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ELEVENTH GENERATION

2016. *Lieutenant Edward Morris(2341) (2342) was born in AUG 1630 in Waltham Abbey, Essex Co., England. (2343)(2344) He was baptized on AUG 8 1630 in Waltham Abbey, Essex Co., England. (2345) *Descendants of Edward Morris : He was "baptised on the 8th day of the month, in the Abbey Church, by Rev. Joseph Hall, Rector, afterwards Biship of Norwich." He died in SEP 1689 in Woodstock, CT.(2346) (2347) *Rix : gives that he died "SEP 14 1698" He was buried in SEP 1689 in Woodstock, CT.(2348) He is my 8th great grandfather. He immigrated. (2349) *Descendants of Edward Morris : "There is no account to be found of his emigration to America, nor that of his parents. It is probable that he was brought over by them in his early childhood, and that they settled in Roxbury, ..." 8th great grandfather

*Rix : He was born "in Waltham Holy Cross Abbey, England, Aug. 1630; m. Nov. 20, 1655, Grace Bell, and settled in Roxbury, Mass., where he was selectman from 1674 - 1687; representative, 1677 - 1687; moved to Woodstock, Conn. where he was leader of the first settlers of that town; was the first military officer (Lieut.) of Woodstock. He d. in Woodstock Sept. 14, 1689."

*Descendants of Edward Morris : After his marriage he owned property in Roxbury on the "highway from Elder Heath's pasture lot by Stoney river and Gablin's end", "now Amory and School streets. This locality was in the immediate neighborhood of Thomas Bell's house, and on the southeastern border of Jamaica Plain. Here he was living in 1663, in which year he, with John May and Robert Gamblin were ordered to remove their fences in order to widen the highway." ... [see source for more] He was married to * Grace Bett on NOV 20 1655 in Massachusetts. (2350)(2351) *Descendants of Edward Morris : they were married "by Richard Bellingham, Deputy Governor, the law and custom at that time requiring all marriages to be performed by a magistrate."

2017. * Grace Bett (2352) died on JUN 6 1705 in Roxbury, MA.(2353) She is my 8th great grandmother. 8th great grandmother

*Descendants of Edward Morris : [p.2] "The compiler has sought to find the family to which Grace Bett belonged, but has entirely failed in his endeavors. He has not even found the name on any other record than that of the marriage in Boston. That Bett is the true surname the compiler thinks may be doubted, unless it is one form of the name of Betts. Savage, in his 'Dictionary of First Settlers of New England,' gives the name as Barr. This the compiler believes to be quite as unlikely the true name as Bett, there being at the time no family of either name in Boston or Roxbury or the neighboring towns. Possibly, the name may have been Bell, and connected with Thomas Bell, who was a prominent resident of Roxbury from 1635 to 1654, when he returned to England. The name in Boston records is plainly written Bett; but as the record is the transcript of other records, the name may have been incorectly copied, and thus still leaves room for doubt that it is the correct name. The name of Betts was, however, that of Waltham Abbey families, and Grace may possibly have been connected with them."

p.20 [copy] : "How long our good but distant grandmother, Grace, the widow of Edward Morris, remained in Woodstock we do not know. We find her death, June 6, 1705, recorded in Roxbury, where, perhaps, she may have returned either to visit or make her home with her married daughters, the Childs, or with her son Samuel. The place of her burial is not known. The compiler supposes it to have been in the ancient burying-ground at the corner of Washington and Eustis streets in Roxbury, or possibly in the buring-ground at West Roxbury Village,; but no stone marks it in either place." Children were:

child i. Lieutenant Isaac Morris(2354) was born on SEP 16 1656 in Roxbury, MA.(2355) He was baptized on SEP 19 1658 in Roxbury, MA. (2356) *Descendants of Edward Morris : Baptised by Rev. John Eliot [church of Roxbury] He is my 7th great granduncle. 7th great granduncle

*Descendants of Edward Morris : " Isaac Morris was an husbandman. He was a soldier in Captain Isaac Johnson's Company in the great Narragansett fight, in Dec. 1675. He had previously served the same year in March, Jine, August, and November, under both Captains Johnson and Henchman.
He was constable for Roxbury in 1687 and 1695; was selectman in 1696-7, and afterwards, from 1700 to 1705 - eight years. He was one of the exploring party of four sent out from Roxbury to the Nipmuck country in Oct. 1684, 'to view the wilderness' and find a convient place where the Roxbury people might take up their grant of land; but he never joined in the settlement. He was, however, an owner of land in Roxbury or norht part of Woodstock. His farm in Roxbury lay on the Dedham road, next east to that of his father's. He lived here until 1712, when, in August of that year, he sold his home and six and a half acres of his land to John Griggs and others representing the newly organized Second Parish of Roxbury. The house became the first parsonage of the society. He removed to the 'town street,' where he lived until his death, "
child ii. Deacon Edward Morris(2357) was born in MAR 1658/59 in Roxbury, MA.(2358) He was baptized on MAR 13 1658/59 in Roxbury, MA. (2359) *Descendants of Edward Morris : Baptised by Rev. John Eliot [church of Roxbury] He was buried in 1727 in Woodstock, CT. (2360) *Descendants of Edward Morris : "in the burial ground on Woodstock Hill." [see source] He died on AUG 29 1727 in Woodstock, CT. (2361) He is my 7th great granduncle. 7th great granduncle

