French Canadians Living in Ferrisburgh, VT in 1850: #14 Thomas Morris

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Thomas Morris (whose surname is Chaput dit Maurice in Québec) is listed in the 1850 US Census for Ferrisburgh. He is referred to as Thomas Morris on Page 312, Line 22, Household 286, with the following persons listed, respectively, on lines 15 to 24:

  • Lewis Little
  • Hulda Little
  • Welthy Little
  • Elizabath Little
  • Tryphona Little
  • Jacob Little
  • Lewis Little Jr
  • Thomas Morris
  • Phidelia Morris
  • Harrit Lufin

Newlyweds, Thomas and his wife Delia Little were living with her parents and siblings. The last person listed is unknown. I have found four children for this couple, Eliza (baptized Tarsile), Eugene, Mary J and Nora.

Thomas died rather young at age 35. I have not found where Delia died yet but I am still looking.

Name Transcribed from the 1850 US Census:Morris, Thomas
Last Name:Morris
First & Middle Name:Thomas
Original Surname in Québec:Chaput dit Maurice
Earliest Known Paternal Ancestor:Pierre Chapus & Françoise Rondelle from St-Maurice-près-Pionsat (St-Maurice) (Puy-de-Dôme), France. Their son François married Charlotte Devis on February 1, 1740 at Notre-Dame Church in Québec City.
Status:Born in Québec; came with siblings
Parents' Name:Jean-Baptiste Chaput dit Maurice & Marguerite Rivard
Parents' Marriage Date & Place:26 Oct 1807, St-Cuthbert, Berthier County, Québec, Canada
Spouse:Delia Little (Petit)
Marriage Date & Place:27 Jul 1850, Ferrisburgh, Addison County, Vermont
Other Spouses:N/A
Vital Information:
Birth Date & Place:23 Mar 1827, St-Hyacinthe, St-Haycinthe County, Québec, Canada
Baptismal Date & Place:23 Mar 1827, St-Hyacinthe, St-Haycinthe County, Québec, Canada
Death Date & Place:20 Aug 1862, Brandon, Rutland County, Vermont
Burial Date & Place:aft 20 Aug 1862, cemetery unknown, most probably in Brandon
Naturalization Date & Place:No
Land Owner in Ferrisburgh:No
Life Before Ferrisburgh:Jean-Baptiste, Thomas’ father, died in 1836 in St-Hyacinthe, when Thomas was only 9 years old. Lots of Thomas’ siblings can be found in Ferrisburgh and Vergennes like Éléonore married to Ambroise Blanchette, Prosper married to Sophie Blanchette, Dométille married to Édouard Gervais (Jarvis), and John William married to Julie Desmarais.
Life After Ferrisburgh:Thomas and his family moved to Brandon, in Rutland County, Vermont, before 1860. Thomas died from apoplexy in Brandon on August 20, 1862, leaving a widow and four children. At the time of his death, he was a farmer.
Notes:Information was taken from the 1850 and 1860 US Census, Parish Repertoire of Burlington (St. Joseph and St. Mary’s), and Vergennes, Vermont, Find-a-Grave Website, Collection Drouin (Quebec parish records) and Fichier Origine.

Last Updated: May 3, 2017

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