Friday, October 1, 2021

52 Ancestors - Week 399: #622 Joseph Morse (1667-1733) of Groton and Marlborough, Massachusetts

 Joseph Morse (1667-1733) is #622 on my Ahnentafel  List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #623 Grace Warren (1671-1753)  in 1691 in Marlborough, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts Bay Colony.

I am descended through:

* their daughter #311 Mary Morse (1697-????) married #330 James Maynard (1694-????)  in about 1719.
* their daughter #155 Lydia Maynard (1722-1802) married #154 David Batherick (1722-1794)in 1742.
* their daughter #77 Lydia Batherick (1752-1795) married #76 Phinehas Brigham (1755-1802)  in 1779.
* their son #38 Lambert Brigham (1794-1834) married #39 Sophia Buck (1797-1882) in 1817.
* their daughter #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) married #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) in 1852.
* their daughter #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) married #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) in 1874.
* their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
* their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
* their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                      Joseph Morse[1–4,6-7]
*  Alternate Name:      Joseph Morss[5]

*  Sex:                        Male

*  Father:                   Joseph Morse (1637-1677)
*  Mother:                 Susanna Shattuck (1643-1716)

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                   11 November 1667, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–3,5]

*  Death:                  11 July 1733 (age 65), Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–3,6]
*  Burial:                 after 11 July 1733 (after age 65), Old Common Cemetery, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[3]

*  Probate:                3 September 1733 (age 65), will proved; Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:             Grace Warren (1670-1753)
*  Marriage 1:          20 January 1690/1 (age 23), Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–2,7]

*  Child 1:                Joseph Morse (1692-1756)
*  Child 2:                Grace Morse (1694-1731)
*  Child 3:                Mary Morse (1697-    )
*  Child 4:                Elizabeth Morse (1699-1775)
*  Child 5:                Jonas Morse (1703-1779)
*  Child 6:                Patience Morse (1705-1776)
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Joseph Morse was born 11 November 1667 in Groton, Massachusetts Bay, the son of Joseph and Susanna (Shattuck) Morse[1-3,5].  The Marlborough town history book has brief sketch for Joseph Morse and his family.

Joseph married on 20 January 1690/1 to Grace Warren (1671-1753) of Watertown[1-2,7].  They had six children, all born and recorded in Marlborough[1-2]:

*  Joseph Morse (1692-1756), married 1716 Abigail Barnes (1695-1741).
*  Grace Morse (1694-1731), married 1716 Jacob Hinds (1685-1764).
*  Mary Morse (1697-????), married 1719 James Maynard (1694-????).
*  Elizabeth Morse (1699-1775), married 1717 Benjamin Woods (1691-1740).
*  Jonas Morse (1703-1779), married 1735 Lucy Eager (1707-1802).
*  Patience Morse (1705-1776), married 1726 Jonathan Keyes (1702-1778).

On 25 December 1695, Joseph Morse, his brother Samuel Morse, Samuel Bigelow and John Bemis bought 350 acres of land in Marlborough, known as "the Farm," from the heirs of John Alcocke[2].
Joseph settled in the house said to have been built by John Alcocke, and Samuel built on the south of Joseph's house, and brother Jonathan bought and built on an adjoining tract.  Therefore, one garrison protected all of the families.

Joseph Morse died at age 65 11 July 1733 in Marlborough, Massachusetts Bay[1-3,6]. He was probably buried in the Old Common Cemetery in Marlborough, but there is no extant gravestone.

The Will of Joseph Morse (1667-1733) of Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, was written 9 April 1733, and proved on 3 September 1733 by the executor.  It is in Estate File 15528 in the Middlesex County Probate Court records[4].  The transcription of this will is:

In the Name of God Amen
I Joseph Morse of Marlburrough sen'r in y'e County of Middl's in New England yeoman being Aged and full of Pain but of sound mind and Disposing memory blessed be God therefor in and by these Presents make this my Last will and Testament in manner and form as followeth -

Imp'rs I Will and bequeath my soul to God that Gave it and my Body to y'e earth to be Decently Buried at the Discretion of my Executor Hereafter Named Hoping through the Death sufferings and Merrits of my Great Redeemer to Receive it a spiritual Body in all Respects better filled and prepared for my Lord and Master's service.And as to y'e Worldly Goods God in his Rich and undeserved Bounty hath made me Possessor of I Do Dispose of them in manner following.

1'st  I will and Bequeath unto my son Joseph in Adition to what I have Heretofore Given him by deed and as his full part in mine inheritance Twelve Acres of Meadow Lying and being in that comonly called Sedge Meadow and y'e upland thereunto Adjoining at y'e easterly end thereof, and also five acres of Meadow on y'e easterly part of my Possession in that comonly called Broad Meadow and also Three Acres in that comonly called spruce swamp adjoining therunto.

