Marshall County

MORROW, William V.

William V. MORROW, who is engaged in the transfer business and carrying the mail at La Rose, Illinois, is a native of the buckeye state, his birth occurring in Jackson county, July 28, 1847. His father, Abraham MORROW, was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, of Scotch-Irish ancestry, the great-grandfather of our subject coming to this country from the north of Ireland at an early day and settling in Pennsylvania, of which state John MORROW, the grandfather, was a native. The mother of our subject, who bore the maiden name of Mary MEREDITH, was a native of Guernsey county, Ohio, and a daughter of George MEREDITH, whose father had come to the new world from Wales in colonial days, and was an officer in the American army in both the Revolutions and the war of 1812. The maternal grandmother of our subject was also of Irish parentage.

When a small boy, William V. MORROW was taken by his parents to Guernsey county, Ohio, and in August, 1863, accompanied them to Richland county, Illinois. During the dark days of the rebellion he manifested his loyalty and patriotism by three times enlisting in the union army, but was twice rejected on account of his age. He was finally accepted but the war ended before his company was fully made up. In November, 1864, he came to Marshall county, locating in Belle Plain township, where he engaged in farming until 1892, when he came to La Rose, and has since engaged in his present business.

On the 18th of July, 1866, Mr. MORROW led to the marriage altar Miss Martha A. PERRY, a daughter of William PERRY, of Washburn, Illinois, who at an early day came from Kentucky and settled in Marshall county, Illinois. Four children have been born of this union, namely: Frank, who died at the age of twenty years; Fred; Minnie, now the wife of John KERRICK, of Libertyville, Iowa, and Elta, wife of Ora SPANGLER, of Belle Plain township, by whom she has one son, Ray Lester.

Mr. MORROW has served his fellow citizens in various official positions, including those of school director and highway commissioner, which he filled for several years; for sixteen years has been justice of the peace, and county coroner since 1892. He is prompt and faithful in the discharge of every duty whether public or private, and has proved a most popular and capable officer. Fraternally he affiliates with the Modern Woodmen of America and Knights of Pythias, and religiously he and his excellent wife are earnest members of the Presbyterian church. They are widely and favorably known throughout this section of the county, and enjoy the friendship of a wide circle of acquaintances.

Extracted May 2011 by Norma Hass from The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.

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