Sunday, February 13, 2011

Backward Glance - Charles Clark Morgan

Charles Clark Morgan was born on June 1, 1860 in Delaware, Ohio, to Edgar Lansing and Mary Jane (Clark) Morgan. In 1864, his parents moved their family to Burlington, Wisconsin. By the time the 1870 census was taken, they were living in Washington Township (near College Springs), Iowa. By 1880, they had relocated to Lincoln,  Missouri, in Nodaway County just south of the Iowa state line.

Charles married Virginia Caroline Topping on February 24, 1881, in College Springs, Iowa. Virginia (Ginny or Jennie) was the daughter of John and Margaret Jane (Orr) Topping. She was born April 12, 1862, in Almond, Portage County, Wisconsin, just five months before her father was killed at the Battle of Antietam in Maryland.

Charles and Ginny had five children, John Clyde (1882, Blanchard, Iowa), Maud May (1884, Blanchard), Edgar Howard (1887, Elmo, Missouri), Wilford Charles (1890, Blanchard) and Francis Willard (1892, Elmo).

In 1893, Charles moved his family, including his mother, to Gove County in western Kansas, where they homesteaded on a farm about four miles from Grinnell.

Some time between 1900 and 1905, Charles and Ginny were divorced. Charles continued to live outside of Grinnell, Kansas.  He was a farmer and a carpenter. In 1915, when the state census was taken, his mother was still living with him. However, she died on April 7th of that year. She is buried in Grinnell.

Charles died on April 17, 1938, at the age of 77 years. He was buried on April 20th in the Grinnell Cemetery. He is my 2nd great-grandfather.

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