Joshua Morris

JOSHUA MORRIS is a son of Isaac Morris who was born in Delaware, June 29,1766, and died July 16, 1856. He moved to North Carolina shortly after the Revolutionary war. Our subject's mother, Susanna Tacker, was born in Maryland in 1770, and died in 1840. Joshua Morris was born in North Carolina December 1, 1807. and is one of the old and leading citizens of Giles County. He was deprived the benefits of school, but gave himself a fair education, At the age of twenty he began life for himself, and a year later was married to Mary S. Tarkington, who bore him one child, named Isaac G. L., who died in 1853. Mary (Tarkington) Morris was born February 12, 1812, and died August 31, 1843. Our subject fought in the Florida Indian war and was faithful to his duties. He has held different county offices but is a farmer by occupation. By industry and perseverance he has accumulated considerable property, having at the present time 2,665 acres of land and all but 700 acres under fence, 500 acres of this land contain fine timber, such as oak, poplar and chestnut. He has twenty-seven tenants on his land, and has several tenement houses unoccupied. He has been a stock-raiser and was always successful; in fact, his every effort has been crowned with success. During the late war he was captain of a company for a short time. He is a Democrat in politics, and cast his first vote for Andrew Jackson. He has on his home farm, located on Big Creek, a cotton gin and a gristmill. He has living with him six great-grandchildren, which compose the entire family.

From: Goodspeed's History of Giles County