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John P. Morris
Co., G, 21st Regiment Missouri Volunteers

Clark County (Missouri) Courier
12 Nov. 1937

John P. Morris, oldest citizen and last Civil War veteran of Kahoka, died at his home Friday, November 5, 1937, at 6:30 o'clock. A.M. after a number of weeks of declining health, aged 95 years, 9 months and 27 days.

John P. Morris was born in Greene county, Pennsylvania, January 9, 1842, one of 10 children of Justice Morris and Rebecca Golden Morris.  The Morris family located in Clark county, Missouri, on a farm three miles west of St. Francisville, when he was three years of age, and he has been a resident here the subsequent ninety-two years, exempting a year spent with relatives in Pennsylvania when he was five years old.

In Mr. Morris' boyhood the Indians yet frequented the forests and camped along the streams.  Deer, wild turkey and other game were in abundance.  He owned and worked oxen for many years, having farmed in Sweet Home township prior to his locating in Kahoka thirty-four years ago.

At the outbreak of the Civil War Mr. Morris enlisted in the Missouri state militia and in 1863 joined Co. G. of the 21st Missouri Volunteer Infantry, under Col. David Moore.  For a time he was transferred to the 24th Missouri.  Besides this state he saw service in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.  His regiment took part in many major engagements, at one time losing 175 men in a single day's battle.  They fought the battle of Ft. Blakely, Alabama after the surrender of Lee.  Mr. Morris was mustered out at Ft. Morgan, Alabama, April 19, 1866.  There are a very few surviving members of his regiment among them being Mike Cashman, his bunkmate, of the Soldiers and Sailors Home at Quincy, Ill.

Mr. Morris was married to Hannah Beckner, daughter of Aaron Beckner and Rachael Baunty Beckner of St. Francisville, June 6, 1866.  She preceded him in death April 2, 1872.  To this union were born four children, a son, who died in infancy, Mrs. Arthur (Mary) Vaughan, deceased, Jasper G. Morris of Wyaconda, and Mrs. Jos. (Lorana) Reese of Bloomfield, Iowa.

Mr. Morris was married to Miss Virginia Holliday, daughter of Captain William Holliday and Amanda Easton Holliday, at Keokuk, Iowa, April 27, 1875.  To this union were born two children: Walter Morris at home and Mrs. Henning (Nora) Pierson of Chicago, Ill.

Besides his widow, Mrs. Morris, there survive two sons, Jasper G. Morris and Walter Morris; two daughters, Mrs. Reese and Mrs. Pierson; one sister, Mrs. Louise Beckner of Spokane, Wash.; fourteen grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren;  a number of nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mr.. Morris was converted and for a number of years was a member of the Church of God at Peakesville.  After locating in Kahoka, he joined the Methodist Episcopal church.

In other days he was an active member of the A.H.T.A. and the G.A.R.

Mr. Morris was a faithful Christian, a loving and devoted husband and father, a loyal friend and an upright citizen.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal church, Sunday afternoon, Nov. 7 at 2:00 o'clock conducted by Rev. W.W. Miller of Pulaski, Iowa, assisted by the pastor, Rev. Paul C. Paschal.  The music was by a quartet, Mrs. Helen Allen, Mrs. Flora Belle Bash, Harry Jenkins, and Rev. Paschal.  Burial was in the Kahoka cemetery with Military honors in charge of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The pallbearers were: Stanley Vaughan, Clyde Reese, Vernie Reese, Russell Poole and Howard Morris.

Among those from a distance who attended the funeral were:  Mrs. H. A. Pierson of Chicago, Ill.: Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Morris and son, Howard, Mrs. Madaline Gillett and son, Ronald, Mrs. Mae Herron and son, Dean of Wyaconda; Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Reese, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Reese, Mr. and Mrs. C. Dilliner, Mrs. Lester Dixon of Bloomfield, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Reese of Ottumwa, Ia.: Mr. and Mrs. M. Goodlander, Washington, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. S. Vaughan and daughter, Dorothy, Mr. and Mrs. George Case of Lewiston, Mo.; John Vaughan, Elmwood Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Russell Poole, and son, Melvin Lee of Farmington, Ia.


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