Thomas J. Morris
Thomas J. Morris, born April
1835 and reared in Glendale was struck and killed by a train one mile
south of Arkwright, S. C. on Sunday afternoon November 8, 1908. He was
73 years of age and was living in Arkwright, S. C. along with his
granddaughter Mrs. James (Cora) Young and her family.
A passenger train coming
Augusta Ga. traveling on the C. & W. C. tracks, approaching from
behind, hit and knocked him some 40 feet down the tracks. He was hurled
with such force that when his head struck a loose cross tie, one end of
the cross tie was moved some 3 feet. The impact killed him instantly.
He was returning home after having walked down the tracks about a mile
and half to visit another granddaughter, Mrs. William (Connie) Turner
and her family, when the accident took place.
The news article which
appeared in the Spartanburg Herald on Tuesday November 10, 1908
reported that the accident happened on a curve which prohibited the
train engineer from seeing Thomas until right on him. The engineer
stated that at first sight of the man on the tracks, he blew the
distress whistle and put the train in reverse but his efforts were too
His grand son in-law James
Young, who came to the scene reported that Thomas was deaf and could
not have heard the train approaching from his back. Witness to the
accident reported that Mr. Morris was walking on the tracks with his
hands crossed behind his back when he was struck.
Census of 1870 shows Thomas
as having a wife, Louvenia; two sons, Edward and John; one daughter,
Frances. Other than the two granddaughters and their husbands, no other
family members were listed as survivors at the time of his death,
though other records I have show he had some great grandchildren. While
census records show numerous Morris families living in the Glendale
area in the late 1800s and early 1900s, I know of none in the area
The body of Thomas J. Morris
was returned to Glendale for burial. While I have no records confirming
the fact, it is believed by this writer that he was the Uncle of Mrs.
Eliza Frances Morris Crocker, my
grandmother. She had Thomas buried
beside her father in the Crocker Square in the Glendale Community
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