Friday, March 5, 2010

John Morrow, post-war years

When John Morrow returned from the war, in 1865, he had been gone for four years. His wife, Mary, and three children - including
my great-great grandmother Annaliza - were waiting for him.

After his return, John and Mary had five more children, not including two children who died and are not known to us.

Here is the family in the 1880 census (Annaliza had already married):

1880 Census
Itawamba County, Mississippi
5th Supervisors' District
John "Monow" 55 TN TN TN farmer
Mary 41 TN TN TN housewife
William 21 MS (William Andrew J.)
Margaret 26 MS (Maggie)
Thomas 11 MS (John Thomas)
Charles 9 MS (Charles Boyd)
Lucas 6 MS (Luke)
May 4 MS (Minnie May)
Lee 2 MS (Tobe Lee)

R. G. Dun & Co. Mercantile Agency's Reference Book lists John Morrow as a wagonmaker and carpenter in Fulton. He was a farmer as well.

In 1875, John purchased 100 acres of land from Mrs. M. A. Cain, and topographic maps indicate that this land today is located along Highway 25, from about Smith's Furniture to L & R Grocery. At the time John bought the land, it was considered well south of the town of Fulton.

Civil War service records provide us with a more personal glimpse of John. We learn that he had blue eyes! and a florid complexion (red, rosy)! He was probably of average height for that time, standing at 5' 10". From a genealogical perspective, we learn that he was born in Dallas County, Alabama, which gives us a clue when it comes to searching for his ancestors.

"I certify that the within named John Morrow a private of Capt. J. B. Tucker, Co. H 28 Regt of Miss. Vols (Cavalry), born in Dallas County in the State of Alabama, age 40 years, 5 feet 10 inches high, florid complexion, Blue eyes, and by occupation when enlisted a farmer, was enlisted by H. W. McAllister at Aberdeen, Miss. on the 20th day of March 1862 for a term of three years." Lieutenant T. C. Cain, Co. H, 28th Miss Cavalry

It is believed that John was the son of John Morrow, Sr. of Chester County, South Carolina, and his wife, Margaret Boyd, but I have not verified this. John Jr.'s 1850 census household does include an elderly couple, John and Margaret, both born in South Carolina.

John and Mary Ford Morrow are both buried at Maxcy Cemetery near Tilden. Mary's grave does not have a marker, but her obituary in the 1924 Itawamba County News indicates that she was buried there.

1 comment:

Majean said...

Thanks for the info on Great-Great Grandpa