Wednesday, January 15, 2014

52 Ancestors: #2 Stephen Morse (1803-1886)






Stephen Morse's Grave
Along With Both Wives and Son, Marshall
Webber Cemetery
New Gloucester, Maine

Stephen Morse, my 3d great grand uncle, was born in New Gloucester, Maine on this date in 1803, the third child of ten born to Enoch Morse and his first wife, Eunice (Russell) Morse. He is enumerated (as a tic mark) in the 1810 (age 7), 1820 (age 17), and 1830 (age 27) New Gloucester Census as being part of his father Enoch's household.

In 1832, at the age of 29, he married Joanna Merrill, 11 years his junior, in New Gloucester, on October 13th. In the 1840 New Gloucester Census, Joanna is enumerated with Stephen. A son, Osgood, soon followed in 1833. Subsequent children were: Marshall in 1835, Nancy in 1838, Lucinda in 1841, Elvira in 1848, and Alice in 1850. Aside from Marshall and Alice, I haven't been able to trace any records of the children of this marriage. Joanna died in 1857.

Stephen married for a second time Orintha Additon, on June 21, 1858, in Lewiston, Maine. Orintha was 19 years younger than Stephen, and had been married before to a Stephen Bliffin. She was from Greene, just up the road from Lewiston. 

Together, Stephen and Orintha Morse had one child, a daughter Flora, in 1861.

Stephen Morse lived and farmed in New Gloucester his whole life. He died, preceding Orintha by just 3 years, on October 24, 1886, at the age of 83.

Stephen's father, John Morse, is the DAR Patriot I hope to prove my lineage to in 2014!

This is the second in a series, "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks," coordinated by Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small.

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Sources:

"Maine, Births and Christenings, 1739-1900," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FW19-8VC : accessed 31 Aug 2013), Stephen Morse, 15 Jan 1803.

1810 U S Census; Census Place: New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: 11; Page: 272; Image: 0218682.

1820 U S Census; Census Place: Cumberland, Maine; Page: 282; NARA Roll: M33_33; Image: 155.

1830 U S Census; Census Place: New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; Roll Number: 46; Page: 149.

1840 U S Census; Census Place: New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: 138; Page: 313; Image: 556.

1850 U S Census; Census Place: New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: M432_250; Page: 79A; Image: 350.

1860 U S Census; Census Place: New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: M653_437; Page: 16; Image: 579.

1870 U S Census; Census Place: New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: M593_540; Page: 389A; Image: 252.

1880 U S Census; Census Place: New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: 478; Page: 394D; Image: 0179.

"Maine, Marriages, 1771-1907," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F48P-YJD : accessed 11 Jan 2014), Stephen Morse and Joanna Merrill, 13 Oct 1832.

"Maine, Marriages, 1771-1907," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F46V-W8X : accessed 11 Jan 2014), Stephen Morse and Orinthia Blithen, 21 Jun 1858.

Ancestry.com. Maine, Death Records, 1617-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Find A Grave, database and images (http://findagrave.com : accessed 12 January 2014), memorial page for Stephen Morse (1803–1886), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33612164, citing Webber Cemetery, New Gloucester, Maine. 

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