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 Josiah Morris

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Josiah Morris

Birth
Fruitland, Wicomico County, Maryland, USA
Death
9 Mar 1891 (aged 72)
Montgomery County, Alabama, USA
Burial
Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, USA
Plot
Lot 9 Square 20 Survey 2
Memorial ID
62405884 View Source

Founder of Birmingham, Alabama.
At the age of fifteen Josiah Morris came from Maryland to Columbus, Georgia, to live under the mentorship of an influential citizen. At age 31 he moved to New Orleans to become a commission and forwarding merchant. A few years later, he permanently resettled to Montgomery.

He enjoyed immense success in both the mercantile and banking industries. friendship with John T. Milner, chief engineer for the South and North Railroad, gave him the financial backing he needed for the purchase of land in Jones Valley in December of 1870. The purpose of this land was to establish the new city of Birmingham.

The Elyton Land Company formed in January of 1871 and he suggested the name "Birmingham" for the new city. The Morris Hotel in Birmingham would later be named for him. He was 26 years old when he wed Sarah Elizabeth Harvey and had one daughter.
He, along with his wife and daughter are interred in Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama.

Founder of Birmingham, Alabama.
At the age of fifteen Josiah Morris came from Maryland to Columbus, Georgia, to live under the mentorship of an influential citizen. At age 31 he moved to New Orleans to become a commission and forwarding merchant. A few years later, he permanently resettled to Montgomery.

He enjoyed immense success in both the mercantile and banking industries. friendship with John T. Milner, chief engineer for the South and North Railroad, gave him the financial backing he needed for the purchase of land in Jones Valley in December of 1870. The purpose of this land was to establish the new city of Birmingham.

The Elyton Land Company formed in January of 1871 and he suggested the name "Birmingham" for the new city. The Morris Hotel in Birmingham would later be named for him. He was 26 years old when he wed Sarah Elizabeth Harvey and had one daughter.
He, along with his wife and daughter are interred in Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama.

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  • Created by: Lonewalker
  • Added: 1 Dec 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 62405884
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/62405884/josiah-morris: accessed ), memorial page for Josiah Morris (26 May 1818–9 Mar 1891), Find a Grave Memorial ID 62405884, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, USA; Maintained by Lonewalker (contributor 46987063).