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My Newton Co., Arkansas Ancestors

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Descendants of Isaac Franklin Morris

~~Generation No. 1~~

1.  ISAAC FRANKLIN1 MORRIS was born 1820 in Tennessee, and died Bet. 1861 - 1865 in Western Grove Cemetery, Newton County, Arkansas.  He married SARAH JANE O'DANIEL Bet. 1832 - 2856, daughter of HENRY O'DANIEL and MARGERY.  She was born June 18, 1811 in North Carolina, and died June 25, 1891 in Newton County, Arkansas.
Isaac disappeared during the Civil War.  It has also been said that Isaac Morris taught music.  He was bushwacked returning from a music lesson and his body was never found.

1860 Newton Co., Arkansas Census
Visit No. 199
MORRIS, Isaac F             41      m       Tenn    Farmer
                Mary J              45      f         N C  (Mary Jane O'Daniel)
                William            18      m       Ark
                Louisa J           16      f         Ark
                M.A.W.            14      f         Ark
                James F           12      m        Ark
                John B C         10      m        Ark
                Richard T          6      m        Ark

SARAH JANE O'DANIELS was buried 1891, Western Grove Cemetery, Newton County, Ar

ISAAC MORRIS and SARAH O'DANIELS were in Newton County, Ar in 1850.

Children of ISAAC MORRIS and SARAH O'DANIELS are:
 i. RICHARD THOMAS2 MORRIS, m. NANCY ELIZABETH GLADDEN, March 05, 1876, Newton Co., Arkansas; b. April 1854.

ii. JIM MORRIS, b. Bet. 1835 - 1860; d. Bet. 1841 - 1941.

iii. ELIZABETH JANE MORRIS, b. March 21, 1838, Green County, Tennessee; d.                 November 15, 1930, Boone County, Arkansas.

iv. NANCY JANE GREEN MORRIS, b. March 06, 1840, Tennessee.

v. ELIZA JANE MORRIS, b. May 24, 1844, Newton County, Arkansas; m. WILLIAM HURST, Abt. 1868; b. May 1846, Louisiana.

vi. MINERVA ANN MORRIS, b. April 11, 1846.

vii. JOHN DAVID CROCKETT MORRIS, b. April 20, 1851, Arkansas; d. December 03, 1935, Newton County, Arkansas; m. MARY SUSAN MAYBERRY; b. October 13, 1862, Yardell, Newton County, Arkansas; d. March 06, 1940, Newton County, Arkansas.

JOHN DAVID CROCKETT MORRIS burial: 1935, Western Grove Cemetery, Newton County, Arkansas

MARY SUSAN MAYBERRY parents were William Albert Mayberry and Louraner Jones.  She was buried 1940, Western Grove Cemetery, Newton County, Arkansas

~~Generation No. 2~~

ELIZABETH JANE2 MORRIS (ISAAC FRANKLIN1) was born March 21, 1838 in Green County, Tennessee, and died November 15, 1930 in Boone County, Arkansas.  She married EDWARD HUDSON WALLIS 1854 in Green County, Tennessee, son of JOHN WALLIS and NANCY HUDSON.  He was born November 07, 1828 in England, and died August 29, 1905 in Boone County, Arkansas.

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Elizabeth Wallis (Wallace) or Granny or Aunt Liz as she was known to her family and friends often told of the hard times during the Civil War.  She hid her sheep in caves to keep the carpet baggers from killing them.  This was important to her as sheep was one source of income.  She sheared the sheep, cleaned the wool, spun it into thread on her spinning wheel and wove it into cloth which was called "linze".
She would tell many stories in the early days both before and after she was married.  One of special interest was seeing a sister, Nancy Green Harp, attacked by a racoon when they were dipping water from a spring.  The coon jumped on her shoulders and began tearing flesh before she was freed by their guard dogs which were kept to guard their livestock and homes.  She was scarred for the remainder of her life.
Granny Wallis was truly a pioneer woman of the late 1880's and 1900's.  Her house, as all Wallis homes, was always clean, beds beautiful with starched spread and pillow shams; all handmade.  She lived to be 93 years old, dying in 1930.  Her husband died in 1905 at the age of 77.  He was buried on the homestead as well as one son, Dan, who died in 1950.
Times were hard in teh early days of this era, but the Wallis families, as many others, were a happy people.  They complained not of their way of life, but got the most out of each day they lived.
Submitted by Jetti Crutchfield.  Chandler, Texas:  12/9/1997