2'ly I Will and Bequeath unto my Grand children by my daughter Grace ^deceased^ one Hundred Pounds to be paid unto them in equall parts as they shall become of full age.  And if it shall Happen that any of my s'd Grandchildren should Decease before they Become of age as is afores'd, my Will is that that his or her or their part be equally Devided amongst the survivors of them.

3'ly I Will and Bequeath unto my son in Law Jacob Hinds five Pounds in full of his part of my Estate whatsoever.

4'ly I Will and Bequeath unto my Daughters Mary Elisabeth and Patience Three Hundred Pounds to be Paid unto them fifty Pounds Each at y'e end of one year and an half Next after my Decease and the other Part which is fifty pounds each to be paid unto them att three years End next after y'e Decease of my Wife Grace, to be Paid unto them Respectively in Good and Lawfull Bills of Creditt on the Province afores'd or in other species current with y'e Merchant at Money price at y'e Respective Days and times of Payment.

5'ly I Will and Bequeath unto my Tender and Wellbeloved Wife Grace During the Time that she shall Remain my Widow, the Continual Improvement of all and every Part of my Buildings orchards fences Plowlands Meadows and the Continual Incomes from thence arising, which are not Heretofore by Deed, or by this my present will Disposed of.

6'ly I Will and bequeath unto my Wife afores'd all my Moveable Estate within my now Dwelling house (Bonds excepted) and also one Horse Two Cowes and Four sheep to be at her Dispose to any or all of my three Daughters above Named as she my said Wife shall Judge most expedient.

7'ly  I Will and Bequeath unto my son Jonas all my Lands not Heretofore Disposed of Together with all and singular the Buildings Fences orchards improvements and incomes from thence from time to time and at all times ariseing to be with him and his assignes forever after the time of my s'd Wife Grace shall Decease or cease to be my Widow.  Further my Will is that from and after my Decease my cattle of what Kind soever and my money or Bonds for money Together with my Tooles for Husbandry shall be and Remain unto my s'd son Jonas forever.

Finally  I name and constitute my son Jonas afores'd to be sole Executor of this my Last will and Testament Here'by Renouncing all former Wills and Do Declare this to be my Last Will and Testament Declared signed and sealed this Ninth Day of Aprill Anno Domini one thousand seven Hundred Thirty and Three and in the fifth year of y'e Reign of our Soverein Lord George y'e second of Great Britain &c King.Declared signed and sealed (the word Deceased was Hereunto anexed before sealing and Declaring Hereof) in Presence of us Wittnesses
Samuel Biglo
Samuel Morss
Daniel Harington                                                       Joseph morse  

On 3 September 1733, Jonas Morse (the executor) and the three witnesses presented the will to the Middlesex County Probate Court and Jonas Morse was charged to faithfully execute the will of his father and to provide an account when required by Judge Jonathan Remington. 

There is no inventory or account provided in the probate estate file.

1. J. Howard Morse and Emily W. Leavitt, Morse Genealogy, Comprising the Descendants of Samuel, Anthony, William and Joseph Morse, and John Moss; Being a  Revision of the Memorial of the Morses, Published by Rev. Abner Morse in 1850 (New York : Springfield Printing and Binding Company, 1903), page 12, #45, Joseph Morse family sketch.

2. Charles Hudson, History of the Town of Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, from its first settlement in 1657 to 1861  (Boston, Mass. : Press of T.R. Marvin & Son, 1862), page 416, #2-11- Joseph Morse family sketch.

3. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Old Common Cemetery, Marlborough Mass., Joseph Morse memorial #71760727 .

4. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Volume: Middlesex 14000-15599 Estate File #15528 (4 images), Joseph Morse estate, 1733; "Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors ( : accessed 17 January 2021); Digitized mages provided by from original records at Probate Registry, Cambridge, Mass.

5. Vital Records of Groton, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1926-1927), Two volumes, Vol. 1, Births, page 155, Joseph Morss entry, 11 November 1667.

6. Franklin P. Rice (editor), Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849  (Boston, Mass. : Franklin P. Rice , 1908), Deaths, page 378, Joseph Morse Sr. entry, 11 July 1733.

7. "New England Marriages to 1700," online database with digital images, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008, Third Supplement, page 188, Joseph Morse and Grace Warren entry, 20 January 1690.


NOTE: In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog. I have extended this theme in 2021 for an eighth year to 416 Ancestors in 416 Weeks. The list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in

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