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Ancestors of John Bruce Morrison

Generation No. 4

      8. Alexander Partington Morrison53, born Unknown in Probably South Carolina; died Bef. 1820 in Jefferson Co., GA54. He married 9. Margaret Matthews January 29, 1808 in Jefferson Co, GA55.

      9. Margaret Matthews56.

Notes for Alexander Partington Morrison:
Probably died before 1820. 1820 Jefferson Co., GA Census lists Margaret as head-of-household, living in Louisville, Augusta area.

Notes for Margaret Matthews:
1820 Jefferson Co., GA p 276
Augusta Area, Louisville
Margaret Morrison Head of Household
2 children under 10
Slaves: 2 under 10
1 10>16
1 26>45

More About Margaret Matthews:
Census: 1820, Jefferson Co., GA - p 276
Children of Alexander Morrison and Margaret Matthews are:
  4 i.   Isaac Partington Morrison I, born Abt. 1813 in GA; died May 1869 in Floyd Co., GA; married Rebecca Montfort March 23, 1837 in Greene Co., GA.
  ii.   Ann Morrison, born May 31, 1817 in GA57; married Charles Norton; born Abt. 1818 in MA.

      10. John S. Montfort, born Bef. 1779 in NJ58; died May 27, 1850 in Greensboro, Greene Co., GA58. He was the son of 20. Wilhellemus (William) Montfort and 21. Ann /Unknown/. He married 11. Nancy Curry March 22, 1810 in Greene Co., GA59.

      11. Nancy Curry, born 1792 in Greensboro, Greene Co., GA60; died February 03, 1862 in Greensboro, Greene Co., GA60. She was the daughter of 22. Alexander Corry and 23. Jane /Unknown/.

Notes for John S. Montfort:
Used slaves inherited by his wife, Nancy Curry, to build the railroad bed ( family stories say two friends were also engaged in this railroad track building project - 3 men in all) from Atlanta to Augusta, GA. John was reputed to be "a rich man - stockholder in the old Georgia Rail Road." When he died he gave each child an inheritance of about $40,000.

Possibly John's first marriage?:
From: "Southern Centinel (sic) & Universal Gazette": Augusta Co, Sept 11, 1794: "On Friday the 5th inst., At Maj. Cowles' near Augusta, Mrs. Mary Montfort, wife of John Montfort, formerly of VA. She died of injuries received when she accidentally fell through while walking through a house being built. She was 27 years old, leaves husband and 5 small children."

  Notes for Nancy Curry:
1860 Greene Co., GA census p 503:
Nancy Monfort 69
Margaret 37
Anna Morrison 15

Children of John Montfort and Nancy Curry are:
  i.   Mary Montfort, born Abt. 1812 in Greene Co., GA60; died in Died in infancy60
  ii.   Jane Montfort, born March 23, 1813 in Greene Co., GA60; died January 08, 189660; married (1) William Moore December 21, 1831 in Greene Co., GA; died Abt. 1839; married (2) Hiram Hemphill December 22, 1840 in Greene Co., GA60; died Abt. 1848; married (3) Colin Gardner June 20, 1849 in Barbour Co., AL60.
  iii.   William Montfort, born April 03, 1815 in Greene Co., GA60; died November 16, 188860; married Mary Sanford September 25, 185160.
  iv.   Ann S. Montfort, born May 31, 1817 in Greene Co., GA60; died January 02, 1900 in Prior's Station, Polk Co, GA60,61; married Haden Matthew Prior November 08, 1836 in Greene Co., GA62,63; born April 05, 1812 in Morgan Co, GA64; died April 26, 1865 in Prior's Station, Polk Co., GA65,66.
  Notes for Ann S. Montfort:
From "The Southern Recorder": Marriage notice: "On the 3rd inst., In Greene Co., Mr Haden M. Prior of Morgan County, to Miss Nancy Montfort, dau of Mr. John Montfort of Greene Co., November 8, 1836."

