George Morey and Hannah Lewis John Morey and Margaret Linsford Ephraim Morey and Abigail Daniels Benoni Morey and Huldah Brown Eli Morey and Sophronia Mason Elijah Mason Morey and Elizabeth Merrill William Clemeth Morey and Melvina E. Andrews Minnie Elsie Morey and Aretus Erastus Freeman Iva Melvina Freeman and Donald VanHoosier Lawson Stephen Martin Lawson
Benoni MOREY - b. Apr. 10, 1758, Charlton, MA; d. Apr. 1821, Bradford, Orange Co., VT. Son of Ephraim MOREY and Abigail DANIELS. Benoni enlisted in May, 1777, for three years, and served as a matross and as a gunner during the Revolutionary War (file S41018) in the artillery regiment of Col. John Crane or the Massachusetts line, and in the company commanded by Capt. Jotham Drury, and later by Lt. Capt. David Cook. Before discharge in May, 1780, at Morristown, NJ, Benoni participated in the battles of Brandywine, Monmouth, and at the seige of Rhode Island under Gen. John Sullivan. Benoni and Huldah moved to Orford, Grafton Co., NH, in early 1781, where their children were born. Census records: Orford, Grafton Co., NH, 1790 - 4-1-2, and 1800 - 40110/11010; Peacham, Caledonia Co., VT, 1810 - 00001/10001. On Apr. 3, 1818, in Orange Co., VT, Benoni Morey, a resident of the town of Bradford, appeared in court to make affidavit for his application for a Revolutionary War Pension. He said he was sixty years old, described his War service, and Judge COTTON declared Benoni was "poor and indigent and needs support from his country." He received Pension Certificate No. 6331. On Jun. 19, 1820, he appeared in the Caledonia Co., VT, court at Danville to declare that he still needed a pension. He was then a resident of Barnet. "I am by occupation a Loubouer and in midling health for my age. I have no wife and my children have all become of age and I live with my son." His property listed included 2 oxen, 2 calves, "one old cracked five pail kettle," "one old pot and a few old books," one hoe, and one jack knife, for a total value of $77.10. His debts were $74.58. Married Jan. 25, 1781, Charlton, MA.
Huldah BROWN - b. Feb. 4, 1759, Charlton, MA; d. Nov. 25, 1815. Daughter of David BROWN and Mindwell CUMMINS.
Eli MOREY - b. Jun. 24, 1781, Orford, Grafton Co., NH; d. Apr. 28, 1853, Lee Center, Lee Co., IL; bur. Inlet Grove Cemetery [photo], Lee Co., IL. Son of Benoni MOREY and Huldah BROWN. Eli's grave marker, photographed in 1987, gives age as 71 years 10 months. His birth is on record in the Orford Clerk's office (Book 1, 1781). Eli lived near his father at the time of the 1810 census of Caledonia Co., VT. He appears in the 1820 census of Preble, Cortland Co., NY: 100010/12020. The Cortland County state censuses record 3 males and 4 females in 1825, and 2 males and 2 females in 1835. The 'other woman' in the household was Mary ATWOOD, sister of Sophronia. Eli joined the Preble Presbyterian Church in Aug. 1813. The following minutes of the Session of the Preble Presbyterian Church give some background leading to the excommunication of Eli MOREY on May 19, 1828 [the "former records" referred to have not been located]:
Dec. 31, 1827. The case of Eli Morey was then called up -- But this: Eli Morey not having been duly notified of the present meeting of the Session, process in his case was deferred till Monday the 14th of Jany to wait on him the aforesaid Eli Morey as recorded at the last meeting of the Session.
Jan. 14, 1828. The case of Eli Morey was again called up, but the above named Eli Morey having been duly notified of the present meeting of the Session & requested to appear comes not -- Therefore resolves by the Session now here the Br. Eli Morey be admonished for his sin of intemperance & frequent violation of the Sabbath whereof he stands convicted on his own confession (see former records p. 172) & that he be cited to appear at the next meeting of the Session at the house of Oliver Cravatt on Monday the 28th at 5:00 pm.
Eli appears in the 1830 census of Cortland Co., NY. He moved to Calhoun Co., MI in 1837, and was elected a Justice of Peace of Pennfield Township in Apr. 1838. He appears in the 1840 census of Penfield, Calhoun Co., MI as a male age 50-60, with a male age 15-20 (probably son Edwin), and a female age 40-50 (probably wife Sophronia) in the household. In the 1850 census of Calhoun Co., MI, Eli and his sister-in-law Mary were living next door to Elijah Mason MOREY's family. Subsequently, Eli lived with son Edwin, in whose home he and Mary (MASON) ATWOOD died. Eli and Sophronia were married about 1804.
Sophronia MASON - b. Feb. 21, 1781, Pomfret, Windsor Co., VT; d. by 1850, probably in Calhoun Co., MI. Sophronia joined the Preble Presbyterian Church in Aug. 1813 by letter, and was dismissed in Oct. 1836. Daughter of Elijah MASON and Sarah CHILD.