Biography - Marvil Morris

MARVIL MORRIS is a native of Robinson county, Tennessee, and was born October 2, 1807. He is the second child of John and Mary Morris. John Morris was born in North Carolina, and his wife in South Carolina. They are descended from some of the best English blood, their ancestors having settled in the Carolinas long previous to the war of the revolution. Mrs. Morris's maiden name was Mary Lewis. Her father, Jacob Lewis, was a soldier in the revolutionary war. John Morris, while yet a single man, moved to the primitive wildness of Tennessee, and there commenced the improvement of a small tract of land. It was here that he became acquainted with, and married, Miss Mary Lewis, in the early part of the year 1805. By this marriage he had three sons and six daughters, of whom the subject of this sketch is the only male representative now living. In 1809 Mr. Morris removed, with his family, to the territory of Illinois, locating in Pope county, where he resumed his former business. His death occurred in 1822.

Mr. Marvil Morris received his early education in the schools of this state, which, at that time, were rather imperfect. The death of his father occurring when he was but a lad, he was early thrown on his own resources, and, young in life, learned to battle with the realities of the world. In 1822, with his mother and the rest of the family, he moved to Jefferson county, this state. In December, 1829, Mr. Morris was married to Miss Mary Estes, the daughter of Absalom Estes, by whom he became the father of thirteen children, eight of whom are now living. In 1829 he became a resident of Greene county, locating west of Kane. He settled on the farm where he now resides in 1834. His mother died at this residence in 1855. Mr. Morris, for about a quarter of a century, has been a consistent member of the Christian Church. In politics, he early became a believer in the principles of the whig party, and at its dissolution joined the republican party. His first vote was for Henry Clay; he voted twice for the immortal Lincoln, and the same for U. S. Grant. During the late rebellion he was a strong Union man. His wife died in October, 1868. Mr. Morris can be called a successful man. It is no small task to raise and educate so numerous a family; and he has raised as many orphan children, all of whom, as well as his own, have grown up to be good citizens. If nothing further were said concerning the character of Mr. Morris, the fact of his great kindness above mentioned would sufficiently illustrate the largeness of his heart. As an agriculturist, in its various departments, he deserves commendable mention. He now owns real estate to the amount of upwards of five hundred acres of valuable lands, situated in Greene and Montgomery counties. In November 1872. Mr. Morris was married to Mrs. Maria Redding, of Carrollton, and is now living at his residence with his young wife, surrounded with all the essential requisites of a happy life.

Extracted 07 Sep 2018 by Norma Hass from Atlas Map of Greene County Illinois, 1873, page 54.

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