Jedidiah Morse Jr
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Jedidiah Morse Jr (1761 - 1826)

Rev. Jedidiah Morse Jr
Born in Woodstock, Windham County, Connecticutmap
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Husband of — married 14 Mar 1789 in Shrewsbury, Monmouth, New Jersey, United Statesmap
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Died in New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USAmap
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Biography

Jedediah Morse is noted in history as being an eminent scholar and minister. He is referred to as the "Father of American Geography". During his lifetime he founded the Puritan Theological School of Andover.

Jedidiah Morse (August 23, 1761 – June 9, 1826) was a notable geographer whose textbooks became a staple for students in the United States. He was the father of telegraphy pioneer and painter Samuel F. B. Morse, and his textbooks earned him the sobriquet of "father of American geography."



Jedidiah Morse was descended in the sixth generation from Anthony Morse, who left Marlborough, co. Wilts, England, in 1635, and settled at Newbury, Mass. A native of Woodstock. Conn., he was graduated at Yale College in 1783, in his twenty-second year; and received the Doctorate of Sacred Theology from the University of Edinburgh in 1794. He was the author of "the first Geography ever printed on the American continent," which appeared in New Haven in 1784; after which, for the next five years. he traveled extensively through every State of the Union, to obtain "extensive, minute and reliable geographical information." and embodied the results in a larger "Geography," which, being immediately reprinted in London, Edinburgh and Dublin, and translated into French and German, "greatly promoted migration from Europe to America." and led to correspondence between the author and some of the most eminent men of Great Britain and the Continent. He was distinguished, also, as a leader in the introduction of vaccination into this country, two of his three sons being among the first four persons vaccinated in America: and as one of the earliest friends of American Negroes, whose first actual colonization on the soil of Africa was due to his influence. He was a pioneer in the publication and distribution of religious tracts, and in the distribution of the Bible, before the formation of any Society for either object. He took a leading part in the great religious controversy of the first quarter of the present century in Massachusetts, on the side of old New England orthodoxy, and in the establishment of the Andover Theological Seminary, which grew out of that debate.

In 1820, having resigned his pastorate at Charlestown, and received an appointment from President Monroe as Agent of the United States to visit all the Indian tribes in the neighborhood of white settlements throughout the Union, in order to acquaint himself with their actual condition, "and to devise and report a plan for the promotion of their civilization and welfare," he traveled during two successive summers for this purpose, and afterwards prepared and published a full report of his observations and suggestions, leading the way to the establishment by the Government of an Indian Territory. He spent his last days in retirement in New Haven, Conn., dying there June 9, 1826.


Name

Name: Jedidiah /MORSE/[1]
Name: Jedediah /Morse/ Jr. Rev.
Surname: Morse
Given Name: Jedediah
Name Suffix: Jr. Rev.


Burial

Burial:
Date: 10 JUN 1826

Find A Grave Memorial# 11863

Birth: Aug. 23, 1761 Woodstock Windham County Connecticut, USA Death: Jun. 9, 1826 New Haven New Haven County Connecticut, USA

Father of American Geography and Clergyman.

Son of Dea. Jedidiah Morse and Sarah Child. Married Elizabeth Ann Breese 14 Mar 1789.

Family links: Parents: Jedidiah Morse (1726 - 1819) Sarah Child Morse (1724 - 1805)

Children: Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791 - 1872)* Sidney Edwards Morse (1794 - 1871)* Richard Cary Morse (1795 - 1868)*

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Burial: Grove Street Cemetery New Haven New Haven County Connecticut, USA [2]

  • Fact: Burial (10 Jun 1826)
  • Fact: Other 1 know as the "Father of American Geography"
  • Fact: http://familysearch.org/v1/LifeSketch Reverend Jedediah Morse, born at Woodstock, Connecticut, August 23, 1761, died at New Haven, June 9, 1826, was a man of note. He was the author of the first American geography and gazetteer. His connection with the leading public men of his times, particularly with those of the Federalist party, was both extensive and intimate. His travels and correspondence in the interests of his numerous geographical compositions in part promoted this acquaintance; but his outspoken and unflinching support of the measures of government during the Federalist regime did even more to enhance his influence. Morse was graduated from Yale College in 1783 and settled at Charlestown as a minister of the Congregational church in that place in 1789. His wife was Elizabeth Ann Breese, granddaughter of Samuel Finley, president of the College of New Jersey. Quite apart from all other claims to public recognition, the following inscription, to be found to this day on a tablet attached to the front of the house in Charlestown wherein his distinguished son was born, would have rendered the name of Jedediah Morse worthy of regard: "Here was born 27th of April 1791, Samuel Finley Breese Morse, Inventor of the Electric Telegraph."


  • Fact: Burial (10 Jun 1826)
  • Fact: Other 1 know as the "Father of American Geography"
  • Fact: http://familysearch.org/v1/LifeSketch Reverend Jedediah Morse, born at Woodstock, Connecticut, August 23, 1761, died at New Haven, June 9, 1826, was a man of note. He was the author of the first American geography and gazetteer. His connection with the leading public men of his times, particularly with those of the Federalist party, was both extensive and intimate. His travels and correspondence in the interests of his numerous geographical compositions in part promoted this acquaintance; but his outspoken and unflinching support of the measures of government during the Federalist regime did even more to enhance his influence. Morse was graduated from Yale College in 1783 and settled at Charlestown as a minister of the Congregational church in that place in 1789. His wife was Elizabeth Ann Breese, granddaughter of Samuel Finley, president of the College of New Jersey. Quite apart from all other claims to public recognition, the following inscription, to be found to this day on a tablet attached to the front of the house in Charlestown wherein his distinguished son was born, would have rendered the name of Jedediah Morse worthy of regard: "Here was born 27th of April 1791, Samuel Finley Breese Morse, Inventor of the Electric Telegraph."


Sources

  1. Source: #S46Text: https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/6676093/person/-1250171161/facts
  2. Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Aug 23, 2000 Find A Grave Memorial# 11863


Source S46
Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Title: Ancestral File (R)
Publication: Name: Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998;
Repository: #R2
NOTENAME Family History Library
ADDR 35 N West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 USA
Repository R2
Name: NAME Family History Library ADDR 35 N West Temple Street Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 USA


Source S127
Title: NEHGS Nexus, VOL. XII, No.4, Aug-Sep 1995, p.118


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Morse-12 and Morse-3261 appear to represent the same person because: Hi there! I have verified that Rev. Jedidiah Morse Jr. is my great great great great great great grand-uncle. I would like to merge my family tree with his. I can provide supporting information, if you need. This is my first time doing this! Please let me know what you think.

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Rejected matches › Jedidiah Morse (1809-)