1759 – 1834

Cornelius Morris was born October 2, 1759 in Augusta County Virginia and he was living in Montgomery County Maryland at the time of the Revolution.

Cornelius served as a private in the Maryland Continental line and was recruited by Captain Loyd Beall. He is listed in the Archives of Maryland Vol. 18 Muster Roll. He served as a waggoner in Colonel St. W. Beattys’ company January to July in 1781.  He received a pension for service in the Maryland Continental army when he lived in Ohio.

Cornelius married Sarah Dudley daughter of Richard Dudley and Mary Katherine Smith in 1788 in Maryland. She was born October 5, 1769 in Maryland. Cornelius and Sarah moved to Virginia, Clark Co., Ohio and then to Indiana.

Cornelius and Sarah had the following children:

1. Mary Morris - born 6 May 1790
2. Catherine Morris – born 13 May 1793
3. Annie Morris  - born 31 January 1795
4. William Hurley Morris – born 30 July 1797, died 14 June 1877 in Monroe Greene   County, Wisconsin married Mary Kilgore on 24 August 1820 in Springfield, Clark  County Ohio.
5. Sarah Morris – born 27 December 1799
6. Cornelius Morris Jr. – born 16 November 1804 in VA and married Dorothy Laybourne 24 March 1825 in Clark Co., Ohio. He died 4 March 1875 in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. 
7. Harriett Morris – born 13 January 1808
8. Elizabeth Morris – born 13 November 1810

Cornelius died 6 August 1834 in Tippecanoe County, Indiana and is buried at the Burton Cemetery, West Lafayette, Indiana, located at the corner of U.S. 52 and 200 West across from Klondike School. Sarah Dudley Morris died 13 November 1834.

The William Henry Harrison Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and General De Lafayette Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored Corneilus Morris with a Memorial service on 18 May 1996.

The source of the information was taken from the DAR Library and Patty Bruinsma who is a direct descendant of Cornelius and Sarah, through their son Cornelius. For more information regarding Cornelius Morris, Jr. you may contact Patty Bruinsma at 765-742-6741.  Article written by Peggy Reen. 

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