Thomas Morehouse, Sr. (1585 - 1658)

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Birthplace: UK
Death: Died in Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Managed by: Jack Mitchell
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About Thomas Morehouse, Sr.

From (http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/MOREHOUSE/2007-02/1170888143 ):

"Thomas Morehouse the immigrant ancestor, was in Wethersfield, Conn., as early as 1640. In 1641 he removed to Stamford, and was one of the original twenty-nine white settlers of that town who purchased it of the New Haven Colonyh, who had previously bought it of the Indians for one hundred bushels of corn. (See New Haven Colonial Record, 1638 to 1649, pp. 45 and 199.)

In 1653 he settled in Fairfield, and died there in 1658, leaving widow Isabel (who is supposed to have been a second wife and not mother of his children).

Thomas Morehouse, as believed, was the ancestor of all Morehouses in America; any assertion to the contrary needs confirmation. His name was sometimes spelled in the early records Moorhouse, and at least one branch of his descendants now spell their names Morhous; it is believed that another has adopted the orthography of Morris.

His descendants were found in New Jersey near Newark, Elizabeth, etc., among old families and settlers, before the Revolution; in Saratoga Co., NY, and the northeastern counties of that State; and throughout the west. Those of southwestern Connecticut and of Dutchess and Putnam Counties, New York, are believed to have descended from the son Samuel through his four sons.

Thomas by the records appears to have purchased in Fairfield on the 6th of August, 1653, twenty-four acres of land on Sasco Hill, a beautiful location near the Sound, and on the 16th day of the same month he purchased of Henry Jackson the first, and for many years the only, grist mill in the town. In September of the same year he was one of the deputies to the General Court at Hartford. His body was probably buried in the southeastern part of the old cemetery in Fairfield.

Source: Ancestry and Descendants of Gershom Morehouse

Jr. purchased from Higginson Books

This is almost word for word the same as appears in Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut Vol III.

Deputy (Fairfield) to Conn. Leg., Sept 1653. He settled early in Wethersfield, where has holdings adjoined those of Thomas Sherwood, with whom he removed to Stamford in 1640/1, selling his Wethersfield property to George Wyllys. He last settled in Fairfield, where in 1653 he purchased Henry Jackson's tide mill.

Will 4 Aug 1658; wife Isabel; "if wife is with child"; eldest dau. Hannah (rec'd portion); son Samuel (Exec'r), double portion; three other sons, Thomas, John, Jonathan; dau. Mary; "my mill and mill lot"

Inv. Oct 1658

Source: History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield"

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Thomas Morehouse, Sr.'s Timeline

1585
August 4, 1585
UK
1640
1640
Age 54
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1640
Age 54
United States
1644
1644
Age 58
Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Conn.
1644
Age 58
Fairfield, Connecticut
1652
1652
Age 66
Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
1658
August 5, 1658
Age 73
Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut
August 9, 1658
Age 73
CT, USA
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