Genealogy, Family History, Wings of Angels, The Tenderly Rose Collection

Some Family History for My Daddy Jim, Capt. James Peter Estrada, Child of Spanish Immigrants

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My Daddy Jim and Grandma Angela
Capt. James Peter Estrada as a child with his mother, Angela (Franquet) Estrada in New York.
James Peter Estrada
Capt. James Peter Estrada as a boy-Lake Champlain-late 1930s.

My Daddy Jim, was born James Peter Estrada to James and Angela (Franquet) Estrada in New York, USA, on May 7, 1934. In 1940, a U. S. Census shows a five year old James Estrada living with his parents, the only child. The census shows little James’ 31 year old father, a diamond setter in the jewelry industry, as having been born in France, and his 30 year old mother, Angela, a dressmaker in the dress manufacturing business, having been born in Spain. The couple rented the home at 172 111th Street in Queens, New York.

Grandma Angela and Grandpa Jim with Daddy Jim
Grandma Angela (Franquet) and Grandpa Jim with little Jim Estrada – 1930s

I know he attended Georgia Military Academy.

I don’t know how he and my mother, Janie Morris, met. I do know they were married at a chapel on Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi.

Janie and Jim Estrada Just Married
James Peter Estrada and Janie Morris just married.

I have had trouble finding documentation for Daddy Jim’s life events and accomplishments other than the newspaper articles and information I collected for his death. 

Capt. James Peter Estrada
Capt. James Peter Estrada-Southern Memorial Park, Biloxi, Mississippi

About Daddy Jim’s parents and grandparents:

From this point forward for the sake of simplicity, I will refer to my Daddy Jim as “Jim” and his father as James Sr. I know from family history told to me by my Grandma Angela that James Sr. was born of a Spanish family that had migrated to Paris in the jewelry trade. I recall spending much time with both of my adopted grandparents, the Estradas, in Houston, Texas, where my Grandpa Jim Estrada had retired after years in the oil industry.

At some point, James’s father went to work for Gulf Oil in Venezuela, but Jim stayed behind in the United States to attend military academies. In Venezuela, a sister, Beatrice, was born. I found passenger records of Jim having traveled to Venezuela for visits to his parents. 

James, Sr. was born Dec. 19, 1908 in Paris, France. James, Sr., died in Houston, Texas, July 13, 1967, of multiple myeloma (cancer) at the age of 58. I remember when he passed away. He was buried at Southern Memorial Park in Biloxi, Mississippi, near his son, Capt. James Peter Estrada. He wanted to be buried by his son. James, Sr., migrated to New York with his parents as a young child. He spoke French and Spanish.

Obit for James Peter Estrada (1908-1967)
Obit for James Peter Estrada (1908-1967) from The Daily Herald, July 15, 1967, p. 2

My Grandma Angela (Franquet) Estrada’s Obituary
ESTRADA
Angela Franquet Estrada, beloved wife, mother and grandmother went home to be with the Lord on July 8, 2006.  She was born in Valencia, Spain on November 10, 1909.  Preceded in death by her parents; two sisters and two brothers; her husband, James Estrada; and son, Captain James Peter Estrada.  Survived by her daughter, Beatrice Hood and husband Dean; grandsons, Alan Hood and wife Lorie, and Douglas Hood of Houston; and daughter-in-law, Jane Estrada of Gulfport, Miss.; grandchildren, Tenderly, Angela, Alison, James P. Estrada and wife Jan; five great-grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.  She retired from Esther Wolf and Everitt Beulow.
A Memorial Service will be held at Grace Bible Church, 13700 Schroeder Rd., Houston, TX on Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 3:00pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Still Creek Ranch, 6055 Hearne Lane, Bryan, TX 77808, or Vitas Hospice, 4828 Loop Central Dr., Suite 890, Houston, TX 77081.

Gravesites for James Estrada and Angela (Franquet) Estrada-Southern Memorial Park-Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi
Gravesites for James Estrada and Angela (Franquet) Estrada-Southern Memorial Park-Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi

James, Sr.’s father was named James “Jaime” Estrada. He was born July 25, 1888 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, and died in December of 1970 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I met “Yiyo” the nickname for him. He had flown up to Gulfport to see us. I recall he had a pistol in his luggage, which greatly concerned my mother, and he had a “youth tonic” he drank every morning involving honey and lemon juice. He had a good disposition and spoke only Spanish and French, I think. James, Sr., was a jeweler-having been in business in Paris before establishing himself in New York as a jeweler. 

James, Sr.’s mother was named Conchita Torres. Conchita Torres, James, Sr.,’s mother, was born May 21, 1886 in Puebla de Castro, Spain. I don’t have records for her death. 

According to documentation, both Jaime and Conchita’s arrival dates were 1911 and 1912, respectively, from Paris, France.

In 1920, James “Jaime” and Conchita (Torres) Estrada, along with their son, James lived at 298 East 77th Street in Manhattan Assembly District 14, in New York, New York. “Jaime” was listed at a jeweler and he was listed as “Papers submitted”. In 1930, they still lived at the Manhattan address above listed as and Conchita was listed as “Alien”. Jaime was listed as “First papers”. By 1940, at the same Manhattan address, “Conchita” was listed as having “First papers”. 

I have not found documentation for the parents for Jaime or Conchita at this time. That information would be in Spain, I would presume, and I have no access to those records. I am still looking, though.

