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Arminda "Minda" White Morris
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Birth: Feb. 14, 1860
Texas, USA
Death: Dec. 2, 1944
Ripley County
Missouri, USA

On 14 Feb 1860, Arminda was born to John White and Elizabeth Westmoreland White in Texas, probably in Collin County.

John White was born about 1822 in South Carolina, according to the 3 US censuses he is enumerated on--1850, 1860, and 1870. On the 1880 census his place of birth was given as North Carolina by his widow. On the death certificate of his son, John Edward White, he was said to have been born in Dundee, Scotland. No birth place has been proven as yet by this writer; however, South Carolina seems likely, given the census evidence reported by him directly when he was alive.

John was first married to Margaret Keence in Clark County, Illinois, on 27 Feb 1845. He and Margaret had five children.

After Margaret's death John married Elizabeth Westmoreland on 12 Feb 1856 in Moniteau County, Missouri. According to several family trees available online, John died about 1876 in Missouri. He was not present on the 1880 US census, and Elizabeth's marital status was "Widowed." At the time she was living in Moniteau County, Missouri, where her and John's youngest child, Hannah, was born in 1873. Living with Elizabeth were Arminda, Julia, John Edward, Mary, and Hannah. Elizabeth married again on 20 Mar 1884; she ("Mrs. Elizabeth White") and Thomas J W Lowery were wed in California, Moniteau County, Missouri.

Julia married in 1881 in Moniteau County. John Edward married in 1889 in Dallas County, Missouri; his registration place was noted to be in Laclede County. On the 1870 US census the White family had been living in Lebanon, Laclede County, Missouri, and by 1890 at least Minda and Mary had moved back to Laclede County, as they were both married in that county that year with the marriages taking place in the "bride's home" or the "bride's residence." Hannah's marriage took place in 1895 in the McHenry Post Office in Laclede County. It is possible that Elizabeth and her second husband also moved to Laclede County prior to their move to Jackson County, Missouri, by 1900.

Following are John's two wives and the children he had by each:
First spouse:
Margaret Keence [probably Kuhns or Kunce] 1825 1852
Thomas Washington White 1846 1911
Susan White Coons 1847 1926
Mandania "Amanda" White Craig Uplinger Doak 1848 1927
Ezell White Sweet 1850 1930
Rachel White Pardoe 1852 1936

Second spouse:
Elizabeth Louisa Westmoreland - Born 1 Nov 1839 in Tennessee. Her race was given as "White" on the 1870, 1880, 1900, and 1910 US censuses, as well as on her death certificate. Race was not addressed on the 1860 census.
Arminda "Minda" White Morris - Born in 1860 in Texas. Died in 1944 in Missouri. Her headstone gives 1862 as the year of her birth; however, censuses indicate that she was born in 1860 and was listed first as Malinda, rather than Arminda or Minda.
Julia A White Moore - Born in 1861 in Missouri. "Miss Julia White" and "Mr Homer Moore," "both of Moniteau Co. Mo." were married by Justice of the Peace A.B. Hale on 9 Feb 1881 in Moniteau County. Julia and her family lived in Moniteau County; she died there in 1907 and was buried there.
John Edward "Ed" White - Born in Illinois in 1864. Died in Missouri in 1930.
Mary Jane White Milligan - Born in 1868 in Iowa. Died in 1936 in Missouri.
Lewis White - Born about 1869 in Iowa. Apparently died as a young child.
Hannah N White Milligan - Born in 1873 and died in 1942 in Missouri.

On each federal census in which she was enumerated--in 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940--Minda's place of birth was given as Texas, and on all the censuses except 1860 her race was listed as "White."

Minda was 30 years old when she married Harry Morris in Laclede County, Missouri, on 21 Dec 1890. She and Harry had four children: Blanche, Mae, Tom, and Lennie.

On the 1900 US census the Morris family was residing in Hooker, Laclede County, Missouri. On the 1910 Census the family was living in Warm Springs, Arkansas, in Randolph County. By the 1920 Census they had moved to Baker in the same county. In 1924 Harry died in Warm Springs and was buried in the New Home Cemetery in Tucker, Missouri.

On 17 Oct 1927 Minda's half sister, Mandania Doak, died. In her obituary was the following: "One brother, Thomas White, of Naponee [Nebraska] and a sister, Mrs. Susan Coons, of Delaware, Oklahoma, and one half sister, Julia [Moore], have also preceeded her. Besides her husband, Hugh Doak, her sisters, Mrs. Izilla [Ezell] Sweet of Canton, Ill, Mrs. Rachel Pardoe, of Naponee, and three half sisters, Hannah [Milligan], Mary [Milligan], and Arminda [Morris] all of Buckner, Mo., and one half brother Ed [John Edward] White, of Kansas City, Mo....who mourn her passing."

After Harry's death Minda lived in turn with her daughters, Mae Morris Prevett, in Warm Springs, Arkansas, and Blanche Morris Crim, in Sherley, Missouri. Minda lost her eyesight some years before her death and spent most of her time in a rocking chair, chewing tobacco.

On 2 Dec 1944, Minda died in the Doniphan, Missouri, area; cause of death was arteriosclerosis. She was buried the next day in the New Home Cemetery in Tucker, Missouri. 
Family links: 
  Elizabeth L Westmoreland Lowry (1839 - 1915)
  Harrison H Morris (1850 - 1924)
  Blanche Morris Crim (1891 - 1980)*
  Viona Mae Morris Prevett (1894 - 1952)*
  Thomas Jefferson Morris (1898 - 1965)*
  Lennie Leotha Morris Gregory (1902 - 1988)*
  Arminda White Morris (1860 - 1944)
  Julia A White Moore (1861 - 1907)*
  John Edward White (1864 - 1930)*
  Mary Jane White Milligan (1868 - 1936)*
  Hannah N White Milligan (1873 - 1942)*
*Calculated relationship
Minda (White) Morris
New Home Cemetery
Tucker (Gatewood)
Ripley County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Patsy Gadberry
Record added: Feb 16, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 105337130
Arminda Minda <i>White</i> Morris
Added by: Patsy Gadberry
Arminda Minda <i>White</i> Morris
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Arminda Minda <i>White</i> Morris
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- Patsy Gadberry
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