Samuel Morse, of Boxted & Medfield

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Samuel Morse

Birthplace: Boxted, Colchester, Essex, England
Death: Died in Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Morse, Jr. and Margaret King
Husband of Elizabeth Morse
Father of Samuel Morse; Elizabeth Daniels; John Morse; Daniel Morse, Sr.; Joseph Morse, of Redgrave & Dedham and 2 others
Brother of John Joseph Morse; Sarah Morse; Daniel Morse; James Morse; Nathaniel Morse and 2 others

Occupation: Husbandman
Managed by: Franklin Briggs Wright, III
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About Samuel Morse, of Boxted & Medfield

SAMUEL MORSE (THOMAS3, THOMAS2, ROBERT1)was born June 12, 1576 in Boxted, Essex, England, and died December 05, 1654 in Medfield, Norfolk Co, Mass.

He married ELIZABETH JASPER June 29, 1602 in Redgrave, Co Suffolk, England, daughter of LANCELOT JASPER. She was born January 30, 1580 in Redgrave, Co Suffolk, England, and died June 20, 1655 in Medfield, Norfolk Co, Mass.


Children per Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, 1620-1635. Vol 5, M-P

  1. Samuel Morse (1603–1626) bp 1 MAY 1603 Redgrave, Suffolk, England, buried 11 MAY 1626 Burgate, Suffolk, England.(Stevens-Miller Ancestors 18).
  2. Elizabeth Morse (1605–1643) bp 6 MAR 1605 Redgrave, Suffolk, England, Death 02 OCT 1643 [Stevens-Miller Anc 17] Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts. She married by about 1631 Robert Daniel (NEHGR 88:383-86, 89:154).
  3. John Morse (1607–1657) bp 28 FEB 1607/8 Redgrave, Suffolk, England, [Stevens-Miller Anc. 17] Death 26 MAY 1657 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He married Annis ____(eldest child born 3 Jun 1637 [DeVR 1]) In 1946 G Andrews Moriarty argued that she was no Annis Chickering (NEHGR 100:79).
  4. DANIEL MORSE, b. say 1610; Massachusetts Bay, freeman 6 May 1635 (as Dan[ie]ll Morse," first in a sequence of three Watertown men) [MBCR 1:371]; m. by 1639 Lydia Fisher (eldest known child b. Dedham 8 August 1639 [DeVR 1]), daughter of ANTHONY FISHER {.1637, Dedham} [NEHGR 151:182-83]. (In his will of 9 March 1687[/8], Daniel Morse twice mentioned land that I purchased of my brother Daniel Fisher” [Wm. Inglis Morse (and Mary Lovering Holman), Genealogiae or Data Concerning the Families of Morse, Chipman, Phinney, Ensign and Whiting (Boston 1925), 10-11 , citing MPR 10:316].)
  5. JOSEPH MORSE, bp. Redgrave, Suffolk, 2 May 1613 [Stevens-Miller Anc 17]; m. Dedham l September 1638 Hannah Phillips [DeVR 126].
  6. SARAH MORSE, bp. Burgate, Suffolk, 25 August 1616 [Stevens-Miller Anc 17]; no further record.
  7. MARY MORSE, bp. Burgate, Suffolk, 13 August 1620 [Stevens-Miller Anc 18]. She married in Dedham 10 August 1641 Samuel Bullen [DeVR 126].

According to Anderson earlier genealogies were in error about there being a son named Thomas. The record cited for son Thomas were actually for the father.


Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Vol V p 170-177, (NEHGS 2007), states that Samuel was most probably the son of Rev.Thomas Morse of Foxearth,Co.Essex, England. Samuel was baptized in Boxted, Co.Essex on Jun 12,1576. He died at Medfield,MA on Dec 5,1654.

Currently the Morse Society holds he was the son of Thomas.

Source: Genealogical and family history of the state of Maine, Volume 4, By George Thomas Little, Henry Sweetser Burrage, Albert Roscoe Stubbs

Further research after publishing of The Morse Family by Abner Morse in 1889 favors Richard Morse as father of Samuel Morse. Dedham historical register gives excellent evidence of this. There are no dates in Thomas Morse's will to establish the age of Samuel. However the christening date of Samuel in Dedham, England match the age given at his death spot on.



