|Birth: ||Mar. 29, 1766|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 24, 1847|
Jo Daviess County
Richard was born to Nathaniel G. Morris Sr., b. 1730 and Hopestill WoodS b. Feb 24, 1745. in New Jersey. He grew up with his step siblings, Rebecca, Benjamin, John and Mary Morris and his full siblings, Nathaniel G. Jr., Abijah S., Elizabeth, Nancy, David B., Hopestill Jane, Daniel, Rachel and Philip Morris. The family moved to Surrey Co. NC. in 1787 and are in the 1790 census of Surry Co. Part of the family later moved to Warren Co. and Simpson Co., Kentucky.
He married Elizabeth D. Johnson on July 24th, 1804 in Simpson Co. KY, information is from the marriage book for Warren Co, the name of the county at the time of their marriage. Security for the marriage was put up by John Johnson. Elizabeth was born in Boonsborough, KY near Lexington.
The Simpson Co. Historical Society research showed that in 1821 he had 2 tavern licenses, in 1822 he had 1 tavern license. In1825, Richard owned a town lot in either Franklin, KY or in Simpson Co. and also 226 acres of land, watercourse Drakes Creek. 1830 he had 3 to 7 horses. Taverns in the early 1820's were for the purpose of lodging/eating, not drinking establishment like the current use of the term. His wife said she was a life long Primitive Baptist.
Twelve children were born to this union, Sarah W, Nathaniel J., John, William, Abigail B., Cascinda, Richard W., Elizabeth M., Williba P., Benjamin J., Hopestill Jane and Joseph Morris. All were born in KY.
Their oldest son Nathaniel, moved to Jo Daviess County, Illinois in 1827. Richard W Morris, Elizabeth and part of their children moved to Illinois in about 1830. Family legend told that Elizabeth was terribly upset over leaving her home and part of her family, John, b. July 22, 1808 and William, b. Apr. 3, 1810 stayed in KY. They traveled by oxen and she was so angry that she refused to get in the wagon with the children and walked a good deal of the time.
Richard bought property in McDonough Co. They joined the Union (Primitive) Baptist Church there and were very involved.
Lincoln came to Carroll County, Illinois and spoke and four Fargusson and four Morris grandsons enlisted. Half of them died from war caused illness after arriving home.
Richard had several brothers that lived in the area of Warren Co., Ky. Confederate Morris's are buried on the Warren County, KY. line. Could be decendents left behind when they moved.
Nathaniel G. Morris (1730 - 1802)
Hopestill Woods Morris (1745 - 1802)
Elizabeth D. Johnson Morris (1777 - 1872)*
Nathaniel Morris (1806 - 1879)*
Abigail B Morris Fargusson (1812 - 1890)*
Cassindra Morris Robinson (1814 - 1884)*
Mary Morris Pipes (1760 - 1841)**
Richard W Morris (1766 - 1847)
Abijah Woods Morris (1770 - 1850)*
David B. Morris (1776 - 1826)*
Hopestill Jane Morris Woods (1783 - 1871)*
Daniel Morris (1785 - 1871)*
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Jo Daviess County
Maintained by: Waunita M Herron
Originally Created by: LeslieG
Record added: Aug 07, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74578650
From G-g-g grand daughter Janice,in Florida|
Added: Jan. 17, 2015