From the files of Stephen M. Lawson

Morris Ancestry in England

Edward Morris and Grace Bett

Margaret Morris and John Johnson

Isaac Johnson and Abigail Peake

Abigail Johnson and Abijah Child

Sarah Child and Elijah Mason

Sophronia Mason and Eli Morey

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

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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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; and Prudence.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Margaret - b. Sep. 25, 1668, Roxbury, MA; d. Aug. 12, 1750, Woodstock, CT. Married Dea. John JOHNSON.
  7. 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 Hannah HOSMER.
  8. 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.

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