Morgan, Postmaster and Justice of the Peace, is one of
the prominent, respected and honored citizens of which
the town of National boasts. He was born in Vermont, May
23, 1833, and is a self-made man in all that the word
implies; whatever success he has met with in life is
attributable to his own push and energy, as he has
received no legacy from any source whatever. The parents
of our subject were Cornelius and Hannah (Hartwell)
Morgan, both of whom were natives of Massachusetts. After
their marriage they moved to the state of New York and
located at Parishvillie, St. Lawrence County, where they
resided until their demise. There were eight children
born to them, seven of whom are still living. They were
earnest members of the Free Will Baptist Church. The
grandfather of our subject served in the War of 1812 and
figured prominently in the battle of Plattsburg, N.Y.
source: Portrait and
Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties;
Chicago: Chapman Pub. Co., 1894; pg 486-487
-transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall
The following additional information & photo is from Gary Morgan, great grandson of Cornelius Morgan III.
Cornelius Morgan III built the schoolhouse in National, served as town clerk of Farmersburg when it was founded, and he was Nationals postmaster for years. In later years, he owned the hotel in National. He is buried there, as well. The photo of Cornelius was taken about 1922 on the porch of the hotel in National, by my grandmother, I believe. This would be about two years before he died.
Cornelius Morgan III, ca1922
From the Potsdam, N.Y., Courier & Freeman of Sept. 21, 1898, column two of page two, under the heading Parishville. Transcribed exactly as it appeared, including grammar and punctuation errors.
Cornelius Morgan, of National, Iowa, is in town on a two months visit with relatives and old friends. He left this place in May, 1856, when but 23 years of age and has not revisited his former home since. He was virtually raised in this town having come here when but three years old, his parents moving to town from Canada. His career in the west has been somewhat varied, he having engaged in farming; contracting and at present being proprietor of the Morgan House, a thriving hostelry in National. He is also a veteran of our civil war, having served his country faithfully for three years. His coming was a surprise to his relatives in this section, but none the less a happy one. Forty-two years is a long period of absence from one's old home and many changes have occurred. Mr. Morgan informed us that he has kept well posted on happenings in this county, having been a regular subscriber to the Courier & Freeman for over twenty-five years, and he says he looks with eagerness for its weekly visit. Mr. Morgan is a sturdy, well-preserved specimen of 65 year old manhood and says sickness is an unknown quantity with him.
Born: 23 May 1833 in Waterford, Caledonia Co., VT
Removed, about 1846, to National, Iowa
Served in Civil War; wounded
Death: 7 July 1924 in McGregor (National), Clayton Co., Iowa
Burial: c. 11 July 1924 National, Iowa, Cemetery
Married: 22 Sept 1859, to Mary Roxana Hudson of McGregor, Iowa.
1. George Leeman, born Nov. 10, 1859 (also have seen 1858)
3. Cornelius F. [could stand for Fourth, may be IV], born 1863, d. Nov. 27, 1951 (in Long Beach, CA, veteran's hospital)
5. Mary, 1869
6. Hugh, April 10, 1873
7. Lewis D., Dec. 16, 1874
8. Stella E., Nov. 5, 1877
9. James Garfield, May 28, 1880
10. Isadore A.
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