Benjamin McMorris

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About Benjamin McMorris

When Benjamin was 21, he and his mother moved to Coshocton Co, Ohio. Six years later his mother, Nancy, moved back to Frederick Co, VA. Benjamin and Rachel moved to Coles County, Illinois from Ohio, 3 years after they were married. According to his tombstone he was 68y 1m 15d at the time of his death. Benjamin McMorris and his first wife, Rachel, were organizers and charter members of the Whetstone Creek Freewill Baptist Church in Hutton Twp, Coles Co, IL, when it started on 21 Apr 1844.

Benjamin served as a private in the Union Army during the Civil War. He was in Co. K, 63rd IL Volunteer Infantry. Mustered in on 10 April 1862; mustered out on 9 April 1865.

Rachel and Benjamin had 6 children: Nancy E; Margaret; Benjamin Franklin; Mary Jane; William Henry; and Rachel. Sarah Jane and Benjamin had 10 more: David A; Thomas J; Elizabeth Jane; John Vernon; David A; Martha Ann; Russell Joshua; Jenette Harriet; Joseph Lindsey; and Virginia.

1850,1860, 1880 Federal census for Coles Co, IL; 1879 edition of Book, The History of Coles Co, IL, 1887 edition; Records of Matthew Ervin; Recollections of dau Grace Johns Smith; Death Certificate Book 1, pg 54, for Benjamin; Coshoton Co, OH Marriage Records; Whetstone Cemetery Records and Tombstones,; Book, The Prairie Sleeps, Cemetery Listings for Coles Co, IL; IL Marriage Index 1763-1900; Will of James Johns, Jr, Benjamin's father-in-law, file #1076, probated 2 May 1859; Records of Carroll Cox : IL Marriages 1851-1900 (for Sarah); IL Find-A-Grave ; Records of David Kent Coy at

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Benjamin McMorris's Timeline

March 24, 1813
Loudoun, VA, United States
August 14, 1837
Age 24
Coshocton County, Ohio, United States
July 7, 1839
Age 26
Coshocton County, Ohio, United States
July 7, 1839
Age 26
Coshocton County, Ohio, United States
May 16, 1842
Age 29
Hutton, Coles County, Illinois, United States
November 11, 1844
Age 31
Hutton, Coles County, Illinois, United States
August 18, 1849
Age 36
Hutton, Coles County, Illinois, United States
December 5, 1851
Age 38
Hutton, Coles County, Illinois, United States