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Morse and Woodliff Families of Texas

Updated June 30, 2005

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Just a short news item: Under the Fisher line--I have just discovered that John Fisher and Martha Ann Walker had two more daughters than previously supposed, according to the 1840 census and another clue. There was an Ann A. Fisher who married William E. Cockerham in Monroe Co. and they had a son named Charles W. Cockerham. There was only one Fisher family and one Cockerham family in Monroe Co. at that time. Listed in John Fisher's will is a C.W. Cockerham, who must surely have been his grandson. Most likely, Ann Fisher was dead at the time, which is probably why she was not mentioned. We are going to look into this further and try to nail down the particulars. Stay tuned.


This page is dedicated to a project originally titled "The Magellan Mission". It relates to the Morses and Woodliffs of Central Texas and to many associated surnames.

The first intent is to collect what is known of the various lines and then to go back and verify later; therefore,unless a surname file says "verified", it isn't. Verification is an ongoing process. Please feel free to email me about any documentation you know of that might confirm what I have or open up new knowledge.

The "brick walls" I have right now are with William J. Brogdon/-en who came from the Carolinas to Alabama in the early 1800s, Ann Scott, who is said to be the sister to Gen. Winfield Scott (missing documentation), and Dr. James P[leaz] Bolding whose line we can guess at but who doesn't seem to fit neatly where it seems he ought.

Family Photos
  • Unknown Family-Brockett or Dayton related? (27 KB)
    Who is this family? They are from Blue Earth, Minnesota and related somehow to Lucy Violet Dayton. Are they Brocketts, Daytons or what? Please help us.
  • Rosey Lee Woodliff at 18 years (15 KB)
    She met and married Harry Raymond Morse when they both worked at the telephone company. In later years he became a minister and she was his faithful supporter. She is remembered by many for her unselfish devotion.
  • Gen. Winfield Scott (49 KB)
    He was brother to Ann Scott, my 4th g-grandmother. The Scott family was a member of the Buccleuch Clan in Scotland and had supported Bonnie Prince Charlie's claim to the Scottish throne.
  • Unknown Family-Brocketts, Daytons? (28 KB)
    This family is from Blue Earth, Minnesota. Please help us identify them. They will be related to Lucy Violet Dayton somehow.
  • Woodliff Children (23 KB)
    Mamie, Rosey Lee (in chair) and Clyde Woodliff, children of Lucy Dayton and Oscar C. Woodliff. Oscar died shortly after this photo was taken, leaving the children half-orphaned.
  • Elizabeth Fisher's headstone (61 KB)
    Elizabeth Fisher, daughter of John Fisher of Monroe, MS, is buried in Hubbard, Texas.
  • Unknown Family, maybe Brockett related (24 KB)
    This is another family in Blue Earth, Minnesota. Please help us identify them.
  • Lucy Violet Dayton (53 KB)
    Came from Blue Earth, Minnesota as a young girl to Waxahachie, Texas. She married Oscar Clayton Woodliff.
  • Dr. James P. Bolding's headstone (51 KB)
    James P. Bolding, b. in KY, spent much of his life in Verona, MS. He is buried in Hubbard, Texas. The birthdate appears to say 1813 in this picture because of the things growing on it, but up close, it says 1812. We will try to replace the picture eventually with one that is more legible.
  • Rosey Lee (Rosalie) Woodliff in the 7th grade (131 KB)
    Taken in Waco, Texas. She is the third girl from the right, standing.
  • Unknown man-Brockett, Dayton related (23 KB)
    We believe this picture is from Blue Earth, Minnesota. Please help us.
  • Oscar Clayton Woodliff (54 KB)
    He and his two brothers, Henry Thomas and Walter Bryant, came to Waco from North Carolina. Henry was a barber, Oscar was a grocer and Walter ran the saloon on 1st Street in Waco, Texas.
  • Mamie (left) and Rosey Lee Woodliff with Two Women (17 KB)
    After Oscar Woodliff died, his wife and children lived with his brother, Henry Thomas Woodliff and his wife Ora Hague. Henry was a barber.
  • Lucy Dayton Woodliff and family in 1915 (143 KB)
    (r-l)Mamie Woodliff Smith (17 yrs), Milton Smith (26 yrs), Clyde Woodliff (22 yrs), Lucy Dayton Woodliff (40 yrs), (front) Rosey Lee Woodliff (14 yrs)
  • Morses and Woodliffs arm in arm (31 KB)
    From left to right, Harry R. Morse Sr., Rosey Lee (Rosalie) Woodliff Morse, Isabella (Bella) Hoxworth Woodliff, Clyde Woodliff.
  • Ansell R. Brockett (14 KB)
    We believe this to be Ansell R. Brockett, abolitionist, temperance advocate, Free Will Baptist minister, and grandfather of Lucy Violet Dayton.
  • George Williamson Morse (35 KB)
    His father was the first Morse of our line in Texas, having come from New York in about 1848 as near as we can determine. His father was murdered outside Laredo. George W. was the most honest and most profane man in the county. He once threatened to blow up the Hillsboro, TX draft board to put a stop to WWI, but died before the government could prosecute.
  • Elizabeth Fisher and Amelia Bolding (66 KB)
    Wife and daughter of Dr. James P. Bolding. Recently discovered photographs. [Scroll left to right.]
  • Unknown Brockett or Dayton man? (26 KB)
    We've no idea who he was. We believe this was taken in Blue Earth, Minnesota.
  • Unknown children (58 KB)
    These are Brockett or Dayton girls we believe, most likely from Blue Earth, Minnesota. Possibly an Aunt Rosey? We're not sure.
  • Amelia Bolding, daughter of James P. Bolding of MS (36 KB)
    Amelia worked as a ladies' milliner in Hillsboro, TX when George W. Morse decided to meet her and court her. Her first husband was a pharmacist and died in a rail accident. She was a devout Methodist and remained close to her family in Waco, TX until her death.
  • Unknown Dayton (35 KB)
    This may be another of Lucy Dayton's brothers. Please help us identify.
  • Unknown Texas Dayton relative (23 KB)
    Unknown man. This was obviously taken in Dublin, Texas. Was this man related by marriage? Please help us.
  • Unknown Dayton (34 KB)
    We believe this is one of the brothers of Lucy Violet Dayton. Please help us identify.
  • Esther Wood Dayton (21 KB)
    A Dayton wife. Hang onto your hats while I get it straightened out as to which one she is. A relative is riding my case on this!
  • Unknown Texas Dayton (14 KB)
    One of Lucy Violet Dayton's brothers, we believe. The picture was taken in Texas. Please help us.
  • Jacob Dayton (20 KB)
    Jacob Dayton, father of John Dillivan Dayton.
  • Unknown Dayton Brother (16 KB)
    This is apparently one of Lucy Violet Dayton's brothers. Don't know if it was taken in Minnesota or Texas. Please help us.
  • Unknown Dayton (30 KB)
    Possibly yet another brother of Lucy Violet Dayton's. My what clothing! Please help us.
  • George Dayton at 15 (116 KB)
    Another brother of Lucy Violet Dayton's.
  • Dorothy Marie Morse (30 KB)
    Daughter of Harry R. Morse Sr. and Rosalie Woodliff as a young schoolgirl. She worked diligently to open up the Bolding line before she died in 2000.
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