"William conducted a wagon train business between the Murphy-Andrews area and Jackson County for
many years hauling goods and supplies for the residents, stores, and lumber companies. He did not
practice slavery and was a believer in free enterprise hiring primarily the local Indians as laborers
giving them the opportunity to earn income when national sentiment against them was very negative.
He believed them to be dependable, hardworking and trustworthy.
"In 1862, William enlisted in Company H of the 39th N. C. Infantry as a private. Company H was formed
in Cherokee County February, 1862. The 39th Regiment fought in battles from Richmond, Kentucky, to
Jackson, Mississippi. William served until September 19, 1863, when he was wounded and taken
prisoner at Chickamauga, Ga. He remained a prisoner until February 14, 1864, when he took the oath
of allegiance at Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was released to come home to his family.
"Due to his decision not to own slaves, William and his business recovered rather quickly during the
reconstruction years in the South. He purchased 36 acres on John's Creek in 1868 and with his family's
help built his home there. He later moved to Webster where he lived until his death on December 30,
1894. The Keener Cemetery in Sylva is the final resting place of William B. Morris and several
descendants. It is not known where or when Margret died."
-- William B. Morris, "The William B. and Margret E. (Dawson) Morris Family", Heritage of Old
Buncombe County, Vol. II (Doris Cline Ward, Editor), 1987, p. 273.
|William B. Morris
7 December 1827 - 30 December 1894
Missouri Jackson Co NC