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Immigration: April 15, 1635

Residence: Watertown, Mass 1635 > Dedham, Mass 1636 > Medfield, Mass c 1650

He lived at both Redgrave and at Burgate in Suffolk, England.

Samuel was a signer of the Covenant of Dedham, MA in 1636.

He was made freeman on 10/6/1640.

His estate was inventoried on 12/5/1654 at £124, 7 s.


Walter G. Ashworth, Samuel Morse is your 9th great grandfather.

Arrived Boston, Mass. in 1635.

Founder of Dedham, MA / MA Selectmen.

Samuel Morse and town of Dedham

HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF MEDFIELD, MASS. - 1650-1886, edited by William S. Tilden in 1887

Medfield historians believe that the home of Samuel Morse was the first house burned by King Philip in the King Philip's War. Samuel, son of Samuel Morse had a portion of his father's and grandfather's (Joseph) estate. He is known to have had a house in 1663, which stood on a little knoll a short distance east of the junction of Main and Pound Streets. The house was burned by the Indians in 1776 and never rebuilt. The cellar is still believed visible today (2004). The story is told and passed into history that Samuel found an Indian hiding in his hay barn early that February morning, roused his family and got them out of the house to a local garrison and turned to watch his house burn. Also believed is that Samuel's early morning discovery and prompt sounding of an alarm warned the rest of the town of King Philip's presence before the attack plans were completed and saved many of the towns homesteads.

Information from the MORSE Society as of February 25, 2004

He was third signer of the Dedham Covenant. The town was originally called "Contentment". He was a FREEMAN on October 6, 1640. He was a First Settler in 1649 in Medfield, Norfolk County, Mass. He died December 5, 1654 per Medfield, Mass vital records. He was buried after April 5, 1654. A Monument was erected in Medfield, Mass by their grateful descendants in 1858. The engraving is:

To the memory of 7 Puritans, who emigrated from England to America in 1635 to 1639.

  • Samuel Morse, born 1585, settled at Dedham, MA in 1636. Died at Medfield 1654.
  • Joseph Morse settled at Ipswich where he died in 1646.
  • Anthony Morse born Marlboro, England 1606. Died at Newbury 1686.
  • William Morse born 1608, died 1683 at N.
  • Robert and Peter their brothers settled at D. in New Jersey
  • John Mosse born 1604, settled at New Haven, died 1707 at Willingford, Conn at age 103.
  • Repent Samuel who died in Medfield on February 28, 1718 at age 77.
  • Capt. Joseph who died in Sherborn on February 19, 1718 at age 58.
  • Jeremiah who died in Medfield on February 19, 1716 at age 55.


Will of Samuel (1) Morse (Morse Society) Medfield, Mass Anno Domini, 10th month, 2nd, 1654

I, Samuel Morse, being sick and weak in body but of good and perfect memory, praised by God therefor, doe make this my last will and testament in manner as followeth:

First I bequeath my soul into the hands of a mecyful God that gave it, with assured hope of everlasting life through the gracious merits of my dear Saviour and blessed Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

As for that little estate of outward things which the Lord hath been pleased to bestow upon me, whether they be moveable , as houses, lands, chattel, household stuff, etc., I will and bequeath them all unto Elizabeth Morse, my dear wife to enjoy, possess and make use of her life, during the term thereof, and after her decease out of life my will is that all that estate which she was in life possessed of shall be divided amongst my children, both sons and daughters, that is to say, John Morse, Daniel Morse, Mary Bullin and Ann Morse, the widow of my dearly beloved son, Joseph Morse, deceased, who with my said children's sake of my beloved Joseph. Therefore my will is that the above named Ann, wife of my dear Joseph shall make an equal distribution of all that portion upon division unto every child of my son Joseph when they and every one of them shall grow up to the age of one and twenty years.

Lastly, I constitute and appoint Elizabeth my beloved wife the sole executrix of this my last will. In witness whereof I have put my hand the day and year above written.


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Samuel Morse, of Boxted & Medfield's Timeline

June 12, 1576
Boxted, Colchester, Essex, England
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Boxted, Suffolk, United Kingdom
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Boxted, Essex, England
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Boxted, Essex, England, England
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