Here is just one of the documents I had found in support of the family history I am working on for Daddy Jim’s genealogy:

Naturalization Papers for Conchita (Torres) Estrada
Naturalization Papers for Conchita (Torres) Estrada

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Tenderly Rose and Grandma Angela’s dog, Fluffy, in Houston. Abt. 1959

Having had two fathers in my life, I grew up without either one. I was born to Capt. and Mrs. Frank Hunt Bosworth. My mother was Janie Morris. They divorced soon after I was born, and as the story was told to me, my mother met and married Jim Estrada. They were married when I was about two years old. Jim adopted me as his child. I was raised as Jim Estrada’s child and he is the one I have the most cherished childhood memories any child could ever dream of. I have hung onto those memories-they are as clear as if they happened yesterday.

The Estrada family shared their love with me as if I was a child born with their blood. I cherished them, especially my Aunt Bea-Bea. I grew up with the Estrada name and was always very proud of it. I am forever grateful for the time I spent with them and the advantages that went with being part of their family. Every summer I can remember, my siblings and I were packed up and sent to Houston to have extended visits with our Texas Estradas. This included the Hood family my Aunt Bea-Bea eventually married into. We had very good times! We swam in the icy cold rice wells in Katy, Texas, at Uncle Dean’s sister’s farm – the McIroys, I believe were their names. Uncle Dean always had to win at Monopoly and Aunt Bea-Bea made the most delicious food. One dish I remember was some sort of Mexican casserole. The houses in Ponderosa Forest, a subdivision of Houston were amazing to experience. My Uncle Dean had been a builder of some of those houses. Aunt Bea-Bea was a teacher and one of the most positive influences in my life. I can hear her laughter as I write this.

The Estrada Family on Wisteria St
A visit from the Estradas. I’m on the left of the photo, my Aunt Bea is second from the right of the photo and Grandma Angela is on the far right of the photo. My mother, Janie is peaking around my Aunt Bea’s head. She is standing next to Uncle Pete’s son and Uncle Pete is in front of his son. My two sisters are in the front of the photo. Gulfport, Mississippi.

My Grandma Angela, “Granny Annie”, as we called her in the 60’s always made sure we had beautiful dresses and swimwear from Esther Wolfe, the store she worked at, and she provide tennis lessons for us at one of the townhouse developments she lived in. We had a blast with her. She was a very fastidious and clean housekeeper and we were expected to make our beds every day or we couldn’t go swimming at the pool if we didn’t. It just was really the best of time when we went to Houston. I wanted to live there. 

It was always so exciting when Grandma Angela speed down the “freeway” heading to downtown Houston. She would holler out, “Get out of my way, you old fossil!” if she had to pass a car. We always giggled because the person in the other car appeared to be her age. I remember one trip to the Galleria for shopping. I had never seen a shopping mall quite like that one. It was new when I was there. She took me to an art gallery because she knew I loved art and always encouraged me. When she got much older, she took painting classes and produced some pretty impressive artwork herself. I was so proud of her!

The Estrada Crew in Texas
The Estrada Crew, as my mother, Janie, liked to call us, in my Aunt Bea Estrada’s wedding to Dean Hood. I am the tallest one. 1960’s.

As a family, we spent many holidays in Houston with the Estradas. The Christmas lights were just fantastic. The trips we made in the car were long and kind of miserable. We traveled with six of use in the car. Momma drove, Mamaw (her mother) rode shotgun and four of us kids had to sit in the back of the station wagon along with ice chests filled with food and luggage. We did take breaks at rest stops and that helped. When we got to Houston, it was all worth it.

Aunt Bea (Estrada) Hood and Grandma Angela (Franquet) Estrada 1990s.
Aunt Bea (Estrada) Hood standing behind Grandma Angela (Franquet) Estrada. 1990s. The last photo I have of them. This was at my brother’s wedding in Mississippi.

 

 

 

 

 

My Grandmother’s Mississippi Driver’s Manual

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My grandmother’s Mississippi Drivers Handbook
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My grandmother’s Mississippi Drivers Handbook
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My grandmother’s Mississippi Drivers Handbook
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My grandmother’s Mississippi Drivers Handbook

I have no idea what year this handbook was distributed. My grandmother, Rosie (Smith) Morris, told me she was given this to study if she wanted to get her driver’s license. Her husband was owned and operated a car dealership and he gave her a car. After she took the car on a test drive, and she ran off the road, she refused to drive it from then on. She never got her license, by the way. She preferred to ride the bus or take a cab. — T.Rose

“The Flames” – Biloxi Business District in Ashes – October 13, 1894

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Biloxi Daily Herald

October 13, 1894

THE FLAMES

A PORTION OF THE PRINCIPAL STREET OF BILOXI IN ASHES.


Business Houses and Residences Were Burned Like so Much Chaff


LOSS ABOUT $75,000—INSURANCE $28,000.

