Anthony  Morse III

Anthony Morse III (1606 - abt. 1686)

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Anthony Morse III
Born in Marlborough, Wiltshire, Englandmap
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Died about in Newbury, Essex, Massachusettsmap
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Biography

Anthony Morse was born about 1607, as he deposed May 9, 1665 that his age was about 58.[1] He was "of Marlborough," however the place of his birth is not certain. The Planters of the Commonwealth[2], shows that the ship "James" of London, William Cooper, Master, three hundred tons, sailed from Southampton April 5, 1635, and arrived June 3 with passengers and cattle. The manifest includes Anthony Morse age 29 of Marlborough, county Wilts, shoemaker destined for Newbury. The next line has Mrs. Mary Morse indented as it would for a wife. Also coming on this ship was William Morse of Marlborough, county Wilts, Shoemaker also destined for Newbury.

Anderson in The Great Migration Begins mentions only one wife, Ann Cox, to whom Anthony Morse was married on May 2, 1629 at St. Mary's, Marlborough, Wiltshire. Anderson attributes all children to Ann, showing that the oldest child, Robert Morse, was christened at the same church on December 27, 1629.[1]However, in the Genealogical Dictionary of New England, Savage attributes all children to a first wife who he says was Mary, and he states that Ann was the second wife.[3] Henry Dutch Lord indicates that Anthony had two wives but does not specify which children were born to which wife. Lord indicates that Anthony remarried while still in England.[4]

PROFILES OF CHILDREN NEED CLEAN UP AND MERGING

According to Anderson, Anthony Morse and Ann Cox had twelve children [1]:
  1. Robert Morse, bp. St. Mary, Marlborough, Wiltshire, 27 Dec 1629; m. Newbury 30 Oct 1654 Ann Lewis
  2. Anthony Morse, bp. St. Mary, Marlborough, Wiltshire, 29 Jan 1631/2; d. 27 Mar 1677 aged about forty-five years; m. (1) Newbury 8 May 1660 Elizabeth Knight; m (2) Newbury 11 Nov 1669 Mary Barnard
  3. Ann Morse, bp. St. Peter and St. Paul, Marlborough, Wiltshire, 16 Feb 1633/4 d. 22 Nov 1678 aged about forty-four years; m. Newbury 5 Feb 1654/5 Francis Thurlow.
  4. Peter Morse, b. abt 1635; m. by 1685 Mary —, they had at least seven children.
  5. Joseph Morse, b. abt 1637 (aged 40 in 1678); m. abt 1669 Mary (Woodis) Pierce, daughter of Richard Woodis and widow of George Pierce.
  6. Benjamin Morse, b. abt 1639 (aged 37 in 1678); m. Newbury 27 Aug 1667 Ruth Sawyer.
  7. Sarah Morse, b. Newbury 1 May 1641; m. Newbury 24 June 1663 Amos Stickney
  8. Hannah Morse, b. abt 1643; m. Ispwich 8 June 1665 Thomas Newman, son of Thomas Newman
  9. Lydia Morse, b. Newbury 7 Oct 1647; d. Newbury 19 May 1648
  10. Mary Morse, b. Newbury 9 Apr 1649; d. Newbury 14 June 1662
  11. Hester Morse, b. Newbury, 3 May 1651; m. (1) Newbury 25 Jan or 26 Feb 1668/9 Robert Homes; m (2) Thomas Smith
  12. Joshua Morse, b. Newbury 24 July 1653; m. by 1681 Joanna — b. Feb 1681. (secondary sources without evidence identify her as Joanna Kimball, daughter of Thomas Kimball). Joshua is connected to Joanna Kimball Wikitree. He is also connected to another spouse Mary Morse.

