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Shadrach H. Morris

Male 1790 - 1864  (73 years)


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  • Name Shadrach H. Morris  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 12 Dec 1790  Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Jan 1864  Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Buried Sabinetown, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4
    Notes 
    • White and Toole write that he "Rec'd a large Mexican grant of land in 1835, and gave 200 acres upon which Sabinetown was built, but in 1850 he is listed on the Sabine Parish (Many), Louisiana U.S. Census. Served in the War of 1812 from Louisiana." (White and Toole, p 63).

      The Sabinetown Cemetery index lists his service as taking place with the Kentucky Pvt 10 Regt LA Militia War of 1812.

      Kathy Casagranda notes that he is believed by some to be the son of Gideon Morris. He received 2,915 acres of land from a Mexican Land Grant on June 17, 1835. The Historical Marker in Sabinetown names him among the earliest settlers. (1850 Sabine Parish Census, p 78). Ann McElhaney does not think that he a son of Gideon Morris, as detailed in her notes below.

      Ann McElhaney,annmclpc@aol.com, a descendant of Shadrach's son Amon Perry Morris, supplied the following biographical notes about Shadrach and Mary Morris:

      Shadrach H Morris says on the census register that he was born in Kentucky.  We know he was in Louisiana during the War of 1812.

      Bettye Wagstaff has a census note of a census in LA in 1810 that is handwritten which she may have had for many years which lists: Shadrack Morris, 1-male under 5, 1-male 5-10, 1 male 30-40, 2 females under 5, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 20-30  Other information says Bib Creek, waters of the Tangipoha River, now Tangipahoa Parish, LA

      84 Washington Parish  1810:
      Shadrack Morris: 1 male 10-15, 1 male 80-90; 1 femail 10-15; 1 female 40-50 lived in the area of Sunny Hill and present day Mt. Herman, LA  Shadrach H Morris is likely out of the house as he was old enough to fight shortly thereafter in the War of 1812.

      We are told that he married Mary Sarah Nelson in Mississippi in 1822. 

      In 1820 Washington Parish, LA:
      W.H. Morris:  between the ages of 16-26 has a wife and two sons and a daughter
      Wm Wadkins(Watkins)-father of Alfred J L Watkins who marries Mary Drucilla Kemp(parents of Mary Ann Watkins who will marry Amon Morris
      Berry Wadkins(Watkins) brother to Alfred

      In 1820 on the East Baton Rouge, LA census:  Shadrach Morris _  _  _ 2  1 /no females.  This would be Shad Sr, then Shad jr either lives with him at this time with one other 26-45 male or Shad jr is somewhere else and two brothers are at home.  The following is possible:  In the county next to Baton Rouge is Iberville Parish.  In Iberville there is a Martin Nelson with a daughter the age of Mary Sarah Nelson.  There are no other Nelsons in the area, that possibly this is how they met.  Perhaps our information is incorrect and they married in LA or perhaps these Nelsons moved to Mississippi and Shad followed in hot pursuit to marry Sarah Nelson. 

      In 1830 I believe this is our Shadrach in Washington Parish, LA.  The other Morris listed nearby are likely brothers as well as the Shadrach Sr who could be our Shad's father: 

      Shadrack Morris      1  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
                           2  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0            
      Shad is 30-40; wife is between 20-30

      Bradford Kemp        0  0  0  2  2  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0                 
      Kemp is 60-70

      William Morris       0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0                        
      Will is 20-30

      Whittenhall U.Morris 1  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0                    
      Whitten is 30-39

      Thomas Morris        0  1  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0                
      Thomas is 20-30


      Shadrack Morris Sr.  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0                      
      Shadrack M Sr is between 80-90-which does exactly jive with the info on the 1810 census

      I am not certain that this completely demonstrates that Shad is not the son of Gideon Morris of Morristown, Tenn, but it is better evidence than anything else I am aware of us having.  Gideon had a son named Shadrach, but we know he did not come south.  Furthermore, the Morrisville folks deny there is any evidence that our Shad belongs to Gideon's group.  There is some indication that there may be a connection between our Shad and Hamon Morris of Hamblen County, Tenn.  Nevertheless if Shad said he was from Kentucky, that is all we have to go on for now.  Our Shad could write and his signature is distinct so finding his signature anywhere is helpful. 

      The Bradford Kemp (1764-1838) listed in this census is most likely the father of Mary Drucilla Kemp who married Alfred J L Watkins.

      1840 Natchitoches, LA:  Shad and Mary Ann and 9 children.  Also close in proximity and in the same Parish:  G B(Green Berry) Watkins; A L(Alfred, Mary Ann's father)Watkins.  Possible relations also present:  Benjamin Morris-perhaps Shadrach's younger brother; John Nelson-perhaps Mary Sarah Nelson's brother.

      In 1850 in Sabine County, Texas:  William W. Watkins(who is Green Berry Watkins' son); Amon and family including his mother-in-law, Mary Drucilla Kemp Watkins; Shad and Sarah and family.

      The 4 Smith girls who are living with Shad and Mary Sarah Morris are the daughters of Sarah's sister, Elizabeth Nelson who married John D. Smith.  Both parents died.  Shadrach and Sarah became the court-ordered guardians for the girls. 

      SMITH Sarah 12 F Texas
      SMITH Elizabeth 10 F Texas
      SMITH Emaline 8 F Texas
      SMITH Lydia 6 F Texas
    Person ID I2060  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Family Mary "Polly" Sarah Nelson,   b. Abt 1807, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1866, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Married Abt 1820  [3, 4
    Children 
     1. Amon Perry Morris,   b. Abt 1826, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1861 and 1865  (Age ~ 35 years)
     2. Lydia Morris,   b. Abt 1828, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Ruth Morris,   b. Abt 1830, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Shadrach Morris,   b. Abt 1832,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. John Anson Morris,   b. 28 Nov 1834, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1919, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     6. Mary Ann Morris,   b. 18 Feb 1836, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. George William Morris,   b. Abt 1837,   d. 27 Jun 1862, Cold Harbor, Hanover County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 25 years)
     8. Christopher C. Morris,   b. Abt 1842, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1863, Chickamauga, Walker County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 21 years)
     9. Fountain M. Morris,   b. Abt 1845, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Benjamin Franklin Morris,   b. 3 Nov 1849, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1935, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    Last Modified 6 Feb 2010 
    Family ID F1351  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Jan 1864 - Sabine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Sabinetown, Sabine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S461] White & Toole, "Sabine County Historical Sketches and Genealogical Records" c. 1972, p 63 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S350] Schluter, Helen Gomer "1835 Sabine District, Texas Census" c. 1983 Distributed by Ericson Books, p 8 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S416] Casagranda, Kathy "Sabine Parish The 1850 Census with added Family Information" (May, 1999: P.O. Box 2195, Palmer, Alaska 99645), p 78 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S593] Nix, Megan, Clark, Louise and Keith "Sabinetown Cemetery, Sabine County, Texas" Indexed 1 Oct 1999, (http://www.rootsweb.com/~txsabine/burials/sabinetown.htm).