I'm not a MURLIN researcher, but I have some info which may help you.My book 1891 "Biographical History of Pottawattamie Co, Iowa" has an extensive biography for M.P. Ellis (druggist in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 189) who married there on September 10, 1889, to MRS. ALICE (MURLIN) WILSON, a widow.Alice Murlin was the daughter of W.H. and MATILDA (THOMPSON) MURLIN, who had six children:Elvira, James, Alice (b. Jan 11, 1855), Allie G., Edgar E., and Herbie; all now deceased excepting Alice and Edgar E., the latter of whom now resides in Denver, Colorado.Mr W.H. Murlin was born in Hardin Co, Kentucky, remotely of German ancestry; and when he was 16 years of age his parents moved with him to Mercer Co, Ohio, setttling near Salina.Feb 10, 1850, he married and took his bride, in company with a number of his young associates and their families, and in three weeks arrived at Vinton, Iowa, their destination, which then contained but a dozen houses.To this place his uncle, James Thompson, had preceded him the year before; and his second born, Eva, was the first white child born in Hampton, whither he had moved from Vinton.Mr Murlin was successfully engaged in the grain business for many years, hauling his grain in wagons to the Mississippi River and unloading it into boats.Sept 10, 1862, he enlisted in Company A., 28th Iowa Infantry, during his service was under Grant, McClellan and Banks, and was promoted to First Sgt and after that to 2nd Lieutenant.He was honorably discharged at Savannah, Georgia, July 21, 1865.After returning home, he was out one day with a hunting party and accidentally received a wound, from the effect of which he ultimately died, Sept 14, 1865, at Vinton.Matilda Thompson Murlin was born in Springfield, OH, Sept 28, 1832, daughter of James and Mary (McIntyre) Thompson.After her husband's death, Matilda was left with comparatively little means to educate and bring up her children.Through the dishonesty of a partner her husband lost nearly all the accumulations of years; but with a brave heart and a mother's devotion and love she undertook the battles of life alone.After remaining in Vinton about four years, she moved to Oskaloosa, where resided her brother, Samuel Thompson, County Judge, to educate her children and nine years afterward she came to Council Bluffs.Her daughter, Alice married Mr. Wilson, who later died, then Alice married Mr. Ellis. END
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