From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
Lt. Edward and Grace (Bett) Morris
Edward MORRIS - bap. Jan. 22, 1631/2, Great Amwell,
Hertfordshire, England; d. Sep. 14, 1690, Woodstock, CT. Son of
Edward MORRISON and Prudence HEATH,
sister-in-law of Capt. John JOHNSON. Edward immigrated
to America Feb. 23, 1652/3 and settled at Roxbury where he was
constable (1664), selectman (1674-1687), and deputy to the General
Court (1677-1687). One of first settlers of Woodstock, CT, where
he was selectman (1688 to death) and first military officer. Married
Nov. 20, 1655, Boston, MA by Richard Bellingham, Deputy Governor.
Grace BETT - d. Jun. 6, 1705, Roxbury, MA. All the children
of Edward and Grace were baptized by Rev. John Eliot.
Children of Edward and Grace Morris
- Isaac - b. Sep. 16, 1656, Roxbury, MA; d. Oct. 21, 1715,
Roxbury, MA. Married first Mar. 2, 1680, Roxbury, MA Hannah MAYO
(b. Feb. 16, 1660/1, Roxbury, MA; d. Nov. 5, 1701, Roxbury, MA)
daughter of John MAYO and Hannah GRAVES; and second Nov. 3, 1702,
Roxbury, MA Mary RUGGLES (b. Dec. 11, 1666, Roxbury, MA; d. about
1741), daughter of Samuel RUGGLES and Hannah FOWLER, and widow
of Ebenezer PIERSON. Isaac was in Capt. Isaac JOHNSON's Co. in
the Great Swamp Fight. No children.
- Edward - b. Mar. 10, 1658/9, Roxbury, MA; d. Aug. 29, 1727,
Woodstock, CT. To Woodstock, CT 1690; selectman; surveyor; assessor,
and auditor. A deacon for 22 years. Married May 24, 1683, Roxbury,
MA Elizabeth BOWEN (b. Jan. 26, 1660/1, Roxbury, MA; d. Nov.
20, 1743, Woodstock, CT), daughter of Lt. Henry BOWEN and Elizabeth
JOHNSON. Children: Elizabeth died in infancy; Elizabeth married
John BARTHOLOMEW; Hannah married Samuel HEMINGWAY; Edward married
Bethiah PEAKE; Grace married Joseph PEAKE; Abigail married; Susanna;
- Grace - b. Feb. 7, 1660/1, Roxbury, MA; d. Dec. 10, 1723,
Roxbury, MA. Married Mar. 7, 1682/3, Roxbury, MA Benjamin CHILD,
Jr. (b. 1656, Roxbury, MA; bap. there Feb. 27, 1658/9; d. Jan.
24 or 26, 1723/4, Roxbury, MA). For children of Grace and Benjamin,
refer to CHILD line.
- Ebenezer - b. Apr. 14, 1664, Roxbury, MA; d. Feb. 26, 1717/8,
Woodstock, CT. Married Sarah DAVIS (bap. Feb. 22, 1673/4, Roxbury,
MA; d. 18 Apr. 1741, Woodstock, CT), daughter of Joseph and Sarah
(CHAMBERLAIN) DAVIS. Children: Sarah; Mary married; Margaret
married; Ebenezer married Sarah KILLAM; Joseph married; Joshua
died in infancy; Joshua; Elizabeth married; and three other children.
- Elizabeth - bap. Mar. 25, 1666, Roxbury, MA; d. Mar. 6, 1752,
Roxbury, MA. Married Mar. 9, 1685 Joshua CHILD, son of Benjamin
CHILD and Mary BOWEN. Refer to Benjamin
CHILD family for details.
- Margaret - b. Sep. 25,
1668, Roxbury, MA; d. Aug. 12, 1750, Woodstock, CT. Married Dea. John JOHNSON.
- Samuel - b. Mar. 19, 1670/1, Roxbury MA; d. Jan. 9, 1745,
Killingly, CT. Married first about 1693 to Mehitable MAYO (b.
Jan. 6, 1668/9, Roxbury, MA; d. Feb. 8, 1702/3) daughter of John
and Hannah (GRAVES) MAYO. He was married second on May 15, 1706
at Marlborough, MA to Dorothy (MARTIN?) HOWE (d. Jul. 29, 1742,
Killingly, CT), probably the widow of Joseph HOWE. Samuel and
Mehitable had seven children, and Samuel and Dorothy had two
children. Sons: Samuel married Abigail BRAGG; and Benjamin married
- Martha - b. Jan. 30, 1674/5, Roxbury, MA; d. May 9 1756,
Woodstock, CT. Married Jan. 6, 1714/5, Woodstock, CT Dea. William
LYON (b. Sep. 15, 1675, Roxbury, MA; d. Sep. 27, 1741, Woodstock,
CT), son of John LYON and Abigail POLLEY.