I have been working to little avail on my husband's side and believe I may finally be near a breakthrough. One of his gr-grandmothers was Annie Hix/Hicks, daughter of James Hicks and Alice Matilda Morris. His great uncle knew that Annie came from Bastrop, so that's where I started.
I have since found the 1880 census where Annie/Anna is listed with her parents James and Matilda as well as her 2 siblings Fannie and Jesse (all daughters).
I was able to find a partial 1870 census list that has an Alice Morris born abt. 1848 in Bastrop, TX. The birthdates make me believe this Alice Morris on the 1870 Bastrop census is the same as the Matilda Hicks on the 1880 census (obviously now married and using her middle name).
The Alice Morris on the 1870 census appears with 5 other Morris names right after hers: Charley (b. abt. 1863), Jesse (b. abt. 1861), Mary (b. abt. 1863), Nathan (b. abt. 1865), and Rid (b. abt. 1835).
I noted that, except for the "Rid" Morris, the others are all names listed in the 1880 census for Nat. & Abagail Morris - birthdates again match up for those in the 1870 to be Nat's and Abagail's children.
It is my current theory that this Nathaniel Morris born 1829 married Sarah Highsmith and had Alice Matilda. He later remarried Abagail Sims (as there are Sims children listed as stepchildren on the 1880 census).
However, this all speculation (long and confusing speculation). Birthdates all align and it all seems reasonable, but I don't as yet have any verification.
Does anyone know if Alice Matilda Morris is the daughter of Nathaniel Morris and Sarah Highsmith?
I have much more of this family if you wish to contact me. Ben Grimes
Descendants of NATHANIEL AARON MORRIS
1 NATHANIEL AARON MORRISb: 22 Jul 1829 in LINCOLN CO. MO, d: 23 Jun 1898 in BASTROP CO. TX. +SARAH EULA HIGHSMITHb: 1835 in LINCOLN CO. MOm: 28 Dec 1859 .2MOLLIE J. MORRISb: 1862 in BASTROP CO. TX .....+THOMPSON RECTORm: 24 Nov 1880 .2NATHANIEL MORRISb: 1864 in BASTROP CO. TX .2CHARLEY P. MORRISb: 1866 in BASTROP CO. TX .2JESSE W. MORRISb: 1871 in BASTROP CO. TX *2nd Wife of  NATHANIEL AARON MORRIS: .+ABIGAIL ELIZABETH GRIMESb: 19 Nov 1841 in BASTROP CO. TXd: 24 Mar 1927 in BASTROP CO. TXm: 24 Sep 1872 in Bastrop, TX .2AHIJAH WOODS MORRISb: 11 Nov 1877 in BASTROP CO. TXd: 1942 in HOUSTON, TX .....+NORMA ROBINSON .2MARGARET CHAMBERS MORRISb: 23 Sep 1875 in BASTROP CO. TXd: 27 Jan 1961 in BROWNWOOD, BROWN CO., TX .....+JESSE MAYO HORN,MDb: 03 May 1873 in LOGANSPORT, DESOTO PARISH, LA/d: 11 Nov 1950 in BROWNWOOD, BROWN CO., TXm: 13 Jul 1902 in Bastrop, TX .....3JESSE MORRIS HORN, MDb: 04 Jul 1907 in PENDLETON, TXd: in DALLAS, TX .........+ROSALIE KIRKPATRICKb: 1905 in GOLDWAITE, TXd: in DALLAS, TXm: 08 Jun 1936 in GALVESTON, TX .....3MARGUARITE ELIZABETH HORNb: 21 Sep 1905 in JONAH, WILLIAMSON CO.,TXd: 02 Jul 1971 in BROWNWOOD, BROWN CO., TX .........+ROBERT RANDOLPH HOLLOWAYb: 23 Jul 1899 in LANCASTER, TXd: 08 Jul 1980 in HEREFORD, TXm: 15 Jul 1929 in BROWNWOOD, TX .....3ALMA AILENE HORNb: 25 Jun 1913 in BROWNWOOD, BROWN CO., TXd: 28 Apr 2000 in COMANCHE, TX .........+ANDREW JAMES NEEDHAMb: 20 Apr 1911 in COLEMAN, TXd: 01 Mar 1974 in COLEMAN, TXm: 17 Jun 1934 in BROWNWOOD, TX .....3DELIA MAURENE HORNb: 25 Jun 1913 in BROWNWOOD, BROWN CO., TXd: 27 Feb 1976 in ABILENE, TX .........+HUBERT WILLIAM WEBBb: 14 Mar 1913 in GOLDEN CITY, MOm: 24 Dec 1943 in COLORADO SPRINGS, CO .2ALMA A. MORRISb: 30 Jun 1873d: 1944 .....+JAMES W. PLEDGERb: 1867 in VAd: 11 Nov 1924 in BASTROP CO. TX .....3MAUDE PLEDGERb: 16 May 1892d: 11 May 1900 in BASTROP CO. TX .....3MYRTLE PLEDGERb: ABT 1900 .........+CHESTER I. OWENS .....3FAY E PLEDGERb: 03 Aug 1912d: 11 Jun 1999 in BEAUMONT, TX .........+ROBERT POTTER .2JAMES W. MORRISb: 30 Jun 1873 in BASTROP CO. TXd: ABT 1923 in CALIFORNIA .2DELIA A. MORRISb: 14 Oct 1881 in BASTROP CO. TXd: 24 Mar 1963 in BASTROP CO. TX .....+WALLACE SAMUEL CRAFTb: 02 Nov 1877d: 22 Jul 1965 in BASTROP CO. TXm: 12 Dec 1900 in Bastrop, TX .....3RUTH CRAFTb: 19 Feb 1905d: 07 Dec 1966 .........+THADDEUS ERIC JOHNSONb: 04 Nov 1889d: 28 Dec 1965 .2M. WALTER MORRISb: Dec 1879 in BASTROP CO. TXd: in IN CHILDHOOD .2ALBERT MORRISb: ABT 1880 in BASTROP CO. TXd: in IN CHILDHOOD