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Below is a family biography included in The History of Webster County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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James Thomas Morris, of the mercantile firm of Morris & Bouldin, was born in Greene County, Mo., June 20, 1853, being a son of Robert and Martha (Thornton) Morris, who were born, reared and married in Tennessee. They moved to Missouri about 1840, locating in Greene County, but the father’s death occurred at Pilot Knob in 1863, he having served eighteen months in the Eighth Missouri Volunteer Cavalry. James T. Morris remained with his mother in Greene County, Mo., until he attained his majority, receiving the advantages of the common schools. After starting out in life for himself he was engaged in farming in Greene County for about three years, then sold out and removed to Barry County in 1879, and was occupied in merchandising at Eagle Rock for about eighteen months. He disposed of his stock about this time, and in March, 1880, moved to Henderson and embarked in business under the firm name of Wharton & Morris, but after some time Mr. Wharton retired, the firm now being known as Morris & Bouldin. Mr. Morris built their present business house in 1884, and owing to his many sterling business qualities he has established a good trade. In 1887 he was appointed notary public, and in his political views is a Republican. In March, 1875, he was married to Mary L. Wharton, who was born in Greene County, and by her is the father of two children: James C. and Clarence R. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and she is a daughter of Emsley Wharton, who was a native of North Carolina.

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This family biography is one of 110 biographies included in The History of Webster County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Webster County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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