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Ernest H. Morris, 78, of Batavia-Oakfield Townline Road, a retired sales manager and a direct descendant of Revolutionary War patriot Robert Morris, died Monday (Sept. 29, 1997) in St. Jerome Hospital after a lengthy illness.

He graduated from Cornell University and served in the Army during World War II.

Morris retired from Ralston-Purina after 33 years as a sales manager, then worked for other companies, designing and selling farm buildings.

His ancestor Robert Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, was known as the financier of the War of Independence. At one time, he owned all of Western New York, selling it in the late 18th century to the Holland Land Co., which ultimately developed Western New York's eight counties.

Another ancestor, Judge Thomas Morris, negotiated the Big Tree Treaty at Geneseo.

Ernest Morris was a Mason for more than 50 years, He also was active in Boy Scout work and was a member of Cooperative Extension and the Farm Bureau.

He often spoke at local events about his ancestors' impact on the area.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, A. Faye; a son, Ernest H. Jr. of the Village of Wyoming; a daughter, Karen Pehrson of Portsmouth, R.I.; two brothers, Robert Luzier of Elgin, S.C., and Frederic of Rushford; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at noon Monday in Trinity Episcopal Church, Warsaw.


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