Notes for Children

  • Benjamin Morse is also connected as a spouse to Ruth (Sawyer) Morse. This second profile is then connected to another husband Benjamin Morse. The second Benjamin has a daughter Hannah (Morse) Poore. Where the first Benjamin Morse has no child Hannah but has Benjamin, Ruth, Joseph, William, Sarah, Philip, Sarah (Morse) Pillsbury, Ann, and Samuel.
  • Ann Morse is connected to three husbands by the same name as follows:
  1. Francis Thorley, b. 7 Feb 1630; d. 26 Nov 1703; son of Richard and Jane (Unknown) Thorley; father of Sarah (Thurlow) Danford.
  2. Francis Thurlow, b. 1630, d. 26 Nov 1703; father of John Thurlow and Jonathan Thurlow.
  3. Francis Thorle no birth or death date; father of Richard

There is also another Ann Morse connected as a child whose spouse is Francis Thurlow b.1630 shown above.

There was a merger initiated on 30 April 2016 to merge Ann Morse and Ann Morse.

  • The child Joseph Morse has three profiles connected to three different spouses as follows:
  1. Joseph Morse m. Mary (Woodhouse) Pierce her LNAB should be Woodis or Woodhouse depending on sources not Pierce. A note was sent to the profile manager on 11 May 2016 to update accordingly to show LNAB.
  2. Joseph Morse m. Mary Woodhouse
  3. Joseph Morse m. Mary Woodhouse
  • The published record of the death of Lydia gives two dates of death. The first as 19 May 1645 and an alternative reading of the record as 19 May 1648, taken from the copy of Newbury vital records created by Henry Short abt 1690. If we accept Henry Short's version then there was only ONE daughter named Lydia. If we accept these are separate records then there were TWO daughters named Lydia.

The Lydia's connected here:

  1. Lydia Morse, b. May 1645; Newbury d. May 1645
  2. Lydia Morse, b. May 19, 1645; Newbury d. May 19, 1645, Newbury
  3. Lydia Morse, b. Oct 7, 1647 Newbury; d. May 19, 1648, Newbury
  • Esther and/or Hester appears as Hester or Esther (Morse) Holmes Smith who is attached to spouse Robert Holmes. A profile for her second husband needs to be created. There is also another profile for Esther Morse, b. 4 December 1631 in St. Marys, Marlboro, Wiltshire, England. However, she is attached to a different mother, Mary Waldro, who isn't attached to any spouse.
  • Children with the mother as Mary Waldro who were disconnected as children of Anthony Morse :
  1. Daughter Morse, b. London, England (disconnected)
  2. Elizabeth Morse (disconnected)
  3. Margaret Morse (disconnected)
  4. William Morse (disconnected)
  5. Esther Morse, b. 4 Dec 1631 in St. Marys, Marlboro, Wiltshire, England (disconnected)
  6. Richard Morse, b. 1635 (disconnected)
  7. John Morse, b. Newbury, Massachusetts (disconnected)

Cutter in his "Historic Homes" gives the following, with no citation for the information:

"Anthony Morse, the immigrant ancestor of the honorable family of Morse in America, was born about 1606, son of Anthony Morse of Marlborough, England, born about 1575. ... Anthony Morse, Jr., came from Wiltshire, England, to the New England Colonies, taking ship at Southampton, England, on board the "Susan and Ellen," March 11, 1635, and having as fellow passengers the Thomas Parker Colony, and Morse landed with them and other colonists in (Lynn), Massachusetts Bay Colony, in 1635, and settled in Newbury." [5]

Anthony Morse was a devout Puritan who had tried to continue in the Established Church until his emigration to New England. One of the early and best know New England ministers, Rev. Abner Morse says this of Anthony.

