John “Jacky” Morris is my fourth great grandfather via:
- His son, William Morris
- His son, John “Sutt” Morris
- His son, Charlie Ardell Morris
- His son, Fred Hoyt Morris
- His son
- Born about 1785, probably in Virginia.
- Married Amelia
- Died 07 December 1874.
- Buried in Morris Cemetery in the Uwharrie Community, Montgomery County, NC
This week’s prompt is “First.” John “Jacky” Morris is in many ways first. He was my first roadblock. He’s also the first mystery in which DNA has been used to attempt to solve. Thanks to a cousin, several people in the Morris line have been tested. We now have our own group.
For some reason, solving the DNA relationships is something that has proven very difficult for me. Outside of family I already knew, I don’t recognize any of the names listed. It’s been hard for me to cypher out as to where everyone belongs. So hard that I haven’t succeeded in solving anyone’s relationship yet.
This is also my first blog post in a long while. I changed jobs and got busier. However, just because I haven’t taken the time to post, I have still worked on my genealogy. I’m hoping to use Amy Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks to help push me to continue. I also hope to learn more about John “Jacky” Morris and his wife Amelia in the coming year. Quite the lofty goal considering he has been a roadblock for my family for at least the last 30 years.
But back to John “Jacky”. He appears in the 1850 census in Montgomery County, NC. HIs occupation is miner and he and Amelia were born in Virginia. Also living with Jacky and Amelia are Tempy, Disa, and Caroline. Jacky is 70 and Amelia is 60. They’re surrounded by other Morris’ who I believe to be their sons and respective families.
In 1860, they’re living in the Bean’s District of Montgomery County. He’s still 70 but Amelia or Milla is 68. Living with them are Eliza Morris aged 21 and a Joseph Morgan aged 10. Jacky is a farmer now and still says he was born in Virginia. But Milla was born in North Carolina. I’m not sure if Eliza is their child or possibly a grandchild.
He died on December 7, 1874 and is buried in the Morris Cemetery in Montgomery County, NC.
I have not been able to find him on the 1870 census.
This is an incomplete account of all the research done on John Jacky. He will indeed be my focus for 2019.