Facts and Events
Appears on 1818 Lawrence Co, TN tax list, 1836 and 1838 Wayne Co, TN tax lists. Acquired land along the Green River in Wayne County.
Wayne County, Tennessee 1817-1995 History & Families - Page 320-321:
'William Morrow was born about 1755, probably in North Carolina, and was the son of William Morrow and Mary "Polly" Dunlap, natives of Ireland. He married Lydia, whose maiden name may have been Watts, about 1790. Lydia was born 1766 and died between 1850 and 1860. In 1818 the family was living in Lawrence County, TN, but by the 1820 census had moved to a farm on Green River in Wayne County, TN. This farm was located at the mouth of Greeson Hollow. Here William and Lydia lived the rest of their lives. William died about 1845 and he and Lydia are buried in the Morrow Cemetery on a hill south of Greeson Hollow Branch. Their graves are marked by two very old cedar trees, the tombstones having crumbled.
William and Lydia had six known children, possibly others: (1) Mary Morrow, no further information; (2) John Morrow, born March 6, 1802, married Elizabeth Worthen Cypert; (3) Thomas Morrow, born about 1804 and married Oct. 18, 1831 to Mary Wiley, the daughter of William and Lydia Wiley. They had three known children: Newton Fennell Morrow, born 1834; William A. Morrow, born 1839; and John Morrow, born 1836; (4) William Morrow, born about 1806; (5) James Morrow, born 1808, married Martha "Patsey" Martin. Their children were Elias W. Morrow, Robert L. Morrow, Margaret Elizabeth Morrow, William T. Morrow, Lydia J. Morrow, Sarah Ann Morrow, Nancy Catherine Morrow, and David Neal Morrow; (6) Lydia Morrow, who died Aug. 18, 1851, age 38 years, 6 months and three days. Lydia married Stephen Bivens who was born 1810 and died Feb. 27, 1858. After Lydia's death Stephen married Nancy E. (12/14/1831-08/10/1910) as his second wife. Lydia and Stephen are buried in Morrow Cemetery; Nancy E. is buried in Shields Cemetery. Lydia and Stephen had seven children: Lydia J. Bivens, born 1834; Alfred Bivens, born 1831; Mary A. Bivens, born 1838; Sarah Elizabeth Bivens, born 1841, married Thomas Moore; Martha Amaveasetha Bivens, born 1843, married first to Benjamin A. Copeland, married second to John W. Bedford; Ephraim H. Bivens, born 1846, married Elizabeth Moore; and Stephen Nathaniel Bivens, born 1850. By his second wife, Stephen had one daughter, Isadora Bivens, born 1854, who married Robert Grimes on 02/17/1876. William and Lydia Morrow probably had other children, older than those listed above, whose names have been forgotten by later members of the family.'
Tennessee Cousins By Worth S. Ray: Three brothers, William, Leonard and Zachariah Morrow came from the Tar River section of North Carolina with the Cyperts. William Morrow and his wife had children: John, James and Thomas Morrow. John Morrow married Elizabeth Cypert. James Morrow married Patsy Martin, daughter of William Martin of Bedford County. John Martin Morrow was the son of the James Morrow who married Patsy Martin. His son ? Morrow had a daughter Grace Morrow who married Marvin A. Bryan. [As always be cautious when Ray speaks about migrations - to him people the same age in the same area were assumed related.]
A descendant of William matches descendants of a somewhat eclectic group of other 19th century men. The match is 25/25 and 36/37 markers, suggesting a 95% chance of a common ancestor in the last 12 generations. See Group 3 on this list of participants.