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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

Recordings

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  

Citation

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110851

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