*Descendants of Edward Morris : "Edward Morris did not remove to Woodstock until after the death of his father in September, 1690. After his arrival there he seems very soon to have taken his father's place in the affairs of the town. He was chosen selectman as early as November, 1691, and appears to have held that office most of the time thereafter, until 1722, having been chosen twenty-four times; his brother Ebenezer being associated with him for several years. He was frequently moderator of the town meetings, and of the meeting of the town proprietors; he was also assessor, surveyor, town auditor, ect."
[see pages 36-40 for more information]

child iii. Grace Morris(2362) was born on FEB 7 1660/61 in Roxbury, MA.(2363) She was baptized on FEB 17 1660/61 in Roxbury, MA. (2364) *Descendants of Edward Morris : Baptised by Rev. John Eliot [church of Roxbury] She was buried in DEC 1723 in West Roxbury, MA. (2365) *Descendants of Edward Morris : "They were buried in the old burial-ground, on Walter street, West Roxbury." She died on DEC 10 1723.(2366) She is my 7th great grandaunt. 7th great grandaunt

*Descendants of Edward Morris : She was "admitted to the church, Aug. 21, 1681"
child iv. Lieutenant Ebenezer Morris(2367) was born on APR 14 1664 in Roxbury, MA.(2368) He was baptized on APR 17 1664 in Roxbury, MA. (2369) *Descendants of Edward Morris : Baptised by Rev. John Eliot [church of Roxbury] He died on FEB 26 1717/18 in Woodstock, CT. (2370) He is my 7th great granduncle. He was buried in Woodstock, CT.(2371) 7th great granduncle

*Descendants of Edward Morris : Removed to Woodstock, CT with his father [p.21]. p.161 : "He was one of the thirteen pioneers which left Roxbury in the spring of 1686, for the settlement of Woodstock. In the division of land he drew lot No. 7, on the west side of 'Plaine Hill,' and lot No. 4, in the meadow land. He was associated with his brother Edward, as selectman, for nine years, viz.: 1703, 1705, 1706, 1707, 1709, 1712, 1713, 1715, and 1716. During some of these years he was also assessor. A record of March 2, 1701-2, says he was 'appointed to look after the meeting-house, and keep it clean for the benefit of the town,' - a duty which, after his death, seems to have been performed by his widow, as on Jan.4, 1720-1, the town voted '8 shillings to Widow Morris for looking after the meeting-house.' He was married by Captain Sewell, Sept. 1, 1692, to Sarah, daughter of Joseph Davis of Roxbury. She was baptised Feb. 22, 1673, and admitted to the church in September, 1690. He was admitted in May, 1693; probably before the formation of the church in Woodstock. He died at Woodstock, Feb. 26, 1717-18, aged 54. He left an estate of £605 16s. 5d., as appears by the Probate records of Suffolk County. Mrs. Morris died April 18, 1741, aged 70. The gravestones to both are standing in the grave yard at Woodstock."

6. Lieutenant Ebenezer Morris- p.161 [copy]
*Descendants of Edward Morris :
child v. Elizabeth Morris was born in MAR 1666 in Roxbury, MA. (2372) She was baptized on MAR 25 1666 in Roxbury, MA. (2373) *Descendants of Edward Morris : Baptised by Rev. John Eliot [church of Roxbury] She was buried in MAR 1754 in West Roxbury, MA. (2374) see notes with husband She died on MAR 6 1754. (2375) She is my 7th great grandaunt. 7th great grandaunt

*Descendants of Edward Morris : see also p.20 [copy]
child vi. Margaret Morris(2376) was born on SEP 25 1668 in Roxbury, MA.(2377) She was baptized on SEP 27 1668 in Roxbury, MA.(2378) *Descendants of Edward Morris : Baptised by Rev. John Eliot [church of Roxbury] She died in SEP 1708.(2379) She is my 7th great grandaunt. 7th great grandaunt

*Descendants of Edward Morris : p.21 : Removed to Woodstock, CT with her father.
child1008 vii. * Samuel Morris.
child viii. Martha Morris was born on NOV 30 1674 in Roxbury, MA. (2380) She was baptized on JAN 3 1675 in Roxbury, MA. (2381) *Descendants of Edward Morris : Baptised by Rev. John Eliot [church of Roxbury] She died on MAY 9 1756 in Woodstock, CT. (2382) She is my 7th great grandaunt. 7th great grandaunt

*Descendants of Edward Morris : p.21 : Removed to Woodstock with her father.