Morris, Mr Isaac

Collection date: Aug 1905

Area: Somerset - Yeovil & Crewkerne


Mr Isaac Morris of Marston Magna (1826-1908): age 79, 3 songs on 5 Aug 1905. Mr Morris was particularly fond of cumulative songs, namely 'One man shall mow my meadow' (FT523), 'Dilly song' (FW595) and 'Twelfth Day of Christmas' (FW596): When Sharp wrote ‘Mr’ before the singer’s name in his notebooks, he indicated a person of some substance.

Isaac Morris was baptised at Queen Camel church on 6/2/1826, son of butcher William Morris and Martha. He took over his father’s business and on 23/6/1877 at Marston Magna he married Elizabeth Dauncey, daughter of publican Joseph Dauncey. Living in the High St at Queen Camel until 1891 they raised 6 children and passed the business to their son Isaac Jr. They retired to Marston Magna, where Elizabeth died in 1897. Isaac Morris was a widower, 79, when Sharp met him. He was buried at Marston Magna church 25/1/1908, Rev Peppin officiating.

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