Morris was born in Tuscaloosa. Alabama, the son of Morris Simon Jr. and Elizabeth Clark. After an early childhood in New Orleans during World War II, his family returned to Tuscaloosa where he attended a Catholic primary school and a public high school. He finished high school in the U.S. Army and graduated from the University of Alabama in 1964, did postgraduate work in cultural anthropology and African studies at Cornell University and Michigan State University, earning a Ph.D. in anthropology from Cornell in 1970. Morris taught college courses in anthropology, history and international studies for nearly forty years and retired from teaching in 2006. In retirement, he worked as a freelance author of fantasy gamebooks and novels and as a contract genealogist for several years. Morris married Sherry Lankford in 1982; they had six children, ten grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
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On 10 Apr 2017 at 23:58 GMT Morris Simon III wrote:
I used "Jean-Louis" based on very slim evidence indeed. In the 1794 succession of Louis, his first heir was named "Jean-Louis Wagenspack II", implying that there was a "Jean-Louis Wagenspack I". Also, There was a naming pattern to append the saint-name ("Jean") in this case to the given "call" name, as in "Jean-Louis" and "Jean-Pierre", but never using the saint-name to address the person. It was more common for females (usually "Marie-Anne" etc.) but the pattern was used occasionally for sons. When a son was named after a father, it was common to refer to the child by the full patronymic, as in "Jean-Louis" and to use the abbreviated form (as in "Louis") for the father. Legal documents usually followed family usage.
So it was a combination of flimsy evidence & patterns.
On 10 Apr 2017 at 22:33 GMT Jacqueline Girouard wrote:
I am definitely getting his record straight as there is confusion out on the nets so please post why you think his name should be "Jean-Louis". Thanks
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On 10 Oct 2016 at 23:08 GMT Robin Lee wrote:
Thanks so much for all the updates on Peter Lankford !
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