James Morrow was born 3 January 1795 in Ireland to Patrick Morrow (bef1795-) and Bridget McCarty (bef1795-) and died 12 June 1881 Waterbury, Vermont, United States of unspecified causes. He married Katherine McNulty (1802-1894) 1834 in Ireland.


Regarding the date of James Morrow's birth, his death certificate indicates that he was 98 yrs 5 months 10 days at death. This works out to a DOB of Friday, January 3, 1783. The age based on the death certificate is reasonably consistent with his age in the 1860, 1870, and 1880 census records for Washington Co VT, (75, 85. 96, respectively), but highly inconsistent with his ages in the 1840 and 1850 census (c45, and 55). This looks very much like "age creep" and that at death, James was being presented as ten years older than he actually was. It seems likely that the year of his birth was actually c1795, but that the day and month of birth is accurately reflected in the death certificate.

James Morrow and Katherine McNulty were married in Ireland about 1834. Based on the ages and places of birth of their children they probably emigrated to America about 1836, settling first in Moretown, then in Waterbury, Washington Co, Vermont. They had two sons, and as many as six daughters, though the names of only two are known to have survived and married.


Offspring of James Morrow and Katherine McNulty (1802-1894)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Maria Morrow (1833-)
Bridget Morrow (c1835-1923)
Patrick Morrow (1837-1919)
James S. Morrow (1846-1902)
Catherine Morrow (1842-)
Mary Morrow (1845-)
Jane Morrow (1847-)

Bridget married Richard Devine (?-?)

Patrick married Mary Supple

James born in Waterbury, VT and married Ellen Stackpole (1847-1901)

Comparison of ages from US Census results

Name 1840**1850 1860 1870 1880
James Morrow 40-49 55 75 85 96
Unknown Male 40-49
Catherine Morrow 30-39 50? 60 66 78
Maria Morrow 5-10 17 26
Bridget Morrow 5-10 15 26* 36* 50*
Unknown Female under 5
Patrick Morrow under 5 13 25 36* 44*
James S. Morrow 10 15 25* 34*
Catherine Morrow 8
Mary Morrow 5
Jane Morrow 3

* Appears in another household
** Other than for the HOH, the identity of entries in the 1840 census and earlier is pure guess work.


Census Records


HOHJames Morrow
Under 5 1 1
5-under 10 2
10-under 10
15-under 20
20-under 30
30-under 40 21
40-under 50
50-under 60
60-under 70
70-under 80
80-under 90
90-under 100
100 and upwards


House Number1491
Family Number1501
James Morrow551795farmer Ireland
Catherine Morrow501800 Ireland
Maria Morrow171833 Ireland
Bridget Morrow151835 Ireland
Pattrick Morrow131837 VT
James S. Morrow101840 VT
Catherine Morrow81842 VT
Mary Morrow51845 VT
Jane Morrow31847 VT


House Number2604
Family Number2686
James Morrow751785farmer Ireland
Catherine Morrow601800 Ireland
Patrick Morrow251833 VT
Mary Morrow261833 Ireland
Ellen Devine61837 VT
Henry Semple221838Farm Laborer Ireland
James Morrow151842 VT

Death Certificate

Death Certificate: Katherine Morrow

Obverse Death Certificate: Katherine Morrow

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