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 Elizabeth Sarah “Libbie” <I>Crowell</I> Morgan

Elizabeth Sarah “Libbie” Crowell Morgan

Birth
Trumbull County, Ohio, USA
Death 19 Dec 1886 (aged 46)
Corning, Adams County, Iowa, USA
Burial Corning, Adams County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 42604248 · View Source
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DIED -(from the Adams County Union, Corning, Ia) At her residence in this city on Sunday afternoon Dec. 19th. 1886, Mrs. E.B. Morgan, aged 47 years. She died as she lived a sincere Christian. The grim summons to relinquish life and cross the dark valley came unaccompanied by terrors. With the inate and beautiful affection of a wife nd mother, she bade all good-bye and prepared for that enjoyment of rest and happiness which her faith and pure ife had won for her in the land beyond. During her life in Corning she had endeared herself to many friends by her sweet Christian dispostion and nobility of mind. In fact, she was a lovely woman endowed with all the graces of true womanhood, and possessed of a soul and heart that always led her to good works in home, social and church circles. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the M.E. Church and sevices performed in accordance with her wishes as expressed during life.
The loss by death of Mrs. Morgan is a heavy affliction not only to her immediate family, but to the church and community of which she was an exemplary member.
The following lines composed and written by Mrs. Morgan previous to her death and upon the death of a favorite child, was read at the funeral services. They are very expressive and appropriate and evidence the
ultivated mind and Christian character of the desceased.

AT LAST
When all is over and I at last,
In my calm sweet sleep are lying,
The trials and sorrows of earth all past,
the crosses aud self-denying.

When my hands are folded their work all o'er,
And my tired feet are resting,
And when in death as never before,
Your love and faith I am testing.

Don't look on my quiet face as some
Whose hearts with grief seem breaking,
Think of the infinite joy of that home,
In whose fadeless light I'm waking.

O think of the weary pathway here,
The bitter tears we mortals shed,
And say with a faith which knows no fear,
We are glad our loved one is dead.

For death to us means life overt there,
With the holy and pure and good,
With one who passed from our tender care,
Would you call me back if you could?

But oh! the loved ones around this hearth,
With divided heart I stand,
Holding with one the treasures of earth,
Reaching upward the other hand.

But God who knoweth to give or take,
and ordereth all our ways,
Earth's fondest ties can tenderly break,
And comfort the sadest days.

Then remember sweet friends no tears or sighs,
Or tolling of bells over me,
But anthems of praise, let your dear lips raise,
for the spirit that's just made free.
Libbie S. Morgan

Sarah Elizabeth "Libbie S." CROWELL Morgan was born July 24, 1840 in born at the old family home, one fourth mile north of village of Bloomfield, Trumbull County, Ohio. She married Emory Bishop Morgan on July 24, 1860 in Trumbull County, Ohio. Five know children were born to them, Ida Emmeline, Lillian Elizabeth, Minnie May, Emma, and Walter Andrew.
Libbie S. Crowell was born July 24, 1840 at the old family home, one fourth mile north of village of Bloomfield, Trumbull County, Ohio., where she spent the first twenty years of her life. She was married July 24, 1860 in Trumbull County, Ohio to E.B.Morgan. Five know children were born to them, Ida Emmeline, Lillian Elizabeth, Minnie May, Emma, and Walter Andrew. In that same year of their marriage, Emory and Libbie moved to Cleveland, the first of six moves they would make in the next 18 years. "Father never continued in both one location and one business very long at a time," explained Emory's son, Walter. Several years of her married life were spent in Cleveland, but the greater part in Corning, Iowa. Emory kept a store for several years, the first of at least 12 businesses he would operate during his lifetime. Then when Ezra became ill, he took over his father's business of providing horses to the army. Two daughters, Lillian and Ida, were born to Emory and Libbie in Cleveland.
About 1870, Emory and Libbie Morgan moved to LaCrosse, Wisconsin, near the home of Emory's brother Charles in Sparta. "It doesn't tell why the move to Corning. Her husband came home one day and said he had bought a hotel, and she asked if it had a bar in it, and he said yes and she said he could get rid of the bar, or of her, but couldn't have both. He was so embarrassed at having to sell his hotel because it had a bar that he decided to move to Corning, near some Crowell relatives In Cleveland, So in 1871, the family moved to a farm in Taylor County, Iowa, adjoining the farm where Libbie's brother, Thomas Crowell, lived.So in 1871, the family moved to a farm in Taylor County, Iowa, adjoining the farm where Libbie's brother, Thomas Crowell, lived. Emory and Libbie apparently had planned to buy a farm in the area, but in about 1874, Libbie's brother, George Crowell, persuaded them to join him in northern Michigan "for the purpose of getting rich manufacturing wooden bowls, rolling pins, etc, etc." according to Walter Morgan. That venture, in Maple City, Michigan, was short-lived, however, and the family soon found itself back in Corning without enough money left to buy a farm.
"Father went to work as a carpenter and that was his occupation through much of my childhood," explained Walter, "intersperced with periods of store-keeping - - there were grocery stores, one feed store, one butcher shop and one china store and some other business ventures in Corning."
The family's homes "were like businesses, often changed," noted Walter. "I can think of at least eight different houses in Corning that were home for a time... my father built several of these houses

Libby was a gifted poet and songwriter who, having lived under the influence of God-fearing parents, passed her love for people and God on through her many songs and poems, some of which remain as published in "Poems" by Libbie S. Morgan - Standard Publishing Co. 1888. Her career as a poet was cut short by domestic cares in giving birth to three daughters and a son, all of whom were born and raised during the years they made their way to Cleveland, Ohio and eventually by covered wagon to Corning Iowa. Her husband Emory Bishop Morgan became a farmer and cabinet maker.
She died December 19, 1886 in Corning, Adams County, Iowa of a short, but painful illness. She is buried in the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Corning.


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  • Maintained by: Marty & Harley
  • Originally Created by: ADD
  • Added: 1 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42604248
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Sarah “Libbie” Crowell Morgan (19 Jul 1840–19 Dec 1886), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42604248, citing Walnut Grove Cemetery, Corning, Adams County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Marty & Harley (contributor 47240226) .