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Cornelius MORRIS, Sr.

Male 1845 - 1930  (84 years)


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  • Name Cornelius MORRIS 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 9 Dec 1845  Olive Township, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN WTXH-G1 
    Died 4 Nov 1930  Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Olive Cemetery, Wakarusa, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Elizabeth Ann Grubb:

      NOTES:

      In 1995 compiler happened upon the information that Emma (PFEIFFER) GILCHRIST had a great uncle who had served in the Civil War. After obtaining as much data on this ancestor as Emma was able to provide, compiler applied for a search for pension records at the National Archives. Military Pension File for Cornelius was received in March, 1996. In addition to data for Cornelius, his wife and the identity of his children, the death certificate for Cornelius also provided his parents' names, therefore the names of Emma's great grandparents. A summary of the information of the pension file follows:

      Apparently Isaac and Elizabeth (SAILOR) MORRIS were both born in OHIO. Since a daughter two years older than Cornelius was born there, but Cornelius was born in Elkhart County, IN, it is likely that the family moved from OHIO to INDIANA between 1842 and December, 1845.

      Cornelius enrolled in the U.S. Army 15 NOV 1863. Two documents report that he enrolled in Kendallville, IN; others say "Wakarusa, IN." He was assigned to Co. E., the 129th Reg., Indiana Infantry Volunteers. During his time in the service, he held the ranks of Private, Corporal and Sergeant. At the time of mustering out, he was a Corporal, however. Applications for pension after the war describe Cornelius as being 5 feet, 8 inches tall; light complexion; with blue eyes and light hair. Prior to his enlistment and after his discharge, Cornelius reported his occupation as "farmer." Since no military records were contained in the pension file copies sent to compiler, there is no information concerning where he served during the war. Cornelius was discharged at Charlotte, NC, 29 Aug. 1865. Cornelius evidently applied for and was granted a disability pension prior to 1898, based on health problems resulting from his military duty. The earliest document found in the pension file obtained by compiler is stamped 1891, and is a Military Service form from the War Department, verifying his term in the service. The original application for pension was not found in the file. In 1896 another form from the Bureau of Pensions, dated August 28,
      1896, requests an examination of the veteran's medical file of all records "likely to afford any information as to diseases, wounds, injuries incurred by him while in the service." The response to this search simply gives the dates of his enrollment, discharge and the statement that he held three ranks during this time. The statement "No record found" appears beneath the heading "The medical records show him treated as follows:..." January 15, 1898, a form from the Department of the Interior asks for updated information from Cornelius to be returned with the voucher for his "next quarterly payment." On this form, Cornelius lists his wife's maiden name; data concerning the date of their marriage and the fact that they were married by A.A. BROWN. He states that the marriage is recorded in St. Joseph County, IN; then he lists the names and birthdates of the couple's three surviving children - Bertie, Cornelius and Eddie. In May 1900, Cornelius filed application for an increase in his pension. His plea for additional allotment reads as follow: I the Claimant beg to state that I desire to claim for Catarrh and disease of the Stomach, not alledged in my original application. I am unable to state the time, place and circumstances oftheir incurrance as I have been suffering from catarrh twenty years and the stomach trouble followed right after it but I can definitely and positively say that they were not caused or due to any vicious habits of my own. I think that the original cause was the exposure due to my army service and it has gradually become worse ever since." Cornelius gave his age at the time of this application as "54 years." One of the forms included in this application gives his present rate of pension as "$8.00 per month." This was deemed the highest possible rate warranted for the degree of "inability shown by the evidence in his case." Cornelius, with this application, is declaring himself totally disabled and not able to do any manual labor. He cites statements accompanying his application from three doctors in Elkhart County - L.G. TODD, MD; W.E. BAILEY, MD and a former doctor of his, "Dr. A.L. LEUKNICK, decd." Cornelius is asking that his pension be increased to $12 per month.

      Following the enactment of a new pension law in May, 1912, Cornelius filed another application on 20 May 1912. At this time he gives his age as "66." On this form, he gives his birth date and place of birth ("Olive Township, Elkhart County. . . .") He states that his places of residence since separating from the Army have been ". . . Elkhart County, except in Saint Joseph County from 1889 to 1898." Witnesses attesting to this application were Alva E. BECHTEL and Mary HARRINGTON. The Notary signing on this document was "Chas. O. BECHTEL."

