Sunday, March 24, 2013

Seth Benner Morrison, b. 24 March 1861

Seth & Margaret Jane Morrison

Seth Benner Morrison was born 24 March 1861 in Pennsylvania, son of William Hiram Morrison & Emily Benner. In 1870 Hiram Morrison & family were living in Medina County, Ohio. Hiram was a shoe maker. Hiram & Emily had sons, Thomas, Seth and Eldrid and daughter, Adalade.

He married Margaret Jane Gruissy, daughter of Augustus Ceaser Gruissy & Mary Ann Everett, in 1890. In 1900 they rented a home in Sullivan Township in Ashland County, Ohio. Seth was a rail road section laborer. In 1910 they lived in Westfield Township in Medina County, Ohio. Seth was a farmer on general farm that he rented. HE & Margaret Jane were the parents of eight children, all living. Five were living at home: Albert, Flossie, Paul, Pauline and Peter. All the children had been born in Ohio.

In 1920 Seth and Margaret Jane were living on North Third Street in Rittman, Wayne County, Ohio. Seth was a paper finisher at Ohio Boxboard. Sons, Paul and Peter both worked at Ohio Boxboard also.  In 1930 he still lived in Wayne County. He was a farmer.

In 1945 Seth and Margaret Jane celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. An unknown paper printed this:

Creston - Mr. and Mrs. Seth Morrison on Oct. 24 will have been married 65 years. They feel that their 65 years have been years of planning and sharing and have enjoyed their children and their families. While Oct. 24 was the date of their marriage in 1880, they will not celebrate until Sunday, Oct. 28, when a family gathering and dinner will be held at their home two and one half miles west of Creston. Open house for friends and relatives will be held Sunday 2 to 5 p. m. and 7 to 9 p. m. The Morrisons, retired farmers, came to this community in 1900 and have made many friends. They are also well known in Medina County, having lived in a farming community near LeRoy for 9 years. Mr. Morrison is 84  years and Mrs. Morrison is 83. He was the son of Hiram and Emily Benner Morrison and was born March 1861 at River Styx. His good wife was formerly Margaret Jane Gruissy, daughter of Augustus Gruisys and lived her girlhood at Marshallville. They later moved to Wadsworth where she was married to Mr. Morrison at a small wedding in her parent's home with the Rev. G. Smith officiating. Little sorrow has come into the lives of the Morrisons, they had eight children, all living. They are Mrs. Mona Hurd, of Sonia, Mich., Mrs. Lena Swagler, Wadsworth, Mrs. Gusta Peters, Ithaca, Mich., Albert Morrison of Creston, Paul Morrison of Middletown, Mrs. Pauline Mowrer, Clifford Morrison of Akron, There are 31 grandchildren and 35 great - grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Morrison feel it's a great blessing never to have a break in their family circle. Friends wishing to send cards should address them to Creston, Rt. 1.

Seth died on 18 April 1952. His obituary was printed in the Wooster Daily Record:

Seth Morrison, 91, died this morning at the home of his son, Albert, two miles west of Creston. He was a retired farmer. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Mona Hurd of Iona, Mich., Mrs. Lena Swagler of Wadsworth, Mrs. Florence Boswell of Massillon, and Mrs. Pauline Mowrer of Akron; three sons, Albert Morrison of Creston, Paul Morrison of Middletown, and Clifford Morrison of Barberton; and several grandchildren. The body is at the Murray funeral home in Creston where friends may call. Services will be at the funeral home at 2 p. m. Monday. Rev. Joseph Gingrich of Sterling will officiate. Burial will be in Wadsworth cemetery.

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