James Peter Morrow was born November 29, 1869 in Buffalo, MO to Benjamine Frankline Morrow. He died August 11, 1935 in Lubbock, TX. On May 31,
1892 he married Mary Elizabeth Armstrong in Emory, TX. Their marriage was witness by James’ brother David Waldon Morrow and Rosa Gilley.

Mary Elizabeth was born September 18, 1873 in Marshall Co., MS to Valdora S. Lumsden and Archibald C. Armstrong. When Mary Elizabeth was about 10
years old, she and her family crossed the Mississippi River on a raft in order to reach Texas from their Mississippi home. She died on April 2, 1969 in
Lovington, NM. Both she and James Peter are buried in the Morton Cemetery in Morton, TX.

James Peter was educated in Wood County, and began his farming in Rains County. He served as a deputy sheriff for four years until 1899 when he
contracted to make ties for the T&NO Railway Company. Each tie was hewn from large oak trees which grew in the creek bottoms. Once they were made,
they were stacked in the creek bottom. Unfortunately, that was the year of the Galveston hurricane and the rains were so heavy that the creeks left their
beds and the ties were all washed away.

In a little town called Ham, located between Eustace and Maband, he rented a farm and decided to raise hogs. He bought all the hogs he could find and
just as they were ready for market, they all died of cholera. In 1902, following this disaster, he bought a small general store and moved to Eustace. It was
here that his career in law enforcement took off.

Many of the men he worked with during his tiemaker days also lived in Eustace. Sporting two saloons and not much else, Eustace had a reputation of
being rough, and many of his friends spread the word that Jim Morrow could bring law and order to the community. His name was put on the ballot for
constable of Precinct No. 3. He won the election and served that precinct for eight years.

In 1910, James was elected sheriff of Henderson County and served for three two-year terms or until 1916. He ran again in 1924 and served through
1928. According to his daughter, Katy Morrow Tomlinson, during his service they lived above the jail. One day when her father was away, her brother
Russell went up to feed the prisoners. One of the prisoners was waiting at the door when Russell entered and knocked him down as he ran for the door.
Russell hollered for Albert to stop the prisoner. Poor Albert thought the prisoner had killed his brother, so Albert grabbed the gun and ran after the
prisoner. He hollered for the man to stop, but the prisoner kept running. At 12 years old, James Albert Morrow killed a man he thought had killed his

In 1930 Clarence R. Wharton, author of the book TEXAS Under Many Flags, wrote this about James:

"The growth and advancement of intelligence and sound optimism have furthered agriculture to a combination of art and science, the profound possibilities
of which can be but imperfectly mastered by any one man during his comparatively brief span of years. Man, whose faith is pinned to the soil, and whose
delight and reward it is to use its stored fertility for the most enlightened needs of civilization, has brought it to a stage of usefulness unequaled in any
other walk of life. To such must come the greatest material satisfaction also, as witnessed in all prosperous communities, of which Henderson County is a
good example. Since the early history of this part of the state certain families have been connected with its continuous advancement, lending color,
enthusiasm and splendid purpose to its unfolding prosperity. Of these none are better or more favorably known than that of which James P. Morrow, sheriff
of Henderson County, is a worth member....."

James P. Morrow served with the Texas Rangers as a Special Ranger under Captain Aldridge. Special Rangers were enlisted for short periods of time,
sometimes with no compensation, when there was a need for additional manpower on the Ranger Force. Special need for additional Rangers might occur
if there was a riot, disaster, undue amount of lawlessness, or if the Governor needed to declare martial law for some reason. So, October 15, 1924, at age
54 and 9 months, James enlisted as a private in the Ranger Force of the State of Texas to further fulfill his convictions of law enforcement. He was
discharged on May 16, 1925.

In a 1977 interview, one of his sons, Albert recalled:

"One of the earliest memories I have of my father was about 1906 when I was eight years old. There was a community known as Payne Springs, about six
miles from Eustace. The baseball team from Eustace was going there to play their team. One fellow volunteered to let six or eight fans ride in the back of
his wagon, and as my dad was going, he let me go along.

"The owner of the wagon had expected to be one of the Eustace players, but the captain of the team did not let him play. When the game was over, he
told us we would have to pay a quarter each to ride back home. Some of the men were going to pay but Dad said, ‘No we all rode over together-and if that
is the way he feels about it, we will all walk back to Eustace together.’ And we did. There were no roads, just a set of wagon tracks winding up and down
the hills and there were a lot of sand beds to cross, but we all walked together.

"About 1950, a man whose first name was George walked into my office and after introducing himself, he asked if I was the son of the former Sheriff
Morrow of Henderson County. When I said that I was, George said he had a good story to tell me. He lived in Eustace before my father was constable. In
1901,a ‘meeting’ was being held under a ‘brush arbor.’ The night of the last service, threemen rode into the arbor on horse. One of them had a quart of
whiskey, another had a tin cup and the third one had a pone of corn bread. Every man and woman was required to eat a piece of cornbread and take a
sip of whiskey.