      The next document found in this file is a letter from John M. BLOCHER of Wakarusa, IN on behalf of Sarah E. MORRIS in her claim for Widow's Pension from her husband's military service. This letter, as do affidavits later, attests that "Sarah E. MORRIS" and "Sally E. MORRIS" are the same person. In her declaration for widow's pension, dated 01 Dec. 1930, Sally MORRIS reports that she and Cornelius were married "at farm home near Mishawaka, Indiana...November 19, 1872." In answer to the question re any member of her family having served in the (military) between April 6, 1917 and July 2, 1921, Sally responded that Eddie L. MORRIS (her son) had served with Co. "F," 5th Engrs from May 30, 1917 to March 19, 1919; yet in an earlier application (1924), Cornelius had responded "No" to the same question. Sally's witnesses for this application were Samantha LIENHART and Mary KLINE, both of Wakarusa. The death certificate accompanying this file gives Cornelius MORRIS's date of death as shown above; the cause is reported as "General arteriosclerosis; Prostatic Hypertrophy (contributory)." Cornelius was buried on 06 NOV at Olive Cemetery in Wakarusa, IN. There appears to be some error on the death certificate here. Although the date of death is given as "Nov 4 1930," the date of burial is recorded as "Nov. 6, 1931." (The Health Officer, F.I. EICHER attests that this is a true copy of the Public Record of death. . . . His statement is dated "twelfth day of March 1931.") The Pension Drop Report from the Pension Bureau is dated Jan. 21, 1931, and the pensioner's death is recorded as Nov. 4, 1930.

      REFERENCES:

      1. Emma B. PFIEFFER GILCHRIST, niece; 1790 E. 54th St., Indianapolis, IN.
      2. Civil War Pension File #XC-2-637-185/719829: Cornelius MORRIS; National Archives, Washington, D.C. (Copy owned by compiler & Emma G.)

      (2) A household headed by Cornelius MORRIS is listed in the 1880 census of Olive Township, Elkhart County, IN.

      Cornelius is listed in the 1880 census as a farmer who was then 34 years of age; therefore, according to the 1880 census, he was born in about 1846. According to the 1880 census, he was born in IN, and both of his parents were born in OH.

      Listed with Cornelius is his wife, Elisabeth, who was then 27 years of age; therefore, according to the 1880 census, she was born in about 1853. According to the 1880 census, she was born in OH, her father was born in PA, and her mother was born in OH.

      Also listed with Cornelius is his daughter, Emma M., who was then 2 years old; therefore, according to the 1880 census, she was born in about 1878. According to the 1880 census, she was born in IN, her father was born in IN, and her mother was born in OH.

      Also listed with Cornelius is his nephew, Jackson, a laborer who was then 20 years old; therefore, according to the 1880 census, he was born in about 1860. According to the 1880 census, he was born in IN, his father was born in OH, and his mother was born in VA.

      (3) A household headed by Cornelius MORRIS is listed in the 1900 census of Wakarusa, Olive Township, Elkhart County, IN.

      Cornelius is listed in the 1900 census as a farmer who was then 54 years of age. According to the 1900 census, he was born in December 1845. According to the 1900 census, he was born in IN, and both of his parents were born in VA.

      Listed with Cornelius is his wife, Sarah E., who was then 47 years of age. According to the 1900 census, she was born in September 1852. According to the 1900 census, she was born in OH, her father was born in PA, and her mother was born in OH.

      As of the time of the 1900 census, Cornelius and Sarah E. had been married 27 years. According to the 1900 census, Sarah E. was then the mother of six children, three of whom were then living.

      Also listed with Cornelius is his son, Bertie, a farm laborer who was then 17 years of age. According to the 1900 census, he was born in October 1882. According to the 1900 census, he was born in IN, his father was born in IN, and his mother was born in OH.

      Also listed with Cornelius is his son, Cornelius, a farm laborer who was then 15 years of age. According to the 1900 census, he was born in February 1885. According to the 1900 census, he was born in IN, his father was born in IN, and his mother was born in OH.

      Also listed with Cornelius is his son, Eddie, who was then 7 years of age. According to the 1900 census, he was born in March 1892. According to the 1900 census, he was born in IN, his father was born in IN, and his mother was born in OH.