Some of the sons of Edward and Elizabeth changed the spelling of Wallis to Wallace.  I don't know when or why.  I found that at one of the reunions in Harrison, Arkansas, several years ago.  The children of some of the Wallace sons married Harps.  There also was Cherokee Indian in Mary Elizabeth Morris. I don't know how much.  Sarah Catherine's picture really shows it.

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Newton Co., Arkansas 1860 Census
Visit #177
WALLACE, Edward H         29      m       Tenn    Farmer
                    Elizabeth M     21      f         Tenn
                    Thomas J         5      m        Ark
                    James F           1      m        Ark

EDWARD HUDSON WALLIS is buried at Boat Mountain Homestead, Boone County, Arkansas

Children of ELIZABETH MORRIS and EDWARD WALLIS are:
 i. THOMAS JEFFERSON3 WALLIS, b. October 13, 1855, Boone County, Arkansas; d. October 29, 1908; m. MARY C. COLE.

More About THOMAS JEFFERSON WALLIS:
Baptism (LDS): buried in Western Grove Cemetery, Newton County, Arkansas

More About MARY C. COLE:
Baptism (LDS): buried in Westrern Grove Cemetery, Newton County, Arkansas

 ii. JAMES FRANKLIN WALLIS, b. Abt. 1858, Boone County, Arkansas; d. 1933; m. MARTHA C..

More About MARTHA C.:
Baptism (LDS): buried in Wesrern Grove Cemetery, Newton County, Arkansas

 iii. MARY JANE WALLIS, b. December 1863, Boone County, Arkansas; d. Aft. 1928, Boone County, Arkansas; m. (1) WILLIAM T. GALLAGHER; b. 1866, Newton County, Arkansas; d. Aft. 1896, Newton County, Arkansas; m. (2) ?? WALLACE.

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There was a Gallagher that owned 160 acres of land around Boone County, Arkansas.

Eoff Cemetery in Boone Co.
96. Floyd, Capt. E. N. - 25 July 1829 - 25 June 1904 Mason
                        8th Ark. Vol. (wf./Martha)
97. Floyd, Ertie - 30 Nov. 1886 - 8 Apr. 1888 dau./Dr. C. J. & F.
98. Floyd, Martha - 5 Sept. 1822 - 23 Jan. 1911 (next to E. N.) (wf.)
99. Gallagher, Marvin - 8 Aug. 1893 son/W. T. & M. J.
100. Gallager, W. T. - n d Co. A 6 Ill. Cav. (federal military mkr.) (a fieldstone beside this no inscription) My ggGrandfather.

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 iv. WILLIAM RILEY WALLIS, b. Abt. 1863, Boone County, Arkansas; m. MARY.

 v. ISAAC LAOS WALLIS, b. Abt. 1866, Boone County, Arkansas; m. ALDORA.

 vi. HIRAM G. WALLIS, b. February 14, 1868, Boone County, Arkansas.

 vii. JOSEPH M. WALLIS, b. Abt. 1870, Boone County, Arkansas.

 viii. JOSEPH SEABURN WALLIS, b. Abt. 1871, Boone County, Arkansas.

 ix. PETER WALLIS, b. May 15, 1873, Boone County, Arkansas; d. September 23, 1947; m. MARY M..

 x. SARAH CATHERINE WALLIS, b. April 1875, Boone County, Arkansas; m. ANDREW JACKSON KNIGHT.

 xi. DANIEL FULBRIGHT WALLIS, b. May 16, 1879, Boone County, Arkansas; d. May 14, 1950, Arkansas. Buried at Boat Mountain Homestead, Newton County, Arkansas

 xii. HUGH EDWARD WALLIS, b. April 1880, Boone County, Arkansas.

 xiii. JULIA ANN WALLIS, b. May 20, 1882.