Heroic Action of Firemen and Citizens


Biloxi has again been visited by a conflagration more sweeping in extent and entailing a financial loss greater than that of the fire of June, 1889. Friday morning about 2 o’clock a private watchman discovered flames issuing from the two-story building of Jos. W. Swetman, located on Pass Christian st., main thoroughfare, and in the most densely populated portion of the city. The alarm was sounded and the fire department turned out in quick order, but the flames had gained such headway that it was impossible to save the building and efforts of the firemen were directed to those adjoining. The Swetman building was occupied by J. W. Swetman a drug-store with sleeping apartments on the second floor occupied by his family, and so rapidly did the fire eat its way that the family were only able to hastily gather a few articles of clothing and make their escape. Another portion of this building on the first floor was occupied John W. Henley, as a oyster saloon. Adjoining the Swetman building, and on the west the fire quickly communicated to the engine room of Mechanics Fire Co., and from that to the Masonic Opera House, a large frame structure. Continuing its course west, on Pass Christian street, the two buildings owned by John Eistetter, one occupied by J. H. Murphy as a blacksmith shop, and the other by P. Ferzar, as a lunch house, were consumed as was also the tin shop belonging to Dan Markey, and a small residence, both in the rear and owned by Jno. Eistetter. Crossing Magnolia street the storehouse and dwelling of Miss St. Tual was soon in ashes. The fire in its eastern course was checked with the burning of the market-house of Felix Borries, by the most desperate and heroic work on the part of both firemen and citizens.


Before this time, however, buildings were burning in all directions, and it looked as if the larger portion of the city would be consumed before the wrath of the fiery monster was appeased. Opposite the Opera House the large two-story business house and dwelling of S. Picard was in flames, and in the flying cinders the intense heat almost immediately ignited the residence of W. K. M. Dukate, on the east and a cottage on Magnolia street, owned by N. Voivedich and occupied by F. W. Eaton. With the destruction of the last named building the flames were, checked on Magnolia street, although the house south of it and occupied by T. E. Colline, was badly scorched.

On the south side of Pass Christian street the residence of Mrs. Rich and a small building adjoining, occupied as a candy store were being rapidly reduced to ashes only to be followed in quick succession by the building occupied by Joseph Lawrence as a shoe shop, and the barber shop J. Kilk both owned by George Ohr, Sr. From the barber shop the next to fall a prey to the fiery demon was the large two-story building owned by Chas. Redding and occupied by him as a residence and grocery store. South of Redding’s a cottage belonging to Dr. J. J. Lemon and occupied by Mrs. Kelty, was burned as was also a two-story cottage adjoining, belonging to Geo. Ohr, Sr. On the north side of Pass Christian st., and east of the Swetman building, four small buildings owned by the same gentlemen, were destroyed—one of these was without a tenant and the other occupied by Sing Lee as a laundry; H. Eikel, merchant tailor; and Mrs. Ohr, grocer.


The fire in this direction was checked at the building owned by Mrs. Amare and occupied by Keel & Jennett, grocers. This building was damaged to the extent of about $100, and it seemed at times beyond the power of human beings to save the structure and it was only by almost superhuman efforts that the flames were checked at this point. The destruction of this building would have followed by the loss of many more, and with this appalling fact staring them in the face the firemen worked with redoubled vigor and until their hands and faces were scorched and blistered by the devouring element.


In the rear of the property last destroyed stood the famous pottery of Geo. E. Ohr, whose shop during the past severel [sic] years has been visited by hundreds of visitors from other sections and from almost every State in the Union, seeking relics in artistic pottery. In a few moments the toil and work of Ohr, the artistic potter, was reduced to ashes.

In the rear of the opera-house the planning mills of John R. Harkness & Sons, together with a large amount of finished work and lumber, was destroyed.


In the upper story of the opera-house were the lodge rooms of the Masons and Knights of Pythias. The regalia and all paraphernalia of both orders were completely destroyed, only the secretary’s and treasurer’s books of the Masonic order being saved.


On the ground floor of the opera-house was the office of the Postal Telegraph Co., and the watch-maker shop of B. M. Root, both suffering a total loss.


Fortunately there was but little wind during the conflagration, else the damage would have been more than doubled. As it was, houses several blocks away from the seat of the fire were ignited by flying cinders, and it was only by the closest surveillance that many other buildings were not added to the conflagration.


The Convent of Mercy, situated some distance from the scene, was on fire twice, but before gaining any headway, the flames were extinguished.


During the height of the fire, and until it was well under control, much excitement prevailed among residents in the neighborhood. Houses were emptied of their contents, and vehicles of all sorts were pressed in service to aid in conveying the goods to a place of safety. In many instances this was found to be unnecessary. Household goods were piled helter-skelter in every direction, and when daylight came, the scene presented cannot be described. The area of the fire covers the larger portion of four squares in the heart of the city and as the buildings destroyed were all of wood, there was little resistance to the flames.


[Partially illegible paragraph] paraphernalia, $500; insurance on opera-house, $1500.
Knights of Pythias, $1000; insurance, $600.
Geo. Ohr, Sr., $5000; no insurance.
John R. Harkness & Sons, $3000; no insurance.
Miss St. Tual, $700; insurance, $2000.
Geor E. Ohr, $3000; no insurance.
H. Eikel, $2800; insurance $1000.
J. Kilk, $400; no insurance.
Jos. Lawrence, $100; no insurance.
Mrs. Rich (2 houses), loss unknown.
Dan Markey, $250; no insurance.
Mechanics’ Steam Fire Co., $400; no insurance.
J. H. Murphy, $100; no insurance.
Felix Borries, $400, no insurance.
N. Voivedich, $700; no insurance.
F. W. Eaton, $00; no insurance.
J. Eistetter, $1000; no insurance.
B. M. Root, $400; no insurance.
P. Ferrar, $800; no insurance.


