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Fannie (Mathany) Morrell (1870 - abt. 1966)

Fannie Morrell formerly Mathany
Born in Alabamamap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of [father unknown] and
Sister of and
Wife of — married 29 May 1894 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Milton, Floridamap
Profile last modified | Created 25 May 2015
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  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 29 July 2017), Frances Matheny in entry for James M Wells, 1880; citing enumeration district ED 136, sheet 172D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d), roll 0132; FHL microfilm 1,254,132.


Fanny is buried in Hickory Hammock Cemetery off Ward Basin Road in Milton, FL.

Her mother was Josephine Mathanie. She had one brother, Henry. His name was William Henry Brown. The family knew him as Uncle Henry who owned and operated a fishing camp in Pensacola (Ferry Pass). He was born April 1, 1877 and died September 18, 1971. He was married to Aunt Cleo and they had no children. They are buried in Whitmire Cemetery, Olive Road, Escambia County, Florida.

I do not know the father of Fanny and Henry. They went by the name of Brown. Their mother Josephine married Charles Brown. William Mathanie is listed on death certificate as her father. Her grandfather was William Mathanie.

She is found in 1880 federal Census, Santa Rosa County, Florida with her mother, Josephine Mathany and brother Henry, living in the household of James M. Wells. Josephine is listed as sister-in-law.

Fanny married Hugh Morrell about 1896 and had at least 4 children by him.

Lee Brown (Lee Johns; Olea Constantine), her son by John Constantine (Constantine Johns), was about 5 years old when she married Morrell.

In 1910 Federal Census, Santa Rosa County, Florida, Lee Johns was living with Hugh Morrell and Fanny. about 6 households later Sarah Johns with Ellenia and Enachley are living with her father, ? Adams, Sr. Sarah was John Constantine's legal wife until they divorced.

Note from Greg Brown:

At Mrs. Jewell Wells Golden's 95th birthday party, she told me she wanted to tell me something and she hoped I wouldn't be mad with her. For the life of me I couldn't imagine what I could be mad about with a 95 year old woman. She made me promise not to be mad with her, so I promised. She said her father told her a secret and made her promise not to tell. What she was about to hear was taboo in that time period. She told me that my grandfather, Lee Brown, and her father were half brothers. This would mean that great grandmother Fannie had Big Daddy while in the household of James M. Wells. I can't prove this, but children out of wedlock was not a good thing in the late 1800's. Although I believe this to be rumor. In my DNA test, I'm 13% greek and could only come from my greek great grandfather John Constantine.

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