Biography of Peter Morris
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Peter Morris. Was born in Youghal, county Cork, Ireland, June 27, 1831. He was educated in private and at National schools. When fifteen years old he was bound apprentice to Henry Thomas & Son, to learn the carpenter's trade, remaining with them three years. At the age of eighteen he emigrated to the United States, and arrived in Boston July 26, 1849. He at once proceeded to Sangus, Essex county, Massachusetts, where he resided one Winter, and the following Spring moved to West Newton, in that State, where he remained for a period of two years, and was employed by Andrew J. Allen. He then proceeded to Stony Brook, Massachusetts, engaging work with the proprietor of a paper mill by the name of John Roberts, continuing in his employ till the Spring of 1853; then went to South Dedham, where Tyler Thayer employed him to work at carpentering; thence to Charlestown in 1854. He emigrated to Dunleith, Jo Davies county, Illinois, in the Fall of 1854, where he remained during the Winter; then moved to St. Peters, and located Government land in the center of Le Sueur county. Here he built a cabin and was living in it at the time of the Spirit Lake Massacre in March, 1857. In the Fall of 1858 he sold out his land interests and moved to Dubuque, Iowa, but the following Spring went to Memphis, Tennessee; thence to Coldwater. Mississippi, going into business with Mr. Richardson, which partnership lasted about eighteen months, when the affairs of the concern were conducted by Mr. Morrisy. At the onset of the breaking out of the Rebellion in 1861, he was conscripted by the Southern Confederacy and ordered to the camp at Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee, to join Beauregard. Before leaving he got a permit to go and work in the Navy Yards at Chickasaw City, Tennessee, where he assisted in building the rebel gun boat "Arcansaw." He remained here till the capture of Memphis, Tennessee, when he applied to one of the officers of our Government fleet for work, which was given him. After assisting in the repair of a boat at that place he Was given a permit to go to Cairo and there worked in the Government Navy Yard, remaining till he volunteered for three months as ship's carpenter in the Government fleet then lying at Vicksburg. He was retained here nine months, after which he went to to Cairo, received his pay, and again returned to the fleet, remaining till March, 1864; then left via Cairo for the East, and landed in Massachusetts the latter part of that month. He left New York on the steamer "Champion" for Panama; thence on the "St. Louis" to San Francisco, arriving in May, 1864. He remained in that city about one month; then came to Tomales, Margin county, where he has since lived. He was elected one of the Supervisors of this county.

From:
History of Marin County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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