The insurance is divided among the following companies of E. W. Morrill’s agencies:
Royal $00; Harford, $6450; American Fire, $2345; Phoenix of London, $2275; Phenix of Brooklyn, $2550; Lancashire, $2000; Queen, $1500; Liverpool, London and Globe, $3500; Mechanics and Traders, $3200.


In but few instances was any portion of the contents of the burned buildings saved, and then only in a damaged condition. There is also considerable loss in the way of outhouses, stables, fences, etc.


The Electric Light Co. lose [sic] about $6000 in the destruction of poles wires, transformers, etc.


Many of those burned out will commence rebuilding at once. The loss is a severe one to our people, and to many is the loss of all their possessions. The business men who own property along Pass Christian st., to whom a Herald reporter has talked to on the subject signify their willingness to widen the street ten feet on either side than its present width.


The Herald building was threatened by flying cinders, and had it not been covered with abestos [sic], there is but little doubt that the roof would have ignited and it would have been almost impossible to have saved the building from destruction, and that or other and valuable property. Owners having property in the west end of town can thank their lucky stars that this office was covered by asbestos [sic], for had it burned the destruction would have been three fold greater than now recorded.


 

My great great grandfather John Rankin Harkness’s business is mentioned as destroyed in this article. Capt. John Rankin Harkness (1830-1903) was one of the founders of the Biloxi Fire Dept. He was born in Pelham, Hampshire, Massachusetts, the son of William Harkness and Abigail Turner.

Capt. John Rankin HARKNESS (1830 – 1903) — My 2nd great-grandfather

Edna Irene HARKNESS (1880 – 1952), daughter of Capt. John Rankin HARKNESS

John Harkness MORRIS (1901 – 1965), son of Edna Irene HARKNESS

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

Me, the daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS

 

 

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

 

 

Bola Lafayette “Bolie” Smith 1888-1970

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Laurel Leader Call

August 10, 1970

DEATHS

B. L. SMITH

Funeral services for B. L. Smith, 82, 860 South Magnolia, were held Monday at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Sumrall officiating. Burial was in Crestview Cemetery.

Smith died Saturday in a Laurel hospital after a short illness. He was born in Neshoba County, Mar. 28, 1888. He was a member of Magnolia Street Baptist Church, and a retired carpenter.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Tama Aultman Smith; three daughters: Mrs. J. T. McKinney, Gainsville, Fla; Mrs. Elson Boutwell, New Orleans, La.; and Mrs. Franklin Rhoades, Hobart Ind.; two sons: Dick Smith, Ellisville; and J. W. Smith, Decatur, Ala.; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; six sisters: Mrs. Josie Harris, Jackson; Mrs. Betty Harper, Collins; Mrs. Rosie Morris, Mrs. Mattie Bell Robertson and Mrs. Bama Grayson, all of Gulfport; and Mrs. Bertie Quinn, Pascagoula; and three brothers: Levi Smith, Crossett, Ark.: Sylvester Smith and Bradie Smith, both of Laurel.

 


 

Bola Lafayette “Bolie” Smith (1888 – 1970)
Was my great-uncle…
Mary Jane RICE (1867 – 1947)
mother of Bola Lafayette “Bolie” Smith
Rosa Anna Elizabeth “Rosie” SMITH (1895 – 1984)
daughter of Mary Jane RICE
Janie Lucille MORRIS (1935 – 2013)
daughter of Rosa Anna Elizabeth “Rosie” SMITH
Me
the daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS

Beatriz Zuniga Dónde Estás?

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My mother had numerous baby books for me, some she sent me years ago and then others she had hidden from me because they had my birth last name in them. I’ve been scanning in old photos, some I’ve never seen, from a baby book I had never seen until after my mother passed away a few years ago and it was sent to me.
 
I found this photo of a young woman named Beatriz Zuniga holding me as I chewed on my mother’s twirling baton. On the back of the photo was Beatriz’s name, and a note that she was from Guatemala. I later found a note in my baby book that Beatriz was my “Honorary Godmother”. I was raised as a Southern Baptist, so in those days there were not really any Godparents for our religion. I had several I knew of when I was growing up, but, none were ever involved in my life when I was growing up, so I was surprised to find this photo. The photo was taken at the University of Southern Mississippi, where I stayed in the Home Ec Dept. while my mother attended school there.
 
My mother called the young students who cared for me overnite on campus in the Home Ec buildings my “Southern Mommas”. My mother stayed in a dorm with her sorority sisters on campus. These students were responsible for my care as part of the curriculum there at USM. I am amazed with this photo — I’ve had a lifelong love affair with the Spanish language and cultures that speak the language. I only know a little bit of Spanish. I am wondering if my Southern Momma Beatriz had an influence in my infancy that fostered my love of diversity.
 
There are many other reasons I love the Spanish/Mexican/South American culture and language, but, I have to say I was very intrigued to learn of Beatriz yesterday. I spent some time on Ancestry looking for Beatriz Zuniga. There were several. I thought I’d share this photo with you because it is so sweet. I’d love to find her. But, if I can’t find her, I know she is special to me. I will share this little story on my blog, The Tenderly Rose Collection. Wouldn’t it be neat if somehow I could reconnect with her?
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Beatriz Zuniga, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, 1956 holding Tenderly Rose – the Home Economics baby. Beatriz was an “honorary godparent” to Tenderly Rose.

