George Morris, Sr.

Male 1616 - 1675  (59 years)


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  • Name George Morris  [1
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 1616  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Nov 1675  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From S. L. Morris--An Autobiography:

      Morris Ancestry.

      Athelstan Glodrydd was the 18th direct descendant of Teon, Archbishop of Gloucester in 542 A.D., who was himself descended from Beli Mawr (Beli, the great or chief), King of all England and Wales. It is a singular coincidence that the 18th descendant of Athelstan himself was named "Morris." His children assumed the surname "Morris" from their father, which is the origin of the family name in its present spelling.

      It is thus comparatively easy to trace the family line from father to son by historic records down through the above-mentioned parties until their descendants assumed the surname of "Morris" at Gloucester. It is equally easy to trace our immediate family back to Clifford-Chambers, a section of Gloucester, and to Stratford-on-Avon in the same vicinity. Our forefathers owned estates at both places and their children were baptized some at Clifford-Chambers in Gloucester and others at Stratford--according to the official records--only four miles apart.

      The difficult task is to form the connecting links of the two lines which meet in Gloucester; but the explanation of the difficulty itself is not difficult. The ancient line consisted of individual names such as "Idnerth," "Athelstan," "Griffith," etc., until they began to duplicate the common names of "John," "William," "George," etc., with nothing whatever to distinguish between father, son and grandson or cousin. Our modern line can be traced back officially to "George, Sr." of Clifford-Chambers, about the time Queen Elizabeth died. Between the two lines, there is unfortunately a brief period of confusion, because the parish clerk records simply the baptism of "John Morris," "Richard Morris," or "William Morris," with no data showing their relationship except in some cases. The connection betwen the ancient and modern lines is a moral certainty which, however, as yet still lacks official confirmation.

      The official records show that members of the Morris family were living at Stratford as early as the reign of Edward IV and have done so uninterruptedly until the time when our line begins definitely as shown by the parish records. "George Morris, Sr." was born about 1600 and the first one positively identified as our ancestor.

      Definite Data.

      The records from his time, however, become more definite and give official relationships. He was the father of George, Jr. (1641), who was the father of Robert (1673), who was the father of Samuel, Sr. (1712), who was the father of Samuel, Jr. (1739), who married Lucy Stevens in 1772 of Stratford, and who emigrated to the United States in 1788 and settled in Abbeville, S.C., being my great grandfather.
    Person ID I0823  Hull
    Last Modified 18 Oct 2009 

    Father Mathew Morris,   b. 1580, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Elizabeth Rogers 
    Married England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F852  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Francis Cale,   b. Abt 1604,   d. 1695, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 91 years) 
    Married 1 May 1636  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Morris,   b. 13 Jan 1638/39, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. George Morris, Jr.,   b. 18 Jul 1641, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1719, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    Family ID F277  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S01969] S. L. Morris--An Autobiography, S. L. Morris, D. D., LL.D.


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