Toni (Wofford) Morrison
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Chloe Ardelia (Wofford) Morrison (1931 - 2019)

Chloe Ardelia (Toni) Morrison formerly Wofford
Born in Lorain, Lorain, Ohio, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married about 1958 (to about 1964) [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Mother of [private son (1960s - unknown)] and
Died in New York City, New York County, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Aug 2019 | Last significant change: 30 Sep 2021
05:08: Christy Melick edited the Biography for Chloe Ardelia (Wofford) Morrison (1931-2019). (USBH project categorization) [Thank Christy for this]
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Chloe Ardelia Wofford was born on February 18, 1931 in Lorain County, Ohio as the second of four children to George Wofford and Ella (Willis) Wofford.[1]

At the age of 12 she became a Catholic and took the baptismal name Anthony (after Saint Anthony), which led to her nickname, Toni, that she later used in her professional life.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1953 and earned her Master of Arts from Cornell University in 1955.

While teaching at Howard, she met Harold "Moxie" Morrison, a Jamaican architect, whom she married in 1958. She was pregnant with their second son when they divorced in 1964.

In 1965 she started to work as an editor for a textbook division of Random House, and two years later transferring to their fiction department as their first black female senior editor. As she held this position she worked on one of her first books, Contemporary African Literature.

She was an American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher and professor emeritus at Princeton University.

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize in Literature, Morrison wrote 11 novels, nine non-fiction works, five children's books, two short stories, and two plays throughout her 88 years of life.

Toni Morrison passed away on August 5, 2019 in New York City[2] [3]


  1. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 29 July 2019), Chloe Wofford in household of George Wofford, Ward 3, Lorain City, Black River Township, Lorain, Ohio, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 47-18, sheet 2A, line 6, family 28, 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 3101.
  2. Obituary, "Toni Morrison Dead at 88"
  3. Find A Grave: Memorial #201875354 for Toni Morrison, b: 18 Feb 1931 Lorain, Lorain County, Ohio, USA; d: 05 Aug 2019 Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA; with personal photo.

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Toni should show up as connected tomorrow morning-just linked her up via her niece's in-laws this evening!
posted by Abby (Brown) Glann