The Ghosts of Gulf Gardens Come Alive in Daily Herald article by Geoff Pender

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A birthday party in Gulf Gardens, Gulfport, MS, for Tenderly Rose at 1711 Wisteria Street. Circa 1958.

I would like to personally thank Geoff Pender of the Daily Herald for this article. My mother, Jane Morris Estrada was interviewed in the piece. I learned things about the neighborhood I grew up in that I’d not been aware of and I also was reminded of the unique and very precious experiences I had as a child in this Gulfport community. Since the time this article was published, much has changed for this neighborhood and many of the fears of the neighbors have continued, even worsened. I can tell you Gulf Gardens was an American dream that bore amazing fruit. The Gulf Coast was a much better place to have had such a place called Gulf Gardens. The heartbreaking truth is that very little is left of the neighborhood I grew up. When I was born, I came home from Memorial Hospital to that home the Morrises built in 1935. That house and yard will always be my home. I had hoped to return to Gulf Gardens to finish my days there as both my grandmother and mother did. This is not to be. Cherish the old neighborhoods. Remember the folks who lived and loved there. Our spirits will never leave there. Gulf Gardens was truly “Home Sweet Home”.

We take for granted, sometimes, that which is steady and true…

— Tenderly Rose

James Knott 1804–1874, Elgin’s Grocer

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James Knott – Grocery Store Advertisement “The Past and present of Kane County, Illinois : containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, &c., a directory of its History of Kane County, Ill. – The northern counties gazetteer and directory, for 1855-6 – November, 1855”

When James Knott was born about 1804, in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, his father, Thomas, was 13 and his mother, Anna, was 17. He was married three times and had three sons and two daughters. He died on March 5, 1874, in Elgin, Illinois, at the age of 70, and was buried there.

James KNOTT (1804 – 1874)

My 4th great-grandfather

 
Lucy Flude KNOTT (1828 – 1916)
daughter of James KNOTT & Deborah FLUDE
 
Maria Elizabeth BLOW (1854 – 1953)
daughter of Lucy Flude KNOTT
 
Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND (1880 – 1961)
son of Maria Elizabeth BLOW
 
Helen Marie HOAGLAND (1907 – 1965)
daughter of Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND
 
Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II (1933 – )
son of Helen Marie HOAGLAND
 
Me
The daughter of Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II

 

James Knott married Deborah Flude in 1822 in Leicester, Leicestershire, when he was 18 years old.

St. Nicholas Church – “England Marriages, 1538–1973 ,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NJ8W-TQK : accessed 24 February 2016), James Knott and Debora Flude, 25 Aug 1822; citing St. Nicholas, Leicester, Leicester, England, ref

Read about Deborah Flude by clicking on this link:

https://thetenderlyrosecollection.wordpress.com/2016/08/30/deborah-flude-1800-1847/


 

Excerpt from British History Online

“Of the other early shoemakers, James Knott advertised himself in 1842 as a ‘Fashionable Boot and Shoe Manufacturer’, who supplied the trade as well as private customers and executed shipping orders. He continued to appear with his son, Thomas, in the lists of boot and shoe manufacturers until 1850.”

‘The City of Leicester: Footwear manufacture’, A History of the County of Leicester: volume 4: The City of Leicester (1958), pp. 314-326. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.

My note: Is it possible that the author of this history may have listed James as the father of Thomas in error. In my research, Thomas Knott was the father of James Knott. But, I am just beginning to gather information on this family, so I may be incorrect in my information. Would love to hear from anyone familiar with this family.


 

After Deborah’s death in 1847, James Knott arrived in America on June 28, 1849 in New York, New York after a 38 day voyage on the ship named Guy Mannering. The ship’s manifest lists James Knott 45, William Knott 18, Anne Knott 20, Eliz. Knott 16 and Fred Knott 12. His oldest child, Lucy, my GGG Grandmother, was not listed on the manifest with her family. I found she had traveled ahead of the family to America and was living with her Uncle John Knott in Chicago at the time of her family’s arrival.


Around 1849-1851, James Knott married Elizabeth Anne Hawly (1800-1852) in Illinois.


On the 1850 U.S. Federal Census the family is living in the Town of Elgin, Kane County, Illinois. The census lists James Knott 46, Elisabeth Knott 26, Elisabeth Knott 18, Frederick J. Knott 13. Only James is listed as having been born in Illinois. On the ship’s manifest for James Knott upon arrival to the U.S., an Elizabeth is listed, so at least that would indicated she was born in England, not Illinois. The same page of the census also shows his father, Thomas Knott 61 with Ann Knott 63-both born in England-his occupation is “Tanner or Tuner”.

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1850 U.S. Federal Census entry for James Knott, Elgin, Kane, Illinois

 


 

After the death of James’ second wife, Elizabeth Hawly, he then married Charlotte Bunce on November 18, 1852.

Charlotte Bunce-James Knott Marriage Cook County IL Marriage and Death Indexes 1833-1889
Charlotte Bunce-James Knott Marriage, Cook County IL Marriage and Death Indexes 1833-1889

 


 

James Knott is listed on the Illinois State Census for 1855 as residing in Elgin, Kane, Illinois.


