Ed was formally named after his uncle "Mount" Etna and aunt "Ella" Quarles Morris. Sarah Ellen "Ella" was his mother's sister. We can understand why he chose to go by "Ed."
Ed's mother died about a month after his birth. The youngest of a large family with many relatives living near by, he was raised in a loving, extended family. Ed grew up on his dad's farm 3 1/2 miles north of Dadeville, Missouri. He went to high school in Greenfield, then worked on the farm when school wasn't in session.