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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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MORSMAN, W. W., attorney, P. O. Clarinda; born October 22, 1843, in Erie county, Ohio. When he was four years of age his parents came to Iowa, and located in Iowa City. There he grew to manhood, and received his education, being a graduate of the Iowa State University. He enlisted September 2, 1862, in company I, Twenty-second Iowa, and served until the close of the war. He was promoted to second lieutenant at the organization of the company, and to captain in June, 1863. He was on staff duty as inspector-general most of the time after the siege of Vicksburg until the spring of 1864. He was in the battles of Port Gibson, Champion Hills, Black River Bridge, Siege of Vicksburg, Winchester and Cedar Creek. In the last-named battle he was taken prisoner and sent to Libby prison, where he remained for six weeks, when he was taken to Danville, Virginia, and finally exchanged February 22, 1865. He then obtained a six weeks’ leave of absence, returning to his regiment at Newbern, North Carolina, with which he remained until the close of the war. He began the study of law before the war, and finished his preparation after its close. Was admitted to the bar by Judge Hubbard in 1866. In September of the following year he came to Clarinda, forming a partnership with Col. Hepburn. He has been a member of several firms since coming to the city. Was married September 2, 1867, to Miss Emma L. Magill, of Indiana.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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