John Morris (1745-1815), Granville County, North Carolina, (married Phebe Tudor), is the Morris line that my male Morris cousin and uncle Y-DNA match to. We are in Group M29 at FTDNA Morris Project with several other Morris testers.
John Jacky Morris (1780-1874) Montgomery County, NC is my ancestor.
Blount Morris (1811-1878) and Groves Morris (1803-1873) may be the grandchildren of John Morris (1745-1815).
Samuel Morris (1710-1790) is supposedly the brick mason from Hanover County, Virginia who, in the 1740s, began reading the Bible and additional religious works in his home that resulted in the founding of Morris Reading Rooms across Virginia when his home outgrew the number of people who were showing up for prayer and Bible readings. Unfortunately, the tester was not willing to provide their entire line of descent from Samuel.
John Matthew Morris (1845-1913) Madison and Limestone Counties, Alabama is the son of Andrew Jackson (or Johnston) Morris born about 1809 in North Carolina. This is a very close match as the tester also shares 14 cM of atDNA with my cousin who did the YDNA test. I wrote about John Matthew Morris in my previous blog, “Of Common Things.”
One of the best things I have ever seen in an estate file is when the Administrator lists out all the heirs and how they are related. Phebe Tudor Morris’s estate file does not disappoint in this regard. Shown in the estate file are all the next of kin.
John and Phebe, like so many others of that era, were slave owners. In the estate file can also be found a list of slaves by name.
Along with the Morris YDNA match who descends from John Morris and Phebe Tudor, my male Morris cousin also has a Big Y-700 DNA match to a male who descends from James Gresham 1759 VA – 1837 Granville County, North Carolina. There was definitely an NPE (non-paternal event) that took place in this particular Gresham line.
John and Phebe Tudor Morris did have a son named John. Unfortunately, this John is not my John. This John Morris married Francis Johnson, daughter of Archer Johnson Senior of Amelia County, Virginia. Francis, called Fanny, and her twin sister, Kizzy Mitchell, provide a joint testimony for their brother-in-law, William Allen, who filed for a Revolutionary War pension in 1832 in Granville County, North Carolina.
Kizzy Mitchell provides the proof needed to show that she and Fanny Morris are the daughters of Archer Johnson. William Allen married another sister, Elizabeth, called Betsy.