One Township's Yesterdays Chapter XXVII
GEORGE ADAM MORLOCK, the pioneer, a native of Germany, was born in the year 1820, was reared in that country, and at the age of
twenty-five, attracted by the favorable reports he had heard concerning America and its opportunities, sailed for the New World,
locating in New York State. For two years after he landed, he lived on Long Island. Later he moved to Rochester, in the same
State, near which city he followed farming for three and one-half years, thence moved to Ohio, where he was married to ELIZABETH
Thus did he gradually make his way westward to Marshall County, arriving in 1853. He purchased a tract of about forty
acres, mostly in heavy timber, and cleared the greater part of it. At length his land holdings embraced 600 acres, of which he
cleared about 300. After coming to these parts, he continued to live on the old homestead property until his death in 1892, at
the age of seventy-two. Since 1875, the family resided in West Township.
ELIZABETH (ZECHIEL) MORLOCK was born in Ohio and spent her girlhood there on a farm. There were seven children in the MORLOCK family,
five sons and two daughters. The father was a member of the German Baptist Church. He was an honest and successful man.
The secret of his success in life to use his own language was "not in trading, not in swindling, but in the honest sweat of my
John A., the eldest son, was born in this county in 1854. He was married, October, 1879, to DORA CRAMPTON, whose father, SMITH
CRAMPTON, was one of the pioneers of the county.
E. R. MORLOCK, another son, was born in Union Township in 1858. In 1853 he married FANNIE CRAWFORD and the same year
began farming for himself in West Township.
GEORGE P. MORLOCK, a third son, was born in Union Township in 1861, and went to West Township, where he engaged in farming and stock
raising. He accompanied his parents on their removal from Union Township to West around 1902.