Olivia Gill MORRISON


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Olivia Gill MORRISON

  • Born: January 15, 1821, Kaskaskia, Fayette County, Illinois
  • Marriage: Frederick VON SCHRADER
  • Died: February 2, 1914, St. Louis County, Missouri
  • Buried: February 4, 1914, Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri

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Obituary: "The wealthiest woman in St. Louis County" when she died in 1914, Olivia Gill (Morrison) von Schrader was from the prominent Morrison familes of Illinois and Missouri. A daughter of William Morrison and Eliza Seba Bissell (the latter born May 16, 1794), Olivia's BISSELL ancestry is well documented in the book, GENERAL DANIEL BISSELL: His Ancestors and Descendants and the Hoyt, Strong and Other Families with which They Intermarried, by Edith Newbold Jessop and French Rayburn Bissell, published 1927.

Olivia's obituary appeared in the BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT on February 3, 1914. Prior to living in St. Louis, Missouri she had been a resident of Belleville, Illinois.

Obituary from DeeAnna Allum Granston

The following bio is that of a relative to Olivia who himself had a daughter named "Julia Olivia Gill Morrison." The bio illustrates the prominence of MORRISON.

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE HISTORY OF MISSOURI, Volume IV, edited by Howard Louis Conrad, published in 1901 by The Southern History Company, New York, Louisville, and St. Louis, page 491:

Morrison, James L. D. [James Lowry Donaldson Morrison], eminent as lawyer, soldier, legislator and orator, was born in Kaskaskia, Illinois, April 12, 1816, son of Robert and Eliza (Lowry) Morrison. His mother came to St. Louis in 1805, as the guest of her near relative, James Lowry Donaldson, an eminent Irish lawyer of Baltimore, who had been appointed Attorney General of the Territory of Louisiana by President Jefferson. She first met her future husband at a reception given at the residence of Governor William Clark, and they were married in 1806. Of the four sons born of this union all achieved distinction. The eldest, William Edgar Morrison, was the first native of Illinois graduated from West Point Military Academy and died while superintending the construction of the old National Road, by appointment of President Andrew Jackson. John M. Morrison, another of the sons, was serving as a judge of the Circuit Court of California at the time of his death, and Robert F. Morrison reached the position of chief justice of California. James L. D. Morrison obtained appointment as midshipman in the United States Navy in 1832 and cruised in the Pacific ocean. In 1838 he returned home on leave of absence and read law while restoring impaired health. Resigning from the navy he engaged in the practice of law at Belleville, Illinois. He raised the first company of troops recruited for the Mexican War in Illinois, which was first tendered to the St. Louis Legion, but later mustered into the Second Illinois Regiment, of which he was elected lieutenant colonel. After his return from the war the Ilinois Legislature voted Colonel Morrison a sword as a reward for gallantry and meritorious conduct, and St. Clair County presented him with a similar testimonial. Not long afterward he was nominated on the Whig ticket for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, and although defeated, led the other candidates on the ticket by nearly 5,000 votes. Immediately afterward, St. Clair County, then Democratic by 1,500 majority, sent him to the House of Representatives as a Whig, and later he was elected to the Senate of Illinois. As a legislator he became a recognized leader, being especially prominent in promoting the building of railroads and developing the material resources of the State. For many years he was a leading member of the Whig party in Illinois, but when that party became permeated with the doctrine of "Know-Nothingism" he became a Democrat, and was elected to Congress. After his removal to St. Louis he was prominent in the Democratic party in Missouri. He possessed captivating arts of speech, together with a ready wit and imperturbable composure, and his tall and supple figure and graceful gestures added not a little to the charm of his eloquence. As a political orator, particularly in the Kansas-Nebraska debates and in the Douglas campaigns of 1858 and 1860, he was the peer of any of the eminent men who made brilliant that period of the history of Illinois. He was especially learned and able as a land lawyer and was identified with much of the most important land litigation of Illinois and Missouri during the years of his greatest activity in the practice of law. Having acquired a large fortune, he retired from practice many years before his death, which occurred August 14, 1888, and the later years of his life were devoted to the management of his estate, to literature and foreign travel. He married first in 1842 Miss Mary A. Carlin, daughter of Governor Thomas Carlin, who was Governor of Illinois from 1838 to 1842. Six children were born of this marriage, three of whom survived their father, the eldest being James L. D. Morrison, Jr., who followed in the footsteps of his father and became a lawyer; William Edgar Morrison, of Bancroft, Iowa, and Eugenia M. Morrison, now Mrs. Joseph Carr, of St. Louis. His first wife died in 1856, and in 1861 he married Miss Adele Sarpy, a distinguished pioneer of St. Louis, of whom appropriate mention is made elsewhere in these volumes. Four children were born of this marriage, all of whom inherited a large share of the intellectual brilliancy of their parents. Two of these children, John B. Sarpy Morrison and Julia Olivia Gill Morrison, are dead. The others are now Mrs. Albert T. Kellogg and Mrs. Clark M. Carr, both of New York.

Olivia married Frederick VON SCHRADER. (Frederick VON SCHRADER was born on September 14, 1810 in Prussia [Germany] and died on October 19, 1872 in St. Clair County, Illinois.)

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