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Leland Ray Morrison (1907 - 1948)

Leland Ray (Lee) Morrison
Born in Plankinton, Aurora, South Dakota, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 2 Apr 1927 (to 26 Sep 1932) in Rochester, Monroe, New York, United Statesmap
Husband of — married 27 Jun 1933 (to 27 Apr 1939) in Towanda, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 40 in Lockport, Niagara, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 11 Jun 2018
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Lee Morrison is the descendant of a New Netherland settler.

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Biography

Early Life

Leland Ray "Lee" Morrison was born on 1 October 1907 in Plankinton, Aurora, South Dakota to Orin Lemon Morrison and Iva Reed Furman. His father was a farm laborer who became a U.S. Marshall in Plankinton for a few years and was ultimately elected Aurora County Sheriff, a position he served in for a year or two. He then went back to farm work when he was done with public service.

Leland and his siblings were mainly raised in the City of Plankinton. He was a laborer in his youth who completed up to the 8th grade. His family were members of the Presbyterian religion. At the age of 16 or 17, he was charged with petit larceny and convicted.

Adulthood

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: Beulah M, Lloyd Richard, and Norma Jean.

The family lived in Rochester before moving to Elva's hometown of Wolcott, Wayne County. They also lived temporarily on Howard Street in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York in 1929, where Leland worked as a shipper. Elva filed for and was granted divorce in Wayne County on 26 September 1932.

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: Leon Joseph, Gerald Gene "Jerry", Florence Edith, Janet May, and Violet Marion "Dolly". They moved from Rochester to Fairport, then to Walworth, Wayne County, before settling in a duplex on the farm of Mrs. Alice Swarthout in Torrey, Yates County. Leland was a volunteer firefighter in the Village of Dresden at this time.

Prison

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 in Wallkill.

After Prison

Once out of prison, Leland lived on Moul Road in Parma, Monroe, New York and was employed on the farm of George Chase. He ultimately moved back into Rochester by 1944, which is where he would remain for the rest of his life. He worked primarily as an auto mechanic and general laborer. Additionally, he was a stock car racer and partook in various races over the course of many years, and even acted as track manager for some of them.

Death

Leland 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 three days later in Oakwood Cemetery in Penfield.

Sources

  • "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 1907.)
  • "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.
  • Leland Morrison in U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. Ancestry.com, Rochester, New York, City Directory, 1929.
  • Leland R Morrison in U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. Ancestry.com, Syracuse, New York, City Directory, 1929.
  • "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.
  • Lee R Morrison in U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. Ancestry.com, 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, Marriage of Leland R Morrison and Elva C Jeffers, 2 Apr 1927, Monroe, New York, United States; citing ref. ID 2276, county clerk offices from various counties, New York; FHL microfilm 831,363.
  • Marriage of Leland R Morrison and Elva C Jeffers in New York State Marriage Index, 1881-1967. Ancestry.com, 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.
  • NYS Historic Newspapers: "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.
  • NYS Historic Newspapers: Penn Yan Democrat, Vol. 122, no. 3, April 28, 1939, pg. 5.
  • NYS Historic Newspapers: Chronicle-Express (Penn Yan, NY), vol. CXVI, no. 19, May 11, 1939, pg. 5.
  • NYS Historic Newspapers: "Sentenced to Attica Prison". Penn Yan Democrat, vol. 122, no. 7, May 26, 1939, pg. 1.
  • NYS Historic Newspapers: Penn Yan Democrat, vol. 122, no. 12, June 20, 1939, pg. 4.
  • "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.
  • Newspapers.com: "Last Rite Set For Race Driver". The Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York), vol. 116, 2 June 1948, pg. 25.
  • fultonhistory.com: Jamestown Post - Journal. June 4, 1948. p. 15, lower-lefthand corner.
  • Google Books: "Morrison Killed in Lockport". The Billboard [magazine], 12 June 1948, p. 50.
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #119869353


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