In They Came from North Carolina – Part 1, the story was told about the life of Chalmer Vest Morrison. Today, we will spend time looking back into that family’s past. Chalmer’s father was John A. Morrison. John lived his whole life as a farmer in the Brazeau, Missouri area. John’s father was Andrew Ramsey Morrison. This Andrew (Andrew was an oft-used name in the Morrison family) was born in Rowan County, North Carolina. Most of the Scotts-Irish Presbyterians in Brazeau came from this county in North Carolina. It appears that Andrew’s parents, Andrew and Betsy Morrison, must have arrived in Perry County around 1833, because one of their sons was born in Perry County in 1834. When Andrew Ramsey arrived here, he must have been around 14 years old. His father, Andrew, died in 1837, two years before the German immigrants arrived in Perry County.
Let’s head to Rowan County, North Carolina to see what Andrew did before his family migrated to Perry County. There are records which indicate that Andrew was part of a military force which was mustered in the Rowan County area around Salisbury, North Carolina. Here you see a record which indicates his service.
I was able to locate a story which indicated that Jacob Krider of Salisbury was captain of the First Company, Seventh Regiment. The mission of this militia was to fight the Creek Indians during the War of 1812. The company rendezvoused in Salisbury on 1 February, marched on 1 March, and returned to Salisbury about 1 August.
This little piece of history led me on a side trip. I started looking at Captain Jacob Krider. After the war, Jacob was a tavern operator, a printer and newspaper publisher, and finally, a miller. He also became active as the chairman of the building committee for Third Creek Presbyterian Church. A new church building was completed in 1835 and is still in use by this congregation to this day.
Now I will return to Perry County for a bit. In the early 1850’s, Brazeau Presbyterian Church started the process of building a new church sanctuary. On that building committee was a gentleman by the name of Columbus Price. Columbus is a complete story for another day, but for now, let me just mention that he was one of the first eleven students to attend the Log Cabin College in Altenburg in 1839. Columbus was to come up with a plan for a brick structure. In the end, it was his plan that was used to construct the new church which opened its doors in 1852. That building is still in use today.
Now I need to show you those two church buildings. On the left, you will see the Third Creek Presbyterian Church near Salisbury, North Carolina. On the right, you will see the Brazeau Presbyterian Church in Brazeau, Missouri.
There is a stunning similarity between these two structures. It is evident that often people use architectural designs they are already familiar with. The same thing can be said about the Lutheran churches in this area that were built in the 1860’s and 70’s. I have been told by people who have visited the old homeland in Germany that our churches here have a great resemblance to the ones over there.
Now to return to the Morrison family. The Andrew Morrison who fought in the War of 1812 was the son of David Morrison (who, by the way, had a brother by the name of Andrew Morrison). David’s father was……..are you ready?…….Andrew Morrison. This Andrew Morrison was born in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area but is buried in the Thyatira Presbyterian Cemetery just outside of Salisbury, North Carolina. If you back up one more generation, you can find that the Morrison family originated in Ireland. Here is a photo of Andrew’s gravestone, both front and back.
He died in 1770. That is six years before the Revolutionary War began.
Now another church comparison. Inside the Thyatira Presbyterian Church in North Carolina, you find this interesting building characteristic.
Notice the supporting pipes above the pews. Now look at the interior of Brazeau Presbyterian Church.
I see this as another example of an architectural feature that gets used by others who were familiar with it. I hope you find this as fascinating as I do.