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The Morris Line

View of Mahanoy City by Harry Sternberg

The start of the Morris line in America is one of the more recent in my family tree. The first arrival was my great great grandfather, Ebenezer Morris, emigrating about 1854.

Ebenezer was born in Wales, 10 June 1832, the son of John and Catherine Morris.

Shortly after his arrival, he lived near St. Clair, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. After he married Mary Edwards on 9 August 1856, he moved to Tremont and then to Mahanoy City in 1863.

He worked as a miner, which was not surprising giving the extensive anthracite coal deposits in the area and may have been what attracted him to settle in the area. He served as school director for a number of years and as a supervisor of his borough. He was also elected justice of the peace, but he never took the oath of office.

He was a member of the Mahanoy City Lodge, No. 357, F. & A.M. (Free and Accepted Masons); Ivanhoe Commandery, No. 31, Knights Templar; and General Grant Lodge, No. 575 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F).

Ebenezer and Mary had twelve children. Their oldest daughter was my great grandmother, Sarah Jane "Sadie" Morris.

Ebenezer was considered a man possessing in a marked degrees those qualities of head and heart which endeared him to all with whom he became affiliated.

He died on 10 December 1892.

The Morris family line as researched to date:


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