Biography of Charles Henry Morris
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CHARLES HENRY MORRIS, youngest son of Dolphin and Nancy Morris, was born May 9, 1847. He married, Dec. 24, 1869, Esther A., daughter of Asa Jones, of Edwardsburg, Cass Co., Mich. After the death of his father and mother Charles H. became the possessor of the old homestead, where his father located in 1829. While in the midst of a useful and happy life, surrounded by a host of friends, with bright hopes of the future, he was on the night of the 28th of September, 1879, shortly after retiring, called to the door, and there shot twice through the heart by a cowardly assassin.

The fiend, not satisfied with the blood of one victim, entered the house, and immediately opeued fire upon Mrs. Morris, whom he met coming, with a small revolver in hand, to her husbandís rescue. She retreated to her bedroom, pursued by the fiend, who shot her twice through the body; she then entered a closet adjoining, where she fell and was shot twice more. Thus ended one of the most horrible tragedies ever perpetrated in any civilized community.

We also give a cut of the horse which carried the assassin from this frightful scene. He was ridden to South Bend, Ind., about forty miles distant, where lie was found early the next morning in a very jaded condition.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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