Hood County Texas Genealogical Society

Biographical Note:


The following family biographical note was scanned from the 
Hood County Genealogical Society Newsletter No. 8;   November 1985
Editor: Merle Mcneese

by Jeanell  Morris

Thomas Jefferson Morris and Gloria Smith Morris my great-
grandparents came to Texas from Alabama, some time around 1846.
My grandfather, Burr Wilson Morris was born in Texas that year.
In 1847 T.J. Morris is listed on the tax rolls in Cherokee County,
Texas. He is listed each year after that until 1853, when both
he and Glorvina are listed. The next year only Glorvina is listed
as property owner. I assume it was during the year 1853 that
Thomas J. died. In 1856, according to Cherokee County, marriage
records, Glorvina Morris married Charnel Hightower. Sometime
shortly thereafter they moved to Hood County, Texas (then Johnson
County) for they are listed on the 1860 census and had two children.

My grandfather, Burr Wilson Morris, was about ten or twelve years
ol.d when his mother and step-father moved to Hood County. He en-
listed in the Civil War when he was fifteen. After the war he
came back to Hood County. He also spent time in Ellis County,
Texas where he met and married Julia Ann Craig in 1871. This was
the same year that the city of Granbury was established and the
young couple became prominent in the establishment of the town.

B.W. Morris served as Tax Collector and then as Sheriff from 1882-
1894.  In 1895 he was elected to the House of Representatives
and spent one term in the State Legislature. After spending so
many years in local and state government, he opened a grocery store,
which was the stone building behind the First National Bank, and
later a dry goods store on the North side of the square. At one
time he had a store in Neri, Moran and Granbury.

Burr and Julia Ann had nine children: Alonzo (Lon), Sam, Walter,
Royal (died infancy), Charlie, Lucy, Thomas, Jake, Emma and Lottie.

by Jeanell  Morris 
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