From Kansas to California
Sometimes it's just fun to find old letters that piece together the family photos, the family bible, death certificates, and obituaries. We know that Wiley J, 1807 and Louisa Morris, 1817 had five children. Three of these offsprings, Wiley (Tobe) 1838, sister Adelade (married Willis Cox), and youngest brother David Morris, 1850 settled in Kansas. One son of Tobe's and many of David's offsprings to include his daughters Addie, Hoolie, April and Lou [Louise] went to California. But this railroad family (many of the husbands worked the railroad), travelled between Kansas and California to visit first cousins. They also wrote, confirming their close-knit family and relations. Today cousins from these three Morris branches still celebrate in the Wiley J. Morris Reunion. For 2015, it will be held in Omaha, Nebraska.
The following two 1954 letters are between all 3 cousin "groups" with the following mentions:
Pearl (Morris) Simpson, daughter of Tobe, nicknamed "Duck"
Jessie (Jess), Granddaughter of Wiley (Tobe) Morris
Addie Belle Tucker, daughter of David, nicknamed "Sister"
Hoolie (looks like Ollie), daughter of David
Louise, daughter of David, seamstress in CA. (Often called "Big Sister")
Cleave, son of David, lived in Kansas but visited California
Myrtle and Pauline, granddaughter of Sarah Adelade (Morris) Cox
Mattie Cox, daughter of Sarah Adelade Morris Cox (mother of Myrtle and Pauline)
Letter 1 from Addie Tucker, CA to cousin Pearl Simpson, KS 28 Sept 1954
Letter 2 to Pearl (Morris) Simpson, Great Bend Kansas from Jessie and Myrtle