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Histories and Biographies of Ballard, Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, McCracken and Marshall Counties, Kentucky. BIOGRAPHY: A Reprint of Part II of: BIOGRAPHY: Battle, J. H., W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin. Kentucky: A History of the State. First Edition. Louisville, Chicago: F. A. Battey Publishing Co., 1885
â€œWILLIAM W. MORRIS was born February 16, 1844 in Holmes County, Miss., and is the seventh of nine children, six boys and three girls, born to Noah and Martha (Erwin) Morris, born in South Carolina and Louisiana, respectively. His grandparents were Benjamin Morris of Irish origin and a farmer, and Joseph Erwin of English descent, also a farmer. William W. Morris was reared on a farm, receiving a good English education and was attending school at Monticello, Ark., at the time the war broke out, when he and all his brothers enlisted in The Confederate Army. He enlisted in July, 1861, in Company B, Ninth Arkansas Infantry, under Capt. Iron, Bradley commanding colonel, and engaged in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Barnsville, Port Hudson and Vicksburg, and was in Gen. Loringâ€™s division from Dalton to Atlanta, and was also in The Nashville and Franldin fight; was in Forrestâ€™s command on Hoodâ€™s retreat and afterward went to Mobile and South Carolina, to join the army of Virginia; his last fight was in Bentonville, N. C., and in April, 1865, surrendered. He was wounded at Shiloh in the right side, and at Bentonville in the left side. After the close of the war, he returned to Goodman, Miss., engaged in the drug business and studied medicine for two years. In 1868, he came to Ballard County, where he taught school for fifteen terms and preached, having been licensed in February 1872; about 1882, he turned his entire attention to farming. His only ally in life has been his wife, and he has a farm of 123 acres, 100 improved. He was married September 21, 1876, to Miss M. H. Reeves, of Ballard County, daughter of W. H. and Penelope (White) Reeves, natives of Kentucky and of Irish and Scotch descent. To this marriage have been born four children: William W., Charles C., Fannie E., and Nellie W. Mr. And Mrs. Morris are members of the Christian Church, and he is a Mason. He cast his first presidential vote for Seymour, and he is still a Democrat.â€