1875 A. T. Andreas Atlas
1880 Dubuque County History
Honorable William B. Allison
Sanford A. Atherton
Honorable Isaac W. Baldwin
F. E. Behrens
General Caleb Hoskins Booth
Nicholas Bray, M. D.
William Bray, M. D.
John D. Bush
Dr. Rodolphus Clark
Bernhard Claus, Jr.
Frank W. Coates
Honorable Dennis Nelson Cooley
Reverend Mark Cooney
Patrick F. Cunningham
Mell H. Cushing
Charles Henry Eighmey
Jesse P. Farley
Mrs. Catherine Fries
A. P. Gibbs
John R. Goldthorp
Honorable Julius Graves
Charles H. Gregoire
Honorable Thomas Hardie
Rev. James Hill
Nancy R. Hill, M. D.
Asa Horr, M. D.
Edward R. Jackson, M. D.
Henry J. Jecklin
Reverend Clement Johannes
Evan E. Jones
General George Wallace Jones
Joseph K. Kaufmann
F. H. Klostermann
A. R. Knight
Honorable Frederick M. Knoll
Honorable Wendelin Lattner
Norton J. Loomis
Delos E. Lyon
J. E. Maguire, M. D.
W. A. Manhart
M. H. Martin
Honorable James McCann
Benjamin McCluer, M. D.
Susan Ann McCraney
A. S. McDermott
James and Martha McGee
M. F. McNamara
William J. Morgans
Dorrance Dixon Myers
Nicholas P. Nicks
Frederick R. Nitzsche, M. D.
J. J. E. Norman
Honorable Peter Olinger
Bernard J. O'Neill
John P. Page
Rev. Frederick William Pape
Honorable James Rowan
Reverend Roger Ryan
Colonel C. J. W. Saunders
John Sauser, Jr.
John F. Sloan
Charles F. Smyth
Johanna (Baker) Specht
J. Peter Stendebach
Honorable William W. Stewart
Oren Stuart, M. D.
Hon. Christian Anton Voelker
Chester H. Walker
William Watson, M. D.
F. W. Wieland
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Extracted from Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and
Clayton Counties, Iowa, 1894 Reprinted by Higginson Book Co., Salem,
Massachusetts, p. 142
WILLIAM J. MORGANS. One of the beautiful
rural abodes of Dubuque County is known as "Maplehurst." It
is situated amid beautiful surroundings in Dubuque Township. The residence
is a neat and comfortable house, suggesting by its interior arrangements
the refined tastes of the family. The outbuildings and other improvements
are equally well adapted to their varied uses. Here Mr. Morgans and his
amiable wife make their home and hospitably entertain their hosts of friends
who come thither.
The Morgans family is of Welsh and English descent, and the immediate
progenitors of our subject were of foreign birth. His parents, William
J. and Barbara (Lewis) Morgans, were horn in Wales, but came to this country
in childhood. The father, who was a stone mason by trade, followed that
occupation after coming to the United States. His death occurred in New
Jersey in 1891, at the age of seventy-seven years. His wife died in Luzerne
County, Pa., June 10, 1848.
The subject of this sketch was born in Luzerne County, Pa., February 25,
1828, and in youth learned the trade of a stone mason and stonecutter.
At the age of sixteen he left home and began the struggle of life for
himself. Coming directly to Dubuque, he followed his trade for some time.
During the winter of 1856-57 he engaged in mining and was fortunate enough
to strike a valuable lead. He continued mining until the outbreak of the
Civil War, when, his sympathies aroused in behalf of the Union cause,
he enlisted in the army in October 1861, becoming a member of Company
E, Fifth Iowa Cavalry. He was a brave soldier, never shirking a duty but
participating with his company ill the thickest of every fight.
Being honorably discharged at the expiration of his term of service, Mr.
Morgans returned to Dubuque and resumed his former occupation of a miner.
October 26, 1865, he established domestic ties, being united in marriage
with Miss Priscilla, daughter of Richard and Jane Bonson. Further mention
concerning the family history is made in the sketch of Richard Bonson,
presented on another page of this volume. The family is one of prominence
and considerable influence, and the pleasant home occupied by Mr. Morgans
is a part of the old Bonson farm, which she has inherited.
There have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Morgans four children: Richard B.,
William C., Priscilla E. and Samuel S. The children are well educated,
having attended the best schools of Dubuque. After his marriage our subject
lived in Dubuque and vicinity for several years, and thence moved to his
present home. Though practically retired from life's active duties, he
still engages in mining during the winter seasons. His private duties
have been so engrossing as to preclude participation in public affairs,
but notwithstanding this he takes a commendable interest in matters of
local and general importance, and advocates the principles of the Republican
party. With his family he attends the Methodist Episcopal Church.