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Catherine M. Morris (Carroll)

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Maryland, Colonial America
Death: September 3, 1823 (72)
Kanawha County, Virginia, now, West Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Daniel Carroll, Signer of the US Constitution, and Articles of Confederation and Eleanor Carroll
Wife of William "Major Billy" Morris
Mother of Captain John Morris, I; Sarah "Sallie" Connolly; Catherine Venable; Jane Morris; William "Little Billy" Morris, III and 2 others
Sister of Daniel Carroll, III and Mary Carroll
Half sister of John D Carroll

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About Catherine M. Morris

It is tradition that the Carrolls, whose ancestors were Catherines, owned land where the city of Washington is now located. If this is correct, then they were descendants of Daniel Carroll of Maryland, who owned a farm where Wasington now is. There was a William Carroll Family settled on land near the Morris Family; and, Catherine was the daughter of William Carroll. Note that the first daughter of Catherine and William was named Jane; and, William Carroll's wife was also named Jane.

"History of Kanawha County" by George W. Atkinson, Charleston, WV, 1876, reprinted Elkview, WV, 1994, Page 122: "The Carrolls came to Kanawha shortly after the Morrises, and settled in the same neighborhood. William Carroll located four miles below the mouth of Kelly's Creek, cleared several acres of bottom land, and built a small round-log cabin on the bank of the river.

I have checked out the Carrolls of Maryland and definitely do not believe that Catherine was any direct descendant of them. There is no way that she could be. The only Catherine Carroll who was born in Maryland who could possibly be her......cannot be her because she died in Maryland.

Mrs. Morris was a woman of more than ordinary attainments, and was highly respected by all who knew her. She outlived her husband by about 20 years & left her estate to her daughters; Mrs Cynthia Noyes, Mrs. Jane Hansford and Mrs. Catherine Venable.

The Morris family had a large estate with land patents in Botecourt, Greenbrier, Kanawha and other counties.

From "The Strength of Our People" by Norva Balser Warner, Page 166:

"Once, when the Morrises first moved to Kelly's Creek and they were living in Walter Kelly's renovated cabin, the men were all out hunting and Katie was left alone with one servant helping her. They were busy cooking on the open fireplace when two Indians came to the door and not knowing who it was, Katie opened the door. One of them stepped inside with his tomahawk raised. Katie quickly grabbed an iron skillet and whacked him on the head and kept beating him until he was shoved out the door. At this time, she barred the door quickly. Needless to say the Indian was angry and he raised his gun to shoot through the door. Suddenly, the other older, wiser Indian said 'No, don't shoot her for she is a brave woman." They then left the women alone. Katie and all the early women were brave women."

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Catherine M. Morris's Timeline

March 15, 1751
Maryland, Colonial America
Age 3
Culpeper, Culpeper County, Virginia, Colonial America
Age 18
Lancaster, VA
Age 18
Lewisburg, Virginia
December 16, 1775
Age 24
Colonial America
January 13, 1778
Age 26
September 3, 1823
Age 72
Kanawha County, Virginia, now, West Virginia, United States