"...he was a man of moral courage, energy and perseverance; that he was enterprising and capable in business, and laid the foundation of the competence and wealth of his family; that he was called to public trusts of civil and sacred character; that he reared pious and distinguished children; led a long life of strict integrity and humble piety, fearing God and loving his people, no one can doubt who attends to the records of the community in which he lived and died." [6]

Anthony Morse lived about 1/2 mile from the most ancient cemetery in Newbury, Massachusetts. His home was located on a slight hill in a field still called Morse Field.[6]

The Will of Anthony Morse

Anthony Morse's Will was dated April 29, 1680, and is on file at Salem, but never recorded, although some give a probate date of November 23, 1686. He made bequests to [7]:

  • sons Robert, Peter, Anthony, Joseph, Benjamin and Joshua and their children
  • daughters Thurlo, Stikney, Newman and Smith or their children
  • daughter Rebecca Homs
  • grandchild Rich Thurlo, grandson Robard.

"The last Will and Testament of Anthony Morse of Newbury, Mass. I anthony Morse of Newbury in the name of god amen i being sensible of my own frality and mortality being of parfit memory due make this as my last Will and testament cominding my sole to god that gaue it and my body to the dust in hope of a joyful rasurixtion and as for my wourly goods I dispose of as foloieth,

"I gue and bequeth to my son Joshua Morse making him my lawful eaire all my housing and lands both upland and meddow with my freehould and privilidge in all comon lands both upland and meddow alweais provided that if the toen of Newbury dou divide any part of the comon lands that then the on half part of that land which belongeth to me which cometh by uartu of my freehould shall be the lawful inheritance of my son benieman morse all so I geue to my son Joshua morse all mv cattell an horsis and sheep swuine and all my toules for the shumaking trade as allso my carte wheles dung pot plow harrow youkes chains houes forkes shovel spad grin stone yt as allso on father bed which he lieth on with a bouister and pillo and a pair of blinkets and covrlitt and tou pair of shetes a bed sted and mat a pot and a brass cetell the best of tou cettles and a belmetell scillet and tou platars and a paringer and a drinking pot and tou spoons and the water pails and barils and tobes all these about named I geue to my son Joshua and his eaires of his own body begoten lawfully than then all aboue geuen to my son Joshua shall Return to the Rest of my children upon the peayment on good peay to my sons widow besides what estate she att any time brought to her husband she the said widdo shall enjoy the houl estate on half year before she shall surrender - also I geue to my son Robard Morse Eighteen pounds or his children to my son Peter morse or children £3, to my son Anthony morse children I geue £L3 to my son Joseph morses children I geue £12 to my son Benieman Morse or children I geue £12 to my dafter Thorlo or children £12 to my dafter Stickney or children I geue £12 to my dafter Newman children I geue £12. to my dafter Smith or children I gieu £12. to my grand son Richard Thorlo I geue an sheep to my grandson Robard Homes I gieu fieu pounds allso I geue the Remainder of my housall which is not in partikelar geuen to my son Joshua in the former part of this my will to all my children equally to be devided between them and my grand children hous parents are dead, namely anthonys children, Josephs children hanahs children, allso I dou by this my last will allow and geue loberty to my son Joshua morse hou is my Eaire to make sail and dispose of that land by the pine swamp which I had of Benieman lacon of that pece of land by John Akisons hous if he see Resan so to do. allso I du by this will apoynt my son Joshua morse to be my sole executor to peay all debtes and legacies by this will geuen and to Receue all debtes allso I dou apoynt my louing and crisian frinds Cap danil Pears and Tristram Coffin and thomas noyes to be oversers of this my last Will Allso I dou apoynt my Exicutor to peay my son Robard and son peter within on yeare after my death on the other to be peaid within three years the plas of peayment to be newbury my will is that my son benieman shal haue the on half of all comon lands when devided as above said in witnes thereof I anthony morse have hearunto Set my hand and seall this 28 Aprell, 1680.

