Birth Date:

November 26, 1835

Birth Location:

Darke County, Ohio

Death Date:

March 18, 1912

Death Location:

Kankakee County, Illinois


Evergreen Cemetery
Chebanse, Illinois

Clark Morrical
Sarah Pence
Clark and Sarah's Family Scrapbook
Siblings (in birth order)



Eliza Ann


Died at age 12.








Died at age 1.






Sarah X.


Harrison Morrical married Elizabeth Ann Hodyshel
on April 25, 1875, in Wells County, Indiana.


Children (in birth order)










Biographical sketch #1, taken from:

Portrait and Biographical Record of Kankakee County, Illinois, 1893

     Harrison Morrical, residing on Section 31, Otto Township, is a well-known and enterprising agriculturalist.  He was born in Darke County, Ohio, on the 26th of November, 1835, and is a son of Col. Clark Morrical, a native of the Green Mountain State.  The paternal grandfather of our subject, John Morrical, moved from Virginia to Ohio, becoming one of the pioneers of Darke County.  When he settled in that portion of the State, the county was a wilderness and heavily timbered.  On arriving at maturity, Clark Morrical wedded Sarah Pense, who was born in Preble County, Ohio.   In that State for many years he was a farmer, after which, moving to Indiana, he operated farms in Henry and Fulton Counties.  About 1852 he settled in Kankakee County, Ill., and was one of the earlier pioneers of what is now Otto Township.  He opened up a farm and spent a number of years in this locality.  In 1856 he went to Indiana to settle up some business affairs and there died.  His remains lie buried in Tippecanoe.  While in Ohio be became a member of the militia and was promoted to the rank of Colonel.  After surviving her husband for many years, the wife and mother died in the residence of her son and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, at Chebanse.
     Our subject is second in order of birth in the family of four sons and three daughters.  The oldest of the family, Adam, was an early settler of this county and here died; Phoebe is the widow of Alexander Miller, of Otto Township; Elias carries on a farm in Indiana; Eliza Ann died when twelve years of age; Lewis is a farmer of this county; Amanda, and Sarah, now deceased, buried in Evergreen Cemetery at Chebanse.
     The early days of our subject were passed in Ohio, and when a young man he came to Kankakee County.  He assisted his father in opening up a farm, and after the death of the latter took charge of the homestead and business.  For some years he remained on the farm and then rented a place nearby, which he afterwards bought and which was located on Section 6.  This property was raw prairie, with no improvements upon it.  With untiring energy he proceeded to cultivate it, and built fences and necessary farm buildings.  He also planted a large grove, which is one of the largest in the township.  In 1891, Mr. Morrical sold the farm, which has upon it a fine orchard, grown under his preserving care, and invested the proceeds in one hundred and eighty acres, the farm on which he now resides.  This tract is arable land and is well cultivated.  He has a good residence, barns and outbuildings, and is considered one of the most enterprising and well-to-do farmers of Otto Township.
     In Wells County, Ind., on the 25th of April, 1875, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Morrical and Miss Eliza Ann Houdyshell.  The lady was born in Ohio, reared to womanhood in Indiana and is a daughter of David Houdyshell, one of the pioneers and early settlers of Wells County, Ind.  Five children have graced the union of Mr. and Mrs. Morrical, as follows:  Oscar, Elmore, William, Tolfy, and Leslie.  With the exception of the youngest, the children are all attending school.
     Since becoming a voter, Mr. Morrical has been identified with the Democratic party.  His fellow citizens have honored him a number of times by electing him to fill various positions of responsibility.  He has given of his means and influence to the support of the public schools and in company with Mr. Kendall got up a petition for the division of the old school district.  Thus was established the school district in which he now resides and of it he was elected the first director, and also the first clerk.  He has also served as a member of the school board for several terms.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Morrical are influential members of the Methodist Episcopal church and it was through the influence of our subject that the church and Sunday-school were established here.  He is well known in this and adjoining counties as a man of integrity and upright character and by his fellow citizens he is held in the highest regard.
     The members of the family are Adam, Harrison, Phoebe, Eliza Ann, Elias; Aaron, who died when one year old; Lewis ; Amanda, who is married to Thompson Adams, and lives in Iroquois County, and Sarah, deceased.

Biographical sketch #2, taken from:

