Morris Thompson (She divorced G. W. Thompson in 1895 in Bonham and had
her named restored to Morris).
She came to Bonham with her
parents from Illinois in the early 1850s. Her father became a justice
of the peace in Bonham around 1852. She married 1st Lite W. Morris, 2nd
Geo. Washington Thompson.
(They are listed in the 1870 census, Bonham, Fannin
She later moved to Whitewright
to help raise five motherless grand- children, where she died.
She was a Mayflower descendant of: Gov. William Bradford,
John Howland, Elizabeth Tilley Howland, John & Joan Tilley, and Richard
Below is her obituary.
Obituary, The Whitewright [Texas] Sun, Thursday, March
Mrs. Abigail Morris
The funeral of Mrs. Abigail Morris, brief mention of whose death was made
in the last issue of The Sun, was held at 10:00 o'clock Friday morning
of last week at the home of R. A. Gillett, grandson of the deceased.
Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery, Jack Webster of the undertaking department
of the Kerr Furniture Co. directing the obsequies.
At the Gillett home impressive rites marked the last tribute to the beloved
octogenarian, whose enfeebled and declining years were attended with every
comfort that Mr. and Mrs. Gillett could provide. Many of the friends
of the deceased woman, and of the pioneer household into which she came
some twenty-seven years ago to devote her services to the five motherless
children of the home, were present to pay their respects, while beautiful
and generous floral offerings bore mute testimony of love and sympathy.
A quartet composed of Mrs. H. C. Willis, Mrs. Guy Hamilton, B. S. Montgomery
and L. C. Hampton, sang, while the ministry was represented by Rev. J.
L. Truett, Rev. J. F. Fender and Rev. W. A. Stuckey. The pallbearers
were W. H. King, T. H. Sears, L. P. Sears, J. B. Hamilton, R. H. May and
F. M. Echols.
Mrs. Morris was born at Carolton, Illinois, Dec. 7, 1840, the daughter
of Seth and Sarah Chipman. She had been a member of the Methodist
Church for approximately seventy-two years, having affiliated with the
church at the age of fourteen. She came to Texas with her parents
in the early 50s. The family settled near Bonham. She was married
to Lite W. Morris, a Fannin County farmer, in 1859, who died soon after
the close of the Civil War, through which he served with the Confederacy.
Four children were born to this union. They were Jas. Morris, Austin
Morris, Mrs. Belle Gillett and Mrs. Lou Swope, all deceased except Mrs.
Swope, who now resides at Bonham and who was present at the funeral of
her mother Friday. Some years after the death of Lite W. Morris,
the widow married G. W. Thompson in Fannin County. Mrs. Maud Ely
of Ector and Will Thompson of Comanche, Okla., are the surviving and only
children of her second marriage. Mrs. Ely was present at the obsequies,
but communication could not be had with the son at Comanche in time for
the last service.
Upon the death of her daughter, Mrs. Belle Gillett, wife of the late Dan
Gillett of this city, in 1889 (1899), Mrs. Morris came into the bereft
home to minister to the needs of the five small children. Her grandchildren
whom she thus mothered to maturity and to substantial citizenship are Roscoe
Gillett, Grover Gillett, Mrs. Byron Sears of Whitewright, Mrs. Warren Ownby
of Oklahoma and Mrs. Silas Wilson of Slato.
Note: Abigail's death certificate has December
27 as her birth date.