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William Morrison
(1754 - 1845)

The following excerpts were taken from:
Phifer, Edward William, Jr. Burke: The History of a North Carolina County, 1777-1920: Revised Edition. 1982.

 

William Morrison was born in 1754 and died in 1845. He was married to Margaret Kennedy, daughter of John Kennedy and wife Elizabeth.

 

William Morrison was either of Scotch or Irish descent. He owned a plantation on Muddy Creek and was a Captain in the Burke Militia. The Burke Census of 1790 listed him as head of household, living in Militia District 6.

 

He was said to have been a leading citizen of his day, which was shown by his membership in the Legislature in 1779 and his term as Senator in 1785.

 

His son, Frank Morrison, resided at the old homestead on Muddy Creek, which remained in the possession of descendents for an extended period of time. His son was said to have been "..of fine physique, a worthy scion of a patriotic, popular ancestor."

 

Captain Morrison was Sheriff during the infamous John Sevier Affair of 1788 (Phifer 338-340).