Mrs. C. H. Morris
Lelia Naylor Morris (April 15, 1862 – July 23, 1929) was an American Methodist hymnwriter. Some sources give her first name as Leila, but her obituary, grave marker, and other sources give her name as Lelia. She is sometimes known as Mrs. Charles H. Morris, as (Mrs.) C. H. Morris, or as (Mrs.) C. H. M., having adopted her husband's forenames upon marriage after the custom of the time.
Morris was born in Pennsville, Ohio. While still a child, she moved with her family to Malta, OH. Later, she and her sister and her mother ran a millinery shop in McConnelsville, OH. In 1881, she married Charles H. Morris. The couple were active in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and attended camp meetings at places such as Old Camp Sychar, Mount Vernon, OH and Sebring Camp, Sebring, OH. In the 1890s, she began to write hymns and gospel songs; it has been said that she wrote more than 1,000 songs and tunes, and that she did so while doing her housework. In 1913, her eyesight began to fail; her son thereupon constructed for her a blackboard 28 feet (8.5 m) long with oversized staff lines, so that she could continue to compose.
Around 1928, she and her husband moved to live with their daughter in Auburn, NY, where she died. She is buried in McConnelsville Cemetery, McConnelsville, OH.
Birth and Death Data: Born April 15th, 1862 (Pennsville, Ohio), Died July 23rd, 1929 (Auburn)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1936
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-15859||10-in.||4/3/1915||Sweeter as the years go by||Homer A. Rodeheaver||Male vocal solo, with trombone and orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-17223||10-in.||2/26/1916||Sweeter as the years go by||Mrs. William Asher ; Homer A. Rodeheaver||Female-male vocal duet, with organ and brass quartet||composer|
|Victor||BVE-33734||10-in.||11/3/1925||Sweeter as the years go by||Homer A. Rodeheaver||Male vocal solo, with pipe organ||composer|
|Victor||BVE-51898||10-in.||10/29/1929||The stranger of Galilee||Florence K. Middaugh||Contralto vocal solo, with organ||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-99487||10-in.||3/17/1936||The stranger of Galilee||Edward MacHugh||Male vocal solo, with organ||composer|
|Victor||[Trial 1915-03-02-01]||Not documented||3/2/1915||The stranger of Galilee||Frank Farmer||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||[Trial 1916-04-12-01]||Not documented||4/12/1916||The pilot of Galilee||Rev. R. T. Coursey||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||W142612||10-in.||9/14/1926||Sweeter as the years go by||Homer A. Rodeheaver||Male vocal solo, with violin and organ||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||W143880||10-in.||4/2/1927||Sweeter as the years go by||Carlyle Brooks ; Madeline Ward||Female-male vocal duet, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||W149581||10-in.||12/10/1929||Sweeter as the years roll by||Blind Willie Johnson||Male vocal solo, with guitar||composer|
|OKeh||8691||10-in.||Aug. 26, 1924||Sweeter as the years go by||J. Douglas Swagerty ; Mrs. J. Douglas Swagerty||Female-male vocal duet, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Brunswick||3367||10-in.||approximately Dec. 1919||Sweeter as the years go by||Criterion Male Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Brunswick||E27939||10-in.||8/1/1928||No more dying||Frank McCravy ; James McCravy||Male vocal duet, with instrumental trio||composer|
|Brunswick||E20469-E20470||10-in.||10/21/1926||Sweeter as the years go by||Criterion Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with organ||composer, lyricist|
|Edison||7241||10-in.||3/24/1920||Sweeter as the years go by||Helen Davis ; Charles Hart||Female-male vocal duet, with mixed vocal duet and orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Edison||7780||10-in.||2/7/1921||Sweeter as the years go by||Helen Davis ; Lewis James||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor) and mixed vocal ensemble, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Morris, C. H., Mrs.," accessed September 22, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110851.
Morris, C. H., Mrs.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 22, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110851.
"Morris, C. H., Mrs.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 22 September 2021.
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