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War of 1812 pension for Francis Morris (Critcher) on Thomas Morris

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War of 1812 pension for Francis Morris (Critcher) on Thomas Morris

BJ Hayle (View posts)
Posted: 24 Aug 2003 3:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Morris, Cummins, Gotcher, McKissack ,Harrison
I sent off for pension records on the war of 1812 for widow who has pension
off of husband Thomas Morris
This was to hopeully confirm who my Thomas and Frances Morris are but has
only confused me more.
I will give the facts in case it will help someone else.

PER WAR OF 1812 AND PENSION THIS IS THE FACTS

Thomas was born 1792 in VA (this makes him the right age to be the father of
my Joseph who was 20 on the 1850 census in Desoto Mississippi)
Thomas was 23. with gray eyes and dark complexion and 5'11 when released
from his comission in 1815.
His widow gave testimony that Thomas died on Transport ship which
shipwrecked in 1848.
When Frances filed for pension in 1878 she signed as Fannie rather than
Francis and then had to prove that Frances and Fannie are same.
Sworn depisition stated she was married as Francis T Critcher to Thomas
around 10 18 1838 and per her age she had to be born 1814/15.
THIS MEANS SHE WAS BORN THE YEAR THOMAS WAS RELEASED FROM SERVICE IN THE WAR
OF 1812. AND HE WAS 23 YEARS OLDER THAN HIS 18 YEAR OLD WIFE WHEN THEY
MARRIED!!!
I therefore do not believe this is the couple I was looking for as my
copy of an old family bible says Joseph was the youngest child between Thomas and Francis Morris. He was 20 and newly married 1850. Could she have been a stepmother????

Thomas was granted a 160 acre land warrent #867
Francis had always been called Fanny per Nathanial Critcher, Susan Critcher
and Anson Critcher in the legal testimonies
She lived in Watuga, NC
This would have made her daughter/sister of Nathanial Critcher who had a son
Guilford who had a son Anson
She was living with daughter and son in law GL & ANNELIZA M VANDIQUE in
Watuga NC in 1880. Anneliza was born 1845
BJ Hayle
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BJ Hayle 24 Aug 2003 9:14PM GMT 
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