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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  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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ISAIAH MORRIS, proprietor Turkish Bath, was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, April 29, 1823. His parents, Abraham and Mary Morris, were natives of New Jersey. Father was born in Burlington county, that State, Dec. 21, 1793. He is now living in Morrow county, Ohio. Mother was born in same county Nov. 14, 1794, and died in Morrow county, Ohio, in June, 1856. Subject was reared principally on a farm and educated liberally in a Quaker school of his native county. When about eighteen years of age he commenced the study of medicine under Dr. Grinnell, of Mount Gilead, same county, continuing under his preceptorship three years. In spring of 1851 young Morris came west to Iowa, locating in Cedar county, where for two years he engaged in farming. He then moved to Marshall county, same state, and located on a farm. Two years thereafter he moved to Benton county, Iowa, and opened a farm on which now stands the beautiful village of Blairstown. Mr. Morris there engaged in business for a number of years. Established a stage line between Blairstown and Marengo, and carried the first mails between those points. In spring of 1872 came to Missouri, locating near Rockbridge, Ozark county. Came to Joplin in June, 1874, and has since made this his home. Opened a Turkish bath Sept. 24, 1875, and has since successfully treated many cases. Married in Morrow county, Ohio, Jan. 5, 1848, to Miss Mary A., daughter of James and Rhoda Vaughan, of that county. This union was blessed with three children: Byron, born Oct. 4, 1848; Harriet L., born Jan. 20, 1850, and died Sept. 11, 1860; William P., born May 11, 1853, died Oct. 2, 1867. Mrs. H. died Oct. 22, 1856, in Morrow county, Ohio, although her home was in Iowa. Mr. Morris was again married in the Buckeye State March 26, 1858, to Miss Celina H., daughter of William W. and Susannah Heald, of Morrow county, but natives of Pennsylvania. Mrs. M. was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, April 30, 1832. From this union there have been four children: Oliver B., born July 1, 1859; Charles S., born March 14, 1861, died March 29, 1861; Adora, born Nov. 7, 1862, died Oct. 7, 1864; Harry A., born July 29, 1866, died Aug. 29, 1866. Dr. Morris resides on Mineral Street, East Joplin, and he and his amiable lady enjoy the confidence and esteem of all with whom they are associated, socially and otherwise.

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