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Lieut. Anthony Morse, II

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Marlborough, Wiltshire, England
Death: October 12, 1686 (79)
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Anthony Morse, I and Christian Elizabeth Morse
Husband of Ann Elizabeth Morse (Cox)
Father of Robert Morse, Sr; Lieutenant Anthony Morse, III; Peter Morse; Deacon Benjamin Morse; Sarah Akerman and 7 others
Brother of Elinor Germbrey; Robert Morse; Nicholas Morse; Peter Morse; William Morse and 5 others
Half brother of Philip Morse

Occupation: Shoemaker arrived in Mass 1635
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About Lieut. Anthony Morse II

The Pioneers of Massachusetts,

  1. 52 on the List

Anthony, shoemaker, of Marlborough, Eng., came in the James April 5, 1635. Settled at Newbury. Farm. May 25, 1636.

Prope.. He deposed 9 May, 1665, age about 58 years. Wife ( Mary) ch. recorded

His will dated 29 April, 1680, prob. 23 Nov. 1686, beq. to sons Robert, Peter,, Anthony Joseph, Benjamin and Joshua and their children; to daus. Thurlo, Stickney, Newman and Smith, or their ch.; to dau. Reccea Horns; to gr. ch Rich. Thurlo. Signed Anthony Morse.

Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families page 187

Morse, Anthony, Newbury came in the James in 1635,, and by wife Mary, had Anthony, Benjamin, Sarah, Hannah, Lydia, Mary, Esther and Joshua.

Traveled to the Massachusetts colony in 1635 on the ship "James" with his brother William, Settled in Newbury

Anthony and his brother, William, came to America from Marlborough, Wiltshire, England (no evidence of his place of residence) sailing from London on the ship James arriving in Boston, MA, 3 June 1635. Anthony settled in Newbury, MA, where he built a house in what is called "Newbury Old Town" on a slight "eminence" in a field about half a mile south of the old cemetery. I have read that it is still known as "Morse's Field."

Anthony and his brother were shoemakers. Anthony was made a "freeman" in 1636 and took the oath of allegiance in 1678. He and his wife were members of the Newbury, MA, church in 1674. It states in one of the town records that Anthony Morse, Senior, is to keep the meeting house and ring the bell and "see that the house be cleane swept, and the glasse of the windows to be carefully look't unto, if any should happen to be loosed with the wind, to be nailed close again."

I have found several different sources listing the children of Anthony Morse, none of them say by which wife, and the lists do not agree completely as to names and dates. I have not been able to research these lists of names and dates in person. Perhaps a future family historian might be able to correct any errors herein as more information is gathered, compared, and collated on computers.

Arrived in Boston on the "JAMES" in 1635

______________________________________________________ Anthony MORSE (1607 – 1686) Anthony Morse was born 6 May 1607, at Marlborough, Wiltshire, England. His parents were Anthony MORSE Sr. and Christian [__?__]. He married Ann COX on 2 May 1629 at St Mary the Virgin, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England.


   Anthony MORSS (MORSE) ca 1580-1620 (Shoemaker)
   Christina (Christian) BELLSIRE ca 1590-

The family sailed to the Massachusetts colony aboard the ship James from London in April 5, 1635. Anthony’s brother William was also aboard and also listed as a shoemaker. Anthony died on 12 Oct 1686 at Newbury, Essex., Mass.

Ann Cox born about 1607 in Marlborough, Wiltshire, England. Her parents were Ambrose COX and Alice HEALE. Ann died 8 Mar 1680 in Newberry, Mass.

Some genealogies say Anthony second married Eliabeth Waldron (Waldro). This is a confusion of a cousin of the same name Anthony Morice who married An Waldro 27 Nov 1616 in St Mary’s, Marlborough, Wiltshire. They had six children between 1617 and 1628, all baptized at St Mary’s, Marlborough: Elizabeth,. Anthony, Margaret, William, John and Joseph. No burial of either appears so far as records published show.