History of Kankakee County, 1906

     MORRICAL, HARRISON--It is doubtful if any satisfaction which visits the toilers of earth is comparable to that experienced by the farmer who has earned means and influence, who at last is able to lay aside his implements, to take no thought of the responsibilities of the seasons, to fold occasionally his toil-hardened hands, and out of the fullness of his gratitude and consciousness of well doing, watch kindly and sympathetically those who are succeeding him in the race.  This class of men, who comprise the backbone of this great republic, necessarily must have useful lessons to impart to the inquiring.  One of the greatest of these is that hard work, directed by an intelligent and practical mind alone is responsible for genuine success.  This opinion is emphatically endorsed by Harrison Morrical, one of the early settlers and  and prosperous farmers of Otto Township, who has indelibly stamped his worth upon its agricultural, educational, and social conditions.
     Born among humble surroundings on a farm in Darke County, Ohio, November 26, 1835, Mr. Morrical is of a German ancestry, his family having been established in America by his paternal great grandfather, who came from Germany and settled in Virginia.  Clark Morrical, son of John Morrical, was born in Virginia, moved in later life with his father to Darke County, Ohio, still later settling in Indiana, and in 1855, locating on the farm in Kankakee County.  When his death occurred in November, 1864, he was the father of nine children:  Jacob, Nancy, Andrew, Solomon, Elizabeth, Oroha, Margaret, Washington, and Clark.  Clark, the father of Harrison, was born in Virginia, May 5, 1814, and when a boy moved with his parents to Darke County, Ohio.  In February, 1834, he married Sarah Pence, a native of Preble County, Ohio, and born March 7, 1812.  Mr. Morrical was a man of energy and resource, but a disposition to wander prevented the accomplishment of much in any one place.  For several years he was a colonel in the Ohio state militia, and was filling that office at the time of his removal to Henry County, Ind., in 1842.  Later on he lived in Randolph, Fulton, Marshall, and LaPorte counties, Ind., and in 1855 settled on the farm in Otto township, Kankakee County, Ill., where he spent the balance of his life.  His death occurred while on a business trip to Marshall County, Ind., in 1857.  His wife, who survived him ten years, was the mother of nine children:  Adam, deceased; Harrison; Phoebe; Eliza A., deceased; Elias; Aaron, deceased; Lewis; Alameda; and Sarah, deceased.
     Harrison Morrical came to Kankakee County with his parents in 1855, at that time having twenty years to his credit.  His growing strength had been severely tried on the various farms his father had occupied, and his schooling had been meager, and irregularly acquired.  In his new environment he was glad of any occupation which promised even fair returns, and he worked by the day or month for the surrounding farmers, receiving twelve dollars a month.  His first purchase of land cost him ten dollars an acre, and consisted of a forty-acre tract on section 6, Otto township, Kankakee county.  Later he bought an adjoining  forty acres, paying twenty dollars an acre.  Tiring of the country and longing for the excitement of city life, he worked in Chicago during the fall and winter preceding the great fire of 1871, returning then to his farm, well content with the promise of sure, if slow, results .  Assured of a comfortable income at last, he married Eliza A. Houdyshell, April 25, 1875, his wife having been born in Darke County, Ohio, March 21, 1850, a daughter of David and Nancy A. Householder Houdyshell, natives of Ohio.  Mr. and Mrs. Houdyshell spent the last years in Wells County, Ind., of which they were early settlers.  They had ten children:  Sarah, Elizabeth, Isaac, Anthony, Henry, Mary, David, William, Jacob, and Andrew.
     Mr. Morrical is one of the oldest settlers in Otto township, and at the time he settled there it was wild prairie, infested with wolves and rattlesnakes, and wild game of all kinds was abundant.  The improvement of the pioneer farm in Otto township was accomplished at great sacrifice of strength, and often of the comforts of life.  The early days witnessed many extremes of economy in order to get a start.  The little house in which Mr. Morrical started housekeeping formerly adorned the premises of his neighbor, Adam Kertner, and became his through the exchange of a yoke of oxen.  The moving of this house several miles to the neighboring farm was  great undertaking, but the Morricals found it comfortable for many years.  In March 1892, Mr. Morrical moved from his farm to the one he now owns and which had been purchased the previous fall.  He owns three hundred and five acres, splendidly improved, as comfortable as a home, and productive as a farm, as any in the township.  His enterprise has brought within the reach of his family the conveniences now associated with the progressive and prosperous localities, and his many favors in the past, and continuous courtesy to neighbors and associates, finds him the recipient, in his later years, of a wealth of friendship and good wishes.
    Not the least of Mr. Morrical's causes for gratitude are his five strong and capable sons, all of whom have been trained to systematic farming, and give promise of maintaining the dignity and worthiness of his name.  His oldest born, Oscar, whose birth occurred January 13, 1877, married Nettie Anderson, and lives on one of his father's farms; Elmore, born April 9, 1879, married Nora Sheehan, and owns a farm in Kankakee County; William, born October 6, 1881, is unmarried and lives with his parents; Tolfy, born June 5, 1884, also lives at home; and Leslie, born July 20, 1890, assists with the management of the home place.  Mr. Morrical has never taken an active part in politics, and though a democrat by preference, invariably votes for the man best qualified to serve the public welfare.  He has been the stanch friend of education, and as the first school director, was instrumental in securing the erection of the first school building in the district.  His social and religious influence has been no less emphatic, and he was foremost in starting the first Sunday school and church in his township.  He has been a liberal contributor to all worthy causes in the locality, and has encouraged by precept and example the things which tend to cheerfulness, temperance, and prosperity.

Below:  This item about Harrison's wife Eliza appeared in the Chebanse Herald on November 10, 1905.  Her stroke took place around the same time as the death of son Leslie Morrical.

Eliza died on November 30, 1907.


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