"ANTHONY MORSE (seal)

"Sinid selid and onid in the presense of us

JAMES COFFIN
MARY BROWN
that whereas I anthony morse in this my will abou said have geuen on half of all comon lands if devided to my sonn benieman mors; my meaning iss that my sonn benieman shall haeu the on half of my proportion of lands when devided, but my sonn Joshua to haeu all my Rights in the lower comon this is my mind and will as witnes my seall this 20 of aprell 1680
ANTHONY MORSE (seal)

"Witness to this part of my Will

James Coffin
Mary Brown

"Joshua Morse is allowed Exer to this will."

The inventory of the estate was worth £348 6s 7d.

Bio 1

Anthony Morse was born May 9, 1606 in Marlborough, England, and died Oct 12, 1686 in Newbury, Massachusetts. He married Ann Cox on May 2, 1629 in the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Marlborough, England. She died on March 8 1679/80 in Newbury, Massachusetts.

He arrived, with his brother William, in Boston on June 3, 1635 on the Ship James, which sailed from Southampton April 5, 1635. He built a house about a 1/2 mile south of the old cemetery in what is now called Newbury old town. He is listed, along with his brother, on the ship's passenger roster as being a shoemaker. He was admitted as a Freeman on May 25, 1636.

Bio 2

Born Anthony Morse March 9, 1605 Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Died October 12, 1686 (aged 81) Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Spouse Ann Waldro Cox (b 1616) m. 1635 (aged 29–30 St Mary's Marlboro, Wiltshire, England

Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Children:

Robert Morse (b 1629)
Esther Morse (b 1631)
Anne Morse (b 1633)
Peter Morse (b 1637)
Deacon Benjamin Morse (b 1640)
Sarah Morse (b 1641)
Joseph Morse (b 1643)
Hannah Morse (b 1645)
Mary Morse (b 1649)
Parents Anthony Morse (b 1588) Ms Christian Morse (b 1580)

Bio 3

Anthony Morse was born May 6, 1607, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Death: October 12, 1686 in Newbury, Essex Co., Massachusetts

Father: Anthony Morss, born before 1578, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Mother: Christian, born 1584

Spouse: Ann Cox, born about 1607 in Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Marriage: March 2, 1628/29 in Marlborough, at St. Mary the Virgin Church

Children: Robert Morse, born Dec 27, 1629 in Marlborough Peter Morse, born Dec 4, 1630, Marlborough Esther Morse, born Dec 4, 1630, Marlborough Anthony Morse, Jr., born Jan 29, 1631/32, Marlborough Joseph Morse, born 1634, Marlborough Richard Morse, born Dec 6, 1635, Marlborough

Research Notes

Now we apparently have another mystery. No mention is made of the death of Ann Cox Morss, the first wife of Anthony Morse, Sr. Richard Morse was born in December of 1635, and the family sailed from London in April of 1635. So Ann Cox must have come to the New World. But in 1639, Anthony married a second woman. It is possible that Ann Cox may have suffered the same fate that so many others in the colony suffered - an early and untimely death, probably due to disease.

Anthony Morse, Sr. apparently changed his name to Morse when he arrived in the New World. It is recorded that he settled in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1635, and registered as a shoemaker. The family sailed to the Massachusetts colony aboard the ship James from London in April 5, 1635. The Plymouth colony was only 15 years old. Roger Wehr

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Robert Charles Anderson Great Migration 1634-1635, M-P. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume V, M-P. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007. p159-161
  2. Charles Howard Banks. The Planters of the Commonwealth. Genealogical Publishing Co., 1930; reprinted 1997. [ ] , Page 135-136
  3. Savage, James. A genealogical dictionary of the first settlers of New England. Vol. 3, K-R. Boston: Little, Brown and company, 1860. Open Library Page 237
  4. Lord, Henry Dutch. Memorial of the family of Morse compiled from the original records for the Honorable Asa Porter Morse by Henry Dutch Lord. original: Harvard Printing; microreproduction: Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1977, 1896. FamilySearch.org Pages 40ff
  5. William Richard Cutter. Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex County Massachusetts. Vol. 2. Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1908. GoogleBooks Page 417
  6. 6.0 6.1 Abner Morse. Memorial of the Morses. Boston, Mass: William Veazie, 1850. Open Library
  7. Morse, J. Howard. Morse genealogy : comprising the descendants of Samuel Anthony, William, and Joseph Morse and John Moss : being a revision of the Memorial of the Morses published by Rev. Abner Morse in 1850. New York: unknown, 1903; Pages 1-2 of section on Anthony Morse Sr.

