Virilla J. Morris

Brief Life History of Virilla J.

When Virilla J. Morris was born on 9 November 1831, in Louisiana, United States, her father, Thomas Cargill Morris, was 27 and her mother, Mary "Polly" Thomas, was 21. She married John A. Paul about 1851, in Washington, St. Landry, Louisiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Saint Tammany, St. Tammany, Louisiana, United States in 1850. She died on 27 February 1911, in Rio, Washington, Louisiana, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Pierce Cemetery, Sun, St. Tammany, Louisiana, United States.

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Family Time Line

John A. Paul
Virilla J. Morris
Marriage: about 1851
Elizabeth Paul
Eliza Jane Leslie
William Thomas Paul
Beauregard Paul
Edwin Paul
Adolphus Paul
Louella Paul
Jacob Paul

Sources (10)

  • Verilla J Mauris in household of Thomas Mauris, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Virrilla J Paul, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Viralla Morris in entry for Eliza Jane Leslie, "Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875, 1894-1960"

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from Maurice, an Old French personal name introduced to Britain by the Normans. It is derived from Latin Mauritius, a derivative of Maurus (see Moore ). This was the name of several early Christian saints. In some cases it may be a nickname of the same derivation for someone with a swarthy complexion.

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Muirghis, a variant of Ó Muirgheasa (see Morrissey ).

Welsh: Anglicized form of the personal name Meurig (from Latin Mauritius), which was gradually superseded in Wales by Morus, Morys, a derivative of the Anglo-Norman French form of the name (see 1 above).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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