Moss Point, Mississippi

Martha M (Park) Wright 1826-1909

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Martha M Park Wright 1826-1909
Martha M Park Wright 1826-1909, Moss Point, Mississippi

 

When Martha M. (Park) was born on June 17, 1826, in Athens, Georgia, her father was Baptist Park and her mother was Frances. She married James P. Wright in 1845 in Jackson, Butts, Georgia when she was 19 years old. They had one child, Frances M. “Fanny” during their marriage.

In 1840, when Martha was 14 years old, her mother, Frances “Fanny” (Chandler) Park, died. 

In 1845, Martha married James P. Wright. She was 19 years old. January 8, 1845 brought Martha a daughter in Georgia whom she named Frances “Fanny”.

According to an 1850 Census: Martha lived in Jackson,  Butts County, Georgia – Subdivision 45. The census lists Baptist Park 50 as a farmer, Martha M. Wright 22, Frances V. Parks 20, Nancy C. Parks 18, Frances M. Wright 5.
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The Grand Encampment and Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Mississippi Fifty-Seventh Annual Session, at Scranton, Mississippi, May 6, 1895

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1895-05-10 The Pascagoula Democrat Star

The Odd Fellows


Fifty-Seventh Annual Session,
AT SCRANTON, MISS., MAY 6, 1895


The Grand Encampment and Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Mississippi, held their annual session in Scranton this week. The attendance upon each has been larger than for many years, and although the past year has been one of much financial depression, the reports of the Grand Officers, and statements of Individual members of the Grand Bodies, all indicate a healthy growth, several new lodges having been organized and some dormant ones revived.
The Grand Encampment met in its forty-third annual session on Monday morning at 10 o’clock, in the Odd Fellows Hall. The following Grand Officers being in their respective stations:


T. C. Billups, Columbus, Grand Patriarch.
Samuel French, Vicksburg, Grand High Priest.
F. W. Olin, Jackson Grand Senior Warden.
Jacob Fach, Summit, Grand Junior Warden.
Isaac D. Blumenthal, Holly Springs, Grand Scribe.
J. L. Power, Jackson, Acting Grand Treasurer.
W. B. Bradberry, Holly Springs, Grand Marshal.
H. C. Orman, Grenada, Grand Sentinel.


The Grand Patriarch, Grand Scribe, Grand Treasurer and Grand Representative made their reports.
The death of John H. McKenzie, Grand Treasurer, on April 25th, was announced, and a committee appointed to prepare a suitable tribute to that prominent and useful member of the order.


There were twelve Encampments represented, as follows:
Vicksburg, No. 2.—W. E. Blything, C. C. Kent.
Choctaw, No. 3.—A. Fichelman.
Tombigbee, No. 6.—J. L. Walker
Monroe, No. 9.—Phil. Chrisman.
Morning Star, No. 14.—S. R. Stewart.
Pontotoc, No. 17.—John Rowzee.
Theobold, No. 20.—J. W. Cunningham, J. D. Cleary.
Mt. Sinai, No. 21.—Geo. L. Gray.
Eureka, No. 22.—C. H. Garland.
Mamre, No. 28.—M. C. Oolgaardt.
Cyclone, No. 31.—H. M. Buckley.
Scranton, No. 32.—H. S. Rourke, S. H. Bugge, J. P. Fox.
At the night session the Grand Encampment was formally received by Scranton Encampment No. 32. The welcome address being delivered by Vincent Ros, and responded to by Wm. M. Strickland, of Holly Springs.
The following were elected Grand officers:
Samuel French, Vicksburg, Grand Patriarch.
F. W. Olin, Jackson, Grand High Priest.
W. B. Bradberry, Holly Springs, Grand Senior Warden.
Isaac D. Blumenthal, Holly Springs, Grand Scribe.
J. L. Power, Jackson, Grand Treasurer.
J. H. Rolls, Scranton, Grand Junior Warden.
H. C. Orman, Grenada, Grand Marshal.
H. M. Blything, Vicksburg, Grand Sentinel.