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On 4 Dec 2011 Roger Wehr wrote:

Marlborough, England INFORMATION:

Roman remains and coins have been found two miles to the east of Marlborough, at Mildenhall (Cunetio). A later Saxon settlement grew up around The Green and two early river crossings were made at Isbury Lane and Stonebridge Lane.

In 1067, William the Conqueror assumed control of the Marlborough area and set about building a wooden motte and bailey castle, sited on the prehistoric mound. This was completed in around 1100. Stone was used to strengthen the castle in around 1175. The first written record of Marlborough dates from the Domesday Book in 1087. William also established a mint in Marlborough, which coined the William I and the early William II silver pennies. The coins display the name of the town as Maerlebi or Maerleber.

He also established the neighbouring Savernake Forest as a favourite Royal hunting ground and Marlborough Castle became a Royal residence. Henry I observed Easter here in 1110. Henry II stayed at Marlborough Castle in talks with the King of Scotland. His son, Richard I (Coeur de Lion) gave the castle to his brother John, in 1186. King John was married here and spent time in Marlborough. He even established a Treasury.


In 1204 King John granted Charter to the Borough which permitted an annual eight-day fair, commencing on 14 August, the vigil of the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady (15 August), in which "all might enjoy the liberties and quittances customary in the fair at Winchester". He also established that weekly markets may be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. These continue to this day.

Later Henry III was also married here. Henry III held Parliament here, in 1267, when the Statute of Marlborough was passed (this gave rights and privileges to small land owners and limited the right of the King to take possession of land). This seven-hundred-year-old law states that no-one shall seize his neighbour's goods for alleged wrong without permission of the Court. Apart from Charters, it is the oldest statute in English law which has not yet been repealed.


The castle fell into disrepair by the end of the 14th century but remained Crown property. Edward VI then passed it to the Seymour family, his mother's relatives. In 1498 Thomas Wolsey was ordained priest in (the now redundant) St Peter's church. He later rose to become a cardinal and Lord Chancellor.

In 1642 Marlborough's peace was shattered by the English Civil War. The Seymours held the Castle for the King but the Town was for Parliament. With his headquarters in nearby Oxford, King Charles had to deal with Marlborough. "A Town the most notoriously disaffected of all that Country, otherwise, saving the obstinacy and malice of the inhabitants, in the situation of it very unfit for a garrison... this place the King saw would prove quickly an ill neighbour to him, not only as it was in the heart of a rich County, and so would straighten him, and even infest his quarters."



On 26 Nov 2011 Roger Wehr wrote:


On 26 Nov 2011 Roger Wehr wrote:

Now we apparently have another mystery. No mention is made of the death of Ann Cox Morss, the first wife of Anthony Morse, Sr. Richard Morse was born in December of 1635, and the family sailed from London in April of 1635. So Ann Cox must have come to the New World. But in 1639, Anthony married a second woman. It is possible that Ann Cox may have suffered the same fate that so many others in the colony suffered -an early and untimely death, probably due to disease.

Anthony Morse, Sr. apparently changed his name to Morse when he arrived in the New World. It is recorded that he settled in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1635, and registered as a shoemaker. The family sailed to the Massachusetts colony aboard the ship James from London in April 5, 1635. The Plymouth colony was only 15 years old.


On 26 Nov 2011 Roger Wehr wrote:

Anthony Morss, Sr.

