|Birth: ||Mar. 2, 1836|
|Death: ||May 13, 1926|
42nd Infantry Regiment
(the following from the book pub. in 1925, "The History of Henry County, Virginia.")
Dr. Morris was born Mar. 2, 1886, and reared in the Mt. Bethel Section of the county, his lifelong home.
He graduated from Jefferson Medical College and entered the practice of medicine amidst the rumblings of the approaching struggle to settle the States Rights question.
He was Capt. of the second Company that volunteered from this county and J. T. Morris was Orderly Sergeant of the same and was assigned to the 42nd Virginia regiment.
He participated in all the glorious history made by this regiment until he was severely wounded at Kernstown.
He had before this married Mary Emeline, the daughter of Rev. Wm. M. Schoolfield, an eminent minister in the western part of Henry.
After the Civil War, he resumed the practice of medicine in which he was continually successful.
He was elected School Supt. for twelve years and also sent to the legislature of Virginia in 1883, being a prominent member of the House of Delegates.
During an interval from visiting the sick, when humor, ever present in his jolly nature was at its zenith, he wrote a poem, "The New Song of the Churn", that will always be appreciated by his county people. It was published extensively, and one of the largest papers in the South offered him a salary and a position on its staff of writers to continue his poetical effusions; but as it took some especial excitant for him to successfully woo the Muses, he declined the offer with thanks.
He attended the poor and needy as carefully as those blessed with a large share of worldly possessions.
In the language of his admiring friend, Judge S. G. Whittle together when basking in the sunshine of autumn's golden foliage, "He has worthily worn the White Flower of a blameless life, and in the evening of his days, he enjoys in full measure, the love, confidence, and approbation of his fellowmen".
THE HENRY BULLETIN, Fri., May 14, 1926, p. 5, col. 4:
DEATH OF AGED VETERAN.
Dr. W. W. Morris, age ninety years, died Thursday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. M. B. Koger, near Preston, (Henry County) Va.
The funeral services will take place from the home on Saturday afternoon and interment made in the family burial ground.
Dr. Morris, who lived a part of his life in Martinsville, had been in ill health for about one year.
He was highly esteemed by the older citizens of the county and state, possessing an unusually bright and cheerful disposition.
He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Bettie Forbes, of Chatham, Va., and four children: Mrs. M. B. Koger, Preston, Va.; Mrs. R. B. Graham, Danville, Va.; W. S. Morris, Monaville, W. Va.; R. E. Morris, Hartaborne, Okla.
Ref: Paul Martin's AN ALPHABETICAL INDEX TO FOLLOW THE PERIWINKLE, p. 63, Morris Cemetery, no location given: Dr. Wm. Wade Morris, Born in Henry Co., 3/2/1836 - 5/13/1926.
Ref: Henry County Register of Marriages No. 1, 1853-1893, p. 8, line 20:
10 June 1860: William W. Morris, Age 24, Single, Born Patrick Co., Resides Henry Co., Physician, Son of Benjamin & Nancy Morris, married Mary E. Schoolfield, Age 19, Single, Born/Resides Henry Co., Dau. of Wm. M. & Sarah A. Schoolfield.
THE HENRY BULLETIN, Fri., May 21, 1926, p. 4, col. 4:
Doctor William W. Morris, one of the oldest citizens of Henry County, died at his home near Mount Bethel last Thursday night following a lingering illness, lasting for several months, in which he gradually declined in health. Doctor Morris had lived to reach that ripe old age of four score and ten, his ninetieth birthday being celebrated on March 2nd.
He was one of the oldest surviving soldiers of the Civil War, and was probably one of the oldest in Henry County at the time of his death.
He has practiced medicine here in Mount Bethel for over sixty years until he was forced to retire several years ago, on account of the affirmatives of old age.
He was a consistent member of the Mount Bethel Church since young manhood.
He was a member of the Stuart-Hairston Veterans from its organization, and he never failed to attend the County, State and United Confederate Reunions.
He is survived by four children: W. S. Morris of Logan, W. Va., A. A. Morris of Hartshorn, Okla. Mrs. M. B. Koger of Preston, Va. and R. B. Graham [sic] of Danville. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Bettie Forbes of Leaksville, N.C.
The funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the late residence by Revs. J. P. McCabe, C. E. N. Hall and J. R. Bradshaw and the body was buried in the family cemetery near the old home.
Following is a brief character sketch and life of Dr. Morris, which is found in the "History of Henry County" written by Miss J. A. P. Hill of Martinsville, recently completed...
Benjamin Morris (1795 - 1843)
Nancy Hagood Morris
Mary Emaline Schoolfield Morris (1841 - 1916)
William Wade Morris (1836 - 1926)
Sarah Jane Morris Philpott (1840 - 1920)*
Bettie E. Wells Forbes (1845 - 1930)**
Mary L. Wells Hundley (1851 - 1922)**
Morris Family Cemetery
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Record added: Oct 08, 2010
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