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 www.nostorytoosmall.com.

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.

Q is for Questions

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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?

 

Wordless Wednesday

I find this very sad.  I think this is my great-uncle Paul Morris based on the other pictures I found this one with.

Paul Morris? 1905

Paul Morris? 1905

Funeral Card Friday

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My great-grandmother.Annie Cranford Morris Obituary Card

Friday’s Faces from the Past

My father and grandmother in 1949, around May.  I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out.

Racie & Randy Morris--before

Racie Harris Morris & Randy–before

Racie & Randy Morris

Racie Harris Morris & Randy Morris–after

1940 Census x 2

I was super excited, like most people, to see all of the 1940 census records.  I even worked to transcribe many for Family Search.  In looking for records for my grandparents this past week, I came back across the 1940 census for his family.  Or at least I thought I though I had come across it again.  Instead, I found a second census record for the Fred H. Morris family.

I’m not sure what to make of it.  At first, I thought someone had uploaded a second copy in error.  But as I looked at the record, the names are different.  Even my family has a variation!  For the most part, the information is the same.  I do wonder why my grandparents appear twice.

Fred Morris Family, 194 census, Sheet 2b

Fred Morris Family, 194 census, Sheet 2b

Fred Morris Family, 194 census, Sheet 4a

Fred Morris Family, 194 census, Sheet 4a

Wordless Wednesday–Before & After

 

Fred Morris before

Fred Morris--After

Two Ancestors Ago–Fred Hoyt Morris, Sr (52 Ancestors–Week 8)

The facts:

  • Fred Hoyt Morris Sr
  • Born:  June 14, 1907 in Montgomery County, NC
  • Parents:  Charlie “Braid” & Annie Cranford Morris
  • Married:  Racie Elmira Harris in Bennettsville, SC in September, 1928.
  • Died:  October 23, 1980
  • My Grandfather
    • I am descended through:
      • his son

morris, fMy Pa Pa was my everything until I was 7 years old.  Ma Ma always said he let me do whatever I wanted.  If that meant writing in books, I did.  There is still evidence of that.  We made forts on couches and fished and picked blackberries.  Well…he baited my hooks and watched me lose it or catch a catfish or suckerfish which he had no use for.  I have a feeling that fishing wasn’t quite what he usually enjoyed when I was along with him.  He never complained except for the one time he was trying to lay a new sidewalk at church and I demanded to go along with him.  I stubbed my toe and nearly took my nail off.  His initial response was worry and frustration and fussed that he told me I didn’t have any need to be there anyway.

 While my parents worked, I stayed with my daddy’s parents until I was four, and then I stayed after school.  Pa Pa would come pick me up early after he was done with his rounds and probably his sort of fishing.  He was my light and I never wanted to miss an opportunity to be with him, even if it meant trekking through the woods (he went in front to get rid of spider webs) or blackberry briers (usually I watched from the side).  I simply couldn’t get enough. 
 When I was seven, he had a heart attack and spent two weeks in our local hospital in ICU.  Even though the age limit was 12, I was able to go in and see my Pa Pa.  I didn’t quite understand why he couldn’t get up and go with me, or sit up and really play.   After two weeks, he was transferred to another hospital.  They were more strict there, but when my cousins took me for a walk, we went right by the wing he was in.  He got up out of bed and came to the window to see me.  I wanted to stay longer, but my cousin’s hurried us both along, saying PaPa needed his rest.  I don’t know how soon after he was gone.  My child’s memory says he was in both hospitals about two weeks each.  I know he was due to come home and had another, worse, heart attack.  This one, he couldn’t overcome.  He passed away on October 23, 1980.  I remember being upset that it was my mama’s birthday and how bad that was.
 Fred Hoyt Morris was born on June 14, 1907 in the Moratock community in Montgomery County, NC.  His parents were Charlie “Braid” and Annie Cranford Morris.  In 1930, he worked for the sawmill.  I have pictures (I’ll try to remember to add them) from 1932 when he went on a trip to Tennessee to sawmill for a bit.  By 1940, he was working as a carpenter in the Bridge Building industry.  He worked for the State of NC Highway Department for 30 years.  My daddy found his service pins the other day (one for 10, 15, 20, 25 and maybe one for 5), a few are shown here along with his lighter and a Methodist Men pin.  

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  • Sources:
    • Personal Knowledge
    • Morris, Fred Hoyt 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940×2 US Federal Census