Thursday, September 25, 2014

Morris and Sessions connection

On a recent trip to the Wilcox County Courthouse, I found this deed which definitely seems to link the Sessions and Morris families. 

(page) 161

The State of Alabama, Wilcox County} This indenture witnesseth that I Daniel J. Morris of the state and county aforesaid for the love and affection I have and bear for John Sidney Sessions and for the better support livelihood & maintenance of the said John Sidney Sessions do give grant and confirm and by these presents do give grant and confirm the following Cattle viz two cows and calves one barron cow, one two year old heifer and one two year old steer marked with a poplar leaf in the right Ear Crop and split in the left ear and I Daniel J. Morris for the love and affection I have for William James Henry Sessions and for the better support livelihood and maintenance of the said William James Henry do give grant and confirm and by these presents do give grant and confirm to the said William James Henry Sessions the following Cattle viz one cow and calf, one cow and yearling, one three years old heifer, two three years old steers and one year old heifer Marked with a poplar leaf in the right Ear Crop and split in the left ear the said John Sidney Sessions and William James Henry Sessions to have and to hold the above mentioned cattle and their increase forever and I the said Daniel J. Morris do warrant and forever defend said cattle to the said John Sidney Sessions and William James Henry Sessions theirs heirs executors administrators and assigns or against any person or persons who may or shall [one word] claim the same

Given from under my hand and seal this April 19th AD 1834 and of the Independence of the United States the fifty eighth year.

                                                    Daniel J. Morris //Seal//

Sealed signed and delivered in the presence of
  William G W Sessions
   Stephen Morris

The State of Alabama, Wilcox County} Personally appeared before me Duncan C. Smith Clerk of the County Court of said County Stephen Morris one of the subscribing witnesses to the within deed who being duly sworn upon Oath saith that he saw Daniel J. Morris sign seal and deliver the within deed on the day and year therein mentioned and for the purposes and considerations therein named to John Sidney Sessions and William James Henry Sessions, that he signed his name as a witness and that he saw William G. W. Sessions his name as a witness to the same
sworn & subscribed the 21st April 1834             //Signed// Stephen Morris
  //signed// DC Smith Clerk

Recorded the 22nd April 1834

1 comment:

  1. Hello Ms. Garner. thought would provide you with the following information for my GG-Grandfather, Daniel James Morris. His gravestone provides he was born 18 June 1811 SC and died in Monroe County, AL on 29 June 1888. He is buried in the Hendrix Cemetery located in Frisco City, Monroe county, AL.

    Daniel James Morris married on 25 April 1835, Wilcox County, AL, Irena Cotton (b. 29 November 1807 Edgefield, Edgefield District, SC - d. 28 December 1900, in the Paragon Community, Choctaw County, AL). Her parents were Arthur Kemp Cotton of both NC, SC & AL and his wife Sybil Lovelace. Sometime after the 1830 Ceensus enumeration, Arthur Kemp cotton, with his family, migrated to Alabama, settling in Allentown, Wilcox County. Some of his children there remained, but at least two, Irena Cotton Morris and one of her brothers, migrated to Monroe County, AL. They were resident near present day Frisco City, formerly, known as Jones Mill until the arrival of the railroad early in the 20th Century. Two of the children of Daniel James Morris and Irena Cotton married Watts siblings, children of Edward J. Watts and his wife Elizabeth Elvira Fleming. The eldest, Walter D. Morris m. Permelia Jane Watts, and his younger sister, Irena Ufrazier Morris married Edward Wagner Watts, both born int he year 1847. The latter being my Great Grandparents. Both had fairly large families, as did Daniel James Morris and Irena Cotton.

    Lastly, Sarah T. Sessions m. Green Vickers 12 Feb. 1822, was born, according to her gravestone inscription, 31 December 1799 and died in Wilcox County, AL on 8 December 1857. Both she and Green Vickers are buried in the Ebenezer Methodist Church Cemetery, Wilcox County, AL.

    If these folks are of interest to you, you may contact me at dw_collier@yahoo.com.

    Warm regards,
    DeLores Watts Collier

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