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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 7 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1887.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ANDREW J. MORRIS, a native of Virginia, was born August 2, 1824. His father, Edmund Morris, was born in Culpeper County, Va., in 1781. He had no education, and began life in very poor circumstances. He was married in Virginia to Miss Sarah R. Partlow, a daughter of a wealthy planter in Culpeper County, Va., and soon after marriage they immigrated 300 miles to West Virginia, three in number, Mr. Morris, Mrs. Morris who rode the only horse they owned, and a little negro boy given Mrs. Morris by her father. In worldly property they had 25 cents and a set of cups and saucers, and when arriving at their destination, they began life in the wilderness of West Virginia in Kanawha County. Edmund Morris settled on 154 acres of land, which cost him 50 cents per acre, all of which he improved and built on. His nearest neighbor was ten miles away. The wild game, which is now only found in the far West, was very plentiful then. The farm which Mr. Morris settled on was very rich, and in a few years he was in easy circumstances, leaving an estate of nearly 900 acres. He was the father of nine children: Ann K. (Bentley), Maria (Slaughter), Eveline (Blankenship), Mary (Twindler), Benjamin, Joshua, Roxalina (Caffrey), Leonard and A. J. Edmund Morris enlisted in the war of 1812, but never saw active service, the war closing before he reached the army. He lived twenty miles west of Charleston, and kept a tavern many years, dying August 27, 1833, in the fifty-second year of his age. Mrs. Morris, who was in life a very devout member of the Baptist Church, and a Christian woman, departed this life in July, 1856, in the seventy-sixth year of her age. Joshua Morris was also a native of Virginia, and of English origin. He was a veteran of the Revolution, was a man in good circumstances, and was a farmer. He was the father of nine children: John, William, Henry, Edmund, Fenton and four daughters, three of whom married into the Chipman family, and the other married John Harmon; he died in West Virginia. Andrew J. Morris received a common-school education, and received 154 acres of land in West Virginia. He worked on his father’s farm a part of the time in boyhood, but when only eighteen years of age began running the river as watchman on the steamer “Triumph.” Afterward he was second mate on the same, and finally pilot for eighteen months; he ran on the Kanawha, Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, remaining on the above named steamer four years; he also ran on the steamers “Alevia” and “Col. Dickerson,” being, in all, eight years on the river, from 1842 to 1850. On July 15, 1850, he was married to Mrs. Missouri Elliott, of Covington, Ky., who was born in Kenton County, the daughter of Samuel and Frances (Allen) McCollum, and Samuel McCollum dying, his widow married H. Q. Estill. Mrs. Morris was the eldest of a family of five daughters. To this marriage have been born nine children: Sarah V. (Sanders) deceased; W. H., of Terre Haute, Ind.; George E.; Shelton A., deceased; F. M., a minister; J. D.; Charles S., deceased; Allie C., deceased; and Annie Lee (Northcutt). Mrs. Morris had been married before to James Elliott, of Clermont County, Ohio, who died in 1848 in his twenty-ninth year, leaving one son, James by name, who died six weeks after his father. Mr. Morris has a son, F. M., who is a partial graduate of Louisville Baptist Seminary, and of the college at Danville, Ind., and has been in the ministry two years. Mr. Morris settled on his present location in 1850, and has been farming ever since; it is a fine well improved tract of 150 acres worth $9,000; he also owns 106 acres at Staffordsburg. Mr. and Mrs. Morris are members of the Baptist Church, and in politics Mr. Morris is a Democrat. He is also in sentiment a Prohibitionist. Mrs. Frances (Allen) McCollum was the daughter of David and Ann (Vice) Allen. Mrs. Ann (Vice) Allen, after the death of David Allen, was married to William Wright. She was the mother of five children by her first marriage, four sons and one daughter. The family lived in Virginia, David Allen serving in the war of 1812, and dying January 7, 1815.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Kenton County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 7 published in 1887 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 7

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