Children of Anthony and Ann : Name Born Married Departed 1. Robert Morse 27 Dec 1629 Marlborough Wiltshire, England Anne Lewis 20 Oct 1654 Newbury 3 Feb 1700/01 Elizabethtown, NJ 2. Esther Morse 4 Dec 1630 Marlborough 3. Anthony Morse 29 Jan 1631/32 Marlborough Elizabeth Knight 8 MAY 1660 Newbury, Mass. . Mary Barnard 10 Nov 1669 in Newberry, Essex, Mass 25 Feb 1677/78 Newbury 4. Anne MORSE baptized 6 Feb 1633/34 Marlborough Francis THURLOW 5 Feb 1654/55 Newbury a 1681/82 5. Richard Morse 6 Dec 1635 6. Peter Morse c 1636/37 Newbury 26 Oct 1701 7. Joseph Morse c 1637/38 Newbury Mary Woodhouse 1667 in Newbury, Essex, Mass 15 Jan 1678/79 Newbury 8. Benjamin Morse 28 Mar 1640 Newbury Ruth Sawyer 27 Aug 1667 Newbury 22 Jun 1714 Newbury 9. Sarah Morse 1 May 1641 Newbury Amos Stickney 24 Jun 1663 Newbury . Stephen Ackerman 17 Dec 1684 Newbury 7 Dec 1711 Newbury 10. Hannah MORSE c 1644/45 Newbury Thomas NEWMAN 8 Jun 1665 Ipswich, Mass. b 1679/80 11. Lydia Morse 7 Oct 1647 Newbury 19 May 1648 Newbury 12. Mary Morse 9 Apr 1649 Newbury 14 Jun 1662 Newbury 13. Esther Morse 3 May 1651 Newbury Robert Holmes 26 Feb 1668/69 Newbury . Thomas Smith 25 Oct 1675 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass ~ 1689/90 14. Joshua Morse 24 Jul 1653 Newbury Joanna Kimball 1680 Newbury Aft. Mar 1720/21 Newbury



I. Robert- bpt. 27 Dec. 1629, St. Mary's Marlborough, m.1. Eliabeth ______, 2. 30 Oct. 1654 Newubury, Ann Lewis, d. after 3 Feb. 1700/01 Elizabeth NJ. II. Esther- bpt 4. Dec. 1631, St. Mary's Marlborough III. Anthony- bpt. 29 Jan. 1631/32, St. Mary's Marlborough, m.1. 8 May 1660 Newbury, Elizabeth Knight (d. 29 July 1667 Newbury), 2. 10 Nov. 1669 Newbury, Mary Barnard, d. 22 Feb. 1676/77 Newbury, MA. IV. Anne- bpt. 16 Feb. 1633/34, St. Peters Parish, Marlborough, m. 5 Feb. 1654/5 Newbury, Francis Thurlow, d. after 1682 . V. Richard- bpt. 6 Dec. 1635 VI. Peter- b.c. 1637; m. Mary ______, d.c. 1702 Rahway, NJ. 4VII. BENJAMIN- b. 4 Mar. 1639/40, Newbury, MA, m. 27 Aug. 1667 Newbury, RUTH SAWYER, d. after 1707 VIII. Sarah- b. 1 May 1641, Newbury, m.1. 24 June 1663 Newbury, Amos Stickney, 2. 17 Dec. 1684 Newbury, Stephan Acreman, d. 7 Dec. 1711, Newbury, MA IX. Joseph- b.c. 1643, m. Mary ______, d. 15 Jan. 1678/79 Newbury X. Hannah- b. 1645 Newbury, m. 8 June 1665 Ipswich,Thomas Newman, d. before 1680 XI. Lydia- b. 7 Oct. 1647 Newbury, d. 19 May 1648 XII. Mary- b. 9 Apr. 1649 Newbury, d. 14 June 1662 Newbury XIII. Esther- b. 3 May 1651 Newbury, m.1 26 Feb. 1667/8 Newbury, Robert Holmes, m. 2. c.1675 Thomas Smith, d. after 1690 XIV. Joshua- b. 24 July 1653 Newbury, m.c.1680 Joanna Kimball, d. 28 Mar. 1691 Newbury


(1) Winthrop Journal- Vol. I, p. 156 (2) Essex County Court- docket No. 18903

Descendants of Samuel MOrse of Worthington, Massachusetts- Harriet Morse Weeks, Eagle Printing, Pittsfield, MA, 1907

Anthony & his brother William on the ship 'James', April 5, 1635. They were shoemakers in Newbury. Williams wife, Elizabeth was on trial several times for witchcraft in the 1670's.

