The Morris Family

                                                      MORRIS  

Among passengers in Speedwell of London bound for America May 28, 1635 Richard Morris, age 19 years. Another by same name came to Va from London, the same year age 17. Edward Morris was transported to Va by John Ellis, Apl 1648. (Hotten.)

Mr Richard Morris “Minister of Bristol pish” Henrico Co Va, became later a resident of Isle of Wight Co, and had dau Anne, who was his heir 1678, her uncle Samuel Morris acting as Ex of his Estate. (Isle of Wight records.)

John Morris was living in Lower Norfolk Co Va, 1740. Charles Moris whose name is the first to appear on the records of Perq Co N. C. attended a Mo Meeting at Arnold White’s house 24, 4mo 1679. He was probably father of John who appears in Perquimans county about 1704, with wife Hannah, they were living in Perq 1716. Little River Quaker Reg, gives most valuable information about this family, and they are always the best of authority.

Morris, John Sr was b 3, 3mo 1680, m Mary Symons (d of Thomas’ & Rebecah), b 1687, d 14, 8mo 1745 age 58 years, issue:

  • 1-  Aaron, b 14, 7mo 1704—

  • 2-  Elizabeth, b 6, 9mo 1707—

  • 3-  Joseph, b 4, 12mo 1709—

  • 4-  Sarah, b 6, 9mo 1712, m Samuel Moore and was his widow, Jan 21, 1755—

  • 5-  John, b 21, 12mo 1716—

  • 6-  Mary, b 24, 11mo 1719.

The will of John Morris Sr was p in Pasquotank Co N. C. Jan 1739 Sons: Joseph, and John to whom he bequeathed “my Manner plantation” sons: Zachariah, Isaac, Aaron, dau’s: Sarah, and Hannah.

  •  Zachariah (s of John) was b 23, 9mo 1722—

  • Hannah (d of John, & Mary) b 23, 12mo 1726.

Elizabeth Morris (d of John, & Mary) m William Symons, at Newbegun Creek Pasquotank Co, 5, 7mo 1725.

Mary Morris (d of John) m John Robinson, at Symons Creek, 3, 1mo 1738.

Elizabeth Morris (d of John) m Wm Symons, 5, 7mo 1725.

Morris, Aaron (1) John (1) m Mary Pritchard—6mo 1724, at Symons Creek, issue:

  • 1 –  Joshua, b 6, 4mo 1726—

  • 2 –  Benjamin, b 20, 8mo 1728—

  • 3 –  Joseph, b 1, 2mo 1731—

  • 4 –  Miriam, b 4, 3mo 1733—

  • 5 –  Susannah, b 4, 7mo 1735—

  • 6 –  John, b 11, 12mo 1737—

  • 7 –  Mary, b 8, 1mo 1739—

  • 8 –  Sarah, b 5, 1mo 1743, d 26, 7mo 1743—

  • 9 –  Aaron, b 5, 9mo 1744—

  • 10 –  Elizabeth, b 22, 4mo 1747, m Thomas Gilbert, 20, 5mo 1765.

Aaron Morris, an Elder in the Quaker Church, died 10, 9mo 1770, age 66.

Mary Morris (wife of Aaron) died 12, 10mo 1791.

Morris, Joseph (1) John (1) m Elizabeth Pritchard, at Symons Creek, 2, 10mo 1730. (no record of their children, if any).

Mary Morris (wife of John Sr, dau of Thomas, & Rebecah Symons) died 14, 8mo 1745, age 58.

Morris, John (2) John (1) untraced.

Morris, Joshua (1) Aaron (1) John (1) m Hannah Anderson (d of John) 1, 11mo 1748, issue:

  • 1 Mordicai, b 14, 3mo 1749—

  • 2 Clarke, b 29, —1750.

Hannah Morris, died 3, 5mo 1751.

Joshua m 2d Huldah Newby, 9, 6mo 1752, issue:

  • 3 Benjamin, b 26, 5mo 1754. Joshua Morris m 3d Mary Winslow, 1, 5mo 1755, issue:

  • 4 Nathan, b 11, 1mo 1757—

  • 5 Jonathan, b 7, 7mo 1759—

  • 6 Zachariah, b 17, 9mo 1761. Joshua Morris took for his 4th and last wife, Rebeckah Symons, 27, 4mo 1774, issue:

  • 7 John, b 1, 11mo 1774—

  • 8 Mary, b 25, 1mo 1776. Mary wife of Joshua, d 13, 3mo 1773.

Morris, Benjamin (1) Aaron (1) John (1) m Mary Bundy (d of Samuel) 6, 10mo 1750, had no issue apparently. He m 2d Elizabeth Overman, 9, 10mo 1763, issue:

  • 1 Joseph, b 25, 8mo 1764—

  • 2 Elizabeth, b 27, 12mo 1765—

  • 3 Benjamin, b 29, 1mo 1768—

  • 4 Rachel, b 2, 4mo 1770, d 16, 8mo 1770. Benjamin Morris m 3d Millicent Draper, 15, 11mo 1772, issue:

  • 5 Peter, b 5, 9mo 1774—

  • 6 Ezra, b 3, 5mo 1776—

  • 7 Jacob, b 4, 6mo 1778—

  • 8 Demcey, b 16, 5mo Eli, b 19, 11mo 1786.

Mary Morris, wife of Benamin, d 18, 5mo 1753, age 22. (d of Samuel Bundy) (Elizabeth wife of Benjamin) d 12, 4mo 1770.) Elizabeth (dau of Benjamin & Elizabeth) d 23, 6mo 1785.)

Morris, Joseph (2) Aaron (1) John (1) m Mary Newby 1, 6mo 1755, issue:

  • 1 Miriam, b 28, 3mo 1756—

  • 2 Benjamin, b 5, 10mo 1757—

  • 3 John, b 28, 7mo 1759—

  • 4 Mary, b 29, 3mo 1761—

  • 5 Joseph, b 21, 2mo 1763. Joseph Morris, m 2d Hannah Overman 4, 10mo 1764, issue:

  • 6 Elizabeth, b 19, 7mo 1765—

  • 7 Thomas, b 15, 11mo 1766—

  • 8 Joshua, (of Joseph, & Elizabeth) b 24, 5mo 1769—

  • 9 Sarah, b 6, 9mo 1770—

  • 10 Susannah, b 27, 2mo 1772—

  • 11 William, b 7, 11mo 1773, d 27, 8mo 1775—

  • 12 Chalkey, b 1, 8mo 1775—

  • 13 William (2) b 15, 9mo 1777—

  • 14 Nathan, b 11, 7mo 1779—

  • 15 Ann, b 18, 7mo 1782—

  • 16 Penelope, b 3, 1mo 1785—

  • 17 Millicent, b 16, 8mo 1787. Joseph Morris (s of Aaron, & Mary, née Pritchard) died 24, 11mo 1798.

Hannah wife of Joseph, nee Overman, died 27, 11mo 1766.

Morris, John (2) Aaron (1) John (1) m Mary Albertson, 20, 1mo 1762, issue: John, & Mary, (twins) b 3, 12mo 1762, died 22, 12mo 1762.

Morris, John (unplaced) m Mary Nicholson, 1, 1mo 1762. (Dau of Thos Nicholson, d 23, 1mo 1772.)

Morris, Aaron (2) Aaron (1) John (1) m Margaret Nicholson (d of Thomas) 30, 11mo 1768, issue:

  • 1 Thomas, b 11, 9mo 1769—

  • 2 Christopher, b 18, 10mo 1771—

  • 3 Mary, b 31, 3mo 1774—

  • 4 Mark, & Ruth (twins) b 9, 1mo 1775—

  • 5 Isaac, b 20, 4mo 1780. Margaret wife of Aaron died 17, 12mo 1780. Aaron Morris m 2d Lydia Davis, 27, 2mo 1782, issue:

  • 6 Aaron, b 18, 11mo 1782—

  • 7 Pritchard, b 15, 9mo 1784—

  • 8 Jehoshaphat, b 17, 8mo 1786—

  • 9 Margaret, b 24, 6mo 1788—

  • 10 Susan b 24, 6mo 1790—11 John, b 24, 6mo 1794.

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  • Benjamin Morris (s of Aaron, & Mary) died 3, 1mo 1762.

  • Mary (widow of Benjamin) died 4, 2mo 1762.

  • Mary (wife of Joshua) died 13, 3mo 1773.

  • Morris, Joseph (3) m Sarah Sanders, 3, 3mo 1790.

  • Morris, Jonathan, m Penelope Symons, 21, 12mo 1785 (Pasquotank Co).

  • Morris, Aaron (3) m Miriam Robinson (d of William) before 1785. (Named in his will.)

  • Morris, William m Esther Gardner, no date. (Loose papers.)

  • The will of John Morris, p in Perq Co, Oct 1774, names brother Cornelius, and wife Sarah, two sons (not named).

Joshua Morris will Perq, p April 1777, Wife Rebecca, sons: John, Benjamin, Jonathan, Zachariah, Mordicai, & Nathan, dau’s Clarkey Pool, and Mary Morris, father Aaron Morris.

Jonathan Morris will, p in Perq Feb 1796. Sons: Jehoshaphat, and Jonathan nephew John Pool, brother Nathan, & Josiah Bundy Exrs.

Morris, Mordicai (s of Joshua) m Abigail Overman (d of Nathan) 28, 4mo 1773.

Morris, Zachariah, m Ann Williams, 2, 9mo 1752. Ann Morris died same year.

Morris, Demcy (s of Benjamin Morris dec’d) of Pasquotank Co, m Jemima Bogue, (d of Job dec’d) 22, 12mo 1802, at Suttons Creek.

Morris, Mordicai (s of Mordicai) of Pasquotank Co, m Martha Winslow (d of John of Perq) 17, 12mo 1806, at Welses Meeting house in Perq.

Morris, Jacob (s of Benjamin dec’d) m Elizabeth Cornwell (d of Aaron) 22, 12mo 1796.

MARRIAGES (Quaker Records)

  • Joseph Morris, m Sarah Sanders, 3, 3mo 1790.

  • Jonathan Morris, m Penelope Symons, 21, 12mo 1785—In Pasq Co.

  • Aaron Morris, m Miriam Robinson (d of Wm) named in his will July 1785.

  • William Morris, & Esther his wife, née Gardner. (Loose papers Perq Co.)

DEATHS (Quaker Records) 

  • Benjamin Morris, d 3, 1mo 1762. (s of Aaron, & Mary.)

  • Mary Morris, widow of Benj d 4, 2mo 1762.

  • Mary Morris, wife of Joseph, d 15, 9mo 1763.

  • Hannah Morris, wife of Joseph, d 27, 11mo 1766.

  • Mary Morris, wife of John (d of Thos Nicholson) d 23, 1mo 1772.

  • Mary Morris, wife of Joshua, d 13, 3mo 1773.

  • John Morris, will Perq, p Oct 1774, names “brother Cornelius” & wife Sarah, Also 2 sons; not named.

  • Joshua Morris, will Perq, p April 1777, names wife Rebecca, sons: John, Benjamin, Jonathan, Zachariah, Mordicai, & Nathan, dau’s Clarkey Pool, & Mary Morris, father Aaron Morris.

  • Jonathan Morris, will Perq, p Feb 1796. Sons: Jehoshaphet, & Jonathan, nephew John Pool, brother Nathan, & Josiah Bundy Exrs.

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Source: History of Perquimans County as compiled from records found there and elsewhere by Ellen Goode Rawlings Winslow. published 1931.

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