I recently rode through Morley, Iowa on Ragbrai. Do you know, or can you
direct me to a web site, that tells me who Morley, Iowa is named for?
I edited a book of Civil War letters between my great great grandparents “
Love and Valor – Intimate Civil War Letters Between Captain Jacob and Emeline
Ritner.” Jacob and Emeline were from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. There was a family
of Morleys who lived in Mt. Pleasant, who are mentioned several times in the
letters. These Morleys were “copperheads” - Northerners who did not support
the Union cause during the Civil War.
I know that Morley, Iowa was founded in the 1870s. I am wondering if there
is a connection between the Morleys of Mt. Pleasant during the 1860s and the
Morleys of Morley, Iowa.