Anthony Mors was born about 1607, as he deposed May 9, 1665 that his age was about 58.[1] He was "of Marlborough," however the place of his birth is not certain. The Planters of the Commonwealth[2], shows that the ship "James" of London, William Cooper, Master, three hundred tons, sailed from Southampton April 5, 1635, and arrived June 3 with passengers and cattle. The manifest includes Anthony Morse age 29 of Marlborough, county Wilts, shoemaker destined for Newbury. The next line has Mrs. Mary Morse indented as it would for a wife. Also coming on this ship was William Morse of Marlborough, county Wilts, Shoemaker also destined for Newbury.

Robert Charles Anderson in The Great Migration Begins mentions only one wife, Ann Cox, to whom Anthony was married on May 2, 1629 at St. Mary's, Marlborough, Wiltshire. Anderson attributes all children to Ann, showing that the oldest child, Robert, was christened at the same church on December 27, 1629.[3] However, in the Genealogical Dictionary of New England, Savage attributes all children to a first wife who he says was Mary, and he states that Ann was the second wife.[4] Henry Dutch Lord indicates that Anthony had two wives but does not specify which children were born to which wife. Lord indicates that Anthony remarried while still in England.[5]

Cutter in his "Historic Homes" gives the following, with no citation for the information: "Anthony Morse, the immigrant ancestor of the honorable family of Morse in America, was born about 1606, son of Anthony Morse of Marlborough, England, born about 1575. ... Anthony Morse, Jr., came from Wiltshire, England, to the New England Colonies, taking ship at Southampton, England, on board the "Susan and Ellen," March 11, 1635, and having as fellow passengers the Thomas Parker Colony, and Morse landed with them and other colonists in (Lynn), Massachusetts Bay Colony, in 1635, and settled in Newbury." [6] Anthony was a devout Puritan who had tried to continue in the Established Church until his emigration to New England. One of the early and best know New England ministers, Rev. Abner Morse says this of Anthony. "...he was a man of moral courage, energy and perseverance; that he was enterprising and capable in business, and laid the foundation of the competence and wealth of his family; that he was called to public trusts of civil and sacred character; that he reared pious and distinguished children; led a long life of strict integrity and humble piety, fearing God and loving his people, no one can doubt who attends to the records of the community in which he lived and died."[7] He lived about 1/2 mile from the most ancient cemetery in Newbury, Massachusetts. His home was located on a slight hill in a field still called Morse Field.[8]


Anthony's Will was dated April 29, 1680, and is on file at Salem, but never recorded, although some give a probate date of November 23, 1686. He made bequests to : • sons Robert, Peter, Anthony, Joseph, Benjamin and Joshua and their children • daughters Thurlo, Stikney, Newman and Smith or their children • daughter Rebecca Homs • grandchild Rich Thurlo, grandson Robard.

"The last Will and Testament of Anthony Morse of Newbury, Mass. I anthony Morse of Newbury in the name of god amen i being sensible of my own frality and mortality being of parfit memory due make this as my last Will and testament cominding my sole to god that gaue it and my body to the dust in hope of a joyful rasurixtion and as for my wourly goods I dispose of as foloieth,

