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James Morris Family Bible No. 1

Transcription provided by L. Paul Morris.

The following is information prepared and typed by Cousin John Ed Morris, a descendent of William Pollitt Morris, and given to Levin Merrill Morris, his cousin. Levin Merrill Morris' daughter, Dorothy Catherine Morris, gave this information to L. Paul Morris, Jr. It is believed that the information was taken from the first James Morris Bible that in the possession of Mrs. Ruth Crew Morris Winterbottom Adshead of Cambridge, MD in 1980. Currently, it is in the possession of a descendent of James Morris and Sarah Disharoon. It is believed to have been passed down through James' son, Thomas Covington Morris, who was the executor of James' estate. From this point, it is believed that it was passed down to Thomas' son, Levin Merrill Morris. The Bible was subsequently lent to Mrs. Adshead's father, Upshur Williams Morris, who was a brother of Levin Merrill Morris. It is unknown when this Bible was published.

By Cousin John Ed Morris

James Morris was born December 18, 1780 Polly Pollitt was born November 8, 1791

James Morris was married to Polly Pollitt, December 5, 1810

Rebecca Steward Morris was born September 24, 1811
Elizabeth Sarah Morris was born October 20, 1813
Mary Ann Morris was born December 10, 1815
Susan Morris was born May 3, 1817
William Pollitt Morris was born August 14, 1819
Leah Jane Morris was born June 10, 1821
Matilda Morris was born January 2, 1823
Jacob Morris of James Morris was born January 11, 1825
Samuel James Morris was born May 5, 1827
Amanda Morris was born July 17, 1828

James Morris was married to Sallie Disharoon, January 9, 1833

John Washington Morris was born December 14, 1834
Levin Fountain Morris was born March 22, 1836
Thomas Covington Morris was born December 26, 1838

Jacob Morris the father of James Morris was born September 27, 1745 and departed this life April 22, 1822, age 76 years, 5 months & 5 days
Polly Morris departed this life May 7th 1831. Age 39 years, 5 mo. & 29 days
Susan Morris departed this life September 29, 1833. Age 16 years 4 mo & 26 days
Leah Jane Morris departed this life October 29, 1834. Age 13 years, 4 mo. & 19
Elizabeth Sarah Gillis departed this life Nov. 15, 1842 - Age 29 yrs & 26 days
Mary Ann Covington departed this life October 26, 1843. Age 27 yrs. 11 Mo. 16
Rebecca Steward Hayman departed this life January 23, 1865. Age 53 yrs, 3 mo. 29 da
James Morris departed this life Oct. 31, 1873, age of 92 years, 10 mot. & 12 days
Samuel J. Morris departed this life January 29, 1876, age 48 years, 8 mo. & 14 days
Sallie Morris departed this life April 12, 1880 - age 75 years, 6 mo. & 21 days
Jacob Morris son of James Morris departed this life Oct. 29, 1881, age 56 years, 9 mo. & 18 days
William P. Morris departed this life Sept. 1, 1897, age 78 years, & 17 days
Mary Caroline Stanford Morris, the wife of Wm. P. Morris was born June 27, 1822 and departed this life June 22, 1903 - age 80 years, 11 months & 26 days
Levin Fountain Morris departed this life September 26, 1903, age 67 years, 6 mo. & 4 days
Thomas Covington Morris departed this life March 17, 1911, age 72 years, 2 mo. & 19 days
Matilda Morris Hayman departed this life April 16, 1899 - age 76 years, 3 mo & 14 da.

James Morris lacked one month & 18 days of being 93 years old.

The births, ages & deaths of Samuel Pollitt and his father

Thomas Pollitt was born December 30th, 1717 and was married April 22, 1752 & departed this life Sept 24, 1786. Age 68 years, 8 months & 25 days

Samuel Pollitt, a son of Thomas Pollitt and the father of Polly Pollitt was born January 9, 1759 and was married to Betsey Heath February 16, 1786 and departed this life April 7, 1803, aged 44 years, 2 months and 29 days.

The births of Samuel Pollitt's Children:
John E. Pollitt was born November 28, 1787
Nancy Pollitt was born November 15th, 1789
Polly Pollitt was born Nov. 8, 1791
Sallie Pollitt was born January 14, 1794
Jane Pollitt was born March 1, 1796
Thomas Pollitt was born Sept. 16, 1800
Leah Pollitt was born February 24, 1802

L. Paul Morris, Jr., typed this information on 14 August 1999, Gradyville, PA. All attempts to insure actual spelling and manner of presentation have been made to retain the accuracy of these records.

Salisbury Advertizer from microfilm, Wicomico Free Library, Salisbury, MD

1 Nov 1873

Mr. James Morris, of Nutters District, in this county died yesterday morning in the 95th year of his age. Mr. Morris was perhaps the oldest man in Wicomico Co. He has been a member of the Presbyterian Church for about 60 years and a Ruling Elder for over thirty years. He was a large slave holder before emancipation, and his humane treatment of his servants, so firmly attached them to him, that the wife of the Rev'd Frost Pollitt, refused to leave his service when her freedom was offered her.

1 July 1874

Death of an Old Defender, Mr. John E. Pollitt, a defender of Baltimore 1812-1814, died at his late residence, Chatsworth Street yesterday at the 87th year of his age. His remains will be taken to Salisbury, Wicomico Co., this morning for interment. -Balt. Sun Mr. Pollitt's remains were buried at the Presbyterian Church in this place at 4 o'clock on Thursday afternoon, Rev. J. J. Smyth officiating clergyman. Mr. Pollitt was the last survivor of a circle of aged men who have lived in this section for nearly a century, several of whom have died within this last decade.

Additional analysis:
1. James Morris' first Bible lists his father with birth and death dates. This may have been take from an earlier Bible.
2. This Bible clearly outlines the lineage of Polly Pollitt.

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