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Nelson Morehouse (1842 - 1900)

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Nelson Morehouse
Born in Ohiomap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Owatonna, Steele County, Minnesotamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Californiamap
Profile last modified | Created 18 Dec 2015
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In 1855-6 many others came and all parts of the county received settlers. The following is a partial list of the pioneers:...Nelson Morehouse, Dr. E. M. Morehouse,... "In the spring of 1856 Ezra Abbott built a steam saw mill, and in the fall Mr. N. Morehouse built a saw-mill on the water-power on the west bank of the river [Straight River]. These mills added very materially to the growth and interests of the new settlement." (p. 22, History of Steele and Waseca Counties, Minnesota : an album of history and biography, embracing sketches of the villages, cities, and townships,..) [1]

When spring opened, in 1855, the settlement continued rapidly. During the spring and early summer the following named all came, many accompanied by their families: Addison Phelps, Nelson Morehouse, B. L. Arnold, Joel Wilson, Dexter Carlton, Parker Carlton, Alson Selleck, N. Winship, John Wilcox, two Schimeks, David Lindersmith, Leonard and Simeon Case, Bazil Meek, Obed Gaines, Miner Prisby, Adolphus Town, Philo Sanford, Charles Ellison, John H. and Ezra Abbott, C. G. Haynes. John Moon and Mr. Ward. (p. 854) In the fall of 1856 Nelson Morehouse erected a building and put a saw mill into operation on the water power on the west side of the river. He operated this for a number of years, and it was finally remodeled into a flouring mill.(p. 856, HISTORY OF RICE AND STEELE COUNTIES, Vol. II)

Morehouse Dam, Owatonna: The Morehouse Dam is related to an early sawmill and several nineteenth-century flour mills located on the northwest bank of the Straight River south near downtown Owatonna. In 1856 Nelson Morehouse, one of the first settlers in the area, oversaw the building of a wooden dam and establishment of a sawmill and flourmill on this site. In 1909 the dam was rebuilt replacing all woodwork in the dam with concrete and cement. From 1925-1927 the dam and mill was an early home for the Campbell Cereal Company that produced Malt-O Meal. Morehouse Park was given as a memorial to the City in 1913 by the Morehouse family on the condition it would remain a park forever. The dam and adjacent property became part of the park when the mill was torn down around 1942 and the property acquired by the City. Riprap and concrete abutments have been added to stabilize the banks. A 1940’s cast iron picket fence can still be found on top of the mill’s original foundation walls.

OBJECTS TO DISTRIBUTION NELSON MOREHOUSE ESTATE A Daughter Wants a Third Instead Of a Fourth A contest is on in the superior court over the distribution of the Nelson Morehouse estate, which is valued at $23,753.29, according to the petition for distribution filed on April 1. The petition asked that one-half of the estate be given to the widow and the other half to the two children. One of these children, Katie A. Martin, yesterday filed objections to the petition and also to the final account of the administratior, C. N. Morehouse. The daughter objects to the petition because it says that the estate is community property and that it was acquired by the deceased after his marriage. The objector alleges that none of it is community property and that the whole of it was made and accumulated in Minnesota; that the removal of it to California did not change its character from separate to community property. Under the laws of Minnesota, it is claimed, the widow is entitled to one-third of the estate and no more, and the children get the remainder, therefore C. N. Morehouse and Katie Martin, the two children, are each entitled to a third. The objector asks the court to declare the estate to be separate property. Three items in the final account of the administrator are objected to. All three are promissory notes alleged to have been paid, and the items are objected to on the ground that the notes are secured by mortgages on property without the state and that they have not been paid and are still a part of the estate. One note is for $1,188.31, executed by Peter Anderson of Owatonna, Minn.; the second is for $787.82 and was given by Joseph H. and Louise Dietz of the same place; the third is for $1,383.42 and is the note of Caesar and Louise Zanetti, also of Owatonna. Further objection is made on the ground that the final account is not verified and rendered under the oath of the administrator as required by law. (The San Diego Weekly Union, April 18, 1901, p. 2)

DEATH OF NELSON MOREHOUSE Nelson Morehouse died Sunday morning at the family residence, 2628 I street, aged 58 years. Deceased had been a resident of this city since 1892 and was the owner of considerable real estate. The deceased was born in Cleveland, O., Feb. 18, 1842. While yet a youth, his father emigrated to Owatonna, Minn. Here he grew to manhood and carried on a successful mercantile business. In 1873 he was married to Miss Mary V. J. Brown. To this union two children were born, Charles N. Morehouse, an attorney who resides in Chicago, Ill., and Miss Katie A. Morehouse, now wife of George E. Martin, of Superior, Wis. Mr. Morehouse was a man of sterling worth and integrity, generous to a fault, and held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. (The Evening Tribune (San Diego), Feb. 5, 1900, p. 8)


Found in the 1880 U.S Census Minnesota, Steele Co., Owatonna, (NA Film T9-0635), p. 2, age 4, with parents Nelson (36) and Mary (23) and brother Charles (5)

Found in the 1885 Minnesota State Census, Steele Co., Owatonna, p. 10, age 9, with parents; Nelson and Mary Morehouse.

LOCAL INTELIGENCE IN GENERAL From Friday's Daily Miss Kate Morehouse, the charming daughter of N. Morehouse of 522 Tenth street, was married at Owatonna, Minn., on the 6th inst. to George Martin of Superior, Wis. (column one, p. 8)

Marriage Licenses - October 30, George E. Martin, of Douglas county. Wisconsin, and Katie A. Morehouse, of San Diego county California. (The Peoples Press, Nov. 9, 1894)

MARRIED MARTIN - MOREHOUSE -- At Owatonna, Minn., November 6, 1894, George Martin of Superior, Wis., and Miss Kate Morehouse of San Diego. (column seven, p. 8) (The San Diego Weekly Union, Nov. 22, 1894, p. 8)

There is a George Martin found in the 1895 Wisconsin state census; Douglas county, Superior, (20 June 1895); George Martin, 1 male, 1 female, both United States nativity

Found in the 1900 U.S Census Wisconsin, Douglas Co., Superior City, district 65, sheet 7A, West Seventh St., rents, age 23, DOB: Apr 1877, marr 5yrs, POB: Minn, 2 of 2 children, George 29, DOB: June 1870, POB:Minn, marr 5yrs, Charles Nelson 4, DOB:Sep 1895, POB: Wis, Loyd E. 1, DOB:Sep 1898, POB: Wis

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  • Source: S-682020243 Repository: #R-1145277326 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Page: Ancestry Family Tree Data: Text:

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