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This is the line from Ephraim Morrison that I descend from. I have some information on the other families in this file and will be glad to share anything I have with others who are interested in this family. Feel free to let me know of any corrections or additions to this family. I have placed some of my sources at the end of this page. E-mail to Ginny Deagan (NEW

Also see a picture of the Morrison Family taken about 1907.

1. Ephraim Morrison was born on 12 Sep 1763 in Salem, Washington, NY. His parents have not been found. He died on 15 Oct 1847 in Rushford, Allegany, NY at age 84. He was buried in Rushford, Allegany, NY, Old West Hill Cemetery as a. Revolutionary War Pensioner.

Ephraim served in the Revolutionary War as a private in the New York Militia. He was sent on scouting parties into the narrows of Lake Champlain and sometimes as far as Ticonderoga. He was at Fort Ann when it was taken by the British and was sent back to Salem to alert the militia and bring help. On his return, at a place called Bloody Pond, the group were surrounded by a party of British and Indians. Ephraim stated in his pension application that of the group of forty men, he and one other man were the only ones to escape. In 1833, he was granted a pension of $60.00 per year for his service. He was married in October 1781 at Salem to Lucretia Henderson. They were married by Moses Martin, a Justice of the Peace. Lucretia was born 19 November 1764 in Oakham, Worcester County, Massachusetts to James and Rachel (McFarland) Henderson. She died 7 February 1857 at Genoa and is buried in the King Cemetery there.

The Morrison family moved to Ovid, Seneca County, New York about 1798 and a few years later, moved to Genoa, Cayuga County. About 1820 they moved to Rushford, Allegany County, NY with their three sons. No record has been found of any land that Ephraim purchased in Allegany County but his three sons purchased land from the Holland Land Company and married three Kendall sisters, daughters of James Kendall.

Children of Ephraim and Lucretia (Henderson) Morrison:

  1. Rachel Morrison - b. 1783 in Whitehall, Washington Co. NY. Marr. 16 Aug 1798 to David King n Genoa, Cayuga Co. NY. Died 30 Dec 1876 in Genoa.

  3. John Morrison - b. abt. 1790 in Whitehall, Washington Co. NY. Marr. Abt. 1817 to Frances "Fanny" Kendall. Died 2 Sep 1870 in Switzerland Co. IN.

  5. James H. Morrison - b. 28 June 1798 in Cayuga Co. NY. Marr. Laura Kendall. Died 28 Sep 1881 in Rushford, Allegany Co. NY.

  7. Elizabeth "Betsy" Morrison, b. after 1800 in NY. Marr. Gad Sheldon. Died 1836 in Parma, Monroe, NY.

  9. David Morrison, b. 1 Mar 1805 in Cayuga Co. NY. Marr. Harriet Kendall. Died 9 Jan 1846 in Rushford, Allegany Co. NY

2.  James H. Morrison was born on 28 Jun 1798 in Genoa, Cayuga, NY to Ephraim and Lucretia (Henderson) Morrison. He died on 28 Sep 1881 in Rushford, Allegany, NY. He was buried in Village Cem., Rushford, NY. James and Laura lived in Rushford, Allegany County, NY and later in Franklinville, Cattaraugus County, NY. He had moved to Allegany County with his father and two brothers about 1820.

He was married to Laura D. Kendall. Laura was born 29 March 1805 in Vermont. She was the daughter of James and Dorothy "Dolly" (Tarbell) Kendall. She died 1 August 1855 in Franklinville, Cattaraugus County, NY.

James's two brothers married sisters of Laura Kendall. The three brothers bought land from the Holland Land Company. James walked from Rushford to the Land Office at Ellicottsville to get the Article. The land was paid for with black salts and potash, made from burning the trees on the land.

James was a member of the Methodist Church. He was a farmer and also taught school in Rushford, Farmersville, and at the old TenBroeck Academy in Franklinville, NY. He became nearly blind in his later years. He died 28 September 1881, age 83 at Rushford, NY

Children of James and Laura (Kendall) Morrison:

  1. Minerva Morrison no information - probably died young.

  3. Sullivan Blood Morrison b. 14 Jan 1825 in Rushford, NY. Marr. #1,Elizabeth Harvey.; #2, Adelphine Root . Died 28 Feb 1919 in Yorkshire, Cattaraugus Co. NY.

  5. Emiline Morrison b. 27 Apr 1827 in Rushford, NY. Marr. #1, Artemus H. Jackson; #2, Daniel Damon. Died 27 Oct 1889 in Farmersville, Cattaraugus Co. NY.

