Hughina Morrison was born Hughina Monroe in Scotland in 1825. Her family immigrated to Ontario, Canada where she lived and met another fellow Scotsman, John Morrison.
Hughina and John married on November 7, 1843 in Ontario, Canada. According to the 1852 census, the couple lived in Ingersoll Town and belonged to the Presbyterian Free Church. In 1858, the Morrison's decided to move to the United States. They lodged in Chicago before settling in Lansing, Iowa. John and Hughina lived in Iowa for nine years before moving to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1869.
Unfortunately, Hughina died shortly after arriving in Lincoln, passing away on October 7, 1869. She has the sad distinction of being the first buried in Lincoln's first cemetery. Hughina was survived by her husband John and her children, Willie, Jennie, Joanna, and Margaret.
As printed in the October 16, 1869 Nebraska State Journal
Died at her home in this city on Thursday, October 7th in the 45th year of her age, Mrs. Hughina Morrison, wife of John Morrison.
The author of this tribute to the memory of the deceased enjoyed the privilege of her acquaintance during only a few days previous to her death; but the pure and the good are not long in finding the way to our hearts. As soon as we were ushered into her presence, we felt the magic influences of one whose natural purity and goodness rendered there potent by the chastening hand of affliction could inspire all around her with love and admiration of her beautiful character.
She was the idol of her family, the favorite of a large circle of friends at her late home in Lansing, Iowa, which she had given up, with all its comforts and pleasant surroundings, to join her husband in making a new home in the young West.