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CHARLES PHILIP MORFORD, of West Salem township, Mercer county, was born September 18, 1864 in the township just named, on the old family homestead. He is the son of Richard Judson Morford of the celebrated Morford family of Mercer county, Pennsylvania, and is now residing at Kinsman, Ohio, aged seventy-two years of age. He followed farming pursuits up to 1876, then retired. His father, grandfather Morford, was a pioneer in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, going thither from New Jersey. He was of Scotch-Irish descent. His wife came from Ireland, with her parents, when quite young. Her name was McLaughlin, and her people also came to Mercer county at an early day.
Richard Judson Morford was born in West Salem, Mercer county, in 1836, and married, in 1856 in his native township, to Hannah Migner. Her father was born in New Jersey, came to Mercer county and married Anna Brown. The children of Richard Judson Morford and wife were: Warren S., of St. Joseph, Michigan; Ensign J., a carpenter of Paxton, Nebraska; Albert J., a clerk in Cleveland, Ohio; Irene, wife of Alfred P. Weber, a farmer near Kinsman, Ohio; Charles P. of this notice. Richard J. Morford now resides at Kinsman, Ohio. Concerning the Civil war record of Mr. Morford, it should here be recorded that he enlisted three different times for state service. On the occasion of the last enlistment, Governor Curtin, of Pennsylvania, ordered the regiment to proceed to Parkersburg, West Virginia, and relieve the Eleventh Virginia Regiment. They were sent to the front, where they remained about sixty days. The command to which he belonged was Company C, Fifty-fifth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. His company was made up largely of Greenville soldiers.
Charles P. Morford attended public school until fifteen years of age, after which he attended the academy at Kinsman, Ohio, three years, from which he was graduated. He followed farming with his father until 1900, when he located on his present farm, known as “Pleasant Dale Farm,” it being a part of the old Morford estate, and the first family reunion was held there in 1803. In 1903 the Morford family celebrated their one hundredth anniversary on this farm, at which two hundred were in attendance. A portion of this farm was in Pymatuning and another part in West Salem township, but the Pymatuning part is now sold and Charles P. manages the balance. He carries on a dairy in connection with his farming operations and keeps thirty-two cattle.
Politically, Mr. Morford is a Republican and has served as supervisor of his township. In church affiliations he is connected with the Methodist Episcopal denomination. He was married in 1885 at Kinsman, Ohio, to Nellie Hurlbert, born October 15, 1866, a daughter of Homer Hurlbert and wife, Sarah Kitch. The father died September 30, 1893, aged about fifty-seven years. The mother was born November 6. 1844, and is still living. The grandfather Kitch was one of the seven Kitchs who settled in Mercer county at what is known as Kitch's Corners. One child was born to Mr. and Mrs. Morford—Cortelle, born January 16, 1902.