  7. Mary Jane Morrison, b. abt. 1832 in Rushford, NY. Marr. John Lattimer.

  9. Alfred Morrison, b. Apr. 1837 in Rushford, NY. Marr. #1, Hester Ann Griffin; #2, Cora (unk); #3, Mary Moontimeer

  11. George Riley Morrison, b. Aug 1843 in Rushford, NY. Marr. Sarah E. Hall

3. Sullivan Blood Morrison was born on 14 Jan 1825 in Rushford, Allegany, NY to James and Laura (Kendall) Morrison. He died on 28 Feb 1919 in Yorkshire, Cattaraugus, NY. He was buried in Rushford Cem., Rushford, NY. When Sullivan was seventeen years old, he joined the Baptist church. He lived with his father until he was married and stayed on the family farm when his father moved to Franklinville, New York. Farming was the main occupation in Allegany County. Sullivan had 140 acres of improved land and 32 acres unimproved with a value of $3,400 in 1865. He produced 100 pounds of butter and 3000 pounds of cheese. His stock consisted of 4 horses, 21 cows, 2 swine and a large poultry flock.

He was married to Elizabeth Harvey , daughter of Cranston and Elizabeth (DeGraff) Harvey on 6 March 1850. When his wife, Elizabeth died 11 March 1862 at age 32, Sullivan was left with four young children. Adelphine Root, niece of Elizabeth came to help care for the children. She was only 15 years old at the time. Two years later, on 6 April, 1864, Sullivan married Adelphine. She was not quite 18 when they married. Her parents were Samuel and Louisa (Harvey) Root. of Herkimer County, NY.

In 1879, the family moved to Custer City, McKean County, PA where Sullivan ran a milk route for three years. They then moved to Allentown, NY where he ran a milk route for six years. In 1888, they moved to Rawson, then Lyndon and in 1890, settled in Fredonia, NY near Lake Erie where he grew grapes for eight years. He moved back to his homestead in Rushford just two weeks before his wife, Adelphine died.

Sullivan died at age 94 in Yorkshire, Cattaraugus County, NY while living with his daughter, Lucelia. He left a will, dated 14 November 1905. It was proved in Allegany County 16 May 1919. In his will, he left $150.00 in trust to son, Frank to be used for the "purchase and erection of a monument for myself and my wives". He is buried in the Rushford Cemetery with his two wives.

Children of Sullivan and Elizabeth (Harvey) Morrison: (all born in Rushford, Allegany Co. NY)

  1. Lucelia Morrison was born 11 Aug 1851. Marr. Dec 1878, Nathan Durkee. Died 5 Sep 1917.

  3. Laura Morrison was born 16 Mar 1855. Marr. 31 Aug 1873, George Kingsbury.

  5. Frank E. Morrison was born 23 Jan 1857. Marr. 31 May 1887, Calla Austin . Died 17 Nov 1921.

  7. Flora Morrison was born 16 Jun 1859. Marr. 21 Mar 1883, Irve Claus. Died 11 Nov 1938.
Children of Sullivan and Adelphine (Root) Morrison:
  1. (baby) Morrison, was born 21 July 1867, died 24 July 1867, 3 days old.

  3. Fred Morrison, b. 10 July 1869. Marr. #1, Myrtle Shaner; #2, Eva DeLarme. Died 2 Feb 1966.

  5. Grace Louise Morrison (my grandmother) was born 6 May 1874. Marr. 2 Dec 1893 at Gardeau, McKean Co. PA, Delbert Milton Bullock . Died 2 Mar 1950 in Bradford, PA.

  7. Clayton Morrison was born 10 June 1877. Marr. Abt. 1903, Dora Leonard . Died 18 Dec 1973 in Brockton, Chautauqua Co. NY.


  1. Notes of Grace (Bullock) Miller and her correspondence with Morrison cousins.
  2. Revolutionary War Pension File of Ephraim Morrison.
  3. "A Brief History of the Morrison Family" by Lucelia (Morrison) Durkee written for the Rushford Centennial 1808-1908.
  4. Census Reports of US and NY state.1800-1910
  5. Morrison Family History by Clifford Morrison.
  6. Allegany County NY Historian's files. Allegany County NY Deed Books.
  7. Visit with Dorothy and Lillian Morrison of Stockton, NY in 1990.
  8. Social Security Death Index