THE GRAND LODGE
The fifty-seventh annual session of the Grand Lodge met at 10 o’clock on Tuesday morning, the following Grand officers being in their respective stations:
Ellis T. Har, Grand Master.
C. L. Lincoln, Deputy Grand Master.
Simon Fried, Grand Warden.
Walter S. P. Doty, Grand Secretary.
J. L. Power, Acting Grand Treasurer.
W. J. Webb, Grand Chaplain.
William Jackson, Grand Marshall.
Theo. Baker. Grand Conductor.
Samuel French, Grand Guardian.
H. C. Nelson, Grand Herald.
Lodges were represented, as follows:
Mississippi, No. 1.—Wm. James.
Warren, No. 3.—F. A. Musgrove, J. W. Short.
Franklin, No. 5.—Geo. W. Acker.
Grenada, No. 6.—W. B. Barnes.
Macon, No.3.—F. C. Kent.
Wilkinson, No. 10.—Martin Rotschild.
Capitol, No. 11.—L. Schwartz, J. H. Taylor.
Jefferson, No. 14.—Jas. McClure
Stockman, No. 19.—W. B. Patty.
Wildy, No. 21.—O. L. McKay.
Ridgely, No. 23.—B. L. H. Wright.
Holly Springs, No. 30.—W. C. Tilton.
Union. No. 35.—T. B. Franklin.
Quitman, No. 36.—Jno. E. McClurg.
Okolona, No. 37.—Jno. D. Cleary.
Carrollton, No. 40.—C. C. Doty.
Pontontoc, No. 44.—H. C. Stanford.
Scranton, No. 45.—S. H. Bugge.
Central, No. 49.—T. P. Terry.
New Albany, No.73—W. A. Liddell.
Enterprise, No. 79.—Jas. McGee.
Meridian, No. 80.—J. P. Young, O. F. Temple.
Water Valley, No. 82.—J. S. Wilkes.
Star, No. 84.—Tal Hibbler.
Summit, No. 95.—J. R. Jewell.
Greenville, No. 94.—J. A. Newman.
Yazoo City, No. 102.—E. Schaefer.
Goodwille, No. 104.—H. L. Arnold.
Reliance, No. 107.—J. W. Sandell.
Charleston, No. 108.—Jas. McCorkle.
Copiah, No. 109.—J. Dampeer.
A. B. Longstreet, No. 113.—W. H. Baird.
L. Q. C. Lamar, No. 114.—W. B. Bailey.
Amory, No. 115.—R. P. Dilworth.
Jackson, No. 116.—Wm. Hemingway.
Moss Point, No. 117.—D. E. Morris.
Greenwood, No. 118.—M. Anderson.
Three Oaks, No. 121.—Jno. S. Davis.
Bay St. Louis, No. 122.—J. Heitzman.


Also, the following Past Grands, not representatives:
Leland Henderson, No. 22; J. P. Fox, C. L. Price, Jos. W. Allman, ___ Cunningham, No. 45; S. T. Holberg, No. 19; C. W. Garner, No. 117; N. S. Walker, No. 5.
The report of Grand Master, Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer and Grand Representatives were submitted and referred to the appropriate committees.
Grand Secretary reported three new lodges and two revived during the year, and total membership to last December term 1,616.
The report of Grand Representatives. Sowed an addition of nearly thirty thousand members to the order during the past year, with a total membership of nearly one million in the jurisdiction of the Sovereign Grand Lodge. The benefits during 1895 amounting to about $3, 500, 000.
Aberdeen was selected as the place of next session, by unanimous vote. The lodge at that place will then celebrate its fiftieth anniversary.


The following were elected Grand officers:
C. L. Lincoln, Columbus, Grand Master.
Simon Fried, Starkville, Deputy Grand Master.
L. F. Chiles, Jackson, Grand Warden.
Walter S. P. Doty, Grenada, Grand Secretary.
J. L. Power, Jackson, Grand Treasurer.
Dr. A. D. Hutchinson, Columbus, Grand Representative.
Other officers to be appointed by the Grand Master elect.


