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Obituaries - NJ - 1901 - Elisha J. Morrison
Fortune At Stake
Elisha J. Morrison Dies At Eatontown
His Nearest Kin are Four Nieces and Two Nephews-Three of the Nieces Live at Red Bank-The Estate Estimated at $20,000
Elisha J. Morrison died on Friday morning at A. N. Sparks's at Eatontown, where he made his home. He was ninety years old and his death was due to a
general breaking down of his health. He was born at Nut Swamp and lived on a farm in Middletown township until the time of the civil war, when he moved to
Poplar. He continued farming there until eleven years ago when he moved to Asbury Park. About a year ago he went to live at Eatontown. He was one of the
largest peach growers in the country when peaches were one of the chief products of the farmers. He was at one time keeper of the Chapel Hill lighthouse.
He was unmarried and was a brother of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Boeckel, mother of Mrs. Charles H. Borden of Red Bank. Fred Boeckel of Locust Point and
William Boeckel of Leonardville are his nephews; Miss Maggie Boeckel and Miss Lydia Boeckel of Red Bank are his neices (sic); and another neice (sic) is
Mrs. William Davis of Newark. These six persons are his nearest relatives.
Last Friday Charles H. Borden of Red Bank, representing his wife, who is one of Mr. Morrison's next of kin, went to Eatontown to see what arrangements had
been made for the funeral. No arrangements had been made, and Mr. Borden, who was accompanied by William Mount of Red Bank and by Lyttleton White of
Eatontown, examined some of Mr. Morrison's papers to learn if there were any instructions concerning the funeral. No such instructions were found,
and Mr. Borden took charge of things. He bought a plot in Fair View cemetery and conducted the affairs relating to the funeral.
Mr. Morrison lived with the family of A. N. Sparks at Eatontown. He owned the house, which he rented to Mr. Sparks, and he boarded with the family.
He reserved a room in the house for his own private use. Mr. Borden went to the house on Monday, but was refused admittance to this room by Mr. Sparks's
son, who threatened to shoot him if he undertook to enter the room. It was claimed by Mr. Sparks that a will had been made by Mr. Morrison, which would
be produced in good time; and that until the will had been produced they would not permit Mr. Morrison's goods to be touched or taken away.
On Monday Mr. Borden went to Freehold and William R. Stevens was appointed administrator of the estate, it being the desire of the persons interested to
have some one appointed who would have legal authority over the property. This morning Mr. Stevens went to the Morrison house, accompanied by Charles
Ivins of Red Bank. Mr. Stevens showed his authority to act and was met with no opposition whatever. He and the appraisers of the estate, Joseph W.
Johnston and Thomas E. Huylar, removed several trunks and boxes from the house and afterward examined them. Some of them were filled with old newspapers,
old clothing of no possible value, old medicine bottles and other similar goods. Some mortgages were found and there was also found a large collection of
notes against different individuals. Some of these notes were made so long ago that they are now outlawed, but some of them are good.
No will was found. If one exists it is probably in possession of Mr. Morrison's lawyers, but many people think, from Mr. Morrison's pecularities(sic), that
he made no will. David Harvey, Jr., of Asbury Park, did most of Mr. Morrison's law business. Mr. Harvey is away on his vacation. His clerks made an
examination of his safe yesterday and of the other papers in his office, but no will was found.
Mr. Morrison's estate, judging from what is known at present about his property, will probably amount to $20,000. He owned ten acres of land on the
bluff west of Asbury Park, and he also owned one or two farms and considerable other real estate. Two houses and lots at Eatontown were among his
landed possessions. He lost a great deal of money a few years ago through the failure of Washington White of Asbury Park, and he is said to have
lost a very large amount of money in bad notes and in failures in Asbury Park during the past fifteen years.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Aug 21, 1901
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