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Joseph Pinkney Morrison
Hillsboro, Coffee Co[un]ty, Tennessee
July 29, 1857
Yours June 22nd came safe more than a week ago. I have been enquiring for
the post office that Mr. Crawford would be most likely to get a letter in I
am told that Hillsboro is the nearest to his house; he is traveling
Colporteur [?]. I hjave not seen him since I wrote you last but his son
David lives hear Hillsboro and probably that will be the best place to
direct a letter. James was determined on attending court and trying to know
something about matters but he was in such a desperate condition with boils
under one arm and around on his shoulder blade that he was not able. He has
been nearly laid aside ever since the beginning of June. I have asked
different men to make enquiries they willdo it but in the multitude or
business they forget or then have no opportunity so I get no intelligence.
I have no information from they McCorkels since Robert wrote to me. I have
heard lately Mrs. Rogers has taken advice from Mr. Hiconson and is about to
sell her land. I am afraid you will lose your land if you cannot get it
attended to. Mr. Logan holds a part of it and Mr. Brixey run out Mr. Rogers
land last fall without letting James know about it. I think he run as far
as Olivers claim covers intending to hold it. I do not think Mr. Collier
is trying to do anything for you. He never makes any enquiries at me or
sends any messages to me.
I have got a letter from your brother William dated April 17th. I had made
particular enquiries about all his family, he answered me pretty well about
his children, 1st Eliza Elenor aged 15 [?] years, 2nd William Bell 14 [?],
3rd Joseph Pinkney 12, 4th George Columbus 10, 5th Sarah Elizabeth 7, 6th
Mary Catharine 3. He writes they are all in good health. His wife enjoys
but little health and no prospect of ever having better. He doesnt say one
word about his own health, his circumstances or prospects. He says it is
hard times in the natural world and cold in the spiritual world. He things
it is a time that calls Christians to dlilgence and fervor in duty.
The spring continued very cold. We had ice late in April. I dont think we
have had ten days yet that would be called warm summer weather. We have had
a great deal of cloudy weather and plenty of rain, wheat and oat crops are
tolerable good, corn is far behind. Thanks to our heavenly Father we have
not suffered for breat and we did not lose any stock, but two good sows and
a passel of little pigs. Last Saturday Sabbath was a week there was two
days meeting held at the pond spring by Rev. Amzi Bradshaw and Rev. John F.
McCutchan one old Presbyterian and one Cumberland. I have not heard of much
feeling on the occasion four weeks from that time. There is a protracted
meeting held at pond by the Cumberland Presbyterians but I dont know who is
to assist McCutchan. Religion appears to be dead or if any sparks are alive
they are so covered with the dust and ashes of the world they cannot be
easily discerned. James expects to go to Hillsboro next Saturday to pay the
tax if I feel able to write more before that time I will, if not you must be
satisfied with what I have done while I assure you I do pray for your
present and eternal welfare. James and wife siend their best respects to
you all. Remember me to all enquiring friends and at the throne of grace.
I remain your affectionate aunt,
Joseph P. Morrison
P.S. Your brother Williams address is Petersburg P.O.
Lincoln County Tennessee.
Notes from Jean Morrison:
By way of explanation, this letter came to me in typed copy and a xerox of
the hand-written letter. I have compared the two and they are identical.
It is from one Mary Morrison daughter of Andrew Morrison and Elizabeth Sloan
of Rowan NC later Franklin Co. TN. She was not known to be married. She
writes to her nephew Joseph Pinkney Morrison who was known to be married
three times, he was a widower twice. Married third at this time to a
Pernecy Adelaide Hale, in TN. Her brother was William Hays Morrison, and
Joseph was his son.
I reviewed the 1850 Census, Coffee Co. TN and find:
James C. Morrison 32 TN
Rebecca 78 NC
Mary 68 NC
Margaret 22 TN
Rebecca could be a sister of Mary Morrison, as I have been unable to find
her out of NC. But a Mary Morrison is also found with her brother George
Milton Morrison back in NC for the 1850 census. Could she have been in both
places at time census was taken, I guess so.
By 1860 Census, Coffee Co. TN
James 42 TN farmer
Margaret 33 TN domestic
John F 6 TN
Amzi 2 TN
Mary 76 NC
I query I pulled off the internet identifies this Jameswife as Margaret
Kennedy, m. 1853 in Coffee Co. They had one son John Fielder Morrison b.
1854 who married Helen Eliz. Aday 1871.
Thats why I say the letter poses more questions to me than answers.
Who is she living with? James and Margaret are who?
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