A formal reception took place at the Courthouse at 5 o’clock, p.m., when Mayor Allman delivered the address of welcome, responded to by Past Grand Master Wiley N. Nash.
After a ride to Moss Point, and enjoying its hospitalities, the brethren returned to Scranton, where all the Coast Lodges united in a public reception in the Odd FellowsHll. Vincent Ros delivered the address of welcome, and Hon. M. M. Evans responded.
The secret work of the Order was then exemplified by Grand Representative Isaac D. Blumenthal.
The Grand Lodge, after a brief business session on Wednesday morning, entered upon the program arranged for the day—the excursion to Horn Island. A special train took the Grand Lodge and Grand Encampment, resident members of the Order and invited guests, to Moss Point, where they were joined by Moss Point Lodge and friends. The fleet for the excursion consisted of five steam tugs—Leo, Fox, Native Victor and Eva, two large barges and a schooner, and when these returned to Colle’s wharf, at Scranton, and took on the large party there waiting, the excursionists numbered fully one thousand. It was an afternoon of supreme pleasure to all. The committees of arrangements were indefatigable in their attention to their guests. The Escatawpa band discoursed excellent music, and if the young people had dancing space they certainly would have taken advantage of it.
On nearing the Island the “basket dinner” was spread on one of the barges, and there was not only an abundance for the party, but scores of baskets were not opened. And it was all of the very best, and never was a feast better served or more thoroughly enjoyed. The waiters included a Lieutenant-Governor, and many other gentlemen and ladies, who seemed to be expert in the business of feeding the hungry.
The Leo took quite a large party out into the Gulf, but none complained of sea-sickness. All got back in good time, and all expressed themselves delighted—one enthusiastic visitor from North Mississippi remarking, “this is a red-letter day in the history of our Order in Mississippi.”
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 8 o’clock, and remained in session until 11 o’clock, when it finally adjourned. Many important reports were considered and adopted. The representatives made verbal reports as to the condition of their Lodges. A committee was appointed to prepare special resolutions of thanks for the innumerable courtesies of the sessions. The Grand Officers elect were duly installed, after which Past Grand Master J. L. Power made a brief address of congratulation and exhortation, and then the new Grand Master announced the appointive Grand Officers and standing committees, as follows:
Grand Marshal—Wm. James, Natchez.
Grand Conductor—W. B. Bradberry, Holly Springs.
Grand Herald—N. H. Bryant.
Grand Guardian—Samuel French.
The Grand Chaplain will be heretofore announced.
Judicial Committee—Isaac T. Hart, Percy Somerville, C. L. Tubb.
Finance Committee—O. L. Kimbrough, O. L. McKay, Jas. McClure.

THE ODD FELLOWS AT PASCAGOULA
An informal meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the village of Pascagoula was held at 11 o’clock a.m. Tuesday. Messrs. W. O. Clark, C. L. Johnson, H. F. Krebs and F. B. Walker were appointed a committee to tender the visiting Odd Fellows and their brethren a reception at Pascagoula, Captain G. H. Howze having tendered a free train on the Moss Point and Pascagoula railroad for that purpose. The invitation was extended and accepted at the evening session of the Grand Lodge, and the Odd Fellows arrived at Pascagoula at 6:15 p.m., when they were escorted to the “Cottage by the Sea” to partake of a sumptuous supper prepared for them in the spacious dining hall of that popular hostelry, Mayor Volney Brown, on behalf of the village, and Mr. H. F. Krebs made a few remarks of welcome, which were answered in a well delivered speech by Mr. C. L. Tubb, of Aberdeen.
Supper was proceeded with and the wants of the guests were attended to by the hostess, Mr. A. C. Bradford, assisted by Mrs. G. F. Southard, Mrs. E. D. Dean and Miss Addie Clark.

 

Moss Point Odd Fellows’ Celebration at the residence of Mr. John Wesley Morris

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The Pascagoula Democrat Star

May 4, 1894

Odd Fellows’ Celebration.


Last Friday night at the residence of Mr. John W. Morris Moss Point Lodge N. 117 I. O. O. F. gave a grand celebration in honor of the 75th anniversary of the order. The lodge occupied the spacious gallery of the residence and the guests were seated under the large oaks. The grounds were beautifully lighted. After the opening ceremonies of the lodge, readings descriptive of the objects and purposes of Odd Fellowship were given by Messrs. C. M. Fairley and R. W. Cowan, and the exercises concluded with an able, interesting and instructive address on the past, present and future of Odd Fellowship by Prof. M. Caldwell, whose remarks were warmly applauded. After its conclusion all present were invited to partake of the good things prepared for their entertainment. It was the unanimous expression that the occasion had been a most delightful and profitable one and will be the means of increasing interest in this noble order. Moss Point Lodge No 117 was organized with six members Sept. 13, 1893, and during its short life has increased to thirty-four members, and its good influence has been felt in this community. The present officers are: J. W. Stewart, P. G.; D. E. Morris, N. G.; C. W. Garner, V. G.; A. F. Dantzler, secretary and Chas H. Wood, treasurer.


