1862–1929
Mrs. Charles H. Morris

Introduction

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Born: Ap­ril 15, 1862, Penns­ville, Ohio.

Died: Ju­ly 23, 1929, at her daugh­ter’s home in Au­burn, Ohio.

Buried: Mc­Con­nels­ville Ce­me­te­ry, Mc­Con­nels­ville, Ohio.

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Biography

Lelia was the daugh­ter of John T. E. and Oliv­ia E. Nay­lor, and wife of Charles Ham­mond Mor­ris (mar­ried 1881).

As a child, she lived in Mal­ta and Mc­Con­nels­ville, Ohio. She was ac­tive in the Me­thod­ist church, and was oft­en at camp meet­ings (e.g., Old Camp Sy­char, Mt. Ver­non, Ohio, and Se­bring Camp in Se­bring, Ohio)

She be­gan song writ­ing in the 1890’s, au­thor­ing more than 1,000 Gos­pel songs. When her eyes be­gan to fail in 1913, her son built a 28-foot black­board with ov­er­sized staff lines, so she could con­tin­ue com­pos­ing.

She and her hus­band moved in with her daugh­ter, Mrs. Fran­ces Lunk, in Au­burn, Ohio, around 1928.

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