"I gue and bequeth to my son Joshua Morse making him my lawful eaire all my housing and lands both upland and meddow with my freehould and privilidge in all comon lands both upland and meddow alweais provided that if the toen of Newbury dou divide any part of the comon lands that then the on half part of that land which belongeth to me which cometh by uartu of my freehould shall be the lawful inheritance of my son benieman morse all so I geue to my son Joshua morse all mv cattell an horsis and sheep swuine and all my toules for the shumaking trade as allso my carte wheles dung pot plow harrow youkes chains houes forkes shovel spad grin stone yt as allso on father bed which he lieth on with a bouister and pillo and a pair of blinkets and covrlitt and tou pair of shetes a bed sted and mat a pot and a brass cetell the best of tou cettles and a belmetell scillet and tou platars and a paringer and a drinking pot and tou spoons and the water pails and barils and tobes all these about named I geue to my son Joshua and his eaires of his own body begoten lawfully than then all aboue geuen to my son Joshua shall Return to the Rest of my children upon the peayment on good peay to my sons widow besides what estate she att any time brought to her husband she the said widdo shall enjoy the houl estate on half year before she shall surrender - also I geue to my son Robard Morse Eighteen pounds or his children to my son Peter morse or children £3, to my son Anthony morse children I geue £L3 to my son Joseph morses children I geue £12 to my son Benieman Morse or children I geue £12 to my dafter Thorlo or children £12 to my dafter Stickney or children I geue £12 to my dafter Newman children I geue £12. to my dafter Smith or children I gieu £12. to my grand son Richard Thorlo I geue an sheep to my grandson Robard Homes I gieu fieu pounds allso I geue the Remainder of my housall which is not in partikelar geuen to my son Joshua in the former part of this my will to all my children equally to be devided between them and my grand children hous parents are dead, namely anthonys children, Josephs children hanahs children, allso I dou by this my last will allow and geue loberty to my son Joshua morse hou is my Eaire to make sail and dispose of that land by the pine swamp which I had of Benieman lacon of that pece of land by John Akisons hous if he see Resan so to do. allso I du by this will apoynt my son Joshua morse to be my sole executor to peay all debtes and legacies by this will geuen and to Receue all debtes allso I dou apoynt my louing and crisian frinds Cap danil Pears and Tristram Coffin and thomas noyes to be oversers of this my last Will Allso I dou apoynt my Exicutor to peay my son Robard and son peter within on yeare after my death on the other to be peaid within three years the plas of peayment to be newbury my will is that my son benieman shal haue the on half of all comon lands when devided as above said in witnes thereof I anthony morse have hearunto Set my hand and seall this 28 Aprell, 1680. "ANTHONY MORSE (seal) "Sinid selid and onid in the presense of us JAMES COFFIN MARY BROWN that whereas I anthony morse in this my will abou said have geuen on half of all comon lands if devided to my sonn benieman mors; my meaning iss that my sonn benieman shall haeu the on half of my proportion of lands when devided, but my sonn Joshua to haeu all my Rights in the lower comon this is my mind and will as witnes my seall this 20 of aprell 1680 ANTHONY MORSE (seal) "Witness to this part of my Will James Coffin Mary Brown

"Joshua Morse is allowed Exer to this will."

The inventory of the estate was worth £348 6s 7d.


• Source: S22 Title: Great Migration 1634-1635, M-P. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume V, M-P, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007. • Source: S24 Abner Morse. Memorial of the Morses. Boston, Mass: William Veazie, 1850. Open Library 1.↑ #S22 Page 161 2.↑ Charles Howard Banks. The Planters of the Commonwealth. Genealogical Publishing Co., 1930; reprinted 1997. [ ] , Page 135-136 3.↑ #S22 Page 159 4.↑ Savage, James. A genealogical dictionary of the first settlers of New England. Vol. 3, K-R. Boston: Little, Brown and company, 1860. Open Library Page 237 5.↑ Lord, Henry Dutch. Memorial of the family of Morse compiled from the original records for the Honorable Asa Porter Morse by Henry Dutch Lord. original: Harvard Printing; microreproduction: Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1977, 1896. Pages 40ff 6.↑ William Richard Cutter. Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex County Massachusetts. Vol. 2. Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1908. GoogleBooks Page 417 7.↑ #S24 Appendix LXXIX 8.↑ #S24 Appendix LXXIX 9.↑ 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; Pages 1-2 of section on Anthony Morse Sr.

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Lieut. Anthony Morse II's Timeline

May 9, 1607
Marlborough, Wiltshire, England
January 24, 1618
Age 10
Marlborough, Wiltshire, England
December 27, 1629
Age 22
Marlboro, Wiltshire, England
January 29, 1632
Age 24
Marlborough, Wiltshire, England, (Present UK)
April 5, 1635
Age 27
Sailed from Southampton, England aboard the ship "James". Arrived in Boston, Mass June 3 1635
Age 29
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 29
Marlborough, Wiltshire, England
March 28, 1640
Age 32
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
May 1, 1641
Age 33
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts