Morris, Amanda Elizabeth (Caroline)

Surname Morris
Given Name Amanda Elizabeth (or Amanda Caroline)
Gender Female
Born 10-JUN-1821 in Harris County, Texas
Died 26-JUL-1915 in Waco, McLennan County, Texas (Certificate 15967)
Buried 27-JUL-1915 Oakwood Cemetery (lot 32 b1 14) in Waco, McLennan County, Texas
Father Unknown MORRIS; born: ~1800; died: before 1829
Mother Rebecca PHIPPS (1805 - 1842)
Amanda Caroline (Morris) Shook
Amanda Caroline (Morris) Shook
Source: The Huntsinger Family


Amanda's step-father, George White, was one of the Old 300 (first 300 settlers in Texas - Austin's Colony).

Given Name

Later in life, Amanda changed her middle name from Elizabeth to Caroline.


30-NOV-1844 in Harris County, Texas to Josiah Webster SHOOK (~1808 - 05-NOV-1889)



MRS. SHOOK DIED TODAY AT ADVANCED AGE OF 94 Was Native Texan and had Never Been Outside this State:

Born in Harris County on a farm, June 10, 1821. Mrs. Amanda C. Shook, aged 94 years, died here this morning at 11:15, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. E. Norris, 910 South Tenth street. The funeral will take place in the morning at 10 o'clock. Internment to be made at Oakwood. Rev. O.E. Bryan, Pastor at the Clay Street Baptist Church, will officiate.

Mrs. Shooks death was due to the infirmities incident to old age. She regained full possession of all her faculties up to the hour of her death. During the course of her lengthy lifetime of nearly a century, Mrs. Shook had never been outside the state. She was always perfectly happy and contented within the confines of the state where she had been born, and had never expressed a desire to visit any other state. Mrs. Shook was naturally acquainted with all the thrilling periods of early Texas history, and she could recall many interesting incidents which came under her personal observation with remarkable clearness.

She had lived in Waco for the past eight years, making her home with the daughter at whose residence she died. Besides Mrs. Norris, the other surviving children are: T. Shook, Waco; Mrs. I. McPhearson, Malone; W.R. Shook, Peggs, Okla; P.S. Shook, (????), Mrs. C. A. Hawkins, Dallas.

Other descendants include 114 grand and great-grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren.

-- Waco Times Herald -- July 26, 1915


Amanda is buried with her daughter, Saphronia Carolyn (Shook) Norris, and son-in-law, Michael Edwin Norris at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco, McLennan County, Texas. Although Saphronia and Michael have a headstone, Amanda's grave is unmarked (or no longer marked). I have visited the cemetery once (ca. 2005). It is a very, very large cemetery, but I was able to locate the gravesite. If I remember correctly, the location is somewhat to the back and the left of the cemetery (I hope I don't steer you wrong). It is sad that one of the first settelers in Texas is buried without a marker. I hope to remedy that someday.


Amanda changed her middle name from Elizabeth to Caroline. So her new middle initial is shown in her obituary as Amanda C. Shook. In the obituary, T. Shook is Theodoric Shook. Mrs. I. McPhearson is Mrs. Ike McPearson nee Margaret "Maggie". W.R. Shook is William Riley Shook. P.S. Shook is Peter Silas Shook. Mrs. C.A. Hawkins is nee Clarissa Amanda "Clara" Shook.

1 1844 Texas Marriages to 1850 (; Morris, Amanda E. and Shook, Josiah W.

2 1850 United States Census->Texas->Harris County->No Township->Image 6/48 ( Image ...

Name Sex Age Birthplace Occupation
Shook, Josias Male 42 North Carolina Farmer
Shook, Amanda Female 21 Texas  
Rebecca E. Shook Female 5 Texas  
Shook, Napoleon Male 4 Texas  
Shook, Clarissa A. Female 1 Texas  
Rambler, Christian Male 11 Germany  

3 1860 United States Census->Texas->Harris County->Precinct 10->Image 1/1 ( Image ...

Name Sex Age Birthplace Occupation
Shook, Josiah Male 52 North Carolina Carpenter
Shook, A.C. Female 33 Texas  
Shook, R.L. Female 15 Texas  
Shook, C.A. Female 12 Texas  
Shook, N. Male 11 Texas  
Shook, C.C. Female 9 Texas  
Shook, C. Male 6 Texas  
Shook, H.K. Male 5 Texas  
Shook, M.A. Female 4 Texas  

4 1880 United States Census->Texas->Harris County->Precinct 4->Image 22/27 ( Image ...

Name Relation Marital Status Sex Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Shook, J.W. Self Married Male White 68 North Carolina Farmer    
Shook, Amanda Wife Married Female White 48 Mississippi Keeping House    
Shook, Margaret Daughter Single Female White 12 Texas At Home    
Shook, Peter Son Single Male White 9 Texas At Home    
Shook, Riley Son Single Male White 6 Texas At Home    

* Note that the ages for Josiah and Amanda are difficult to read on the census. They could be 61 and 58.

5 1900 United States Census->Texas->Falls County->Blevins->District 28->Image 29/35 ( Image ...

Name Relation Marital Status Sex Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Shook, Amanda C. Head Widowed Female White 69 Texas Keeps house Mississippi Mississippi
Shook, William R. Son Married Male White 26 Texas Day laboror North Carolina Texas
Shook, Laura M. Daughter Single Female White 6 Texas None Texas Texas
Shook, Maggie Daughter Single Female White 4 Texas None Texas Texas
Shook, Mattie Daughter Single Female White 2 Texas None Texas Texas

6 1910 United States Census->Texas->Falls County->Waco Ward 3->District 86->Image 6/53 ( Image ...

Name Relation Marital Status Sex Race Age Birthplace Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace Occupation
Norris, Siphronia Head Widowed Female White 58 Texas Florida Texas None
Norris, Ida Daughter Single Female White 20 Texas North Carolina Texas Stenographer
Hines, Lena Granddaughter Single Female White 15 Texas Alabama Texas None
Hines, Katie Granddaughter Single Female White 13 Texas Alabama Texas None
Hines, Nola Granddaughter Single Female White 11 Texas Alabama Texas None
Shook, Amanda Mother Widowed Female White 87 Texas Mississippi Mississippi None

7 1913 Waco, Texas city Directory: Shook, Amanda (wid Josiah), bds 913 S 10th ( Image ...

8 1915 Texas Death Index (Certificate 15967) ( Image ...

9 1915 Texas Death Certificate 15967 ( Image ...

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