John Wesley MORRIS (1839 – 1896) was my great-great grandfather.

David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS (1866 – 1934), son of John Wesley MORRIS

John Harkness MORRIS (1901 – 1965), son of David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS

Janie Lucille MORRIS (1935 – 2013), daughter of John Harkness MORRIS

Me,  the daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS

 

 

D. E. Morris in Moss Point Odd Fellows Lodge

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The Pascagoula Democrat-Star
May 04, 1894

Moss Point Secret Societies


Moss Point Lodge N. 117 I. O. F. [sic] meets every Monday night at K. of H. hall. D. E. Morris, N. G.; A. F. Dantzler, Secretary.


 

“I. O. O. F.” is an abbreviation of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. David Edmund “D. E.” Morris was my great grandfather and was best friends with the Dantzler family. – Note from TRose

John Wesley Morris 1839-1896

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John Wesley MORRIS (1839 – 1896)
My great great grandfather

 
David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS (1866 – 1934)
son of John Wesley MORRIS
 
John Harkness MORRIS (1901 – 1965)
son of David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS
 
Janie Lucille MORRIS (1935 – 2013)
daughter of John Harkness MORRIS
 
Me
The daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS

When John Wesley Morris was born on May 31, 1839, in Lockport, New York, his father, Elisha Morris, was 28 and his mother, Margaret Ann Baker, was 24.


At the age of 24, John Wesley Morris lived in New York, New York, on July 1, 1863. 

He enlisted in the 28th Independent Battery Light Artillery in New York State August 13, 1963 and was discharged July 31, 1865. He was listed in the military in July 31, 1865, New York.

New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900 for John W Morris
New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900 for John W Morris, New York City
Regiment: 28th Light Artillery Battery New York
Date of Organization: 27 Dec 1862
Muster Date: 31 Jul 1865
Regiment State: New York
Regiment Type: Light Artillery
Regiment Number: 28th
Officers Killed or Mortally Wounded: 0
Officers Died of Disease or Accident: 0
Enlisted Killed or Mortally Wounded: 0
Enlisted Died of Disease or Accident: 8
Regiment History: New York
ANTHON’S, LATER WILLARD’S, BATTALION OF ARTILLERY.
June 3, 1862, Franklin W. Willard received authority to
recruit a battalion of light artillery. November 16, 1862, the
several companies of this battalion, serving at Fort Columbus,
New York harbor, and being in process of organization, were
consolidated into two, and designated the 20th and 28th
Batteries, Light Artillery, and the battalion, never really
organized, discontinued.
TWENTY-EIGHTH INDEPENDENT BATTERY, LIGHT ARTILLERY.
Anthon’s Light Artillery Battalion; Willard’s Battalion
Artillery.
(Three Years)
November 26, 1862, the organizations forming for the
Anthon (Willard) Battalion of Artillery were consolidated in
two batteries, of which the second received the above numerical
designation. This battery was organized at New York city,
Forts Columbus and Schuyler, New York harbor, and mustered in
the service of the United States at Fort Schuyler for three
years December 27, 1862. The men were recruited principally at
New York city, Avoca, Campbell, Cape Vincent, Cohocton, Howard,
Lynn, Sackett’s Harbor, Watertown, Wayland and Urbana. At its
muster-in it was commanded by Capt. Cyprian H. Millard, served
at Fort Schuyler and Sandy Hook, Department of the East, and,
commanded by Capt. Josiah C. Hannum, it was honorably
discharged and mustered out July 31, 1865, at New York city,
having lost by death of disease and other causes, eight
enlisted men.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 2
US Civil War Draft Registrations Records1863-1865 for John W. Morris 1
US Civil War Draft Registrations Records1863-1865 for John W. Morris Clip – Residence listed at far left.
US Civil War Draft Registrations Records1863-1865 for John W. Morris 2
US Civil War Draft Registrations Records1863-1865 for John W. Morris

 


John Wesley Morris married Frances M. “Fanny” Wright on September 5, 1865, in Alabama, when he was 26 years old. This date is confirmed on a Daughters of the American Revolution application for Lyll Evelyn Morris Blumer.


