Samuel Morse

Male - 1654


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  • Name  Samuel Morse 
    Gender  Male 
    Baptism  12 Jun 1576  Boxted, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will  02 Dec 1654  Medfield, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • "I, Samuel Morse, being sick and weak in body but of good and perfect memory, praised be God therefor, doe make this my last will and testament in manner as followeth; First I bequeath my soul into the hands of a mereyful God that gave it, with assured hope of everlasting life through the gracious merits of my dear Saviour and blessed Redeemer, Jesus Christ

      "As for that little estate of outward things which the Lord hath been pleased to bestow upon me, whether they be moveable or immovable, as houses lands, chattel, household stuff, etc., I will and bequeath them all unto Elizabeth Morse, my dear wife to enjoy, possess and make use of her life, during the term thereof, and after her decease out of my life my will is that all that estate which she was in life possessed of shall be divided amongst my children, both sonnes and daughters, that is to say John Morse, Daniel Morse, Mary Bullin and Ann Morse, the widow of my dearly beloved son Joseph Morse, deceased, who with my said children shall have an equal portion upon a just division with them for the children's sake of my beloved Joseph. Therefore my will is that the above named Ann, wife of my dear Joseph shall make an equal distribution of all that portion upon division unto every child of my sonne Joseph when they and every one of them shall grow up to the age of one and twenty years

      "Lastly, I constitute and appoint Elizabeth my beloved wife the sole executrix of this my last will. In witness whereof I have put my hand the day and year above written,

      "SAMUEL MORSE,
      "In the presence of

      HENRY SMITH,
      RALPH WHEELOCK,
      SAMUEL BULLEN,"

      This estate was appraised on the 27th of the 11th of 1654 at 124 seven shillings, and it appears that he had disposed of his property a few months previous.
    Died  05 Dec 1654  Medfield, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Samuel Morse, the immigrant ancestor, was born in England in 1586. He sailed for New England in the Ship "Increase," April 15, 1635, and settled first at Watertown, and in the following year, 1636, at Dedham, Massachusetts.
      In the process of selecting the pillars of the Dedham church, Rev. John Allin, early in 1638, reported on Thomas(sic) Morse, who was deemed to be "so dark & unsatisfying in respect to the work of grace" that he could not be admitted at that point. A short time later Thomas(sic) Morse was considered again, but was 'Left to the further trial of the church gathered". Finally on 28 June 1640, more than a year after the church was organized, the congregation relented and Thomas(sic) Morse was admitted. But there was no Thomas Morse. This was undoubtedly Samuel Morse.
      !GMB Newsletter 4:5
      Samuel was admitted a freeman there, October 8, 1640. Elizabeth was admitted to the church on 24 Dec 1641 as "the wife of our brother Samuel Morse." Afterward he removed to the adjoining town of Medfield, where many of his descendants have lived. He did not have a houselot assigned to him, but his inventory includes a "house and materials to finish the same." His will gives everything to his wife Elizabeth, by her to be given to the heirs at her decease. He was a town officer of Dedham and one of the proprietors. He died in 1654, and his will was proved 30 Jan 1655. !The History of Medfield, Tilden:439 13-18 April 1635. Passengers embarked in the INCREASE of London, Mr. Robert Lea, bound [from London] to New England: .... Samuel Morse, husbandman 50 his wife Elizabeth 48 Joseph Morse 20 Elizabeth Daniel 2 ... !Archive record, Morse Gen. A 13 A 275 p. 5 (B6G9) Some Ancestral Lines Tingley, p. 246-(B2D8) p.3 Mass Mil P. 438; B4F10 p.10 Suff 12 v. 2 p.165
    Person ID  I10405  Bryant
    Last Modified  22 Jun 2007 

    Father  Thomas Morse, Rev,   b. Bef 1551, probably, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 10 Mar 1597, Foxearth, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Margaret King,   b. Abt 1552, probably, Boxted, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1585, Hinderclay, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  26 May 1573  Boxted, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F552  Group Sheet

    Family  Elizabeth Jasper,   d. 20 Jun 1655, Medfield, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  29 Jun 1602  Redgrave, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Thomas Morse,   b. Abt 1603, Redgrave, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1640
     2. Elizabeth Morse,   d. 02 Oct 1643, Cambridge, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. John Morse,   d. 26 May 1657, Boston, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Jeremiah Morse,   b. Abt 1609
     5. Daniel Morse,   b. Abt 1610, Redgrave, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1688, Sherborn, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Joseph Morse,   d. Bef 20 Jun 1654, Dedham, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Sarah Morse
     8. Samuel Morse,   b. Abt 1619,   d. Bef 11 May 1626
     9. Mary Morse,   d. 14 Feb 1692, Medfield, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Abigail Morse,   b. 1623
    Family ID  F519  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 12 Jun 1576 - Boxted, Essex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Jun 1602 - Redgrave, Suffolk, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 02 Dec 1654 - Medfield, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 05 Dec 1654 - Medfield, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S60] MASS, Vital Rec., Medfield: 225.

    2. [S32] TAG, The American Genealogist, 62:235.


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