Captain Samuel Morris (Cont. Army)

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Samuel Morris

Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: Died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Anthony Morris, V and Sarah Morris
Husband of Rebecca Morris
Father of Benjamin Wistar Morris; Isaac Wistar Morris; Casper Wistar Morris; Sarah Morris; Luke Wistar Morris and 4 others
Brother of Deborah Franklin and Anthony Morris, VI

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About Captain Samuel Morris (Cont. Army)

DAR Ancestor #: A101319

Info added per DAR's "Lineage Book of the Charter Members" by Mary S Lockwood and published 1895 states he "served as officer in the Revolution and held many civil offices."

Great-great-grandfather with wife, Rebecca Wistar to Miss Louisa Nourse Forrest


Samuel Morris (April 24, 1734 – July 7, 1812) was an American soldier in the American Revolutionary War.

The grandson of Anthony Morris III, he was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He served several terms in the legislature.

He married Rebecca Wistar, daughter of Caspar Wistar (the elder).

In 1776, he was elected "governor" of the social club known as "The State in Schuylkill," and re-elected annually until his death. He was also a founder and president for many years of the "Gloucester fox-hunting club." When the first troop of Philadelphia city cavalry was organized, no fewer than twenty-two members of the club were enrolled in its ranks.

With Morris as its captain (because the first captain chosen, Abraham Markoe, was forbidden to fight because of his Danish citizenship), the troop reported for duty in the Continental army and served through the campaign of 1776–77, seeing action in the battles of Trenton and Princeton, in which latter engagement Samuel's brother, Anthony, ensign of the troop, was killed. On temporarily relieving the command from duty in January, 1777, Washington returned his "most sincere thanks to the captain," and added that, although the troop was "composed of gentlemen of fortune," its members had "shown a noble example of discipline and subordination." For thus taking part in the Revolution, Captain Morris was disowned by the Quakers, but he continued until his death to wear the dress and use the language of that sect, worshiping with them regularly.

Morris died in Philadelphia, July 7, 1812.

The Reynolds-Morris House, built in 1787 and purchased in 1817 by Samuel's son, Luke Wistar Morris, still stands in Philadelphia. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1967, it is currently operated as a hotel.

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Captain Samuel Morris (Cont. Army)'s Timeline

April 24, 1734
Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
January 19, 1758
Age 23
August 14, 1762
Age 28
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
September 12, 1764
Age 30
February 10, 1766
Age 31
June 25, 1768
Age 34
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
July 19, 1770
Age 36
April 22, 1772
Age 37
March 4, 1775
Age 40
February 27, 1778
Age 43
Reading, PA, USA