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Source:
 History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties, Ohio
Published:  Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bros.
VOLUME I
1882

CHAPTER XII.
FOWLER TOWNSHIP
Trumbull County, Ohio

ROBERT MORROW.  One of the earliest settlers of Fowler, and probably the earliest whose descendants remain residents of the township, was John Morrow.  He was a native of Ireland, and after emigrating to this country with his parents became a settler of Washington county, Pennsylvania.  While living there he married his wife, who was also a native of Ireland.  In 1804, when their family, they removed to Fowler.  There were at that time but four other families in the township.  Mr. Morrow's family consisted of three sons and three daughters - Robert, James, John, Jane (Mrs. David Wright), Sarah (Mrs. William Jones), and ElizaMrs. Sarah Jones is the only survivor of the family.  She resides in Fowler.
     Robert, the oldest son of John Morrow, was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, Oct. 4, 1800, and was was consequently but four years old when his parents came to the township.  His boyhood, youth, manhood, and old age was spent on the same farm which he had helped to clear and prepare for cultivation.  Like every other boy of the period Mr. Morrow experienced many hardships incident to pioneer life.  People were poor, and their resources of a character that much labor was required to develop them.  Mr. Morrow married, Feb. 23, 1833, Harriet, daughter of Jared Hill, who came from Connecticut to Ohio in 1811.  Mr. Hill's family consisted of six children by the first marriage and four by the second.  Robert and Harriet Morrow have had a family of five children, three of whom are living - James, at Burg Hill; Jared, at Fargo, Dakota; and Martha, in Fowler.
     Mr. Morrow became owner of the farm on which his father settled, and died on the same farm Dec. 16, 1879.  He was in every respect a man of good character and pure life.  He was without aspirations further than to be a good man, and merit the respect of his neighbors.  In early life he united with the Congregational church and lived faithful to his professions to the end of his life.  Mrs. Morrow, who survives her husband, was a member of the same church, and a kind mother and loyal wife.  She continues to reside on the old homestead.
     One of Mr. Morrow's characteristics was a delight of story telling.  In this his Irish descent was traceable.  With a rich Irish accent he was accustomed, in his older years, to narrate to his children and his neighbors' children experiences of the early day, when the woods, almost unbroken, were infested with wild animals and venomous reptiles.  When his father first came to Fowler the family lived in the wagons till a cabin could be erected.  One night after they had become settled in their little home the dog was heard to make an unusual noise, and something seemed to be crawling across the floor.  No one was alarmed at the disturbance, or, indeed, paid any attention to it.  But daylight revealed the fact that it was fortunate no one had arisen, for a snake seven feet long had invaded the house.  It was tracked and killed but a short distance away.
     Wolves were troublesome, and sheep had to be securely penned up every night.  This work, of course, fell chiefly upon Robert.  On one of these errands he saw a panther, an animal very rare in this section of the West.  He also took pleasure in the sports of the early period of settlement, and together had a large fund of interesting ancedotes.
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