Epitaph on tombstone:
Ann S. Montfort, wife of Haden M. Prior
May 31, 1817
January 2, 1900
Thou art gone, Fond memories cling to thee

  More About Ann S. Montfort:
Burial: Prior Cemetery, Prior's Station, Polk Co., GA66

  Notes for Haden Matthew Prior:
Sources: Aunt Bebe and Aunt Pearl's notes; Also article from Rome, GA newspaper.
Held over 1500 acres of land at Prior Station, Ga (Polk County). Was successful farmer and business man. Refused to take sides in the Civil War, although his son John T. did enlist and fight for the Confederacy. John T., in newspaper interview, said his father thought it would be a serious mistake for the Union of States to be dissolved. Hayden's neutral position did not protect his property from the ravages of the Union army's raids and certainly did not protect him from being way-laid and murdered by what John T. called "carpetbaggers and scallawags" shortly after the end of the war. The newspaper interview details John's relentless tracking down and executing all six men involved in his father's murder. His pursuit took him even into Texas and Arkansas and lasted years. [All this is detailed in the article printed in 1898, which is an entire page in length. EMS has John Bruce Morrison's copy.]

From G. G. Morgan's data:
Murdered 26 April 1865 by raiders in Polk County, GA. Buried in Asa Prior Cemetery in Cedartown,
Polk Co., GA

  More About Haden Matthew Prior:
Burial: Asa Prior Cemetery, Prior's Station, Polk Co., GA67,68

  5 v.   Rebecca Montfort, born September 24, 1819 in near Greensboro, Greene Co., Ga.; died February 01, 1886; married Isaac Partington Morrison I March 23, 1837 in Greene Co., GA.
  vi.   Margaret Holmes Montfort, born December 25, 1822 in Greene Co., GA68; died March 31, 1899 in Polk Co, GA69
  Notes for Margaret Holmes Montfort:
Family stories relate that Margaret was engaged to Alexander Stephens, Vice-President of the Confederate States of America, but the marriage did not take place, that neither ever married.

  vii.   John Curry Montfort, born February 10, 1825 in Greene Co., GA70; died February 21, 1900 in Sand Mountain, AL70; married Eliza H. Quill November 26, 1850 in Greene Co., GA71.
  viii.   Alexander Montfort, born October 19, 1828 in Greene Co., GA72; died July 01, 187472
  ix.   Oscar Montfort, born Abt. 1840 in Greene Co., GA72; died July 13, 1862 in Killed during battle of Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co.,TN72; married (1) Margaret A. Hillman; born Aft. 1835; died August 1859 in Polk Co., GA72; married (2) Ophelia McClendon December 16, 1861 in Randolph Co., GA72.
  Notes for Oscar Montfort:
One son by second marriage

      12. Peter Bruce, born January 30, 1790 in Washington, NH73; died March 01, 1850 in Peterboro, New Hampshire74. He was the son of 24. Kendall Bruce, M. D. and 25. Rebecca Barnard. He married 13. Eliza French December 27, 1815 in Peterboro, NH75,76.

      13. Eliza French, born 1795 in Braintree, MA77,78; died May 06, 1873 in Peterboro, NH79,80. She was the daughter of 26. Abraham French and 27. Phebe Shute.

Notes for Peter Bruce:
1. Served in the War of 1812. Received a land grant from President James Munroe. Land was in what is now Whitesides County, IL (Morrison, IL, is the county seat.) How and why ownership of the land left Peter's possession is unknown. Original of Land Grant believed to be in possession of John French Morrison, son of F. F. Morrison. Photocopy in scrapbook.

2. About 1965 JBM visited Peter's grave in Peterboro, NH, fulfilling a life-long desire. He, his wife, and five of his children are buried in the New Peterboro Cemetery, (plots 1-7).

3. From "History of Peterborough" p 26: "Peter Bruce, a soldier in the War of 1812, always resided here after his father removed here in 1812."

