Currituck Co., N.C. Houses
Located on Grandy Back Woods Road. Formerly home of Mr. Bill Baker.
Roy E. Sawyer, Jr.--
This home was torn down in 1973. It was the home of the William W. Morrisette family. William "Bill" Morrisette's father, Nathan Morrisette is listed in the 1850 census as Nathan Morriss. (#473, Christopher Baker, Nathan Morrisette appears, age 20). Nathan Morrisette (b. c1830) married Sarah "Sallie" Gilden, and I believe, but cannot prove, that he was the son of Cason Ball Morrisette, who died before 1850, and his wife, Elizabeth West Morrisette, who also died before 1850. Other possible children of Cason Ball and Elizabeth W. Morrisette are : (1) Margaret Morrisette (b. 1825), who married Dempsey Burton; (2) Sarah Morrisette (b. 1827); (3) Peter Morrisette (b. 1828), who married Martha Ann Ballance; (4) Asa Morrisette (b. 1829), who married Jane Ives, (5) Nathan Morrisette, who is discussed here and who married Sallie Gilden, (6) Cason West Morrisette (b. 1831), who married Mary Mercer, (7) Joseph Morrisette (b. 1836); (8) William Morrisette (b. 1838; d. before 1860); and Eliza Morrisette (b. 1827), who married Jesse Evans in 1855.
William Wilton Morrisette was born 29 Dec 1859 and died from complications of a stroke on 6 May 1925. He married Charlotte "Lottie" Rooks on 5 Aug 1880 before Col. James M. Woodhouse, JP. Charlotte R. Morrisette was born 6 May 1866, and also died from a stroke on 18 May 1939. She was the daughter of James Arthur Rooks, originally from Hertford Co., NC, and his wife, Melissa Cooper Rooks, who was from the area of present-day Grandy, NC.
William W. and Charlotte R. Morrisette had four children who died young: (1) Nathan Morrisette (11 Jun 1881 - 14 Jun 1881); (2) Melissa Morrisette (16 Jun 1882 - 20 Aug 1882; (3) Nicholas Morrisette (25 Jul 1886 - 27 Nov 1892); and (4) Sarah E. Morrisette (12 Oct 1899 - 12 Mar 1900).
William W. and Charlotte R. Morrisette had seven children who reached maturity:
(1) Annie Liza Morrisette (1883 - 1928) married first Walter Stillman and they had Lillian and Clarence. She married second to Linwood Owens and had William, Thelbert, Ruby (only living child in 2005), Walter, and twins who died at infancy.
(2) Linda Mae Morrisette (1888 - 1963) married John Q. A. Garrenton and they had Lydia Ann (d. 1984); John Harley (shot and killed by Westin Forbes of Camden Co, 1933), Alma (d. 1981), and Eva Bell (married Roy Edward Sawyer and they are my parents)
(3) Dorcas Samantha (1891 - 1966) married first Julian Toler and they had Julian Earl, Clyde M., and Opal M. She married second to Johnson Cartwright and they had William, Kenneth, Howard and another Howard (both Howards died in infancy). She married third to Herbert Wood and they had a daughter, Faye, who also died in infancy.
(4) Sallie Morrisette (1894 - 1974) married William Henry Garrenton, and they had Pierce, Charlotte, and Thelma.
(5) Eva Blanche Morrisette ((1896 - 1978) married George Helms and they had George (Buck), Jack Alvis, Ideal, and Ann.
(6) William W. Morrisette, Jr. (1903 - 1981) married first Inez Goodman and they had W. W., III (known as Junior) and Inez. He married second to Martha Parker and had Calvin and Leslie.
(7) Charles Richard Morrisette (1906 - 1973), who never married.
Willaim Morrisette was a farmer and also worked at the Currituck Shooting Club as a marsh guard. While working at the hunting club, he was introduced to macaroni and cheese, which was shipped to the club from Park and Tilford, a New York victualer fancied by club members. He asked Mr. Grandy, who operated a store at Grandy to please order him some macaroni, and Mr. Grandy ordered the smallest quantity he could purchase, which was a 25-lb bag. Since no one else in the community had asked for macaroni, William Morrisette was expected to purchase the entire 25-lb bag, which he did, and in time, ordered more. Macaroni and cheese became a tradition in the household for Sunday morning breakfast!
Cason Ball Morrisette was the son of Peter Morrisette (1728-30 - 1803 and his second wife, Nancy Ball. Peter Morrisette was the son of Thomas Morrisette, II (b. c1702) and his first wife, Hannah Cason. Thomas Morrisette, II, was the son of Thomas Morrisette (1675 - 1768), a ship captain, of Lower Norfolk Co., Va., believed to be a twin of Pierre Morrisette of Chesterfield Co., Va. Thomas Morrisette was married to Mary Ann Wade.
This photo and information are from the project "Old Homes in Currituck County to 1860" originally compiled June 1960 by Alma O. Roberts and Alice Flora of the Currituck County Historical Society. We are indebted to Barbara B. Snowden, president of the Currituck County Historical Society for permission to reproduce this collection on the internet, and also to Gerri Andrews and Diane Ferebee of the Currituck County Public Library who provided digital copies of the photos. No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes; however, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research. Images are for personal use only, not for redistribution.
© 2005 Marty Holland