Their children were all born in Moss Point, Mississippi:

David Edmund “D.E.” Morris — 1866

Anna Miles Morris — 1866

Lorin Morris — 1870

Mayme A. “May” Morris — March 16, 1875

Johnie Lee Morris –March 16, 1875

John Leander Morris — October 26, 1878

Lyll Evelyn Morris — 1880

Thomas Colson Morris — April 1, 1882

Harvey William Morris — July 15, 1884


An 1870 U.S. Census shows John and Fannie living in Pass Christian, Harrison County, Mississippi. His occupation “Saw Mill”. Fannie’s mother, Martha Wright is listed as living with them.

1870 Census Entry for John Wesley Morris-Harrison County MS
1870 Census Entry for John Wesley Morris-Pass Christian, Harrison County, MS

John and Fanny’s son, Johnie Lee, passed away at the age of one year old on February 10, 1877 in Moss Point.


An 1880 Census show John and Fannie living in Moss Point, Jackson County, MS.He is listed as “Proprietor of Saw Mill”.

1880 U.S. Census for John Wesley Morris-Moss Point Jackson County MS
1880 U.S. Census entry for John Wesley Morris.

 John’s wife Frances M. “Fanny” passed away on July 9, 1888, in Moss Point, Mississippi, at the age of 43. John and Fanny had been married 22 years.


John Wesley Morris died on April 16, 1896, in Moss Point, Mississippi, when he was 56 years old. His burial was in the Griffin Cemetery (N30º 25.048′; W-88º 34.002′). He is buried beside his wife, Fannie.

John Wesley Morris Family Plot-Griffin Cemetery Moss Point MS 1
John Wesley Morris, Griffin Cemetery, Moss Point, Mississippi buried by his wife, Fanny’s, grave. Little Johnie Lee Morris who died in the first year of his life is buried on the left of the photo.

John Wesley Morris Family Plot-Griffin Cemetery Moss Point MS 2

John Wesley Morris Gravestone-Griffin Cemetery Moss Point MS


John Morris in the United States, Bureau of Land Management, Mississippi, Homestead and Cash Entry Patents, Pre-1908

Name: John Morris
Land Office: Jackson
Document Number: 9499
Total Acres: 159.44
Misc. Doc. Nr.: 18795
Signature: Yes
Canceled Document: No
Issue Date: 10 Apr 1897
Mineral Rights Reserved: No
Metes and Bounds: No
Statutory Reference: 12 Stat. 392
Multiple Warantee Names: No
Act or Treaty: May 20, 1862
Multiple Patentee Names: No
Entry Classification: Homestead Entry Original
Land Description: 1 WNE ST STEPHENS No 5S 14W 35; 2 NENE ST STEPHENS No 5S 14W 35; 3 NWNW ST STEPHENS No 5S 14W 36

 

John Harkness “Big John” Morris 1901–1965 — Owner of Morris-Webb Motor Company in 1930’s Gulfport

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My maternal grandfather

John Harkness Morris was born on October 8, 1901, in Biloxi, Mississippi to Edna Irene Harkness and David Edmund “D.E.” Morris. My Aunt Rosie told me, and my mother confirmed it, their father weighed 14 pounds at birth. All his life he was called “Big John” for obvious reasons referring to his stature and presence.

John Harkness Morris pedigree chart
John Harkness “Big John” Morris’ of Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi, pedigree chart. To see pedigree charts, you may need to use your browser’s viewing settings to enlarge.

The Morris family lived in Biloxi, Gulfport and Moss Point, Mississippi according to various newspaper clippings I’ve collected.

The U.S. Census for the year of 1910 shows Big John living with his parents Edna and D.E. in Beat 4, Gulfport, Mississippi. Hard to read the handwriting for the street they lived on. 

I was told by my mother Big John attended Central High School in Gulfport which was just around the corner from his home. Later the school became Central Elementary School which I attended first through third grade back in the 1960’s. That was a source of pride for me to know that. The building was demolished for a courthouse later on, sad to say.

