Biography of Morris S. Willis
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Willis, Morris S., of Lansing. was born in Enfield in 1848, the son of John H. and Caroline (Marshall) Willis. His grandparents were John and Mary (Sivalls) Willis, natives of New Rochelle, N. Y., who came to Tompkins county in 1838, and settled in Enfield. They raised three children: William, James and John. The latter learned the harnessmaker's trade, which he followed about two years, then went back to the farm. At the death of his father, in 1847, he continued farming on a portion of the homestead. His mother died in October, 1848. He married in September, 1843, Caroline Marshall, by whom he had one child, Morris S. The latter was educated at the Angelica Academy, and at the age of twenty returned to the farm and worked with his father about ten years. He then rented a farm for five years on shares, the last year of which he met with an accident which disabled him for physical labor for about four years, and from which he has never fully recovered. In 1886 he purchased a farm of 150 acres with fine, large and commodious buildings, and a stream of water flowing near the buildings, affording sufficient power to grind grain for food and saw wood. Here Mr. Willis has ever since resided. He married, December 12, 1877, Ella, daughter of Stephen Kennedy of Ithaca. She died September 16, 1883, and he married second December 6, 1888, Louisa (Norton) Drake, daughter of Jonathan and Emma Norton, natives of Lansing. Mr. Willis's parents reside with him. He is a member of the Grange, and in politics is a Republican.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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