Silas Morris

b. 4 July 1884, d. April 1965
FatherSilas Morris b. 9 Jan 1849, d. 11 Apr 1912
MotherMartha Jeffery b. 31 Dec 1839, d. 23 Jan 1922
Silas Morris who emmigrated to the USA in 1911
     Silas Morris was born on 4 July 1884 at Uckfield, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Silas Morris and Martha Jeffery.
Silas Morris was an apprentice harness maker on 31 March 1901.
On 2 April 1911 Silas Morris lived at 11 John's Terrace, Cross Roads, Croydon, Surrey, England, lodging with William Hide, his wife Annie and two children.2
Silas Morris was a harness maker on 2 April 1911.2
Silas Morris emigrated on 6 May 1911 to New York, USA, travelling by himself on the ship "Campania" which departed Liverpool for New York. His arrival record at Ellis Island gives his age as 26 years and his marital status as single.
Silas Morris married Lilian Elizabeth Jessie Ralph, daughter of Walter Ralph and Louisa Jane Bentley, circa 1918.
Silas Morris was a travelling salesman for the Gould Storage Battery Co, 604 Kew Building, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan. circa 1918.
Circa 1918 Silas Morris and Lilian Elizabeth Jessie Ralph lived at 80 Hazelwood Ave, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA, according to a WWI draft registration card.
Silas Morris was a battery man working for the Edison Illuminating Co. circa 1918.
Circa 1918 Silas Morris and Lilian Elizabeth Jessie Ralph lived at 283 W Euclid Ave, Detroit, Michigan, USA, according to another WW1 draft registration card.
In the 1920 census, Silas and Lillian were lodging in San Franscisco, California at 235 O'Farrell St, San Franscisco Assembly District 33. Silas is a salesman (of safes). The census in this area has pages of lodgers, so it could be an area of temporary accommodation.3
Silas Morris and Lilian Elizabeth Jessie Ralph were found on a passenger list on 2 June 1923 arriving back in Plymouth, England on the ship "Manchuria" having departed from New York. He was aged 39 years and Lillian 36 years. His occupation was salesman. Their residence while in the UK was 46 Hubert Grove, Stockwell, London.
Silas Morris and Lilian Elizabeth Jessie Ralph were found on a passenger list on 14 August 1923 departing Southampton on the ship "Aquitania". His occupation was given as salesman. The destination port was New York. The Ellis Isalnd arrival record gives his last place of residence as Pittsburg, USA.
For the 1930 census, Silas and Lillian were living at 6204 Broad St, Pittsburg, USA. They were renting and paying $50 per month. Silas states he was married at the age of 29 and Lillian 25. His occupation is a salesman at a clothing store and he appears to be currently unemployed.4
Silas Morris and Lilian Elizabeth Jessie Ralph were found on a passenger list on 11 August 1933 arriving in Southampton on the ship "Berengaria" having departed from New York. Their proposed address in the UK was 14 Dorset Rd in Lewes, Sussex which was the address of some of his Morris family relatives. Silas was 49 years old and Lillian 47 years. His occupation was salesman.
Silas Morris and Lilian Elizabeth Jessie Ralph were found on a passenger list on 20 September 1933 departing Southampton for New York on the ship "Olympic".
Silas Morris and Lilian Elizabeth Jessie Ralph were found on a passenger list in 1934 arriving in Liverpool on the ship "Britannic" which had departed from New York. Their proposed residence in the UK was 42 Links Rd, West Wickham, Kent. Silas' occupation is salesman.
Silas Morris was found on a passenger list on 21 May 1935 arriving New York on the SS Majestic.5
Silas Morris was a sales agent for various companies in 1940.6
In 1940 Silas Morris and Lilian Elizabeth Jessie Ralph lived at 201 South Beatty, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, The census indicated that they were living at the same address in 1935.6
This is the address given in a booklet dated 1945 46 which lists Silas as being the Watchman of the Shepherds in the Supreme King's Guard of the Damascus Shrine No 1 of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem in Pittsburg Pennsylvania. His title was Watchman of the Shepherds of Damascus Shrine and Supreme Kings Guard. Also mentioned in the booklet was Lillian Morris, his wife.
The White Shrine of Jerusalem was founded as a Christian auxiliary to freemasons in the United States. There were 69,000 members in 1995. It appears this order is not active outside the U.S.
The White Shrine of Jerusalem is yet another variety of Christianized Adoptive Masonry — that is, Freemasonry for women. It is perhaps more congenial to evangelically minded Protestant women than the Order of the Eastern Star, though, until 1953, members of the White Shrine of Jerusalem were required to be members of the Eastern Star.
The original White Shrine of Jerusalem was founded by Charles D. Magee in Chicago on October 23, 1894, but three years later he founded a rival organization of the same name in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The two Supreme Shrines managed to reconcile their differences by 1909, and in that year they were united in Chicago. Membership is open to Master Masons as well as their wives, mothers, daughters, widows, and sisters. Members are known as Sojourners; the head of the organization is the Supreme Worthy High Priestess. (http://www.stichtingargus.nl/vrijmetselarij/frame_en.html).

In 1945 Silas Morris and Lilian Elizabeth Jessie Ralph lived at 6204 Broad St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
There is a record of Silas Morris on a Detroit Border Crossings and Passenger and Crew List for 1947, which states that Silas is a widower, occupation sales agent. It gives his birth date as 4 July 1884 in Uckfield, Sussex, England. His alien registration number is: 4065220. His height is 5ft 9 inches and he weighs 144 lbs. His address is still 6204 Broad St, Pittsburgh. The card has his signature and fingerprint.5
Silas Morris died in April 1965 at Pennsylvania, USA, at age 80. Silas was found in the US Social Security Deaths Index: Silas Morris: Birth Date 4/7/1884, Death Date Apr 1965, Social Security No 209-01-5491, State of Issuance of Soc. Security No: Pennsylvania. Although birth place was not given, the birth date is an exact match.
It appears that Silas and Lillian did not have any children. None have been found to date.

Family

Lilian Elizabeth Jessie Ralph b. 1887, d. 1947
Marriage*
Silas Morris married Lilian Elizabeth Jessie Ralph, daughter of Walter Ralph and Louisa Jane Bentley, circa 1918. 

Citations

  1. [S144] General Register Office Indexes to Births, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jul-Sep 1884, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 123."
  2. [S75] 1911 Census for England "RG14PN3296 RG78PN125 RD39 SD2 ED15 SN125."
  3. [S176] 1920 Census for USA "Year: 1920;Census Place: San Francisco Assembly District 33, San Francisco, California; Roll: T625_140; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 264; Image: 582."
  4. [S175] 1930 Census for USA "Year: 1930; Census Place: Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1975; Page: 25A; Enumeration District: 179; Image: 763.0."
  5. [S177] Ancestry.com Operations Inc., Ancestry.com, Detroit Border Crossings and Passenger and Crew Lists, 1905-1957, (Ancestry.com website).
  6. [S288] 1940 Census for USA "Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: T627_3656; Page: 61B; Enumeration District: 69-168."