NANCY JANE GREEN2 MORRIS (ISAAC FRANKLIN1) was born March 06, 1840 in Tennessee.  She married SAMUEL HARP.  He was born 1837 in Tennessee, and died 1864 in Harp Massacre in Newon Co., Arkansas.

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1860 Census  Newton Co., Arkansas
No.64
 HARP, Samuel R      23  m   Ark   Farmer (died Sept 1864 in Harp Massacre in Newton Co.Ark)
             Nancy           20  f     Ark(Nancy Green Morris)
             Sarah E          2  f    Ark

Children of NANCY MORRIS and SAMUEL HARP are:
 i. SARAH E.3 HARP.
 ii. SAMUEL H. HARP.

MINERVA ANN2 MORRIS (ISAAC FRANKLIN1) was born April 11, 1846.  She married GEORGE WASHINGTON COOPER Abt. 1859, son of ISAAC COOPER and NARCISSA RICHIE.  He was born February 04, 1836 in DeKalb Co., AL, and died April 04, 1919 in Western Grove, Newton, Co., Arkansas.

GEORGE WASHINGTON COOPER enlisted in Fayetteville, Ark at age 27.  Branch of service - Infantry, Grade - Private.  Regiment - 1st Ark. Infantry.
Battles, engagements, skirmishes, expeditions: Pea Ridge, Prairie Grove.
Helped bury first Civil War victims at Fayetteville Military Cemetery
Discharged: August 10, 1865
February 12, 1863, fought in Civil War for the Union until abt. 8-10-1865

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The following was contributed by William P. Cooper

G.W. COOPER, PVT - 1st AR INFANTRY
GW Cooper was born 4 FEB 1836 in DeKalb Co. AL. Son of Isaac Cooper b 1812 Wyane Co. KY and Narcissa Jane Richie b. 1815 SC. GW died 4 APR 1919 in Western Grove, Newton, Co., AR. Cause is listed as Pneumonia. GW served as a Private in the 1st AR Infantry. He was a scout. From what I understand this meant recuiting Northern sympathizers and scouring the land for bushwackers. GW's brother James C. Cooper b. 1840 DeKalb, AL was also a private in the 1st
AR Infantry. Both fought at the Battle of Ft. Smith.

The COOPERs were related to the HARPS through the Morris. GW's wife was Minerva Ann Morris, daughter of Isaac Morris and Jane O'Daniel. I am going to transcribe the notations I have on the Harp Massacre. But the gist of it is that the Harps, a Cecil and GW were camped in an orchard near a cave on the Buffalo Gap River. GW awoke from a nightmare, saying he saw a rattlesnake slinking through a fire. Taking this as a bad omen, he told the others he was taking his bedroll and moving a couple of miles down river. Later that night a group of bushwackers attacked the small group in their sleep, mortally wounding all. The next day the bodies were found. The Morris and Harp women came and buried the dead. Some say, they buried them on the spot.

GW's father in law, Isaac Morris taught music. He was bushwacked returning from a music lesson and his body never found.

The Cecil family was split North and South. Some say this is how the ushwackers knew of the Harp encampment (as one of the Harp son-in-laws was a Cecil).

James Cooper was wounded at the Battle of Ft. Smith. . The Union Army didn't pay the soliders until the war ended. Military hospitals were grizly places of amputation and sickness (more of the soliders died from disease than from battle). He was sent home to recuperate. He never returned to service. GW turned James in at the end of the war to collect the deserter bounty. I guess they figured someone would do it anyway and why not keep the money in the family. Pragmatic people, the Coopers.

Minerva Ann had to fight to get a headstone for GW. Like most common soldiers, GW occassionally went home to insure his family was ok. This counted as "desertion" time. GW's military records reflect that he was not paid for the "bad" time. His small pension was used to support a considerable extended family until his death in 1919.

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Children of MINERVA MORRIS and GEORGE COOPER are:
 i. LAURA3 COOPER, b. Bet. 1859 - 1887; d. Bet. 1866 - 1970.
 ii. LILLEY MAY COOPER, b. March 04, 1888, Yardell, Arkansas; d. November 02, 1918, Yardell, Arkansas; m. INGLEBERT F. MORRISON, October 08, 1908.  She is buried at IOOF Cemetery.  Cause of Death: Swine Flu


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