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Romulus in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Morris Homestead

 
 
Morris Homestead Marker - Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 18, 2016
1. Morris Homestead Marker - Side 1
Inscription.
Side 1
This early Victorian farmhouse was built by Robert Anson Morris and Hiram G., his son, circa 1860, of select timbers from the North. Robert and Jane Phillips, his wife, came from New York state, and in 1854 purchased this 100 acres from George W. Moore. Robert was a wealthy landowner, charcoal maker, and abolitionist. He was fatally shot by highwaymen on the Chicago Road in 1866 while returning by team and wagon after selling wool in Detroit. His daughter, Mary Jane, married Peter C. Bird. Hiram (1842-1917), a scholar and musician, continued charcoal and brickmaking, fruit and berry farming on this place.

Side 2
Hiram and his two wives, Lucia Peck (d. 1886) and Annie Downing, had nine children born in this house. They were: Mila, Jennie, Loy; Ray, LeVerne, Charles (killed in France in World War I), Pearl, Harold, and Willard. The Morris farm was sold when LeVerne moved to California in 1926. Harold regained the farm and raised fancy garden produce for 20 years, moving to Florida in 1952. The house and 30 acres was bought by Frederick W. and Helen Hay (dau. of Ray V. Morris) in 1980. House restoration by Frederick Morris Hay and Gerald A. Diepenhorst, grandsons of Ray. Restoration completed in July of 1983.
 
Location. 42° 12.097′ 
Morris Homestead Marker - Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 18, 2016
2. Morris Homestead Marker - Side 2
N, 83° 24.249′ W. Marker is in Romulus, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on South Huron River Drive 0.6 miles south of Northline Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13925 South Huron River Drive, Romulus MI 48174, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Merrill-Morris House (within shouting distance of this marker); French Landing Dam and Powerhouse (approx. 2 miles away); Old Van Buren Township Hall (approx. 4.5 miles away); Old Wayne Village Hall (approx. 5.6 miles away); First Congregational Church (approx. 5.6 miles away); Johnson's Tavern (approx. 5.7 miles away); Eloise Poorhouse/Hospital (approx. 6.5 miles away); Norwayne Subdivision (approx. 6.8 miles away).
 
Categories. AgriculturePatriots & PatriotismSettlements & Settlers
 
Morris Homestead — Hosue and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 18, 2016
3. Morris Homestead — Hosue and Marker
Morris Homestead — House image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 18, 2016
4. Morris Homestead — House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page was last revised on October 18, 2016.
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