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Seabrook in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Ritson Morris and Elmwood Plantation

 
 
Ritson Morris and Elmwood Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, January 7, 2012
1. Ritson Morris and Elmwood Plantation Marker
Inscription.  Virginia native Ritson Morris (1798-1849) came to Texas about 1827. He settled first in Nacogdoches, where he married Minerva Edwards in 1829. One year later, following the birth of their first child, the Morrises moved to this area, where Minerva's father, Amos Edwards, had settled in Stephen F. Austin's colony.

Morris received a Mexican land grant and established a 3,000-acre plantation he named Elmwood. He raised livestock and crops, and the family lived in a modest log house. It was later replaced by a large two-story structure that remained on the site until about 1885. Minerva Morris' brother, Ashmore Edwards, built a home nearby.

In 1832 and 1835, Morris participated in skirmishes against the Mexican army at Anahuac, precedents to the Texas Revolution of 1836. Morris sent his family to New Orleans for safety during the revolution, but they later returned and continued to live on the plantation for many years.

Ritson Morris contracted tuberculosis and died on September 21, 1849. He was buried in the family cemetery on Elmwood Plantation. Many of his descendants continue to live in southeast Harris County.
Ritson Morris and Elmwood Plantation Marker in the Distance image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, January 7, 2012
2. Ritson Morris and Elmwood Plantation Marker in the Distance

 
Erected 1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10657.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 29° 34.233′ N, 95° 0.962′ W. Marker is in Seabrook, Texas, in Harris County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Meyer Avenue and El Mar Lane, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2400 N Meyer Rd, Seabrook TX 77586, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Prehistoric Indian Campsite (approx. 2 miles away); Kemah (approx. 2˝ miles away); Captain William Plunkett Harris (approx. 2.6 miles away); Webster Presbyterian Church (approx. 3.2 miles away); Harris County Boys' School Archeological Site (approx. 3.2 miles away); Houston Yacht Club (approx. 3.4 miles away); Isaiah P. Walker House (approx. 3˝ miles away); The Roberts-Hanson House (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seabrook.
 
Dedication Plaque For Library Located on the Site of Old Plantation image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, January 7, 2012
3. Dedication Plaque For Library Located on the Site of Old Plantation
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 8, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 726 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 8, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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