Betsey Morse

Brief Life History of Betsey

When Betsey Morse was born on 18 May 1777, in Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States, her father, Rev. Daniel Morse, was 30 and her mother, Rebecca Munson, was 24. She married Zachariah Tomlinson Curtiss about 1795, in Huntington, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. She died on 16 November 1858, in Sheffield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 81.

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Zachariah Tomlinson Curtiss
Betsey Morse
Marriage: about 1795
Ira Curtiss
William T. Curtiss
Rosillee Curtiss

Sources (3)

  • Betsy Curtip, "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910"
  • Betsey in entry for Rosillee Curtiss, "Connecticut, Charles R. Hale Collection, Vital Records, 1640-1955"
  • Morse Genealogy by J. H. Morse & Emily Leavitt vol. 2 pg. 41

World Events (8)

1781 · The First Constitution

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.


Post office est. April 5, 1786

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Name Meaning

Welsh and English: variant of Morris .

Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames, especially Moses . Compare Morris .

History: Samuel Morse (1791–1872), inventor of the electric telegraph andof Morse code, was a direct descendant of Anthony Morse of Wiltshire,England, who had emigrated to MA in 1635.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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