Morris, James A., one of the firm of Morris & Smith, dealers in coal and wood, was born in Greenbush, April
8, 1843. He is a son of Alexander and Julia Ett (Ring) Morris, he born in Dutchess county, a son of John Morris,
who came from Columbia county to Greenbush in a very early day, where he lived and died. The father of Mr. Morris
was a rope maker until about 1840, and then engaged in the coal business, being the second dealer in Greenbush.
He died September 26, 1S88, at the age of eighty years, and his wife died August 10, 1888, at the age of eighty
years. Mr. Morris was reared in Greenbush and educated there and in the select schools of Albany, Charlotteville,
and Warnerville, Schoharie county. He began in the coal business in April, 1865, with Captain William Smith, an
old resident of Greenbush. In 1864 Mr. Morris married Julia R. Craig, daughter of Captain S. W. Craig of Greenbush.
To Mr. and Mrs. Morris were born two children: Alexander, clerk for the firm; and Daisy. Mr. Morris is a member
of Greenbush Lodge No. 337, F. & A. M. He has been supervisor of East Greenbush for two years, and chairman
of the board in 1877. Mrs. Morris died April 18, 1875. November 13, 1879, Mr. Morris married. L. Cornelia Cornell
of Greenbush, by whom he has one daughter, Julia Ett.
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897
Rensselaer County, NY
Names A to F
Names G to P
Names Q to Z
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