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Morse murder mystery in Texas from NY
Posted by: Kathryn Merritt Date: October 22, 2000 at 00:18:27
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Here's *my* two-cent's worth:

[First name] Morse came from New York in the 1830s or 40s to East Texas. Went back to New York and returned to Texas via Indiana. He was about 28 years old. He ran off with a [Mary Ann] Harrrison, 14, whose father was a farmer and a painter [pictures]. Father rode shotgun all the way to Texas.

Mary Ann sent on ahead, so the father had no choice but to go back. Morse and Mary Ann had a ranch in Hempstead in Austin Co. at that time. They had several children.

Morse was murdered coming home from a cattle drive to Mexico. He's buried somewhere just on the Texas side of the Rio Grande in an unmarked grave. His business partner did it and someone told the family later.

[Mary Ann] later married a Mr. Kewley of Austin Co. The one child she had by Morse was George Williamson Morse.

George Williamson was the eyewitness to a murder when he was ten. The man who did it ran off to Mexico until he got word that a George W. Morse had died. So he came back but it was the wrong Morse. So he got captured. But he escaped again before they could get him to trial.

Anyway, George Williamson Morse md. Susan Amelia Bolding Taylor. Second marriage for both. He had some sons by his first marriage. One was named Claude "Kid Harvey"--a gambler. Claude went to Colorado Springs and was never heard from again. However, he buried his father George W. in Midlothian, Tx, where my uncle has erected a marker. The family has three other plots never used. Guess they forgot about them.

George W. had a reputation, I am told, for being the most honest man in the county as well as the most profane. We know he lived in various places--Dennison, Hillsboro, Hempstead, Waco, Tokio, Eddy. He once owned the Eddy Hotel, sold it, and it later burned.

He had several children:
Harry Raymond Morse, Sr.
Stanley Francis Bolding

Harry Raymond, b. 1896,, md. Rosey Lee Woodliff. They had:
Dorothy Marie (she has just died--rest in peace)
Harry Raymond, Jr.
Gloria Louise
Betty Rose (my mother)

We were in contact with the Morse society some years back, but no one could ever quite get the connection. Story has it that the first Morse Texan was named Samuel Francis Barracks Morse. We can't confirm that. I always thought it was something simple like John. It may be we can confirm him through a land grant. We have no birth, marriage, or death record. Can anyone help us? It's a long shot and I'll bet he had relatives in New York.

So, please, if you're out there, someone.

Kathryn Merritt

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