Dr. Madison Brantley Morris
My 3rd Great Grandfather
- Shawn M. J. Mann
Born Oct., 8, 1824 - Henry County, TN
Married Elizabeth LILLIBRIDGE - Apr. 14, 1867 -
Walla Walla, Washington state
Died Sept. 17, 1909, buried at Richland
Doc Morris was the eldest son of Lemuel Morris and
Martha P. Estes.
Ann Montgomery MORRIS
Elizabeth E. MORRIS
Maria A. MORRIS
Sarah M. MORRIS
Click here to read the transcribed
to Dr. Madison B. Morris from his brother, Riley Morris - dated
April 22, 1866. - Riley served the Confederate Army during the
Civil War, mention of the hardships of the battle of Vicksburg.
I have compiled
timeline of his travels during his life, from every reference I
could find of him. One thing I haven't figured out is if he is the
same "MB Morris" referenced to be in Jackson Co., Oregon.
NEW!!! I just located this
on 7-13-2006 - (Post was preceded by a
copy of the Biography from "An Illustrated history of Baker,
Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties: with a brief outline of the
early history of the state of Oregon." Chicago?: Western Historical
Pub. Co., 1902. Page 309. Baker County, at the bottom of this
Kathleen, if you
read this, I have sent you an email, but it bounced! Please contact
me! ~ Shawn
Subject: [GFO] Query - Dr. Madison B. Morris
Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2002 14:12:47 -0800
COPY OF LETTER FROM
DR. MORRIS TO MY GRANDFATHER, THOMAS MOFFIT MONYGOMERY - NOVEMBER
I was very glad to get a letter from so kind a relative.
Sister Buckley her P.O. is Santa Ana, California
Sister Lydia Marshall's P.O. is Los Angeles, California
Sister Elizabeth E Morse is living in Baker City, Oregon about 45 or
50 miles from my house.
I have been corresponding with M. O. Montgomery for several years.
Newton Wilson, your cousin is living about 15 miles from here. his
mother was Eliza Estes, Uncle Burris Estes' daughter. He says he
did'nt know you was his cousin until I told him.
I think I am living in one of the best countries in the world. I was
75 years old the 8th day of last October.
Dr M B Morris
Sister Buckley's name is Sarah. O how I would like to see sister
Ann's Children. I will see them if we die Christians.
Write and let me know how you like these phamplets. I think he is
one of the best men in the world.
M B Morris
Does anyone know any of these people?
(From obituary clipping, source
unknown- in family history)
"An old resident passes Away."
Dr. Madison Brantley Morris of Richland, Baker Co., Oregon, died at
his home Sept., 17th, 1909. He passed away peacefully at 11 o'clock
P. M. and was conscious until within a few moments of the time he
Dr. Morris had been in ill health for several years, and as his
death had been daily expected it came as no surprise to his many
relatives and friends.
He was born in Henry Co., Tennessee on Oct. 8th, 1824. He crossed
the plains to Oregon in 1853, arriving at Walla Walla valley where
he sojourned for a short time. Walla Walla valley being a wilderness
at that time. He finally settled at The Dalles in the year 1857,
where he braved the hardships of the true pioneer, fighting Indians
and assisting in opening the country for future settlement. Then
after years of incessant toil he returned to the partially settled
Walla Walla Valley in the year 1865. There he met Miss Elizabeth
Lilliebridge, to whom he was united in marriage April 14th, 1867. To
this union were born seven children, four sons and three daughters.
Being a physician he drifted to the settled country of Grand Ronde
valley in the year 1875, where he practiced for more than twenty
years, being very successful and noted far and wide as a physician,
who never faltered nor shrunk from hardships, braving the darkest
and coldest nights when he was called to relieve suffering humanity.
He finally came to Eagle Valley in the year 1882, where he resumed
his practice. During his career as a physician in Eagle Valley he
He joined the Christian Church in his youth and was ever a devout
Christian during life, both in precept and example.
Although being middle aged when united in marriage, he lived until
the birth of a great-grandson. Being the eldest of eleven children,
he was the last to survive.
He was a good citizen, kind husband, and father, and leaves to mourn
his loss his wife and five children besides a host of friends who
sincerely sympathize with the family in their sorrow and
bereavement. His remains were laid to rest in the Richland Cemetery
September 19th, 1909.
His name was found on
http://www.oregonpioneers.com/1853.htm - List of 1853 Pioneers.
Biography from "An Illustrated
history of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties: with a brief
outline of the early history of the state of Oregon." Chicago?:
Western Historical Pub. Co., 1902. Page 309. Baker County.
DR. MADISON B. MORRIS
Few have had the privilege of passing through a more checkered
career and meeting with more stirring scenes of interest than the
subject of this sketch, whose life's opitome it is now our pleasant
task to chronicle. Madison B. Morris, familiarly known as Dr.
Morris, was born in Henry county, Tennessee, in 1824, being the son
of Lemuel and Martha (Estes) Morris, the father being buried in
Salem, Arkansas, and the mother in Santa Anna, California. When
twenty-seven years of age, our subject commenced the study of
medicine and after finishing his course, he at once commenced the
practice and almost constantly until within the past ten years he
has been engaged in that profession, although owing to his stirring
nature and love of activity he has frequently been engaged in other
enterprises in addition to the practice of medicine. He practiced in
Bassville, Arkansas, from 1848 to 1853, and then came to The Dalles,
Oregon, where he followed his profession for four years, thence
to the Cascades, where he also practiced and engaged in supplying
the steamboats with wood and also took up a ranch opposite Dead
Island in the Columbia river.
(NOTE: The dates above seem off... he commenced study of
medicine in 1851, yet he practiced from 1848-1853 in AR?)
In 1865 we find him following his profession in Walla Walla and for
fifteen years he was in that city; after which he spent four years
in Weston, and seven years in Somerville and in 1882 came to Eagle
valley, where he now owns a quarter section of land and is engaged
in fruit culture and general farming.
The marriage of Dr. Morris and Miss Elizabeth Lillybridge
(NOTE: Also spelled Lillibridge) was
celebrated in 1867 and to them have been born the following
children: James, Lily, Lemuel, Della, Clyde, deceased, Charley,
deceased, Sadie. Mrs. Morris' parents came across the plains with ox
teams in 1865 and many exciting and thrilling experiences were
theirs to pass through while en route. At one time the stock were
stampeded by the stage appearing suddenly and at another time the
Indians stampeded and stole the cattle. Fortunately, they were
enabled in the morning
to recover all of their cattle so that they could proceed. The
doctor met this train on the Cascades, and then later followed the
happy marriage we have mentioned above. While the doctor was
superintending a train across the plains in 1853, he came across a
man that had been abandoned by the train that preceded his, the poor
unfortunate being left to die. The doctor, like the Good Samaritan,
picked up this helpless man and nursed him to life, using his
skill to restore him. His train was stampeded on the Snake river and
many of their horses were never recovered.
When he was below the
Cascades, he barely escaped being murdered by the Indians in 1856,
the date of a terrible massacre in that section. At one time the
doctor had the misfortune to fall through a poorly constructed
bridge in Portland. He landed twenty-six and one-half feet below and
it was supposed that he was dead, for three days and nights he lay
speechless, but he was enabled finally to pull through, although
to-day he is suffering from the effects of this same fall, however,
he has received no remuneration from the city for their failure.
Submitted to the Oregon Bios. Project in September 2005 by Diana