Church Record Sunday

Register of Pastors

Register of Pastors

Name Date of Appointment Term of Service
1. J. E. Woosley Dec 1883 One Year
2. R. L. Warlic?e ” 1884 ” “
3. J. M. Pool ” 1885 ” “
4. H. B. Anderson ” 1886 ” “
5. D. C. Geddie ” 1887 Two Years
6.  E. J. Poe ” 1889 Two Years
7. R. S. Abernathy Nov 1891 to December 1892 (1 yr)
8. J. J. Brooks Dec 1892 to Nov 18. 1895 (3 yrs)
9. T. S. Ellington ” 1896 Two Years
10. E. J. Poe Nov 22, 1898 One Year
11. J. P. Davis Nov 27th 1899
12. J.W. Strider 1903-6 4 Years
13. G.A Stawss Nov 28. 1907
14. EM Avett Nov 1908 Three years
15 P.L. Shore Nov 1911 2 years
16 C.C. Williams Dec 1913 2 years

I have transcribed this to the best of my ability, but I am no handwriting expert. I welcome any corrections!


Correction to #14 thanks to Jean Warner.

V is for Vital Records








is for Vital Records.


In the early 1900’s the powers that be began to see the importance of keeping up with records regarding births, deaths, and marriages.  Fortunately,  many jurisdictions saw the importance of these records long before hand.  The problem is where this information was recorded and kept.

In my county, we lost our records numerous times.  However, there’s information to be found in other places, but how does one find it?  How many other folks have something like the church record book I found?

My grandfather has the original deed to  his property from about two hundred years ago.  He said every time the courthouse burned, someone would take a copy to the courthouse and they would copy it over.  I wonder what truth there is to that?


U is for Unique











is for Unique.


Not.  There’s little in our family tree that is unique.  This is something that makes my research a little more difficult.  Those folks that have unique surnames have the difficulty of finding folks whose names were misspelled by census takers and other record keepers.  My problem is that there were a lot of Smith’s, Jones’, and Harris’.  Harris turns up in my family multiple times.  What a tangled web!

In addition to common surnames, it seems their given names are common as well. John, William, James…


Four Ancestors Ago–John “Sutt” Morris (52 Ancestors)

This post is a part of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by Amy Johnson Crow at

John Thomas “John Sutt” Morris is my 2nd great-grandfather via

  • his son, Charlie Ardell Morris
  • his son, Fred Hoyt Morris
  • his son

The facts:

  • Born:  22 November 1856 to William Morris and Martha Lewis Morris
  • Married:  Susanah Carolina Hall in 1881
  • Died: 4 March 1840 of Pneumonia and heart failure caused by influenza

The following was written by my mother in about 1990.


John T. “Sutt” Morris

There were so many John Morris’s in the Moratock, Eldorado, and Ophir communities in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s that they had nicknames.  it was believed that there was Indian heritage in the background of this particular John.  He had sharp facial features and a dark olive complexion,  thus the nickname “Sutt” was given him.  If only we had written down some of the things he said about his Indian Heritage.  We are having a hard time tracing it today.

John “Sutt” was the son of William and Margaret Lewis Morris.  He had brothers named William F. and George, and a sister named Nancy.

He was born 22 November 1859 and died 4 March 1940.  He married Susanah Caroline Hall on 1 January 1882.  She died on 4 June 1948.  She was the daughter of R. Clark and Lea Hall.

John “Sutt” was out horseback riding one day and saw Caroline riding horses with another man.  He thought she was so pretty that he rode up beside her and took her off the horse.  He knew that day that he wanted to marry her.

He lived in various places along the Uwharrie River.  the most time was spent in what is now called the Reservation on several acres of land at the mouth of the Uwharrie River.  In the 1900’s, he and his family lived in the old Moratock Inn on the river road.  At the time of his death he was living in Uwharrie.  After he died, Caroline spent most of her time with their children.

A daughter remembers her father talking about he and his daddy “Billy” digging gold in the hills.

Their children are Charlie Ardale born 1883 died in 1975 and married Annie Cranford.  Minnie D. born December 1885 married W. Reid Harris; Alicia A. born May 1881, married John Thompson; Stella M. born February 1891 married Jessie Mullinix; Myrtle Lucy “Lou” born April 1892, married Tom Hardister; Henry B. “Peck” born March 1894 married Eunice Correll; Sherrill L. Morris born 18 March 1896 and died 3 August 1915, buried at Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery; and Alanta G. born 13 December 1899.  She married Denny Biles and had three children, divorced and married George Chandler.  They too were divorced.  She is now 93 years old and still resides by herself in Albemarle, NC.  Walter was born on 13 February 1904 and died 4 January 1989.  He married Catherine Ballard of Wadeville and they had no children.  Alanta remembers so well that Walt nursed until he was almost ready to go to school.  He would call it is pie and ask for it.  They bribed him to stop by giving him a little beagle dog.

John “Sutt” and Caroline are buried in the Bethany Cemetery now known as Uwharrie Methodist Church Cemetery.


Sources:  Census Records, marriage and death certificates, deeds and will recorded at Montgomery County Courthouse, Alanta Morris Chandler.

John Sutt Morris Family circa 1910?

John Sutt Morris Family
circa 1910?

Top left is Charlie Ardell Morris. The middle boy is Peck Morris (Henry), the boy on the far right in the dark suit is Sherrill Morris. The youngest male is Walt Morris (on mother’s knee). Between John “Sutt” and Caroline is Lanta.  I think the girls from left to right are Minnie, Alice, Stella, and Lou.

