Ritson Morris and Elmwood Plantation

Ritson Morris and Elmwood Plantation (HMYPE)

Location: Seabrook, TX 77586 Harris County
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N 29° 34.233', W 95° 0.962'

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Virginia native Ritson Morris (1798-1849) came to Texas about 1827. He settled first in Nacogdoches, where he married Minerva Edwards in 1829. One year later, following the birth of their first child, the Morrises moved to this area, where Minerva's father, Amos Edwards, had settled in Stephen F. Austin's colony.

Morris received a Mexican land grant and established a 3,000-acre plantation he named Elmwood. He raised livestock and crops, and the family lived in a modest log house. It was later replaced by a large two-story structure that remained on the site until about 1885. Minerva Morris' brother, Ashmore Edwards, built a home nearby.

In 1832 and 1835, Morris participated in skirmishes against the Mexican army at Anahuac, precedents to the Texas Revolution of 1836. Morris sent his family to New Orleans for safety during the revolution, but they later returned and continued to live on the plantation for many years.

Ritson Morris contracted tuberculosis and died on September 21, 1849. He was buried in the family cemetery on Elmwood Plantation. Many of his descendants continue to live in southeast Harris County.
Marker Number10657
Year Placed1991
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 5:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 304705 N 3272896
Decimal Degrees29.57055000, -95.01603333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 34.233', W 95° 0.962'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 34' 13.98" N, 95° 0' 57.72" W
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Area Code(s)281, 713, 832
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2400 N Meyer Ave, Seabrook TX 77586, US
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