Biography of William A. Morris
WILLIAM A. MORRIS. Among the prosperous farming estates of Stony Creek Township that of which William A. Morris is proprietor is by all means one of the most attractive viewed in its superficial aspects and also one of the most profitable as a business enterprise. Mr. Morris is a general farmer and stock raiser, owns one hundred and four acres in his own homestead, and is engaged in the operation of more than two hundred acres of land in this County.
William A. Morris was born in Miami County, Indiana, October 19, 1860, a son of Isaac and Nancy (Haney) Morris. The paternal grandfather was William Morris, one of the old settlers of Rush County, Indiana, where Isaac Morris was born. Nancy Morris was born in Kentucky, and came to Madison County, Indiana, with her parents, being married in Madison County, and she and Mr. Morris making their home here until near the outbreak of the Civil war. They then moved to Miami County where Mrs. Morris died. Some years later the father returned to Madison County and spent his last days in Anderson Township. There were five children in the family, three of whom are living in 1913, namely: T. J. Morris, of Anderson Township, a farmer; Maria, wife of Henry Warren of Anderson Township; and William A.
Mr. William A. Morris was reared on a farm and attained his education in the district schools at Miami County. When sixteen years of age he was sent to the Amboy Academy, one of the best schools of intermediate grade in this section of the state, and he continued a student in that institution until he was nineteen years of age. He continued on the farm with his father until he was twenty-one and then came with the family to Madison County. He was married in Lafayette Township of this County in February, 1883, to Miss Hester Rogers, who was born in Madison County and received a common school education. They became the parents of two children, one of whom is now living, namely: Nondas, aged seven. Mr. Morris and family worship in the Methodist Protestant church of ‘lethal, and he is one of the trustees of that society. In politics be is a Democrat, and his ability as a business man and his integrity as a citizen have been honored by his fellow citizens in his election to the office of Township assessor of Stony Creek, in which he served for two years. Mr. Morris is a man of quiet and unassuming manner, and yet his life work as a farmer shows a noteworthy degree of practical achievement and a most honorable success.