THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


  JOHN MORRIS was born December 22, 1846, on the farm which he now owns and occupies. The Morris name is one closely identified with the fortunes of the Revolution, a distinguished ancestor of our subject, one Robert Morris, who was the wealthiest man in the colonies, being renowned in history as having furnished one million rations to the patriot army during the terrible campaign of the winter at Valley Forge. The "ingratitude of republics" is a proverb well illustrated in his case; for this noble benefactor died some years afterward in jail, in New York, for a small debt he could not pay. The family were originally from England; and at the present time there is litigation of seven million dollars still unsettled, awaiting an established claim.
  The grandfather, Isaac Morris, was born in Dutchess County, New York, in 1781, and died at the home of his son, John Morris, Sr., December 9, 1856. He was a soldier in the War of 1812. His wife was Miss Hannah Williams, daughter of Aaron Williams, born in 1776, and died in 1857. John Morris, Sr., the father of our subject, was born in Dutchess County, New York, in 1803, and married Miss Nancy Able, February 27, 1839. They had five children, namely: Hannah, who married John Main, of Clockville; Mary, wife of M. D. Root, a farmer of the same county; Lyman, who was killed by the cars in Chicago, Ill., in 1872, leaving a wife and one son; John, Jr.; and Laura, wife of William Cramer, of Oneida.
  John Morris, the subject of our sketch, received an excellent education in the high school and seminary of Oneida, and has been engaged in farming for many years on the place left to him by his father. He was married October 30, 1867, to Alice P. Cole, the only child of Americus Cole, of Oneida County, who died in Allegany County, aged sixty-five years. Mr. and Mrs. Morris are blessed with two children: Lulu, who is now at home; and a son, Myrtal, who is now about seventeen years old, and is a student in the Oneida Seminary.
  The patriotic spirit of the Morris family has shown itself in their descendants. One of them. Ira Morris, uncle of our subject, was a volunteer soldier in the Civil War, and laid down his life on the battlefield at Antietam, September 17, 1862, in defence of the Union. Politically, Mr. Morris is a voter in the Republican ranks, standing by its candidates faithfully and unswervingly. Fraternally, he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The only public office he has held is that of Town Collector, which position he holds at present.
  Mr. Morris is a most successful farmer, having twelve acres of hops and two of asparagus, both excellent paying crops. He has also a fine flock of one hundred pure-blooded Southdown sheep, and they are a source of great pride and profit to him. His home, which was rebuilt in 1884 on the site where the old dwelling stood, is handsome and elegantly appointed; and here, with his family, he enjoys every comfort and felicity.

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