The MORSE Family of Watertown, Dedham, Dorchester and Medfield

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SAMUEL MORSE m. Elizabeth Jasper
JOSEPH MORSE (bp. 1613 - by 1654) of Watertown, Dedham and Medfield m. Hannah Phillips (d. 1676)
ELIZABETH MORSE m. Peleg Lawrence
MARY MORSE (d. 1717) m. Joseph Plympton

First Generation



Samuel Morse married Elizabeth Jasper. [Ref]

Children of Samuel Morse and Elizabeth Jasper:

  1. Joseph Morse was baptised on 2 May 1613 in Regrave Suffolk. He died before 20 Jun 1654. married Hannah Phillips.
  2. Daniel Morse was born in 1613. [Ref, p. 3] He died on 5 Jun 1688. [Ref, p. 8] He married Lydia Fisher. [Ref, p. 8] Lydia, the daughter of Anthony and Mary Fisher, was born in 1620. [Ref, p. 8]
    some descendants of Daniel Morse

Second Generation

JOSEPH MORSE (bp. 1613 - by 1654) of Watertown, Dedham and Medfield

Parents: Samuel Morse and Elizabeth Jasper

Joseph Morse was baptised in Regrave, Suffolk on 2 May 1613. [Ref] He died before 20 Jun 1654, when inventory was taken on his estate. [Ref] He married Hannah Phillips [Ref] of Watertown on 1 Sep 1638. [Ref] Hannah died between 3 Oct 1676, when she signed her will, and 25 Oct 1676, when it was proved. [Ref] Hannah married second as his second wife Thomas Boyden. [Ref] Thomas was born about 1613. [Ref] He died after 15 Apr 1678. [Ref] He married first Frances Unknown. [Ref] She died on 17 Mar 1657/8. [Ref] Savage says that Hannah was perhaps the sister of Rev. George Phillips. [Ref, 3;242]

Joseph came to New England on the Increase with his parents in 1635. [Ref]

Joseph's uncle James Morse of Barham, Suffolk left him 40 shillings. [Ref]

In her will, Hannah, the wife of Thomas Boyden of Medfield, mentions the eight children that she had with her deceased husband Joseph Morse: Samuel Morse, Joseph Morse, Jeremiah Morse, Hannah Flood, Sarah Lawrence, Dorcas Clarke, Elizabeth Lawrence and Mary Plimpton. [Ref]

Children of Joseph Morse and Hannah Phillips:

  1. Samuel Morse was born on 10 Jan 1639/40. [Ref]
  2. Hannah Morse was born on 8 Aug 1641. [Ref] She married Unknown Flood.
  3. Sarah Morse was born on 16 Sep 1643. [Ref] She married Nathaniel Lawrence, the brother of Peleg Lawrence. [Ref]
  4. Dorcas Morse was born on 24 Aug 1645. She married Unknown Clarke.
  5. Elizabeth Morse was born on 1 Sep 1647 in Dedham. She married Peleg Lawrence.
  6. Joseph Morse was born on 26 Sep 1649. [Ref] He died on 19 Feb 1718. [Ref, p. 2] He married Hannah Badcock on 11 Apr 1683 [Ref, p. 2] in Medfield. [Ref] She was the daughter of Sgt. Robert Badcock.
    some descendants of Joseph Morse
  7. Jeremiah Morse was born on 10 Jun 1651. [Ref] He died in 1719. [Ref, p. 31] He married Sarah Gleason, the daughter of Thomas Gleason. [Ref, p. 31]
  8. Mary Morse died on 25 Dec 1717 in Medfield. She married Joseph Plympton.
  9. Child Morse was born shortly before his father's death. [Ref]

Third Generation


Parents: Joseph Morse and Hannah Phillips [Ref, p. 11]

Elizabeth Morse was born on 1 Sep 1647 [Ref] in Dedham. [Ref] She married Peleg Lawrence [Ref, p. 16] on 22 Dec 1668 in Medfield. [Ref]

MARY MORSE (d. 1717)

Parents: Joseph Morse and Hannah Phillips

Mary Morse died on 25 Dec 1717 in Medfield. [Ref, wid. Joseph] She married Joseph Plympton on 3 Nov 1675 in Medfield. [Ref][Ref]Ref, 3:447-8, "perhaps d. of Daniel"] Torrey says that Mary is the daughter of Joseph. [Ref]

Mary is referred to as Mary Morse in her mother's will. [Ref]

Mary is not the daughter of Daniel and Lydia (Fisher) Morse as Daniel referred to his daughter Mary as Mary West in his will. [Ref] She is not the daughter of Samuel and Mary (Bullen) Morse; their daughter Mary married Ephraim Clark. [Ref]


Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Vol. 1-3, Boston, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995. Entry for Thomas Boyden.

Appleton, William S., The Family of Badcock of Massachusetts, Boston, D. Clapp & Son, 1881.

Great Migration Study Project, "John Lawrence," Great Migration Biographical Sketches,, Aug. 2005.

Lawrence, Robert Means, Historical Sketches of some Members of the Lawrence Family, Boston, Rand Avery, 1888.

Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850. Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2007.

Moriarty, G. Andrews, "Genealogical Research in England: Morse," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 83, 1929, 278-294.

Morse, J. Howard, 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, unknown, 1903.

Savage, James, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, Vol. I-IV, Boston, 1860-1862.

Tingley, Ramon Meyers, Some Ancestral Lines: being a record of some of the ancestors of Guilford Solon Tingley and his wife, Martha Pamelia [sic] Meyers, Rutland, VT, Tuttle Pub. Co., 1935.

Torry, Clarence A, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.

Wilson, Lillian May, Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas Gleason of Watertown, Mass., 1607-1909, unknown, John Barber White, 1909.