Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - Isaac Morris

Isaac Morris

Representing: Union
G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, 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 Isaac Henry Morris was created during the early years of the Civil War Vets Buried In Washington State project. As such it suffered from a lack of in-depth source material available today through the internet and the National Archives. The following bio was updated in April, 2018, and while more detailed than its predecessor, it still lacks the details of today’s profiles.
  Isaac Henry Morris was born 7/22/35 in Ohio. His place of birth was likely in or near the community of Buffalo. In 1850 Buffalo was in Guernsey County. By 1860, likely due to redistricting, Buffalo was in Noble Co.

The Morris’ were a farm family headed by Henry (b. ca. 1799) and Ann T. (no nee b. ca 1802) Morris. As a couple, Henry and Ann produced at least eleven children. Those older than Isaac were Nancy (b. 1824), John (b. 1825), Moses (b. 1829), Elizabeth (b. 1831) and James (b. 1832). Those younger were Eleanor (b. 1838), Rebecca A. (b. 1840), Sharinger (b. 1842), Hannah (b. 1844) and Charlotte (b. 1856). 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, Iowa where, in 1856, he married Matilda E. Reynolds (b. 1838, ’40 or ‘41 IN).

Isaac and Matilida first set up house in Iowa, but by the census of 1860 they were residing in Buffalo, Ohio. At that time they had two children Amanda J. (b. 1858 IA) and Sarilda Elizabeth (b. 1859 OH). Those to be added later were Nancy (b. 1862 IA), 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.

Isaac Henry 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 in Snohomish.

After Isaac’s passing Matilda continued to live in Snohomish. She died on 5/31/26 and was/is buried beside Isaac


Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
Row: 3
Site: 5

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