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Below is a family biography included in The History of Sumner County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed 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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John Morris, a native of the Emerald Isle, was born in 1837, and is one of six children born to Bartlett and Mary Morris, natives of Ireland, who died in 1863 and 1857, respectively. Our subject received his early education in Ireland, and at the age of twelve left his parents and immigrated to the United States, locating in Wheeling, Va. He worked on the railroad there for about eighteen months, and then went to Belmont County, Ohio, and began working on the Central Ohio Railroad, as section foreman. He then went to Pittsburgh, Penn., where he was engaged as foreman on the slack waters for about two years. About 1855 he came to Stewart County, Tenn., and from there to Laura Furnace. He then came to Nashville as train master. He was married in Nashville, in 1865, to Miss Ann Morrissey, a native of Canada, born in 1847 and the daughter of John and H. Morrissey. To this union were born eight children, viz.: John B., William H., Mary E., Margaret, Ellen, Agnes, Martin J. and Edna. Mr. Morris has always been a Democrat in politics and he and family are members of the Catholic Church.

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This family biography is one of 115 biographies included in The History of Sumner County, Tennessee published in 1887.  The History of Sumner County was included within The History of Sumner, Smith, Macon & Trousdale Counties of Tennessee. View the complete description here: History of Sumner, Smith, Macon and Trousdale Counties of Tennessee

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