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Mary Morris (White)

Also Known As: "Molly"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Province of Pennsylvania
Death: Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Col. Thomas White and Esther White
Wife of Robert Morris, Jr., signer of the "Declaration of Independence"
Mother of Robert Morris, III; Thomas Morris; William White Morris; Hester Marshall; Charles Morris and 2 others
Sister of Most Rev. William White, 1st Bishop of Philadelphia
Half sister of Sophia Hall; Elizabeth White and Sarah Charlotte White

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About Mary Morris

Mary White

  • Birth: Apr. 13, 1749 Philadelphia Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death: Jan. 16, 1827 Philadelphia Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial: Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA Plot: Yard-XXXII
  • Thomas White (1704-1779)
  • Mother: Esther Hulings White (1717 - 1790)
  • Brother: Bishop William White
  • Spouse: Robert Morris (1734 - 1806)

Their seven children - five sons and two daughters:

  1. Robert Morris III b. 19 December 1769 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, d. 11 April 1850 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; m. 5 May 1796 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Anna Shoemaker dau. of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Warner) Shoemaker.
  2. Thomas Morris b. 26 February 1771 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania d. 12 March 1849 at New York; m1. Elizabeth Chadwick; m2. 28 May 1799 at Albany, New York to Sarah ("Sallie") Kane; dau. of John and Sybil (Kent) O'Kane.
  3. William White Morris b. 9 August 1772 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania d. 9 October 1798 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; m. 1792 to Sarah Crooks.
  4. Hester "Hetty" Morris b. 30 July 1774 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, d. 18 April 1816 at Fairfield, Fauquier, Virginia; m. 10 April 1795 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Lt. James Markham Marshall.
  5. Charles Morris b. 11 July 1777 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania d. About 1804, at sea, near South America; m. Mary Long Croxall.
  6. Maria Morris b. 24 April 1779 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; d. 18 September 1840 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; m. 3 March 1803 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Henry Nixon, son of John and Elizabeth (Davis) Nixon.
  7. Henry C Morris b. 24 July 1784 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; d. 1 December 1842 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; m. 29 September 1819 to Eliza Jane Smith.[2]

notes

The wife of Robert Morris, of Philadelphia, was Mary, daughter of Thomas White, who came to this country from London in early life and settled on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. White had a son and a daughter. The former was William, who became the first Protestant Episcopal Bishop of Pennsylvania and the second of that church in the United States. The other became Mrs. Robert Morris, who has been described as "elegant, accomplished and rich and well qualified to carry the bliss of connubial life to its highest perfection."

From "Women of the Republican Court"

Before his financial downfall, Morris held political office at various levels, including the Continental Congress and the Pennsylvania State Senate; that prominence plus “his wealth, ability, and social position, made his home the centre of all the amenity and civility of the day, and it is as the hostess presiding over this establishment that we have some of the most pleasing pictures of his wife.”[5] Mary’s responsibility was to make that society’s upper crust would always feel welcome in her home, while at the same time caring for her seven children. In describing her grand presence as a hostess, Rufus Griswold writes:

"Dinner company, well chosen, frequent, and elegant, was the style of the time. It was in this style that the home of Mrs. Morris was distinguished. Besides its essential household of table-servants, coachmen, footmen, &c., her establishment had its housekeeper, butler (a fine old Frenchman named Constance), its confectioner, and all the retinue of a mansion in which dinner company is frequently and elegantly entertained. Unlike most of the menial servants of that day, in Philadelphia, Mrs. Morris’s were all white, and they all wore the Morris livery.[6]"

Mary White Morris died twenty-one years after her husband, at age seventy-eight. Near the end of her life, she was so recognizable to the American community that even a glimpse of her at a window could cause an audience to applaud for so long that it “seemed as if [the ovation] would never cease.”[7]

From "Cause of Liberty: Mary White Morris"

Mary White was born on April 13, 1749, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the youngest child of Thomas and Esther White. She married Robert Morris, the future signer of the Declaration of Independence and great financier of the Revolutionary War, on March 2, 1769.

Mary was "well educated and carefully trained in the accomplishments of her day." She was "prominent in Philadelphia society" even before she married Morris, "one of the most prominent merchants of the day" at age 35. Mary and Robert became parents of five children, three sons and two daughters.

When General La Fayette made his famous tour through the country in 1824, he made his first private visit in the city to Mrs. Morris. He had not seen her for thirty-seven years, but he recognized her at her window as he passed her house earlier in the afternoon on September 29. At his personal request, Mary attended a grand Civic Ball given in his honor on October 5. Mary was sixty-seven years old at the time and was described as being "tall, graceful, and commanding, with a stately dignity of manner."


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Mary Morris's Timeline

1749
April 13, 1749
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Province of Pennsylvania
1769
December 19, 1769
Age 20
1771
February 26, 1771
Age 21
1772
1772
Age 22
1774
July 30, 1774
Age 25
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Province of Pennsylvania
1777
1777
Age 27
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
1779
April 24, 1779
Age 30
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1784
1784
Age 34