|Birth: ||Sep. 4, 1874|
County Waterford, Ireland
|Death: ||Mar. 27, 1943|
From The Waterways Journal, Saint Louis, Missouri, 10 April 1943
Capt. Tom Morrissey Died Last Week at Vicksburg.
His Packets included Belle of the Bends, Duncan, Menge, Fall City and Ben Hur.
Thomas Michael Morrissey, 68, known to many as "Captain," one of Vicksburg's substantial citizens died at 9:PM on Sunday, March 28, at his home 1117 Cherry Street after a short illness. He was a resident of Vicksburg for 59 years, going there when he was a mere boy. He was born in Waterford, (sic) Ireland and was a member of Saint Paul's Catholic Church. Capt. Morrissey was closely associated with the business and civic life of Vicksburg, being a large realty owner and a stockholder in large business and banking interests. He was interested in steamboats and barges and levee buildings and was well known up and down the Mississippi. At Eagle Lake he had a large farm and his registered cattle took prizes. His interests were varied and many.
Surviving members of his family are his wife, Josephine Morrissey, a daughter of the late Sam Romano (sic); one son, Michael T. Morrissey, and four daughters, Mrs. E. V. Griefield, Mrs. Craig Nasahl, Mrs. Wylie Towne, Mrs. Jesse Jones Jr., and Miss Hazel Morrissey all of Vicksburg: also another brother, John Morrissey, living in Ireland and three sisters living in Seattle, Wash and eight grandchildren. Capt. Morrissey came to the United States when he was 10 years old and went directly to Vicksburg. He attended Saint Aloysius High School. He was engaged in business for himself at the age of 21. Capt. Morrissey operated a fleet of steamboats between Vicksburg and Greenville and was well known up and down the Mississippi. During the flood of 1913, his boats did rescue work bringing many a family and their possessions out of the high water area. He had the honorary title of "Commodore" and was known to his friends as "Capt. Tom." He was a devoted husband and a loving father and enjoyed home life. He was a loyal friend and his word was his bond. He was most happy when aiding and assisting others along life's roadway. Through his kindness and generosity many have benefitted. Funeral services were held on Tuesday morning, March 30 proceeding from the deceased's home at 9 o'clock and from St. Paul's church at 9:30 o'clock, with Monsignor D. J. O'Beirne officiating at a requiem mass at the church. Interment was at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Among many honorary pallbearers were Bart C. Tully of Memphis and Mayor J. C. Hamilton of Vicksburg.
Josephine R Morrissey (1883 - 1966)
Mary A Morrissey (1903 - 1905)*
Alice M Morrissey (1911 - 1912)*
Antonette M Morrissey (1926 - 1926)*
Cedar Hill Cemetery
Plot: Divison D Lot 12 Square 120
Created by: Julia Baker
Record added: Jun 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92336280
In memory of Thomas Michael "Capt. Tom" Morrissey who was born in Killmacomma, Waterford, Ireland.|
Added: Dec. 1, 2013