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Samuel Morse

Male Bef 1576 - 1654  (> 78 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Samuel Morse was born before 12 Jun 1576 (son of Rev. Thomas Morse and Margaret King); died on 5 Dec 1654 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 12 Jun 1576, Boxted, Essex, England

    Notes:

    With his wife, he migrated to New England in 1635.

    Probably, but not absolutely proven as, a son of the Rev. Thomas Morse of Boxted, Essex; Hinderclay, Suffolk; and Foxearth, Essex.

    Samuel Morse and Elizabeth Jasper are the most recent common ancestors of BAM and TWK. They are also ancestors of presidents William Howard Taft and Calvin Coolidge, and (probably, assuming that Nathaniel Butler, husband of Sarah Herrick, was a son of Benjamin Butler, 1727-1800, and Susanna Whiting, 1734-1775) also of the two Bush presidents.

    Robert Charles Anderson, in The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume V, p. 174:

    In 1929 G. Andrews Moriarty published an extensive collection of extracts from probate records and parish registers for the surname Morse in Suffolk and Essex and on that basis constructed a pedigree of the family in those counties [NEHGR 83:70-84, 278-94]. He discussed three Samuel Morses who might have been the immigrant, and concluded that the New England man was the son of the Rev. Thomas Morse of Boxted, Essex, Hinderclay, Suffolk, and Foxearth, Essex [NEHGR 83:286-89]. (This same identification had been made in 1865 by Abner Morse [NEHGR 19:264-66].)

    In 1948, in the course of examining John Morse of Boston, Robert H. Montgomery analyzed Moriarty's arguments and concluded that Moriarty had not proved his case [TAG 24:147-56, at 148-49]. Less than a year later Moriarty defended his position vigorously [TAG 25:54-56]. We have accepted Moriarty's identification as the most likely solution, with the caveat that additional evidence would be welcome.

    Samuel married Elizabeth Jasper on 29 Jun 1602 in Redgrave, Suffolk, England. Elizabeth (daughter of Lancelot Jasper and Rose) was born before 30 Jan 1580; died on 20 Jun 1655 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Elisabeth Morse was born before 6 Mar 1606; died on 2 Oct 1643 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
    2. John Morse was born before 28 Feb 1608.
    3. Daniel Morse was born about 1610; died on 5 Jun 1688 in Sherborn, Middlesex, Massachusetts; was buried in Farm Cemetery, Sherborn, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
    4. Joseph Morse was born before 2 May 1613; died before 20 Jun 1654 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Rev. Thomas Morse died in 1597 in Foxearth, Suffolk, England.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Between 10 Nov 1596 and 10 Mar 1597

    Notes:

    He was an early member of the Dedham Classis, alongside the Rev. Thomas Stoughton. Installed in 1573 as vicar of Boxted, Essex, of which the bishop of London was patron, he was, as Robert Charles Anderson says in Puritans and Pedigrees (citation details below), "repeatedly called before the church courts for the usual puritan infractions, such as not wearing the surplice, not using the Book of Common Prayer and not using the sign of the cross in baptism." He resigned his position at Boxted in 1578 and was an intinerant preacher for the next five years. He was made rector of Hinderclay in northern Suffolk, 14 Jul 1583. From 1595 to his death he was rector of Foxearth, Essex.

    Thomas married Margaret King on 26 May 1573 in Boxted, Essex, England. Margaret was born before 28 Jul 1525. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Margaret King was born before 28 Jul 1525.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 28 Jul 1525, Hinderclay, Suffolk, England

    Children:
    1. 1. Samuel Morse was born before 12 Jun 1576; died on 5 Dec 1654 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts.