Since my original posting I have had contact with at least three 3rd cousins working on my Morningstar/Harriman line. Two had copies of Elender Harriman Morningstar's funeral memorial program. I believe that Elender's mother, Margaret White, first married Josiah Harriman and he either died or they were divorced. She then married a gentlemen by the name of James W. Rian/Ryan and since Elender was apparently very young she went by that name. This is just conjecture on my part. I have sources where both names were used. I am attaching those sources:
1879 History of Adams County, Indiana page 658-659 shows the following about George: "George Jr. (1815-1892) (Actually John George) was married in Adams County in 1837 to Ellen (1815-1909), the daughter of James W. and Margaret Rian. The Rian family lived in Wabash Township, section one, from 1837 to 1840. George resided on eighty acres on section two of Wabash Township and eventually moved back to Ohio, where he remained until his move to Polk County, Iowa. His children were David, Mary Ann, James, Thomas, Margaret Brown, Benjamin, John, Levi and Edward."
Death Certificate for the State of Iowa. shows an Ellen M MORNINGSTAR born 1 Oct 1815 in Ohio who died 14 Aug 1909 and is buried in Pine Hills Cemetery, Des Moines Iowa. The last given address is 1428 E. 12th, Des Moines, Iowa. On the death certificate mother was Maggie WHITE and her birth state was Ohio. As I believe this to be the mother of Sarah Morningstar Johnson, on Sarah's death certificate it lists her mother's maiden name as Harriman, although it does list a birthplace for her mother as Penn. not Ohio. All these bits of information I believe link the same person. I know the name is connected to the family because the informant is a Mrs. W O Brown.
Elender Harriman Morningstar October 1, 1815 August 14, 1909
Funeral Service At the home of her daughter Mrs. William O. Brown In Des Moines, Iowa
Conducted by Rev. Charles Powell Johnson August 16, 1909
Elender Harriman was born in Marion County, Ohio, October 1, 1815, being the youngest of the four children of Josiah and Margaret White Harriman. She died August 14, 1909, having reached the advanced age of almost 94 years. At the age of eighteen, she was married to Jacob Breghbeal, who died two years later. To this union was born two children, one dying in infancy, and the other, a daughter named Diana, is still living. December 24, 1837, she was married to George Morningstar in Ohio. In 1861 they moved to Illinois and three years thereafter came to Iowa, and lived in the vicinity of Des Moines since 1875. Her companion passed to the world beyond January 6, 1892, aged 77 years. Mrs. Morningstar made her home in the later years with her sons, Calvin and Edward, in Des Moines, her last years being spent in the home of her daughter, Mrs. William O. Brown, where she was when the Master called her home. She was the mother of twelve children. Ten are living, four daughters and six sons, as follows: Diana, Mary Ann, James, Thomas, Sarah, Benjamin, Calvin, Levi, Edward, Margaret. She became a Christian and united first with the Baptist and afterward with the United Brethren. She loved the old hymn, and in her declining years she often sang our coronation hymn,
"All Hail," and her last audible words were of the old song --
Here, Lord, I give myself to Thee,
Tis all that I can do."
Scripture Readings: Ecclesiastes XII - 1:7 John XI - 25:26 Revelations XIV - 13
In closing this Coronation Service the quartette will sing one of her favorite hymns --
"Crown Him Lord of All"
Hope this brings clarity to the problem. Please feel free to contact me by e-mail if I can be of any assistance.
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