History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties,
Published: Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bros.
Trumbull County, Ohio
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 Eliza. Mrs.
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
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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