444 - History of Vermillion County Biographical and Historical Record of
Vermillion County, Indiana

son, former residents of Belmont County, Ohio, who immigrated to Illinois in 1841. Twelve children were born to this union, six sons and six daughters. Seven of the children yet survive -- David B., Sarah, Lydia, Allen J., Almedia, William H. and Smith. believing that knowledge is power Mr. Walthall has endeavored to give his children a good education, and three of them have been students at Earlham College near Richmond, Indiana. He is now in his seventieth year, and is still hale and hearty, having inherited from his parents a sound constitution. Statistics proved that the longevity of the Friends is much greater than of others, which privilege is only attained in accordance with the Bible, by honoring our parents and the observance of the laws of health from early childhood. Mr. Walthall's membership in the Society of Friends was transferred by letter from Dover Monthly meeting, Clinton County, Ohio, to Vermillion monthly meeting of Friends Vermillion County, Illinois, in the year 1842. In 1873 a new monthly meeting of Friends was established at Hopewell, Vermillion County, Indiana, of which Mr. Walthall is a member. In 1843 he was appointed overseer, and in 1853 he was made elder in the church by the Vermillion monthly meeting, the latter office being now subject to change every three years. His last appointment as elder was in 1886 by the Hopewell monthly meeting. Mr. Walthall is a member of no secret organization, having in early life taken a decided stand against secrecy and Baal worship in lodges. When a young man he found the appetite for strong drink increasing upon him, and then resolved to embrace the principles of teetotalism, to which he has since firmly held, ever with an increasing desire to destroy the rum power that the nation may be saved from the demon of alcohol. In 1876 he joined the American party and has since voted for its candidates and was the only man in his township to vote for John P. St. John for President, thus standing firm for his principles though all be against him. This is characteristic of the man, and his honest, upright living has won him many friends who trust and honor him for his straightforward, unwavering integrity.

BROWN H. MORGAN, general merchant, Clinton, is a native of Virginia, born at Middlebrook, Augusta County, September 30, 1861, a son of William and Eliza (Flinn) Morgan, both of whom were born, reared and married in the State of Virginia. They left Virginia May 1, 1874, and the same month settled at New Goshen, Vigo County, Indiana, remaining there until August, 1876, since which time they have been residents of Clinton, Vermillion County. Seven children have been born to them, their names in order of their birth being as follows -- Sallie (wife of William H. Cole, of Clinton), John H. (living in Vigo County, Indiana), Mrs. Eutie Shepherd (deceased), Mrs. Mollie E. Hanger (living in Middlebrook, Virginia), Wilfred (a resident of Clinton), Mrs. Maggie Shepherd (living in Hartford County, Kansas), and Brown H., the subject of this sketch. The father is engaged in wagon manufacturing and repairing at Clinton. Brown H. Morgan came with his parents to Clinton in August, 1876, and here he grew to manhood. Three days after reaching Clinton, August 15, 1876, he entered the general mercantile establishment of A. L. Whitcomb as clerk, and January 1 he became a partner in the business, and February 1 1887, after the death of Mr. Whitcomb, he became sole owner of the stock. He is a young man of splendid business qual-
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