Lee Morrison is the descendant of a New Netherland settler.
Leland Ray "Lee" Morrison was born on 1 October 1908 in Plankinton, Aurora, South Dakota to Orin Lemon Morrison and Iva Reed Furman. He was a laborer in his youth who completed up to the 8th grade, and followed the Presbyterian religion. At one point while still in South Dakota, he was charged with petit larceny and convicted. He moved to Rochester, Monroe, New York - where his maternal grandparents were from - with some of his siblings at age 18 and married Elva Carolyn Jeffers on 2 April 1927 in Rochester, with whom he had three kids. They lived in Rochester, but spent a decent amount of time in Elva's hometown of Wolcott, Wayne County. They also lived temporarily in Syracuse, New York in 1929, where Leland worked as a shipper. Elva filed for and was granted divorce in Wayne County sometime in 1932 or 1933.
Leland remarried to Violet Marion Pung on 27 June 1933 in Towanda, Bradford, Pennsylvania. At this time, Leland worked as a truck driver and lived in Rochester. Together they had five children who were all born around the Rochester area. They moved from Rochester to Fairport, before moving to Walworth, Wayne County, to the farm of Mrs. Alice Swarthout in Penn Yan, Yates County. Leland was a volunteer firefighter in the village of Dresden at this time.
On 24 April 1939, three days before Violet died due to complications from childbirth, Leland was arrested by Yates County Sheriff Jay Fitzwater and Deputy Charles Kipp on a second-degree statutory charge involving a 17-year-old high school girl. While awaiting action from the grand jury as a prisoner at Yates County Jail, he suffered from a sudden attack of acute appendicitis and was rushed to the hospital in Penn Yan to undergo emergency surgery. He was indicted by the grand jury on May 16th and sentenced a couple days later to 5 years at Attica State Prison by Yates County Supreme Court Judge Nathan D. Lapham. A month later he was brought back to Penn Yan for re-sentencing due to a legal technicality that required an indefinite sentence; he was thus sentenced to 3-6 years. He was imprisoned at Attica until 25 April 1940, where his inmate number was 5650. He was subsequently transferred to Wallkill Correctional Facility due to good behavior. He was paroled on 29 April 1942, which is when he registered for the World War II draft. Lee lived in Hilton, Monroe, New York before ultimately moving back into Rochester by 1944.
Leland worked primarily as an auto mechanic and general laborer and had also gotten interested in stock car racing, leading him to partake in various races and even acting as track manager for some of them.
He was killed during a race at the Niagara County Fair Grounds in Lockport, Niagara, New York on 31 May 1948, when his car overshot the race course and overturned. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Penfield, New York.
"South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-2016," database, FamilySearch, Leland Morrison, 01 Oct 1905; citing Birth, Aurora, South Dakota, United States, South Dakota Department of Health, Pierre. (Mistake with birth year, should be 1908.)
"United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch, Leland R Morrison in household of Orrin L Morrison, Plankinton, Aurora, South Dakota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 5, sheet 6A, family 117, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1476; FHL microfilm 1,375,489.
"South Dakota State Census, 1915," database with images, FamilySearch, Leland R Morrison; citing State Historical Society, Pierre; FHL microfilm 2,283,686.
"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch, Leland Morrison in household of Orin L Morrison, Plankinton, Aurora, South Dakota, United States; citing ED 8, sheet 10A, line 22, family 7, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1714; FHL microfilm 1,821,714.
"South Dakota State Census, 1925," database with images, FamilySearch, Leland Morrison; citing 482, State Historical Society, Pierre; FHL microfilm 2,368,911.
"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch, Leland Morrison, Rochester, Monroe, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 87, sheet 12A, line 17, family 270, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1451; FHL microfilm 2,341,186.
"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch, Lee Morrison, Attica Town, Wyoming, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 61-5, sheet 19A, line 19, family , Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2816.
Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]; Rochester, New York, City Directory, 1929. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]; Syracuse, New York, City Directory, 1929.
Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]; Rochester, New York, City Directory, 1944.
Lee Morrison in the U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995. Ancestry.com. Rochester, New York, City Directory, 1948.
"New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936," database with images, FamilySearch, Leland R Morrison, 2 Apr 1927, Monroe, New York, United States; citing ref. ID 2276, county clerk offices from various counties, New York; FHL microfilm 831,363.
Ancestry.com: Leland R Morrison in New York State Marriage Index, 1881-1967. New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA, 1927.
Newspapers.com: "Get Marriage Licenses". The Evening Times (Sayre, PA), vol. XLI, no. 77, 29 June 1933, pg. 2.
nyshistoricnewspapers.org: "Keuka Lake Water Finds Another Outlet Into Seneca", pictured in fire truck. Chronicle-Express (Penn Yan, NY), Vol. CXVI, no. 3, January 19, 1939, pg. 1.
"New York, Yates County, Swann Vital Records Collection, 1723-2009," database with images, FamilySearch, Lee Morrison in entry for Violet Pung Morrison, 27 Apr 1939; citing Death, Penn Yan, Yates, New York, United States, Yates County Genealogical and Historical Society and Oliver Museum and Underwood Museum, Yates.
Ancestry.com. Lee Ray Morrison in U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Newspapers.com: "Racing Meet Lists 16 Cars". Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York), 13 July 1946, pg. 14.
"New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956", database, FamilySearch, Leland Morrison, 1948.
fultonhistory.com: Jamestown Post - Journal. June 4, 1948. p. 15, lower-lefthand corner.
books.google.com: "Speedway Roundup." The Billboard [magazine], June 12, 1948. p. 50.
Ancestry.com: Newspapers.com Obituary Index, 1800s-current. Democrat and Chronicle; Publication Date: 2 Jun 1948; Publication Place: Rochester, New York, USA
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Lee by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
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