twp., on the farm where he has since resided. Mr. Morse was united in marriage May 15th, 1859, with Catherine Tenney, who with two sons, Wm. S. and Ernest Lund, survive him.

Salem was a large hearted man, a good neighbor and friend. He was an earnest worker and will leave a large circle of friends who will miss him and honor his memory. By his death another old soldier answers the summons and joins the grand army above. Peace be with him.

The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at two o'clock from his late residence.

~Elkader Register, November 19, 1903

~Note: her obituary spells his wife's first name with a 'K' ie: Katherine


Salem Morse, an old settler living about two miles east of Volga City, died Friday morning. He has held many offices in Sperry township, and was quite prominent in politics. During Mr. Cleveland's administration he was postmaster at Volga City.

~Strawberry Point Mail Press, November 26, 1903


The Monona Leader last week announced the death of Salem Morse, on his farm near Volga City. He was a resident of West Union before and after the civil war, and we think was at one time Clerk of Courts. He was 67 years old at his death. Not having heard anything concerning him for 25 years we had forgotten all about him.

~Iowa Postal Card, December 3, 1903 (Fayette, Iowa)

~Note: Sergeant, Co. F, Seventh Iowa Cavalry. It was ordered to duty against the Indians in Nebraska, Colorado, Dakota and Kansas. He was commissioned 2nd Lieut with the 7th on May 23, 1866. Burial is in Hillcrest cemetery, Sperry twp.


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