Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - Isaac Morris

Isaac Morris

Representing: Union

G.A.R Post

  • Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, Snohomish Co. WA

Unit History

  • 29th Iowa infantry I

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Isaac Morris
Full Unit History

Organized: 12/1/1862 Council Bluffs, IA
Mustered Out: 9/10/1865 New Orleans, LA

Regimental History


  Following its organization the 29th served prison guard duty in Missouri before moving to Arkansas and Kentucky. It returned from the 1863 White River expedition with 400 sick. Nearly 300 of those were lost by death and disability.

  Next came the Yazoo Pass expedition, garrison duty, scouting and the battle of Helena, AR. In the spring of 1864 combat sites included Camden, Terre Noir Creek and Jenkins Ferry. The regiment lost 142 killed, wounded and missing that spring. In early 1865 the unit moved into Alabama.

In June of the same year it sailed to Texas, but was retuned to Mobile where it ceased to exist on 9/10/1865.

Soldier History

Residence: Guthrie Co., IA   Age: 27 yrs.
Enlisted on: 8/15/1862   Rank: Private.
Mustered in: 8/20/1862
Discharged: 8/10/1865
Listed as: Wounded 8/30/1864 Jenkins Ferry, AR

Family History

NOTE: The original birth-to-death biographical profile on Robert Ackley was created in the early days of the Civil War Vets Buried in Washington State project. As such, it suffered from limitations in size and resources to be drawn upon for its writing. What follows is an up dated profile written in May, 2018. While it provides many details not available in the original, it still does not reflect the depth and degree of research resources from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. utilized in recent biographies.


Isaac Q Morris was born 7/22/1835 in Buffalo, Guernsey Co. IA to Henry (b. 5/6/1799/PA died 7/16/1875 Buffalo, Noble Co. IA) and Ann Tacy (nee Watson b. 11/6/1801 Fayette Co. PA died 9/2/1875 Buffalo Noble Co. OH) Morris. 


The Morris’ were a farm family.  As a couple, Henry and Ann produced at least eleven children. Those older than Isaac were Nancy (b. 5/28/1824 Noble Co. OH), Jonathan J (b. 8/31/1825 Guernsey Co. OH), Syntha Ann 8/25/1827 Buffalo Noble Co. OH) Moses (b. 5331/1829 Noble Co. OH), Elizabeth (b. 5/6/1831 Noble Co. OH) and James (b. 12/22/1832 Guernsey Co. OH). Those younger were Eleanor (b. 1/8/1838 Noble co. OH), Rebecca Ann (b. 7/6/1840 Noble Co. OH), Shamgar (b. 8/5/1842 Guernsey Co. OH), Hannah J (b. 2/19/1844 Noble Co. OH) and Charlotte (b. 1854 Guernsey Co OH). As far as is known, all were born in Ohio.


Isaac reportedly remained on the family farm until the age of twenty one. He then moved to Panora, IA where he married Matilda E (nee Reynolds b.  5/20/1838 Owen Co. IN died 5/12/1926 King Co. WA) daughter of Gillum (1807/Raleigh Wake Co. NC) and Winnie Nancy (nee Beaman 1810 Raleigh Wake Co. NC) Reynolds on 3/5/1856.


Isaac and Matilda first set up house in Iowa, but by the census of 1860 they were residing in Buffalo, OH. At that time they had two children Amanda Jane (b. 12/5/1858/Guthrie, IA) and Sarilda Elizabeth (b. 5/1/1859/OH). Those to be added were Nancy Ann (b. 9161861/Cincinnati Madison Co. OH), Hannah Adeline (b. 1864/IA) and James Henry (b. 1866/IA).


In 1862 the 6’1” Isaac then residing in Guthrie Co. Iowa, enlisted in the Union Army.  During his three-year enlistment Private Morris was severely wounded in the chest during the battle of Jenkins Ferry, Arkansas (8/30/64) and suffered from an attack of the measles.  Although the wounding was serious, it was actually the latter that affected him the remainder of his life.


Following the end of the War Isaac returned to farming in Iowa but by 1870 he and his family had quitted that state for new prospects in Monegaw, St Clair, Missouri.  As is often the case, what had drawn the Morris’ there and when they made change of states is not known. 

By 1879 Isaac had again moved his family this time to Washington Territory.  Here they appear to have first settled in King County located near Puget Sound in the western portion of the territory.


A year later, however, they were homesteading north of there in Snohomish, Snohomish County, Washington. It was there that farmer Morris would live out the remainder of his life. Due to health problems Isaac sold his farm and moved into the city of Snohomish.


Isaac Q Morris died on 7/14/12.  He was survived by his wife and four of his children. He was/is buried in the Grand Army Of The Republic Cemetery located on the outskirts of Snohomish. He was a member of Grand Army of the Republic and a Republican in his political beliefs.


Isaac Q Morris had a brother Shamgar Morris born 8/5/1842 in Guernsey Co. OH. He also served in the Civil War in the 42nd OH Infantry Co. D and also received a Civil War pension for heart and lung problems from his military service. He came to Washington Territory by 1890 and resided there till his death in 1914. He is buried at Carnation Cemetery in King Co. Washington.


After Isaac’s passing Matilda continued to live in Snohomish. She died on 5/31/1926 and was/is buried beside Isaac. Mrs. Morris was a member, along with her daughter Amanda Ludwig of the Woman’s Relief Corp. at the time of her death.  


Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
Row: 3
Site: 5

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