 

A U.S. IRS Tax Assessment List for Illinois, District 2, for 1862-1864 lists James Knott as “Retail Dealer”, but then that was crossed out and it looks like “Butcher” was written beside it. Another U.S. IRS Tax Assessment List for the same district lists James Knott as “Retail Dealer”.


On the 1870 U.S. Census for Elgin, Kane, Illinois, James Knott is listed as “Retired Merchant” with possible wife (3 years younger), Charlotte Knott & Margaret Bunce (whom I found on a census in PA with George F. Knott on same page – Marg. was listed as domestic) at same address.


James Knott is listed as buried in the Channing Street Cemetery (Channing Street Cemetary Sexton’s Certificates) on March 5, 1874, however, the Channing Street Cemetery was “repurposed” for the building of a school. The story is here:

http://www.elginroots.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18&Itemid=146


James Knott - Elgin Pioneer Grocer 1
James Knott – Elgin, IL, “The Pioneer in the Exclusive Grocery Trade”
James Knott - Elgin Pioneer Grocer 2
James Knott – Elgin, IL, “The Pioneer in the Exclusive Grocery Trade”
James Knott - Elgin Pioneer Grocer 3
James Knott – Elgin, IL, “The Pioneer in the Exclusive Grocery Trade”
James Knott - Elgin Pioneer Grocer 4
James Knott – Elgin, IL, “The Pioneer in the Exclusive Grocery Trade”

Deborah FLUDE (1800 – 1847)

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Deborah FLUDE Knott (1800 – 1847)

My 4th great-grandmother

 
Lucy Flude KNOTT (1828 – 1916)
daughter of Deborah FLUDE
 
Maria Elizabeth BLOW (1854 – 1953)
daughter of Lucy Flude KNOTT
 
Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND (1880 – 1961)
son of Maria Elizabeth BLOW
 
Helen Marie HOAGLAND (1907 – 1965)
daughter of Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND
 
Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II (1933 – )
son of Helen Marie HOAGLAND
 
Me
The daughter of Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II

Deborah Flude was born on October 28, 1800, in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. She was a lifelong resident who married James Knott in 1822 in Leicester, Leicestershire. They had five, maybe six, children in 13 years. Her daughter, Lucy Flude, was my 3rd great grandmother. Deborah died on May 15, 1847, in Leicester, Leicestershire, at the age of 46, and was buried there in the St. Nicholas Church cemetery. Lucy came to America and settled in Elgin, Kane, County, Illinois. She married Charles Blow. Deborah’s father, James Knott, also came to America and was married twice after Deborah’s death. He was a grocer in Elgin, Kane County, Illinois. Deborah has become one of my special ancestors I feel I have a spiritual relationship with.
Every now and then, when doing genealogy, I have experienced what I call a “Wings of Angels” moment. A connection is made with someone who helps me along the way in my journey to learn about my ancestors. This was one of those experiences that sent genealogy information “on the wings of angels” to me. I have described those times as a spiritual feeling, a bit of luck and a message from my ancestors. I began researching Deborah Flude only to find a BBC broadcaster, Tony Wadsworth and his wife had done a radio show about her. I contacted him, and ultimately he sent me a copy of the show’s presentation on a CD and a copy of her death certificate one of his researchers had given to him. I had a nice amount of correspondence with Mr. Wadsworth. He told me he passed Deborah’s grave everyday walking to work and that had cause him to question her life so long ago. He was happy to become acquainted with me because he was interested in what had become of her offspring. To learn I was a descendant in America seemed to please him very much. I enjoyed our correspondence. I’m invited to visit him if I ever make the jump across the pond. 

 

Forget Me Knott

BBC Leicester’s Tony Wadsworth goes in search of a Leicester woman who was born, married and buried in the same street. 

How often do you pass familiar buildings, statues and objects in the street without giving them a second thought?

One sunny day BBC Leicester’s Tony Wadsworth stopped to take a look round the churchyard he walks past everyday, and found one woman’s remarkable story amongst the gravestones.

It got him thinking about the area around St. Nicholas Church and how it had changed since her days in the 1800s, and even in the last 50 years.

Deborah’s Death

Deborah’s death certificate states that she died of “enlargement of the liver” and “heart disease”.

BBC Leicester’s Julie Mayer spoke to Dr Clive Harrison to find out what could have caused Deborah’s poor health…

Leicester in the mid 1800s was a very different place from the city we know today and the environment would have affected everyone’s health.

In 1813 the Inspector of Nuisances, George Brown painted the city conditions as a radical risk to the health of its residents.

He said the River Soar was “torpid and turbid”, describing parts of it as an “open cesspool” emitting “pestiferous gasses which cause disease of the most malignant and mortal character”.

Doctors of the time often didn’t understand much more about disease than their patients; miasma, the belief that illness came from bad smells, was a popular concept.

Infant mortality was particularly high with a fifth of children dying before they reached the age of one.

In the 19th Century diarrhoea, consumption, scarlet fever and lung infections were all common causes of deaths.

With people living in cramped conditions, next to cesspits, abattoirs and stables, Clive believes it’s no wonder disease was rife.

Before the time of the NHS and antibiotics, city residents would normally be treated by local doctors who used reference books to give prescriptions from their own pharmacies.

There was just one hospital in the area during the 1800’s. Leicester Infirmary was founded in 1771 but was only open to a small section of society.

