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Re: Lawson Morrissett of Midlothian VA
Posted by: George Blood (ID *****6247) Date: October 29, 2004 at 05:50:01
In Reply to: Re: Lawson Morrissett of Midlothian VA by Jon Faulkner of 737

Jon -

George Henry James Blood was my paternal grandfather. Nannie Morrissett was his second wife; they married 25 October 1898. He was born 27 May 1860 in Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Mass. When he was approximately one year old he moved with his mother to Quebec. He returned to Massachusetts when he was eighteen, then moved to Virginia around 1880. He lived in Sussex County Virginia the rest of his life, and was a businessman in Waverly, VA and farmed his property at Homeville. He died 13 April 1927 at Homeville, and is buried in the town cemetary in Waverly.

Regarding the 1880 census, there is a one year old child named Lawson listed in the elder Lawson's household. Based on his age, that would have to be R.E. Lee Morrissett who they called Eddie. It could be that they had not yet decided on a name, or possibly the census taker got it wrong. He made at least one mistake in that entry by indicating the younger Lawson was the elder Lawson's daughter (dau) though he made another entry indicating the younger Lawon's sex as male (M).

Howard Morrisett told his daughter Frances (McNenny)a story about an adventure involving Eddie and himself. Frances recorded it in her published genealogy. "In 1906, Eddie and Howard, in the fashion of the times, decided to travel west to see if their fortune could be enhanced in the new and booming west. They took a train trip across the land to Washington and Oregon where there were vast expanses of timberland. They were both impressed with the west and the opportunities it offered. They traveled south to San Francisco and then returned to Virginia. They visited San Francisco just before or just after the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. I (Frances) don't remember which but I do remember my father Howard telling me of this experience by Eddie and himself. Their decision was to remain in Virginia." Eddie, Curry and Howard were partners in a lumber business.

-- George


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