John Thomas “John Sutt” Morris is my 2nd great-grandfather via
- his son, Charlie Ardell Morris
- his son, Fred Hoyt Morris
- his son
- 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.
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.
Squatting are Peck (Henry), Charlie, & Walt Standing from left are Alice, Minnie, Stella, John Sutt Morris, Lanta Morris, Caroline Hall Morris, Myrtle Lou.