The Morton's of Greene County

 

 

Shelburn Hendrix(S.H.) Morton born August 1, 1873 was my great grandfather he was born in Wells County , Vigo , Indiana

1880 Census

Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
 George MORTON   Self   M   Male   W   45   IN   Laborer   OH   OH 
 Ally MORTON   Wife   M   Female   W   42   IN   Keeping House   OH   VA 
 Millie MORTON   Dau   S   Female   W   18   IN   At Home   IN   IN 
 Elvin MORTON   Son   S   Male   W   17   IN   At School   IN   IN 
 Louisa MORTON   Dau   S   Female   W   13   IN   At School   IN   IN 
 Shelburn MORTON   Son   S   Male   W   6   IN      IN   IN 

 

.He moved to Poplar Bluff , Missouri in 1910 an lived with his mother Abbie (Ally ) Morton(maiden name not known) his father is George W.. Morton but the census stated his father was born in Kentucky .

1910 Census Butler Co. Missouri

In 1920 census S.H. was living in the Mainshore Community in Greene County an was farming with his wife Edith Ann (Lambert) Morton born February 14,1883 in Wells, Indiana. Her father was John Lambert born abt.1813 in Ireland.Children listed :Lawrence V.s,15 ,Lewelin ,d,13,Georgia d,10,Barney,s,6,Burney,s,6(twins)Ceava E.,s,4 1\\2.

There was other children born later an they were Edna ,Gerladine an Eugene (twins). Edna married Raymond Cox an died when she was 21 with TB. Edith E. lived to be 9 yrs. old and is buried at Crockett/Miller Graveyard in Greene County , Ar.

My Grandfather was Barney Irwin Morton married Helen Bernita Gladish February 8,1940 in Dunklin Co. Missouri. Children were Jimmy 7-14-40,Cathrine Ann 10-5-43, Barney Otto,4-5-45.Jimmy died in 1943 of pneaumai and is buried at Pine Knott with my grandparents.

Catherine (Cathy) married Donald Strope 12-24-59 in Greene County an their children were Helen , Donnie, John.

Otto Barney Morton who is my father married Mattie L. Reddick 6-6-64 of Mounds, Ar. My mother is the grandaughter of Humphrey Reddick an Mary Alice from "Father's of The Ridge" .Their children were Pamela , Tina, Teddie an Kathleen.

In 1919 S.H. an Edith bought 20 acres from G.M. Tennision. In 1920 they purchased 60 acres from W.C. Batey at this land originally came from Bertig Land Company.

1930 Census Collier Township

By the 1930 census Aunt Louellen had already married my Uncle Harley Atchison and was living next door to my Great Grandfather.

 

In 1923 they purchased 39 1/2 acres from J.H. Cozart . S.H. Morton lived at Villiage in 1931 which was up around Old Pekin Rd. in Paragould at that time the whole family helped farm an raise the crops.

Then they moved to what used to be called Bailey Trading Post down on the San Francis River almost on the the Craighead line .

My Grandpa Barney would tell about having to get up way before daylight an travel by boat and lantern's to Childers Arkansas by the way of the river to trade their goods an come back home late up in the night. In 1935 they moved across the 8-mile right on the Craighead line to what is still to this day the Morton Homeplace where my Parent's still live.

When they first moved their it was nothing but swamps an cyprus trees . They started clearing the land an working the ground , used the lumber an built their homes . My sister's an I grew up in the original house that they built in 1935.

My Dad an Grandpa moved the house on up the road about quarter of a mile from were it was built on higher ground . They set the house on logs an slowly rolled the house to where it now sets up by the 8-mile ditch. Pulling it with teams of horse's.

My parent's still live their today an farm the Morton Land raising soybeans an winter wheat.

Written by Tina (Morton) Easley