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Re: Monmouth County Origins
Posted by: Susan Amicucci Date: June 17, 2000 at 15:05:05
In Reply to: Re: Monmouth County Origins by Jan LaMotte of 1361

Jan, the information I have on the Morris family comes from vol. iv of John E. Stillwell's "Historical and Genealogical Miscellany of the Early Settlers of New Jersey". Of Thomas Morris, Stillwell states:

"(6) Thomas Morris, supposed son of William Morris (1).
The degree of kinship, of Thomas Morris to Lewis Morris, has never been positively proved but he was, evidently, upon the same plane of descent from a common ancestor. This is established by a careful study of dates, appearing under Lewis Morris, his (Thomas') son. From these I deduce that Thomas Morris was born about 1630, and was, of necessity, either a brother or a cousin of Col. Lewis Morris. He probably never came to this country."

He provides additional information and sources as follows:

"The original William Morris of Tintern, had four sons, Lewis, William, Thomas, and Richard; Bolton, 2nd edition, Vol. 2, p. 455."

"Hotten, in his Original List of Persons of Quality, 1600-1700, gives: Births, Parish St. Michael's, Barbadoes, 6 Feb 1678, Dorothy and Thomasine, daughters of Capt. Thomas Morris and Sarah, his wife. Thomas is also mentioned in a census of St. Michael's Parish, with his wife and three children. These allusions may be to Thomas Morris (6), but I deem it doubtful".

Unlike Stillwell, I suspect that "these allusions" do pertain to Thomas (6), and that he is the same person as Lewis Morris' brother for two reasons; first, Lewis Morris also lived in Barbadoes. He was there from ca 1655 to 1673. Second, Thomas named his son Lewis. This is my own speculation, and is not supported by any real evidence.

Of Thomas' son, Stillwell states:
"(10) Lewis Morris, son of Thomas Morris (6), was born, by deduction, about 1655. He was called "Lewis Morris, Jr." to distinguish him from Col. Lewis Morris, and also "Lewis Morris of Passage Point" to distinguish him from his kinsman, Governor Lewis Morris, of Tintern Manor, Shrewsbury, NJ...In 1681 he was confirmed in his ownership of three hundred acres of land, at Middletown, as a "First Purchaser of Navesink", from the year 1670". The term "First Purchaser" implies that this Lewis Morris may have been one of the associates of the Monmouth Patentees. He was not among the men who were assigned town lots and meadows in Middletown in 1667.

Lewis married Elizabeth Almy, the daughter of William and Audrey Almy of Rhode Island. They had 4-6 children; Lewis, Richard, Thomas (supposed), John, Rebecca, and Daughter (supposed). Except for the unknown daughter, each of Lewis' children are outlined in Stillwell's book. "Historical Miscellany" is a five volume set, but you can order the individual volumes from Higginson Books. The Morris genealogy is contained in vol. iv. Stilwell provides a considerable amount of information about the earlier generations in Monmouth Co., NJ, taken from various town records.

Good luck with your research! Susan



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