James Alexander Morrison


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James Alexander Morrison

  • Born: 2 May 1821, Scotland 1
  • Marriage: Margaret Nicholson on 12 Oct 1854 in Pugwash, NS
  • Died: 29 Nov 1905, Old Stione House, Pugwash NS at age 84 2
  • Buried: 2 Dec 1905, Amherst , Nova Scotia-Highland Cemetery

bullet  General Notes:

Family Tree of Morrison & Hunter in Ancestry shows birth place as North Dell, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

Cemetery stone indicates "Aged 84 years" at death
James is listed in the 1871 Census, Colchester County, East Tatamacouche NS.
Also listed with the household is Catherine Morrison, 78 years old, widowed. Could this be his mother?
Census record shows James as 45 years old.

Also found in Census records for 1881 Cumberland County, Amherst at age 60 and in the 1891Census for Cumberland County, Amherst A at age 66.

Listed in 1901 Census, Cumberland County, Amherst C, at age 76 with birth date May 2, 1824. Occupation given as sail-maker.

Birth registry of son Robert shows marriage year as 1855.

From James Black Plan - Pugwash, (page 77)
John B. Flowers, one of James Black's fellow-merchants from Halifax, purchased lot 108 in 1853. A trustee for Flowers sold the land in 1856 to James Alexander Morrison, a sailmaker, while in 1864 Morrison disposed of it to William Chapman, the ferryman and innkeeper.

Obituary in The Amherst Daily News, Thursday November 30, 1905 (Page 8)
MORRISON, James A., Sr.
Death has removed another aged citizen from us in the person of James A. Morrison, Sr., of Lower Victoria Street, who passed away last night. The deceased has been in feeble health for some time and the end was not unexpected. The late Mr. Morrison was born in Scotland over eighty four years ago, but came to Canada in his early manhood. He conducted a general store in Tatmagouche (sic.) and Pugwash prior to coming to Amherst. He became a resident of Amherst about thirty years ago and was in active business in Amherst for a number of years. His wife, who was a Miss Nicholson of the Gulf Shore pre-deceased hum about two years. He is survived by nine children, eight sons and one daughter. The sons are Murdock of Somerville, Mass., Henry of British Columbia, John of R.C. Fuller & Co., Neil of Douglas & Co., James A. of Dunlap Bros. & Co., Robert of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, Roach of Robb Eng. Co., and Kenneth J. of the Nova Scotia Steele (sic.) Co., North Sydney. The daughter, Miss Annie resides at home. A further announcement with regard to the funeral will be made later.

Announcement in The Amherst Daily News, Saturday December 2, 1905 (page 5)
MORRISON, James: The funeral of James Morrison took place from his late resident Victoria St., at 2:30 this afternoon, and was attended by a large concourse of citizens. The service was conducted by the Rev. Geo. Wood, the interment being in the Highland Cemetery. Mr. Morrison's death has removed one of the oldest citizens of the community.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: Sailmaker.


James married Margaret Nicholson, daughter of Captain Murdoch Nicholson and Catherine McIver, on 12 Oct 1854 in Pugwash, NS. (Margaret Nicholson was born on 4 Mar 1830 in Gulfshore, NS,3 died on 8 Dec 1903 4 and was buried on 10 Dec 1903 in Amherst , Nova Scotia-Highland Cemetery.)



1 Census Record, 1901 Census Cumberland County Amherst C Household 58.

2 Ancestry, Family Tree of Morrison & Hunter.

3 Rev. Hugh MacKensie, Baptisms and Marriages, Church of Scotland, Cumberland County NS (Family History Library mfilm #304666), Birth recorded in Register in entry of October 5, 1832.

4 Cemetery headstone.

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