|Birth: ||Sep. 10, 1848|
|Death: ||Oct. 6, 1912|
Mount Etna, the youngest of nine children, was seven years old when his father died. He stayed on the family farm with his mother, living there with his wife and young son Albert until well after his mother Narcissa's death in 1881.
The Morris home was a popular place for visitors and temporary boarders, from salesmen to circuit preachers. It is assumed that Mount Etna's wife knew what she was getting into when she married him. There were always extra people to feed and extend hospitality to.
Beside these visitors, Narcissa was the owner of a madstone, which many people sought out its supposed medicinal purposes, especially for dog bites to ward off rabies. It is said that families camped by the creek while Mount Etna applied the madstone under his elderly mother's supervision.
Mount Etna married Sarah Ellen "Ella" Quarles January 3, 1872. When their only son Albert G. Morris was ready for further education, Mount Etna, called "Mount" by his friends, and Sarah bought the 180 acre farm of his older brother Edmond J that was located just outside the town of Dadeville. The Dadeville Academy was new in town. Albert was enrolled there, could live at home and attend the school. He became one of its first graduates.
When Albert married and had a family, they lived next door. The gate between the two houses saw much use as the grandchildren visited often. Albert died when he was just over 30 years old. His parents donated land from their farm to start a new cemetery for the town. Albert was the first burial in the Masonic Cemetery of Dadeville.
His granddaughter Lucile describes her grandfather Mount Etna as "a cold, dignified, remote man ... thin, and unstooped with a neatly clipped white beard. He was scrupulously honest, thrifty, and well intentioned."
Mount Etna suffered from some sort of intestinal ailment in his elder years. He had suffered from typhoid fever, which killed many people in those days, and never fully recovered. His grandchildren remember that he didn't often feel good, and their grandmother would attend to him constantly in a "patient, gentle and kindly" manner. He called her "Ellie," and she would concoct all kinds of medications and special food he could eat. Mount Etna died four years after his beloved son Albert. He was a Mason and one of the few Democrats in the county at that time.
Mount Aetna Morris (1805 - 1855)
Narcissa Berdit Payne Morris (1807 - 1881)
Sarah Ellen Quarles Morris (1849 - 1921)
Albert G Morris (1874 - 1908)*
Dadeville Masonic Cemetery
Created by: P Jones
Record added: Mar 27, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67525594
Added: Aug. 24, 2011