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Thomas Morris (abt. 1620 - 1673)

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Thomas Morris
Born about in Waltham, Holy Cross Abby, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticutmap
Profile last modified | Created 21 Sep 2010
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Categories: New Haven, Connecticut | Signers of the New Haven Fundamental Agreement | Puritan Great Migration.

The Puritan Great Migration.
Thomas Morris migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Disputed Origin

Thomas Morris may have been the son of Thomas Morris and Mary Rees, although so far (as of 8/23/2013) we have not found sources supporting this information. They have been detached from this profile until documentation is found.

Biography

Thomas Morris died on July 21, 1673 in New Haven, Connecticut. He married Elizabeth ---- who died in 1681. Thomas and Elizabeth Morris had eight children: Hannah, Elizabeth, John, John, Eleazer, Thomas, Ephraim, and Joseph.[1]

The family of Morrice (Morris) is of great antiquity, and can be traced in lineal descent from Athelstan Glodrydd, Prince of Ferlex, betwixt Wye and Severn, who sprung from the old Prince of Powys, and who through his mother, Rheingar, daughter and heir of Grono ap Tudor Trevor, was eighth in a direct line from Caradoc Vriechfras, Lord of Hereford, one of the knights of King Arthur's Round Table (540 AD)....[2]

THOMAS MORRIS arrived in Boston June 26, 1637. He took sail on the ship Hector with a party of other Londoners. He purchased a tract of land near New Haven on the 16th of March, 1671, on account of its timber. This land has ever since been known as Morristown.[3]

Excerpt from: "The Morris Tree, Memoranda of the Descendants of Amos Morris of East Haven, Conn."
"On March 30th, 1638, THOMAS MORRIS set sail from Boston for Quinnipiac, now New Haven, and in about a fortnight arrived at the latter place of safety. He had been a shipbuilder in England and hoped to pursue the same occupation in America.
"THOMAS became acquainted with the nature of the soil, and the excellence of the timber for ship-building on the tract of land now known as Morris' Point. Tradition affirms that THOMAS once left his cart with a load of wood upon it, standing near the edge of a declevity, the base of which met the water of the harbor. A company of young people who were visiting at his house, coveted the sport of seeing the cart roll down the bank, and put it in motion. But they had not calculated the velocity it would acquire in the descent, nor the distance to which it would move. They soon beheld it floating at too great a distance to be reached, and drifting in the direction of the cove on the East Haven side, where it was fortunately driven ashore and recovered. It was his excursion to obtain the cart, that brought the quality of the timber and of the soil under his nose."

Sources

  1. Donald Lines Jacobus, "Families of Ancient New Haven", Vol V, page 1210 (Morris Family).
  2. Lucy Ann (Morris) Carhart, "Genealogy of the Morris Family, Descendants of Thomas Morris of Connecticut", The A. S. Barnes Company, New York, 1911, page vii.
  3. Lucy Ann (Morris) Carhart, "Genealogy of the Morris Family, Descendants of Thomas Morris of Connecticut", The A. S. Barnes Company, New York, 1911, page v.
  • "The Morris Tree, Memoranda of the Descendants of Amos Morris of East Haven, Conn."
  • Lucy Ann (Morris) Carhart, "Genealogy of the Morris Family, Descendants of Thomas Morris of Connecticut", The A. S. Barnes Company, New York, 1911, page vii.
  • Donald Lines Jacobus, Families of Ancient New Haven, Vol V, page 1210
  • Dodd, Stephen. The East-Haven Register, In Three Parts (A.H. Maltby & Co., 1824) Page 162


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