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John Henry "J.H." Morf, Sr
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Birth: Jun. 8, 1832
Zürich, Switzerland
Death: Nov. 28, 1896
Thurston County
Washington, USA

John Henry Morf was born in Nanikon, Zurich, Switzerland to Conrad and Elizabeth (Pfister) Morf. Conrad was apparently the Secretary of the Treasury for Switzerland.

J.H. was married to Bridget Gaughran and together they had 10 or 12 children (Mary, John Henry Jr, William, Charles, Milton and Leo survived into adulthood).

Although he was a farmer in Iowa, he served in the US Army from 1861 to 1864 in the Sioux City Cavalry. His unit fought under Gen. Alfred Sully at the Battle of White Stone Hills, Dakota Territory. He was promoted to Fifth Sergeant in 1863 and transferred to Company I, Seventh Cavalry in July of the same year. In 1895 he was declared disabled (18/18) by the Washington Solider's Home in Orting and he lived there for almost 9 months. He was a member of the G.A.R.

J.H. was a member of the Royal Arch Masons (Chapter 26) in the State of Iowa. He was also a member of the Odd Fellows. Family oral history tells us that he also served as a postmaster in Iowa and had a lake named after him there.

J.H. lived in Plymouth County, Iowa where he owned a farm southwest of Merrill, in 1880 he was living in Plymouth Township where he enumerated the Census. In May 1888 the family moved to Washington. The family settled in Tumwater, Thurston County. (I am guessing that the move might have had to do with their daughter Mary's marriage which occured in November of the same year. J.H. also had a relative, Henry who lived in Washington; although I don't know if J.H. or Henry moved there first.) During the last year of his life he resided at the Soldier's Home in Orting before moving home where he spent his final four months. 
Family links: 
  Bridget Gaughran Morf (____ - 1917)
  Mary Elizabeth Morf Alden (1866 - 1936)*
  John Henry Morf (1870 - 1957)*
  Willie R Morf (1873 - 1874)*
  Rudolf Conrad Morf (1878 - 1879)*
  Milton Herman Morf (1880 - 1942)*
  Leopold Gottfield Morf (1881 - 1956)*
*Calculated relationship
J H Morf
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7th Iowa Cav
Note: Internment date: November 30, 1896
Odd Fellows Memorial Park and Mausoleum
Thurston County
Washington, USA
Plot: Block 97, Lot 36
Maintained by: Megan
Originally Created by: Bill and Elaine Schrock
Record added: Jul 11, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28201571
John Henry J.H. Morf, Sr
Added by: Bill and Elaine Schrock
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 Added: Apr. 29, 2009

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