      Also listed with Cornelius is Sofiah SHUGERS, a servant who was then 39 years of age. According to the 1900 census, she was born in September 1860. According to the 1900 census, she was born in IN, and both of her parents were born in OH. The familial relationship, if any, between Cornelius and Sofiah SHUGERS is not listed in the 1900 census.

      (4) www.findagrave.com:

      Cornelius O. Morris
      Birth: Dec. 9, 1845, Elkhart County, Indiana, USA
      Death: Nov. 4, 1930, Elkhart County, Indiana, USA

      The Wakarusa Tribune - 6 November 1930: Cornelius Morris, son of Isaac and Elizabeth Morris, was born in a log cabin in Olive township, Elkhart county, Indiana, December 9, 1845 and died at his home on Railroad street in Wakarusa, about 3:00 o'clock, Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 4, 1930. Mr. Morris had been confined to his bed but a short time before his death from heart trouble and complications. Probably no man in this community was more universally known and certainly was one of our most beloved citizens. His friendships, like his services, knew no class, no age, no section. A resident of Elkhart county for the greater part of his 85 years, a successful farmer, public spirited as a citizen and honored for his true worth. He enlisted Nov. 15, 1863, in Co. E. 129th regiment Indiana Infantry. He took part in the battle of Resaca and was almost constantly under rebel fire from May 8 to September 1, 1864. November 19, 1872, he married Sarah E. Smyser, and of the six children that were born to them, three are now living, namely B. A. of North Liberty, Cornelius of South Bend, and Eddie of Elkhart. Mr. and Mrs. Morris lived in St. Joseph county eleven years, the balance of their married life was spent in Wakarusa and vicinity. Nature had endowed our dear old friend with a splendid physique and the very largest of generous hearts. A lover of sport, and a splendid marksman, he often participated in hunting excursions that took him to the heart of nature and refreshed him in mind and body. Beside the wife and three children mentioned, Mr. Morris is survivied by nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. The home life of Mr. and Mrs. Morris was ideal and their honeymoon never ended. He was the last remaining veteran of the civil war in Wakarusa, and only one, David Harrington, remains in the township. The funeral services will be conducted from the Methodist church, this Thursday afternoon at 2:00. Rev. E. E. Kaufman officiating.

      Family links: Parents: Isaac Morris (1804 - 1883), Elizabeth Sailor Morris (1805 - 1882); Spouse: Sarah Elizabeth Smyser Morris (1852 - 1937); Children: Anna Liza Morris (1873 - 1874), Emma May Morris (1877 - 1881), Bert A. Morris (1882 - 1970), Cornelius J. Morris (1885 - 1950), Mazie Morris (1887 - 1887), Eddie N. Morris (1893 - 1963)

      Burial: Olive Cemetery, Wakarusa, Elkhart County, Indiana, USA

      Created by: roots56
      Record added: Apr 28, 2011
      Find A Grave Memorial# 69048446
    Person ID I2471  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 

    Father Isaac MORRIS, II,   b. 7 Feb 1804, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1883, Olive Township, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship unknown 
    Mother Elizabeth SAILOR,   b. 28 Feb 1805, Guernsey [later Monroe, now Noble] County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1882, Olive Township, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Relationship unknown 
    Married 24 Sep 1825  Monroe County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F709  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Elizabeth SMYSER,   b. 5 Sep 1852, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1937, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 19 Nov 1872  St. Joseph County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Cornelius MORRIS, Jr.,   b. 12 Feb 1885, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. Mazie MORRIS,   b. 10 Mar 1887, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1898  (Age 10 years)  [natural]
     3. Eddie L. MORRIS,   b. 18 Feb 1893, St. Joseph County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     4. Anneliza MORRIS,   b. 4 Jul 1872, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1898  (Age 25 years)  [natural]
     5. Emma May MORRIS,   b. 11 Dec 1877, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1898  (Age 20 years)  [natural]
     6. Bertie MORRIS,   b. 20 Oct 1882, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 10:18:54 
    Family ID F1779  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941 [databaseonline], Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005: Name: Cornelius Morris Spouse Name: Sallie E. Smyser Marriage Date: 19 Nov 1872 Marriage County: St. Joseph.