David C. Morris

David C. Morris

New Jersey, USA
Death Jan 1899 (aged 67–68)
Oregon, USA
Burial Clackamas County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 142842250 View Source
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David Morris was born about 1831 in New Jersey.

On September 12, 1852 he arrived in Oregon City after traveling on the Oregon Trail with his parents and six siblings. His father and two of his sisters died of cholera along the way.

By 1860 he was working on a farm in Molalla, Oregon. He ended up marrying the farmer's daughter, Helena Mariah Klingler, on March 7, 1861.

As listed in the 1870 Census, they are married, living on a farm in the City of Union, Clackamas County, Oregon. David and Helena are the parents of five children.

In 1880 David is still married and busy farming and hopefully helping Helena with their now eight children.

Or maybe not...

According to newspaper accounts in 1882 David was tried and convicted of 2nd degree murder in the stabbing death of 18 year old Sterling Price Officer. David was sentenced to life imprisonment, but ended up being pardoned in 1894. His wife, Helena, divorced him a year after the murder. At the time of his death it appears he was estranged from his wife and family.

Newspaper Obituary

David Morris, a pioneer of 1852, was found dead in his cabin back of Wilhoit Springs. He had apparently been dead for several days, when discovered by some neighbors, who lived a quarter of a mile away. They had missed him from his usual haunts, and went over expecting to find Mr. Morris ill. He had apparently died without a struggle as he was lying in bed, and the covers were not in the least disturbed. The deceased was about 60 years of age, and leaves a brother at Woodburn, and a sister at Leoka,Washington. The deceased also leaves relatives in this county.

Oregon City Courier
January 13,1899

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