Overall Dr Clive said it was unsurprisingly Deborah had died of disease and all things considered she didn’t do too badly to last until 47 years-old: “I’d have said she was almost elderly.”

Life after Deborah

Although Deborah’s grave clearly marks her marriage to James Knott, her husband and children do not rest in the same churchyard.

Peter Cousins searched the 1851 census but was unable to find their names, “Husband, children – just disappeared off the face of Leicester.”

After quite a bit of thinking and investigating Peter traced down the family’s movements after the death of Deborah.

An 1849 shipping list reveals that James Knott, his sons William and Fredrick, and daughter Elizabeth, emigrated to America.

The travelled on the Guy Mannering ship on her first East-West voyage from Liverpool to New York on 22 May 1849.

The journey to the new world and their new home took 38 days.

After digging a bit deeper Peter found the Knott’s settled in Illinois the next year, with what appears to be a young wife for James:

“So he’s not only gone to start a new life, it looks like he’s started a new family.”

St. Nicholas Church, Leicester

In Search of Deborah

BBC Leicester’s Tony Wadsworth and Julie Mayer went in search of the woman who was born and buried on the same street in Leicester…

Deborah was born in 1800 on St. Nicholas Street, which is now a continuation of the High Street – just round the corner from the BBC Leicester studios.

At that time Leicester’s population would have rested at around 17,000 people. Her particular neighbourhood was small but densely inhabited.

Her unusually modern name, which first drew Tony to her story, was passed on from her older sister who died in infancy just a year before her arrival in the world.

She married James Knott in 1822 at St. Nicholas Church, at the age of 22. Find out more about marriage in the 1800s…

Weddings at this time would have been simple and quiet affairs, with just a few close family members witnessing their solemnisation of matrimony.

Local Historian Richard Gill commented, “this notion that we have to have 150 guests at your wedding and you have a huge slap up meal afterwards, that is actually middle to late 20th Century.

“It didn’t happen for my parents in the 1920s.”

A Different Life

Deborah continued to live with her husband on the same road she grew up on, raising six children in the process.

Local genealogist Peter Cousins discovered that at the time of the 1841 Census the children ranged from between three and 16 years-old:

“They were quite regular in their habits, you might say!”

James worked as a shoemaker, which was a common profession in an area home to many shoe factories, however Mrs Knott is likely to have been a housewife.

It is difficult to know how comfortably the Knotts lived as James’ specific position is unknown and could range from business owner to manual worker.

However Richard believes there may be some clues to the family’s wealth in Deborah’s gravestone – a smart but not overly elaborate piece made from local Swithland slate:

“This would rather suggest that there was at least sufficient money to memorialise her when she died.”

Deborah’s life in the 1800s would have been a very different experience to the Leicester women of today.

There were no aeroplanes, no electric light bulbs, no phones, no water pipes delivering fresh water, no flushing toilets, no NHS, and definitely no television or radio!

Leicester: 1800s

With the St. Nicholas area now home to several car parks and a developing park and ride scheme it is particularly interesting to consider that Deborah would have never seen a motor vehicle.

Very few areas of Leicester would still be recognisable to Deborah now, including the Guildhall, five medieval churches, a few chapels, the City Rooms, and a small network of streets south of St. Martins.

Richard said, “In the period in which she lived, that first half of the 19th Century, Leicester was very different and the sort of Leicester we think of as Victorian Leicester came more or less as was dying. So very little survives.”

Deborah died on 15 May 1847 at the age of 47 and was buried in the grounds of St. Nicholas Church in Leicester, where she remains to this day.

It may seem young to us now, but Richard believes it wouldn’t have been at all shocking in the 1840s:

“No drains, no deposal sewage, clean water uncertain – so one was pray to all kinds of things.

“And medicine was really just a case of nursing people, no antibiotics or anything like that, and often the flus in the winter and summer diarrhoea carried people off.

“So it may well be some people thought, ‘well she might have lived longer’, but 47 wasn’t bad.”

last updated: 04/09/2009 at 09:34

created: 07/07/2009

BBC


 

The story about Deborah as documented by Tony Wadsworth can be heard by clicking on this link and following the links within the story:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/leicester/content/articles/2009/07/07/deborah_knott_feature.shtml

 

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Thomas Rawlings Rice 18__-1913

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 Thomas Rawlings Rice

18__-1913

My great great grandfather


Mary Jane Rice (1867 – 1947)
daughter of Thomas Rawlings Rice
 
Rosa Ann Elizabeth “Rosie” Smith (1895 – 1984)
daughter of Mary Jane Rice
 
Janie Lucille Morris (1935 – 2013)
daughter of Rosa Ann Elizabeth “Rosie” Smith
 Me
The daughter of Janie Lucille Morris
 

 

My research of Thomas Rawlings Rice is a work in progress…


A US Census for Thomas Rice’s daughter, Mary Jane Rice, states he was born in Georgia, but, there are different birth years on various documentation.


 

Thomas Rawlings Rice’s father is believed to be John Rice born in North Carolina, and I have not confirmed the name of his mother, but according to a 1900 US Census, it shows her place of birth as North Carolina.


Thomas married Francis Fidelia “Dilla” Barber on December 18, 1859, in Mississippi. They had nine children over 21 years. 

