Ella Martha  Brice

Ella Martha Brice

Female 1856 - 1949  (92 years)

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  • Name Ella Martha Brice  [1, 2
    Born 31 Oct 1856  SC Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Buried 1949  Mausoleum, Crest Lawn Memorial Park, Atlanta, GA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 2 Jun 1949  Atlanta, Fulton Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From Marion Morris Wood's "My Life Story" 1982:

      My mother's father, Christopher Simonton Brice, also fought under Robert E. Lee in Virginia and during those war years my mother (age 4) and her mother, Margaret Gooch, went to live with her maternal grandfather, Henry Gooch, near Chester, SC.

      My mother was eight years told when Sherman arrived and camped on her grandfather's plantation and although she lived to be ninety-three years old, she always remembered the Sherman experiences. She saw her grandfather hanged from his own stairwell because he refused to tell the Yankees where his silver was hidden. He was cut down before he died, blue in the face. She saw every living creature that the soldiers didn't eat shot down in the yard. She saw her grandfather's blue damask curtains snatched from the windows and used as saddlebags by Sherman and his men. She saw the soldiers carry out every china dish in the house, stand them up against the trees and use them for targets. I myself have the only remaining dish, a beautiful platter, rescued I don't know how, and I treasure it immensely.

      Sherman knew the war was already won, the South on her knees, broken and bleeding, before he started his raid. But he was willing to make war on the helpless women and children. He himself said "I've cut a swath through the South 200 miles long and 60 miles wide, and if a crow wants to fly over it, he will have to carry his lunch with him." He excused his savage action by saying "War is Hell." Even Winston Churchill says in his autobiography that the North was more to blame than the South.

      Is it any wonder my mother always called it the Uncivil war, and that my father always told her she would die an unreconstructed rebel?

      ***

      From Leslie Gilbert Christy:

      "We always spelled the lovey names "Ma-ma" and Da". Hers derived from the SC lowcountry name for mother---maybe started out as the French "Maman". I'm not really sure but several generations of our family used it. My mother called her grandmother "Ma-ma" and she in turn was called that by her grandchildren. I should have kept the tradition, but some of mine call me "Grandma" and the younger ones say "Mi-mi". My brother Stephen who was the first grandchild designated "Da". Probably the first word he verbalized and as it happened in Da's presence, he doubtless thought he was talking to him."

      Note: Ma-ma was pronounced meh-meh. Da was her husband.
    Person ID I0004  Hull
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2014 

    Father Christopher Simonton Brice,   b. 25 Apr 1828, Fairfield Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1900, Lancaster Co, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Margaret Missouri Gooch,   b. 1836,   d. 19 Sep 1893  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 4 Dec 1855  [2
    Family ID F023  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Samuel Leslie Morris, D.D., L.L.D.,   b. 25 Dec 1854, Abbeville, McCormick Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1937, Atlanta, Fulton Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 23 Oct 1877  Woodward, SC? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Margaret Annie Morris,   b. 5 Feb 1883, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1978, Atlanta, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
     2. Hattie Woodrow Morris,   b. 3 Dec 1886, Trenton, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1979, Bossier City, LA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     3. Marion Christine Morris,   b. 16 Aug 1889, Trenton, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1982, Walnut Creek, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     4. Samuel Leslie Morris, Jr., M.D.,   b. 8 May 1891, Macon, Bibb Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1970, Augusta, Richmond Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Photos
    Four Generations of Morrises
    Four Generations of Morrises
    Top to bottom: Samuel Leslie Morris Jr., Margie Morris Akers, Marion Morris Wood, Hattie Morris Hughes Gilbert, Clyde Matheson Wood Jr., Steven Tillman Hughes III, Ella Brice Morris (Ma-Ma), Anna McCaslan Morris, Samuel Leslie Morris Sr. (Da)
    Documents
    Census: 1930, Fulton County GA
50 Westminster Drive, Atlanta
    Census: 1930, Fulton County GA 50 Westminster Drive, Atlanta
    Leslie Morris Head
    Martha E. Wife
    Samuel Son
    Marion Daughter-in-law
    Family ID F003  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Ma-Ma
    Ma-Ma
    Ella Brice was eight years old when Sherman's troops marched up to her grandfather's plantation. They hanged the old man from the banisters because he wouldn't tell where the silver was buried, but he was cut down and survived.
    Mausoleum, Crest Lawn Memorial Park
    Mausoleum, Crest Lawn Memorial Park
    Site of Morris family burials

    Headstones
    Grave Marker: Ella Brice Morris
    Grave Marker: Ella Brice Morris
    Martha Ella Morris
    Oct. 30, 1856 - June 2, 1949
    Let me heed thy . . .
    Plot: Mausoleum

  • Sources 
    1. [S02930] Morrisbricedesc.GED.FTW.
      Date of Import: Nov 20, 1999

    2. [S03436] chance.FTW.
      Date of Import: Dec 19, 1999


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