In 1920, the census finds Big John at the age of 18, living with his parents and sisters, Irene and Martha, and his brother, Edward, on what might appear to be 24th Street in Gulfport. Handwriting is hard to read for the address. No occupation listed, but, I note his father was working at the foundry at this time.

1629 24th Ave
1629 24th Ave – Gulfport, Mississippi – home of John Harkness Morris, parents D.E. and Edna (Harkness) Morris. This is a fairly recent photo of the home they built. This has been confirmed by their granddaughter and great granddaughter. A large sycamore tree was once in front of the home and in recent years, it was removed. I was told the home had an upper story, but, due to fire, it was destroyed. I have no idea if this is true or not.

He married Rosa Ann Elizabeth “Rosie” Smith about 1923, in Kiln, Mississippi. They had six children in 10 years.  

Hon. John “Johnny” Smith Morris 1925–1991
Mary Elizabeth “L’il Sissy” Morris 1927–1929
Tommye LaNelle Morris 1928–
David Harkness Morris 1930–1975
Rosie Ann Morris 1931–
Janie Lucille Morris 1935–2013

The 1930 census shows John Harkness Morris lived in Gulfport, Mississippi. The census lists John H Morris 28, Rose Ann Morris 34, John S. Morris 4, Tommie Linelle (wrong spelling) Morris 1 yr 11 mos, Bamma Smith – 626 Camp Ave., John’s job is listed as Automobile Salesman. Bama Smith was my grandmother’s sister.

In 1934, Big John’s father, D.E. Morris, was living with John and Rosie when he passed away at the age of 68. The obit for D.E. states he died in New Orleans, but, close family members recall John and Rosie were caring for D.E. at the time of his death. My aunt referred to D.E. as Grandpa Ed.

Gulfport City Directory for 1936 shows address for Big John’s business under “John H (Rosa) – “Morris-Webb Mtr Co 815 43rd Ave – Plymouth & DeSoto autos and International Trucks.” Lists Morris, John H.’s home as 815 43rd Ave.

John and Rosie Morris built a home at 1711 Wisteria Street in the new Gulf Gardens Subdivision back in 1935. They raised their children there and the dwelling provided a home to 4 generations of the family before the last Morris left just a couple of years back.

In 1939, a Gulfport City Directory lists “Morris Motor Company (John H. Morris) 1812 25th Ave.” Another listing for that year states, “John H (Rosa S)-Morris Motor Co. 1711 Wisteria”

When my mother, Janie, was a baby, a 1940 census shows John H, Rosie A., John Smith, Tommye L., Rosie Ann, David H. and Janie L residing on Wisteria Street, Beat 2, in Gulfport, Mississippi. I learned that at the age of 14, my Uncle Johnny sold the Daily Herald newspaper as shown on this census. My grandmother, Rosie’s occupation was listed as nurse, R.N. “special duty” and Big John’s occupation was listed as “operator” (owner) auto sales company.

A 1947 Gulfport City Directory lists “Morris, John H (Rosa) 1711 Wisteria St.”

In 1949, a Gulfport City Directory lists “Morris, John H (Rosie) & John Jr. 1711 Wisteria St. It lists “John H.” as “retired.” Big John was 48 years old at the time this directory was published.

In 1953, a Gulfport City Directory entry lists “John H (Rosie S-nurse), Janie L.-Student, David H-USA military, and John S.

I only have one picture of my grandfather. It is a photo I took of a photograph my mother showed me once when I was visiting Hungry Hill in the 90’s and my mother was the sole occupant of the house. She told me this was my grandfather’s baby picture. She said it was taken in Biloxi. She did not elaborate on it at all. It was rare that my mother spoke to me about Big John, so, I consider myself very fortunate to have this to share. It is not a very good reproduction, but, it is special to me.

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Photograph of a photograph of John Harkness “Big John” Morris as a baby in Biloxi, Mississippi.

 

When I think about it, I find it strange there are no photographs I’m aware of that were taken of me and him. There are so many photographs taken of me and my grandmother, my mother, other relatives, but, not one of me and my grandfather. I helped my grandmother put together her photo albums, it was my job to help her and we loved working on this project together. She’d tell me what to write on the backs of the photos, or in the albums. I don’t recall any candid photos shots of Big John. Were they just not taken, or kept somewhere else?