John Sutt Morris Family before 1940

John Sutt Morris Family
before 1940

Squatting are Peck (Henry), Charlie, & Walt Standing from left are Alice, Minnie, Stella, John Sutt Morris, Lanta Morris, Caroline Hall Morris, Myrtle Lou.

T is for Timelines







is for Timelines.


Timelines, among other things, seem a pretty simple concept.  But when I look at different family trees, I find this is obviously something very difficult.  My ancestry tree is a work in progress, and one that I use to find people, not where I keep my verified data.  I like to hope that’s what others do, especially when I see people having children when they’re 6, or even before they’re born.  Yet others having children after they’re dead.  These folks give ancestry family trees a bad name, yet I have to wonder just how does one do that?  Does one get so enthralled with the clicking that they miss the details?

S is for Scrapbooking






is for Scrapbooking.


I have a vision of this beautiful heritage scrapbook with information about my ancestors that can be handed down through my family.  The hardest part is what to include.

My love of scrapbooking came from my grandmother and great-grandmother.  It is wonderful to look back and see the neat things they made, what they chose to keep as mementos.  My daddy has a childhood scrapbook that is in pretty bad shape.  A goal is to try to salvage it, without destroying the work my grandmother put into it.


Q is for Questions






is for Questions.


In genealogy do we ever have all the answers.  That’s easy enough.  Not even close to it!  Here’s just a few of mine:

  1. Where did John “Jacky” Morris come from?
  2. Who was his father?
  3. What was Red Kirby?
  4. Who was Allen Thomas’ father?
  5. Who did Alfred Elder kill and what were the circumstances?
  6. Where did Martha Lewis Morris go after her divorce?


P is for Preacher aka Five Ancestors Ago–LeeRoy Whitson Harris (52 Ancestors Week 16)






is for Preacher.


This post is a part of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by Amy Johnson Crow at

Rev. LeeRoy Whitson Harris is my 2nd great-grandfather via

  • his daughter, Alice Virgillia Harris
  • her daughter, Racie Elmira Harris
  • her son

The facts:

  • Born:  20 March 1853 to William Alexander & Ruth Holland Harris
  • Married:  Sarah Russell before 1874
  • Married:  Nancy Russell 6 Jan 1885
  • Died: 2 Jan 1840 of Mitral Insufficiency with contributing causes of hypertension and influenza

He was a shoemaker according to the 1880, 1900, and 1920 census.  In 1910, he was listed as a farmer.  Was this just the recorder listing everyone as a farmer, or did he actually give up shoe-making for a while?  By 1930, he was a clergyman of Baptist faith.

Here’s LeeRoy, second wife Nancy, and family.

Front: William, Travis, Oscar, Sylvia

Middle:  Nancy Russell & LeeRoy Whitson Harris

Back:  Georgia, Alice, Jessie

LeeRoy Harris Family--After

Harris, Lee Roy and family
before 1912

A memorial sketch given at the Harris Reunion after his death said this of his time as a Baptist preacher (transcribed verbatim):

By profession:  Lee was a local Baptist preacher, serving as such in the churches of this and adjoining counties, until ill health compelled him to superanuate, but his superanuation did not prevent him from preaching occasionally, when circumstances were favorable, and his outstanding usefulness in this community was to conduct burial services for the dead, in which his remarks and admonition to the living were most impressive and effective.  He was usually the leader in singing, and was generally known as the leader not only in the Baptist churches, but in Methodist as well.



  • Harris, LeeRoy Whitson US Federal Census Records 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930.
  • Rev. Lee W. Harris tribute
  • Harris, Lee W death certificate

O is for Occupations






is for Occupations.


According to census data, most of my family were farmers.  There’s the occasional blacksmith and shoemaker, an even more occasional preacher.

These two pictures belong to a small set that is, I believe, the only pictures I’ve found, so far, showing any of my ancestors working.  My grandfather went to Newport Tennessee to survey in 1934.  The only other fellow I know is Ralph Holt.  C may be Curtis Holt and W may be Walt Morris.  I do wonder how that trip went. They seemed to have an all right time.

morris, f, surveying morris, fred & others, peedee 34

Six Ancestors Ago–Alfred Elder (52 Ancestors)

This post is a part of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by Amy Johnson Crow at

I haven’t proven most of this myself, so take it with a grain of salt.  However, it does all make sense to me, when looking at names, ages, etc.  I do plan on taking a trip this summer to see what I can dig up.

I believe Alfred Elder is my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather via:

  • his son, John
  • his son, Edd
  • his daughter, Annie
  • his son

The I know them:

  • Born:  about 1806 in Virginia
  • Married: 13 Jan 1831 in Campbell County, Virginia
  • Died:  after 1880

If census data is correct and I’m attributing it to the correct Alfred Elder, he and Elizabeth had fourth son born between 1835 and 1840 who was dead (or at least not living with Elizabeth) by 1850.

In 1850, Alfred Elder is living in the Richmond Penitentiary having been convicted of manslaughter.  By 1860, he’s served his time and living back with his family.  He’s listed on the census as a “convict.”

In September of 1864, Alfred appeared in Campbell County, Virginia inquiring about his son, Alfred C’s wages.  Alfred Jr was a private in the CSA was killed at Chancellorsville by a horse on or about 3 May, 1863.  He wished to be paid what was left owed to Alfred Jr (approx. $100) as he left neither wife or child.

In 1880, he’s divorced but still living in Campbell County.

I’ve searched Chronicling America for newspaper articles that explain what he did, why he was convicted, but have found nothing so far.  Hopefully, my trip will be fruitful and proving!