Harvey F. Rice 1861–
Thomas L. Rice 1864–1927
Mary Jane Rice 1867–1947 (my great great grandmother)
Ruhamer Elizabeth Rice 1870–1940
William H. Rice 1873–
Enoch Monroe Rice 1873–1941
Eugene V. Rice 1877–
Mattie Belle Rice 1880–
James Algie Rice 1882


1859 Record for Thomas Rice – U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907 
1859 U.S. General Land Office Record for Thomas Rice
1859 U.S. General Land Office Record for Thomas Rice, Neshoba County, Mississippi
Name Thomas Rice
Issue Date 1 Oct 1859
Acres 80.2
Meridian Choctaw
State Mississippi
County Neshoba
Township 10-N
Range 12-E
Section 31
Accession Number MS1610__.224
Metes and Bounds No
Land Office Columbus
Canceled No
US Reservations No
Mineral Reservations No
Authority April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
Document Number 39482

The 1860 U.S. Census shows Tom’s date of birth as abt 1836 and yet another spelling of Francis Fidella’s name.

1860 US Census for Tom Rice in Neshoba Mississippi
1860 US Census for Tom Rice in Neshoba Springs Post Office, Neshoba County, Mississippi
Name Tho Rice
Age 24
Birth Year abt 1836
Gender Male
Birth Place Georgia
Home in 1860 Township 10 Range 12, Neshoba, Mississippi
Post Office Neshoba Springs
Family Number 159
Household Members
Name Age
Tho Rice 24
Fidilla F Rice 17

 Tom Rice went to fight in the War Between the States.

Record for Thomas Rice – U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 National Park Service

Name Thomas Rice

Side Confederate

State/Origin Mississippi

Regiment 40th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry

Company E

Rank In Private

Rank Out Private

Film Number M232 roll 34

40th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry

This infantry fought on 19 Sep 1863 at Chickamauga, GA.

This infantry also fought on 20 Jul 1864 at Peach Tree Creek, GA.


The 1870 U.S. Census shows the family in Neshoba County, Mississippi. My great grandmother, Mary Jane, was only 3 years old then. The “K” for Tom’s middle initial is a transcription error.

1870 Tom Rice US Census Beat 3 Neshoba Mississippi USA
1870 Tom Rice US Census Beat 3 Neshoba Mississippi USA
Name Thomas K Rice
Age in 1870 45
Birth Year abt 1825
Birthplace Georgia (country)
Home in 1870 Beat 3, Neshoba, Mississippi
Race White
Gender Male
Household Members
Name Age
Thomas K Rice 45
Fidella F Rice 28
Harvey F Rice 9
Thomas L Rice 5
Mary Jane Rice 3
Ruhamer Rice 1

Tom’s date of birth is 1825 on this census.


The 1880 U.S. Census shows the family in Herbert, Mississippi. You can see a listing for my great grandmother, Mary Jane here:

1880 Tom Rice US Census Herbert Neshoba Mississippi USA
1880 Tom Rice US Census – Herbert Neshoba County Mississippi USA

Date of Birth for Tom Rice was 1844. 

Name Thomas Rice
Age 36
Birth Year abt 1844
Birthplace Georgia
Home in 1880 Herbert, Neshoba, Mississippi
Race White
Gender Male
Marital Status Married
Spouse’s Name Francis F. Rice
Occupation Farmer
Household Members
Name Age
Thomas Rice 36
Francis F. Rice 36
Harrey Rice 20
Thomas D. Rice 15
Mary Jane Rice 13
Elizabeth Rice 10
William Rice 7
Enoch M. Rice 5
Eugene V. Rice 3
Mattie B. Rice 3m

The 1900 U.S. Census shows the family in Mogulusha, Mississippi:

1900 Tom Rice US Census Mogalusha Neshoba Mississippi USA
Enter a caption

Question I have – Year of birth would have been 1824 for Tom if the age on this census is correct. It lists him as 76 years old. About 20 years older than his wife. Error? Previous census listed 1844 as his date of birth.

Name Thomas Rice
Age 76
Birth Date 1824
Birthplace Georgia
Home in 1900 Mogulusha, Neshoba, Mississippi
Race White
Gender Male
Relation to Head of House Head
Marital Status Married
Spouse’s Name Francis Rice
Marriage Year 1859
Years Married 41
Father’s Birthplace North Carolina
Mother’s Birthplace North Carolina
Household Members
Name Age
Thomas Rice 76
Francis Rice 55
Algie Rice 18

Thomas Rawlings Rice died on July 6, 1913 in Neshoba County, Mississippi, at the age of 69 and was buried there. 


Information from Arkansas, Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1935 for Tom Rice:
Name: Tom Rice
Spouse Name: Dilla Rice
Residence Location: Ashley, Arkansas
State Served From: Mississippi
Division: Infantry
Company: E
Regiment: Ashley
Death Date: 6 Jul 1913
Comments: widow applied 1915 / see Misc. roll 1
2 March 1915
Ashley County, Arkansas
Confederate Widow’s Application of “Dilla Rice” (Fidelia Francis Barber Rice also known as Dilla, Fiola – she was the youngest daughter of Gray and Charlotte Steadman Rice) where she applied for a pension based on the service of her husband, Tom Rice, in Co E 40th Mississippi Infantry. The application was rejected by the State of Arkansas on 21 July 1915 but the documents do prove that Fidellia was alive on these dates, that she was living in Ashley County, Arkansas and that she was the widow of Tom Rice who served in the Confederate Army from Mississippi. 

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