I’m still working on my great grandfather, D.E. Morris’, life-story today. My aunt told me she remembered that after D.E. died, my grandmother, whom he had been staying with in Gulfport, had found a trunk full of expired patents he’d filed. I’ll add this entry to D.E.’s post on the blog today. I call D.E. (David Edmund) “Ed” as apparently relatives referred to him by Ed. However, all the newspaper articles call him D.E. I was sad to learn Ed had battled alcoholism and in the end that is what caused his passing. His third wife, Miss Elizabeth they called her, was still living at their home in New Orleans when Ed came to live with my grandmother and grandfather in Gulfport on Wisteria St. where he actually died. His obituary in the Times-Picayune read that he died in New Orleans. It has been a bit of a mystery to unravel Ed’s life events as he accomplished much in his days despite his illness. Through his work with It would be so much easier for me to learn about him if I lived in Gulfport or Biloxi. Seems he haunts me… and I like that. He somehow became one of my favorite ancestors because I’ve spent so much time “with him”.
Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi, USA
David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS
my great grandfather
John Harkness MORRIS (1901 – 1965) son of David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS
Janie Lucille MORRIS (1935 – 2013) daughter of John Harkness MORRIS
the daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS
David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS was born in 1866 in Moss Point, Mississippi to Frances M. “Fanny” WRIGHT, age 21, and John Wesley MORRIS, age 27. He was married three times and had two sons and two daughters. He died on December 24, 1934, in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the age of 68, and was buried in Gulfport, Mississippi.
David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS married Virginia Watkins on May 9, 1890, when he was 24 years old. My aunt says she has a record of them marrying in the Presbyterian Church in Moss Point, Mississippi on March 11, 1898. I have not found that record. I found a record that stated they were married in Scranton, Jackson, Mississippi.
David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS married Edna Irene HARKNESS on December 25, 1900, in Biloxi, Mississippi, when he was 34 years old.
His son John Harkness was born on October 8, 1901, in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Data from the above U.S. General Land Office Records:
27 Aug 1898
Metes and Bounds:
May 20, 1862: Homestead EntryOriginal (12 Stat. 392)
He was an Engineer by trade and a Master Machinist at the Dantzler Foundry & Machine Works-Foundry G. Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi, USA
D. E. Morris, member of Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association
“The Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.) is the oldest maritime trade union in the United States still currently in existence, established in 1875. M.E.B.A. primarily represents licensed mariners, especially deck and engine officers working in the United States Merchant Marine aboard U.S.-flagged vessels. It is a member union of the AFL–CIO.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Engineers’_Beneficial_Association
David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS served in the military on December 27, 1920, in Gulfport, Mississippi, when he was 54 years old. Chief Engineer of the USS Ranger – “the Ranger” performed hydro geographic charting along the Mississippi Gulf Coast under the Dept. of Commerce.
Divorce: David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS and Edna Irene HARKNESS were divorced about 1920, when he was 54 years old. I know Edna and Ed were divorced according to a family source. He moved to New Orleans and started a new life. This was when my grandfather, John Harkness Morris was in high school.
David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS was listed as married to Elizabeth Finger in 1934 in Louisiana, when he was 68 years old in the Times-Picayune obituary. I have no record of their marriage other than that. There is a census with her name as Elizabeth Morris. Relatives in my family called her “Miss Elizabeth”. My Aunt Rosie spent time with them in their home in New Orleans when she was growing up and has shared stories of the two.
Photo credit: Cynthia Fore Miller – David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS lived in New Orleans, Louisiana, about 1931. 4230 Laurel Street. Ed Morris was living at 1711 Wisteria Street with my grandparents when he passed away according family sources. He is buried in Guflport with his son, John Harkness Morris in Evergreen Cemetery.