Charlotte Jane <I>Mather</I> Morey

Charlotte Jane Mather Morey

Erie County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 14 Apr 1897 (aged 64)
De Witt, Clinton County, Iowa, USA
Burial De Witt, Clinton County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 83769616 · View Source
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Biographies: Center Twp. , Clinton County, Iowa, Chicago Western Historical Company 1879 page 780.

E.D. MOREY, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. De Witt. Owns 360 acres of land. He was born in Berkshire Co., Mass., July 22, 1830, where he lived until 7 years old, when his parents removed to Ashtabula Co., Ohio. In 1853, he removed to Clinton Co., where he has lived since. He has served as Clerk. Justice of the Peace, School Director and Township Trustee. He is a stanch Jacksonian Democrat. He married Charlotte J. Mathar, a native of Ohio, in 1848, and had nine children, five are living- Nathan Monroe, Emma Anna, Edward A., William Albert and Minnie Francis. His family are inclined to the Baptist belief. He was very poor when he started in Iowa, and has by industry secured a fine homestead and a fortune of from $35,000 to $40,000 In 1855, the second year of his stay in Clinton Co., he lost nearly everything he had by a prairie fire which swept over an area of the county ten miles long, and about two miles wide, carrying everything before it. Nothing daunted by his loss, he immediately commenced work, and in a short time had everything in as flourishing condition as before.

The following was taken from PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM of Clinton County, Iowa containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County; together with Portraits and Biographies of all the Governors of Iowa, and of the Presidents of the United States. It also, contains a History of the County, from its Earliest Settlement up to the present time. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1886.
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E. D. MOREY, one of the enterprising farmers and the leading stock-dealer of Center Township, resides in the southwest corner of the township, about four miles west of Elvira. He was born in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, July 22, 1830, and is the son of Samuel and Orvilla (Holdridge) Morey, natives of Connecticut and Vermont respectively. His father was a farmer by occupation and about the year 1838 removed with his family to Ashtabula County, Ohio. There he bought a tract of land and continued as an agriculturist the remainder of his life, his death occurring there about the year 1857. His widow survived him until about the year 1874.

Edwin D. spent his early boyhood on the farm and in attendance upon the district schools. When about seventeen years of age, being ambitious to go upon the water, he secured employment on a sailing vessel traversing the northern lakes. He followed that business, during the boating seasons, for seven years, when he returned to the more quiet life of a farmer.

Mr. Morey was united in marriage, September 14, 1851, with Charlotte J. Mather (Mathews) ,a daughter of Sanford an Elizabeth (Lepper) Mather. Mrs. Morey is a descendant in a direct line from the celebrated colonial divine, Cotton Mather (Mathews), so distinguished in the early annals of New England. Besides being a great preacher, he was a most indefatigable worker in the interest of the colonies, and was one of the celebrated literary characters of that memorable period. It will thus be seen that both Mr. and Mrs. Morey come from that excellent New England stock in which conscience seems to have been as hereditary as intelligence, and in which the fine accumulative results of the moral struggles and triumphs of many generations of honest lives appear to have been transmitted. Their descendants of to-day have just cause for revering their memory and their deeds, and helping to cherish, preserve and hallow their memory, for from their constancy and patriotism through doubts, dangers and difficulties, their independence was maintained, and the unprecedented national prosperity has sprung up and demands words of honor and reverence. To those patriots in council, as well as the patriots in the field, all glory! All honor! The parents of Mrs. Morey were old residents of Ashtabula County, but were, however, natives of Pennsylvania and she was born in Erie County, that State, August 25, 1832.

In the year 1853 Mr. Morey, with his wife, came to Clinton County, where he bought a tract of land and settled near his present homestead. About two years later he purchased a portion of the farm he now occupies. The home place comprises 360 acres of finely cultivated land. The dwelling is a convenient one and well suited to the purposes of a farming life. It is nicely situated in a charming maple grove, being, in fact, one of the most pleasant homes in the county. His barns, out-building and cattle-sheds are quite extensive, and compare with the best class of such buildings in the county. A view of these, in connection with the residence, is shown on another page in this volume. Mr. Morey, although an extensive agriculturist, is giving his attention principally to cattle feeding, grazing and breeding, in which line he ranks among the foremost in the county.

Mr. and Mrs. Morey have been born nine children, four of whom are deceased. Those living, in order of their ages, are Nathan M., who is at home, assisting his father on the farm; Emma A., also at home; Edwin A., who is learning the drug business at DeWitt; William A., who is a druggist at Cedar Rapids, and Minnie F., who is at home. Those deceased were an infant unnamed, Albert N., Ella C. and Capitola N. Mr. Morey has given his children the benefits of a good English education, which is generally highly appreciated by Eastern people.

In politics Mr. Morey is a Democrat, and has held different offices in his township, among which are those of Clerk and Justice of the Peace; he is now Township Trustee. When he first came here he had but little of this world's goods, but with that perseverance and industry which he inherited from his New England ancestry, he at once set about to find for himself a home in the new county. He now has a competency, and in his mature manhood, surrounded by his amiable wife and cultured daughters in his pleasant home, with their assistance, dispenses a generous and graceful hospitality, which was so characteristic of the olden time.

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