Children of Robert Morrison and Elizabeth Davis

Posted on: November 7th, 2009

Robert Morrison (b. 13 Mar 1839 in Martin Co., IN – d. 5 May 1930 in Orange Co., IN) married Elizabeth Davis (b. 23 May 1830 (or 1839) in IN – d. 8 Feb 1872) on January 31, 1861 in Martin Co., IN.

According to his obituary, Robert and Elizabeth Davis Morrison had four children, two of whom survived him.  I have six recorded children and am assuming that the obituary does not include the two children who died in infancy.

Children are recorded as follows:

William A. Morrison b. 30 May 1862 and d. 31 Aug 1864.  The source for this child is Steve Morrison, who indicates that young William is buried in the Acre Cemetery in Halbert, Martin Co., IN.

Nancy J. Morrison b. abt 1864.  She is listed in her father’s household in 1870 and (possibly) 1880.  I do not know what happened to her, but as she did not survive her father she must have died before 1930.

William J. Morrison b. abt 1866.  He is listed in his father’s household in 1870.  I do not know what happened to him, but as he did not survive his father he must have died before 1930.

Charles Morrison, b. Jan 1869 in IN and d. 1946 in Knox Co., IN.  Charles is listed in his father’s household 1870 – 1880.   He married in 1896 and is listed in the census as head of household in Knox Co., IN 1900 – 1930 with his wife Clara Alice (maiden name Chestnut from Steve Morrison).  Their children, according to the census are Flora (Ethel?), Arthur, Jesse, and Ruth.  They must also have had a child who died before 1900.  In his father’s obituary he is listed as living in Oaktown, IN.

Sarah Ella Morrison, b. 19 Dec 1869 in Shoals, Martin Co., IN and d. 8 May 1948 in Canton, OK.  Sarah married in Shoals on 17 Mar 1887 to John Thomas Acre.  Their children were:  Rufus, Jim, Bobby, Charles, Isol, Roy, Agnes, Nellie, Bon, and Otha.  For more information about their descendants please see the separate post.

John Morrison, b. 2 Feb 1872 and d. 17 May 1872.  John is buried in the Acre Cemetery in Martin Co., IN.  As his mother, who died 6 days after his birth.

Following the death of his wife in February of 1872, and his infant son 3 months later, Robert Morrison married for the second time in August 1872 to Mary Simmons.  In the 1870 census it is Mary who is listed alongside Robert instead of Elizabeth.  If anyone knows anything more about this inconsistency, I would be interested in hearing the story.  Please see the NEXT POST regarding the children of Robert with his second wife.