Sex: Male Birth: May 6, 1607, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Death: October 12, 1686 in Newbury, Essex Co., Massachusetts

Father: Anthony Morss, born before 1578, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Mother: Christian, born 1584

Spouse: Ann Cox, born about 1607 in Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Marriage: March 2, 1628/29 in Marlborough, at St. Mary the Virgin Church


Children: Robert Morse, born Dec 27, 1629 in Marlborough Peter Morse, born Dec 4, 1630, Marlborough Esther Morse, born Dec 4, 1630, Marlborough Anthony Morse, Jr., born Jan 29, 1631/32, Marlborough Joseph Morse, born 1634, Marlborough Richard Morse, born Dec 6, 1635, Marlborough


On 17 Sep 2011 Roger Wehr wrote:

The ship James of London sailed from Southhampton on April 5, 1635 and arrived in Massachusetts Bay on June 3, 1635 with master William Cooper at the helm.

The ship James left King's Road in Bristol on May 23, 1635 with master John Taylor at the helm. From England to Massachusetts in a fleet of five ships, the Angel Gabriel, the Elizabeth (Bess), the Mary and the Diligence.

On June 3, 1635, the James joined four other ships, and set sail for the New World with just over 100 passengers as part of a fleet of five ships, including the families of Richard Mather, Captain John Evered and John Ayer. As they approached New England, a hurricane struck and they were forced to ride it out just off the coast of modern-day Hampton, New Hampshire. According to the ship's log and the journal of Increase Mather, whose father Richard Mather and family were passengers, the following was recorded:

"At this moment,... their lives were given up for lost; but then, in an instant of time, God turned the wind about, which carried them from the rocks of death before their eyes. ...her sails rent in sunder, and split in pieces, as if they had been rotten ragges..."

They tried to stand down during the storm just outside the Isles of Shoals, but lost all three anchors, as no canvas or rope would hold. But on Aug 13, 1635, torn to pieces, and not one death, all one hundred plus passengers of the ship James manages to make it to Boston Harbor two days later.


On 16 Sep 2011 Roger Wehr wrote:

Anthony Morse

Born Anthony Morse March 9, 1605 Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Died October 12, 1686 (aged 81) Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Spouse Ann Waldro Cox (b 1616) m. 1635 (aged 29–30) St Mary's Marlboro, Wiltshire, England Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Children Robert Morse (b 1629) Esther Morse (b 1631) Anne Morse (b 1633) Peter Morse (b 1637) Deacon Benjamin Morse (b 1640) Sarah Morse (b 1641) Joseph Morse (b 1643) Hannah Morse (b 1645) Mary Morse (b 1649) Parents Anthony Morse (b 1588) Ms Christian Morse (b 1580)


On 15 Sep 2011 Roger Wehr wrote:

ANTHONY MORSE was born May 9, 1606 in Marlborough, England, and died Oct 12, 1686 in Newbury, Massachusetts. He married Ann Cox on May 2, 1629 in the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Marlborough, England. She died on March 8 1679/80 in Newbury, Massachusetts.

He arrived, with his brother William, in Boston on June 3, 1635 on the Ship "James" which sailed from Southampton April 5, 1635. He built a house about a 1/2 mile south of the old cemetery in what is now called Newbury old town. He is listed, along with his brother on the ship's passenger roster as being a shoemaker. He was admitted as a Freeman May 25, 1636.



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Collaboration

On 30 Apr 2016 at 15:26 GMT Kenneth Kinman wrote:

Merge has been completed, but more cleanup is needed.

I just proposed two merges among the children: Ann and Anne, Anthony and Anthony. There is also uncertainty about the birthdate: March 9, 1606 or May 9, 1606. It is also uncertain whether Anthony III was the son of Christian or the first wife of Anthony Jr.

On 11 Nov 2014 at 18:19 GMT S (Hill) Willson wrote:

Morse-1253 and Morse-223 have been an unmerged match for over a year now. Should they be merged? Most of the information appears the same between them. Thank you.



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