Lelia Morris

MORRIS, Lelia (née Naylor). b. Pennsville, Ohio, 15 April 1862; d. Auburn, Ohio, 23 July 1929. The family moved to Malta, Ohio, in 1866. After her father’s death Lelia, her mother and sister opened a millinery shop across the Muskingum River in McConnelsville. There, in 1881, she married Charles H. Morris; both participated in camp meetings, including Mountain Lake Park, Maryland; and in other musical, evangelistic, and educational activities of the Methodist Episcopal Church. She began writing hymns in the 1890s, and though blind by 1914 ‘she would simply remember the songs until her daughter, Fanny, came for an annual visit. Lelia would dictate dozens of songs as her daughter wrote them...

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