Facts and Events
The first verified location of Joseph was in Buncombe County, NC.
19 Oct 1809 - Joseph purchased 150 acres on Pole Creek from John Crumley [Deed Bk B]
02 Oct 1810 - Joseph purchased 50 acres on Newfound Creek from Hezekiah Allen [Deed Bk C]
08 Jan 1811 - Joseph sold the land on Pole Creek to a man named Cowen
31 Aug 1811 - Joseph & a Jonathan Hicks witnessed deed where James Morrow purchased 100 acres from Thomas Plemmons on a small branch that emptied into Newfound Creek. (Jonathan and Robert Morrow witnessed a deed betwn James Morrow and William Humphrey on Newfound Creek on 16 Jun 1810). Both Joseph's and James properties bordered Rogers old line. Richard Morrow also bought land on Newfound Creek ca 1802
27 May 1817 - Joseph Morrow sold property [Bk A, p. 423; Bk B, p. 16]
08 Dec 1818 - J.M. Morrow, Robert Shobe, Samuel Gibson, Lewis Hall listed with land entries in Missouri
1819 - Joseph M. Morrow, John Morrow, James Morrow included in Missouri tax list
16 Apr 1821 - Joseph Morrow appointed as one of the commissioners of public lands to benefit public schools, Gasconade Co, MO
01 Jan 1824 - Joseph M. Morrow, Justice of Peace, Gasconade Co, MO, performed marriage ceremony
1855 - J. M. Morrow laid out the town of Medora, MO. He built the first building. The railway renamed it St. Aubert
Cemetery inscription: 1788 53y 3m 10d
Heirs of Joseph Maxwell Morrow per "Assignment of Administration of Estate" as of 27 July 1857: Wife, Mary Jane Snelson Morrow still living Deborah Morrow Pummell - deceased; Margaret Morrow Gibson - deceased; John Morrow - deceased; Susan Morrow Bower - Gasconade Co, MO; James Morrow - Osage Co, MO; William Morrow - Osage Co, MO; Silas Morrow - Osage Co, MO; Anna Morrow Sparks - Osage Co, MO; Joseph Morrow - Adair Co, MO; Thomas Morrow - Adair Co, MO; Benjamin F. Morrow - Adair Co, MO; Mary Jane Morrow Cason - Adair Co, MO. According to interview with son, Benjamin Franklin Morrow, there was one more child whose name is unknown.
1830 Census, Linn, Gibson Twp, Gasconade Co, MO: 2 males under 5; 2 males 5-10; 2 males 10-15; 1 male 15-20; 1 male 50-60 1 female under 5; 1 female 10-15; 1 female 15-20; 1 female 20-30; 1 female 30-40; 1 female 50-60
1840 Census, Linn, Gibson Twp, Gasconade, MO: 2 males under 5; 1 male 5-10; 2 males 10-15, 2 males 15-20, 1 male 50-60 1 female 5-10; 1 female 10-15; 1 female 20-30; 1 female 50-60
1850 Osage Co, MO: Joseph Morrow 67 NC, Mary 65 SC Joseph could read/write (Benton, p. 462, 11/2/1850)
Joseph was thought to be a son of William Morrow, of Buncombe Co, NC and Warren Co, TN, because of a newspaper clipping about William's family found with Joseph's descendants, but the DNA does not match. His DNA does, however, match 25/25 with the descendant of John m. Susannah, whom researchers thought was his brother. See also Morrow DNA Project
He has also been tied to Richard Morrow m. Margaret Maxwell, in Buncombe County in the early 19th century, but nothing further is known about that line.