"That fall, Jim Morrow was elected constable. The next summer when the same three men rode in to "take communion," they were met by Constable
Morrow. George said after three quick licks with his fists, he had all three knocked unconscious. Then, according to George, Mr. Morrow picked up each
one and tossed him on top of a pile of brush nearby. George, who was 9 years old at the time, said the only thing he could think of was that they were
thrown onto the brush pile to be burned. He ran all the way home and told his parents that Mr. Morrow was burning the three men who brought the
cornbread and whiskey the summer before."

In 1979 Katy Morrow Tomlinson donated two certificates of Sheriff Morrow to the Henderson County Historical Society. One is a document signed by Gov.
James Ferguson giving Morrow the authority to pick up a fugitive from Oklahoma. The other document is signed by Mariam Ferguson on Oct 16, 1925.
This was given when he was elected sheriff of Henderson County.

Children of James Peter Morrow and Mary Elizabeth Armstrong

William Russell Morrow
Ramah Morrow
James Albert Morrow b: March 7, 1898 in Hunt County, TX d: Abt 1992 in Kerrville, TX Married Vera Ward-Parker in June 1933. 2nd Wife: Zella Mae Butler
on June 6, 1942 in Texas.
Temperance Valdora Morrow
Gordon Franklin Morrow
Infant Son Morrow b: June 12, 1905 same day in Eustace, TX
Infant Dau. Morrow b: June 12, 1905 same day in Eustace, TX
Bessie Lee Morrow
Katy Augusta Morrow
Twins: Infant Son and daughter b: Jan. 3, 1912 d: Jan. 3, 1912 in Eustace, TX
David Dudley Morrow b: April 3, 1914 in Eustace, Texas d: April 24, 1914 in Eustace, TX, Eustace Cemetery
Mary Elizabeth Morrow


Ramah Morrow
Ramah was born December 26, 1895 in Rains County, TX and died November 3, 1963 in Shamrock, TX. On January 17, 1915 in Athens, TX she married
Thorton 'Tim' McCall Dickey, born July 9, 1888 in Caldwell, Texas and died April 1, 1967 in Shamrock, Texas. They had one child: Estelle Fae Dickey b:
November 29, 1918 in Shamrock, TX married Joel Parrish b: November 21, 1917 in Shamrock, TX m: July 11, 1936 in Sayne, OK


Temperance Valdora Morrow
Temperance was born October 4, 1900 in Eustace, Texas and died about 1976 in Lovington, New Mexico. On August 11, 1920 in Shamrock, TX she
married Sam Moraldo who was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Sam Moraldo, Jr. b: in Cheyenne, WY d: in Cheyenne, WY
Jimmy Moraldo b: in Cheyenne, WY d: in Cheyenne, WY


Gordon Franklin Morrow
Gordon was born July 13, 1903 in Eustace, Texas and died in Muskogee, OK. On November 24, 1926 in Eastland, TX he married Cleo Stringer.

Patsy Ruth Morrow b: in Lubbock, TX married Jeeter Voss b. October 4, 1924 in Brinkman, OK.
Gordon Jack Morrow b: in Lubbock, TX married Lou Ann


Bessie Lee Morrow
Bessie Lee was born August 3, 1906 in Eustace, Texas and died August 6, 1989 in Glendale, AZ On June 14, 1926 in Athens, TX she married Thomas
Lawlis Lively. He was born July 27, 1904 and died in Glendale, AZ. Their children:

James Philip Lively b: October 31, 1927 in Amarillo, TX married Jane Elizabeth Carmical b: January 18, 1929 in Union City, TN They were married on
December 22, 1951 in Phoenix, AZ.
Carol Lively b. September 26, 1935.


Katy Augusta Morrow
Katy was born August 24, 1909 in Eustace, Texas. On June 14, 1936 in Morton, TX she married William Roy Tomlinson who was born December 26, 1897
in Texas and died December 30, 1979 in Lovington, New Mexico. They had one son: James Roy Tomlinson born March 30, 1944 in Lubbock, TX . On
March 7, 1969 he married Charlotte Spears McCraw.


Mary Elizabeth Morrow
Mary Elizabeth, named for her mother, was born December 23, 1916 in Athens, Texas. On November 27, 1931, In Pertales, New Mexico, she married John
Aaron Willis who was born March 3, 1909 in Perrin, Texas. John died November 12, 1990 in Little Rock, AR. Their Children:

Richard Lee Willis b: August 1, 1932 in Morton, TX married Joy Alyene McGill m: September 23, 1950 in Madill, OK
Becky Allene Willis b: December 18, 1933 in Morton, TX married Herman Denton d: March 1, 1994 in Benton, AR m: December 16, 1950 in DeQueen,
Nancy Jeanette Willis b: July 20, 1941 in Marshall Co., OK married Bobby Odell Riggs b: January 1940 in Bennington, OK d: Abt 1970 Married March 1,
1959 in Durant, OK. Second Husband of Nancy Jeanette Willis: Edward Wesley Blanchard b: July 3, 1938 in Syracuse, NY m: July 10, 1965 in San Antonio,
John Michael Willis b: July 27, 1944 in Siloam Springs, AR married Gloria Ramirez d: February 23, 1970 m: in Mexico
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Children Back row left to right: Gordon Franklin; Ramah, William Russell, Temperance Valdora, and James Albert.
Front Row: James Peter Morrow, Mary Elizabeth (Armstrong) Morrow, Bessie Lee and Katy Augusta