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Leonard Morris (b. Abt. 1748, d. May 20, 1831)Leonard Morris (son of William Morris and Elizabeth Stepp) was born Abt. 1748 in Virginia, and died May 20, 1831 in Kanawha County, Virginia (now WVA).He married Margaret Price on Abt. 1774.
Notes for Leonard Morris:
Leonard fought in the Battle of Point Pleasant and was a scout during the American Revolution.He is listed as a DAR patriot.In 1798 he was the sheriff of Kanawha County and was one of 3 people selected to perform marriages.He lived first at the mouth of Slaughter's Creek on the south side of the Kanawha River but later moved further west to the mouth of Len's Creek (named after him) 8 miles above Charleston.His home was within the present city of Chelyan, where Marmet is today.
1830 Kanawha Co. VA census
1 male 15-20
2 males 20-30
1 male 70-80
1 female 5-10
1 female 15-20
1 female 60-70
Laidley-History of Charleston, p. 59.Leonard was also a strong character and was the best known member of the family.
Morris FamilyOutline-( don't know the exact source)Leonard Morris came to Kanawha Valley in 1774.Perhaps the best known of the Morris family.A man of strong character and long life, Veteran of the Battle of Point Pleasant.Valued county officer and citizen .Lived first at the mouth of Slaughter's Creek on the south side of Kanawha River, later moving further west to mouth of Lens Creek, eight miles above Charleston.
One of the first justices of the new county of Kanawha (1789) and later one of the first trustees of the town of Charleston.So few ministers were available in the sparsely settled valley that in 1804 the County Court designated two of its magistrates as authorized to perform marriages, Leonard Morris being one of them.Served as sheriff in 1798, and was often appointed to "view" the route for proposed roads and to perform other public services.
l-In the name of God I, Leonard Morris, of Kanawha Co. and Commonwealth of VA, being in good health...do this22 of Feb 1831 make this my last will and testament.
1st that all my debts and funeral charges be paid.....
2nd...I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Peggy all my household and kitchen furniture...also my negro man Sim and his son Manueal, also my negro woman Lucy, also my negro girl Harriet....I also give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Peggy all that part of my plantation....I also will that at my wife's death all the property willed to her shall fall to my sons Madison and Dickinson Morris.
A memorandum of the money and property given to my different children by way of advancement--To my son John $2000, Leonard $1500, Charles $2000, Joshua $2000, son-in-law Samuel Hensley $2000, son in law John B. Crockett $2000, also to my son Hiram Morris $1000, also to son-in-law John D. Shrewsbury$1050, son-in-law Flemming Cobb $1000, son-in-law Lawrence Bryant $800, son-in-law Robert Lewis $800.It is also my will that my negro slaves shall be sold at my death....I further will that my beloved wife shall have my copper stills and all the apparattus belonging thereto.It is my will that Charles and Joshua Morris shall be my executors.
Will proven July 11, 1831.
From WorldConnect-Martha Hamilton
From West Virginia Obituaries 1822-1899 Vol. 1, pg. 2: The Kanawha Banner, May 27, 1831.
Died at his residence in this county, on the 17th inst. in the 81st year of his age, Mr. Leonard Morris, after a long and painful illness. Mr. Morris was one of the first settlers in the Valley of Kanawha, and was extensively known and respected.
More About Leonard Morris and Margaret Price:
Marriage: Abt. 1774
Children of Leonard Morris and Margaret Price are:
- +John Morris, b. Bef. 1775, Virginia, d. Bef. 1831, Missouri974.