Van Buren County
Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
NANCY (BEAVER) MORRIS was born in the State of Kentucky, Feb. 12, 1805, and when a small child moved with her
parents to Ross Co., Ohio, and settled on a farm on Deer Creek, near Chillicothe. Her education was limited to
a few months at the district school, where she learned to read and write. When about eighteen years old she was
united in marriage to Dolphin Morris, and immediately began housekeeping in her father’s
log cabin on the farm, which he had vacated for one more modern. In 1826 she, with her husband, moved to another
farm, which he rented, near London, same State, but owing to milk sickness, which was very prevalent in that locality
(the family being sick much of the time), it was decided to seek some healthier locality. So, on the first day
of November, 1828, she, with her husband and three small children, started for Michigan, her future home, where
she shared with her husband the hardships incident to pioneer life. Many times her courage was put to a severe
test by some Indian tramp. Yet these red men, or rather their squaws, were often of real service, being friendly.
They would often come to Mrs. Morris’ house, help her wash, and do other work, and were extremely glad to be shown
how to make bread, which she always took pleasure in showing them. Many times she was left entirely alone, with
her children, to care for all the stock, etc., while her husband was absent on business.
She should be entitled to full credit for her share in the success in business affairs, which, in after years,
brought comfort and happiness to her husband and family.
Mrs. Morris was the mother of seven sons and four daughters,of whom only three (sons) are now living. She was a
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for more than thirty years prior to her death, which occurred Oct. 14.
1877, in the seventy second year of her age.
(Also see Cherles Henry, Elias and Samuel Morris)
History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.