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Morris, Shadrach H. (1790–1864)

Helen Gomer Schluter Biography Entry

Shadrach H. Morris, also spelled Shadrack, early settler, was born on December 12, 1790, in Kentucky or Tennessee. He served in a Louisiana regiment in the War of 1812 and lived in Sabine Parish, Louisiana, by 1827. He moved his family across the Sabine River into Sabine County, Texas, a few years later and received a Mexican land grant in 1835. His land was on the western bank of the Sabine River at the mouth of Palo Gaucho Bayou. Morris gave 200 acres of land there to establish Sabinetown, where he operated a hotel and stagecoach stop. The two huge oak trees that stood at either corner of his hotel still stood on the bank by the waters of what is now Toledo Bend Reservoir in 1970. During the Runaway Scrape Morris took his family back to live in Sabine Parish, Louisiana, where they stayed until 1857, when they returned to Sabine County. Morris married Mary Nelson of Mississippi about 1823; they had eleven children. He died on January 18, 1864.

Robert Cecil McDaniel, Sabine County, Texas (Waco: Texian, 1987). Edna McDaniel White and Blanche Findley Toole, Sabine County Historical Sketches and Genealogical Records (Beaumont, 1972).

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Helen Gomer Schluter, “Morris, Shadrach H.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 11, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 1, 1995