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Isaac Morris - St. Clair Co., MI (bio)
Posted by: Stephanie Sampson Date: February 28, 2002 at 12:46:26
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Biographical sketch of ISAAC MORRIS from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.

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This bio spans two (2) pages: 628-629

ISAAC MORRIS

One of the most enterprising and popular farmers of Casco township, St. Clair county, Michigan, is Isaac Morris, who was born in Cottrellville township, this county, December 2, 1845, and is a son of Albern and Mary A. (Root) Morris, the former of whom came from Pennsylvania early in life and for some years worked as a laborer at Marine City. He was industrious and frugal, and was soon able to purchase part of the farm on which his son Isaac now lives, and here followed agriculture as a calling until his death, which occurred in March, 1884, his wife having died in April, 1874. This respected couple were the parents of eight children, born in the following order: Sarah, Fannie, Isaac, Nancy, Miles, Pauline, Elihu and Alta.

Isaac Morris early became familiar with the occupation of farming, which he has made his life pursuit. November 4, 1868, he married Miss Catherine Laforge, daughter of Peter and Mary (Yax) Laforge, who came from Ohio and had a family of seven children, namely: Nancy, Catherine (Mrs. Morris), Peter, Mary, Lucy, Emory and Willie. The mother of this family died a young woman, but the father still survives, and lives on his farm in Macomb county, three miles west of the home of Mr. Morris, at the age of eighty-five years. Mr. Laforge is a Democrat in politics, and is a member of the Congregational church at New Baltimore. Albern Morris was a Republican, was first a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, but died a Baptist. The marriage of Isaac Morris and Catherine Laforge resulted in the birth of five children, viz: Miles, who died in infancy; another infant that died unnamed; Willie O., who was born September 14, 1876, and married Anna Baumgarten; Mabel G., born August 8, 1879, and Clara C., born February 1, 1881. Mr. Morris also has one grandchild, Roy M. Gaedcke, who was born March 14, 1898.

For four seasons Mr. Morris ran a threshing machine, and did a great deal of work in that line in his neighborhood. Through his industry and frugality he has become the owner of one hundred and thirty-four acres of good land, ninety acres of which he has placed under cultivation. That part of his farm which he has devoted to his dwelling, and what is usually denominated the farm yard, is improved with a modern dwelling, and all the necessary outbuildings for the accommodation of his livestock, and, taken as a whole, his farm presents to the eye of the passerby and appearance of thrift, beauty and comfort unsurpassed by any farm of similar dimensions in the county of St. Clair.

In politics Mr. Morris is a Republican, and under the auspices of his party has held the office of school director for eight years. In religion he is a Methodist, and is a very liberal contributor financially to the maintenance of his church, the tenets of which he strictly adheres. Fraternally he is a member of Wayside Tent No. 174, K.O.T.M. [Knights of the Maccabees], at New Haven, Macomb county, Michigan, and socially he and family fill high positions in the esteem of their neighbors in Casco county. They will deserve all the respect accorded them, for no couple in the township have led more upright lives than Mr. and Mr. (sic) Isaac Morris.

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PLEASE NOTE: I do not have any personal interest in researching the MORRIS surname or the St. Clair county, Michigan location. I am merely posting a select number of the biographical sketches found in the above-referenced book *upon specific written request* as a service to the genealogical community; these transcriptions are intended for personal use and are not being done for profit. Please do not contact me with regard to research interests in the above as I have no personal ties. Thank you.


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