April 15, 1862, Pennsville, Ohio.
July 23, 1929, at her daughter’s home in Auburn, Ohio.
McConnelsville Cemetery, McConnelsville, Ohio.
Lelia was the daughter of John T. E. and Olivia E. Naylor. As a child, she lived in Malta and McConnelsville, Ohio. In 1881, she married Charles Hammond Morris. Lelia 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.