More About Peter Bruce:
Burial: New Peterborough Cemetery81
Census 1: 1820, Hillsboro Co., p 895, Peterboro, NH #NH32016774982
Census 2: 1830, Hillsboro Co., p 411, Peterboro, NH #NH55824335682

More About Eliza French:
Burial: New Peterborough Cemetery83
Children of Peter Bruce and Eliza French are:
  i.   Kendall Bruce, born May 24, 1816 in Peterboro, NH84; died February 05, 1850 in Peterboro, NH.
  More About Kendall Bruce:
Fact 1: February 05, 1860, Unmarried. Died at age 33 years

  6 ii.   John French Bruce, born August 31, 1818 in Petersboro, N.H.; died August 07, 1902 in Munford, Talladega Co., Alabama; married (1) Martha E. Burt January 01, 1846; married (2) Rebecca Salena Burt June 11, 1854 in North Granville, New York.
  iii.   Harriet M. Bruce, born March 20, 1821 in Peterboro, NH85; died February 19, 1845 in Petersboro, NH85; married George W. Taggart May 07, 1843 in Peterboro, NH85.
  More About Harriet M. Bruce:
Fact 1: May 07, 1843, Married George W. Taggart
Fact 2: February 19, 1845, Died at age 24 years.

  iv.   George Bruce, born June 29, 1823 in Petersboro, NH85; died 1902 in Peterboro, NH; married (1) Arvilla Holbrook; born 183185; died November 29, 187285; married (2) Abby Kimball November 18, 1851 in Petersboro, NH85; died August 15, 185685.
  Notes for George Bruce:
Residence at the South Factory Village

  More About George Bruce:
Fact 1: November 18, 1851, Married first wife, Abby Kimball
Fact 2: August 15, 1856, Abby died, age 27 years
Fact 3: Married 2nd wife, Arvilla Holbrook
Fact 4: November 29, 1872, Arvill died, age 41 years
Fact 5: April 20, 1856, George K. Bruce born, son of Abby Kimball
Fact 6: Lived at the South Factory Village

  v.   Charles F. Bruce, born October 16, 1826 in Peterboro, NH85; married Mary E. Crombie May 26, 1848 in Peterboro, NH85; born December 26, 182885.
  Notes for Charles F. Bruce:
"He is a machinist by trade. He now occupies the farm of the late Jonathan Felt. He was in the naval service in the late war." Source: Hudson's History of Marlborough, MA

  More About Charles F. Bruce:
Fact 1: Machinist by trade.
Fact 2: Lived on farm owned by the late Jonathan Felt.
Fact 3: Naval service during "the late war."(Civil War)
Fact 4: May 26, 1848, Married: Mary E. Crombie (b. Dec 26, 1828
Fact 5: Five Children:
Fact 6: December 27, 1849, 1. Harriet E. born; d Aug 7, 1852 @ 2 yrs.
Fact 7: December 12, 1851, 2. Anna E. born. m 12-8-1872 to Bernard Morloch.
Fact 8: October 09, 1873, Anna died in childbirth @ age 21 years
Fact 9: February 05, 1854, 3. Charles C. born. Married.
Fact 10: April 01, 1860, 4. Frank C. born
Fact 11: June 14, 1870, 5. Mary A. W. born

  vi.   Eliza Bruce, born June 22, 182985; died 1906.
  vii.   Sarah M. Bruce, born September 25, 183185; married John F. Bruce 1856; born in Lempster, MA.
  Notes for Sarah M. Bruce:
Four children

  viii.   Alfred A. Bruce, born June 21, 1833 in Peterboro, NH85,86; died 1917 in Morrison, Whiteside Co, IL86; married Julia Burt April 23, 185287.
  Notes for Alfred A. Bruce:
Lived in Morrison, IL (May be the ones who took over Peter's War of 1812 land grant.)

  ix.   Harry Bruce, born August 22, 1835 in Peterboro, NH87; died April 11, 1838 in Peterboro, NH87
  x.   French Bruce, born August 14, 1837 in Peterboro, NH87; died July 03, 1871 in Peterboro, NH87; married Frances Bassett January 09, 1863 in Peterboro, NH87.
  Notes for French Bruce:
One child,

  xi.   (Infant Son) Bruce, born 1839 in Peterboro, NH; died 1839 in Peterboro, NH (Plot #1 - New Cemetery).

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